Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality empowers SMMEs’ for economic growth

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To stimulate economic growth and tackle unemployment, the Planning and Economic Development (PED) department of Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality (CALM) initiated a program.

According to CALM spokesperson Thapelo Phetla, the event was held in eManzana and Carolina, January 18 with a focus on supporting local cooperatives thro ugh various means.

He also said PED had previously distributed forms to encourage the registration of cooperatives and SMMES’ in the municipality.

“This database will enable the department to identify those in need of support and tailor their assistance accordingly.
The bigger goal of the program is not only to bolster the economic viability of these enterprises but also to create job opportunities, subsequently reducing the unemployment rate in the area,” he said.

Phetla furtjerbsaid the PED’s initiative demonstrates a proactive approach to community development and economic empowerment. By strategically supporting local SMMES’ and cooperatives, the department aims to contribute to the growth and sustainability of businesses while positively impacting the overall economic landscape of Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality.

Meanwhilet the Manager Local Economic Development (LED), Elias Thomo, said the program which is aimed at empowering Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMES’) in the municipality.

One notable recipient of support was the cooperative, Lanondakatho (PTY) LTD, based in ward 17 at eManzana. Specializing in crafting traditional attires, beadwork, cultural performances, and cultural activity promotion, the cooperative received essential materials such as wools, trading cotton, fabric materials, silver beads, needles, and more.

Phaka Sidle Building Construction, an art and handwork cooperative based in eManzana, also received assistance in the form of an art stand, canvas paints, brushes, masking tapes, and a drill.

Another cooperative, Ebaleni Trading (PTY) LTD, a youth-owned private catering company located in ward 22 at Carolina, was supported with 2 x 25 three-legged pots, a 3-plate gas stove, and 2 x 25L pots. The company specializes in catering services for a variety of events, including funerals, weddings, parties, and corporate events.