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The feeling of Spring Day can be felt in this 2-weekly newsletter, full of exciting projects and opportunities.  Here's to cleaning up, reviving and getting inspired!

In this edition:
International Coastal Clean Up day – join any (or our) team!;
Ease of vaccinations - at your premises;
Coffee Podium at Mosaic Table – see you in Sedgefield;
Rates & Taxes – update and waiting;
Revive Knysna – what are the plans?;
Impact of Covid on tourism - research;
Emergency tax relief? – this and more news through MyAHI;
Export Advance Program – program extended!;
Support and Development Programme – SMME's apply;
Tourism Monitors – young, unemployed and passionate about tourism?;

Support your local Business Chamber - now is a good time!
GREATER KNYSNA BUSINESS CHAMBER NEWS
International Coastal Clean Up day – join any (or our) team!

Saturday 18 September is International Coastal Clean Up Day.  Ocean Odyssey's 4th year of heading up this communal effort has seen a record number of teams come forward to clean up Greater Knysna. 
Email info@gkbc.co.za or whatsapp Ypie on +27 (0)82 771 1859 to join our team.  We'll be meeting at the entrance to the Knysna Waterfront at 09h00, cleaning up Grey Street as far up as we can!  Back at the Waterfront by 12h00.   
Ease of vaccinations - at your premises!

It may not be easy for your staff to get to the Town Hall or Clinic or any of the other vaccination spots due to work commitments or transport issues.  Knysna's vaccination coordinating team has recognized this, and is reaching out to businesses with a large staff supplement or groups of smaller businesses situated closely together to come forward so a vaccination team can come to your premises instead.
Please contact Ypie via email on info@gkbc.co.za to get this set up for your business too!
Coffee Podium at Mosaic Table – see you in Sedgefield!

Our next Coffee Podium will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow business people at Mosaic Table in Sedgefield.  Last Thursday of the month: 30 September, 07h30 for 08h00 – 09h30.  Get introduced to new businesses, or share your story with those in attendance: up to 10 businesses will be given the opportunity to present themselves to the audience attending on the day.  The Coffee Podium opens at 07h30 with presentations starting at 08h00. 

Please RSVP on info@gkbc.co.za to mingle, network and market your business.  R60 for members, R80 for future members.  Limited availability, covid-regulations to be adhered to, booking is essential! 

PLEASE RSVP by latest September 28. 
Rates & Taxes – update and waiting

It remains a concern that no further public participation was required after the adjustments of the Draft Budget had been made, and a letter requesting clarification and reconsideration was sent jointly by the Sedgefield Ratepayers & Residents Association (SR&RA) and the Greater Knysna Business Chamber (GKBC) at the end of July.  The letter can be found here.  

We are waiting for a response.  
Revive Knysna – what are the plans?

The Greater Knysna Business Chamber proudly supports the Revive Knysna team headed up by Gail Sofianos in their efforts to clean up and beautify Knysna's CBD.  In recent weeks giant steps have been made cleaning up and planting flowers on the sidewalk along the train tracks at corner of Long Street and Waterfront Drive.

This is how it started and where it's going:

"Revive Knysna was born from ordinary local residents’ passion to see verge gardens & clean and beautiful spaces in the CBD brought back to life, and out of love for their beloved town and its estuary.
This dedicated group believe that small projects can start to make a difference and impact our town and its people in a positive way creating a different mind shift so as” not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg” so to speak.

While everyone has a different passion or gifting for different projects, Revive Knysna provides a platform to bring these projects to life with the help of the Municipality buy in, the community and various NPO stakeholders.

The group’s dream is to inspire, and motivate the community into efficient action one project at a time and become once again #ProudlyKnysna, to win “Town of the Year” again (the last time was in 2008).

#PavementProud campaign
Asking each individual business in Knysna and surrounds to weed their verge, maintain and keep it clean and to where possible plant extra Bee attracting plants to beautify their verge."

Please like the Revive Knysna Facebook page and follow on Instagram to stay updated on next projects undertaken.  Donations towards Revive Knysna are most welcome and will assist in growing the Revive Knysna movement and impact.  Please email info@gkbc.co.za for bank details and further info.
INDUSTRY NEWS AND UPDATES
Impact of Covid on tourism - research

The Department of Tourism has contracted HS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS to conduct an impact evaluation of COVID-19 on the tourism sector.

The evaluation aims to determine the extent to which tourism enterprises and workers in the tourism sector have been affected by restrictions due to the pandemic.  Furthermore, the evaluation will assess the extent to which enterprises were aware of the financial support being provided in the country by both public and private institutions and how they used the financial assistance received.

The outcomes of the impact evaluation will assist the Department in developing appropriate strategies, interventions and plans that will seek to support tourism enterprises, especially small, micro, and medium enterprises.

This evaluation involves two surveys, the first to be conducted in the third quarter of 2021 (1 July to 30 September 2021) and the last quarter (1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022).
 
Your input is important to determine the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sectors.  Members (and non-members) operating in the tourism sector are requested to share their input by completing the surveys and allowing HS Business Solutions to conduct interviews, with you.
 
Please note that responses are anonymous and will be treated with confidentiality.  All information collected will remain strictly confidential and the analysis of data and input from stakeholders will under no circumstance be on an individual level.
 
To access the survey click here.
Emergency tax relief? – this and more news through MyAHI
 
Towards the end of July, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced a series of emergency tax relief measures in response to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and recent unrest, helping affected and tax compliant businesses recover and ensure livelihoods for employees.

Further details of the proposed measures were provided by the Minister of Finance and National Treasury.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) said it will implement these tax relief measures because compliant taxpayers have paid their fair share of tax, making it possible for the government to provide such a temporary safety net in a time of extreme difficulty.
 
This and other news can be found in the latest 'MyAHI nuusbrief'.  Click on the linke to read more.
TRAINING AND FUNDING
Export Advance Program – program extended!

Did you miss Wesgro's Export Advancement Programme, planned for last week?  Here is another opportunity!

Specifically aimed at companies in the Garden Route seeking to become export ready, the Export Advancement Programme provides the expertise, knowledge and network needed to help businesses grow internationally and offers a blend of company best practice, export coaching in local seminars in standardised training modules. 

This vocational training tool in international trade is designed to build export competence within companies globally.  The programme is a highly-subsidised series of workshops which comprises of 5 modules offered over seven online training sessions, and will on completion, enable you to increase your competitiveness in the international arena. You will be given the tools to implement sound strategies in your business that will help you exploit international market opportunities and combat threats in the local market.
The programme will be taking place virtually from the 20 - 29 September 2021 (09h00 – 13h00, online via zoom) and is free of charge for qualifying companies.  Click here to register.

Please note there are a limited number of places available.  Application deadline is 6 September 2021.
Support and Development Programme – SMME's apply!

The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) is embarking on a programme to help dynamic and committed entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.  A broad scope of non-financial assistance will be provided, including compulsory business development interventions and training.
There are several criteria which need to be met: businesses need to be registered and operating ~2 years, SARS registered and 100% South African owned.  The full ad including further info and criteria can be found here

Contact Ypie on info@gkbc.co.za if you need assistance.  Closing date is FRI Sep. 10, 2021; 13h00.
Tourism Monitors – young, unemployed and passionate about tourism?
 
The Department of Tourism is currently taking applications from interested candidates to be part of the Tourism Monitors Programme for a period of twelve (12) months.
To give an idea of the minimum criteria which apply:
• Unemployed youth between the ages of 18 to 35;
• Be in possession of matric certificate or any other tertiary qualifications;
• Proficiency in English;
• The applicant must stay within a 28km radius of where they will be placed;
• Applicant should be able to work flexible hours e.g. weekend, public holiday and as and when required;
• Beneficiaries who have previously participated in the departmental EPWP funded programmes in the past two years will not be considered;
• People living with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.
 
Full requirements and contact details can be found by downloading the ad here or by emailing info@gkbc.co.za.  Closing date: September 10, 2021.
GETTING INVOLVED
Support your local Business Chamber - now is a good time!

Supporting Chamber initiatives, promoting your own business at monthly networking events, staying up-to-date on opportunities on training and funding and knowing your voice counts in municipal issues raised.  These are all good reasons to become a member of the Greater Knysna Business Chamber. 

Membership fees start at R250 per annum for companies with staff compliment of max. 5 people.  You know what to do: download the Membership application form NOW! 
MEMBER APPLICATION FORM
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Elmay Bouwer | Jason White | Mark Sofianos | Chris Schutte | Hermann Kapp | Martin Hansson | Clifford Elion | Megan Taplin | Office Administrator: Ypie Kingma






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