Friday, 08 September, the City and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) hosted an Imbizo to provide a platform for open dialogue between government leadership, officials, community leaders and citizens.

he Imbizo also aimed to address concerns, discuss matters of local importance and work collectively towards enhancing service delivery and overall community well- being.

DSDB Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and BCM Executive Mayor Cllr Princess Faku led the gathering which also featured the department of Small Business Development and its entities – Small Enterprise Development Finance Agency (sefa) and Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

Giving welcoming remarks during the occassion, Executive Mayor Cllr Princess Faku said, "Today, we have assembled in Buffalo City for a profound purpose to ignite and unleash the spirit of entrepreneurship."

"It is a shared commitment that aligns seamlessly with one of our government's foremost priorities: supporting small businesses, both in the informal and formal sector, with a vision to create shared value and prosperity,” said Faku.

"Together, we are positioning Buffalo City as a premier destination for investment and trade, where the entreprenuarial spirit thrives and economic opportunities abound," she added.

Amongst the key highlights of the day, was the handing over of equipment to informal and small enterprise business owners from around the City and this was followed by a visit to Seda and Sefa funded clients that are based around East London.