Saturday, 20 April 2019

Cde Mac Jack Engages with SMMEs in the Karoo

CONCERNS were raised on a lack of business opportunities in a small town of the Northern Cape. During the Executive Council Outreach Program led by Premier Sylvia Lucas in Petrusville, in the Pixley ka Seme district, SMMEs in the area indicated that only certain businesses are preferred over others and opportunities are not widespread.

The issues were raised when the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Mac Jack, had an SMMEs consultation meeting.

The EXCO outreach, which is the last one this financial year, takes place in the Pixley Ka Seme region. Premier Lucas, MECs, HODs, the Director General, Head of Ministries and several officials descended to the region for a three-day outreach program.

MEC Mac Jack, indicated that the accusations were of a ‘serious’ nature and need to be investigated.

“The role of small businesses in the Province is to create jobs and grow the economy.  We cannot allow gatekeepers when it comes to issuing of tenders to our SMMEs. If there is preferential treatment of several SMMEs over the other, it should stop.”

Without mentioning names, he indicated that the department of economic development and tourism, has in many occasions tried to assist small businesses with capital, “but we find ourselves left with eggs on our faces because the same young people we are trying to assist ‘chow’ the money which is intended to grow their business.”

“In Noupoort, young people, with an excellent business plan on tyre alignment and patching were given R1 million to do the business. Within no time we were alerted that they have misuses a certain portion of money, buying thigs which were not meant for the business.

“Another case in point is that of a youth business commission, which was assisted with R1.8 million to develop and launch their regional structures. However, we learned later that the money was misused.”

Jack said he has instructed his team to investigate the latter.

Jack indicated that at some point, the department will be forced not to give money to businesses but instead, buy for them all the necessary equipment which are in their business plan.

Eric Mlotswa, a local entrepreneur suggested that the department should put monitoring and evaluation in place, to avoid wastage of tax payer’s money.

SMMEs requested that MEC and his team should visit small areas frequently to see how best they can assist them

The MEC donated more than half a million to two SMMEs in the area, (R335 000 and 293 000) respectively.

Other services which are rendered by the department includes tourism awareness, CSD registration, combat on illegal liquor and gambling activities, and consumer protection service.


Issued by: Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism

Enquiries: Zandisile Luphahla (MLO)

060 997 5404


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