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Saturday November 17th 2018

Cape township businesses get their own updated yellow pages

Township businesses such as this one offering drivers license lessons are able to benefit from a new city directory for small and medium enterprises situated in Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain. Photo: WCN

In a bid to support and develop small and medium sized businesses situated in the townships, the City of Cape Town is soon to release a second, updated directory of businesses operating in Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.Following the success of the first such directory issued in 2009, the City is to re-issue an updated electronic version of the Community Directory for Small and Medium Enterprises by early next year.

The directory would make it easier for Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain residents, living far from the traditional hubs of business, to find any number of sales and services operating nearby.

The directory, created under the auspices of the City’s Urban Renewal Programme, also benefits businesses that cannot always afford to advertise or market their products and services, and enables contractors working in the township to easily locate local operators for sub-contracting work.

City Head of Business Support in the Department of Economic and Human Development, Carlo Vizzi, said the initiative was aimed at reducing poverty and addressing the under-development and socio-economic exclusion of these formerly black and coloured areas.

“It enables business-to-business interaction with businesses in urban renewal areas,” he said.

However, unlike the first directory, this one would not be printed.

“An electronic version is being compiled using the first directory as a basis and adding new information,” said Vizzi.

“At City libraries there is free internet access via the Smartcape system and we support digital business centres in the Urban Renewal Areas so people will be able to access this information electronically,” he said.

Creative Consulting and Development Works had been contracted to produce the directory.

On their website, Miriam Magula of Buntu Cleaning and Construction Management in Khayelitsha said she received work from the Department of Transport last year thanks to the directory.

“I think the directory is very useful. It makes people aware of not only my business, but other businesses that exist in this area,” she was quoted as saying.

The first directory, which is still available, was distributed through the Urban Renewal Programme offices and sub-councils and contained 26 pages of businesses’ details. – Sandiso Phaliso, West Cape News

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