Regional Business Fairs - 2016
The Municipality’s successful interventions to capacitate Small, Medium and Micro - sized Enterprises (SMMEs) are bearing fruits. This is evident, judging by the growing number of businesses that are participating in the Regional Business Fairs.
Regional Business Fairs are a platform for SMMEs and large businesses to promote their products and services in a cheaper and effective way. With such opportunities being made available by the City, businesses are able to network with each other to better understand the sector and find mechanisms that will enable their businesses to remain competitive.
This allows businesses to easily connect with their customer and attend to their needs as well as expectations, which in turn assists them in finding effective ways of establishing and maintaining good customer relations.
Regional Business Fair - South
13 – 15 May 2016 KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre
The Regional Business Fair - South comprised more than 200 businesses participating in the exhibition of products and services. Majority of the businesses were local established entities with a couple of businesses from around greater Durban Metro and South Africa.
The Fair opened by the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize and Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, was attended by over 16 000 visitors and it hosted a variety of activities including, Business and Construction Indaba, Gospel Morning, Master Classes, Start Up & Go Youth Camp and many exciting features.
The Regional Business Fair - South featured a line-up of speakers, that lit up the programme and provided insight on business acumen, strategies for growth and importantly inspirational motivation for businesses to succeed.
Regional Business Fair - North
Regional Business Fair - North was held at Bridge City Shopping Mall on 15-17 July and officially opened by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala who assured small businesses that government is working tirelessly to gainer financial support from the private sector and government institutes.
The fair drew 15 461 visitors and buyers who came to support locally produced goods from 162 exhibitors. This year’s Fair comprises of influential and prominent speakers such as Vivian Reddy and speakers touched on various topics such as manufacturing, black industrialization, construction, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development programmes for SMMEs and opportunities in the business sector.
During the exhibition, various activities such as Master classes, Business and Construction Indaba and Musical Master Class were part of this years program and it provided entrepreneurs with invaluable business ideas and to create business relationships.