One of the business owners who will be exhibiting at the fair. 
Picture: Supplied
One of the business owners who will be exhibiting at the fair. Picture: Supplied
Durban - eThekwini Municipality’s pioneering initiative of regional business fairs - invented five years ago to stimulate growth among small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) - will host its last leg of the regional fairs in 2018 (the North Fair) at Bridge City Mall in KwaMashu on August 17 to 19.

During the first day of the North Fair, Mayor Zandile Gumede will launch the ground-breaking Radical Economic Transformation (RET) database registration roadshow and will thereafter address entrepreneurs on how to do business with the Municipality.

“The database will ensure that the RET process is inclusive and opportunities reach all communities,” she said. The Mayor will also outline other benefits of the database and will assist in registering business community members on the database live at the Fair.

After the Fair, the RET database registration roadshow will be taken to all regions in eThekwini to ensure every business is registered.

“The database is one of our efforts to deliver on the objectives of the RET framework launched last year in February. This is proof that, as leaders of the Municipality, we strongly advocate for meaningful participation of black SMMEs in the mainstream economy,” added Mayor Gumede.

On the same day, Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Planning, Phillip Sithole will provide a presentation on tenderpreneurship and politics. He will outline issues of compliance, policy framework and how tenderpreneurship is a crucial part of economic empowerment.

The Fair, which is free of charge to public, will feature various activities aimed at empowering businesses. These include an exhibition, a Business Indaba and master classes. It will further present empowerment opportunities in food and beverage, filmmaking, TV and theatre, fashion and transfer skills through hosting of the eKasi Youth Innovation challenge.

Themed “Rural and Township Economic Revitalisation”, the North Fair two-day Business Indaba will host roundtable discussions steered by highly experienced entrepreneurs to engage attendees on topics such as “Transformation in the built environment”.

For more information, contact Sane Shandu on 031 311 4806 / 072 572 8658 or email: [email protected]

The Mercury