BEITBRIDGE – There are prospects that Musina Municipality in South Africa would in future exhibit at the Beitbridge Business Expo, Musina manager Nathi Tshiwanammbi has said.
Tshiwanammbi said this on the sidelines of the Beitbridge Business Expo which ran in the Zimbabwe Border Town for three days from Thursday to Saturday last week.
He described the Expo as a good initiative and applauded the organisers. He said that there used to be such exhibitions in Musina until a financial law outlawed them.
The Beitbridge Business Expo held at Dulivhadzimu Stadium was attended by hundreds of people and the guest of honor was the Minister of Environment , Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu. The Expo organisers want to see business operating 24/7 in Zimbabwe’s busiest border town.
“We want to take advantage of the Beitbridge Business Expo going forward even if it means us exhibiting as municipality or as government. We may also get local companies and investors in South Africa to come and exhibit this side, that will be beneficial to both sides.
“Remember Zimbabweans get most of their products from SA on a daily basis and exhibiting here means Zimbabweans cross to South Africa with an idea of what they are looking for and where to find it,” said Tshiwanammbi.
He said the majority of business people in Musina have never been to Zimbabwe and their participation in the local expo will strengthen the relationship between the two towns and countries.
The guest of honour, the Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu applauded organisers of the expo.
Beitbridge Business Expo chairperson Dr Anna Muleya said the business expo presented an opportunity for all businesses to come through and showcase their products and services.
Some 101 exhibitors were at the expo this year and these came from Beitbridge district and various provinces of the country. The expo was introduced in 2019 but has been shelved for the past two years because of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Musina has a population of 132 000 people and 68 000 households. It has 12 wards, 24 councilors with 12 being proportional councilors.