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SMME NEWS - MAR 2018 ISSUE

SMME NEWS - MAR 2018

free copy smme News @smme_news @smmenews SMME News SMME News MORE THAN 240 000 READERS, 30 000 copies distributed throughout EThekwini Metropolitan, ILembe District, UGU District Portshepstone & Pietermaritzburg Issue No 16 : March 2018 Tel: 031 307 1988 - Email: news@smmenews.co.za, Website: www.smmenews.co.za R1.2 Billion Boost for SMMEs Page 3 Durban Municipality Engages Businesses Page 4 FFRET SEEK TO UPLIFT SMMES Page 7 OPPORTUNITIES Page 8 - 9 Minister bemoans impact of listeria on Small Businesses Marvellous Zondi Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu has bemoaned the listeria outbreak citing that it has a negative impact on small businesses particularly those in townships. Zulu said this during the Biodiversity Economy Indaba which was held at the East London International Convention Centre on 08 March 2018. Over the past months there has been a massive recall of cold meats as a result of listeria outbreak in South Africa. The outbreak came to light after scientists identified the Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane in Limpopo as the source of the current listeriosis strain ST6. Preliminary results showed that several ready to eat processed meat products from the Enterprise facility in Germiston in Gauteng contained listeriosis monocytogenes, but the sequence type was not yet known. Since January last year, at least 180 people have died from the listeriosis, while many other patients are still being tracked by the department of health. While addressing the conference, Zulu recalled her first reaction to the news of listeria outbreak. “When we heard about this disease that is being spoken about, they spoke about polony. As the minister of small business development, and the people in my office, the first thing that came to my mind was, oh my God, the women and men who are selling sandwiches around the corners, this is going to affect them. Nobody is going to buy their sandwiches, their kotas,” said Zulu. “So we decided to write a letter to Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu. the minister of health, and say to the minister, as you are discussing how we are going to deal with this and how you are going to be tracing it, please think about us as a department and the people that we represent.” Zulu also mentioned that they requested the Department of Health to allow them to be part of the ongoing conversation to find solutions to this matter. “We asked that we also sit in their committees that are dealing with it [the outbreak]. At the end of the day, we know that there are millions of people who eat that in the morning, or during lunch time, but the people who are preparing that are our small and medium enterprises and the informal sector.”

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