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City empowers black industrialists

NONDUDUZO NGCONGO TO DEMONSTRATE the City?s commitment to township regeneration and black economic empowerment, eThekwini Municipality has set aside R100 million to build small industrial facilities closer to the people. This was revealed by Mayor Zandile Gumede during a two-day business conference held as part of the week-long Essence Festival at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 8 to 9 November. The creation of black industrialists and sustained economic growth were the main topics for discussion during the conference, held under the theme ?Radical Economic Transformation Agenda? which was attended by top government and business leaders from South Africa and abroad. Addressing delegates at the conference, Gumede, who was part of a panel that included the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala said: ?We want to support black-owned manufacturing businesses to ensure access to markets, skills development and productivity improvement for them to produce high The City has set aside R100 million to build small industrial facilities closer to the people, Mayor Zandile Gumede announced during the Essence Festival Durban business conference. MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala was one of the panellists. quality goods,? she added. Gumede said looking ahead, the City would ensure that opportunities in its massive projects, like the GO! Durban, benefit locals. ?This will create opportunities for black businesses and enhance their expertise,? she said. In addition, Gumede said the City has budgeted R750 million towards the development of scarce skills in the artisan sector over the next three years as part of its economic transformation strategy. Zikalalala expressed the same sentiments as Gumede. ?As provincial government we feel that the Municipality?s economic empowerment plans are a perfect fit with our own radical economic agenda which adopts a strong bias towards the empowerment of black people in general, and women and youth in particular.? Zikalala urged entrepreneurs to take advantage of government?s R1 billion incentive scheme directed at creating more than 100 large and competitive black industrialists within the country. He added that the black industrialists fund is expected to attract between R10 billion and R20 billion from other developmental sources. ?Increasing the number of black people that manage, own and control enterprises and productive assets is the solution to radically transforming the local economy, create job opportunities, drive skills development and alleviate poverty,? Zikalala added. Also addressing delegates at the conference, Jimmy Manyi, Founder of the Decolonisation Foundation called for closer synergies between government and black industrialists in order to achieve government?s radical economic transformation ideals. A panel from the United States of America, which included the President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce Aubry Stone, Carmen West a business development specialist from the US Department of Commerce, Jackie Wright of Wright Enterprise and Ron Busby President of the US Black Chambers INC. gave insight on sustainable economic growth and wealth redistribution. They also indicated their interest on collaborating with local entrepreneurs. Businesses that were in attendance applauded government for its tireless efforts in developing entrepreneurs, saying initiatives such as the Durban Fashion Fair Emporium and Furniture Incubator had already started to yield positive results.

Mayor prioritises eradication of HIV/AIDS and social ills

VUYO NDLOVU ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has pledged to work with all sectors of society and prioritise programmes aimed at eradicating the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemic and other social ills in society. Gumede made the commitment during the quarterly eThekwini AIDS Council meeting held on 8 November at the Durban City Hall. This was the first quarterly eThekwini AIDS Council meeting under Gumede?s leadership. It was attended by various representatives from government, the Municipality and civil society. All representatives agreed that more needs to be done to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS and other social ills. ?I will prioritise this programme and will ensure that through the relevant committees within the Municipality, structures such as the Ward AIDS Committees and Community Safety Forums are launched and supported throughout the Municipal area,? said Gumede. She also urged Municipal officials to make provision for sufficient budget to support all programmes aimed at eradicating HIV/ AIDS and TB in society. Deputy Head of the Health Unit, Dr Noluthando Ngomane gave a report on eThekwini?s interventions aimed at eradicating HIV/ AIDS and social ills. The report was for the second quarter of the year. She said that, in this quarter, 225 554 people had been tested for HIV and of those, 88.7 percent had tested negative. Approximately 12 453 570 condoms had been distributed at taxi ranks, malls, night clubs, clinics and other facilities. About 352 957 people are on the Antiretroviral Treatment Programme. Ngomane expressed concern at the high rate of sexual assaults, teenage pregnancies and maternal and infant deaths Cllr Zandile Gumede eThekwini Mayor within the Municipal area. Siyabonga Nzimande, Chairperson of Civil Society, emphasised that all sectors of the community have a role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS and social ills. ?As civil society, we want to strengthen the HIV and TB response,? he said. He added that civil society has implemented various programmes that seek to address HIV/AIDS, TB and social ills. These programmes include the launch of the 90-90-90 UNAIDS Strategy, Anti-drug abuse initiatives implemented at institutions of higher learning, the hosting of the HIV/AIDS Research Indaba by the University of KwaZulu- Natal. The UNAIDS target states that by year 2020, 90% of the people living with HIV will be diagnosed, 90% of diagnosed people should be on treatment and that 90 % of the people on treatment will have viral suppression. Nzimande said that South Africa had recently introduced the Bedaquiline Clinical Access Programme, which will contribute to the successful treatment of patients with multi-drug resistance Tuberculosis.




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