George Municipality Economic Development section with the help of the Western Cape Government provided COVID-19 business workplace safety kits to Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises so that these businesses can continue to operate in a safe and responsible manner. The distribution of the safety kits was linked to the identification of COVID-19 hotspots in the province and Garden Route district.
According to Brendan du Plessis from the Economic Development section who spearheaded the operation at the George Municipality, the safety kist were aimed at small businesses, both formal and informal but with under ten employees. Du Plessis said they prioritised the hotspot areas to combat a possible rising infection rate due to increasing community transmission. The intent is to build resistance where community transmission is prone to occur and strengthen the economic resilience and recovery of these local businesses.
The small businesses that were willing to provide contactable details to ensure the section can adhere to audit compliance, and that they can be reached post this initiative were considered. Allocations were also based on the municipal databases of all permitted informal traders and spaza shops. By complying to certain rules, small vendors can be encouraged to apply and qualify for financial and non-financial support offered by government through initiatives such as the spaza shop support scheme.
You can visit the Economic Development office on appointment at 62 Cathedral Street, Unit BB03, CCMA building 1st Floor. For appointments phone 044 801 911 and ask for extension 2820. For business queries phone 079 366 2621 and any other queries phone 073 621 0099 or visit https://www.george.gov.za/planning-development/local-economic-development/
Caption: The informal trader Reon Fortuin(right) from Blanco was excited to receive his COVID-19 Workplace SMME safety toolkit from Economic Development official, Brendan Du Plessis. Fortuin’s shop is called Sarah’s Shop.