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Minister Davies and MEC Zikalala Launch the R49 Million Revitalised Isithebe Park

2016-10-04
 
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Mr Sihle Zikalala launched the first phase of the revitalised Isithebe Industrial Park in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, today.

The R49-million project is part of the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and is one of the 10 industrial parks that the department has prioritised for revitalisation as part of the programme.  The objective of the programme is to revitalise state-owned industrial parks across the country in order to promote industrialisation and increase their contribution to job creation and the country’s economic growth. The aim is also to provide jobs in areas heavily populated by poor communities.

Speaking at the launch Minister Davies said the Isithebe Industrial Park was prioritised as it has the potential to attract potential investors and create sustainable jobs. According to Davies, a large variety of industries operating from Isithebe contribute significantly to the economy of the area, providing over 20 000 jobs.

“During the revitalisation programme a total of 15 small micro medium enterprises were appointed for the project at the value of R6.3 million with 162 people employed on the project. The expenditure prioritised in Isithebe was the removal of old and outdated top structure to modern structures, the construction of the 3km pedestrian side walk pavement for use by the employees and the community around the industrial park, upgrading of high mast lights, improvement of street lighting and general electrical repairs,” he said.

MEC Zikalala said the fact that government was launching this project to give the Isithebe Industrial Park a new lease on life, is not only a vote of confidence in the growth prospect of the economy of KwaZulu-Natal, but shows that government is serious about investment attraction to the province.

Zikalala also said the role that is being played by Isithebe Industrial Park as the heart- beat of economic activity in Mandeni cannot be overemphasized. He highlighted that the fact that the industrial park was strategically situated in one of the critical corridors between Durban and Richards Bay, further testified to the importance of this industrial park to the economy of the province.


Minister Rob Davies at the launch of the Revitalisation of Isithebe Industrial Park.

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Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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