SEZ ex­pected to cre­ate jobs

This was an­nounced by eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism MEC Mac Jack dur­ing his bud­get speech yes­ter­day

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Northern Cape News - HLONI MASHIGO hlonim@afro­tone.co.za

THE Uping­ton Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone (SEZ) is ex­pected to cre­ate about 16 165 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion, 6443 sus­tained op­er­a­tional jobs and 6 003 in­di­rect jobs and the to­tal econ­omy wide, di­rect, in­di­rect and in­duced jobs are es­ti­mated at 28 611.

This was an­nounced by the MEC of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism Mac Jack, who pre­sented his bud­get speech yes­ter­day, he also said the to­tal in­fra­struc­ture ex­pen­di­ture is about R2bn dur­ing 15 years of de­vel­op­ment and a cu­mu­la­tive con­tri­bu­tion of the pro­posed SEZ to the econ­omy is ex­pected to be R4.5bn over a pe­riod of 15 years.

“We will con­tinue to ex­ploit our com­par­a­tive ad­van­tages de­rived from the spa­tial ben­e­fits of our re­gions as the an­chors of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. In this con­text, the min­is­ter of trade and in­dus­try will be ap­proached to gazette the Uping­ton Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone af­ter eval­u­a­tion and ap­proval by the DTI,” he said. Jack said the de­part­ment has 422 work op­por­tu­ni­ties that were cre­ated across the prov­ince through the EPWP grant­fund­ing for 2017­18.

“Fifty youth were trained in Dik­gat­long and Frances Baard on new ven­ture cre­ation through the Ser­vices Seta in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a lo­cal com­pany ac­cred­ited with the ser­vices Seta,” Jack said.

Fur­ther­more ac­cord­ing to the MEC, 15 youth and nine peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties were trained in pre-start up busi­ness skills in Uping­ton.

An­other 25 peo­ple were trained in ba­sic com­puter skills in De Aar high­light­ing some of the work that was done by the de­part­ment in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year. On town­ship tourism Jack said it’s a sec­tor which presents great po­ten­tial speak­ing on at­trac­tions such as the walk­ing trails that have been de­vel­oped in Fraser­burg, Wil­lis­ton and Suther­land.

Jack said more than R314m that has been al­lo­cated to the de­part­ment for the 2018­19 fi­nan­cial year is a nom­i­nal in­crease of more than R18m a 6.2% in­crease on the 2017­18 fi­nan­cial year.

“A to­tal of R65573000 is al­lo­cated to Ad­min­is­tra­tion, to pro­vide strate­gic eco­nomic di­rec­tion to the prov­ince and fa­cil­i­tate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our man­date,” he said.

JOBS GA­LORE: The Uping­ton SEZ will cre­ate more than 16 000 jobs.

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