GREEN PROJECT SPROUTS NEW BRANCH

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - QHAMANI LINGANI and THANDEKA NTLONTI

BUF­FALO City Metropoli­tan Devel­op­ment Agency (BCMDA), Buf­falo City Metro (BCM) and Bor­der-Kei Cham­ber of Busi­ness launched the sec­ond leg of the Cal­l2Ac­tion cam­paign with their Quigney site.

This fol­lows the launch of the first Call-2-Ac­tion site ear­lier this month in West Bank.

Call-2-Ac­tion is aimed at call­ing ev­ery­one to ac­tion to trans­form Buf­falo City into a clean and green, well-gov­erned and in­no­va­tive metro.

The aim of the cam­paign is to clean the city and grow em­ploy­ment in the metro.

CEO at BCMDA Gcinumzi Qo­tywa said it is not only about the clean­ing up, but they are also look­ing at new devel­op­ment and dis­cus­sions are not just a pipe dream, they are things they are ac­tu­ally work­ing on.

“One of the im­me­di­ate tasks we will launch in the new fi­nan­cial year, which starts next month, is a safety pro­gramme. It is all fine and well to launch but the real work be­gins af­ter we leave here. As the new fi­nan­cial year ap­proaches, a lot will hap­pen,” Qo­tywa said.

At the launch of the West Bank site re­cently, ex­ec­u­tive mayor Xola Phakati said: “Today’s launch comes at a time when our city is faced with the chal­lenge of pro­mot­ing our metro as a green and clean city. The fact that we are gath­ered here is a tes­ta­ment that we as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers com­mit our­selves to achiev­ing our goal in terms of the Call-2-Ac­tion cam­paign which is to change the face of the city for­ever. When peo­ple of the city and our vis­i­tors en­ter the city from the R72, it will re­flect a steady change in terms of clean­li­ness,” Phakati said.

Var­i­ous BCM busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als and as­so­ci­a­tions felt it is im­per­a­tive to keep the city clean and well gov­erned in order to en­sure new in­vest­ments into the city.

The Call-2-Ac­tion cam­paign works to­wards keep­ing four iden­ti­fied pi­lot ar­eas in Buf­falo City clean and green. The ar­eas are Set­tlers Way, Beach­front, South­ern­wood and Western Av­enue/Ox­ford Street.

Ac­cord­ing to Bor­der-Kei Cham­ber of Busi­ness di­rec­tor Les Hol­brook, the cam­paign was first dis­cussed in May last year and meet­ings have been held ev­ery week af­ter that. He said join­ing forces with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity made sense.

“In­vestors want to in­vest in a city on the move and that’s what we are work­ing to­wards. We are now a city do­ing some­thing about our sur­round­ings and that speaks vol­umes to peo­ple look­ing for busi­ness or look­ing to in­vest in the city.”

He said they had to move their of­fices in South­ern­wood to Bea­con Bay be­cause, “we were greeted with garbage on our very doorstep”.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

ON THE MOVE: Var­i­ous stake­hold­ers at­tended the launch of the first Call-2-Ac­tion site in West Bank re­cently. The dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers has since opened the Quigney site last week as well

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