Mthanti of Mthanti Catering Equipment was seen at his workshop
making final preparations for the upcoming Sanlam Cato Manor
Small Business Fair to be held in June.
Bellair Road Urban Park, which is situated behind the Informal
Market, is the venue for the Sanlam Cato Manor Small Business
Fair to be held on the weekend of 30 June to 1st July. It
has been chosen as the venue for the Fair because it is easily
accessible and is well placed to attract passing traffic.
Business Fair makes a welcome comeback after its launch last
year. The purpose of the Fair is to provide small emerging
businesses in Cato Manor with an opportunity to showcase their
goods and services to members of the public, as well as to
Local businesses are expected to come in big numbers to show
off their wares and talents to people from all over the Metropolitan
area. Sixty local businesses participated in the inaugural
event and it is hoped that this year’s event will attract
The owner of KwaMthanti Catering Equipment, who won a fax
machine at last year’s event, has already shown enthusiasm
to participate. “We can not afford to let this opportunity
pass us by. It is the only stage that will give us exposure
to our clients . The only misfortune is the time factor. It
is too soon. Most of us are ill-prepared,” said Christian
The Fair will include workshops on various topics all geared
to help small businesses grow. The event organisers McIntosh,
Xaba & Associates have approached Sanlam, Tiger Brands, MTN
and P4 Radio with invitations to participate in the Fair.
Local businesses that are keen to participate are advised
to visit CMDA’s Local Economic Development Department for
application forms. Stands are available at the following prices:-
R50 for a table and two chairs, R150 for a table and two chairs
as well as a backing board for displaying your wares. Corporate
stands are available at R1 600 and R1 800.
The Fair is open to all producers, retailers and service providers.
Entrepreneurs wishing to take part should get in touch with
Kerry Philp at telephone 301 4331, or Mxolisi Mwandla at 261
6640 for further details.
for Cato Crest entrepreneurs
Emerging contractor Nathaniel Thusi
got the nod to start with construction of the Cato Crest Container
Small Business Association members have reason to smile. The
long awaited construction of a container park that will accommodate
manufacturers, retailers and service providers has been given
It is anticipated that construction will commence during May.
The project suffered a minor delay as a result of land acquisition
and formalisation processes. Nevertheless S&T Constructions
has been duly appointed to start the 20 week construction
“If all goes according to plan the park will be ready in September,”
said Mxolisi Mwandla who is co-ordinating the project on behalf
of the CMDA. The first phase of the project will provide 18
containers to the Cato Crest business sector. “If the project
proves to be viable more containers will be added as time
goes on,” said Mxolisi.
This programme is a result of a needs analysis of backyard
businesses. The study revealed that there was a huge demand
for container parks as they will allow the small business
to grow and network and provide better service to their clients.
Application forms will be made available at the construction
site office at the entrance of the Greenfields or from the
Local Economic Development Department at the CMDA offices.
Interested residents should make applications and submit them
as soon as possible as this will help the management team
decide on the kind and the sizes of containers needed. Closing
dates for submission of applications will be posted at strategic
places in Cato Crest. Residents are advised to be on the look-out