WARD 3 REPORT – February 2009

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From
Councillor Andre Goosen …

WARD 3 REPORT – February 2009

In this Report:

  1. Economic Development Tourism and Agriculture
  2. Safety and Security
  3. Budget and Treasury
  4. Human Resources and Corporate Administration
  5. Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
TOURISM & AGRICULTURE

1.
The committee received a report from the NMB information &
communication technology incubator.  The background for this
programme is to create successful small enterprises and provide clients
with comprehensive services and support, which entail: physical office
space, business mentoring and coaching services.

  • The short objectives are to provide mentorship and business
    development support
  • To facilitate access to skills development
  • To facilitate access to  market
  • To attract and identify funders and investors
  • To recruit and select incubatees
  • To highlight and showcase success stories

As
the current financial year the target is to establish 8 SSME’s, 18
clients supported and to increase black owned SMME’s as well as those
by women

The committee has recommended that they be granted R1,5 million in 2009
/ 10 and a further R1 million in 2010 / 11

2.
In the report on the Cooperative Development Centre (CDC) the .
committee was informed that R1,5 million was made available from the .
provincial government for the 2009  / 10 financial
year.  The
committee . questioned multi-year service level agreement with the NMMU
small . business centre for the implementation of the CDC

The officials have recommended R1,5 million for each of the next three
years

3.
The Automotive Career Development Programme is there to focus on high
school learners with the aim of developing, nurturing and increasing
the pool of black engineer & technologist for the automotive
industry. The officials have requested R500 000 for the 2010 academic
year in order to provide assistance for 30 learners to the programme.
To date the NMBM has supported 190 learners to the winter school
programme. In addition 1015 learners had been supported by the NMBM
through the provision of  additional Maths & Science
classes

4.
The NMMU will be awarded the total of R4,166 million for the next three
years in order to get an economic database for the Nelson Mandela Bay
Region.  The objectives of this data base are to generate,
manage
and store economic statistical data for the region.  Its aim
will
also be to encourage the increasing level of fixed investment by firms
already established.  The officials report that there is no
existing database and they are working closely with PERCCI and business
on this project

5. The committee supported a funding of R528
960 to the NMMU for conducting an economic impact survey analysis of
the 2010 Soccer World Cup

6. The committee supported a trade and
investment; economic summit whose key objectives was to investigate the
key priority projects and to embark on the long term dialog between the
NMBM and its Stakeholders. The industrial development strategy will:

  • Strengthen and harness NMB competitiveness
  • Enhance an export oriented economy
  • Utilize
    the Spatial Development Framework as a means of addressing the legacy
    of skewed spatial development in the city. R300 000 was made available
    for these products

7. The committee accepted the NMBM film
policy and by-law.  This can be . read on the hard copy in the
ward 3 office on page 149 of the Agenda.
 
8. In the report
on the Dwane Poultry Farm the committee was informed that Mr Dwane and
49 other beneficiaries have had their request for funding from the
province was turned down and they now wish to sell the farm back to
Land Affairs and then rent it from Land Affairs.  The NMBM has
supported this venture with cages and other equipment to the value of
R2 million.

9. The Mandela Bay Development Agency presented a
draft annual report which can be read on the hard copy of the agenda at
the ward 3 office on page 307

10. A budget back packer
accommodation at the Red Location will be established by a
co-operative.  The project has received funding of R3.2
million
from the Department of Economic Development &
Affairs.  The
architects have been appointed to start renovations.  The
project
will provide a much needed tourism facility in the township. The
committee has recommended that NMBM enter into an agreement with the
Red Location cooperative for the utilization of  a facility
which
is owned by Municipality

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