Archive | December, 2011

Manzini Market

Manzini Pictures

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Town Clerk E.N. Wamukoya

Town Clerk E.N. Wamukoya

Municipal Council Manzini logo

Municipal Council Manzini logo

Manzini Market

Manzini Market

One of the residential apartments in Manzini

One of the residential apartments in Manzini

Manzini Civic Centre

Manzini Civic Centre

Bird's eye view of Manzini City

Bird's eye view of Manzini City

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Welcome to Mbombela

Welcome to Mbombela

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Cllr Cathy Dlamini

Cllr Cathy Dlamini The Hon Executive Mayor

Mbombela (Nelspruit) is situated in the Eastern part of South Africa and is the capital of Mpumalanga Province. The city serves as a gateway to some of the best eco- and adventure activities in Southern Africa and with its moderate climate, it becomes the preferred tourist destination all year round. Our sub-tropical fruits (like mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, litchis and bananas) is a huge drawing card for visitors and during spring-time the blossoms of orange trees can be smelt for kilometres. For shopping enthusiasts the city offers world class shopping malls, casinos and entertainment venues with air conditioning systems. This creates excellent opportunities for prospective investors and businesses to establish themselves in the area.

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Tlokwe Local Municipality

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Tlokwe Local Municipality (before February 2007, Potchefstroom Local Municipality) is a local municipality in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District MunicipalityNorth West ProvinceSouth Africa. The seat of the local municipality is Potchefstroom.

The most widely accepted theory on the origin of the name Potchefstroom is that the name is composed of three words: Potgieter, chef and stroom. The first syllable is that of Potgieter, the second from the fact that he was a “chef” or a leader of the emigrants, and the third signifying the Mooi River. The complete name “Potgieter” was gradually shortened to “Pot”.[3]

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Welcome to the City of Tshwane

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa revealed to environment experts and potential investors attending the COP17 Conference in Durban how the Municipality will be promoting green investments and what its strategies were.He was hosting a Green Investment Breakfast Meeting in Umhlanga Rocks on Monday (5 December) which was attended by among others representatives from the Industrial Development Corporation, World Bank, Department of Trade and Industry and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The City Manager Jason Ngobeni (photo), Speaker and Chief Whip of Council, Cllrs Morakane Mosupyoe and Jabu Mabona, Members of the Mayoral Committee and the senior management team of the Municipality also attended.

“Tshwane will become the only Municipality in the whole country that will be able to account significantly for the contribution of agriculture to its GDP within the next five years,” Ramokgopa said.

He added that Tshwane was setting targets to employ green services in its future maintenance and infrastructure development work, to be announced soon.

“If the burden is legislatively placed on South African cities to institute carbon taxes, the City of Tshwane is in favour of employing this income for further green development.”

Ramokgopa said some of the major green projects that the City of Tshwane will unveil in the near future included the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system that will be partly powered by CMG technology and the construction of a 20 megawatt solar energy power station in Rooiwal.

He added that in order for local government to be capacitated to create and attract the skills that would enable it to employ the benefits of green technology, the IDC’s collaboration in this regard was invaluable.

Ramokgopa said the Municipality will be releasing its Tshwane Green Economy Policy Statement by February 2012.

 

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Investment for Economic Development

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Investment for Economic Development

“The purpose of local economic development (LED) is to build up the economic capacity of a local area to improve its economic future and the quality of life for all.  It is a process by which public, business and nongovernmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation,” (World Bank, 2011).

In an effort to increase competitiveness and continually improve the investment climate of Chaguanas, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has allocated funding in key areas; namely, agriculture, industry, tourism and institutional strengthening. The Chaguanas Borough Council coordinates planned development in these sectors and has selected projects to promote a business enabling environment. The Ramsaran Street Boulevard is a major project aimed at ‘pedestrianisation’ and expansion of the town centre. This initiative will attract investors, increase competitiveness, create new jobs and ultimately generate revenue and promote the economic development of The Borough of Chaguanas.

Agricultural investment in Chaguanas is an opportunity to decrease the food import bill and create jobs, as such, areas in Edinburgh and Connector Road have been selected for small scale commercial food production of food crops, root crops, legumes, citrus and greenhouse farming. In addition, over 350 acres in Bejucal and Felicity will be used to develop large farms for rice production.

Industrial investment to increase manufacturing of products for local and regional markets is ensured through the investment in the Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (ETECK) Parks. The ETECK Parks in Biljah Road has a number of manufacturing companies involved in assembly/repair of a variety of products, service works, fire service department, foam products, and polyethylene film and bags. In addition plans are on the way for the construction of an industrial estate for light manufacturing at Factory Road, Felicity. Investing in hard infrastructure is essential to support and promote small and medium sized enterprise.

Investment in education and workforce development (soft infrastructure) is addressed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education through the following projects in Chaguanas: The construction of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad And Tobago’s (COSTAATT) main campus on 30 acres of land, the establishment of the On-the-Job Training (OJT) Head Office on the Chaguanas Main Road, the Administrative Complex for the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, and Head Offices of The Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP), the National Training Agency (NTA) and the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) on 15 acres located north of the Divali Nagar Site, The Open Campus facility, The Training Centre for Workforce Development at the Transport and Field Engineering Department, Woodford Lodge (approximately 10 acres).  Institutional strengthening of the Trinidad and Tobago workforce is a priority in Chaguanas and can be reflected in the many tertiary education institutes present.

Tourism investment is important to Chaguanas as there are many cultural landmarks such as the Lion House, the Divali Nagar site, many shopping malls, and the Chaguanas market and vendor’s mall. Chaguanas also boasts over 500 acres of Felicity wetlands bounded by the Gulf of Paria which is earmarked for eco-tours and recreation sites. These tourist spots attract thousands of visitors to Chaguanas and can generate significant income and job creation with proper planned development.

The Chaguanas Borough Corporation recognizes that the goal of development is to improve its economic future and quality of life of its citizens, as such, Investment initiatives are planned in collaboration with other Ministries, public, private and non-governmental sectors.

 

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