Assumption Development Centre in Joza (corner Joza and Ncame Streets) on 12 April 2016 held a well-attended launch of its socio-economic development model.
Key aspects of the plan include mentoring, leading either to improved employability of capacity for entrepreneurs to start a small business. Some community members who have completed the programme have been placed at Makana Brick as interns, and those who have found this a good fit are staying on as permanent employees. Seven small businesses are associated with ADC.
Present at the launch were community members and representatives of various stakeholders and government, including mayor Cllr Nomhle Gaga.
Says GRA chairperson Philip Machanick: “It is great to see this sort of initiative getting off the ground. What this city needs more than anything is economic opportunity for the poorest citizens. We will look out for ways of supporting small businesses arising out of this initiative.”