Daily Archives: September 2, 2016

INDUSTRIAL PARKS REVIVAL A BOON TO SOUTH AFRICA ECONOMY

The revitalisation of industrial parks across the country has taken centre stage at the Department of Trade and Industry, as South Africa seeks ways to breathe new life into communities that have been left out of the mainstream economy.

SAnews on Wednesday joined a Brand SA media tour to Limpopo to visit one of the five industrial parks in that province, Seshego Industrial Park. The park is managed and owned by the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA).

The park houses about 72 factories which include manufacturing, agro-processing, services and storage enterprises, among others. The Head of Land and Property Development at LEDA, Mouric Molepo, says they hope to see manufacturers more than any other industrialist renting space in the park because it is this sector that creates the most jobs.

Around 1 550 jobs have been created through the Seshego Industrial Park in large industries, while small industries in the industrial park have created about 240 jobs.

Molepo said LEDA is upgrading the park. We have started with the security features and we have committed approximately R21 million. We are hoping that we will continue with revitalisation to increase job creation in the park and contribute to the economy of Limpopo.

Industrialisation has become more crucial to South Africa’s expansion plans amid a tough global economic environment. The Regional Industrial Cluster Chief Director at the Department of Trade and Industry, Stieneke Samuel, said the department is working on a programme to revitalise industrial parks across the country.

In Limpopo, to date, we are looking at two industrial parks. We have started and completed phase one of Seshego Industrial Park, said Samuel.

She said 90% of all industrial parks across South Africa raised issues around security, as tenants occupying the parks need to be in an environment that works for them.

We are looking at increasing support and increasing investor attractiveness to the park, said Samuel.

She said security was a strong feature at the parks not only to deter criminals but also to set boundaries for tenants to prevent them from illegally occupying parts of the park they are not entitled to.

She envisaged that Seshego Industrial Park will create more jobs for the surrounding communities as more investors invest in operations in the park. She said historically, the parks were established outside the cities to keep certain people in certain areas.

Ironically, skills were actually developed You will find specialised skills in various areas where these parks are located, said Samuel.

One of the factories SAnews visited was Rebtex Pty Ltd, which specialises in sisal production. It distributes its products to big name building supply shops and other companies that sell carpets and products made of sisal.

Since sisal is extinct in South Africa, the company sources it from Brazil, Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania.

Rebtex General Manager Marias Van Wyk said it takes about four years to grow the plant before it is ready for harvest.

Van Wyk said the company was established in 1976 and has distributed its works to as far abroad as Australia, among other countries.

The company has 70 employees and one of them, Lucas Semenya, has been with the company for about 30 years.

I started off as an apprentice until I qualified to become an artisan. I have worked very hard with the owner. He motivated me to be the first artisan here, he said with evident pride.

The company has an annual turnover of about R18 million.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

South Africa: IFP Demands Progress Report On Dubious KZN Mobile Clinic Tender

The Inkatha Freedom Party demands that the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela must provide a progress report on her investigation into a controversial R61 million tender that saw the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department lease a mobile clinic unit for R52.5 million after the former KwaZulu-Natal Health Department Head Dr Sibongile Zungu signed off on the lease in August 2013, agreeing that the department would pay Mzansi Lifecare R1.5 million every month until August this year to lease the vehicle without staff. .

“We want the Public Protector to tell us what progress has been made in this matter as her tenure is coming to an end in October. We are afraid that once she leaves the office this matter will not continue to receive the necessary attention it deserves. The Public Protector must adhere to the promise made by her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi in May this year where she confirmed that the Public Protector had taken a decision to investigate the tender. Till today we have not received any progress reports regarding this matter,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.

“It is now absolutely essential that we obtain an update from the Public Protector as to what progress has been made in this investigation, and an estimation as to when a preliminary report will be completed. Public funds were wasted in this tender. We have asked many questions about this matter from the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo in the legislature. He didn’t answer any of these which leads us to believe that there is something to hide. We cannot rest until we get suitable answers in this matter because we believe that corruption is involved,” continued Mrs Nkwanyana.

The IFP will once again write to the Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela to seek clarity on why there is a delay in finalising the investigation and when the full report of the investigation will be released.

Source: Inkatha Freedom Party.

South Africa: Press Conference of the Inkatha Freedom Party On Cooperation Between Parties Following the 2016 Elections

Statement By

The Hon. Mr Narend Singh MP

Member Of The IFP NEC And

Chairperson Of The National Campaign Committee

Cape Town: 17 August 2016

Thank you for joining us this afternoon as we announce the outcome of negotiations following the 2016 Local Government Elections.

I am sure you are all aware of the announcements made by the EFF and DA earlier today. As the third largest opposition party, and a party that has doubled its support in the August 3rd elections, the IFP has carefully weighed the interests of local government and the call of the electorate.

Together with our National Chairperson, the Hon. Mr Blessed Gwala, I, as Chairperson of the National Campaign Committee, was tasked by our National Executive Committee with engaging negotiations with all political parties, to find the best way forward.

We did this cognisant of the message that has been sent by the electorate, and aware of the need to restore integrity and efficiency to local governance. We went into these negotiations stating upfront that the IFP will not go against the expressed wishes of the electorate in any municipality.

Our main areas of focus are Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, for it is in these two provinces that the electoral outcome necessitated political cooperation. There are 6 hung municipalities in KwaZulu Natal. These municipalities cannot function unless two or more parities work together.

The significant increase in support for the IFP in KwaZulu Natal confirms that the electorate has rejected the ANC/NFP coalition that took over 19 hung municipalities in 2011. We saw this from the very first by-election after 2011, as people came back to the IFP. It was clear that the rank and file of the NFP had themselves rejected the coalition, as NFP Councillors voted with the IFP in Municipal Councils despite the NFP/ANC coalition.

Thus, since 2011, the IFP was restored to the helm in five municipalities. This was a precursor to 2016. The electorate has now clearly called for an IFP leadership in KwaZulu Natal.

Across South Africa, the electoral result speaks of a wider dissatisfaction with the governance of the ANC. We had to take this into account. It was not just an ANC/NFP coalition that the electorate rejected, but also the continued dominance of the ANC.

The IFP made it clear in our negotiations that whatever we decided for KwaZulu Natal would need to be replicated elsewhere. We were not prepared to have a cooperation with one party here and with a different party there, as this would muddy the waters and create confusion.

Finally, our overriding concern in all negotiations was to secure good governance, service delivery and an end to corruption. We sought the best political formula to achieve this in every municipality.

After meeting with all parties, the results of negotiations were taken back to the NEC, and a collegial decision was taken for the IFP to work in cooperation with the DA and EFF in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.

We are not forming any coalitions, and each party will maintain its own identity. But our councillors will work together at local level, in various municipalities, to ensure that the will of the electorate is respected.

As announced by the EFF this afternoon, the EFF will vote for the IFP in KwaZulu Natal to govern hung municipalities. The DA will also support the IFP. Accordingly, the IFP is likely to govern an additional five local municipalities through this cooperation, and three district municipalities. This is in addition to the 6 we won on August 3rd.

This is a significant victory over the ANC, and acknowledges that through these elections the IFP was restored as the biggest opposition to the ANC in KwaZulu Natal.

Our cooperation with the DA and EFF will be extended to Gauteng. The EFF has indicated that they are not interested in positions, but rather in a stronger cooperation in the administration of municipalities. We will thus work together in municipal councils after they are established.

The IFP, DA and EFF agree on the principle that every citizen must be served by local government, regardless of which political party they support. How we cooperate in each municipality will thus not be driven by politicking, but by how it can attain those goals of good governance, service delivery and a clean administration.

As the three biggest opposition parties, we believe we can achieve these goals.

Source: Inkatha Freedom Party.