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Spotlight on radical agriculture at Durban Business Fair
​Economic Development and Planning Cluster Deputy City
Manager Phillip Sithole fl anked by eThekwini councillors
as they welcomed delegates of the 20th annual Durban
Business Fair. Picture: PUMLA KHWELA
About R5.5 million has been ploughed by eThekwini Municipality in the last financial year towards empowering and assisting 35 local small farmers. The financial aid did not only help the emerging farmers’ to zvwwlaunch their career, but it also ensured that there is transformation in agriculture sector.

This emerged during the 20th edition of the annual Durban Business Fair held between 18 and 24 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. Small and emerging businesses were highly motivated during the Fair which kicked off talks about business development and opportunities to tap into the mainstream economy.

The Fair attracted thousands of businesspeople who attended the Business Indaba which was centred around radical agrarian socio-economic transformation, radical economic transformation opportunities focusing on capital projects and localisation in industrialisation. Officially opening the Fair, Economic Development and Planning Committee Chief Whip Councillor Busi Ndlovu said the programme reiterates the City’s commitment to provide support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME). “These enterprises play a significant role in growing the local economy to attract global investors.

Through small businesses, we are able to unlock economic opportunities by creating employment and growing the sector,” she said. Economic Development and Planning Deputy City Manager Phillip
Sithole encouraged small businesses to register on the City’s database to have access to opportunities. He said the Municipality spends about R30 billion in tenders annually. Acting Head for the City’s Agribusiness Unit, Vuyo Jayiya said in the last financial year, the Municipality has assisted 35 small farmers. “The City has prioritised the development of the agriculture sector through the Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (RASET) programme.

This is government’s efforts to break down barriers in the food value chain and ensure that there is transformation in the agriculture sector,” he explained. Successful businessman and Chief Executive Officer of Oteo Investment Holdings, Clive Manci underlined key points on transforming the entrepreneurship ecosystem. He was applauded for his constructive suggestion on gaps that can be bridged by government to swiftly achieve more growth in the SMME sector.

Silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za | Nonduduzo.ngcongo@durban.gov.za 
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