Technohub all set to go

2016-07-07 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna At the sod-turning ceremony of the Port Shepstone techno hub (from left) Bheki Cele (HCM councillor), Johnny de Wet (HCM deputy mayor), Nomusa Mqwebu (HCM mayor), Simiso Magagula (HOD KZN Department of Provincial Treasury), Neli Shezi (deputy director general, Department of Provincial Treasury) and Max Mbili (municipal manager).

PHOTO: candyce krishna At the sod-turning ceremony of the Port Shepstone techno hub (from left) Bheki Cele (HCM councillor), Johnny de Wet (HCM deputy mayor), Nomusa Mqwebu (HCM mayor), Simiso Magagula (HOD KZN Department of Provincial Treasury), Neli Shezi (deputy director general, Department of Provincial Treasury) and Max Mbili (municipal manager).

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SHELLY Beach will be one of the four locations in KwaZulu-Natal that boasts a techno hub.

A sod-turning ceremony was held at the site near the Shelly Beach Memorial Park on Thursday morning.

The science and technology hub will benefit high-tech entrepreneurs, researchers, property developers, business owners and academia in creating jobs and attracting investment.

“We are pleased to have reached this stage and would like to thank the Hibiscus Coast Municipality for the co-operation in this project,” said Simiso Magagula, head of the KZN Provincial Treasury department.

“We are pleased to see that work has begun and that we are more ahead than we originally anticipated,” he added.

Hibiscus Coast Mayor, Nomusa Mqwebu, said that the techno hub is also something future generations will benefit from.

“The municipality would like to thank all those involved in making this initiative possible,” she said.

The purpose of the hub is to attract investment from organisations that are in the research, innovation and technology sectors.

It will also serve as an incubator for start-ups in the IT sector.

It is the same concept as an incubator in which a baby is kept until he or she has been nurtured and is strong enough to live out of it.

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