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Provincial focus

Opportunities for the youth

Saharan Africa, thanks to its rich natural resources and

Apart from the opportunities in China, KZN youth will also

well-developed infrastructure. Economic activities in the

be able to broaden their skills and grow their knowledge in

province are mainly concentrated in Durban and Pieter-

other countries.

maritzburg, with significant contributions in the Richards

This comes after ambassadors and consuls general from a number of countries committed to work with KZN to provide opportunities for KZN youth to study in their countries.

Bay, Ladysmith and Newcastle regions as well as the Ugu region. Premier Mchunu explained that the province had iden-

Premier Mchunu recently met with the foreign representa-

tified nine prime targets for inward investment. These

tives in Durban during the launch of the KZN Youth Interna-

include textiles, clothing, plastic products, chemicals,

tional Scholarship and Exchange Programme. More than 64

fabricated metal products, automotive components,

students have already been accepted to study overseas.

wood and wood products, footwear, machinery and ap-

“We are very confident that with your support and presence

pliances. Of these, primary and processed aluminium at

here in this province, no challenges will be insurmountable.

world competitive prices from local suppliers provides a

We pay tribute to your governments and all the people from

real opportunity for investors in these sectors.

your countries for choosing KwaZulu-Natal for foreign direct investments,” the Premier said at the event.

Creating a prosperous province

He emphasised that as part of solutions to provincial challenges the province was encouraging twinning of cities, provinces and academic institutions and partnership amongst the business fraternity.

The provincial government has a programme aimed at unit-

“We are encouraging our institutions to collaborate with

ing the people of KZN behind a common goal of creating a

academics across the world and to host regular confer-

prosperous province.

ences to share ideas and exchange academic staff and stu-

The province is investing more in social infrastructure such as education and health and to build transport networks that

dents and help to create an African identity of academic excellence across the boundaries,” said the Premier.

will become catalysts for socio-economic development, added the Premier. KZN is an important hub of industrial development in sub-


*Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal.

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