By: Anele S. Gumede

From the 18 to the 24 of September the Durban ICC hosted the 20th Durban Business fair. For these past 2 decades eThekwini Municipality has made it their priority to support business around South Africa. They made it their job to create a change among these businesses allowing them to create names for themselves and allowing them to network with other businesses.

On the 18 to the 19 of September 2018 the Business workshops / Business Indaba was the first event that was hosted at the Durban ICC. The workshop had influential business people who were there to advise SMME’s on how to run a successful business. The main aim was to target Professional Bodies and entrepreneurs and to allow people to network and walk away with a wider insight on how to run a business. The Fair had the strategic platform to achieve economic development goals as it attracts esteemed businesses, private sector partners and investors who can identify opportunities and partner with us in driving radical economic transformation.

The following week the on the 21 to the 22nd of September 2018 the youth Connect was held which aimed to define the new Narrative for the African renaissance and creating a lasting legacy together. The event had influential people like Aka Hip Hop musician, Actor Warren, Comedian Siyabonga and The Amazulu singer Amanda Black who shared her beautiful journey to fame with the youth that attended. These influential people were invited to encourage the youth and advise them on how to follow their dreams.

On the 19 to the 22 the Durban ICC hosted the Durban Fashion Fair. Celebrating seven years, the annual Durban Fashion Fair is one of the biggest fashion events on the South Africa fashion calendar. The event had a number of fashion media, fashion buyers and “lovers of all things fashion”. The eThekwini’s main goal was to providing local designers with an opportunity to sell their creations. The DFF had invite manufacturers of clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, and other fashion accessories to book a stand at this prestigious event and allow them to exhibit as well as network with industry experts and fashion buyers.

The municipality’s main aim was to help small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) by allowing them to get advice from successful businessmen and women on how to sustain and grow their businesses. Then on the 21 to the 24 the municipality was able to invited SMME’s to register and exhibit their work for the exhibition platform. This had allowed them to include a number of empowerment practises and seminars to be headlined by influential businesspeople.

While the Durban Business Fair programme is the tool to expose and equip emerging businesses, it also serves as a banner that showcases all the opportunities and services available in the Municipality to businesses so that they will know exactly how to access those. This year’s key focus was on youth development and township economies revitalisation.

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