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Winde promotes Entrepreneurship Awards

Economic Development MEC Alan Winde visited small businesses in the Cape Town CBD.

Western Cape Economic MEC Alan Winde visits small business on 15 January 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde on Tuesday called on businesses to showcase their talents by entering the province's Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards.

Winde visited shops in Bree Street earlier.

An area which he believes is growing substantially.

Winde visited diners, cupcake stores and barber shops to promote the Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards.

He said these are the businesses local government depends on in its efforts to increase employment.

Winde said small to medium enterprises are often the first to employ young graduates who are in desperate need of skills.

The owner of Clarkes Bar and Dining Room, Lyndall Maunder, said she took car guards off the streets to work in a diner.

Maunder said she had to close for a few weeks to give her unskilled employees a chance to learn the trade.

Meanwhile, the Entrepreneurship Awards offers winners of categories R50,000 but the overall winner will be sent to a business workshop in Europe in 2014.

Entries close on 31 January.