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2017-09-11 12:00:00

REGIONAL traders and business owners from Amajuba District Municipality who attended the Municipal Roadshow hosted by the district in partnership with Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) had a rare opportunity to learn how they help create and sustain their business and employment for the people of KZN.

The Amajuba roadshow was held at the Tramonto Boutique Hotel in Newcastle on 7 September 2017. Now in its 12th session, the municipal road shows sought to unlock the investment opportunities across the province.

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade and by assisting local companies to access international markets. 

The organisation identifies, develops and packages investment opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal; provides a professional service to all clientele; brands and markets KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination; retains and expands trade and export activities and links opportunities to the developmental needs of the KwaZulu-Natal community. 

The objective of this particular roadshow was to promote Amajuba as an investment and trade destination and strengthen relationships and flow of communication between TIKZN as the provincial investment promotion agency, Amajuba District Municipality and the Chambers of Commerce within the district.

Amajuba District Mayor Councillor Ngubane welcomed those attending the roadshow and highlighted what hosting this roadshow meant for the District, alluding to the fact that business is for everyone, not just the financially stable or those with capital.

“We are gathered here today to honour the local government constitutional objective, whereby in terms of section 152 of the constitution, local government should take a lead in providing a democratic and accountable government for local communities and also ensuring sustainable services to communities and also the promotion of economic development,” said Ngubane.

The main objective of this gathering was to facilitate municipal and private projects, enhancing the economy of municipalities, making KZN a destination for investors, assisting municipalities to network with international markets and to assist municipalities to invest.

The Business Chambers (Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry-NCCI, Newcastle Youth Chamber, Amajuba Business Chamber, Chinese Chamber and the Sakekamer Business Chamber) were present to support this initiative. The chambers consisted of businesses in Newcastle and surrounding areas. Their most influential areas included hospitality, tourism and property development. 

Speaking on behalf of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its President Sipho Sithole, said that businesses cannot afford to operate in isolation due to dynamic and pressing challenges. Thus the Chamber, particularly the NCCI, offered a wide variety of networking space for businesses across various sectors. The Chamber advocates for its members, taking into cognisance some of the legislative frameworks that affect the business fraternity, where it takes a leading role in contributing to that legislation. Another advantage is linking small- and medium-sized businesses to large businesses. 

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal Chief Executive Officer, Mr Zamo Gwala said the agency was gearing for the One Stop Shop which is an investment facilitation mechanism, seeking to ensure the ease of doing business in South Africa. 

The One Stop Shop will be located at Trade & Investment House at the Kingsmead Office Park in Durban. The facility will assist with common challenges and address serious bottlenecks in projects in an efficient and transparent manner. 

Instead of going to various offices you will now be able to go to only one window to access the majority of the relevant government agencies such as South African Revenue Services, the Departments of Labour, Home Affairs, Trade and Industry and CIPC. Municipalities and District development agencies will, therefore, benefit from the services offered at the provincial one stop shop.

For more information contact- Ms Angel Sibisi 

(Marketing and Communications Unit) 
Tel: 031 368 9667 
Cell: 076 062 3779 

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