Tone set for development agency

2015-09-10 06:00

THE recently appointed board of the Ugu South Coast Development Agency (USCDA) held its maiden strategic session on Monday 31 August, also attended by councillors of local municipalities and the Executive Committee members of Ugu District Municipality, headed by mayor, Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede.

In her address the mayor pointed out some of the expectations from USCDA board members in positioning the agency as a strategic service delivery vehicle with programmes that will respond to SMME development, tourism, agriculture and the attraction of investment to Ugu District.

The mandate of the USCDA is to unlock the development and economic potential within the six local municipalities through leveraging partnerships and maximising investments.

As much as possible the USCDA will be the implementing agent for key infrastructure and development projects in the district. The agency will also serve as an economic development catalyst and co-ordinator for the realisation of the special economic zone in the district as espoused in the district development agenda.

Key to its mandate is that it is expected to become a skills development partner that creates­ opportunities aligned with our district priorities.

The board consists of members who bring a wealth of expertise because they serve in reputable organisations.

Board members are Dr Sipho­ Nzimande (chairperson), Sandile C. Dlomo, Joy Crutchfield, B. Zulu, Hopson Shezi, Lindelani Shezi, Vijay Naidoo and Dr Ephraim Zungu­.

In presenting the board members Gumede said: “These are esteemed individuals of high social standing with a passion of employing their knowledge and expertise for the betterment of the development of the people of our district.

“The development agency is a way of strengthening municipal capacity in implementing programmes that will help create jobs, enhance local economy and prioritise skills development,” she said

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