Regional Business Fairs - 2018
The eThekwini 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 customers 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 - Inner Outer West
25 – 27 May 2018 Hammarsdale Juction Mall
THE three-day Inner and Outer West Regional Business Fair, held at the Hammarsdale Junction Mall from 25 to 27 May, was hailed for continuing to expose and promote township-based businesses on the highly contested platform. The exhibitors included three Phezulu High School learners who exhibited for the first time at the Regional Fair. They were thankful to the Municipality for the opportunity to market their businesses to a wider audience. The business-minded learners also reported making a profit from sales as well as increasing their customer database from networking with potential buyers.
The learners, who are in the business studies class as part of their curriculum at school, sell leather handbags which are produced by themselves, handmade craft and artwork as well as vegetables which they have grown.
One of the learners, Siphelele Mthembu said attending the Regional Fair exceeded their expectations as they also learnt about business development opportunities provided by the Municipality.
Mthembu made reference to the 2018 Lion’s Den Business Plan competition that offers financial and non-financial support to emerging businesses. Applications for this competition are currently open and close on 29 June 2018. “We will definitely not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which also has an intermediate schools entrepreneurship category,” Mthembu added.
Other elements of the Regional Fair included Youth Business Connect seminars which provided a platform for young people to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges from Coca Cola, South African Breweries and Ithala. The Fair also hosted a Business Indaba with a key focus on construction and co-operative development, Flavours of Durban culinary lessons, film master classes and fashion talks which saw four panellists deliver talks on garment construction, pricing, marketing and fashion in retail.
Regional Business Fair - South
27 – 29 July 2018 KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre
The significant contribution small businesses make to the country’s economy resulted in eThekwini Municipality successfully hosting the second 2018 Regional Business Fair in Umlazi’s KwaMnyandu Shopping Mall from 27 to 29 July.
The exhibition extravaganza, which attracted a total of 13 561 buyers, created a platform for emerging businesses to showcase their work while sealing business deals and forging partnerships with potential investors. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said small township businesses are the main role-players in job creation. “It is for this reason that we will continue to invest in growing township economies because they contribute to alleviating poverty, creating employment and eradicating inequality,” she said.
The 110 exhibitors at the Regional Business Fair could not stop praising the Municipality for staging a world-class exhibition aimed at boosting their business profiles. First time exhibitor Dumisile Dlomo, who spoke very highly of the Fair, said the platform assisted her to market her business as well as to network with potential buyers and owners of other small and emerging businesses. Dlomo is the owner of Snqobangaye Traditional Clothing which produces traditional isiZulu regalia and traditional colourful beaded accessories. “You could tell that the Municipality went all out to ensure the exhibition was well marketed judging by the number of buyers who visited our stands. We are eternally grateful. The response has been very positive and I am certain my business will grow from strength to strength after this opportunity.” .
Regional Business Fair - North
The Durban Business Fair held an Editors Briefing on the 15th of August 2015, to relay the story and celebrate the milestones of the past 20 years, and give members of the media a detailed overview of the upcoming North Fair, as well as the much anticipated Main Fair, happening from the 17th to the 23rd of September 2018, at the Durban ICC and Durban Exhibition Centre.