Ray Nkonyeni business forum established

2018-09-27 06:00
PHOTO: THAMI NKOSIThe Business Forum leadership (back from left) Siyanda Dlungwane, Mandla Thushini, Sanele Malishe, Bruce Jalibani with Thanda Madlala, Siyabonga Msomi, and Khanyi Ntuli (front).

PHOTO: THAMI NKOSIThe Business Forum leadership (back from left) Siyanda Dlungwane, Mandla Thushini, Sanele Malishe, Bruce Jalibani with Thanda Madlala, Siyabonga Msomi, and Khanyi Ntuli (front).

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A RAY Nkonyeni Business Forum (RNBF) has been established to address common issues of interest to the private sector within the local municipality and the region.

A meeting was held at Ugu Sport and Leisure Centre on August 14 at which the decision to establish the forum was made. Last Friday the forum held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss some of the issues facing businesses in the area.

The RNBF is a formal grouping of regional business organisations which will act as an apex dialogue partner of Ray Nkonyeni municipality through the Secretariat and its structures.

The business forum was initiated by the private sector earlier this year during the first roundtable meeting between private sector organisations and the municipality. This followed months of extensive preparations to identify the priority issues of the private sector in the region and agree on membership criteria, contact point and operational procedures.

Areas of interest identified by the private sector organisations include contributing to and monitoring the implementation of the RNM Strategic Development Programme (RNMSDP).

The first Chairperson of the RNBF is Cyassound Holdings CEO Siyabonga Msomi.

Earlier this year, controversial business organisation the “Pressure Group” was accused of using mafia-style tactics as they allegedly attempted to hold the Ray Nkonyeni municipality to a ransom.

It was alleged that the group, on several occasions, invaded the municipality boardrooms during tender reading sessions, forcing all businesses people who were not “local” to leave the meeting.

The group wanted tenders to be awarded to people born in the geographical area of the municipality.

Forum secretary Mandla Thushini said, after engagements with the municipality, there was a need to establish a formal forum that will discuss issues with the municipality.

He said the forum will not only focus on tenders but also on the investment and the development of local business.

“We call all business people who want to be part of the forum to come forward,” said Thushini.

Municipality spokesman Simon April said the municipality is aware of the newly formed business forum and said that the municipality leadership will be meeting with the forum soon.


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