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Premier Makhura visits Northmead

If you were wondering what the commotion was about on Friday morning (July 15), at 9 Ninth Avenue, it was not a crime scene; it was a visit by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, and his delegation.

This meeting came as a result of the second series of Ntirhisano firm visits within the Gauteng City Region.

The Ntirhisano model, which was launched in 2014, aims at strengthening the collaboration between government and its partners, in order to increase service delivery.

In conjunction with several clusters, including the SA Capital Equipment Export Council, Solar Water Heating Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa, Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa and the South African Mineral Processing Equipment Cluster, the Premier discussed machinery and equipment strategies.

“In order to improve the sector, we, as government, need to maintain relationships with businesses,” Makhura said.

“We are here to listen to the issues that society faces.”

Premier Makhura also mentioned that he and his delegation, comprising Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina, Deputy Minister for Public Enterprise Bulelani Magwanishe, Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gugunbele, MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo and MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy, have been working closely with the University of Johannesburg, to research what is happening in the manufacturing sector.

“We need to work with our businesses to ensure that they become competitive in terms of exportation and providing services for the local community,” Makhura added.

“We are committed to engage with clusters.”

The visit to Ninth Avenue, in Northmead, was one of four visits in the Ekurhuleni area, made by the Premier and his delegation.

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