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INTERVIEW How has tourism contributed to economic development and job creation? The past year saw a record of over 800 000 tourists visiting the iLembe District, contributing over R3-billion to the economy of the region. Attractions such as the Ballito Junction Mall remain key drivers. The mall attracted 12-million visitors during its first year of operation. There are many other tourist offerings besides shopping. These includes the beaches, cultural, history and adventure tourism. How does the flagship National Schools Nutrition Programme benefit farmers and learners?

How do you work with investors? We continuously engage with potential investors through various platforms and sign MOUs that lead to direct investment across all sectors with key focus on job creation, skills development and the overall contribution to the economy. More recent investments are focused in the renewable and green energy sector. The investment opportunities are outlined in the iLembe investor prospectus for the region. As Enterprise iLembe, we believe that collaboration and partnerships with key stakeholders is key. It is to this end that we work closely with partners such as Trade & Investment KZN, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, local municipalities as well as private-sector partners. Other partners such as Dube TradePort and the Isithebe Industrial Estate have also created immense opportunities for growth and stimulation of economic initiatives. Our focus is to work with potential investors to facilitate and ensure that their investment in the iLembe District is not only seamless and smooth, but also sustainable in the long term.

CONTACT INFO Tel: 032 946 1256 Email: info@enterpriseilembe.co.za Website: www.enterpriseilembe.co.za Facebook: Enterprise iLembe | NORTHCOASTKZN Twitter: EnterpriseiL

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As per our mandate, Enterprise iLembe procures vegetables from farmers to supply to schools for the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP). Currently approximately 63% of the 180 tons required for the programme are procured from local farmers. A total of 119 farmers supply fresh produce to the 406 schools in the district. This has been achieved through the setting up of agrihubs in Mandeni, Maphumulo and Ndwedwe. This is a key programme for Enterprise iLembe as it talks directly to the empowerment of local communities. Agriculture has been proven to be one of the most sustainable sectors provided there is a market for SMMEs to supply their fresh produce, and the NSNP creates that market space.

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