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In an effort to increase its reach in the country, especially amongst communities who have not had access to its services before, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) will be embarking on a community outreach campaign in the North West from 23rd – 26th August 2010. The theme for the campaign “Seda is here to help you... Let’s Talk Business!”

Seda’s mandate is to develop and support small enterprises in South Africa to ensure their growth and sustainability. To this end, Seda provides information, counseling and business support services targeting, in particular, micro- and small enterprises (including cooperatives) from all sectors throughout the country. Assistance is also given to medium-sized enterprises and emerging entrepreneurs. All these activities are aimed at encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa.

Seda CEO, Ms Hlonela Lupuwana, said that this outreach campaign forms part of government’s broader campaign to extend developmental services to places where there has been minimal reach.  “Central to our focus currently is ensuring equitable access for small enterprises to business support services.  This outreach campaign provides us with an opportunity to reach even further than we have before to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and render much needed services,” said Lupuwana.

The Provincial Manager for Seda North West, Mr Neville Maimane, said that they have identified a number of outlying areas which will be targeted by the campaign over a week.  “At the end of this campaign we want to make sure that everyone in the communities we will visit knows about the services we provide and how to access them,” said Maimane.

The campaign further aims to provide communities with information on how to access Seda’s services at the various branches in   the North West. Through the campaign Seda also hopes to establish and entrench sustainable partnerships with local municipalities and other developmental organizations so that services to the communities can be delivered in a coordinated way.

Seda will roll out the Outreach campaign in all provinces between August and November 2010.

The North West outreach campaign will be launched at the Moretele Municipality in Brits on 23rd August 2010.  Thereafter, the campaign will be taken to the following areas:

25th August 2010: Mmabana Taung- Taung Municipality
26th August 2010: Tshing Ext. 2 Community Hall - Ventersdorp Municipality

Aspiring entrepreneurs interested in attending any of these sessions can find out more information by calling the Seda Provincial Office on 014 - 592 9461 or the following Seda branches:

Moretele Event - 012 252 0580- Ms. Motshabi Letlojane at the Seda Brits Branch
Taung Event - 053 927 0591- Ms. Mosedi Mompuisi at the Seda Vryburg Branch
Ventersdorp Event - 018 462 1376- Ms. Marjorie Cooper-Motale at the Seda Klerksdorp Branch

Alternatively contact the Seda Information Centre on 0860 103 173.  All sessions start at 09h00 and finish at 14h00.  Entry is free.

“Seda is here to help you... Let’s Talk Business!”

Issued by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)
For more information contact: 
Mlungisi Makhubalo   082 928 3813
George Mmutle         082 784 6462