After having approved its Local Economic Development (LED) Strategy, the Mkhondo Municipality started a process of empowering the informal traders in Mkhodo, last year.
This exercise is in line with vision 2030 of the National Development Plan (NDP). In response to the call, the Mkhondo Municipality circulated the information among informal traders, inviting them to apply and participate in the programme.
Hence, the first group of 30 was selected after undergoing a screening process. Training was conducted for them and they eventually received competency certificates after graduating in Nelspruit. During the process each participant submitted an application, explaining his/her needs, based on each person’s type of business. Funds were sourced through the Wholesale & Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W & RSETA).
Officials of the Mkhondo Municipality handed over equipment to beneficiaries last Thursday, the 21st of April. The equipment ranged from deep freezers, generators, gas stoves and deep fryers to ice cream and popcorn making machines, etc. Cllr Maswazi Nkosi (MMC for Community Services) was accompanied by Mr Wandile Nkonyane (General Manager Community Services), Ms Wendy Mahlangu (Senior Manager for IDP/LED & Tourism) and Mr Consent Masango (Senior Manager for Public Safety) for the handover.
MMC Nkosi commended the participants for the courage the informal traders demonstrated since the inception of the programme. “We want to see you growing in the near future. Today you showed passion in business, Vuk’uzenzele”, he added. Rev. Nkosi, who represented the informal traders, also thanked the Municipality for the opportunity presented to them.