Reviving the township economy with Bizniz in a box

One of the Bloemfontein winners. PHOTO: Destea Facebook

The Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea), in collaboration with Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), hosted entrepreneurs and stakeholders from around the province at the mobile kitchen and business equipment handover that took place at Botshabelo Digital Hub this past week.

According to Destea, the Free State Premier, Mxolisi Dukwana, the Destea MEC, Thabo Meeko, and CCBSA handed over six mobile kitchens and business equipment to the value of R1.25 million in celebration of Mandela Day.

“Last month, we signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the CCBSA, and both parties committed to ensuring that we double our efforts to revive township businesses to create more jobs. In the business operating space, competition is the middle name for the sector, hence the importance of non-financial support,” Meeko said.

The Bizniz in a Box competition required that Free State entrepreneurs between the ages of 20 and 35, who have a business that has been in operation for at least 18 months in their communities, pitch a business idea/plan that highlighted why the candidate needed support to take their business to the next level.

Winners (as provided by Destea):

Kefuwe Ramabele from Bultfontein – mobile kitchen

Lerumo Marumo from Bochabelo, Bloemfontein – mobile kitchen

Ncheka Modiehi from Ladybrand – mobile kitchen

Thapelo Mofokeng from Sasolburg – mobile kitchen

Francinah Kiwidor from Xhariep – mobile kitchen

Ntswaki Sholong from Theunissen – business equipment, support to the value of R110 000

Motshidisi Ntingoe from Kroonstad – business equipment to the value of R130 000 and a container

Pulane Radebe from Qwaqwa – business equipment, support to the value of R50 000

Lucas Rasmeni from Botshabelo – business equipment to the value of R50 000

Compiled by Gypseenia Lion