The Executive Mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality, Councillor Nthateng Maoke, has welcomed the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) policy and legislation education awareness campaign, saying it will empower residents of the municipality.
Maoke was speaking at an information session that was hosted by the dti in the Eastern Free State town of Ficksburg as part of the three-day campaign targeting the municipalities of Setsoto, Matjhabeng and Mangaung.
The key objective of the campaign is to share information on key legislation that affects South African citizens and is administered by the dti.
Maoke said the campaign would empower community members who were faced with the high unemployment.
“Our province is rich in agricultural land, and with the financial and non-financial support from government, the opportunities that are available in the agricultural sector can be explored in order to create job opportunities and reduce unemployment.
“We are thankful for the platform to engage with the department, and I urge our people to take advantage of the session and be empowered. We want people who will raise their hands for these opportunities, people who will knock at the doors and seize opportunities available,” noted Maoke.
One of the residents who attended the session, a local entrepreneur, Maditsane Molepe, also hailed the initiative.
Molepe it was the kind of engagement that was much-needed by the community. “Our area is remote and we feel left out in activities and initiatives of the national government. The empowerment we got today and engagements will help us to understand our rights and responsibilities as residents. We request the department to conduct another visit and share funding opportunities with us.”
Most importantly, Molepe noted the presentations on the National Credit and Consumer Protection Acts really helped her to understand her rights and responsibilities when it comes to consumer affairs.
An aspiring entrepreneur, Ms Risa Mphiheng described the campaign as an eye-opener and an empowerment tool.
She said the Companies Act presentation gave her a shot in the arm as she was preparing to register her company and contribute in growing the local economy.
The campaign aims to educate members of the public about their rights and responsibilities afforded to them by the Liquor, National Gambling, Lotteries, National Credit, Consumer Protection, Copyright, Performers Protection, Merchandise Marks and Companies Acts.
The campaign was also taken to Virgina and Thaba Nchu this week.