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Over the past 21 years of our democracy KwaZulu-Natal has developed a positive image in the eyes of potential trade partners and international investors. This image is attributed to the good leadership in politics, government and the private sector.

Without this, a prosperous KwaZulu-Natal will remain a pipe-dream. In this regard the captains of industry and emerging entrepreneurs are central in its fight for economic liberation.

The health of a nation is measured by the extent to which government creates synergies and partnerships.  The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal is committed to building a stronger partnership between the state and private sector at all times and to strengthen co-operation with leadership of this province across all sectors of society.

Therefore, the provincial government undertakes to act in concert with a number of other bodies in the communities, that is, mayors, councillors, traditional leaders, izinduna, and religious leaders, etc.  These structures must be mobilised to create an environment that will provide for the development of the entire community - which is a crucial tool that can eliminate any form of social instability. In order to create this environment, it is necessary to promote the respect of human lives and the respect of individual property. Community involvement means that anybody's life is as important as your own.  This culture promotes love, a sense of belonging, generosity, caring and compassion. It creates an environment where anybody's property is safe under anybody's watch.

The provincial government fully understands that it is expected to strengthen service delivery in a rather challenging environment. Economic challenges are beginning to inflict a serious crunch in the economy of our country and caused the fiscus to shrink and budgets to be revised downwards. In the face of these challenges, the Province will ensure that it cushions members of society against any negative impact of economic challenges, especially the poor and vulnerable.The Province will be taking a principled stand to manage expenditure very tightly and direct all resources to priority projects and ensure that service delivery is protected and prioritised. This is an approach that will reflect a sense of responsibility and commitment to dealing with triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

John Langalibalele Dube, Inkosi Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and many more other leaders, too many to mention, dreamed of a prosperous country. Building a winning province is the responsibility of all of us. Therefore, we must cooperate with one another today and tomorrow in order to succeed.

Premier: MEC Thembinkosi Willies Mchunu

KwaZulu-Natal Business

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