free copy smme News @smmenews @smmenews SMME News SMME News MORE THAN 240 000 READERS, 20 000 copies distributed throughout EThekwini Metropolitan, ILembe District, UGU District Portshepstone & Pietermaritzburg Issue No 18 : May 2018 Tel: 031 307 1988 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.smmenews.co.za Community development breeds community growth Page 2 ITheku nezizumbulu zentuthuko yentsha Page 4 Abangcwabi nesethembiso kosomabhizinisi Page 8 Ubonge uxhaso ogijima ku-PSL Page 12 Major announcements at this year’s Indaba Marvellous Zondi The world’s third largest tourism event, the Africa Travel Indaba took centre stage on 8-10 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre. More than 6000 representatives from 80 countries around the world graced this year’s event. This show attracts buyers, exhibitors, media companies and tourism stakeholders with the aim of creating a one stop shop for the promotion of various tourism sectors. This year’s event hosted 476 main exhibitors, 644 sharing exhibitors and 1747 buyers. On the first day of the event, KwaZulu- Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala announced that there’ll be a new British Airways airline flying directly from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport. This airline will enhance economic growth and strengthen the working relationship between the two cities and is planned for 29 October and it’ll be operating 3 flights a week, using the Boeing 747-8 Dreamliner. EThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor, Fawzie Peer lauded this partnership and cited that it will make a sizable impact in growing the economy of our province. “We view this as a direct response to our efforts of our marketing strategy of taking Durban to the world and the world to Durban. UK is one of our key source markets and we are confidence that this will make a sizable impact in our endeavour to drive conversions in our community” Peer also announced the refurbishment of the Dube Trade Port and King Shaka Airport with the view of enhancing access to markets as well as the extension of the Suncoast and Isibaya Casinos. Another major endeavour is the Cruise Terminal which will connect with the Durban harbour, this will cost over R30 billion and will create 11 000 construction jobs and 6970 permanent jobs after completion. Furthermore, there were ministers from more than nine African countries and representatives from 22 African countries at this year’s event, Zikalala urged them and all other stakeholders to work towards intra-Africa trade. “As the province of KwaZulu-Natal we continue to encourage intra-Africa trade, for us as African countries, it is easy to trade with European countries but we find it difficult to exchange programmes and trade relationships within the continent” This year’s Indaba came at the time where President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his State of the Nation Address that the government will strengthen support for destination marketing. “We will enhance support for destination marketing in key tourism markets and take further measures to reduce regulatory barriers and develop emerging tourism businesses.” Said the president in February. RINGING THE BELL: (From L-R) CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, MEC for Edtea, Sihle Zikalala, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, Minister of Tourism Darek Hanekom and eThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor Fazwie Peer.
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