Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and Premier of the Free State, Mr Ace Magashule, Dr Benny Malakoane, and other members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). As well as the leadership of the cooperatives movement, will host the International Cooperatives Day from the 25th to the 26th of August 2017 in Bloemfontein, Free State. The event will also be attended by some Ministers from neighbouring countries who are responsible for cooperatives development.
President Jacob Zuma is also expected to address the audience, but has not arrived yet.
This year’s celebration is held under the theme “Putting people at the centre of development”
The International Cooperatives Day event is a platform to share practical ideas on how the cooperatives sector can be supported and developed into a force of economic and social inclusion. Government sees cooperatives as vehicles for economic development, democratic economic participation and redistribution of wealth.
This event is a collaborative effort between the national Department of Small Business Development, the Free State Government and the Co-operatives Movement.
The International Day of Co-operatives is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance.
Statement issued, compiled by Jeretha Oosthuizen