Tyre part­ner­ship to lift town­ships

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a process,” Kuh­lase said.

Su­mit­omo Rub­ber SA busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Yvette Goven­der said the pro­gramme tar­geted en­trepreneurs in town­ships look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to deal with tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“We wanted to for­malise the in­for­mal town­ship busi­nesses and cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties by driv­ing en­trepreneur­ship,” said Goven­der.

Goven­der said they wanted the con­tainer tyre fit­ment cen­tres to sell brand new tyres.

“There were chal­lenges to this as some of the en­trepreneurs were not skilled in this tech­ni­cal trade. They also did not have credit fa­cil­i­ties and busi­ness skills.

“Ours as an iconic brand with over 120 years was to up-skill them in that re­gard thereby mak­ing the brand avail­able to all con­sumers.”

The pro­gramme has now seen the es­tab­lish­ment of a to­tal of five tyre fit­ment cen­tres in Lady­smith, Eshowe, Esikhaleni, Madadeni and Es­court.

PIC­TURE: EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VO­GEL

AN EM­PLOYEE works at the new Ama­zon Lo­gis­tic and Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre in Dort­mund, Germany, yes­ter­day. The Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre is re­port­edly one of the US-based elec­tronic com­merce Ama­zon com­pany’s new­est and most mod­ern Euro­pean fa­cil­i­ties and has been said to have cre­ated hun­dreds of new jobs in Dort­mund.

PIC­TURES: ZANELE ZULU

FROM left: Thuli Glelek­ile; Yvette Goven­der, di­rec­tor: mar­ket­ing & busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, Su­mit­omo Rub­ber SA; Sandile Sit­hole (tyre trader tes­ti­mo­nial) and He­nal Kon­jela at the launch of the part­ner­ship be­tween Ithala and Su­mit­omo to as­sist town­ship en­trepreneurs.

LUNGILE Thithi Kuh­lase, of KZN Small Busi­ness En­ter­prise.

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