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MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT UNDERWAY

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT UNDERWAY

 

ADM Headquarters

12 Mach 2020

The current economic headwinds facing Amathole District Municipality [ADM] have compelled the current leadership to look deeper into the socio-economic status of the district and accordingly devise a strategic reform to create an enabling environment towards economic growth and development. During the summit, held at East London ICC from 10-12 March 2020, the Acting Executive Mayor Cllr Zibuthe Mnqwazi’s welcoming address provided a highly anticipated stand especially with regards to the district’s position on the “historic and inherent exclusion of [ADM] people from any form of economic participation”.

“The current socio-economic profile of the district paints a rather less desired state of economic development….characterised by high levels of unemployment, rising levels of poverty and a general poor Human Development Index” – he affirmed and forwarded a progressive challenge to the attendees to find ways to respond to the question “how do we create sustainable wealth in order to achieve Vision 2058, (sic) a truly smart district?” “There is no doubt that this District has all the potential to be a hub for economic growth in the province. With the help of our Economic Development Agency, ASPIRE, we need to dedicate our time and resources in unlocking its true potential for all sectors and more especially Enterprise Development, Tourism & Heritage, Agriculture and ICT” – he said.

Facilitated by the Presidential 4IR Commissioner Lindiwe Mkhonza, the three-day summit is attended by over 300 delegates mainly from local and international including SMMEs under the theme “Sustainable Wealth Creation for Amathole District within the 4IR”.

Speaking on the first day was ADM Municipal Manager Dr Thandekile Mnyimba, outlined the municipality’s strategic outlook. Mnyimba brought the spotlight onto the district’s populace of 912 000 of which 580 000, he declared as still living in poverty with unemployment rate sitting at 37, 4%. It is from such indicators that he fervently advocated for a “different way of thinking”. The mind shift, he said, would take ADM to where it should be. This he said was “important to build a culture of excellence” coupled with, among other things, financial sustainability which powers the necessity to build a sound financial base to realize the service delivery goal of ADM.

In line with the summit he outlined the key game changers for the district and among them an Integrated Marine Precinct and Sea Water Desalination Plant, Revitalisation of Crop Plantation and Irrigation Schemes. While the former will focus on the future sustainability of water resource development and management, the latter seeks to ensure that the local entrepreneurship develops to grow the economy of the district through its six local municipalities. Mnyimba is confident that ADM has what it takes to rise from the current economic position and agrees with various economic research on key policy interventions which can boost not only local economy and business confidence but also attract investors to the district.

“In the near future we want to become a water conscious district with sufficient knowledge and skills in the water sector. This will require that we implement strong water governance with resilient stakeholder partnerships that advance the more explicit 2nd phase of the National Development Plan to achieve water security under climate change” he said, adding the futuristic outlook for the district as “a water-smart economy and a leader in Africa in commercializing low-water technologies for industry and agriculture”. Reflecting on the ADM future plans whilst connecting live to the conference through skype to address the gathering, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni Abrahams commended the district for “taking it upon themselves to be prepared in the eventuality that when the next phase of the District Development Model arrives, they will have a clear plan of execution. I will have to indicate to the Minister of COGTA that Amathole is now a better candidate for the next phase” she said, whilst advancing the inclusion of communities in the digital revolution. This she based on StatsSA’s 2016 Community Survey which points out that more than 90% of the citizens within Amathole District Municipality do not have internet access “We know that access to the internet fuels the ability for any persons or community to participate meaningfully in the digital economy” added Ndabeni Abrahams. On this day, 11 March 2020, academic papers by scholars and administrators were presented with focus on leadership, human capital development, agriculture and poverty alleviation as well as sound financial management within the forth industrial revolution setting. ADM Economic Growth and Development Draft Strategy was discussed at length in a panel discussion led by Presidential 4IR Commissioners Prof Chris Adendorff and Lindiwe Mkhonza to ensure it encapsulates the 4IR agenda for South Africa. These papers alongside resolutions of the summit, will be made available on the www.amathole.gov.za website as soon as the summit concludes.

Today as the summit enters its third and final day, the SMMEs will be centre of the day. ADM is walking the talk by deliberately positioning itself to actively promote entrepreneurship between the district and potential stakeholders under various interests sections.

Various SMMEs have been showcasing their products in an effort to attract more business interest from short term potential buyers and long term funders.

ADM ACTING EXEC MAYOR MNQWAZI SENDS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE AS BUS ACCIDENT LEAVES 21 PASSENGERS DEAD AND MANY MORE INJURED

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The Acting Executive Mayor of the Amathole District Municipality: Cllr. Zibuthe Mnqwazi sends his message of condolences to the families of the victims of the now 21 people who died  when the bus they were travelling in turned-over a cliff and left scores of passengers injured today, 02 March 2020. The incident occurred between Thafalofefe Hospital and Centane. The numbers of both dead and injured is likely to keep rising as district and provincial rescue teams in the area keep combing parts of the cliff for casualties.

 

"On behalf of ADM family, I would like convey our deepest, heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families of the now 21 deceased people. The people of Amathole mourn with the bereaved families and prays for those injured. I would like to urge our road users, drivers and pedestrians alike to always exercise caution when using our roads" - said Mnqwazi. 

 

Issued by ADM Communications 

 

 

 

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JOINT GOVERNMENT WATER INITIATIVE YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTS FOR BUTTERWORTH COMMUNITY

In its first joint meeting held at Mnquma Council Chambers, today, 21 February 2020, solutions on what needed to be done to mitigate the situation of no water in the Butterworth area came under discussion. In the meeting, the Technical Task Team, which is led by the EC Premier’s Office, reported that some areas in Butterworth are receiving water and community leaders corroborated that areas such as Vulli-Valley, Cuba, Extension 24, iBika and the Madiba Section have indeed confirmed that they are now receiving water, much to their satisfaction. The established Mnquma Water Intervention Technical Task Team comprises of all the stakeholders that have been making inroads in dealing with the water crisis in the municipality. The stakeholders include the Department of Water and Sanitation, Amathole District Municipality, Amatola Water, Ministerial National Rapid Response Task Team as well as Concerned Community Members Local Businesses, Mnquma Local Municipality,. The Mnquma Water intervention

Technical Task Team’s purpose is to ensure that the issues that are facing the residents of Butterworth, to a point of them shutting down the town, are speedily resolved.

Whilst the relief has been greatly received, concerns over areas that are still without water was also raised. As the technical task team is currently focusing on Butterworth, it is by no means a matter that says they are forgetting about other areas in broader Mnquma Local Municipality. Drought is a major disaster in the Amathole District Municipality, more so in relation to the total economic loss and number of people that continue to be affected. The condition has gone further to seriously impact on both poor rural villagers and business owners in the area.

While summer rains are currently experienced with frequency, it is a known fact that once the dry season approaches, the sad reality is that it will likely yield the lowest to no rain at all. Communities were further urged to also harvest water as much as possible as a contingency measure for when the dry season approaches.

 

Prepared & issued by the Mnquma Drought Intervention Technical Task Team

Department of Water & Sanitation: Portia Makhanya : 083 782 9916 | ADM: Sisa

Soga-Msiwa 079 889 4921 | Amatola Water Board: Nosisa Sogayise 083 357 7953

www.amathole.gov.za www.amatolawater.co.za www.ecprov.gov.

MEDIA RELEASE : ADM TO HOLD DISTRICT ECONOMIC GROWTH SUMMIT

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ADM TO HOLD DISTRICT ECONOMIC GROWTH SUMMIT 

“AMATHOLE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY RE-WRITING ITS HISTORY"

 

ADM HEADQUARTERS EAST LONDON 19 FEBRUARY 2020

 

Amathole District Municipality Vision 2058 towards a smart district initiative to spearhead a move into sustainable wealth creation within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), will bring together many local and international academics, entrepreneurs and different stakeholders from 9 to 12 March 2020 at the East London International Convention Centre with the main aim of bringing the district back to its former glory.

 

As this impoverished area forms part of the well-being and the future of the Eastern Cape Province and South Africa, economic and social game changing strategies do identify opportunities for  Amathole District to become a Smart Rural District, taking into account the exciting prospects of the smart technological advances of the 4IR and future orientated innovation prospects ensuring the ultimate creation of sustainable wealth through addressing all-round development, addressing unemployment and poverty, as well as attracting direct investment and for creating hope for the constituency we serve.

 

The upcoming and much anticipated Growth Summit will have direct focus on SMME’s while simultaneously introducing and debating the Economic Growth and Development Pillars of Tourism & Heritage, Agriculture, Enterprise Development, Poverty Eradication, Rural Development and other potential sectors such as Information Technology, Mining, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Blue & Green Economy.

 

Renowned speakers, academics, students and policy-makers will be on stage to introduce successful case studies and stimulating student papers.

 

The Amathole District Municipalities with its six Local Municipalities covers a huge area in the Eastern Cape which shares borders with Buffalo City Metro, OR Tambo and Chris Hani District Municipalities.

 

Amathole District Municipality will have all interested invitees, stakeholders, businesses and organisations make use of this great opportunity and exhibit at this prestigious event.

 

To register for the exhibition and /or Summit please visit the event website: www.admgrowthsummit.co.za : The closing date for the booking of exhibition space is 26 February 2020

 

For any enquiries regarding registration and to confirm attendance please contact Ms Linda Mzapi at 083 538 1856 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

All media confirmations can be directed to Ms. Sisa Soga-Msiwa at 079 889 4921 or 043 783 2368 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Further media enquires can be directed to Ms Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso at 082 419 0161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via WhatsApp on 083 516 9122

 

 

Issue by ADM Communications 

Feasibility Study: Establishment of an Amathole Mountains Biosphere Reserve

Extract 

The attached report involves the formulation of a project concept document and a feasibility analysis for the establishment of the proposed Amathole Mountains Biosphere Reserve. The idea of this biosphere reserve has been promoted, amongst others, through the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism (now the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs), since the 1990s. Several other stakeholders have promoted the idea through the years. The Amathole District Municipality (ADM) has of late become the driving institution, and political and institutional champion of this initiative.

 

The report is attached below!

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