Roadshow aimed at uplifting KwaZulu-Natal through economic growth

Phumlani Sibeko, Mondi Ndabandaba and Joe Nowbath.

Seeking to unlock investment opportunities, the Amajuba District Municipality hosted a roadshow at Tramonto on September 7.

Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Tourism KZN and the Amajuba District Municipality combined for the purpose of promoting both Newcastle and KZN.

Various business chambers and business owners were invited to participate, to see how private and government sectors could work together to achieve the goal of developing the Amajuba District.

TIKZN said it was committed to partnering with all spheres of government to support local trade and businesses, to create employment for the KZN community.

The roadshow was gladly welcomed by the Newcastle community.

District Mayor, Dr Musa Ngubane welcomed guests and expressed the importance of the roadshow’s presentation and ideals.

“An important aspect of us being here today, is that the economy has spluttered back to life,” he said.

Dr Ngubane believed the growing economy was strongly linked to agriculture and mining developments.

“The thriving economy will assist us in addressing issues such as poverty and unemployment.”

Yet he said it was pivotal to take advantage of the strengthening economy to boost investments.

One such way was during the month of September, as South Africans celebrated their cultural roots with Heritage Day.

“The month of September is a time where we need to promote tourism, as South Africa has a rich heritage, with cultural diversity.”

The Newcastle Sakekamer, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Youth Chamber were then introduced to guests.

Representatives from each of the business chambers discussed the roles they played within the community, and how they could assist in local economic growth. Adding to the discussion, Zama Gwala, the Chief Executive of TIKZN, and Abie Wentzel from Tourism KZN shared their advice on how to assist the Amajuba District to reach its full potential.

Quinton Boucher

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