KZN black industrialists receive boost
Black industrialists in KwaZulu-Natal have received a boost from the signing of an MoU between the Department of Trade and Industry and the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Develop-ment, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Department.
Through the memorandum, the dti and the KZN department have committed to establish a framework to promote and ensure meaningful participation in the advancement of black industrialists in KZN.
“Through this MoU, the dti is committed to working with KwaZulu-Natal to establish the Supplier Development Incubation Programme in the Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone and Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone for the black industrialists programme.
“Furthermore, the dti will, with the province, identify and implement joint programmes to accelerate implementation of economic transformation policies and compliance, especially to empower women, youth and people with disabilities,” said Minister Davies.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, said black industrialists in the province will benefit from the MoU.
“The Black Industrialists programme will develop and prepare KwaZulu-Natal enterprises and entrepreneurs to access the national Black Industrialists Programme opportunities, leverage both private and public partnerships for KwaZulu-Natal’s black industrialists, facilitate access to markets as well as ensuring finance and procurement opportunities for black industrialists,” said MEC Zikalala.
He added that the MoU will also assist in establishing strategic linkages and partnerships with key role players; provide black industrialists advocacy and information dissemination, conduct Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment research and monitoring and evaluation.
The Black Industrialists Policy has been identified as an instrument to enhance transformation in the economy and ensure meaningful participation of black people in the mainstream of the South African economy.
To date, 46 projects run by black industrialists have been approved, with government agencies. A total of 10 of these approved are from KwaZulu-Natal. The support has allowed these black industrialists to undertake investment projects of R3.7 billion and is projected to create more than 8 000 direct jobs and close to 12 000 indirect jobs.