Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Nomvuzo Shabalala, says that the Business Support, Markets and Tourism Unit (BSMDTU) decision to focus on fashion underscores the eThekwini Municipality's commitment to the development and support of this particular sector which includes some of the most important small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the region.
For the past 13 years it has formed part of the City's all encompassing annual Business Fair and while it continues to form part thereof, it has also come into its own, she says. "In previous years, Durban was known for its fashion events. Now we are exporting our talents to other parts of the country. We need to provide the opportunities and inspiration for our young talents to be creative and remain in Durban. This is what the Durban Fashion and Business Fair stands for," Shabalala says.
The annual Durban Business Fair will run from September 21st to 24th and will include a fashion pavilion that will promote over 30 designers including Noxy's Fashion; Modesta Creations; Malesna Fashion Designs; Zaah's Trading; Thobekaz Trading; Duke "Clothe Your Soul'; Jempi and more. There will also be a mini showcase of retail designers that will be having pop-up shops within the fashion pavilion daily between 10am- 10:30am; 12pm-12:30pm and 3pm to 3:30pm.