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EThekwini drives growth in the local automotive sector
TO ENCOURAGE transformation and kickstart manufacturing in the automotive industry, eThekwini Municipality is in discussions with stakeholders regarding procurement processes of buses for the multi-million rand GO!Durban transport project. This comes after a GO!Durban Automotive Industry Workshop for stakeholders in the industry was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 30 August.

The workshop aimed to enlighten stakeholders about progress made on the GO!Durban public transport network and government policies for procurement of fleet that will be required for this project. Recent changes in procurement legislation that have been introduced by national and local government prioritising localisation were presented.

Stakeholders were encouraged to explore ways to work together to achieve transformation in the sector. Tender inclusion of the Radical Economic Transformation Framework’s objectives means that every contract to the value of more than R30 million must set aside 30 percent for black small businesses, especially youth and women owned and prioritise skill development.

The Municipality’s Head of Supply Chain Management, Andre Petersen, said: “As we continue this long journey to transform society within the framework of National Government’s Radical Economic Transformation policy, we trust this will have a long lasting effect on economic development and growth within our Municipality.” Petersen explained that GO!Durban is a major catalyst for economic growth and development in the City.

While government plays a role of providing a platform for economic growth and development, the private sector needs to work with government to achieve meaningful transformation for those who were previously disadvantaged. Since 2014 when construction of the GO!Durban network began, close to R1.2 billion has been made available for subcontractors, almost R372 million has been injected into enterprise development, and R526 million spent on 155 business beneficiaries with some 22 500 job opportunities created.

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