KNYSNA | PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - The Western Cape arm of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) paid visits to businesses in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay last week as part of the promotional campaign to raise awareness of its spaza shop support programme.
One of the shops visited is owned by Antoinette Simmers in Hornlee, where she sells fresh produce, meats, dairy products, bakery goods, and canned and frozen foods.
The shop has been operating for a month. Simmers started the business when she lost her job after her employer closed down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her aim with Seda's help is to sell additional items such as airtime and Lotto tickets, and putting up signage outside the premises for better visibility.
Some of the other areas that were visited include Green Valley, New Horizons, Wittedrift and Kwanokuthula. Moreen Booysen, who is running Moreen Cash Store in New Horizons, said township businesses have been neglected by government and other agencies for too long and bemoaned the fact that foreign nationals have taken over township businesses.
If you would like to apply for support under the scheme, you as a spaza shop owner or general dealer must meet the following requirements:
a) Must be a South African citizen, with a valid South African ID.
b) Have a valid trading permit, even if it is a temporary one.
c) Have a business licence in the case of a general dealer.
d) Submit trading permit as part of original documents.
e) Only permits or licenses issued by the municipality are valid. – Supplied, Seda
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