Fourth City of Joburg Opportunity Centre launches in Klipfontein View
This past Thursday, 20 June 2019, the MMC for Economic Development, Councillor Leah Knott was joined by the Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba in opening the City of Johannesburg’s fourth Opportunity Centre in Klipfontein View, north Johannesburg.
This Opportunity Centre will be to the advantage of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Klipfontein View and surrounding areas as a single point of entry for mentorship and holistic guidance on starting and running an enterprise.
This is the fourth Opportunity Centre to be launched following that of the inner city, Roodepoort, and Diepsloot. A business centre also services the Orange Farm community in partnership with Discovery.
Earlier this year Statistics South Africa revealed that youth between the ages of 15 -24 are the most vulnerable within the South African labour market, and the unemployment rate among this group was 55.2% in the first quarter of 2019.
These Opportunity Centres seek to provide not only resources, but most importantly, an enabling environment for both new and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs to explore their potential and find creative ways of participating in the economy.
The launch of the centre is aimed at bridging the gap between services and the people. To this end, the City has roped in various business partners to make this a reality. This includes 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.
Furthermore, the facilities will offer a variety of services including guidance on how and where to source funding to start a business, company registration, tax compliance, business plans, and general information on how to run and manage a business.
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 to ensure their future success.