KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is committed to driving foreign direct investments into different municipalities across the province through international Sister-City Relations programmes.
The Governor of Guangdong Province has committed himself to facilitate twining arrangements with more cities in KZN in addition to Durban which has sister-city relations with the City of Guangzhou.
Richards Bay in Umhlathuze Local Municipality is likely to be the second city to have a sister-city as it boasts Richards Bay Industrial Development Zones.
Both mayors of uMhlathuze and eThekwini municipalities Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo and Cllr Zandile Gumede represented their respective cities during a Business Seminar attended by a delegation from Guangdong Province.
Cllr Gumede has undertaken to strengthen relations between the City of Durban and the City of Guangzhou. Over the past 20 years, there have been exchange programmes between two cities focusing on culture, entertainment and education.
“Our commitment is informed by the dedication of our leadership – starting from the President of the Republic of South African His Excellency J.G Zuma and our Premier Mr Willies Mchunu,” she said.
She further noted: “The two leaders have guided all of us who are in position of leadership to put the interests of our people first. As a result we are doubling our efforts to ensure that we create a prosperous future for our city and the province as a whole.”
The mayor said she envisioned a future where every young person in Durban will be armed with a skill, a trade, a qualification and knowledge that they can apply to grow the economy of the city.
“In this regard we are committed to creating exchange programmes focusing on skills development and transfer of skills. We see a future where, as a result of being skilled, in a wide variety of fields, young people will become entrepreneurs of note, competing with the best in the world, and in line with global trends.”
“We are confident that your visit to our city we make it possible for us to usher in a new era. We want to work with you train our civil servants and elected public representatives to be better equipped to improve service delivery,” she concluded.
Issued by the Office of the Premier
Ndabezinhle Sibiya: Spokesperson for the Premier
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