It has been a year of mixed fortunes for the Komani Business Sector with the Border Kei Chamber Of Business (BKCOB) Komani branch chairman Adré Bartis saying 2016 had been slightly better compared to last year.
“This year has been a little better, however, the establishment of small illegal businesses has had a huge impact as the undercut on prices to attract more clients. This meant that the legally established businesses has been forced to cut down prices which in turn meant losing on profit. It seems that there is no clear monitoring of illegal business. Although these are issues that has been effecting some businesses, there has also been a positive side with regards to businesses opening additional branches, some businesses moving to bigger and better venues, which shows growth within the business sector.”
According to Bartis, BKCOB members bagged several accolades in various sectors. “ Our members have won several awards and had growth in production,automotive, real estate and hospitality. Although there were some low moments in the economy, any form of growth for business in any of the sectors is a positive for Komani, and provides a good platform for future economic development in the region.”
She advised people to support local businesses to ensure continued growth in 2017. “People should use local suppliers. If they think to do anything construction related, manufacturing, automotive, or shopping, it must be local. The simple reason is that local businesses employs local community members and thus looking after their children as well. So if we support local business we are not only supporting the economy, but also growing the community of this region.”
The chamber’s networking events were successful this year. “We had six Networking functions this year, all of which were well supported by our members. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors this year that has made our networking functions such a big success time after time. A huge thank you to each and every member that has supported our functions and donated prizes for our Lucky Draws. Without all of you our events would not have been as successful as they have been.
“The aim, of each event, is for the members to network and also to meet our local and district municipal officials and political heads, to build relations between business and government. We want to thank the government structures for their support and look forward to strengthening our relations well beyond 2016.”