17 December 2018


Active participation for SA impossible without sector hubs  

by: Sidwell Medupe      date: 06 july 2018

South Africa can no longer participate actively as a global player without creating sector hubs such as Special Economic Zones and Industrial Parks in manufacturing for industrialization and advancement. 

So says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister, Bulelani Magwanishe, in his address at the Dialogue Breakfast Session and Seminar on Rural and Township Industrial Economy in Mahikeng on Monday.    
The seminar under the theme: “Facilitating economic opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprises and community through agro-processing, culture and tourism”, is a platform to deliberate on imperative topical issues impacting on rural and township economy.
Magwanishe said the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) was in Bokone Bophirima province to convey its commitment to building local capacity, export promotion and to attract investment in the Special Economic Zones, Industrial Parks and other investment projects.
“As at the end of March 2018, the dti had allocated R415 million for the revitalisation of eleven industrial parks across the country. We are proud to announce that Babelegi and the Ga-Rankuwa Industrial Parks are included in the above. Revitalisation of these parks is to attract further investments and boost local employment and core competencies,” said Magwanishe.
Completion of the revitalisation programme would be followed by investor promotion programmes and the creation of economic hubs to ensure strengthened enterprises in rural and township areas.
“We request black industrialists in this province to apply, to increase economic value and create an enabling environment for growth. Continued success of these interventions rests with how we continue to develop and mobilise black entrepreneurs,” he said.
Premier, Job Mokgoro, commended the dti for arranging a dialogue session on ‘Rural and Township Industrial Economy’. He said it was about time government moved with speed to implement programmes of this nature for the benefit of citizens
"We don't need an extra budget allocation to improve turnaround time in government. Senior management needs to be prompt and responsive as South Africans are now impatient about the pace at which services are being rendered,” he said.
Mokgoro identified potholes, water and street lights as low hanging fruit that could be speedily attended to. He said quick wins needed to be identified and implemented.
The dti’s dialogue session took place at a time when the province had identified villages, townships and small dorpies in need of government attention regarding access to economic opportunities. 
The North West Seminar was the fifth seminar as a build-up towards the Presidential Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Rural and Township Economy Summit scheduled to take place in East London from 19 to 20 July 2018.