Umzumbe Municipality’s Youth Office hosted a very successful inaugural Youth in Business Fair at the Isibanini Community Hall on 22 October 2013. The event which took place under the auspices of the Youth Development office was officially opened by Umzumbe Municipality Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nompilo Dlamini-Mweshe.
In her opening address Cllr Dlamini-Mweshe said that she was excited to see that the youth of Umzumbe Municipality came in numbers to hear for themselves what opportunities were available for them as the youth in business. “Our motto as the municipality says building a better future and it is on this premise that we have such events for the youth,” said the Deputy Mayor. She added that the future of the country is in its youth, “That is why as the municipality we have put aside R1.3 million for youth development.” She further mentioned that she would be very glad to see women not only in catering and sowing businesses but also in construction, “I would also like to see people with disabilities being involved in business as well.” She conclude by urging the youth to register to vote and to vote in the upcoming general elections.
Different organizations that included Standard Bank, SARS, SEDA,KZNLA, Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs were exhibiting and made presentations for the young business people of Umzumbe Municipality. Mr Themba Kunene from SEDA spoke about the importance of proper book keeping for businesses, “Such will assist a lot when you are looking for funding for your business.” Also, the youth heard a presentation from Mr Arthur Mbhele, Ugu District Municipality Youth Office.
Umzumbe Municipality Youth Manager, Mr Philani Zama said that this is the first of many Youth in Business Fairs to come. He added that in November plans are afoot for the Business Indaba which will be hosted by Umzumbe Municipality.