uMkhanyakude District engages with business
The uMkhanyakude District Municipality and Trade and Investment Kwa Zulu Natal hosted a networking breakfast on 19 June 2015 at Ghost Mountain Inn in uMkuze. The aim of the session was to have business minds of uMkhanyakude under one roof to share information on what can be done to develop the economy of the district.
Infrastructure, broadband development, skills development and lacks of information sharing were high on the agenda as business people shared their challenges and solutions for economic development in the district.
Head of Planning and Economic Development in the District Mr Edward Bonga acknowledged that infrastructure is a challenge for the District Municipality and they are already addressing broadband development through the Umhlosinga Development Agency, “The agency is currently driving a broadband provisional project, which we hope will make a difference in the Districts internet connection once it’s implemented, making things easier for businesses,” said Mr Bonga.
Bonga continued that the municipality is working on improving skills shortages in the district, “Our Municipality has reached an agreement with the department of higher education to build us an FET college and construction will begin soon, we hope this will go a long way in improving our skills shortage,” said Mr Bonga.
Board member for TIKZN Mr Cedric Gina encouraged business people in uMkhanyakude to be visionaries in business and stop looking at challenges as hurdles for progress, “Business people in the district should for an instance look at how they can take part in the ocean economy, uMkhanyakude has the ocean and should look at creating a port for the future because one day the Durban and Richards Bay Ports may run out of space for containers,” said Mr Gina. He continued that taking part in the ocean economy may seem like a pipe dream for now but the future has endless possibilities.
A new Jozini Business Chamber of Commerce has been set up, the business community agreed that businesses in and around the District need to stay in constant communication in order to maintain business connections, building relationships, sharing of knowledge and ideas in order to boost uMkhanyakude’s investment profile.
District Municipality Municipal Manager Mr M. Mzimela, Cllr T. Ndlanzi who represented Jozini’s honourable Mayor Cllr. B.N. Mthethwa, TIKZN CEO Mxolisi Manyakanyaka along with other municipal and business stakeholders were present at the networking breakfast.