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SMME NEWS 2 21 December 2017 SMME NEWS Welcomes You! It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 13th issue of SMME News, a free, monthly community newspaper printed in English and IsiZulu, whose niche market are those companies in the Small, Medium and Micro-Enterprise (SMMEs) sector and aspiring entrepreneurs. Our vision is to be the “heartbeat of small enterprises”. To ensure that we perform optimally in meeting our goals, we have established an Advisory Board as a mechanism to strengthen the functioning of the executive team. We have great plans for our readers and stakeholders such as business seminars, exciting competitions, establishment of an interactive website, etc. and will endeavour to communicate in your language as much as possible. Thus far, this publication has benefited the community of ILembe District and with this re-launch we are including Ugu District, Umgungundlovu Municipalities as well as eThekwini Metropolitan. In the coming years, we are hoping to include all the districts of KwaZulu Natal. We believe entrepreneurs possess the ability to create a sustainable and positive economic and social environment in their communities. SMME News endeavors to build, strengthen and enhance the business capacity and capabilities of our entrepreneurs. I wish to thank our funder – MDDA – for their support and confidence in us. My appreciation and heartfelt gratitude extends to our old and newly appointed team. They have worked tirelessly and dedicated their resources and time to make this powerful edition a reality. I welcome the new districts to their first issue……regards, the Chairperson Management & Editorial Team Tinky Ogle - Publisher Phumzile Manana - Administrator. Siyabonga Sikhakhane - Sub-editor and Layout Nontobeko Duma - Journalist Marvellous Zondi - Journalist Oyewo Adetola Elizabeth Nomcebo Mncube Parliament visits SMME News THE executive officials and staff of SMME News were over the moon recently when they were paid a visit by the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Communications, led by its Chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana. Tuesday 27 June 2017 was “Epoch-making” indeed as noted by the Publisher/CEO of SMME news, Miss Tinky Ogle in her presentation receiving the high profile and prestigious delegation from government to see her business. Among members of the Portfolio Committee present were former Ekurhuleni Metro Mayor Mondli Gungubele of the African National Congress (ANC), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi who is the Spin Doctor of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Phumzile van Damme the Shadow Minister of Communications for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the former President of Sadtu by the name of Willie Madisha, of the Congress People of People (Cope). The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), and the MDDA were also present at the site visit and were impressed by the work that SMME News has been doing in the semi-rural and rural communities of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Responding to her presentation, the members of the portfolio committee engaged with her experiences and good ideas, and offered some valuable suggestions and advice on the way forward. Miss Ogle was highly commended for her passion and hard work and the value of her work was highly commended. It was noted that SMME News is strategic in its partnership with the government’s vision of transformation with a specific focus on supporting Small and Medium Enterprise businesses in the province and beyond. She was reminded that SMMEs have been around for centuries and what they might be lacking is a voice more than anything else. SMME reporter awarded for sterling work SMME News Journalist Marvellous Zondi was recently honoured as the second best Sports Journalist/Reporter of the year at the KwaDukuza Sport’s recognition awards. Zondi was recognised for his sterling work covering KwaDukuza United’s journey in the 2016/17 Nedbank Cup, Chief Albert Luthuli Marathon and SALGA games to mention a few. From all of us at SMME News, Congrats! NO 5 Walnut Road, SmartXchange, Durban, 4001 M +2771 710 7943 T+2731 307 1988 SMME NEWSPAPER subscribes to the South African Press Code that prescribes news that is truthful, accurate, fair and balanced. If we don’t live up to the Code please contact the Press Ombudsman at 011 484 3612/8, fax: 011 4843619

21 December 2017 SMME NEWS 3 Uhlelo lokufukula ama SMMEs ngaphansi kwesifunda ILembe Marvellous Zondi Ungqongqoshe womnyango we Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs uMnu. Sihle Zikalala kanye nezikhulu ezivela ngaphansi ko Masipala abazinze esifundeni ILembe abaholwa ngu sodolobha uMnu. Siduduzo Gumede ngokuhlanganyela nezikhulu ze Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) bavule ngokusemthethweni uhlelo oluzokwaziwa nge ‘Vuthela Local Economic Development’ Mhla zingama 29 ku Lwezi 2017. Loluhlelo kuhloswe ngalo ukufukula osomabhizinisi abancane kanye nama co-operatives ngolwazi ukuze kuthuthukiswe umnotho wesifunda ILembe kanye nokudala amathuba emisebenzi. I-Vuthela Ilembe yasungulwa ngonyaka ka 2013 lapho ILembe District Municipality kanye ne SECO basayinda khona isivumelwano sokusebenzisana. I-SECO iwuphiko lokufukula umnotho nokusimamisa amazwe angamadlela ndawonye nezwe lase Switzerland. Ungqongqoshe womnyango we Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Ekhuluma emcimbini wokwethulwa uMnu. Sihle Zikalala kwe Vuthela ILembe, ungqongqoshe uZikalala ulishayele elikhulu ihlombe loluhlelo waveza nokuthi luzodlala indima enkulu ekusimamiseni osomabhizinisi abasafufusa phecelezi ama SMMEs angaphansi kwesifunda ILembe. “Switzerland isizinda solwazi lwezomnotho esina 99% wosomabhizinisi abancane abaphumelelayo. Inselelo ebhekene nama SMMEs lapha KwaZulu- Natal ukuzama ukuncela ulwazi ukuze nathi sizofukula owethu umnotho siphinde sidale namathuba emisebenzi.” Kubeka uZikalala. “Siyabonga kakhulu kuma Swiss ukuletha uhlelo oluqondene ngqo nezinhlelo zethu zoku fukula umnotho wabantu abansundu. Loluhlelo luzoletha ukwakhiwa kwengqalasizinda ezovula amathuba amaningi ezamabhizinisi” kuqhuba ungqongqoshe. Isifunda iLembe sizinze phakathi kwamachweba omnotho amakhulu kuleli okuyi Port of Richards Bay kanye ne Durban Harbour ematasa kunawowonke ezwenikazi i-Africa. Inxusa lase Switzerland ezweni iNingizimu Afrika uNksz. Helene Budliger Artieda ubalule ukuthi loluhlelo lungezinye zezindlela abazama ngazo ukufukula amazwe asafufusa. “Loluhlelo lungenye yezindlela iSwitzerland ezama ngalo ukufukula amazwe angamadlela ndawonye nayo” SMMEs to receive monetary boost from private sector Lindiwe Sisulu while addressing the breakfast meeting delegates Photo by @MyANC/twitter Marvellous Zondi Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu hosted a breakfast meeting at NASREC Expo centre on Monday, 18 December 2017 as part of the programmes within the ANC Elective Conference. Speaking at this meeting, Minister Zulu highlighted a lot of challenges faced by SMMEs and also shed some light on the routes that need to be followed in order to tap into the ever developing world of SMMEs. “We want people at local levels who are behind the desk even those who pass legislation, we want them to understand the hardship faced by SMMEs” said Zulu before adding that a lot of legislation has been passed since 1994 and tuition has to go with it in order to capacitate people about them. Zulu also urged big corporations to help fuel SMMEs. “In 2014, our democratic government established the Department of Small Business Development for it to champion the cause of small, medium, micro and cooperative enterprises. Support for SMMEs cannot just come from government but also from big business through efforts of opening up supply chains to small businesses” Speaking of big coporations jumping into the wagon of uplifting SMMEs, Zulu also said there is a R1.5 billion fund set aside by the private sector for uplifting small businesses which should be in place by next year. “This fund will focus on start-up businesses, it was announced last year with the aim of elevating small businesses” said Zulu.

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