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Mayor awards bakery equipment to female entrepreneurs
​EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede officially opened the
North Regional Business Fair held at Bridge City Mall in
KwaMashu from 17 to 19 August where she also handed-over
a state-of-the-art bakery equipment to help members of
Vukuyibambe co-operative kick-start their business.
SMALL emerging local business, comprising five young black females was given a major boost to gown their business when eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede handed over brand new industrial bakery equipment.

The women, who are members of the Vukuyibambe co-operative, had been operating their business from one of the young woman’s family kitchen, until 19 August when they received state-of the-art equipment during the North Regional Business Fair at Bridge City Mall, in KwaMashu. The equipment, worth R400 000 includes two measure scales, a mixer, dough warmer, oven, bread slicer and a stand. The bakery machine is able to produce wedding cakes, pizza and 800 to 1000 loaves of bread at a time.

The young women’s lives took a turn for the better when they publicly approached Mayor Gumede with their business model during the first day of the fair, urging her to assist them with the equipment. Wooed by their tenacity and business zeal, Mayor Gumede said: “It is this calibre of youth we want, youth with a vision. As the Municipality, we are committed to uplift young people but that can only happen if they meet us halfway.” An overjoyed Ntombifikile Sibiya of Vukuyibambe co-operative said the equipment will grow their business exponentially. “We will never forget what the Municipality did for us as this (bakery equipment) will open many opportunities for us,” said Sibiya, still beaming from ear to ear.

Their goal, said Sibiya, is to supply bakery goods to neighbouring townships, before expanding their business, supplying bigger supermarkets. She said they are determined to make their business a success, which in subsequently ensure job creation for other youth in the area. The women will also receive a one year baking training and continuous mentorship. Ward Councillor Cedric Ntshangase committed himself to finding a suitable and safe location where the equipment will be installed.

The handover was made possible by the City’s Business Support, Tourism, Licensing and Markets Unit co-operatives development programme. The Unit procures various equipment to support local entrepreneurs that are starting economically viable enterprises. Acting Unit Head Thulani Nzama said their mandate is to capacitate businesses so that they assist in stimulating the local economic growth. “Vukuyibambe co-operative is already registered in our database and we are committed to assisting them to be one of the Municipality’s soup kitchen bread suppliers.”

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