Umzumbe Business Forum distances itself from chaotic march

SEVERAL Umzumbe Business Forum members have distanced themselves from those who burnt tyres and blocked the entrance to Umzumbe Municipality, preventing officials from entering the building last Thursday.

Chris Ngcobo, who says he is in fact the chairperson of the Umzumbe Business Chamber and the Umzumbe Business Forum, said the individuals who claimed to be members are known but they are not members of the Umzumbe Business Forum, but belong to the Umzumbe Business Concern Group.

He said Senzo Ngcobo, who spoke to the Fever claiming to be the chairperson, has not been elected as chair of the chamber and all those who caused chaos have their own agendas.

Chris said he was elected at St Michael’s Sands early this year to chair the chamber.

When contacted, Senzo said some of the Umzumbe Business Chamber members felt that Chris had failed to lead the chamber and the new structure was elected at Sibanini Hall.

The Fever is in possession of the minutes where Senzo was elected as chairperson of the chamber.

During the protest, members handed over a memorandum relating to tender contracts.

They also demanded that the structure that was elected as the Umzumbe Business Chamber, be dissolved.

Another business owner based in Umzumbe said that Chris is the chairperson of the Umzumbe Business Forum not the chamber, and he cannot hold two positions as this would be a conflict of interest.

“We want the structure that is led by Chris to be dissolved because we have already elected the new structure,” said another businessperson.

Senzo said that after handing over the memorandum, the
municipality responded adequately. He further said that local businesses had written to the municipality requesting it dissolve the structure but the municipality did not respond, which led to the disruption of the municipality.

Municipal mayor Sizwe Ngcobo said the municipality, through its Local Economic Development Business Unit, c-oordinated an SMME business fare to help empower local SMMEs.

He said the programme was disrupted by the very beneficiaries for whom it was intended.

He added that there are programmes planned for local businesspeople and that 30% of the budget is ring-fenced for local emerging contractors.