Premier discusses BEE with major employer


Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla will visit the region's largest sugar producer, TSB Limited, to discuss its black economic empowerment efforts.

Discussions will also include job creation, infrastructural development, skills development, investment in community self-employment initiatives and corporate social responsibility, said provincial government spokesperson Ntime Skhosana.

"This forms part of ongoing efforts by the provincial government to encourage key economic role players to form partnerships for development with the provincial administration in its effort to address the challenge of joblessness and under development," he explained.

TSB, which is based in Malelane, is one of the biggest producers of sugar and citrus in the Lowveld.

It has an annual output of about 45 000 tonnes of sugar that account for 17 percent of national sugar production.

Mr Makwetla has made similar visits to other corporate giants in the province, like SASOL, Columbus Steel, X-trata and Eskom to encourage them to play a more prominent role in developing Mpumalanga's economy and its people.

He said that to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment "we must, as a matter of course, encourage the growth, development and modernisation of our regional economy, thereby increasing its ability to create jobs in order to provide more people with incomes".