President Cyril Ramaphosa has described municipalities as the dynamic implementers of the National Development Plan (NDP), adding that investors should also equally be shared with rural areas.
Ramaphosa is at the South African Local Government Association’s (SALGA) National Members Assembly in Durban on Tuesday, where delegates have been reflecting on the progress made since the local government elections of August 2016.
Ramaphosa says municipalities have a responsibility to cut down on the red tape.
“(And) these $100 billion that we’re campaigning to win to be invested in our country, from both local as well as offshore investors, is the type of money that we want to be made available in your cities, in your towns.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SALGA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SALGA</a> Ramaphosa urges delegates here to curb the red tape because this is what chases investors away. He says they campaigned for the $100billion , now it’s time to create a hospitable environment for investors. ZN</p>— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ewnreporter/status/1072419770702663680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>December 11, 2018</a></blockquote>
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He says there are still far too many municipalities that are not well-resourced to the needs of their communities.
“As we respond to the challenges of the cities, as well as the towns, we need to invest resources and effort in revitalising rural areas.”
The president has been thanked by both the Cooperative Governance Minister Zweli Mkhize and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu for his interventions in dealing with political killings in the province.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) December 11, 2018