City of umh­lathuze on FDI drive

Sunday Tribune - - BUSINESS REPORT - GIVEN MA­JOLA given.ma­jola@inl.co.za

THE umh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­tends to fo­cus the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal term of of­fice on work­ing with all stake­hold­ers, dif­fer­ent strate­gic depart­ments and pub­lic en­ti­ties to at­tract for­eign di­rect in­vest­ments (FDI).

Mayor Mduduzi Mh­longo said their ul­ti­mate goal was to change the land­scape of the area for the bet­ter through the de­vel­op­ment and grow­ing of the econ­omy for the lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple to create em­ploy­ment for oth­ers.

“Our lo­ca­tion and the geo­graph­i­cal fea­tures we have such as the deep­est har­bour, vast arable land con­ducive for the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, ameni­ties such as rail, roads and air trans­port, cou­pled with the Richards Bay In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Zone (RBIDZ). And the ser­vices we pro­vide as the city such as wa­ter and en­ergy se­cu­rity be­comes a good pack­age for the in­vestors,” said Mh­longo.

Ac­cord­ing to Alexan­der Forbes, umh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has the great­est lo­ca­tion at­trac­tive­ness for in­vest­ment.

The city’s pro­grammes in­tended to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in the area in­clude the esikhaleni Busi­ness Hub to re­sus­ci­tate the town­ship econ­omy and the Tourism Mar­ket­ing Strat­egy that has iden­ti­fied tourism as one of the sec­tors in the city that would create new em­ploy­ment and help grow the econ­omy.

Mh­longo said they were al­ready im­ple­ment­ing their Youth De­vel­op­ment Plan through the open­ing of the Smme-one-stop­shop in em­pan­geni hous­ing among other of­fices of the NYDA, Absa en­ter­prise unit and oth­ers.

“We amended the sup­ply chain pol­icy to em­power youth with

40% of cap­i­tal projects while other pock­ets of amend­ments such as 30% sub-con­tract­ing on some projects are part of the plan.”

Mh­longo said the city was also con­tin­u­ing with its plans to re­lo­cate the Richards Bay Air­port, which would re­sult in the de­vel­op­ment of the Air­port City in and around em­pan­geni.

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