KwaZulu-Natal Province Key To Africa's Development
Former Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize
KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Portfolio will continue to be an integral part of all marketing efforts of the provincial government. This is an interactive platform we use to present to various stakeholders and consumers interesting features of KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The compilation of 2013/14 KZN Top Business Portfolio is critical given the fact that it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the formation of the African Union. For us, the people of KwaZulu-Natal Province, the formation of AU will always represent a hope for a better future.
On the 9th July, 2002, 53 member states gathered in this province and collectively agreed to work towards addressing challenges such as unemployment, poverty and equality. The leaders committed themselves to promote unity and solidarity among African states.
Today, as the world strides forward, African leaders are intensifying efforts aimed at ensuring good governance in Africa. What has crippled the country historically, apart from decades of colonialism and apartheid - has been maladministration and rampant corruption. The new breed of leaders emerging in Africa understands that good governance is the key enabling factor for Africa's socio-economic development.
Whilst celebrating 50 years of the formation of the AU during Africa Day, African leaders recommitted themselves to working together to ensure political stability and the end of coups. There is a firm stand taken by African Heads of States that no government would be accepted if it came into power through a coup.
They made a bold statement that the next 50 will be dedicated towards fighting diseases and ensuring access to basic services such as electricity, water and sanitation for our people.
There is a firm commitment to invest more in education because the natural resources produced in Africa remain untapped because the continent lacks the technical skills required to add value to the primary products we produce and resulting in export at low prices only to be imported back to Africa at unaffordable prices.
There is no turning back. For our part as KZN we have committed the provincial government to strengthening economic relations with the rest of the continent. Key to this is the implementation of the Provincial Growth and Development (PGDS) which is aligned to the country National Development Plan. PGDS is a 2030 Vision which seeks to ensure that KZN becomes a being a prosperous province with a healthy, secure and skilled population, acting as a gateway to Africa and the World.
With the two harbours, Richards Bay and Durban, within our boundaries as well as the state-of-the-art Dube Trade Port which boasts an agri-zone, a cyber-port, a cargo terminal as well as the King Shaka International Airport, KZN provides an easy link to Mozambique, West, Central and East Africa, Asia and Europe.
As the undisputed gateway into the rest of Africa and other continents, we believe that we can use this province not only for its own benefit, but for the benefit of other provinces as well as countries within the region.
We say for South Africa to succeed, KZN must succeed and for Africa to succeed, South Africa must succeed.