Bigger role for smaller businesses

ANC chairperson, Mr David Mabuza.

MBOMBELA – Smaller players are to start benefiting from government-supply contracts.

This was one of the resolutions taken during the recent provincial tripartite alliance’s economic summit.

Individual community members and emerging business people can now collectively participate in the supply of government services to the public.

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ANC Mpumalanga chairman and premier, Mr David Mabuza, announced this to more than 200 delegates at Nutting House last weekend.

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The ruling party, SACP, Cosatu and Sanco participated in the summit to come up with innovative ways to grow the domestic economy.

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Business people and municipal leaders attended the three-day gathering, along with the minister of small business development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu.

“We need to undertake massive mobilisation for communities to be participants in the delivery of services as opposed to passive recipients of government services,” Mabuza said.

“The alliance will mobilise society for households to revive agricultural gardens at their homes.”

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Housing programmes would also see cooperatives supply building supplies, and tenders for school-feeding schemes and the supply of linen to hospitals would no longer be awarded.

“The tender system has benefited a few people. It is time to stop it because it is not working,” Mabuza said.

Delegates further resolved to call on government to make radical policy changes for greater involvement of women and the youth in agriculture.

Trevor Hlungwani

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