Monday, 15 October 2018

Humanity at work

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development recently returned from a five day study tour to the Basque region of Spain as well as Madrid. Our purpose was to visit the Mondragon Corporation, Spain’s leading exponent of cooperatives as an organising principle of business, learn from its successes and failures and understand the role government plays in the cooperatives sector.

The development of coops has long been on the South African government’s agenda, but its track record is lamentable. A 2009 DTI study revealed that 88% of coops formed to date had failed. Since responsibility for coops was transferred to the Department of Small Business Development in 2014 their performance has not improved while hundreds of millions of rands have been pumped into the sector to try to kick start it. It remains moribund and lacking direction.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

DA Premier Candidate Solly Msimanga visiting industrial parks in Orlando West and Pennyville

#MsimangaForPremier: DA Gauteng Premier Candidate Msimanga takes his Listening Tour to Township Industrial Parks in Soweto
by DA Media -

Date: 03 October 2018
Release: Immediate
On Thursday, 4 October 2018, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Premier Candidate, Solly Msimanga, will take his Listening Tour to the Township Industrial Parks in Orlando West, Soweto.
The Township Industrial Parks are in a state of disrepair due to a lack of proper maintenance despite the fact that the business tenants are paying rent to the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA).
The DA Gauteng Premier Candidate will listen to, and engage with businesses about the issues that they face on a daily basis.
The DA Gauteng Premier Candidate will also engage with Ekasi Entrepreneurs at the Township Entrepreneurial Conversations panel discussion in Orlando West.
The media is invited to attend and there will be an opportunity for interviews and photographs.
The details of this leg of the Listening Tour are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018                                                                        
Meeting with businesses in the Township Industrial Parks in Orlando West, Soweto.
Time: 10:00 am: 11:30
Venue: Township Industrial Parks in Orlando West, Soweto.
Address: 65 Makhetha Street, Industrial Park, Orlando West, Soweto.
Meeting with business associations in Orlando West
Time: 12:00 am to 13:30 pm
Meeting with Ekasi Entrepreneurs
Time: 15:00 pm to 16:00 pm
Venue: Soweto Gold and Beer Garden
Address: 11846 Senokoanyana Street, Orlando West, Soweto.