‘Po­si­ti­ve at­ti­tu­des key to sus­tai­ned e­co­no­mic gro­wth’

George Herald - - NEWS - A­li­da de Beer

S­ta­tis­ti­cs from the George Plan­ning De­part­ment show a ste­a­dy an­nu­al gro­wth in the num­ber of buil­ding plans sub­mit­ted sin­ce the be­gin­ning of 2015, a t­rend t­hat cor­re­sponds with the li­ve­ly buil­ding acti­vi­ty being wit­nes­sed in the ci­ty. Bu­si­ness C­ham­ber chair­man Dr Wil­lie

Cil­liers says due to the in­flux of fa­mi­lies in­to the Sout­hern Ca­pe, de­mand for hou­sing is out­weig­hing sup­ply, hen­ce the need for mo­re new hou­ses. Furt­her­mo­re, com­mer­ci­al ex­pan­si­on is ex­pe­rien­ced due to the de­ve­lop­ment and re­lo­ca­ti­on of bu­si­ness he­ad of­fi­ces to George. "T­his is a de­fi­ni­te in­di­ca­ti­on t­hat the­re is in­ves­tor con­fi­den­ce in our ci­ty." T­his has all been good for e­co­no­mic gro­wth and has hel­ped po­si­ti­on George as one of three co­re gro­wth points in the We­stern Ca­pe. But, says Cil­liers, our ci­ty will not es­ca­pe the pre­vai­ling ma­croe­co­no­mic con­di­ti­ons in the coun­try t­hat are cre­a­ted by the in­sta­bi­li­ty of go­vern­ment as well as the junk sta­tus of the coun­try. "In­ves­tors will main­tain a wait-and-see po­si­ti­on t­hat will sup­press e­co­no­mic gro­wth. The po­si­ti­ve at­ti­tu­de of bu­si­nes­ses in the Sout­hern Ca­pe will de­ter­mi­ne if we will ha­ve sus­tai­ned e­co­no­mic gro­wth."

He said coope­ra­ti­on be­t­ween bu­si­nes­ses as well as the dif­fe­rent towns in the re­gi­on will al­so be a de­ter­mi­ning fac­tor. "The cre­a­ti­on of new op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­tre­pre­neurs in an in­clu­si­ve e­co­nomy must be the so­lu­ti­on to the u­nem­ploy­ment in our re­gi­on. Work can on­ly be cre­a­ted if the e­co­nomy grows." Cil­liers said strong le­a­ders­hip in lo­cal go­vern­ment, bu­si­ness and la­bour will be nee­ded.

Work can on­ly be cre­a­ted if the e­co­nomy grows.

Buil­ding plans sub­mit­ted

In the 12 mont­hs of 2015, a to­tal of

1 737 buil­ding plans we­re sub­mit­ted

(1 531 re­si­den­ti­al, 151 com­mer­ci­al and 55 in­dus­tri­al) and in 2016 a to­tal of 2 136 (1 942 re­si­den­ti­al, 107 com­mer­ci­al and 74 in­dus­tri­al).

In the first six mont­hs of t­his y­e­ar, the plan­ning de­part­ment re­cei­ved a to­tal of 1 191 plans (1 114 re­si­den­ti­al, 51 com­mer­ci­al and 26 in­dus­tri­al).

Plans sub­mit­ted un­der the am­nesty pe­ri­od to ha­ve il­le­gal buil­ding work ap­pro­ved a­moun­ted to 835 out of 4 023 ap­pli­ca­ti­ons be­t­ween 1 Ju­ly 2015 and 12 Ju­ly 2017. The am­nesty pe­ri­od has been ex­ten­ded till the end of t­his y­e­ar.

Dr Wil­lie Cil­liers

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