by Patience Rusere
March 5 2019 – ZIMBABWEANS in SA under the Zimbabwe Migrants Support Network(ZiMSN), held a business seminar recently in Port Elizabeth to promote entrepreneurship by Zim migrants living in Mzansi.
The seminar was largely to launch the ZiMSN Business Hub and explain its role and who it represents.
“It must be understood that we are all economic refugees in RSA henceforth the need to fight the economic struggle, “together, yes we can” that was the mantra.
The business seminar was attended by 20 people in various business fields,” explains ZiMSN secretary general Shelton Chiyangwa.
There were 20 SA based Zimbabwean businesses who showcased their entities ranging from chicken farming , driving school, construction, sewing business, property rentals, plumbing , waterless car wash and food outlets.
Among some of the people who made presentations was SA based Zimbabwean businessman, Russel Kahari of The Millennium Girl Child and Health Services.
Kahari, who is also one of the organisation’s partners sells women menstrual products in the form of the Menstrual Cup.
Though Kahari’s company is facing challenges in importing products because of tax clearance issue, it was an issue that was also discussed extensively during the one day seminar.
Jefta Munyaka who runs a car dealership and is into Uber and Taxify says he wants to formalize his business.
Munyaka owns about seven cars and is looking for money to grow his business.
Amid growing unemployment in SA, a lot of Zimbabweans, who initially came there to work are realising the need to start their own businesses, shown by the few startups that also attended the Seminar.
“We also saw some notable partnerships being formed during the , which was very encouraging,” says Chiyangwa.