Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde

Township traders move to Long Street kiosks

By Jabulile S. Ngwenya Time of article published May 9, 2016

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Cape Town - Ten emerging entrepreneurs selected from several townships will soon start trading their goods on Long Street in the Cape Town city centre from several on-street kiosks.

The kiosks, which form part of an initiative between the province’s departments of economic development and tourism and transport and public works are located on the corners of Long and Wale streets in Cape Town.

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde on Monday handed over the keys to the kiosks to the entrepreneurs who were from Philippi, Khayelitsha, Kayamandi, Langa and Gugulethu.

The entrepreneurs, he said, were carefully selected through the government’s Partner Network in which aspiring entrepreneurs “were invited to briefing sessions and assessed on the viability of their business and suitability for the site”.

He said that now that the department had handed over the kiosks to the entrepreneurs, they could “now customize and make it their own.”

He said the kiosks, which were situated in the city’s CBD would enable the selected entrepreneurs to “showcase and sell their goods in one of our region’s most vibrant spaces”.

Consumers could expect to see a variety of products for sale from these kiosks, including hair products, clothing accessories, handbags, refreshments, and artwork.

“We know that entrepreneurs are key job creators, employing over 500 000 people in the Western Cape. That is why we have invested in initiatives like these, which give small businesses the support they need to take their enterprises to the next level,” said Winde.

We’ve given over 30 000 entrepreneurs the tools they need to start a business since 2009 and in this financial year we’re investing a further R40.9 million into the development and support of small businesses.”

Winde urged residents to “take ownership of the space” and launched a campaign to name the initiative.

The entrepreneurs are expected to start trading from the end of May, and their kiosks would operate from 7am to 5pm during the week and from 7am to 2pm on the weekend.

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