The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone looks set to become a motor-force of change and take a central role in the radical transformation of the economy of the province. The entity is deliberately focussing on the training of emerging contractors as part of efforts aimed at fast-tracking their entry into the mainstream economy. These are the sentiments of the RBIDZ CEO, Mr Pumi Motsoahae, after an intensive training of twelve emerging contractors representing different sectors of the economy.
Amongst those who were present in the Certificates Award Ceremony held recently at the RBIDZ offices was Chief Financial Officer Mr Mzamo Khuzwayo who stressed out that “investing in skills development is similar to investing in the future and prosperity of this country.”
Excitement was written in the faces of recipients who expressed their appreciation to the entity for “changing their lives for the better”. The contractors were carefully chosen and they ranged from youth- and women-owned small businesses operating at the bottom of the pyramid.
RBIDZ drives radical economic transformation through skills and training RBIDZ drives radical economic transformation through skills and training
“We are cognisant of the fact that we have to implement the programme of action as articulated by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala,” RBIDZ CEO Mr Motsoahae remarked. He stressed that it was important for the entity to move with speed in assisting MEC Zikalala to achieve targets on job creation as contained in the provincial growth and development strategy.
“Mr Zikalala in his capacity as Leader of Government Business and Chair of the Economic Cluster has singled out SMMEs as deserving attention. Working with various government departments, entities, financial institutions including other stakeholders, we want to invest in training and mentorship of SMMEs,” the CEO said.
Mr Motsoahae, further emphasised that when the provincial government started this term of office in 2014, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs set aside R25.6 million for training of SMMEs. Importantly, over the years, the provincial government has attempted to ensure that state resources are used to drive the new developmental programmes of poverty alleviation through the development of the SMMEs.