South Africa: The Premier of the Free State, Sefora Ntombela, was part of the Lejweleputswa District Municipality funding opportunities workshop.
The programme, which was also attended by several MECs, was held at the Ferdi Meyer hall in Welkom. Premier Ntombela had an opportunity to engage Small, Medium and Micro enterprises owners whose main gripe was lack of funding for their businesses.
The workshop was aimed at unlocking funding opportunities for the people of the district. Despite the decrease in unemployment numbers, according to the latest statistics from Statistics South Africa, Premier Ntombela impressed upon all the leaders present on the need to speed up job creation.
On the same token, the Premier appealed to those who will receive assistance, to address their differences if and when they arise.
“Government’s commitment to ending the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality remains unshaken.
This workshop was particularly important because, in our quest to defeat unemployment, we needed to engage the very people who are affected by this scourge: the unemployed and those who so desperately seek funding. Our message is clear. We are working very hard to build the Free State we want, and that can only be achieved when our business, particularly emerging enterprises, are thriving,” concluded the Premier.