Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the return of Township Entrepreneurship Awards. The official opening of the Awards process and applications took place on the 31st January 2018 at Chaf Pozi and Soweto Outdoor Adventures in Johannesburg.
The awards were conceived by Gauteng Provincial Government in their effort to revitalise the township economy in line with the Gauteng Economic Development Plan, by drawing public attention towards township businesses and their successes in order to unlock business opportunities in the townships and inspire investment confidence.
Small businesses that keep the township environment vibrant will receive honours in several categories for their positive contribution towards job creation and alleviation of poverty. The Awards are aimed at elevating township based entrepreneurs and SMMEs to reach their full potential and be active players in the mainstream of the economy. The process will include a adjudication and evaluation process that will be captured as a Television Series culminating to the final red carpet awards ceremony.
The entries for the awards close on February 28 in categories such as
- Food and Beverages
- Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
- Creative Industries
- Social and Community
- Entrepreneur with a disability
- Youth Entrepreneur of the year
- New start up enterprises
- Transport automotive and components
- Agri business
- Entrepreneur of the year
- Construction building and real estate
- Retail And Finance
Since 2014, The Gauteng Department of Economic Development has spent over R7 billion on Township Entrepreneurs with the broader intent of revitalising Township Economies. Gauteng is invested in creating sustainable Township Businesses. Townships are often characterised as consumer based economies. It is imperative that the we change that thinking to economies that can drive production and manufacturing says MEC Lebogang Maile. It is important for Townships to move away from the 3 T’s of business: Taverns, Taxis and Tuckshops. It is time for Township to take a lead in Africa’s Re-Industrialisation.