Coast­line re­sources can be used to cre­ate jobs and at­tract in­vestors

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NEWS - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

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.

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