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Inclusive growth key to development

SILINDILE MALULEKA THE SOUTH African government strongly believes that inclusive growth is key to a developing economy which can potentially benefit marginalised communities and youth in the African continent. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba shared this view with KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede during a visit to the City?s major developments including the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network route, the Bridge City precinct in KwaMashu and Dube Trade Port. Gigaba, who was leading a national, provincial and City delegation during the visits, was speaking ahead of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) which began on 3 May at Durban?s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. This international conference is set to showcase business opportunities to potential investors. ?We understand the responsibility we have towards the continent and that we need to position the African continent favourably and ensure that we tell a good story of ourselves. Africa is alive with possibilities as the continent?s best assets are its youthful population,? said Gigaba. The tour around the City?s major developments aimed to explore opportunities around inclusive economic growth for marginalised communities to participate in the economy. Gigaba added that there were great structural defects in the South African economy which resulted in people not being active in the mainstream economy. ?There is great social pressure emanating from young people and the marginalised who want to play a part in the economy. We cannot ignore those sentiments. One of the ways to address this is to focus on township, rural areas and informal settlements to From left to right: EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, newly appointed City Manager Sipho Nzuza and KwaZulu- Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala visited major projects around eThekwini to showcase development and investment opportunities ahead of the World Economic Forum on Africa. Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE ensure that they become a part of South Africa?s growth story,? he elaborated. Identifying sectors earmarked for growth in KwaZulu-Natal, Zikalala pointed out that radical transformation and economic development was not only concentrated in urban areas. ?Our growth sectors include manufacturing, agriculture, mining, maritime and automotive. In KZN, each and every district is earmarked for development and we plan to distribute economic activity to secondary cities. Radical economic transformation is the inclusion and integration of those who are marginalised to participate in the economy. Our duty is to unbundle the economy and create opportunities for them,? he explained. Mayor Gumede added that eThekwini has in place, a Radical Economic Transformation Framework. ?This is a strategy and investment into the City?s economy that aims to accelerate a number of projects in eThekwini which will benefit local businesses and communities. These projects speak to the notion of people-centred development and it is important that projects have economic strategies in place to draw previously excluded people into the economy,? she said. Mayor Gumede added that the City had positioned itself to respond to the legacy of spatial fragmentation and contribute to inclusive growth.

New City Manager to take eThekwini to greater heights

NONDUMISO MATHOMANE NEWLY appointed eThekwini Municipality City Manager, Sipho Nzuza will vigorously work towards ensuring that the City of eThekwini is rated as one of the top five liveable and attractive modern cities in the world. Nzuza, 54, who officially assumed the top position on 1 May, wants to achieve this grandiose goal within the first three years of his five year tenure at the helm. A poised Nzuza, who has previously served as an advisor to the City?s Executive Committee on audit and risk matters in line with the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), said he will use his role as the City Manager to champion the City?s growth and development plans. ?Being a City Manager of the eThekwini Metro is a great opportunity to contribute the knowledge and skill I have developed over the years. As a resident of eThekwini, having been born and bred in Durban, it gives me pleasure to be part of a team that makes our EThekwini City Manager Sipho Nzuza Picture: SUPPLIED City a great modern City in the world,? he said. Nzuza not only brings a wealth of experience to the City, having occupied several senior management positions from different companies, ranging from banks to auditing firms and the maritime industry, but he has also served as a director in a number of boards. The experience he has garnered over the years will be pivotal in his quest to tackle some of the challenges the City faces, like unemployment, poverty, low levels of economic growth, and environmental issues as a result of climate change. Going forward, Nzuza will also build on the City?s strengths like, robust strategic direction, well defined long-term development plans, financially strong ratepayer base, well-funded and managed balance sheet and highly skilled and experienced manpower. Nzuza is no stranger to local government, having acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience serving in a number of audit committees for metros and district municipalities. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 1989. He also holds Higher Diploma in Taxation (H.Dip. Tax) from the then University of Durban Westville (UDW) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from same university. EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said she is excited about Nzuza?s appointment as he would bring ?character and good governance? to his role as City Manager.


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