Under the theme: “Recognising women, youth and inclusion in entrepreneurship as well as the connecting ecosystem”, GEW is celebrated worldwide in November with the aim of equipping aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and knowledge to be at the forefront of successful businesses.
The municipality’s Business Development Manager from the Business Support, Tourism, Licensing and Markets Unit, Nonku Mthembu, said the momentum created during the 21st edition of the Durban Business Fair held in Durban in September, was carried over to the GEW through existing empowerment programmes.
“The activities were informed by the gaps identified and the market needs. The target was that 500 people needed to be impacted through the GEW. This goal was achieved through the week’s programme. There is huge potential in the GEW, and we can use this platform to reach a larger audience,” she said.
Also part of the GEW programme, the municipality partnered with Soft ‘* Free hair products for a hair training programme. This was held concurrently with a make-up training programme.
Both these initiatives focused on youth development under the city’s Fashion Development Programme.
There was also a Contractor Development Programme which took place in Wushini area in KwaNgcolosi. The city said this programme aimed to educate entrepreneurs about compliance in the construction sector, the applicable legislation in the built environment and relevant information was disseminated to ensure capacity building and the empowerment of small and emerging businesses in the construction industry.
Focusing on community economic development was the Co-operative Development Engagement Programme which aimed to explore diverse stakeholders across the private, public, non-profit and financial sectors and their roles in advancing co-operative development to create quality, sustainable and wealth-building opportunities.