The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) in Bloemfontein, together with the Mangaung Metro Municipality and Small Business Ministries, handed over equipment to help small businesses in the area in December.
The provincial manager of Seda, Jackie Ntshingila, told Bloemfontein Courant that this initiative is taking place all over the country. The equipment included items such as TVs, refrigerators and sewing machines.
Ntsingila said that there are processes within Seda, which include small business owners coming for a business plan and training.
She explained that the reason for this is that small businesses wait for lengthy periods to receive equipment that could help their businesses thrive. “This is a way of saying that government is trying to ensure that business get what they need, when they need it, without having to wait for three to four months.”
The businesses that received equipment, were first trained by Seda and given the necessary skills to run a business. Seda went to each business after the training to find out what equipment they might need. Ntshingila said this is an initiative that will carry on in 2019. – Sazly Hartzenberg