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City entities scoop top business awards and unqualified audit
THE City has scooped two awards at the Standard Bank Top Business Awards held on 21 June at the Elangeni Hotel. City entity, uShaka Marine World, which is a popular theme park and tourist attraction was announced as the winner of KwaZulu- Natal’s Top Brand 2018 while the Invest Durban team walked away with the Top Business Partnership Award.

Meanwhile, another City entity, Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) has received a clean, unqualified audit in four consecutive years. During a media briefing on 27 June to celebrate the world-class facility’s 21st anniversary and release of the centre’s 2017 annual report, Mayor Zandile Gumede congratulated ICC Chief Executive Officer Lindiwe Rakharebe and her team for demonstrating on-going commitment to transparency, good governance and statutory compliance.

Mayor Gumede said over the years, she has witnessed the success of the facility which has played a significant role in attracting major events to the City. “The ICC continued to make contribution to the local economy this past year, delivering on its mandate to produce positive economic impact for the City, province and country. The facility contributed R4.9 billion to South Africa’s GDP this year, an increase of 14 percent on 2016’s R4.3 billion contribution,” she said.

Since 2007, the ICC has made a cumulative contribution of R34 billion to the country’s GDP and has created about 93 000 employment opportunities. From the 93 000 employment opportunities, 11 000 were created last year. The ICC was also voted as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre at the 2017 World Travel Awards. On the uShaka Marine World award, Mayor Gumede said the accolade is another feather in the park’s cap, after achieving a clean audit outcome for the 2016/17 financial year.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said: “Ushaka Marine World has enabled the creation and growth of related hospitality businesses and contributed towards the overall growth of tourism in the City and province.” UShaka Marine World CEO Stella Khumalo said: “UShaka prides itself on offering a combination of entertainment and outdoor leisure activities that are suitable for all ages and are aimed at both the international and domestic tourism markets,” she said.

The Invest Durban team was recognised for coordinating an investment road show to the United Kingdom, with a specific focus on Durban, KwaZulu-Natal’s key catalytic projects, local businesses and the region’s competitive advantages.
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