The Danielskuil Trader’s Hub Project is a Public-Private Partnership between the Kgatelopele Local Municipality and Lesedi Power Project who have worked together to support small businesses and facilitate their mainstreaming into the local economy.
Early in 2017, Lesedi Power Project and Kgatelopele Local Municipality embarked on a project that would provide secure, accessible and affordable retail space for local traders in Danielskuil. The development of the trader’s hub will create opportunities for local SMMEs to become tenants in the center and trade in a safe and conducive environment with increased exposure to foot traffic. It is envisaged that the Hub will play an integral part in contributing to the revitalisation of the local economy.
Within the project development phase, Lesedi undertook market research to determine the demand for specific shops and services in the area, conducted a feasibility study and facilitated commitment from the project partner – Kgatelopele Local Municipality.
Adverts were placed in and around Danielskuil and in the local newspaper inviting applicants apply for tenancy, shortlisted applicants were then invited to present their businesses to a panel consisting of representatives from Kgatelopele Local Municipality, Lesedi Power and the ward councilor in order to ensure a fair and transparent tenant selection process and that criteria for sustainability were met.
The construction phase commenced in January 2018 for a period of 11 months. During this phase a total of 22 jobs were created and 14 subcontractors were employed. The Hub accommodates South African and foreign owned businesses as well as permanent and “pop up” tenants. Lesedi will continue to support the Hub through the appointment of an intern who will be tasked to manage, oversee operations and ensure the effective marketing for the Hub.