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City attracts investors

GUGU SISILANA ETHEKWINI Municipality is open for business and is taking bold steps to attract developers and investors into the City. This is the assurance given by eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo during the launch of the One Stop Shop also known as the Catalytic Projects office. Through the One Stop Shop, which is situated at Umngeni Road, the City aims to improve the regulatory framework within which it operates and the facilitation of development and investment in eThekwini. Addressing captains of industry and Chief Executive Officers representing various big businesses, Nxumalo said the City is earmarked for massive growth from several catalytic projects over the next few years which will transform eThekwini?s economic landscape. ?These high impact projects will promote job creation and create opportunities for private sector investment while cementing Durban?s economic status globally. Catalytic projects are the backbone for our City?s economy, and assist us address historical imbalances associated with separatist planning,? said Nxumalo. Commending the City for its efforts to improve the ease of doing business in eThekwini for developers and investors, MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala said it was important to put systems in place that will centralise key catalytic projects and identify what benefits will accrue from these to local communities in terms of job creation as well as business opportunities. ?We believe that this One Stop Shop will do just that. One of the constant frustrations encountered by potential investors into our province is the amount of time they have to spend visiting different government departments and institutions to fulfil regulatory requirements and the need to simplify the regulatory framework,? said Zikalala. City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said the One Stop Shop was in response to the challenges experienced by investors and developers who want decisions to be taken speedily to fast track development. ?The One Stop Shop is a commitment to do businesses in a different way and the approach that we would like to take in order to cut the number of days it takes for businesses to receive business licences, permits for electricity or opening a business in our City,? he said. Moses Tembe, the KZN Growth Coalition co-chair applauded the City for the intervention. ROMITA HANUMAN ALTHOUGH South Africa has the largest HIV/AIDS treatment programme in the world with over 3 million people on antiretroviral medication, more work needs to be done to eradicate the virus. This was the message that resonated throughout the week-long 21st International AIDS Conference that was held from 18 ? 22 July at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The conference brought together scientists, activists, community leaders and all spheres of government to discuss innovative ways on how to achieve the United Nations goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. One of the challenges standing in the way of meeting this goal is the decrease or withdrawal of funding for HIV-related programmes especially in Sub-Saharan countries where the epidemic is most prevalent. South Africa has the highest rate of HIV infections. Charlize Theron, AIDS ambassador and actress, said young people are the key to finding solutions to the epidemic. The youth are most affected by HIV in South Africa, especially young girls aged between 14 to 25-years-old. ?It will take the next generation to end this epidemic. The solution is not just in our laboratories, it is in our schools,? said Theron. Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa said: ?We are optimistic that the deliberations here in Durban will yield United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon was joined by local and national government leaders when he planted a tree of hope outside the Durban City Hall. The initiative was part of the 21st International AIDS Conference programme. Picture: SHAREN THUMBOO

Solution to end AIDS lies with youth

commitments from the international community to invest in research and development that could lead to new options for a vaccine and a functional cure.? EThekwini alone has about 650 thousand people living with HIV ? 600 000 adults and approximately 32 000 children are infected with the virus. Mayor James Nxumalo said in spite of the high numbers, there has been a dramatic improvement in the access of HIV treatment in government facilities.

Computer lab eases job search for City youth

PRINCESS NKABANE JOB seekers will no longer have to pay exorbitant fees for data and internet access to search online for jobs and email applications after eThekwini Municipality launched its free state-ofthe-art computer lab on 13 July. The walk-in Human Resources Centre of Excellence situated at 21 Archie Gumede Place, Durban, boasts more than one hundred computers with the latest software, free internet and is open to all members of the public. Speaking at the launch of the centre, eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo said the centre, the first of its kind in the inner City, would serve to connect eThekwini residents to the world and assist in eradicating unemployment. ?More than 1 500 kilometres of optic fibre cables have already been laid and free WiFi will soon be available in all the major townships, rural areas and areas around universities or where there is a high concentration of students. We hope that this will help to enhance access to research material for learners, facilitate business development and job creation,? he said. Nxumalo said Municipal employees will also be able to utilise 52 computers at the centre, in order to access Employee Self-Service on the Human Resources System. Nxumalo said this is the second centre launched this year. ?Following the successful opening of the Pinetown Computer Lab in March this year, we will continue launching computer labs in different parts of eThekwini,? he added. Deputy City Manager for Corporate and Human Resources, Dumisile Nene, encouraged young people to use the free service.


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