Nelson Mandela Bay Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture sector (NMBEDTA), in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Catering Secondary Co-operative, on Thursday hosted a food tasting session to showcase the work of catering companies in the city.
Speaking at the event, Nelson Mandela Bay Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Assistant Director of Community Development, Noluvuyo Solwandle, said that the event aims to showcase the work of local caters and its importance into the local economy.
“This will serve as the platform to market local catering companies in Nelson Mandela Bay city especially at this time of the year, now that the December holidays are around the Conner and there will be number of events so catering will be in demand,” she said, adding that the aim is to market them to private sector so that they can continue to sustain their business and also benefit when there’s government catering tenders.
“We believe that the market out there only favours the private companies already exists, we want private sector to give our people a chance and do business and grow our local economy,” said Solwandle.
The idea was meant for all catering companies in the Nelson Mandela Bay, but there were 13 catering companies that were chosen within the co-operatives that have Environmental Health Certificate in order to be compliant.