Today, Mayor Herman Mashaba officially opens the city’s second Opportunity Centre for small businesses and job seekers.Isiqalo Opportunity Centre based at the Roodepoort Civic Centre is open on weekdays between 8am-16pm. There multiple artisan training skill programs happening at these Opportunity Centres. Youth are being encouraged, empowered & given a chance to be competitive in this tough job market.1 in 3 people residing in Johannesburg are unemployed, these Opportunity Centres form part of this administrations strategy to fight back against unemployment.
“80 years from now most of us will not be here,can we do something for our grandchildren? Whatever we do isn’t for ourselves, we are laying a foundation for future generations,We want you to run businesses, we want to turn you into millionaires if not billionaires but you have to put in the work.” said Herman Mashaba. The City firmly believes that the development and support of small, medium and SMMEs and entrepreneurs will play a huge role in achieving economic growth said MMC of Economic Development Leah.We discovered that what was offered by the City wasn’t what businesses needed after engaging with entrepreneurs through the entrepreneurship symposium she add.
Jozi Opportunity Centres will offer 3 month artisan training, brick laying, plumbing and electrical artisanship courses through the University of Johannesburg.
“I left the centre with my self esteem back, my entrepreneurial spirit is alive again, my business is compliant” said Ms Modikwa Maleka on of the beneficial of the Jozi Opportunity Centres.The opportunity centres have 11 partners: including Absa Bank, Smart Procurement World, SMME’s, SAICA, Discovery, SEDA, TUHF, SARS.