EThekwini Municipality and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) will launch the construction incubator centre in KwaMashu, as part of the City’s plans to promote local economic development and investments in the townships and rural areas.
The centre was donated by the local church to the residents of Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) to develop their skills in order to improve the quality of their lives.
This partnership is aimed at addressing the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality which are mostly affecting marginalised areas and to create more job opportunities.
Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo says that the Municipality decided to work with the community to convert the structure into a construction incubator and training centre. This idea came after a number of infrastructural development activities were taking place in the region and most emerging contractors were not benefiting due to inadequate skills.
Nxumalo says the primary aim was to assist emerging contractors in these areas to sharpen their skills so that they will be able to grow their businesses in an innovative and cost effective way.
“The construction sector makes a vital contribution to the competitiveness and prosperity of the economy. For the country to drive economic development, it is dependent on the performance of infrastructure. In this case investors will consider the quality of the infrastructure as one of the key factors when considering investments,” said Nxumalo.
The centre thus far has registered 30 emerging contractors to assist them in the growth of their business.
Philip Sithole, Head of Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit says the launch of this construction incubator will play a central role in the City’s drive to promote sustainable growth.
“That is why it is vital that we invest in the right people with the right skills, to ensure that this sector continues to positively play a meaningful role in our day-to-day lives. This programme will not only benefit the contractors but will contribute through its job generating ability to local people,” says Sithole.