foundation for entrepreneurs from KZN to explore the Chinese market and gain inroads in the Asian region.
FDI is a source for economic development, income growth and employment creation. More importantly, FDI helps cre-
MEC Zikalala, who is also the Leader of Government Business,
ate a more competitive business environment and enhances
has already been to Guangdong. His visit is the beginning of
enterprise development. All of these contribute to higher
the implementation of the MoU.
economic growth, which is a potent tool for alleviating
Building a stronger province
Premier Mchunu says the focus of government after the local
government elections is on building a stronger KZN socially
The Mayor of eThekwini Municipality Zandile Gumede has
also undertaken to strengthen relations between the City of
“We cannot afford to disappoint those who voted in the
Durban and the City of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province.
elections as they made it loud and clear that they want jobs
Over the years, there have been exchange programmes fo-
and a better life.
cusing on culture, entertainment and education.
“We want to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into all
The Mayor said she envisioned a future where every young
corners of the province. It is for these reasons that we invited
person in Durban will be armed with a skill, a trade, a quali-
mayors, local chambers and entrepreneurs to interact with
fication and knowledge that they can apply to grow the
the delegation from Guangdong, a province regarded as a
economy of the city.
global manufacturing hub,” he stressed.
“In this regard we are committed to creating exchange
The Premier believes that for South Africa to create 11 mil-
programmes focusing on skills development and transfer of
lion new jobs by 2030, KZN will have to create 2.1 million jobs.
skills. We see a future where, as a result of being skilled, in a
“To achieve this, we have to ensure that the KZN economy
wide variety of fields, young people will become entrepre-
grows at an average of at least four percent per annum be-
neurs of note, competing with the best in the world, and in
tween now and 2030,” he said.
line with global trends.”
One of the areas the KZN government is focusing on is FDI.
“We are confident that your visit to our city will make it pos-
Over the years, countries like India, Brazil and China have
sible for us to usher in a new era. We want to work with you,
grown at a higher rate because they are benefiting from FDI.
train our civil servants and elected public representatives to
KZN is learning from these countries.
be better equipped to improve service delivery,” she added. >>
Public Sector Manager • December 2016 / January 2017