The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma accompanied by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Mr Willies Mnchunu and his members of the executive council visited Ixopo where the Operation Vula and the Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (RASET) programmes was officially launched.
Interventions by the province of KwaZulu-Natal geared towards addressing the skewed economic make-up of the region through the empowerment of the previously disenfranchised.
Operation Vula seeks to localise the economy by, initially, exploiting the government buying power to buy from SMMEs and cooperatives. It will target specific societal groupings, such as blacks, women, youth and people with disabilities, in the province; align and coordinate enterprises regionally and sectorial; and assist targeted enterprises with skilling, funding and markets.
Through the RASET programme, KwaZulu-Natal seeks to improve the participation by small scale farmers from historically underprivileged communities in the lucrative food production value chain. The initiative endeavors to promote co-operation amongst various government departments with respect to the prioritization of black participants in the agribusiness with respect to access to land and markets.