As the country is facing hash economic challenges and high unemployment rate, South Africans have been urged to appreciate and patronize SA products to boost the economy.
Addressing delegates at the 2016 Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu reiterated the need for South Africans to continue to patronize SA products saying that the only way to boost the South African economy is having confidence in what the country produces.
The Buy Local event offers local manufacturers and enterprises an opportunity to showcase their goods and services in sought-after exhibition spaces.
This year’s Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo taking place in Sandton today Wednesday March 30th, saw great number of local manufacturers and enterprises putting up stalls to showcase their goods and services to the dozens of buyers and potential investors.
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the keynote address at the summit while the likes of the Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies as well as Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe will follow suit in addressing the delegates.
According to analyst at the venue, patronizing proudly SA products will not only boost the economic stand of the nation, it will also help address the pressing issue of unemployment.
To lead by example,the Small Business Development Minister Zulu says she is wearing a dress made by a local designer. MR.
We could recall that at the 3rd Buy Local Summit and Expo, CEO of Proudly South African Lesile Sedibe revealed how South Africans have turned their backs on locally made product. He further explained when imported products are continuously bought, it solves economic issues of the country where its imported from.
“Every time you buy a good, whatever business you support, you are effectively creating jobs for the country where that product was made. So our appeal to our people is that the more SA goods that you buy, the more you create jobs in SA,”
Meanwhile, in an interview with moneyweb, Sidibe announced that the main aim of the 5th annual Summit and Expo was to silence the voices that say that South Africa does not have a production capacity.
“We focus on what makes South Africa great and the people that make the good things that we enjoy on a daily basis and we give an opportunity and a platform for small businesses to interact, network with established business because we believe that one of the ways in which we are going to be able to empower our people is through enterprise development.” he said.
He therefore urged south Africans to begin to see themselves as part of the African continent and see Africa as a big shopping mall. “It’s about the change in the mind-set” he added.