City gives vendors a leg up with bookkeeping training

Mayoral committee member for urban management Grant Twigg spoke to trainees at a bookkeeping workshop earlier this week.

The City of Cape Town has been giving informal traders bookkeeping training to help them grow their businesses.

Two Kraaifontein entrepreneurs Victor Jankie and Mandisa Nonduna, were part of the three-day training.

Participants get an accredited National Qualification Level 1 certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority.

“Certainly I see myself owning a bigger business in the next three years because of the skills transferred by the training we received this week,” said Mr Jankie, who specialises in rubble removal.

“This will help me manage my finances better. I am happy the City of Cape Town did this for us. Now I know how to manage my money better than ever before. I have a new sense of hope with money.”

Ms Nonduna, a fruit-and-veg trader from Wallacedene, said the training had made her understand finances better and she was now thinking of expanding her business.

“I am very confident my business is going to improve after this workshop. Small businesses need this type of training,” she said.

Grant Twigg, mayoral committee member for urban management, said the training had the potential to take informal traders off street corners and into formal businesses.

“I’m very pleased with how it went. They were very eager for the training and they were very happy. I’m confident that this will boost entrepreneurs.”