Focus on small towns in SA

2015-10-29 06:00

THE two-day small towns regeneration conference was held last week in the Bloemfontein Civic Theatre.

The conference was aimed at reviewing amongst others plans to improve and change the dynamic of small towns in the country.

The conference, attended mainly by municipal officials, agricultural experts, bankers, investors and international aid agencies from across the country, seeks ways to maximise the productivity and increase the revenue of small towns in South Africa.

Pravin Gordhan, minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, says the conference aims to strengthen the economy through job creation and skills development and improve the service delivery at large in order to improve the standard of living in small towns in the country.

He also discussed issues of the infrastructure systems, spatial planning, lack of investments into informal settlements and the lack of pro-activeness amongst South Africans as barriers to international investment.

“This is not another policy or another report.

“It is time to come up with solutions and plans and implement those policies to improve our small towns as no one invests where there are no opportunities,” said Gordhan.

Gugile Nkwinti, Rural Development and Land Reform minister, highlighted that South Africa mainly consisted of two economies which are the white economy (wealthy and developed) and the black economy (poor, underdeveloped and unconnected to any markets).

He also added that it was important for black and white South Africans to work together and fight the effects of apartheid thus far.

According to Nkwinti, towns and cities produce 80% of gross international value which is twice as much compared to small towns.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.