Local Economic Development

Experiencing economic growth has never been an accident. Certain key fundamentals have to be in place to support such a growth. We believe that Nongoma is a unique environment, however it requires a unique engagement where upon, a fresh economic lens must be used to analyse the existing environment to help identify key strategic points which should help change the economic landscape and impact positively the wider Nongoma community. Certain issues need to be addressed, such as people’s reliance on government grants and increasing the pool of employers in the municipality.
The Mncwango administration will therefore ensure it looks at commissioning a study that will look at comparative advantages of the Nongoma municipality, and subsequently link this up with other government’s programmes from district, provincial and national. Through this study, we hope to surface quality opportunities that will help attract high quality entrepreneurs, business people and necessary investment (financial) to help enhance the economic ecosystem of the municipality, thus getting it to becoming a competitive hub. With this, a focus will be to assist our youth and the people of Nongoma generally to engage rather in opportunity based entrepreneurship instead of just only survivalist entrepreneurship. The Mncwango administration made significant progress in its 100 days in identifying catalytic projects. This catalytic projects are spatially targeted intervention that aim to boost local economy and advance skills development among local entrepreneurs. The projects will also serve as the vehicle to encourage investment in the area. In assisting youth the municipality partnered with private sector (ZAC Mining) and local tertiary institution (uMthashayashana TVET College). As part of this partnership 75 young people participated in the following learnership programmes: Plumbing (10), Community House Builder (20), Business Administration Disability Learnership NQF 3 (25), Building, Civil and Construction (20) and Wholesale and Retail (20).
The administration also worked to increase economic development across the board launching an initiative aimed at improving access to business licenses, reducing the case turnaround time in the LED Office responsible for issuing licences. Additionally, the administration earmarked the three-year rural goats business for commercial purposes and ongoing local business capacity building programmes. Following the goat programme mentioned above, the following will be the steps taken towards full scale commercialisation:

Phase 1:

  • Feasibility study for commercial purposes and business plan is done
  • Site has been secured and concerned community consulted – ongoing engagements to ensure smooth running of the project (In order to avoid destructive community dynamics)
  • The first phase is starting in November 2017, with goats handling facilities and planting of special grass
  • Local and international markets have been secured before operations could begin
  • Training to be conducted for entrepreneurs

Phase 2:

  • Doing a feasibility study and business plan for abattoir and processing facility
  • Work on abattoir and processing facility (Preferable on one of the two areas of Nongoma’s 3 dimension)
  • To develop abattoir and process handling facilities (This will involve securing more funds from development funding institutions)
  • Process based training of entrepreneurs
  • Securing markets for goats based products
  • Developing of goats based products and ongoing improvements

Youth entrepreneurship:

  • To help develop youth enterprises and guide them based on comparative advantages of the local municipality, district and province
  • Call for Nongoma’s people re-union to assist with bridging the skills gap and calling on Nongoma’s influential persons of business to help nurture and guide 21st century development (This is based on private public partnership principle and the innovation by the new administration)

Ingonyama Trust Lands:

  • Help with rural strategy of economy
  • Using government policies – help implement a pragmatic rural economic strategy that will unlock this economy
  • Come up with viable projects based on Nongoma feasibility and help raise requisite funding for such. This could include the industrial park to help modernise Nongoma Local Municipality
  • Strengthen partnership with Ubukhosi to further anchor tourism business