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.