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Getting down to business…
After an invigorating first day at KwaMashu, international delegates had a change of scenery when they were hosted by the Cato Manor ABM for the second day of the learning exchange, at the Umkhumbane Entrepreneurial Centre in Cato Manor.

The theme, Sustaining Urban Livelihoods, began with a short presentation from Mhlengi Gumede from the eThekwini Area Based Management Programme (ABM).  He explained the AMB context within eThekwini and gave the delegates an insight into the aims, result areas, current indicators and outputs of the ABM projects.

Dr Anneline Chetty from the Business Support unit at eThekwini enlightened the participants about the SMME’s programme and the successful projects that emerged from it. She threw the cat amongst the pigeons suggesting that local government practitioners have very little business sense and this may be responsible for the lack of entrepreneurship support. She spoke passionately too about women in business. “We believe that every woman has an entrepreneur within themselves and we focus on skilling them in the women in business programme,” said Chetty.

Morgen Zivhave and Tiffany Tong from Sustainable Cities gave delegates an insight into their experience in promoting urban agriculture in Dar res Salaam.
Vania Goncalves de Souza from Porto Alegre moved delegates as they learned about the heartening work she was doing working in the Social Inclusion Project in the Chocolatoa Slum. (This video will soon be available on the MILE website)

The evening was spent with the serenity of nature’s beauty at the Botanic Gardens where delegates participated in an Imagine Durban open forum, where delegates joined Durban’s public in a debate on urban agriculture.

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