opens for business
Bellair Market is open for business, and Cato Manor residents
are encouraged to do their shopping there to support local
“Up, up and away!” Traders at the Bellair
celebrate the opening..
All stalls have been allocated but they have not all been
occupied due to electricity supply problems.
Traders have also voiced their disappointment with regards
to the removal of solid waste and the lack of electricity
supply. “Ever since the market opened two week ago no-one
has bothered to remove the rubbish that has accumulated. We
don’t really know who is responsible, but come rent time we
will be expected to pay,” said a trader who wishes to remain
According to Wim Eising, manager for Local Economic Development
at the CMDA, the market is now the responsibility of the Informal
Trade Department of the Metro Council. The good news is that
the Department will provide a superintendent, who will be
based at the market, to attend to all queries relating to
tenancy problems and to oversee the operation of the market.
Some traders have expressed concern that business at the market
is slow, but this is probably due to the fact that it is still
new and many people may be unaware of its existence.
Members of the public are encouraged to start shopping at
the market for their daily fruit and vegetable supplies. This
will not only provide income to the traders, but it will also
encourage investment in Cato Manor.
People wishing to liaise with the Informal Trade Department
should contact Louis Mthembu at this number: (031) 332 5671.
South Africa’s best guitarist,
entertained fans at the Easter jazz festival
held at the Chesterville sports grounds.
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Business Fair is back
second Small Business Fair will be held in Cato Manor on Saturday
June 30 and Sunday July 1.
After the successful staging of the first Small Business Fair
in Cato Manor last year, CMDA’s Local Economic Development
Unit has promised to make this year’s event bigger and more
exciting. Small businesses that did not get an opportunity
to showcase their products last year will get enough time
to prepare this year.
Event organisers McIntosh, Xaba & Associates are putting the
final touches to preparations for this year’s event.
The Fair is seen as an opportunity to expose emerging businesses
to other entrepreneurs, financial institutions and training
providers. It will also provide local businesses with an opportunity
to exhibit their wares and talents to people from all over
the Durban metropolitan area. The Fair will include workshops
on various topics geared to help small business to grow bigger
and better. Although the venue for the event has not been
finalised, indications are that it will be staged at the Bellair
Road Park behind the newly opened traders’ market. The venue
is suitable for attracting passing traffic and is easily accessible.
The Fair is open to all producers, retailers and service providers.
Entrepreneurs wishing to participate in the Fair should contact
Kerry Philp on 3014331or Mxolisi Mwandla on 261 6640 for more
Dlodlo gets top post in SANCO
hot seat: Arthur Dlodlo of KwaMasixhawulane
has been elected as Provincial Secretary
of the South African Civics Organisation.
Dlodlo has been elected provincial secretary of the SA National
Civics Association (SANCO) at the organisation’s national
Arthur is no stranger to leadership positions having been
involved in one way or another with political, community and
development organisations for most of his life.
He has served as a board member of the CMDA, chairperson of
the CMCO, executive member of the Wiggins Housing Committee
and chairperson of the Chesterville Residents Association.
He was first elected to SANCO as regional secretary, representing
Wiggins 1 (KwaMasixhawulane) SANCO branch.
The name SANCO will ring a bell with many people, especially
with media watchers. It is not so long ago that this organisation
openly challenged the incumbent government and threatened
to divorce itself from the tripartite alliance if government
did not speedily deliver basic services to the poor.
SANCO is currently engaged with government at local level
on issues relating to rates and the efficient provision of
SANCO is a non political, umbrella body of many community-based
civic organisations. It was formed in 1992 to give civic organisations
a stronger voice and more bargaining power.
The organisation has been mandated to fight poverty and racism.
Its primary objective is to ensure that basic needs are delivered
to the people by local government structures. “There are discussions
with the water department to have them implement the government
‘free water system’ as soon as possible. There seems to be
a delay in providing people with this free 200 litres of water
a day. We are urging the department to quicken the programme,”
Arthur told IZWI.
Meanwhile the conference resolved to urge SANCO members to
participate in community-based structures such as policing
forums, school governing bodies, ward development committees
and transport committees; to develop clear programmes on HIV\AIDS;
to promote African Renaissance; to fight against abuse of
foreign nationals; and to uphold its unconditional support
for the ANC-led government.
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