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City’s plans to boost local electronics sector
TO PROMOTE the manufacturing of local products and reduce the high reliance on imports, which is cited as a major challenge that hinders economic growth, eThekwini Municipality hosted the first Electronics Workshops with industry role players to deliberate on how to collectively grow the sector to unlock job creation.

The workshop, held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 25 August, was hailed by the industry role players as a stepping stone to a successful journey and was spearheaded by the Municipality’s Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit (EDIPU).

Industry players also pledged their commitment in partnering with the City to boost the sector. Electronics Project Manager within EDIPU, Thulani Magwenyane said they were pleased with the positive feedback from key role players. He said the sector used to be a key engine in terms of creating sustainable jobs but this has been hindered by the influx of imports. “We appointed B&M Analysts to do an electronics analysis for the region in order to identify how we can intervene and provide necessary support to the sector,” said Magwenyane. Magwenyane said the B&M Analysts team visited and interviewed various electronics firms as well as stakeholders to understand the daily challenges they encounter.

He said B&M Analysts have submitted recommendations of their study to the Municipality. “We are now packaging all the recommendations which will guide us on a way forward and how to respond to the sector’s needs. Thereafter, we will host another workshop where we will present the final document to businesses,” said Magwenyane. During the workshop, businesses were informed about existing City incentives they can benefit from.
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