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KwaMnyandu Light Industrial Hub to transform community
Small, medium, and micro enterprises from ward 87 will be transformed with the opening of the new KwaMnyandu Light Industrial Hub. The hub was launched by eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda on 3 September.

He said the KwaMnyandu Investment Node is expected to change the spatial economy of the area.
The hub caters for 30 units with 15 business and commercial units interfacing Griffiths Mxenge Highway. The hub also makes provision for 10 office units and five lower units together with two take-away food and shop stalls. It also has public ablution facilities.

The hub has been developed to change the current trading conditions of local informal entrepreneurs, most of whom operate their businesses from their backyards, illegally occupied vacant government land and close to taxi ranks.

The R42 million project that started in 2018 created 65 jobs during construction, including 30 unskilled and semi – skilled locals. Once the hub has been officially handed over and is operating, about 70 employment opportunities are expected to be created.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor Kaunda said: “The fact that these businesses operate in informal conditions creates the assumption that their products or services are inferior. This leads to losses in potential income as customers would rather go to the City centre to buy the same goods or services.”
He said the hub will allow for various quality goods and services to be sourced at reasonable prices. This will stimulate the local economy by encouraging the rand to circulate longer in townships, growing the economy and creating jobs.

The goods and services rendered by the businesses include light technological industries like steel welding, vehicle repairs, production of domestic cleaning chemicals, textile, arts and craft manufacturing, plumbing, electrical repairs, and carpentry.

Businesses that qualify to be accommodated at the hub are clothing, manufacturing of detergents, disinfectants, furniture and industrial sewing. Technology which is sound and lights equipment, office stationery, PC sales and tones as well as auto electricals will also be accommodated.

The office space will house the uMlazi Community Tourism Organisation, an internet café, an architectural office and an engineering and project management business.

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