Premier David Makhura has welcomed the commitment of private companies in the West Rand to work with the provincial government in prioritising youth development programmes.
On Thursday, Premier Makhura together with Members of the Executive Council (MECs) and West Rand Mayors visited the manufacturing and beverage industries in the area as part of government’s commitment to a partnership for inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
At SAB Miller Chamdor, Makhura said programmes the beverage company offers through the “serious about youth business” would play a very vital role in boosting the Tshepo 1 million project which aims to develop young entrepreneurs and help create jobs.
Premier Makhura said “We want you to include youth, women, and black enterprises in your procurement chain. Enterprise development is critical.”
“We want a partnership in skilling and training in all the demand sector opportunities, to give our youths hope,” said the Premier.
Makhura also made a stop at the Busmark plant, a bus manufacturing and assembling company, where CEO Patuxolo ‘Pat’ Nodada said they were committed to creating jobs.
“96% of everything in our buses is locally made, we have over achieved on local content and that helps in creating jobs. We are trying to be a relevant bus company for the environment in the country,” said Nodada.
Busmark is building ‘iBus’, meaning an intelligent integrated bus with a built-in ‘iBox” (black box) that gathers information in case of an accident, provides preventative measures and transmits different signals.
“The ‘iBox’ is the brain behind an efficient public system and we would like government to invest in the infrastructure. These buses are created for future needs with zero emissions,” he said.
MEC for roads and Transport, Ismal Vadi said the “iBus” was an important development in the transport industry that a local company builds buses literally from scratch.
“The second thing is to look at proposals of developing this area of setting up this area as an industrial park linked so that there is a local industrial development taking place in the West Rand which is economically depressed, mining is on the decline. We have got to find new ways of generating employment, and creating jobs. The development of an industrial park is important and critical to regenerate the local economy,” said MEC Vadi.
The delegation also visited the Chemical Training and Incubation - training includes technical training on driving, boiler making, security and on the incubation side they manufacture perfumes, Body Lotion and detergents; and the Shoe Factory Corporation that makes shoes for the Department of social Development.