Growth projects take shape

2010-02-09 00:00

TASK teams set up during the two-day Strategic City Summit held in October last year are soon to get cracking on a set of key strategic projects for Pietermaritzburg/Msunduzi.

The summit, organised by the Msunduzi Innovation Development Institute (Midi), a partnership between the municipality, business and the university, resolved that task teams implement the resolutions made at the summit.

These task teams have started meeting. The economic development team, under the leadership of Andrew Layman, held its first meeting on January 27 and focused on the following three issues:

• The development of an integrated planning strategy for development along the N3 corridor

• An airport to serve the city and the region

• The development of an agro-processing hub in the city

Midi’s Rob Fincham said the meeting was lively, at times controversial, and excellently facilitated

Fincham said the meetings of the other task teams are to take place on the date and at the times given below. All meetings will be at Chamber House.

• February 15: Sports, heritage, arts and culture, 4 pm to 6 pm (Melanie Veness, task team leader)

• February 22: Food sovereignty and the food value chain: 10 am to noon (Dr Joyce Chitja, task team leader)

• February 22: Environment and sustainable development: 2 pm to 4 pm (Rodney Bartholomew, task team leader)

• February 24: Human resources and education: 4 pm to 6 pm (Lulama Mbatha, task team leader)

Fincham said the aim is to have the first report-back from three task teams, each instructed to deal with one of the three issues, by the end of February. “The goal … is to turn project concepts into action,” he said.

Members of the public are invited to the meetings. More information can be obtained from Glenda Colegate at the Midi offices at 033 342 2844 or 074 127 4000, or e-mail info@midi.org.za.

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