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‘Buy local’ drive kicks off

SA flagProudly SA has kicked off its national “buy local” education drive road show aimed at educating the public about the positive spin-offs of buying local goods and services.

The year-long initiative will start with a business forum, followed by mall activation and meetings with stokvel groups, church bodies and schools. The first drive kicked off on May 11 in Mpumalanga, with a business forum to be held this evening at the White River Lodge where entry will be free with limited seating.

The road shows will run from May 11, 2012 to March 2013. They will be run under the theme “Be Proudly South African – Buy Local to Create Jobs”. For each of the country’s provinces, the road shows will kick off with a business forum, followed by mall promotions, expos and meetings with stokvel groups, church bodies, community organisations and schools.

Proudly SA seeks to strongly influence procurement in public and private sectors, to increase local production and stimulate job creation. This is in line with government’s plans to revive the economy so that five million jobs can be created and unemployment decreased to 15% over the next 10 years under the New Growth Path. The campaign fits in with the broader national developmental agenda and the recently signed Local Procurement Accord.

The accord, signed in October 2011, is a pact that seeks to boost local industries and create more jobs through localised procurement. It was signed by government, business, labour unions and community bodies. These role players have committed themselves to increasing the number of goods and services bought locally to 75%. – BuaNews

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