Development of the east coast a multifaceted vision – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday led a District Development Model (DDM) visit to Ugu District, KwaZulu-Natal, to assess the development of the east coast crossing the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces along a 600 km stretch between the eThekwini and Buffalo City subways.

The DDM methodology aims to improve planning and integration within government and between government and social partners, with a view to enabling inclusive growth and development.

Ramaphosa launched the DDM approach in 2019 to facilitate cooperative governance through sound intergovernmental planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring.

The development of the east coast spans two provinces, four districts and 17 municipalities located along 600 km of coastline. Development is a flagship project of DDM.

Ramaphosa said the development of the east coast involves a broad and multifaceted vision.

“First, it is a vision to translate MDD from policy to practice, which aims to improve the consistency and impact of local service delivery. Second, it is a vision to overcome the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, which continues to limit economic opportunities for millions of black South Africans.

“Third, it is a vision to strengthen the economic ties between our provinces through mutually beneficial development. Fourth, this development aims to harness the potential of the vast natural endowments of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape for economic growth. “, did he declare. noted.

He noted that the natural wealth of these two provinces provided good opportunities for growth in the ocean economy, tourism, agriculture, mining and oil and gas development, in addition to other sectors. .

“Our flora and fauna place us among the five most biodiverse countries in the world. If harnessed efficiently, this natural wealth has the potential to revitalize local economies, create jobs and maintain livelihoods, ”said Ramaphosa.

The president further said that translating the vision of east coast development into reality requires cooperation between the public and private sectors to mobilize investments for catalytic and transformative projects.

He said investors will provide the funding, but the government should create the right conditions to attract investment.

“In order for us to do this, to position ourselves as a development that can generate substantial and sustainable returns on investment, we need to build capacity and improve the functioning of local government,” he noted.

He added that strong and well-managed municipalities able to provide services to communities and businesses attract investment, while poorly managed and poorly administered municipalities discourage investment.

“The recent local elections have provided clear direction on what citizens need and want. It is essential that we now focus all of our energies on addressing the many concerns of our staff about service delivery, as well as the businesses that depend on the provision of these services to run their operations. “

Ramaphosa said the DDM approach would ensure better alignment of government structures to facilitate planning permits and other approvals required for development.

“We will do this without cutting corners or compromising safety and quality. I am very encouraged to see the work that has been done to present the development of the east coast to potential investors, ”he said.

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