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South Africa: The Government will Support Your Businesses to Create Jobs – Deputy Minister Thabethe
Source: Issued by: Department of Trade and Industry
Source Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 20, 2013

She added that the event was part of taking the dti to the people campaign that the department undertook around the country in order to inform businesspeople and aspirant entrepreneurs about the DTI’s products and services.
“We decided to take the department to the people instead of waiting for them to come to our offices. This was after realising that unscrupulous people masquerading as consultants exploit people who want to register businesses by charging them incredibly high amounts of money.

They are taking advantage of people who do not know where to go and what to do when they want to register their business or to access the numerous other services that we offer,” said Thabethe.
The Mayor of Mandeni, councillor Siphesihle Zulu said entrepreneurship would go a long way in overcoming the triple challenges facing South Africa, namely poverty, unemployment and inequality.
“But there is a need for people of South Africa to change the mentality of looking for employment instead of creating employment. We need more employers than people looking for a job. We must put a lot of focus on manufacturing and assist people set up businesses, particularly cooperatives which can then access financial assistance from government,” said Zulu.
Mandeni added that his municipality was working with the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union in an attempt to revive the clothing and textile factories in the Mandeni industrial area. Deputy Thabethe speaking at an enterprise development and empowerment event.
Sidwell Medupe, departmental spokesperson
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