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HIGH HOPES FOR LOCAL SMMEs FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT INDABA

Executive Mayor Radebe addresses delegates at an Indaba showcasing progressive change in the IPD Department. 

On Friday, 24th June 2022, the Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Cllr. Sipho Radebe hosted a successful Infrastructure, Planning and Development (IPD) Indaba at the Mayor's Parlour in Vanderbijlpark. Held under the theme "CHANGING THE NARATIVE”, the Indaba was organized by the IPD department under the stewardship of MMC Ezrol Nzima.

The purpose of the Indaba was to unlock working partnership between government and local businesses from Electricity, Water, Waste Management, ICT and Construction sectors.

In his opening remarks, the Executive Mayor thanked MMC Nzima and his staff for organizing a successful engagement for building and securing both public and private infrastructure in Emfuleni. Addressing the delegates from local business sectors, Mayor Radebe made mention of the District Development Module (DDM), which talks to streamlining service delivery plans across all spheres of government.

“The Vaal needs an improved coordinated planning which must be inclusive and transparent. Planning should be done with the intent to unleash an economic program aimed at forging working partnerships between government and business for the benefit of our residents," Mayor Radebe said.

The Executive Mayor further stated the importance of the ANC led Coalition Government’s success in Emfuleni concerning service delivery infrastructure.

“We can only measure the success of the current administration by how much it meets the aspirations of the people of Emfuleni, and how the municipality plans to secure existing infrastructure by guarding against vandalism going forward, said the Executive Mayor. 

Mayor Sipho Radebe condemned all acts of vandalism on our already ailing public infrastructure and further said that the security of infrastructure must now form part of the municipality’s everyday planning.

“It is high time that the municipality explores all available technologies to secure our infrastructure, especially with the use of electronic monitoring technologies that can detect vandalism of our infrastructure,” Mayor added.   

In his closing remarks, Radebe recognized and thanked all delegates who attended the Indaba and made it a resounding success it was. A special vote of thanks was extended to the guest speaker of the day, Mr. Kenny Kunene, a renowned political activist and business mogul.  The Mayor further thanked the Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) MMC for Transport and Infrastructure Cllr. Nkosinathi Ndwandwe for exceptional work done directing the program.

Efforts towards attracting investment for infrastructure development through a Private Public Partnership model and other partnerships will continue in the municipality, this will be done with an understanding that infrastructure development is pivotal to unlocking economic growth in the area. The municipality is hopeful that this program will empower emerging local SMMEs and create employment opportunities for our communities.

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