MEDO’s latest networking event, Third Thursdays is one of the greatest opportunities for businesses to interact with local government around. Not only does it feature interesting disussions every month like clockwork, but it is live-broadcasted so that every person, no matter their location can join in on the fun.
On every third Thursday of the month, MEDO hosts an event in partnership with the City of Cape Town that aims to build a communication bridge between business and the City. Cape Town councillor and head of Economic Development, Garreth Bloor acts as host for the evening, not only answering questions from entrepreneurs and business people present, but bringing with him an arsenal of interesting discussions, guests and opportunities.
“What it is, is that we have these events the same place, same time every month so that we can get into a habit of having an open dialogue, because in the end we all want to build the city and we can only do that by building the economy of the city,” Judi Sandrock, MEDO CEO started off the first event in March this year. “Thank you so much for this opportunity,” Councillor Garreth Bloor answered, “My role in the city is to ensure that we create the best environment for all enterprises which is critical in order to drive economic growth, and opportunities like these are always great to come together and work directly with businesses.”
Since its inauguration in March, Third Thursdays have steadily been building a following as the event is live-broadcasted via Youtube. Besides Garreth’s great stage personality, it is also because of the relevant topics the event touch up on. Topics of the year include discussions on the City’s budget and development plans, the various events the City host and the opportunities they offer to businesses, technology and internet development, a celebration of the City’s youth and youth opportunities, and in-depth interviews with Cape Town’s top entrepreneurs who have graced the Africa Forbes list of top treps. Besides thought-provoking topics and notable entrepreneurs in attendance, big names such as Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Rapelang Rabana and Ashley Uys have shared the spotlight with Garreth.
“The new heroes of South Africa are entrepreneurs because they create and generate growth, prosperity and progress. There are people who are perceptive to identify opportunities and entrepreneurs are of course the first people who identify those opportunities. The thing is that people respond to access to information to inform important business decisions. The City has gotten rid of regulations and barriers that prevent people from earning effectively and conducting business within reason. Now we need to work on access of information, getting as much information out there to help shape those important decisions,” Garreth explains.
After the discussion, there is also a networking opportunity where entrepreneurs and City officials share business cards in abundance.
If you are interested in Third Thursdays, be sure to watch the whole discussion on medo.co.za/live every third Thursday at 6PM sharp.