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City strengthens partnership with private sector
​City Manager Sipho Nzuza delivered the keynote
address at a Power Breakfast Session held on
14 May where he engaged with business leaders
in the City about enhancing public-private
partnerships through dialogue.
IMPROVED public and private sector collaboration was encouraged in order to ensure economic growth and job creation while promoting investment in the City, during a Power Breakfast Session held at alBaraka Bank on 14 May.

The thought-provoking engagement, hosted by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in partnership with alBaraka Bank, was hosted under the theme: “One Durban-Enhancing Public-Private Partnerships through Conversation”. City Manager Sipho Nzuza was invited to address delegates. Starting his address on an optimistic note, Nzuza said: “I believe we will change the City and bring people back.

We have unique selling points that Johannesburg and Cape Town don’t have which we need to promote.” He said critical discussion with stakeholders was important with eThekwini Municipality leadership taking the decision to engage with stakeholders regularly. “Cities do not exist in vacuums. As we strive to become Africa’s most caring and liveable City by 2030 we are cognisant that we cannot achieve it alone.

Partnership from an active citizenry and good corporate sector support is needed,” he said. He said achieving this vision means dealing with challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty. Nzuza said private sector development is needed for skills development. “Public-private partnerships are critical to the success of a city so we have to work together to create jobs. The private sector, are an essential part of the conversation.

There is a strong need for growth to create decent jobs that are sustainable,” he said. Shabir Chohan Chief Executive of alBaraka Bank said business in the City really wants to make a difference and see Durban become a competitive City on par with Johannesburg and Cape Town. DCCI President Musa Makhunga encouraged public-private partnerships.

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