2 Jun 2015

The 2015 Royal Agricultural Show offers a real African village market experience with close to 300 rural businesses selling their wares in a beautiful village set-up. The Village Market partnership won a gold medallion and the floating trophy for the best hall at the Show last year.


The KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Village Market comprises a Spaza shop and 25 market stalls, selling fresh produce, handmade garments, craft, processed products – ranging from pickled vegetables, jams to beauty products.


Before the women can sell they will attend a finance course to learn about pricing and costing; record and book keeping; productivity; selling and communication; and how to manage their own personal finances. The training will be conducted on 26 and 27 May at the Pietermaritzburg Business Chamber which is based on the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds.


The initiative is a partnership between Provincial Treasury, the Pietermaritzburg Business Chamber, the KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Msunduzi Municipality, Zimele Developing Community Self-Reliance, Isolezwe, Ithala Development Finance Corporation, Inkombandlela Accountants, Old Mutual, Productivity SA and Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing (PTY) LTD.


This year visitors can also look forward to the entertainment of Zulu dancers (please specify) and demonstrations on yoghurt making, different ways of cooking oyster mushrooms and sweet potatoes, as well as doing some wine tasting.


The KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Association is a public private partnership under the auspices of Finance MEC Belinda Scott. Its mission is to reduce poverty by expanding social and economic opportunity for citizens of KwaZulu-Natal through empowering people to make informed financial decisions in their personal and professional lives.


“Understanding finance and putting that into practice is key to sustain one’s business,” KZNFLA Trust Chair, Mr Artwell Hlengwa said. “Through this partnership we are really touching the lives of our rural communities, as these women will be sharing their knowledge and experience with their partners and families. In addition they are also given a platform where they can sell their wares.”


“The spin-offs of last year’s event are inspiring,” said KaLanga Guesthouse hostess, Mrs Thanda Phakathi. She encouraged two local Durbanites to visit the Zimele supported Winterton traditional guesthouse, where they enjoyed a delightful experience of traditional isiZulu life from the MaSwazini women. Inspired by her experience, one of the Durbanites sponsored a weekend trip for the 10 women to expose them to a different sense of hospitality and tourism which is what Durban is known for.


The KZNFLA Village Market will be officially opened at 8:30 am on Friday, 29 May 2015. The shops are open for business from 29 May to 7 June from 9 am until 6pm during weekdays and on Sunday and until 9am until 8pm. On Saturdays the shops open from 9am until 8pm.


Contact Christi Naudé (0828610114) or Sipho David Ntombela (0728980636) for more information.

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