Can someone take ownership

2015-06-17 06:00

TO date two attempts to set up an Umvoti Chamber of Business have been unsuccessful.

Umvoti Municipality was to assist with the establishment and setting up of the chamber, but then pulls out and leaves it to members, but the response from businesses has been negative.

The essential reason for the existence of a chamber in any area is the necessity for there to be a body to represent the views of organised business. Legislation governing the conduct of municipalities obliges municipalities to consult with stakeholders and delegates and this is a mandatory responsibility for local economic development (LED).

Not only does the municipality require access to a representative organisation as opposed to individual business people, but businesses themselves are better served by a body that is able to bring the various views together in a cohesive form, and present them effectively.

Recognising its obligations, Umvoti Municipality has resolved to initiate this move towards an establishment of a chamber the independence of which should be recognised at the outset.

The establishment of a chamber and the development of an effective partnership between business and the municipality will benefit the interests of business development in Umvoti. In light of this Umvoti Municipality requests a “champion” from the private sector to drive this initiative. Can someone step forward and take ownership of this Chamber of Business and the municipality will continue to support this initiative in any way possible.

Contact Theresa Edwards on 033 413 9209 for further information­.

RECOGNISING ITS OBLIGATIONS, UMVOTI MUNICIPALITY HAS RESOLVED TO INITIATE THIS MOVE TOWARDS AN ESTABLISHMENT OF A CHAMBER THE INDEPENDENCE OF WHICH SHOULD BE RECOGNISED AT THE OUTSET

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