With the dust settled on the announcement of the Provincial and National Budgets for this year, we are left with little hope with regards to concrete examples of job creation and clarity on catalytic projects for the Eastern Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay in particular. However, government’s general call for collaboration with business is exactly what we need to turn the tide around.
As the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber we have advocated for some time to create partnership platforms and collaboration between government, private sector and civil society. Indeed we believe that to overcome economic challenges, all parties need to create and engage in opportunities that will seek to find innovative solutions to grow the economy.
This adaptation – for both business and government – needs to be done with a greater measure of transparency and sense of urgency to create more jobs and growth in the economy of the country. Although in future we may have to reposition ourselves on certain catalytic projects, we are confident on the oceans economy and what this could mean for us as a region. The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber firmly believes that Operation Phakisa is a huge opportunity for our city and that we need to unlock our ocean’s economy as Port Elizabethans.
THE economy took centre stage at the state of the nation address (Sona), and the topic of conversation has now moved on to the budget expectations for next week.
Transnet National Ports Authority’s multimillion rand upgrades to the Port of Port Elizabeth represent the first realisation of government’s Operation Phakisa and a positive step towards a thriving boat building and marine maintenance industry for the city.
With the ocean economy a critical driving force of Operation Phakisa, TNPA Senior Project Manager Pieter-Ben van Rhijn said the R186-million upgrades to the port’s lead-in jetties and boat maintenance repair areas had not only created jobs and injected a substantial local spend, but also initiated a long-term boost for the Bay’s economy.
NELSON Mandela Bay residents have much to look forward to this year, with new retail tenders on the cards at the Port Elizabeth International Airport as well as the possibility of the development of land there for light commercial and industrial purposes.
Airports Company SA (Acsa) shared new plans for the airport at the first event of the year hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber on Friday.
A strong alliance of the metro’s leadership is required around a shared vision to reinvigorate trust, build confidence and be champions of hope in our region.
GROWTH is never by mere chance - it is the result of forces working together. These words by James Cash Penney certainly resonated with me when I had the opportunity to see how effective collaboration resulted into a tremendous turn-around for a former ship building town into a hub of tourism, knowledge and logistics. I could not help but wonder about what effective collaboration could mean for business in Nelson Mandela Bay, what it could mean to not only have a dream, but to enforce action with the aim of creating a competitive business environment.
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Jaci Barnett is the Director of Innovation Support and Technology Transfer at NMMU. She writes in her capacity as chair of the Regional Innovation Forum.
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