eThekwini to host Durban Business Fair 2021

eThekwini to host Durban Business Fair 2021

In its quest to inculcate a culture of buying locally produced goods, the eThekwini Municipality is due to host the Durban Business Fair (DBF) 2021 at the Durban Exhibition Centre on 10-12 December.

eThekwini Municipality

The DBF will encompass the Street Market aiming to showcase homegrown products. The City, therefore, invites small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in fashion, food, art and craft, skincare, organic products, homeware, and other fields to register as a vendor for the upcoming DBF Street Market before 30 November.

The Fair will further encompass Business Engagements to be headlined by experienced business people who will dish out tips on how to sustain and reposition your business. Another element will be Digital marketing training masterclasses which will play a huge role in teaching entrepreneurs about the new way of doing business and marketing their businesses online.

The DBF will also host an Interfaith dialogue where religious leaders of different faiths will be represented. Flavours of Durban to expose local chefs cooking skills through cookout experience and mystery box cuisine will also form part of the three-day Fair.

The DBF will also act as a build-up and activation to the much-anticipated Durban Fashion Fair to take place at Durban Exhibition Centre from 15 to 17 December showcasing locally made garments to potential buyers. 

Tickets for the fashion shows can be purchased on Webtickets.

The Municipality’s SMME Development Deputy Head, Nonku Mthembu said: “The core objective of the DBF and its features is to promote products made in Durban and empower businesses with the necessary skills and information as well as provide a platform for business deals linkages. Buying local keeps money in communities, creates jobs for locals and boosts the local economy.”

Mthembu said this year’s Fair also aims to assist businesses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted economies.

She said the Fair is free for the public to attend and urged residents to come out in their numbers for the three-day exhibition which starts on 10 December and support local. She ensured that all COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.

SMMEs wishing to exhibit on the DBF Street Market can access the application form by clicking here. Note that submissions close on 30 November 2021.

Alternatively request an application form via email: [email protected]

Application forms can also be obtained from 7th Floor Embassy Building, 199 Lembede Street, (or at the security on the ground floor). Completed forms must be submitted via email: [email protected]

For business enquiries, contact: 031 266 99 38 or 082 399 0713.

Follow the conversation on social media with the following hashtags:

#Dbf2021 #Buylocal #SupportLocal #InvestLocal


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Main image attribution: Supplied by eThekwini Municipality

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