Signed deal set to cre­ate jobs

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THE agree­ment that has been signed be­tween the Man­gaung metro and the Linyi mu­nic­i­pal­ity in China has the prospects of help­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity cre­ate much needed jobs, Man­gaung metro mayor Olly Mlam­leli said.

The mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing would bring the much needed eco­nomic change, he said.

The MoU was signed be­tween Man­gaung and the deputy mayor of Linyi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment, Li Yim­ing from Shan­tung prov­ince in China.

“There are many im­prove­ment that we are on at the mo­ment but most of all is em­ploy­ment, as any­one can see there are many empty fac­to­ries that are not utilised that can be used for the man­u­fac­tur­ing,” Mlam­leli said.

She said in or­der to em­ploy peo­ple they needed to have in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, with­out in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion there is no way that we can be in a po­si­tion to cre­ate jobs.

She said that they would not have their own pro­duc­tion, ad­e­quate num­ber of ex­port and they would have to make sure that they were im­prov­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing in Bloem­fontein, Bot­sha­belo and Thaba Nchu where there were avail­able fac­to­ries.

“Let us re­mem­ber China is big in tex­tile in­dus­try, so we want them to train our own peo­ple es­pe­cially women and young peo­ple to own the fac­to­ries to en­sure that they are gen­er­at­ing money which will be in­creas­ing, putting more eco­nomic in­jec­tion.

This will help us a lot as we will be root­ing out un­em­ploy­ment,” Mlam­leli said.

She said they were not only con­cen­trat­ing on fac­to­ries but also on tourism as there were events and tourism at­trac­tion ar­eas in Man­gaung.

“We have Macufe, Flower Fes­ti­val, Nel­son Man­dela statue and the Planetarium both at Naval Hill.

Planetarium is a struc­ture in the south­ern Hemi­sphere that is at­tract­ing the aca­demics to come and study here, there­fore it is one of our tourists points,” said Mlam­leli adding that there are two stat­ues of OR Tambo and Fidel Cas­tro.

Li Yim­ing briefly said they were look­ing for­ward to work with Man­gaung metro and they and agreed on terms to as­sist with deal­ing with un­em­ploy­ment.

“We are fine be­cause we know that our coun­try is hav­ing a good re­la­tion­ship not only with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity but also with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment,” he said.

ECO­NOMIC CHANGE: Deputy mayor of Linyi mu­nic­i­pal­ity in China Li Yim­ing and Man­gaung metro mu­nic­i­pal­ity Olly Mlam­leli sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to ben­e­fit Man­gaung res­i­dents with work.

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