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INTERVIEW

Msunduzi Municipality: City of Pietermaritzburg Executive Mayor of the Msunduzi Municipality, Councillor Themba Njilo, explains why investors are heading for this well-resourced city.

Cllr Themba Njilo

What are the goals of your municipality? We aim to be a safe, vibrant city in which to live, learn, raise a family, work, play and do business. Our goal is to have a well serviced city with the necessary infrastructure, accessibility and connectivity to attract investment and development that will result in jobs being created to reduce poverty and unemployment. Our goal is make the city safe, clean and friendly, and to strive for financial viability and good governance. Do you have specific projects under way to improve the city? One of the biggest projects is the Integrated Rapid Passenger Transport Network (IRPTN) which is going to revolutionise public transport. Other planned projects include the Youth Enterprise Park in Imbali, a Light Industrial Park, a Technology Hub and a huge project in Edendale, the Town Centre development. The project includes rezoning for business, land acquisition, road improvements and landscaping.

BIOGRAPHY Councillor Themba Njilo is a reputable businessman and passionate community activist who is the founder of Themba Njilo Foundation that is involved in developing the community and assisting the underprivileged. The institution runs many drug rehabilitation programmes. He is the owner of Induduzo Funeral Homes and the founder of UHOLOGO Productions that manages many recording artists. Councillor Njilo holds a Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management.

What are the economic strengths of the area? The services and government sectors remain very strong but the manufacturing sector is robust, with a number of big manufacturing enterprises, and retail and wholesale also contribute substantially to the city’s GDP. The city is home to the KZN Provincial Government, the Umgungundlovu District government, the provincial Deeds Office and the Supreme Court, all of which makes investment and development easier. Pietermaritzburg is a centre of educational excellence. How important is the municipality’s location on the N3? The N3 is the key transportation corridor connecting Gauteng with the Durban harbour. We have already seen major investments and development along the N3 including Motor City and two new hotels. Please tell us about other recent investments. The city has attracted large scale investments from the private sector and national government. Liberty Midlands Mall is now expanding and further down the N3 the Phase 1 of the Ibhubesi Industrial Park is now complete, both multi-million rand investments.

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