Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga vowed to bring back the “glorious Pretoria Show” and to cutting red tape where business in the capital city is concerned.
Speaking at his first external address as mayor at the Matchmaking Africa Conference at Tshwane Events Centre, Msimanga welcomed businesses and entrepreneurs as the Jacaranda Agricultural Show kicked off yesterday.
Msimanga said he was ready to form partnerships with businesses to ensure success in the local economy and to promote business matchmaking with South Africa and other African countries.
“I commit to cutting red tape in our city to ensure business prosperity. I pledge that Tshwane will enter a new phase for business development. I’m making a commitment to bring back the glorious Pretoria Show. This will open again,” he told guests.
He continued to promise job creation, cutting out corruption and service delivery.
“Unemployment has continued to grow in masses. We must create growing opportunities in our economic participation and securing of jobs. This (conference) is to create relationships with the industry.”
He said the capital city was ready to work openly with partner cities and the economy in the region.
“We have much to gain and much to offer. We will take key interest in today’s (yesterday) proceedings and business interest to partner in growth. We want to build this conference into a higher success and an annual event in the capital city.”
The Agricultural Show, which replaced the popular annual Pretoria Show in 2014, offers a feast of agriculture, wildlife farming, agricultural machinery, livestock, agricultural business development, technology and organic farming.
The show provides a specialised business-to-business platform designed to showcase, discuss and create agricultural business opportunities for farmers and the agricultural industry, said organiser Petro Ferreira.
“There will be something for the whole family, with an amusement park and special play area for children, a beer tent, excellent wines and great food. It is a great day out.”
The show will close on Sunday.