Free State Premier Ace Magashule has appealed to black-controlled industries in Botshabelo, east of Bloemfontein, to support one another to improve economic development.

He was speaking during a walk-about in Botshabelo’s industrial park.

He has told entrepreneurs that they should not be demotivated by the challenges they face.

Entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized businesses told the premier that they needed more government assistance and resources to be successful.

The purpose of the visit to Botshabelo is to support job creation.