For Immediate Attention
25 August 2023
Local business boost as KZN South Coast’s Buy Local campaign gains momentum
Support for local businesses is on the rise, with South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE) excited to welcome several new organisations to its extensive Buy Local membership. KZN South Coast businesses can join the Buy Local campaign free of charge until 30 June 2025, with SCTIE encouraging businesses to sign up early to enjoy the many benefits.
“Many of our KZN South Coast businesses are already reaping the benefits of our Buy Local campaign which is prompting more members to join,” Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE). “We are continuing to find new ways to uncover potential for businesses and investors by collaborating on initiatives and facilitating agreements with established businesses through Buy Local. With absolutely no cost to businesses until 2025, there’s really no reason not to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Recently Thulikaceb Trading CC signed on as a Buy Local member. The waste management and recycling company based in Murchison on the KZN South Coast is a black woman-owned organisation that collects waste from local shops, schools, and government departments. This is then compacted and recycled, tackling the extensive litter problem in rural and urban areas while selling the compacted material to big companies based in Durban and Richards Bay. The company, which has an environmental compliance certificate, currently employs five people but has plans to expand with a new plant opening in Mkholombe. The team has identified a gap in the market – collecting water bottles and is currently searching for more areas to do so. The team also collects PET plastic water bottles, HL1 white paper, K4 cardboard, and plastic.
Another new Buy Local member is Soft & Free Virgin Tissues, a co-operative owned and managed by physically challenged individuals in Gamalakhe Township. They manufacture soft, virgin tissue which is supplied to local shops and schools. The five permanent employees and 10 temporary employees currently produce 7 200 rolls of tissue a week, which they are looking to increase. The team is now looking to secure more storage space to increase production and meet demand, thereby employing more full-time staff.
Also joining the Buy Local campaign is Sky Drop Atmospheric Water, an eco-friendly company that extracts water from the air using atmospheric water generators. This black, woman-owned business in Gamalakhe township produces approximately 750 litres of water per day for local shops, funeral parlours, local restaurants, car washes, special functions, and more. The services currently include water production, re-filling, and personalised water bottle branding. They aim to produce up to 5 000 litres a day through the acquisition of more land, machinery, and an alternative energy supply.
Buy Local Membership
Buy Local forms part of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (dtic) Buy Back SA initiative that encourages local business support. Companies that qualify for the Buy Local membership include those providing products and services of high quality, with at least 50% of the cost of production of products or services incurred within KZN South Coast. The business needs to currently create employment opportunities for people within the region, or intend to create such opportunities in future.
Once signed up, Buy Local members enjoy extensive marketing exposure across all of SCTIE’s offline and digital marketing channels; business support and networking opportunities; as well as member credibility and valuable information sharing. Beyond the direct membership benefits, being part of the Buy Local campaign means enjoying a stronger local and national economy, while attracting more investment. This also leads to better community relationships as local value chains are strengthened.
The Buy Local campaign continues to support the rural sector’s inclusion in the mainstream tourism economy by developing platforms and business connections for SMMEs such as those between crafters, farmers, and growers with retailers. To support the Buy Local campaign, find out more about members, or become a member, visit Buy Local on the www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za website or click here for a membership form.
To find out more about investment opportunities, get in touch with SCTIE, the KZN South Coast’s One-Stop Shop for investment. Contact SCTIE on 039 682 7944, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.investkznsouthcoast.co.za. Keep updated on Facebook; South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise on YouTube; @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram; and South Coast Tourism and Investment Enterprise on LinkedIn. Follow the hashtags #unlimitedopportunities #investkznsouthcoast #investment #kznsouthcoast! And click here to check out previous SCTIE press releases.
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Buy Local members on the KZN South Coast enjoy extensive marketing exposure,
business support and networking opportunities, as well as member credibility and information sharing.
The eco-friendly company, Sky Drop Atmospheric Water on the
KZN South Coast is one of the newest members of the Buy Local campaign.
Thulikaceb Trading CC, a waste management and recycling company
based in Murchison on the KZN South Coast, has recently signed on as a Buy Local member.
Thulikaceb Trading CC on the KZN South Coast collects and recycles plastic water bottles,
white paper, cardboard, and plastic. As a new member of Buy Local,
the company is looking to expand its collection sites for recyclable plastic water bottles.
About South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise (SCTIE)
SCTIE was established as the official economic development arm of the KZN South Coast which extends from Scottburgh to Port Edward, and inland to Harding. It is a legal entity of the Ugu District Municipality with executive powers, serving the Ugu District and its family of municipalities. The entity is committed to identifying and unlocking the full tourism and investment potential of this region. SCTIE achieves its mandate of promoting investment through dedicated marketing initiatives, product development, business support and training, dedicated networking events, and breaking down barriers to local investment. From the coast to the hinterland, the KZN South Coast has a wealth of untapped investment potential for those who are looking to branch out into the district and uncover opportunities. The attractive location, subtropical climate, natural assets and accessibility make the KZN South Coast a prime investment destination. By engaging with local and international role players, SCTIE seeks to assist investors looking to uncover hidden gems across various economic sectors, including tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, logistics and transport, and the ocean economy, among others. For more information, visit www.investkznsouthcoast.co.za.
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