Coastline resources can be used to create jobs and attract investors
THE Northern Cape coastline can be used to create jobs in the marine, energy and technological sectors, Premier Sylvia Lucas said.
Speaking at the three- day coastal property conference in Port Nolloth in the Namakwa area, Lucas said the provincial government had the opportunity to capitalise on the area to improve the economy.
Lucas said all stakeholders needed to come together to utilise the technology at their disposal to change the lives of ordinary people especially young and vulnerable persons.
She said the outlook of the conference was to enhance the resource base in order for them to be utilised in the province’s coastline.
“The coastline is a critical food, mineral, energy, water and cultural resource,” Lucas said.
“It is our innovation and the way we apply technology to this resource base that will set us apart and make us part of the fourth industrial revolution.”
She said they needed to be innovative in how they enter the global market to promote the province.
Lucas said stakeholders, in particular the private sector, need to come on board and utilise the resources in the coastline to create much needed jobs in the province since the unemployment rate is sitting at 43%.
“For the resource base to be enabled, we will have to match it with the relevant structural capacity. We need to relook at our transport infrastructure.
“Volume cargo transport and export is a vital enabler for our economy.
The proposed deep port for the Northern Cape coastline will link this port with the surrounding environment,” she said.
Lucas said they needed to work with technology projects such as the Square Kilometre Array project that was attracting the attention of investors globally.
“The knowledge and intelligence enabled by research will create the base we must use to partake effectively in the fourth industrial revolution.
“Parallel to this, we need to ensure that we enable our creative and quality small, medium and micro enterprises to be of high growth, which with real enterpreneurial spirit, will be able to grow their markets, grow their sales and ultimately grow their employment,” she said.
BOOST FOR ECONOMY: Sylvia Lucas addresses the coastal and small harbour conference in Port Nolloth.