Africa Hub is thriving in its quest to boost local entrepreneurs and SMMEs by building solid and reputable relationships with businesses and government authorities across the continent.
Recently Africa Hub, through China Southern Africa Trade & Expo Centre – its brainchild, signed a memorandum of agreement with the Soweto-based Lighthouse Development Institute (LEDI).
The two organisations signed the memo during the hosting of China Trader Expo which attracted investors, manufacturers, designers, distributors and customers from China and the African continent.
The expo was held in November and saw more than 200 exhibitors showcasing their products with more than a thousand of customers visiting to witness this historic event.
The signed memo has been hailed as a meaningful step-closer towards a mission of empowering entrepreneurs and SMMEs to enhance their brands.
According to LEDI’s COO Thabo Nkhasi, LEDI represent Soweto’s business forums and with Africa Hub they have agreed in principles of good faith and mutual benefit to assist both the South African and African entrepreneurs including their Chinese counterparts in nurturing their businesses.
This creates a platform for entrepreneurs to lease economically zoned business premises that will enable them to penetrate the global markets and showcase their products and services to the public.
“Then LEDI shall be the sole passage for businesses through which Africa Hub may have direct access to the business forums and the businesses that are represented by LEDI. It shall provide a platform in which their businesses together with Africa Hub may initiate trade and or conduct business or provide entrepreneurship development programmes,” said Nkhasi.
Ntshabi Moeketsi, operations manager at Africa Hub said the partnership with LEDI started when they hosted the Soweto Economic Development Indaba which was held recently at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville.
They then followed with the Africa Hub Road Shows that were held in various areas in Johannesburg where they engaged with entrepreneurs about the great opportunities that are available in favour towards their businesses.
Moeketsi said they continue to engage more stakeholders through other platforms including business meetings and seminars and they’ve also approached different government departments and embassies.
“We’re currently in talks with the Nigerian Embassy and still waiting for a confirmation of our meeting with the South Africa’s Minister of Small Businesses, Lindiwe Zulu. The engagements are already at an advanced stage with the two parties and we expect interested entrepreneurs to take advantage of this opportunity aimed at benefiting their businesses,” said Moeketsi.
Africa Hub will officially open on February 2017 with more than 100 shops readily available to lease.
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Source: Thabo Jobo | Dec 14