South Africa: MEC David Maynier on Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

Entrepreneurs – don’t miss the deadline for our Western Cape Enterpreneurship Recognistion Awards

Today we visited two entrepreneurs who have already won the Western Cape Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (WCERA) and who inspire businesswomen by creating opportunities for those who live in their communities. And so, I would like to call on all entrepreneurs in the province to register with WCERA before the deadline of August 10, 2021.

WCERA is our premium entrepreneurship competition and recognizes the achievements and potential of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in the Western Cape. Now in its ninth year, WCERA celebrates the hard work of entrepreneurs and their contributions to job creation and economic growth in the Western Cape.

The competition recognizes and rewards talent such as Ntombie Nonxuba of Rise Uniforms, who in 2020 was named Entrepreneur of the Year.

Today I had the privilege of visiting Ntombie’s company in Phillipi which employs 46 people from the local community and manufactures and supplies corporate uniforms and clothing across the country. Rise Uniforms has a well-established reputation for consistently supplying and delivering uniforms to well-known brands such as Pick ‘n Pay.

I also visited the owner and founder of 4Roomed eKasi Culture, Abigail Mbalo, who is a dental technologist by profession and winner of the Township Business category in 2020.

After participating in the Master Chef SA competition, season 3, she swapped her lab coat to follow a passion for cooking, art and interior design which resulted in the birth of her company 4Roomed eKasi Culture, a company of catering and urban tourism.

As a tourism and hospitality business, 4Roomed eKasi Culture has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and alert level restrictions, but Abigail has shown great resilience and pivoted the company to operate a food truck a few meters from the original restaurant. to boost sales in these difficult times.

Entrepreneurs like Abigail and Ntombie remind us of the important role business owners play in their local communities by creating jobs, supporting skills development and providing opportunities for those who need them most.

And they are role models for others, especially young people, who can learn from them and be inspired to start their own businesses.

The World Bank’s recent South African Economic Update report highlights the importance of entrepreneurs in solving the jobs crisis, noting that “self-employment accounts for only 10% of jobs in South Africa, compared to 30% in most income countries such as Turkey, Mexico and Brazil. If South Africa were to equal the self-employment rate of its peers, it could potentially cut its unemployment rate in half. “

The report adds that “a self-employment rate of 30 percent (without reducing other forms of employment) would increase the number of workers by about 3.5 million, or half of those currently unemployed.”

This is why it is more important than ever to support and encourage our entrepreneurs. Their entrepreneurial spirit is exactly what we need as we work together to rebuild the economy of the Western Cape.

This year, a total of R300,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to entrepreneurs in all WCERA categories, including:

Emerging company

Women-owned business

Innovative company

Municipality company

Social enterprise

Youth-owned business

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Media inquiries:

Francine Higham – Spokesperson for the provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities

(Responsible for the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism)

Cell: 071 087 5150

Email: [email protected]

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