The Qondis’ ishishini lakho (Fix Your Business) campaign is aimed at changing perceptions about business registration and awakening township businesses to the benefits of business formalisation such as opportunities for funding, credit lending and greater market access.
“The township economy is at the centre of our programme for radical economic transformation.
“We must work towards conditions where every rand generated from the township economy circulates within the township economy and benefits township residents,” Premier Makhura said.
He said the campaign is part of Gauteng’s efforts to integrate township businesses into the value chains of big industries and sectors of the economy.
The campaign will bring together various government agencies that deal with taxation, registration, funding, and water, electricity as well as liquor licenses under one roof to provide immediate onsite assistance to businesses across Gauteng townships.
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Lebogang Maile, said the campaign responds to challenges outlined by entrepreneurs during the Township Economic Revitalisation Roadshows conducted across 65 Gauteng townships last year.
“During the township economy revitalisation roadshows, entrepreneurs complained about the red tape involved in getting a business off the ground, especially about issues related to registration and permits, zoning, operational space, electricity and water connections.
“These challenges stifle the growth of many businesses,” MEC Maile said.