‘Municipalities must innovate to attract investors’ — KZN Cogta MEC

2018-07-18 06:01
It was a hands on inspection of the R 120 million water project at Mkhize by KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube and officials at the uMzinyathi growth and development summit held last week.

It was a hands on inspection of the R 120 million water project at Mkhize by KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube and officials at the uMzinyathi growth and development summit held last week.

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UMZINYATHI District Municipality hosted a growth and development summit with key stakeholders on July 12 and July 13 at the Ncome Museum.

The summit brought together representatives of business, provincial government, state-owned entities and the four uMzinyathi municipalities; Umvoti, Msinga, Endumeni and Nquthu, to discuss important issues affecting the economy of the district.

The focus of the summit was on finding innovative ways to grow the economy of the municipality and also ensuring that small towns utilise local resources in order to position themselves as attractive investment destinations.

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nomusa Dube-Ncube, addressed the summit on the important role municipalities need to play in order to realise sustainable economic growth at a local level.

“We need our municipalities to find innovative ways to attract investors.

“Platforms such as this summit allow for different stakeholders to engage on a variety of developmental issues impacting this specific district,” said Dube-Ncube.

The MEC also touched on the importance of municipalities ensuring that their infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, water, and sanitation, is properly maintained so that they can attract investors.

“The potholes we see on our roads are a deterrent to investors because they paint a negative picture of municipalities in terms of governance and their ability to respond to issues.

“It is in the interest of our municipalities that we enforce by-laws and policies to better address challenges affecting ratepayers,” said Dube-Ncube.

The MEC, after speaking at the summit, visited one of the landmark projects in the district.

The project, costing R 120 million, will provide water to 3 000 households in the communities of Sibongile, Keats Drift and KwaJama eNtinini — these communities are under the Msinga, uMvoti and Nquthu local Municipalities.

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