Boost for W Cape skills development

Lesedi was established in 2015 to address challenges in providing skilled artisans with appropriate training and qualifications to meet the ability to execute projects. The learners engaged with apprenticeship, learnerships and short skills programs among others.

Viable township economies

Speaking at an Industrial Breakfast Session earlier in the day, Minister Davies said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has been working on creating viable rural and township economies.

The objective of the session held in Atlantis was to create a platform for collaboration between the public and the private sector in developing support mechanisms for the rural and township economy.

The Minister said programmes such as the revitalization of Industrial Parks and the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Programme are enablers to drive the economy and create sustainable jobs.

He said Atlantis is on the right track to be designated as an SEZ and also take a lead in the renewable energy space.

Investment

“Between 2014 to 2016, Atlantis attracted investment of about R680 million from both local and international investments which has led to jobs in the wind, solar energy efficiency and in other technologies created,” said Minister Davies.

He said the SEZ would have attracted investments worth R3.7 billion by 2030 and this excludes gas to power and other sectors. More than 20 investors have shown significant interest in the zone and ongoing engagement facilitated.

SEZs are geographically designated areas of a country that are set aside for specifically targeted economic activities. The Special Economic Zones and Industrial Parks Programme is run by the dti. - SAnews.gov.za

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