Investment workshop to boost local economy

2016-06-17 06:00
 Photos: siphelele nketo During discussions at the workshop (back from left), Bruce Allwood, Di Sunter and (front right) James Ballantyne.

Photos: siphelele nketo During discussions at the workshop (back from left), Bruce Allwood, Di Sunter and (front right) James Ballantyne.

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AGRICULTURE and Tourism are be able to draw more investors to boost local economy in the district of Harry Gwala. This is according to Don Govender who is a chief consultant of Lindon Consulting. Govender was amongst people that were participating in a one day workshop held at Ixopo on Tuesday.

The workshop was attended by investors, farmers, businesses people and representatives from local and district municipalities under Harry Gwala district. Lindon Consulting Company is a service provider tasked by the department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to position Harry Gwala for investors.

Govender said the purpose of the workshop was to present investment promotion and facilitation strategy to the district municipality to promote the district as investment destination.

He said the district municipality signed an agreement with the department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to develop an investment strategy that can boost local economy.

“The district municipality has a potential in agriculture and tourism that can contribute in economy. To achieve that goal, the municipality should adopt things that can attract investors including building of accommodation facilities for tourists and put more money on farming.”

He said the area of Harry Gwala has a good climate for farming and agriculture. Bruce Allwood from the Associaton of Farmers in Ixopo said land ownership is hindering commercial and local farmers.

“The biggest challenge that we are facing as farmers is that there is no ownership of land and banks can’t lend us money without a full ownership.”

He encouraged other investors and the municipality to invest on agriculture to create job opportunities and grow economy for all people in the region.

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