Mancosa in partnership with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be providing free expert advice on important aspects to small businesses.  
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Mancosa in partnership with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be providing free expert advice on important aspects to small businesses. Photo: African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Mancosa and DCCI to offer free expert advice to small businesses

By BR Correspondent Time of article published May 14, 2020

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DURBAN - Mancosa in partnership with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be providing free expert advice on a range of important aspects of business management to small businesses. 

Mancosa is a private higher education institution that offers undergraduate and post graduate degrees. 

Professor Magnate Ntombela, Academic and Social Purposes Initiative Director at Mancosa said, "Mancosa business school has decided to address the call from SMMEs for bite-sized content that can be easily understood and will help answer the many questions small business owners have relating to tax matters, occupational health, human resources, how to apply for relief funding, coping with debts, property rental issues and managing the cash flow". 

Small businesses include hawkers, street traders and all businesses in the informal trading sector. These are run by the most vulnerable groups in society, most of whom cannot access bank loans or state funding. And even with the Solidarity Response Fund receiving private sector donations to assist SMMEs, many will find it impossible to access financial assistance.

"The team of experts in various fields will share information on an easily accessible platform to assist small businesses to negotiate the minefield of red tape and bureaucracy as they battle for survival under these harsh economic times. The information will also be useful after the lockdown as the nation creeps back towards normality," said Ntombela.

Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Palesa Phili said that the biggest challenge facing leaders in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, is working out how to safeguard business continuity in an environment where the landscape is changing rapidly daily.

"Businesses require support to interpret newly-formulated legislation and navigating a myriad of disruptions and threats to their sustainability, from cash flow pressures; compromised employee health; business operations upheavals; and limited mobility; to drastically reduced export markets and many more problems," said Phili. 

She added, "We are proud to be partnering with MANCOSA business school to fill a key business need at this time for credible quality information that will help guide critical decision-making for the captains of industry in KZN as well as SMMEs". 

The following are the subject experts who will share advice for SMMEs:

Covid-19 Survival Tips for SMMEs 

Bruce Macgregor is a practicing lawyer for 25 years with a strong commercial and employment law practice, Macgregor Erasmus, which was founded in 2008. Macgregor will be providing advice to help businesses survive post-COVID-19, including how to manage employees, accessing government relief, UIF benefits and other legal considerations.

Psychology of lockdown: Adapting to a ‘new normal’ 

Elizabeth Lumley is a Durban based qualified Industrial and Organisational Psychologist who has worked closely with several individuals and SMME’s across various industries for the past 20 years. Connecting businesses with its talent is driven through her ability to work closely with leaders and individuals. 

Taxing times: Covid-19 special tax relief 

Aneria Bouwer is a partner in Bowmans’ Cape Town office Tax Practice. She advises on all aspects of domestic and international tax, and also on exchange controls. During the lockdown, she has been advising various clients on the special tax measures introduced to help individuals and businesses during these vary trying times.

Cash is King & Keeping your site Covid-safe 

Riaz Dhai is a Chartered Accountant and the managing director of Sachet Manufacturers as well as the co-founder and director of ZKC & Associates. Riaz will discuss cash flow management and will also provide health and safety tips for businesses and their employees.

Relief Funding Toolbox for SMMES

Melitta Ngalonkulu is a financial journalist at Moneyweb, where she reports on companies, markets, the economy, small businesses and current affairs. She also hosts Small Business Conversation - a weekly podcast on Moneyweb which invites leaders and experts in the SMME sector to provide thought leadership and information on how businesses can become lucrative and create jobs in a developing economy.

Short audio clips of the advice offered by the experts will be made available on the websites of Mancosa (www.mancosa.co.za) and Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.durbanchamber.co.za) as well as their other social media platforms. 

They will also be available to be shared with individuals, other interested corporates and organisations. The experts will also be hosting live Q&A sessions on social media in the coming weeks. 

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