This morning, the Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba and the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development, Councillor Leah Knott officially opened the Simunye Opportunity Centre in Montclare, west of Johannesburg.
This is the seventh such facility to be launched following those in the inner-city, Roodepoort, Diepsloot, Klipfontein, Alexandra and Soweto.
They will provide a wide range of services including assisting small business with registrations, tax compliance, referral to business opportunities and providing mentoring workshops. The opportunity centres are also meant to provide meaningful support and encouragement for entrepreneurs in our communities - at all stages of the development of their businesses. They will assist budding entrepreneurs with information to enable them to access markets to grow and sustain their business.
Mayor Mashaba said small business has a crucial role to play in the City of Joburg’s economy.
“The development and support of small businesses is considered to be one of the pillars that will assist in contributing to the Johannesburg’s 5% economic growth by 2021. These opportunity centres are also instrumental in connecting young people to employment opportunities. Across our beautiful country, the ugly picture of unemployment drives home the urgency of the important task that brings us to this opportunity centre today. It is the picture of the real South Africa, the one we do not see featured glitzy television magazine shows.”
He added: “Unemployment has turned our township into representations of a dream truly deferred. In the humble adobes that make up large parts of our country and City are young men and women who may be reaching the end of their hope. We are here to pull them from the cliff.”
MMC Knott said the opportunity centres are a result of extensive consultation with the communities.
“The intention is to create sustainable opportunities for the community to participate in growing the economy. She added that the innovation desk incorporated into the centres will connect SMMEs with opportunities. Opportunity Centre seeks to provide resources and an enabling environment for small businesses to thrive. Small businesses are lifeblood of our economy.”
The launch of Opportunity centres across the City is made possible through a partnership with the South Africa Revenue Service, Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), Innovation Hub, Productivity SA, Small Enterprise Development Agency, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), ABSA, TUHF, GenAfrica, Discovery, and Smart Procurement World.
Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) will also have an opportunity to register on the City’s supplier database so that opportunities to do business with the City are open for all. These services are provided at no cost to the SMMEs with the City providing the facilitation and space. The centre also features managed workshops, meeting rooms, and internet access to SMMEs. This will ensure that job-seekers and emerging businesses are able to access vital resources.
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Communications Specialist: Office of the Executive Mayor
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