The voice of business in Zululand

ZCCI leads the way in 2018

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The Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZCCI) is thriving as the voice of businesses in Zululand under its first female president in 87 years, Judith Nzimande. She also chairs the influential ZCCI CEO’s Forum, a platform for local CEOs of large corporates to collaborate on improving firm-level competitiveness of participating companies. Focus areas include water security beyond 2030 and the 4th Industrial Revolution and its impact on manufacturing, skills development, and transformation. The Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Daniel Mminele and the Mayor of the City of uMhlathuze, Cllr M. Mhlongo had high-level engagements with members of ZCCI CEO’s Forum on Zululand’s economic climate and constraints on 1 August 2018.

The keynote speaker of the 2018 ZCCI Business Women’s Conference was the dynamic Johanna Mukoki, co-founder and Group CEO of Travel with Flair. Her business has grown from three employees in Pretoria to more than 800 employees globally. Her company focuses on corporate, online and exclusive leisure travel. Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Honourable Cassel Mathale delivered the opening address at 2018 ZCCI Annual SMME seminar. The theme of the annual SMME seminar was: Building small businesses to business empires.

Nomfundo Mcoyi, Founder and Group CEO of the Icebolethu Group was a guest speaker at 2018 ZCCI SMME Annual Seminar in Zululand. She started her funeral parlour business with only five employees in 2009. She has expanded her business into 80 branches in South Africa and London to service South Africans living in Europe. Her business employs 800 people since she has turned it into a one-stop funeral services shop, offering tombstone services, event catering, floral bouquets and funeral policies ZCCI and TRIAS, a Belgian Development Programme, has supported the development of micro, small and medium enterprises. As a result, the ZCCI’s SMME development and support programme obtained the International Labour Organisation’s Start Your Business training accreditation during May 2018. 81% of ZCCI members employ 10 or less people. As a result, the programme provides capacity building workshops, information sharing sessions, access to markets, access to finance and provides an excellent platform for networking for emerging and established entrepreneurs.

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