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    Through advancing the small enterprise development and transforming the lives of Small, Micro, Medium Enterprise (SMME’s). The Thabo Mofutsanyana District Small Enterprise and Development Agency (SEDA) in corporation with Maluti a Phofung’s (MAP) Local Economic and Development, SMME, Agriculture and Tourism Department under the vigilant eye of Acting Executive Mayor Cllr Mojalefa Naledi tendered the much-needed business equipment to the value of 250 000. The joint programme took place on Monday the 13th August at Phuthaditjhaba Multipurpose Hall.

    A total of 20 beneficiaries from Qwa Qwa, Harrismith and Kestell came in the morning anticipating the official handover of their business equipment, among them were fruit and vegetable vendors, gardeners, bakery and food stall holders at taxi ranks and on sidewalks in their respective vending areas. These entrepreneurs not only received equipment but prior to the handover they received basic business management training from municipality MAP SMME Manager, Tiisetso Makhele explain “This equipment they received will improve their working conditions and the training they underwent will ensure that the equipment is used effectively, we also singed the memorandum of understanding with SEDA that they must have an office within the municipal office to assist our small business”. During his address the Acting Executive Mayor Cllr Mojalefa Naledi expressed his gratefulness towards working together with SEDA, FDC and other government stakeholders and said “our aim is to develop the SMME’s businesses in the municipality and break the cycle of the formal and informal business sectors and we will be checking back on you and the state of the equipment, so make sure you have given us the correct contact details.”

    Amongst the Items that was handed over include gas stoves, fridges, fraying pan, cooler boxes, baking accessories, grass cutters and wheel barrows among others. SEDA Provincial Manager Jackie Ntshingila also encouraged them to look after their equipment “you may be small now but you have started somewhere, we are here to support you grow your business to the greater heights” she added.

    Palesa Mosia, 27, who does bakery such as scones and biscuits from Phuthaditjhaba enthusiastically expressed her gratitude and thanked the municipality and SEDA to make her dream come true “I am so speechless because none of these would’ve happened if it was not of MAP and SEDA, she said with a chuckle”

    By: Masilo Malakwane