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CDI hosts successful workshop in Mfuleni

Tuesday, 04 September 2018   (0 Comments)
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After recently hosting business development workshops in Khayelitsha and Masiphumelele in Cape Town, the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) was in Mfuleni this August to further ensure entrepreneurs and craft producers in a diversity of communities benefit from the CDI’s services and assistance.


These business workshops are made possible thanks to funding from the City of Cape Town and Department of Small Business Development.


Over the past four months, over 90 entrepreneurs have benefited from the CDI’s workshops and consultations across the province – the offerings included workshops on Business Vision, Business Communication and Business Basics.

The workshop in Mfuleni focussed on helping entrepreneurs identify their business vision, assisting people in setting goals that they can work towards to achieve that vision.


According to Rosemary Cooke, the CDI’s training coordinator for the Western Cape, these workshops by the CDI are offered with the needs of communities in mind. “We know that there is a great need for business development training and many people don’t have the ability to travel into the city centre; it’s an important aspect of our work to take our workshops into various communities.”

Sixolile Gade, ward committee member for business for
Ward 114 in Subcouncil 22, said that the workshop was important way to bring services to the people.

“We would like to give thanks to CDI and the team, most especially Rosemary, for the value adding Business Vision workshop conducted in Subcouncil 22 for Mfuleni Business Forum and the whole community at large.”


“There was a diversity of businesses; everyone was really, really impressed and many will be continuing their conversations through one-on-one consultations with Rose.”


Nikita Mqhayi, one of the entrepreneurs who attended the workshop, recently started her business focussing on women in the community and offers beauty and hair services and products. “I have heen running the business for a short time and just registered it this month; I am aiming to expand and add new products such as clothing. I really learnt a lot, and my business is slowly but surely growing thanks to what I learnt at the workshop,” says Nikita.


“It’s was difficult before the CDI came to our area, as many entrepreneurs don’t have access to business training. As entrepreneurs we need the support, so we can know what we are doing – this workshop has been very helpful, and I hope that more workshops can happen in our area to help our businesses to move forward.”


Sicelo Mpemba, ward committee member for youth for Ward 114 and member of the Mfuleni Business Forum, said that every person that attended felt that the workshop topics were on point and spoke straight to business needs.


“The CDI facilitator Rosemary was very good in her capacity; she understands the entrepreneur. She was very approachable and easy to understand.”


He added that the need is great in the community for additional training and that he looks forward to assisting the CDI with further workshops later in the year.

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