Berg ca­ble car project on fast track

The Mercury - - NEWS - Sharika Regc­hand

THE Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs is fast-track­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Drak­ens­berg ca­ble car project and will host a con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion later this year to en­gage po­ten­tial in­vestors.

Giv­ing his bud­get speech yes­ter­day at the KwaZulu-Natal leg­is­la­ture, MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu said the con­fer­ence would also seek to cre­ate a plat­form for in­ter­na­tional ca­ble car op­er­a­tors to share their ex­pe­ri­ences, en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues that could af­fect the devel­op­ment of the ca­ble car, in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial mar­kets that could be tapped into, and ex­plore new ac­tiv­i­ties that could be un­der­taken in the area.

It would also ex­plore var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ing op­tions for bench­mark­ing pur­poses.

Mabuyakhulu said that the con­fer­ence would pro­vide a plat­form for net­work­ing and the estab­lish­ment of busi­ness link­ages among key busi­ness and gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ers, within and out­side the coun­try.

Mabuyakhulu said the Ithala Devel­op­ment Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion had been ap­pointed to over­see the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment for the ca­ble car project. “More­over, we have es­tab­lished a task team man­dated to pro­vide strate­gic di­rec­tion on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this project,” he said.

Mabuyakhulu be­lieved the ca­ble car would yield great eco­nomic spin-offs not only to the Okhahlamba area, but the en­tire prov­ince.

He said other projects, such as King Shaka’s statue, the Bluff bridge, the Isan­dl­wana Devel­op­ment and Nonoti Re­sort, would also be fast-tracked. They were part of the strate­gic pri­or­i­ties from the prov­ince’s tourism mas­ter plan.

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