2017/05/18 Rofhiwa Marubini
As part of the Ntirhisano Sectoral Outreach Programme, Premier David Makhura together with the Members of the Executive Council (MECs) in the Economic Cluster and Mayors of Sedibeng and Emfuleni visited the Sedibeng manufacturing sector to engage industries in the manufacturing sector.
The day began with a tour at the ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Vanderbijlpark plant, the country’s giant steel manufacturing industry, which is an international manufacturing and engineering company. he day began with a tour at the ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Vanderbijlpark plant, the country’s giant steel manufacturing industry, which is an international manufacturing and engineering company.
Speaking at the plant, Premier Makhura said provincial government is working with the private sector to lobby the national government to assist the Sedibeng district in building a better manufacturing sector, therefore eradicating unemployment.
Arcelor Mittal CEO Wim de Klerk said the steel manufacturing industry in Sedibeng is in distress, but working together with the provincial government and the national government they can revive the declining steel industry which is affecting the economy.
The Vaal triangle has manufacturing capabilities that evolved from the steel industry which has been the main anchor of the economy of Gauteng.
The Gauteng Provincial Government working together with the Department of Trade and Industry are offering incentives including the provision of infrastructure, industry and logistics to form partnerships between government and private sector.
Premier Makhura said “we are working with the private sector to grow key sectors of our economy and to address economic transformation and building an inclusive economy,” he said
The visit to the Vaal was aimed at revitalising the economy of the Sedibeng Southern Corridor and to identify opportunities for partnerships for economic growth, skills development and job creation in Sedibeng.
Speaking at the Nampak plant after his visit to Arcelor Mittal, Premier Makhura said that all stakeholders should be included in building a better Gauteng.
“We cannot build an economy that continues to exclude the majority of our people, we need new skills sets, the manufacturing sector has significant inadequacies and we need to direct skills development programmes to the sector as a way of advancement,” said Premier Makura
Nampark CEO Andre de Ryter said the Vaal economy is growing slowly and as a way of building a better economy in Sedibeng, they are making sure that young people are employed in the sector.
Premier Makhura visited the agro-processing hubs in Sedibeng and concluded with a visit to the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship a centre that provides entrepreneurial skills to the youth, students and start-up entrepreneurs.