Jeal­ousy pre­vents black en­tre­pre­neur­ial suc­cess says mayor

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

HA­TRED and jeal­ousy hin­der black en­trepreneurs from pros­per­ing, and the sooner this chal­lenge is tack­led head-on, the bet­ter.

Mtu­batuba Mayor Ve­lan­genkosi Gumede did not mince his words when ad­dress­ing thou­sands of com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing a lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme at Inkosi Mzon­deni Hall last week.

‘Too of­ten we see com­mu­ni­ties com­ing to­gether to start a busi­ness, but be­fore the end of the first year the busi­ness col­lapses be­cause of ha­tred and jeal­ousy among the parties in­volved.

‘This is what pre­vents black en­trepreneurs from step­ping up to the next level.’

The mayor said his mu­nic­i­pal­ity was fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­ni­ties to start their own busi­nesses as a means to ab­sorb the high num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple in the area.

At the event he handed over tents, chairs, mo­bile toi­lets and cold rooms to 40 co-op­er­a­tives from 20 Wards in the Mtu­batuba Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Ithem­bel­isha Women’s Club leader Sindi

Zulu was one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

She said they started a fu­neral scheme, but have been bat­tling to as­sist all their mem­bers owing to short­ages of re­sources.

‘We are very ex­cited as a club that to­day the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pro­vided us with a tent, chairs and a gas stove. This will help us a lot in pro­vid­ing ser­vices to our mem­bers,’ said Zulu.

Mtu­batuba Mayor Ve­lan­genkosi Gumede hands over a gas stove, tent and chairs to mem­bers of Ithem­bel­isha Women’s Club

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