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June - 13 July 2017 Your FREE Newspaper www.durban.gov.za

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City boosts township economy

SILINDILE MALULEKA and NONDUDUZO NGCONGO ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has reiterated the importance of growing township economy through the City?s Radical Economic Transformation Framework. Mayor Gumede was speaking on 23 June during the official opening of the groundbreaking R32 million KwaMnyandu pedestrian bridge which houses 14 trading kiosks. The pedestrian bridge is part of the Municipality?s public-private investment into the KwaMnyandu Node which will create safe and easy access to the mall and train station while also creating economic opportunities for small businesses that will be occupying the kiosks. The shopping centre is linked to the train station which is used by 20 000 people daily. The shopping centre also attracts about 30 000 people per day. Traders at the kiosks have access to more than 50 000 people on a daily basis. Mayor Gumede said the bridge therefore plays a huge role in bringing economic opportunities closer to the people. She said this is the beginning of many good things to happen as the KwaMyandu Node Development Framework is expected to generate and unlock more than R2 billion worth in economic It was a cheerful and proud moment for eThekwini as Mayor Zandile Gumede officially opened the groundbreaking R32 million KwaMnyandu pedestrian bridge which houses 14 trading kiosks. Picture: Zamantungwa Gumede activities, comprised of mixed-use investment. Jabulisile Mtolo, a trader, said the kiosk will help her attract new customers. ?It will help me get exposure because this is an opportunity to showcase my work to people who pass through this bridge every day,? she said. The bridge has an eating area as well as sanitation facilities for small business owners occupying the kiosks. To fast-track the earmarked economic returns, eThekwini Municipality has already secured a land lease for the expansion of KwaMnyandu Mall. This is expected to increase the value of local shareholders? stake which is currently at 21 percent as well as create more employment, adding to the 700 people who are currently employed at the mall. Land sale to the Ingonyama Trust has been approved by Council to construct a petrol station for the node. Furthermore, Mayor Gumede announced that funds have been set aside for the construction of a R24 million light industrial incubator which will be located along the KwaMnyandu node in uMlazi. ?The business incubation facility will accommodate 20 small businesses in various sectors including upholstery, manufacturing of chemical detergents and steel fabrication. The incubator will primarily focus on providing appropriate business accommodation as well as creating tailored development programmes for the budding entrepreneurs,? she added. silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za nonduduzo.ngcongo@durban.gov.za

Radical economic shift for the City?s agricultural sector

NONDUDUZO NGCONGO THE Radical Agrarian Socio- Economic Transformation (RASET) programme which aims to open up markets for black small-scale and subsistence farmers was officially launched by President Jacob Zuma on 27 June at Harry Gwala Stadium at Ixopo. President Zuma described the programme as a critical milestone in government?s on-going campaign to bring about meaningful and tangible economic freedom to better the lives of South African citizens. This pilot programme has six participating districts which were selected after observing their agricultural potential. These include eThekwini, Harry Gwala, Ilembe, Ugu, Umgungundlovu and uThungulu. ?This programme seeks to improve the participation of small-scale farmers to address economic inequality as previously disadvantaged farmers still find it difficult to access the available markets for their produce,? said President Zuma. MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala, who spearheads the programme in the province, said this will transform the food value chain by coordinating government investment, incubating, unleashing the potential of black farmers and attracting private partnership. ?This is our means of accelerating government?s mandate of radically transforming the economy through the agricultural sector to tackle poverty, unemployment and inequality,? said MEC Zikalala. Presenting eThekwini Municipality?s progress on RASET, Mayor Zandile Gumede said the Municipality has already procured six tractors which are expected to be delivered by the end of August and nine tunnels to be erected in August which will be located in Ottawa. She said it was all systems go for the City?s agro-incubation programme which will be based at the Clairwood Fresh Produce Market. ?Youth participation will be highly prioritised in this programme as our target is to set-up 80 youth farm agrienterprises with a minimum of five hectares per enterprise. This opportunity will be advertised in all communication platforms soon,? said Mayor Gumede. She added that in order to broaden the participation of historically disadvantaged individuals in the farming business enterprise, the City aims to utilise existing local contractors for mechanisation of ploughing, disking and ridging. ?Local cooperatives will be targeted as service providers for site preparation and infrastructure roll-out,? Mayor Gumede added.

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