CEDA goes digital

Baitshepi Sekgweng

Loan application and payment now accessible online

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In a move that has struck a chord with its customers, Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) has taken its services online.

With the current arrangement, customers will now be able to access all services through the Agency’s website including submitting proposals as well as paying monthly installments.

Speaking at the official launch on Friday in Motokwe,Minister of Entrepreneurship Karabo Gare said the new CEDA online platform services will connect entrepreneurs, small, micro and medium enterprises and innovators and allow them to thrive.

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“This goes with the government’s aim of pushing digitization, as a result accessibility of technology has been key because we believe with that route no one will be left behind, everyone will access to services,” said Gare.

The Minister further said the most important thing about this latest development is that there is no risk of information infringement.

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“With the world changing fast towards digitization, now it has become imperative for use of technology to be more of a necessity rather than a choice, “said Gare, further revealing that the government is in the process of connecting 200 villages to free internet in order to promote the use of technology.

The newly launched CEDA Online services platform has an array of services such as 24/7 accessibility on any smart device, ability to apply for a loan and track it from the comfort of one’s home.

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“It has always been our aim to introduce this online service platform before the end of this year, something which we are proud to have achieved. As much as Covid-19 did disrupt this exercise, we never gave up because we don’t want to leave anyone behind. At the end of the day what we want is for everyone to know what CEDA does and access the services,”CEDA chief executive officer Thabo Thamane adding they have traveled to 164 villages to create awareness about CEDA and its services through ‘Ke Mogaka ka CEDA’ initiative.

Meanwhile, as a way of giving back to the community, CEDA staff donated 10 chairs and five kettles to Motokwe Primary School as well as training cones and first aid kit to a local social football club.

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