Mayor shares vision with business

2011-07-22 00:00

THE new mayor of the Hibiscus Coast, Cynthia Mqwebu, met local businesspeople this week to present her vision for the municipality.

Spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said, “It was an opportunity for the mayor to introduce herself to the business community and to share her vision of a co-operative collaboration between the municipality and business.”

The municipality had expected an attendance of 20, but 50 representatives of local businesses pitched up at the council chambers in Port Shepstone on Monday.

“The mayor was very pleased with the turnout and it was a very positive indication of a shared objective,” said Soboyisa.

The collaboration between business and the municipality could see fresh impetus in attracting investment and growing business in the district, he said.

Also present at the meeting were representatives of the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry and South Coast Tourism.

With the municipality they will form a committee to advance the interests of businesses.

“The South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry will head the formation of this committee and the committee, once selected, will present recommendations to the municipality on behalf of business affiliated to it,” Soboyisa said.

The mayor’s initiative has opened the door for improved relations between the municipality and business community, he added.

“Every sector has its challenges and with this co-operation between the municipality and each sector these challenges can be raised with the municipality and addressed [leading] to greater consultation between both parties.”

Soboyisa said the mayor intends meeting other stakeholders in the district to discuss how the municipality and community can work together for the benefit of all residents.

“We want to re-affirm our commitment to achieving the objectives we set in the meeting,” said Soboyisa.

“With the support of all the stakeholders and the municipality we can achieve them.”

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