Thousands of traders in uMhlathuze Municipality breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday upon hearing an assortment of business opportunities by the KwaZulu-Natal Department Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) through its Bulk-Buying programme.
The provincial government’s Bulk Buying initiative is aimed at uplifting small businesses.
It is EDTEA’s flagship programme which is expected to drastically lower the cost of sales for emerging retailers to enable them to expend their market share.
“The process of engaging different stakeholders on the programme is proceeding smoothly. Tomorrow we will be in Mhlathuze Municipality. We can say without any hesitation that we are now ready to officially launch the Bulk Buying programme in Mandeni Municipality later this month,” said EDTEA MEC, Mr Zikalala.
As part of preparing to grand launch of this programme scheduled to take place later in Mandeni Municipality later this month, EDTEA MEC Zikalala held a massive roadshow in Esikhaleni Township, which followed an earlier business regulations drive which was held in King Cetshwayo and which saw the authorities shutting down few businesses that flouted an array of trade regulations as determined by the KZN Provincial Government.
"As EDTEA, we have really been humbled and encouraged by the massive support that we have been receiving from many communities since the launch of our campaign. We thank the media for its part in helping us create better awareness and discouraging illegality.
Working together, we will achieve more and build a better South Africa, a better Africa, and a better world" said Mr Zikalala.
He also revealed that coming to King Cetshwayo was as a result of receiving massive calls that " we need to take drastic steps against illegal trading".
"We agree with you that we must act now against the proliferation of illegal business enterprises that flout every rule in book.
We must stay resolute that we want no drug dens and trafficking of women and their abuse," said MEC Zikalala.
UMhlathuze Mayor Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo welcomed Edtea initiative.
"Illegal trading has caused us massive problems here. These have the prospect of ending up costing the government. We are for cleaner cities and better trading spaces whicy enhance not only the look but grow local economies with better investments," said Mhlongo.
Edtea has held successful Bulk-Buying roadshows in eThekwini, Amajuba, Umgungundlovu and King Cetshwayo.