Mayor shares Emfuleni’s LED dream: to be the Golden Vaal River region
“The creation of a diversified local economy, which is focused on the creation of jobs and improved quality of life. All economic initiatives should include social development and pro-poor programmes which are balanced and in line with the endeavour to be the Golden Vaal River region, providing opportunities in abundance to residents”.
|Cllr Simon Mofokeng||Cllr Simon Mofokeng|
This is the Local Economic Development (LED) vision for the Emfuleni Local Municipality, as presented by Cllr Simon Mofokeng, Mayor of Emfuleni. The Mayor addressed attendees at the second Vaal LED Forum/Workshop which was held at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) on Thursday. During this event members of the community, business and industry, academia and local government structures came together to discuss issues pertaining to the economic development and growth for the region.
In his presentation Cllr Mofokeng explained that the Emfuleni LED strategy is aligned with various national and provincial frameworks. On a national level the following frameworks provide guidance:
- State of Nation Address 2014
- National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF)
- New Growth Path (NGP)
- The National Development Plan (NDP)
- Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2 –DTI)
- Youth Enterprise Development Strategy (YEDS)
- Youth Employment Accord (signed on 18 April 2013)
- Local Government Turnaround Strategy (LGTAS)
- Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
- Community Works Programme (CWP)
Provincial frameworks impacting on the strategy are:
- Gauteng Growth and Development Strategy
- Gauteng Employment and Growth Strategy
- Gauteng Township Economic Revitalisation Programme
- Township Economic Modernisation and Reindustrialisation
- Gauteng Industrial Policy Framework
- Provincial Spatial Development Framework
Cllr Mofokeng explained that there are five main pillars upon which the success of Emfuleni’s LED strategy rests, namely:
Support and communal buy-in
Sectors that need to be supported include manufacturing, tourism, transport, and housing. These sectors furthermore needs to focus on growth and the maximization of forward and backward linkages.
Job creation initiatives
All strategies need to be focused on job creation. Aspects of importance include skills development, governmental initiatives such as the Expanded Public Works Programme and the setting-up of a massive interns programme.
Small business development
The development and strengthening of local incubators, training centres, job creation centres, mentoring programmes and entrepreneurship development in both the formal and informal sector should be viewed as a matter of urgency.
Improved capacity, good governance, infrastructure development and the creation of a service driven environment.
Improved quality of life
Reduction of poverty, provision of quality services and improved safety nets which will guarantee food security, job availability and socio-economic development.
In closing Cllr Mofokeng thanked the Vaal Triangle Campus for its willingness to champion LED and for all efforts made to bring together the relevant role players.