YCCISA assists Mhluzi woman start own Galitos restaurant

The first one was opened in Lydenburg and another one in Nhlazatshe.

The Youth Chamber of Commerce & Industries South Africa in collaboration with the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency and the National Youth Development Agency are on a mission to assist young entrepreneurs start their own Galitos restaurants.

The YCCISA and other stakeholders will be in Middelburg this coming Friday (10 Aug) for the opening of a new Galitos restaurant belonging to a female beneficiary that YCCISA assisted.

The restaurant that will be launched on Friday is the third as the other two were opened a few months ago.

“The first restaurant was launched in Lydenburg, while the second one was launched in Nhlazatshe,” YCCISA President Victor Mashego said.

“So we decided to launch this one on a Women’s Month because here the beneficiary is a woman,” said Mashego.

He said they plan to open eight more restaurants “of this nature”.

It costs them R500 000 to open each restaurant, Mashego said.

The project will create more than 77 sustainable jobs.

Each restaurant will have 7 employees, while other job opportunities will be created through the project’s value chain.

Mashego thanked the Galitos company for agreeing to partner with them to make the projects a success as well as economic development MEC Eric Kholwane and MEGA chief executive officer Xola Sithole who assisted so much.

“The new owners will undergo training and mentorship from relevant professionals. I am also happy that the University of Mpumalanga is willing to work with us on other issues as far as this project is concern,” he said.

YCCISA have negotiated for the entire value chain, egg-layers, incubators,1 day chicken breeding and abattoir.

“This is our rural and township economy revitalisation strategy,” he said, adding 60% of the 11 beneficiaries are young women.

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MP govt partners with Std Bank in bid to grow small biz

The launch of the Mpumalanga Enterprise Development Fund was attended by Premier David Mabuza.

The Mpumalanga government wants citizens to start their own businesses and will assist them to grow in a bid to fight unemployment and poverty.

The provincial government has now partnered with Standard Bank to launch the Mpumalanga Enterprise Development Fund.

Premier David Mabuza delivered the keynote note address at the launch of the Fund and an agreement to establish the fund was signed between the department of economic development, the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) and Standard Bank.

The event took place in Bethal this week.

Premier David Mabuza said this was an opportunity for people wishing to start their own businesses and wishing to grow them.

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People will apply to the Fund and get help on their various projects across the province.

“We went out of our way to partner with Standard Bank,” Mabuza said.

“We said to Standard Bank, ‘help these businesses with finance’, but if you want to use that money to buy a suit, that will not happen. If you want to start a business to produce bricks, we will buy you a brick-making machine,” the Premier said.

“This is your opportunity to go and start your own businesses,” he said.

Mabuza told the crowds sitting in a tent at the Bethal township of eMzinoni that an amount of R300 million has already been set aside to assist the small business sector.

To access financing small businesses can visit any standard bank branch in the province and apply.

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Mega to launch ‘Women of the Rising Sun’

As the country is celebrating the role of women in our societies, the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency is also in.

The agency said they want to have events where they assist township businesswomen to develop by offering them training.

Now they are searching for ten young black businesswomen to make submissions of the type of businesses they are doing or want to do.

The campaign is called Women of the Rising Sun.

Sezanele Zondi, agency’s business advisor, said all submissions should be made to Zipho Khambule on [email protected].

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Zondi said one workshop will take place on Saturday, the upcoming weekend, in the eMalahleni area.

She said businesswomen will be provided with the kind of knowledge needed to run a successful business “and also provide them with the opportunity to engage and market their businesses to various potential markets”.

“In line with its objective of supporting and developing SMMEs, MEGA will be in search of ten young female entrepreneurs from eMalahleni who, once selected, will be hosted in a mini workshop where various business experts will impart their business skills and training,” Zondi said.

The mini workshop will be at the Phumlani Lodge & Conferencing in eMalahleni on 12 August 2017.

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Miss Mpumalanga 2017: As it happened

With live entertainment, it was a buzzing evening and for the newly crowned Miss Mpumalanga, Geraldine Williams, it was a night she will never forget.

Geraldine was amongst the 12 beautiful hopefuls who competed for the chance to be the Miss Mpumalanga 2017 at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday evening.

The audience was treated to an entertaining and nerve wrecking evening as the number of contestants dwindled down before the two runner- ups – Lindokuhle and Lethokuhle – and finally when this year’s Miss Mpumalanga was announced.

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After a rough round of questions from the judges that ranged from women empowerment, education and youth development, 21 year-old Geraldine Williams from Volksrust walked away with the coveted title.

Nineteen year-old Lethokuhle from Clau Clau was crowned as the first princess while 21 year-old Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi from KaNyamazane was crowned the second princess.

There were also two awards for Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality.

Miss Photogenic went to Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi from KaNyamazane while Miss Personality went to 19 year-old Lungile Mlangeni from Elukwatini.

The 12 finalists were all oozing with glitz and glamour during the crowning ceremony.

The show was opened by different fashion designers who showcased their clothes.

The finalists paraded in swimwear, evening wear, and casual wear.

Mafikizolo took the crowd down memory lane with their old hits while Swaziland music sensation, Sands performed one of his hit tracks, Tigi.

Miss Mpumalanga 2017: As it happened

Afro-Pop sensation Mafikizolo. MfisoDIGITAL/BM.

Even though some of the twelve finalists didn’t make it to the top 5, they walked away with R20,000 cash prize, driver’s license vouchers, tablets and many more, while Miss Mpumalanga won an educational bursary, shopping vouchers, holiday vouchers, brand new car, R120 000 cash prize and many more.

The event was graced by the current Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, Mpumalanga MEC for economic development, Eric Kholwane, and the CEOs of Mpumalanga Gambling Board and MEGA.

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