eMzinoni (Bethal) – The premier of Mpumalanga Province Mr David Mabuza urged small business owners to grab opportunities that have been availed by the Mpumalanga provincial government to them and change their conditions by creating employment for themselves and others.


He said this during the launch of the Mpumalanga Enterprise Development Fund in eMzinoni Township on Thursday, 14 September 2017.


“This is a new chapter in enterprise development for small businesses in the province of Mpumalanga. Women and young people must seize this opportunity to transform and better their lives,” Premier Mabuza said.


The newly launched fund is a partnership between Standand Bank of South Africa and the government of Mpumalanga, with funding from Standard Bank and business support from the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA).


According to Mr Tim Whati from the Standard Bank of South Africa, partnering with the Mpumalanga provincial government is an important milestone for the bank. “We will do whatever it takes to support entrepreneurs and develop their enterprises in this province. We will surely provide access to development funding through our bank.


“For us as a bank it is of importance to not only focus on developing enterprises within the metropolitan areas, but to also spread-out our support to other areas of our nation especially in the rural areas.


“Entrepreneurs from rural areas also have a role to play in developing the economy,” Mr Whati said.

He also advised that small businesses may approach any Standard Bank branch and apply for the Mpumalanga Enterprises Development Fund.