The Sector Industry Support Programmes aim to provide specialized economic services to priority sectors within the provincial and local economy.  The EDS acknowledges that the Municipality must provide the necessary conditions for sector growth to ensure that they are adequately equipped to compete in the global market and the Programme has identified the following four outputs in line with the budget allocations for 2010/11: 

Enhancing Sector Competitiveness – to facilitate optimal strategic functioning of industry organizations to drive the local economy, such as the development of Industry Clusters driven by industry to address various challenges affecting the sector – leaner production methods, human and technology skills, value-chain alignment and benchmarking programmes.  These challenges assist in devising best-practice models for enhancing global competitiveness.  The Municipality has in place public-private partnerships with the automotive, chemicals, clothing & textiles and furniture sectors with program funding set aside for each.

Sector Skills Alignment – this facilitates the alignment between skills supply and industry demand in the priority sectors, through an integrated approach between tertiary institutions and industry.  One such example is the Industrial Design Programme that will be housed with a tertiary institution and FET colleges. This initiative represents a broader visionary effort that will be fleshed out in the 2009/10 financial year into a feasible business plan to bring this concept into realization.  In addition to the Industrial Design Initiative, there is a shortage of critical skills within the tooling sector and the Unit is currently working with the Tooling Centre of  Excellence to address this shortage and implement a ‘’Train the Trainer’’ Programme within this Centre.

Enterprise Development Support – for emerging and small businesses with a pro-poor focus.  These are mainly in the sub-sectors within the Creative industries, such as the implementation of a fully functioning Arts & Craft Hub, and Fashion industry comprising individual crafters and co-operatives.  These initiatives are funded in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal Province’s Department of Economic Development.

Materials Recovery is another programme from which opportunities are being sought for small businesses.

Transport & Logistics – this programme aims to optimize the City’s existing transport and logistics system and infrastructure for the movement of goods and services.  This significant sector functions as a public-private partnership seeking to improve efficiencies and capacity in the key logistics nodes through support programs for sea-, air- and land freight. This is achieved through engagements on strategic thinking around projects relating to the Durban Harbour expansion plans, the Dube Tradeport Industrial Land Planning and Development initiative and other corridor development plans in the greater eThekwini region.

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