By: Nosipho Haya-Komisa
25 jubilant women working as informal traders in Mdantsane Highway are set to benefit from the programme aimed at reviving the township economy.
This is after Coca-Cola South Africa together with Buffalo City Metro Municipality donated 20 “Bizniz in a Box” structures and fridges to them.
Buffalo City Metro Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the “Bizniz in a Box” initiative is one of the Buffalo City Metro’s projects aimed at rooting out unemployment in the Metro.
The Bizniz in a Box initiative is a social responsibility by CCBSA to reduce unemployment. The initiative aims at creating an ecosystem of viable micro-business offering complementary products and services in a community using spaza shops as anchors.” said Ngwenya.
Speaking to the beneficiaries at Mdantsane highway yesterday, Buffalo City Metro Portfolio Head for Economic Development Councillor Mawethu Marata has urged the beneficiaries to look after the equipment.
“You must take care of the facilities and your customers and we will do our part in making sure that we grow the economy of Mdantsane,” he said.
Given the background and the aim of the Bizniz in a box programme, Regional CSI Specialist Buseka Adonis said the focus of the programme is to boost the township economy.
“The Bizniz in a box started in 2015 all over the country. In the Eastern Cape, however, it started in 2018 in Gqeberha and the programme was in line with the National Development Plan to revive township economy and address youth unemployment in the townships,” she said.