Forge Academy’s SMME Showcase postponed due to COVID-19 infection spike

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South Africa is under the grip of a third wave of COVID-19 infections with the last few days making for grim reading.

In the last 24 hours, 17 439 new cases have been recorded, along with 166 new fatalities. As the vaccination rollout continues to be as slow as can be, South Africans have little choice but to remain at home and observe precautions when going out into public.

Unfortunately this third wave is also sowing havoc on events that were meant to be held in the coming weeks. Among those events was the Forge Academy’s SMME showcase.

The event which was scheduled to take place on 30th June and SMEs as well as startups would pitch their business to a panel of investors, business people and specialists in order to get a free stand at the Digital Street Festival in November.

With the event meant to take place in Gauteng, which is experiencing a spike in infections, the SMME Showcase has been postponed.

“We were incredibly excited to host our first SMME Showcase event next week but have taken the decision to postpone it to a future date when Covid-19 infection rates subside. Our primary goal during this pandemic is the safety of all stakeholders involved. We remain committed to supporting and growing SMMEs and tech start-ups, and we look forward to securing a new date for the event as soon as it is feasible,” said chief executive officer at Forge Academy, Arthur Wade Anderson.

A new date for the Showcase will be announced in the coming weeks.

The good news about this postponement is that if you hadn’t entered to participate in the Showcase, you now have until 23rd July to do so.

Simply head to this link, read the instructions and complete the form.

Stay safe out there folks, wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands regularly.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.

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