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those who at­tended this course have taken the first step in tak­ing con­trol of their own fu­ture in the hope of cre­at­ing wealth for them­selves. If more peo­ple did that, the econ­omy would grow, as would job cre­ation.”

At the end of the course, an En­tre­pre­neur­ial fo­rum was also es­tab­lished, and a com­mit­tee of f ive was ap­pointed. This com­mit­tee will be ab­sorbed into the larger struc­ture of the Tsit­sikamma Cham­ber of Com­merce as a sub­com­mit­tee.

The next step is to reg­is­ter the par­tic­i­pants’ busi­nesses as le­gal busi­ness en­ti­ties and to es­tab­lish an in­cu­ba­tor with the as­sis­tance of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try. The Tsit­sikamma Com­mu­nity Up­lift­ment Pro­gramme (T-Cup) also has a re­la­tion­ship with the East­ern Cape De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, which will as­sist with the es­tab­lish­ment of co-op­er­a­tives, man­age­ment train­ing and the reg­is­tra­tion of emerg­ing busi­nesses.

The Tsit­sikamma cham­ber was sup­ported by SANParks, which spon­sored the venue and ac­com­mo­da­tion, as well as the AHI, Cape Pine, Storms River Adventures and T-Cup.

A third train­ing ses­sion was launched in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ge­orge Cham­ber of Com­merce. Ge­orge Cham­ber of Com­merce chair­man Dr Wil­lie Cel­liers also pre­sented some of the mod­ules with Louw.

One par­tic­i­pant, Si­mone Sharpe, de­scribed her ex­pe­ri­ence as fol­lows: “We re­alised that we can con­trib­ute to the growth of the econ­omy and help Ge­orge to de­velop.”

In the com­ing months, the AHI in con­junc­tion with the cham­bers of com­merce is go­ing to roll out sim­i­lar projects on a larger scale and fully ex­ploit the ex­pe­ri­ence and good­will hid­den in the cham­bers of com­merce to con­trib­ute to the cre­ation of wealth and jobs in SA.

In this way we are not only achiev­ing growth in the AHI, but are also help­ing to achieve the aims of the NDP.

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