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Durban strengthens trade ties with Britain
​Newly appointed British High Commissioner to South Africa,
Nigel Casey, paid a courtesy visit to the City’s leadership.
Mayor Zandile Gumede and Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer
presented him with a token of appreciation.
ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede has met with newly appointed British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey, in an effort to strengthen economic ties between the City of Durban and Britain.

The fruitful meeting took place at the City Hall on 20 June. Mayor Gumede said the bilateral agreement with Casey was to look at possible areas of cooperation between the City and Britain. “We are very interested in issues pertaining to governance and human resource management. We want to streamline our operations in the Municipality. Our Municipal departments should be working together.

Work needs to flow and we want to know who is doing what so that we can maximise on our resources and fast-track service delivery,” Mayor Gumede told Commissioner Casey, who was paying a courtesy visit to eThekwini.  Mayor Gumede also said that the City would like to continue its longstanding good relationship with Britain in areas of economic development and environmental affairs.

Mayor Gumede briefed Commissioner Casey on major projects in the City which included the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network that aims to provide a reliable, safe, cost effective and seamless transport service for the residents of eThekwini and tourists alike. She urged Commissioner Casey to encourage British businesses to invest in Durban. “There are many opportunities to invest in our City, some of which will arise from the various projects that we have.

I also want to encourage those business people wishing to do business with the City to embrace the concept of radical economic transformation.” Explaining the concept of radical economic transformation, Mayor Gumede said the policy seeks to fundamentally change the current structures within the economy and financially empower citizens.

Commissioner Casey said he will engage the City of Leeds in Britain and the Chamber of Commerce to build on already existing links. He said he understood the City’s transformation agenda. “We will do our bit to make it succeed. Our business people are all committed to it,” added Commissioner Casey.

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