Radical socio-economic transformation must ensure inclusive growth and sustainable jobs, says Trade and Industry (dti) Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina.
The Deputy Minister was speaking at the “taking the dti to the people” outreach campaign held in Vereeniging on Friday.
Deputy Minister Masina said for South Africans to be empowered, radical socio-economic interventions need to be spread across the country so that all communities can benefit. He said the interventions would speak to all South Africans who were still struggling to form businesses and empower themselves.
The outreach event sought to strengthen government’s commitment to empowering peri-urban communities, accelerate job creation and sustainable economic development in the country.
The outreach was also aimed at creating awareness about support products and services offered by the dti agencies to businesses.
“Our focus as government is to create a robust manufacturing sector that will allow black industrialists to expand and empower other entrepreneurs who will be able to take part in the mainstream economy,” he said.
Masina committed the department to visit distressed factories in Sedibeng and identify those who needed support in order to save jobs in the area.
The Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality Mahole Mofokeng welcomed the outreach campaign and encouraged the community to take full aantage of the services offered by the dti.
Mofokeng said for towns to flourish, small medium enterprises must be assisted and be efficient in order to reduce the 31.9% unemployment rate in the district.
Source : SAnews.gov.za