eThekwini launches economic council for city's development

eThekwini launches economic council for city's development

An economic council - which authorities say will provide strategic advice on economic development in eThekwini - has been launched.

Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda
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Speaking at the Durban ICC on Wednesday, Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said it would help with efforts to reduce unemployment and eradicate poverty.

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He says one of the council's first tasks is to guide the implementation of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery strategy.

"The eThekwini Economic Council seeks to marshall different stakeholders to unleash the economic potential of our city and to find a common solution to the socio-economic challenges flooding our communities. 

"We are a government that is committed to genuine consultation with all stakeholders hence today we are entering in a social compact between government, organised labour, business, academia, traditional leadership and civil society.

Speaking on corruption, Kaunda says it must be squashed internally. 

He's likened corruption in the City to a sickness.

Kaunda says despite his warnings to officials not to steal - this has continued.

The mayor says the new economy council will subject all COVID-19 expenditure to their internal audits - which he set in motion last week. 

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