Tourism, wildlife and the green economy
Some of the delegates in attendance were the political management teams of local municipalities
SMMEs Whilst ensuring the inception of massive projects such as industrial parks, the encouragement of entrepreneurs and SMMEs was also a key focus and the need for a regulatory framework was flagged. Small businesses are responsible for more than 60% of jobs in South Africa and therefore this was focused on at the Summit as a major contributor to the alleviation of poverty and unemployment in the province. The participation by women, people in the rural areas, youth and people with disabilities with regards to the development of small businesses and co-operatives was a key objective, as was increasing access to local and international markets. The availability of funding and information regarding how to start a business were highlighted as areas of concern - with which the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Empowerment Fund are able to assist.
ICT In line with Polokwane Municipal Smart City 2030 Vision, the Summit resolved to establish an affordable, secure, reliable wide area network (WAN), providing speedy, real time information and data.
Infrastructure The key infrastructural requirements that underpin growth in these sectors is the provision of bulk water from surrounding dams and wastewater treatment plants (planned for 2017) as well as an increase in the number of road transport links.
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One of the resolutions of the Summit was that there should be a seminar held on the environment, the green and the wildlife economy for the province. The youth will play a pivotal role in the this sector and it is crucial that they are involved in planning, incubation, skills development and possible job opportunities. To ensure the growth of these sectors is planned and executed in a sustainable manner, the provincial government aims to establish a Centre of Excellence linked to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The realisation of these objectives will see the MusinaMakhado SEZ development corridor grow from strength to strength, playing a crucial role in the development of the region â€“ and the realisation of the premierâ€™s objective of increasing the contribution of the province to the national GDP from 7 to 8%.