Spotlight on Harry Gwala district's development potential

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called for the re-imagining of the Harry Gwala District Municipality to benefit local communities.
The Minister made the call on Monday - the first day of a three-day District Development Model (DDM) working session in the KwaZulu-Natal district.
Also present was Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, KZN COGTA MEC Sipho Hlomuka as well as other provincial and local government leaders.
“Some of the low hanging fruits include the fact that the district has arable land and a scenic topography that boasts the cleanest air,” said Dlamini-Zuma. 
During the first engagement with civil society representatives, amakhosi, business representatives and local government leadership, the Minister expanded on the model and its role in the development of communities.
The DDM is based on a coordinated and consistent development strategy, aimed at institutionalising long-term planning, integrated service delivery and maximising the effect of public spending at a district and local level.
District and metro spaces are labelled as strategic impact zones of alignment for all three areas of government, working alongside social partners.
Dlamini-Zuma said the advantages of the district consist of the people and the potential that lies in forestry, agriculture, as well as eco and adventure tourism.
“As the district is being re-imagined, it is important to fully exploit these latent economic opportunities. To this effect, government, in collaboration with its social partners through Public Private Growth Initiatives (PPGI), should create an enabling environment that incentivises agro-processing and tourism,” she said.  
Section 152 of the Constitution instructs that the local government provides services to communities in a sustainable manner and promote social and economic development.
Dlamini-Zuma said that a reimagined Harry Gwala District must lead the local economy’s development by incorporating gender-responsive budgeting that focuses on women and children to help the district reach its full economic potential.
 

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