ECITI extends its reach into the Chris Hani District

Queenstown entrepreneurs eagerly anticipate ECITI’s Chris Hani satellite office, set to officially launch in January 2016.

ECITI executive manager Mncedi Mgwigwi explains that the expansion is a strategic move that will propel ECITI towards realising its bold mandate which calls for promoting ICT infrastructure development throughout Eastern Cape’s districts.

Heading up ECITI’s incubation programme for the Chris Hani region is Zandile Makina who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management from Rhodes University.

“Our Queenstown-based office is expected to pose a positive impact on start-up enterprises in the region,” says Zandile.

“Despite the office not being officially launched, we’ve hosted two successful events at the incubator and have embarked on a recruitment drive targeting small businesses in the region within the ICT, film and media industries,” Zandile adds.

Events hosted for entrepreneurs in the Chris Hani district included a film and television seminar hosted in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC); and a film and screening workshop facilitated in partnership with the Eastern Cape Film Forum, National Film and Video Foundation, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

As at December, ECITI’s Chris Hani satellite office was supporting three enterprises within its incubation programme and is looking to induct ten new entrepreneurs by the end of March 2016.

The ECITI premises for the Chris Hani district are situated at No. 2 corner Griffith and Owen Streets, ECDC Building, Queenstown.