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2015 Royal Show

The 2015 Royal Show has come and gone in a whirl of activity! From training workshops on 26 and 27 May to 10 days of show time following this, our Enterprise department and the Swayimane women were busy, busy implementing trainings and following them up to assess the impact on the participants! Again Zimele partnered with PCB and the Financial Literacy Association among other partners to be a part of the “Village Market” in Hall One.
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Again the set up was very festive and well planned by PCB and the partners won the overall trophy for best display at the show. Pictured above is the village market as well as all the partners involved in winning the trophy!

The show challenges our beneficiaries and really calls for a high standard of product to be presented in order to make sales. Total sales for 10 Zimele tables were R 13 000. In addition to splitting the 10 stands through Zimele clusters we had agricultural produce, craft, value added (like baking), tourism and art.

Malusi Ziqubu did an excellent job of coordinating the exhibitors and the transport. It did not come without challenges or hiccups, but he was able to rise to the occasion and come up with solutions so that Zimele always looked good and had people selling and products on the table!
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Pictured left to right: A CLA representative selling craft; Malusi collecting daily sales totals and a craft leader showing customers how products are made. Below is the set-up of the “village market” and Maria Zungu selling show workers her snowballs that she had baked at 3am that morning to be fresh for the show.
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Margrose Chiborise held intensive training workshops before the show and made sure that all participants were ready to exhibit within the guidelines of the show, and to maintain these standards once they return home to their normal lives.

Zaza’s Art
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With the Royal Show came an opportunity for Zaza Hlabisa, our artist from Mtubatuba, to get some art exhibition time and to sell a few paintings while getting practical exposure. The training Zaza attended before the show really helped his business skills and the networking through the show has given Zaza opportunities to attend an exhibition near Durban on 17 and 18 July as well as the Jazz festival in the Ugu District on 25 -26 June.

Social Enterprise Training through ILO

From 8-12 June myself, Margrose, Phumsile, Nolungiso and Precious attended Social Enterprise Training at the Protea Hotel in Kingsburgh. Through this training we were trained to be trainers in Social Enterprise, an area with not much documentation yet at the core of the Zimele programmes. Training was over 5 days presented through the ILO and trained by Coastal College. The end result was each participant having to give a presentation or training in an area of generating the social business plan.
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Pictured here: The group being trained, with other delegates mostly from Municipalities; Mags doing a great presentation with Nolungiso and Precious demonstrating role play. It also gave the Zimele team a chance to bond and spend time together away from their busy schedules, to get to know each other a bit better.
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Follow up: we now need to do action plans and implement what we have learned in order to get our certification as a trainer of Social Enterprise. This includes rolling out a training schedule for social enterprise and the Master trainer from ILO coming to test us.

Report by: Kim McCall – Enterprise Programme

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