A handover of equipment by the West Coast College to the first group of local entrepreneurs who completed the first phase of the business incubation programme offered by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator (CfERI) took place at the Vredenburg Campus of West Coast College. The equipment was purchased from the funding received from local corporate Duferco Steel Processing. The funding is earmarked to support the development of local SMMEs within the area and the region.

The entrepreneurs who were recipients of the funding include Feziwe Ngxumza the owner of Sibakhulu Food Services – a fast food business (received a fridge and deep fryer), Amy Green the owner of Bespoke Janey – a hand-made clay earrings and plant pots business (received a liquid silicone mold) and lastly Rayven Kekana the owner of RVK Unlimited – an engineering and automotive business (received a compressor).

Mr Themba Ndaba, the Vredenburg Campus Manager emphasised the college’s role in developing entrepreneurship and capacitating SMME to contribute to the growth of the local economy and job creation. “With the support from stakeholders like Duferco, we can continue to build the capacity of our region’s entrepreneurs and in doing so not just assist the development of the local economy, but also support the provincial and ultimately the national economy.

Similar sentiments were reiterated by Ms Lecinda Thomas the Senior Procurement Manager and Mr Dirk Coetzee the Finance Manager further explaining the commitment of Duferco Steel Processing in the uplifment of the community by supporting projects such as the Business Incubation Programme aimed at developing businesses that will become sustainable and be able to supply goods or services in the local economy.

The entrepreneurs expressed appreciation to the college and Duferco as this equipment will improve the business’ operations, the quality of products and services offered and believe that this will assist in increasing turnover and contributing to the creation of jobs.