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Help for informal traders

Various informal traders in the Drakenstein Valley this week completed the Small Business Development programme.

This programme prepares traders to now apply for assistance and funding from the Department of Small Business Development support programme for informal, micro and small enterprises including cooperatives based in townships and villages, in addition to the Spaza Support Scheme.

The dedicated support programmes for township and village-based enterprises are in line with the Department’s Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (Trep) that was approved by Cabinet in February 2020.

It has now specifically been aimed at the re-opening of the economy to assist township and village economies that require special focus to achieve the aspirations of the new economy post-Covid-19, which were clearly articulated by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

During such programmes training, assistance and mentorship is given to the following entrepreneurs: . Small-scale bakeries and confectioneries support scheme; . Informal and small-scale clothing and textile support scheme; . Automotive Aftermarkets Support.

The local programme is done in collaboration between the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), a private enterprise, CPT Bookings, and the Drakenstein Municipality.

Initially 16 people were approached but on the starting day 38 informal traders showed up. The number has since grown to 50.

Marinda de Vos of CPT Bookings said there is a great need in Paarl area for support of this small business sector.

“During Covid-19, none of the informal traders could receive government assistance as they did not have the required tax certificate and were not registered on the website www.smmesa.gov.za or on the CSD (Central Supplier Database).

“The programme has changed everything. This group is now ready to apply for help and funding.”

The 2021 programme starts on January 18 at Paarl Town Hall.

There will be a big focus then on taking the informal traders’ business to a digital level as well.

Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Marinda at: Email: marinda@­capetown­bookings.co.za. Landline: 021 201 5599 Mobile: 082 955 4725.

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