Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

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Written by Jimmy Makhumbila

The City of Ekurhuleni houses the OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, the largest and busiest airport in Africa. In response to this and changing global requirements, the opportunity was identified to develop an Aerotropolis in the City to leverage the existing industrial base, linked to its human resources and logistics networks; ultimately to support rapid growth and redevelopment of its communities.

At the core of the vision of the Aerotropolis Ekurhuleni is the desire to build prosperity for the City and the Gauteng City Region based on job creation. As the Aerotropolis grows and prospers, so too should the citizens of Ekurhuleni benefit from the creation of new jobs, the expansion of social infrastructure, and an improvement in the standard of living for all.

The key focus will be on using inter-modal connectivity as the basis for generating economic development, particularly for time-sensitive sunrise businesses such as perishables, bio-life sciences, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, innovation, information and communication technology (ICT), research and development, among others. This would require an innovative use of land, logistics, human resources, investment capital, innovation and entrepreneurship to create connections with new markets and sources of revenue. 

The Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Plan will cover a 30 year period of time. Some projects and initiatives will come many years in the future as the economic development warrants, while others can begin at once and must be in place to enable later stages of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Plan to proceed.

To meet this challenge, the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Planning strategy proposes five overarching principles. As each principle is intimately linked they form the foundation for the Aerotropolis Ekurhuleni and form the criteria for the success of this important initiative.

These principals are:

  • Community: build strong neighbourhoods that allow people to realise their full potential;
  • Collaborate: streamlined and effective governance that meets or surpasses global standards ;
  • Concentrate: dense transit-oriented development that leverages and complements existing communities;
  • Connect: move goods, services and people efficiently and effectively.  This will specifically focus on the following connections:
  • Connecting the country with its neighbouring countries and the rest of Africa,
  • Connecting the country with the world, and
  • Connecting Gauteng with the rest of the country.
  • Compete: identify and amplify the value chains which South Africa can dominate globally.

Any questions regarding this project can be directed to Caiphus Chauke, Project Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Written by Jimmy Makhumbila

What does Ekurhuleni mean?

Pronounced ‘e-koo-roo-le-ni’, Ekurhuleni is a Tsonga (one of the 11 official languages of South Africa) word meaning ‘place of peace’. The choice of a Tsonga word for the name of the metropolitan municipality is symbolic of the diversity of the city, and of its vision of an equitable and progressive community.

 

Did you know that the Ekurhuleni economy:

  •  Contributes 6.2% to national production;
  • Has a share of ±7.3% of national employment;
  •  Produces 26% of the total economic output of Gauteng;
  • Grew 3% per annum between 1996 and 2009;
  • Accounted for 17.6% of national imports between 1996 and 2003
  • Accounted for 6.7% of national exports between 1995 and 2003.

 

Fast Facts

  • ·         The City of Ekurhuleni’s long term roadmap, the Growth and Development Strategy 2055, is in place to which the city’s flagship projects are aligned.
  • ·         The city has an annual operating budget of around R31.4 billion and capital budget of around R4.5 billion. The city received a clean audit for the 2013/14 financial year.
  • ·         Stretching from OR Tambo International Airport, the Albertina Sisulu Corridor is a prime investment and development location. Straddling the R21 and R24 freeways, which runs through Ekurhuleni, the corridor links Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria (Tshwane).
  • ·         The Albertina Sisulu Corridor offers a myriad of investment opportunities in a wide range of sectors, including logistics, telecommunications and business outsourcing, import and export, manufacturing and processing, transport-related services, office and retail space, agriculture, eco-tourism and conservation.
  • ·         The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) will, through its subsidiary the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) operationalize the industrial development zone at the OR Tambo International Airport. In the first phase a Jewellery Manufacturing Precinct will be established. This is linked to the broader Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis flagship project – the vision is to create a world-class globally competitive manufacturing space opening in 2017.
  • ·         Business activities in Ekurhuleni townships are diverse and range from retail, industrial activity to construction. The city has devised an urban development structure that creates investment opportunities for business while also contributing to social development and upliftment. Ekurhuleni has a well-developed network of infrastructure as well as strong telecommunications infrastructure and powerful electricity grids.
  • ·         Not only is more than a quarter of Africa’s railway tracks situated in South Africa, but at the heart of this hub is situated in Germiston, in the City of Ekurhuleni. This is the busiest Southern African Development Community rail interchange in Africa. Sentrarand, the biggest railway shunting yard in the country is also situated in Ekurhuleni.
  • ·         Ekurhuleni’s water quality and reticulation systems are some of the best in the world, with the city receiving the Blue Drop Platinum Award for the high quality of tap water that it supplies to its citizens for three consecutive years.
  • ·         Ekurhuleni can be regarded as the transportation hub of the country. It is home to OR Tambo International Airport, the busiest airport in Africa, which services the entire continent and links to major cities throughout the world. Similarly, many of the world’s leading airlines fly into OR Tambo International Airport, which has been identified as the nucleus for the development of the aerotropolis.
  • ·         The city is home to Tambo-Springs, an initiative that involves creating significantly improved intermodal capabilities for the movement of freight to and from Gauteng, The Tambo-Springs inland port will function as a multimodal logistics gateway, This is to be achieved by the operational twinning of the inland port with other seaport inland, and cross-border locations,. To ensure seamless movement of freight between modes.
  • ·         Together with national government, the City of Ekurhuleni is undertaking 21 industrial initiatives, all under the banner of the aerotropolis. These are designed to revitalize the manufacturing sector, aviation, transport, and logistics industries linked to the airport. These will dramatically transform the current industrial structure of the economy of Ekurhuleni.
  • ·         The Gillooly’s motor vehicle exchange is the business in the country, making Ekurhuleni the heart of the movement of goods in the country.
  • ·         Roads are well maintained and more than capable of handling the city’s increasing commercial traffic. The N3 from Johannesburg to Durban, the N12 from Johannesburg to Witbank and the R21 highway, which joins OR Tambo International Airport to the rest of the province, all meet at Gillooly’s interchange right in the heart of Ekurhuleni.
  • ·         A modern road network system reaches every part of the Ekurhuleni region and connects all the major towns, offering convenience and a seamless travel experience.
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Written by Jimmy Makhumbila

What is an aerotropolis?

The term ‘tropolis’ is Greek for city and ‘aero’, also of Greek origin, means air. An aerotropolis is therefore a metropolitan sub-region where the layout, infrastructure, and economy are centered on an airport which serves as a multimodal ‘airport city’ urban core. It is similar in form and function to a traditional metropolis, which contains a central core and commuter-linked suburbs.

What is an Airport City?

An Airport City is an efficiently designed international transport hub for both passengers and cargo with an urban character agglomerating uses associated with the old city centre, and providing a growing number of services and facilities not directly related to actual transport functions.

The model recognises that an airport can do more than perform its traditional aeronautical services, that it can evolve new non-aeronautical commercial facilities, services and revenue streams.  It is a place where work and recreation meet. Tourists, businessmen and businesswomen, those meeting and greeting people; all visitors feel at home and relaxed in an Airport City. The Airport City concept consists of a number of logically combined elements that reinforce each other. On the one hand, the services and facilities are guaranteed to guide travelers easily through the airport process. On the other hand, the facilities and activities have been designed to meet the individual needs of travelers and visitors.

Why Ekurhuleni?

Ekurhuleni has a population of around 2.7 million people and contributes approximately 7% to national production and between 6% and 7% to the total economic output of Gauteng province. Its economy grew by an average of 2.7% per annum from 1996 to 2006.

Five minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, the Albertina Sisulu Corridor is a prime investment and development location. Straddling theR21 freeway, which runs through Ekurhuleni, the corridor links Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria (Tshwane).

This corridor offers a myriad of investment opportunities in a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications and business outsourcing, import and export, manufacturing and processing, transport-related services, office and retail space and industries to agriculture, eco-tourism and conservation.

Business activities in Ekurhuleni townships are diverse and ranges from retain, industrial activity to construction. The municipality has devised an urban development structure that creates investment opportunities for business while also contributing to social development and upliftment.

Roads, railways and airports service Ekurhuleni well as it has a well development network of infrastructure as well as strong telecommunications infrastructure and powerful electricity grids.

A modern road network system reaches every part of the municipality and connects all the major towns, offering conveniences and a seamless travel experience.

Roads are well maintained and more that capable of handling the city increasing commercial traffic. The N3 from Johannesburg to Durban, the N12 from Johannesburg to Witbank and the R21 highway, which joins OR Tambo International Airport to the rest of the province all meet at Gillooly’s Interchange right in the heart of Ekurhuleni.

South Africa has more than a quarter of all railroad tracks in Africa, and the hub of the railway system is found in Ekurhuleni. It connects the region with all major cities and ports in Southern Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Maputo. Development of the Gautrain network provides further benefits for business visitors.

Ekurhuleni is home to OR Tambo International Airport which is used by most of the world’s leading airlines and services most of the African continent.

The start of Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis

During the 2011 State of the City Address as well as the Budget Speech by the Executive Mayor, Cllr Mondli Gungubele, the aerotropolis concept for Ekurhuleni was announced.

In the State of the City Address, the mayor said, “If rail, road and sea travel constitute the tried and tested modes of transport of a bygone era, research shows that air travel is the future. The main virtue of air travel is convenience and accessibility; if you have the infrastructure, you are able to cut the time it takes to ferry goods and services across time zones, on schedule and on time.

“That way, the opportunity costs are reduced significantly. It is in this capacity and by virtue of our being home to what is arguably the busiest airport in Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, that Ekurhuleni is by and large a city poised for bigger things in the future, and the obvious envy of many cities on the continent and internationally.”

The OR Tambo International Airport services the entire African continent, and links to major cities throughout the world. Many of the world’s leading airlines fly directly into the OR Tambo International Airport. Some 14 million passengers pass through the airport’s terminals each year. On the domestic front, a number of smaller, mostly domestic airlines connect various South African and regional towns and cities via this airport.

About the City

The region of Ekurhuleni has a total surface area of + 2 000km² that accommodates a population of + 2.7 million (Source: Global Insight Regional eXplorer (ReX) v.351).  This constitutes + 5.6% of the national population and makes up 28% of Gauteng’s population. Population density is approximately 1 400 people per km², making Ekurhuleni one of the most densely populated areas in the country, and province. By comparison, population density in Gauteng is 596 people per km² and 39 people per km² in the country.

Economy in the region is larger and more diverse than that of many small countries in Africa, including all the countries in Southern Africa.  It accounts for nearly a quarter of the Gauteng economy, which in turn contributes over a third of the national Gross Domestic Product. Ekurhuleni contributes + 7% to the country’s spending power and + 7.4% to the nation’s production. In most respects – per capita income, unemployment, poverty, average wages and other indicators of human development - it is similar to the rest of Gauteng.

However, there is one important structural difference: many of the factories for production of goods and commodities are located in Ekurhuleni.  Manufacturing in accounts for just less than 20% of the GDP of Gauteng.  In Ekurhuleni itself, manufacturing accounts for some 28% of total production output. Because of this, the largest concentration of industry in the whole of South Africa (and in Africa), Ekurhuleni is often referred to as “Africa’s Workshop”.

Infrastructure

A network of roads, airports, rail lines, telephones, electricity grids and telecommunications  are found in Ekurhuleni that rivals that of Europe and America – a first world infrastructure supporting a well-established industrial and commercial complex.  Ekurhuleni can, in fact, be regarded as the transportation hub of the country.

The municipality is home to the OR Tambo International Airport, the busiest airport in Africa. It services the entire continent and links to major cities throughout the world. Similarly, many of the world’s leading airlines fly into OR Tambo International Airport with some 14 million passengers passing through each year. In addition, a number of smaller domestic airlines connect here with cities throughout the country. 

South Africa’s largest railway hub is in Ekurhuleni (Germiston) and links the city to all the major population centres and ports in the Southern African region. A number of South Africa’s modern freeways and expressways connect Ekurhuleni to other cities and provinces. The Maputo corridor development, South Africa’s most advanced spatial development initiative, connects Ekurhuleni with the capital of Mozambique and the largest South African Indian Ocean port.  Direct rail, road and air links connect Ekurhuleni to Durban, the biggest and busiest port within South Africa.  During the period 1995 to 2005, the Gauteng government was strategic in upgrading some of the ageing road networks linked to the industrial hub, to promote the movement of goods and services.

The Blue IQ projects, situated within Ekurhuleni, include the Wadeville-Alrode Industrial Corridor with linkages to the largest logistical hub, the City Deep Container terminal, the planned Gautrain rapid rail link to Johannesburg and Tshwane and the OR Tambo International Airport Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The latter aims to cluster light manufacturing, more especially in beneficiation, and to develop an aerospace park. 

Did you know?

•       Over one-third of the value of all goods shipped worldwide travel by air.

•       In a global economy there is a requirement for agility and speed to move high value goods and goods that are time dependent.

•       Airports, as large public works, have become transportation nodal points.

•       Between 2010 and 2029, world-wide commercial passenger traffic will likely increase from 4.6 billion to approximately 11 billion (30 million p/day).

•       In the same period (2010 to 2029), world air cargo traffic is expected to more than triple.

•       Air logistics and the new economy are inextricably interwoven.

•       Over one-third of the value of world trade already goes by air (versus under 2% by weight).

 

 

Written by Jimmy Makhumbila

The City of Ekurhuleni houses the OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng, the largest and busiest airport in Africa. In response to this and changing global requirements, the opportunity was identified to develop an Aerotropolis in the City to leverage the existing industrial base, linked to its human resources and logistics networks; ultimately to support rapid growth and redevelopment of its communities.

At the core of the vision of the Aerotropolis Ekurhuleni is the desire to build prosperity for the City and the Gauteng City Region based on job creation. As the Aerotropolis grows and prospers, so too should the citizens of Ekurhuleni benefit from the creation of new jobs, the expansion of social infrastructure, and an improvement in the standard of living for all.

The key focus will be on using inter-modal connectivity as the basis for generating economic development, particularly for time-sensitive sunrise businesses such as perishables, bio-life sciences, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, innovation, information and communication technology (ICT), research and development, among others. This would require an innovative use of land, logistics, human resources, investment capital, innovation and entrepreneurship to create connections with new markets and sources of revenue. 

The Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Plan will cover a 30 year period of time. Some projects and initiatives will come many years in the future as the economic development warrants, while others can begin at once and must be in place to enable later stages of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Plan to proceed.

To meet this challenge, the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Planning strategy proposes five overarching principles. As each principle is intimately linked they form the foundation for the Aerotropolis Ekurhuleni and form the criteria for the success of this important initiative.

These principals are:

  • Community: build strong neighbourhoods that allow people to realise their full potential;
  • Collaborate: streamlined and effective governance that meets or surpasses global standards ;
  • Concentrate: dense transit-oriented development that leverages and complements existing communities;
  • Connect: move goods, services and people efficiently and effectively.  This will specifically focus on the following connections:
  • Connecting the country with its neighbouring countries and the rest of Africa,
  • Connecting the country with the world, and
  • Connecting Gauteng with the rest of the country.
  • Compete: identify and amplify the value chains which South Africa can dominate globally.

Any questions regarding this project can be directed to Caiphus Chauke, Project Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Written by Jimmy Makhumbila

SPEECH BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF EKURHULENI CLLR MONGLI GUNGUBELE AEROTROPOLIS INDUSTRIAL CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE HELD AT EMPERORS PALACE

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Moderator – Cllr Thumbu Mahlangu

Director General - Department for Transport –

Members of the Mayoral Committee

MPs, MPLs and Councillors

ACSA CEO – Mr Bongani Maseko

Denel Aerostructures Deputy CEO – Mr Victor Xaba

Gautrain Management Company CEO and Provincial Convenor of the Aerotropolis Master Plan Steering Committee– Mr Jack van der Merwe

General Manager of the OR Tambo International Airport – Ms Bongiwe Pityi

Property Developers, Investors and Captains of Industry

Distinguished Guests

Partners

Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

A very good morning. We are once again humbled and honoured to welcome you to the City of Ekurhuleni – a place of peace and Africa’s first Aerotropolis.

Since the 17th Century, the development of transportation infrastructure has shaped and informed business location choices in pursuit of commercial imperatives. In the 21st Century, airports have become centres of economic activity - attributed to trade, investment and tourism.

Ladies and Gentlemen

It was in 2010 when we adopted the Aerotropolis programme as the city’s economic growth trajectory, informed by a glaring need to effect radical spatial, social and economic transformation of our regional economy.

In the words of Dr John Karsada aka the Father of the Aerotropolis concept: “an Aerotropolis has an airport city at its core and is surrounded by clusters of industry-related enterprises that gain a competitive advantage by utilizing the synergistic capabilities of its respective location”.

Indeed, this is what we aim to achieve.     

Programme Director

Our political and administrative leadership have acknowledged and recognized the importance of building a more equitable, inclusive and dynamic economy as envisaged by our forebears.

In September 2013, we announced the appointment of the Aurecon-led consortium that had won the contract to develop a 30-years Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis Master Plan. Likewise, we began the work of formulating a master plan that would guide our approach towards defining critical paths that would drive our economic growth, development, transformation and prosperity through the implementation of a systematic and progressive development approach. 

We opted for a comprehensive approach that focused in-depth research and analysis in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of our regional economy. Today, I can say without fear of contradiction that we are unveiling to world one of the most solid city development and investment attraction instruments. As we globe-trot the world, we shall do so confident that we are carrying music for the ears of many investors.

Through this Master Plan, we are making a bold commitment as a show of force and demonstration of our resolve to change the lives of our communities. We are declaring fresh war to poverty, joblessness, unemployment and the inequalities of the past. 

Programme Director

When we took office in 2011, we did so on the back of priorities and commitments contained in the elections manifesto of the ruling African National Congress, which directed us to:

·        build local economies to create more employment and sustainable livelihoods;

·        improve local public services and broaden access to them;

·        build united, non-racial and integrated safer communities;

·        promote community participation in local government; and

·        build a more effective, accountable and clean local government that works closely with provincial and national government.

We are a city that has set itself a clear agenda that is anchored on a three-dimensional value beam.

·        The first dimension involves us maintaining the high standards of quality services enjoyed by all our well-off residents, while at the same time extending and improving services to those in less affluent communities.

·        The second dimension of transformation is informed by the fact that we realize that everything we do must transform and develop our society to reach their full potential.

·        Our resolve is that all this is necessary because we must ultimately become the destination of choice for investment, trade and tourism – that is the third dimension.

 

Distinguished Guests

Central to our agenda as government should be the successful advancement of our country away from the divided past towards a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, black and white in our diversity.

However, the reality that we confront is such that in spite of our noble resolve towards nation building and reconciliation, the majority of our peace loving community are having a difficult time to rid themselves of the shackles of apartheid.

A quick glimpse on the City of Ekurhuleni tells you a story of a city with a high unemployment rate – a majority of this being young. Relative to former towns, township areas generally have higher numbers of the unemployed as well as people with no formal schooling.

Almost a quarter of the population is employed in elementary occupations such as domestic work, street trading, and general work in the fields of agriculture, mining and construction.

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is an open secret that the City of Ekurhuleni as a microcosm of South Africa and Gauteng, experiences chronic levels of Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality in comparison to the other Metros in Gauteng. These triple developmental challenges are the root-cause of most of the socio-economic ills that continue to ravage our communities.

In this regard, we must continuously demonstrate our steadfast commitment to the vision of the Freedom Charter and the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP). We must rally behind the NDP, to drive its implementation and to work with our government to eradicate poverty, reduce unemployment and eliminate inequality by 2030.

As we committed during the State of the City Address 2015, any intervention that we make in this regard shall not realize the envisaged impact if they are not coupled with a systematic programme to crowd-in investment into strategic areas of the City and a consented effort to create new wealth creation channels that emancipates our people from the shackles of poverty, unemployment and inequalities.

Ladies and Gentlemen

In the current term of office we have had to manage a transition from a city that is fragmented, re-active, slow, complex, and in-equitable and risk averse to lay a foundation for a Delivering City by the 2016 to 2021 political term. A city that will be cohesive, pro-active, fast, modern, simple, equitable and risk managed with a special focus on investment.

The 30-year Aerotropolis Master Plan aims to drive sustainable socio-economic development and an economic infrastructure development programme in partnership with other spheres of government, state owned companies, private business and social partners within the Gauteng City Region and South Africa. Our main objective is to grow the economy, create jobs and improve the general quality of life in the country.

This Plan identifies a massive potential that could be leveraged by the GCR to accelerate upstream and downstream economic activities that rely on airport connectivity. Each project identified in this document has a significant role to play in driving the reindustrialization programme of the region while activating new industrial opportunities in sunrise industries, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.

It is in this spirit that we should welcome and appreciate the increased air linkages between OR Tambo International Airport to regional, continental and global destinations. This is critical in fostering inward investment growth, trade growth and tourism to boost the economic vibrancy of Ekurhuleni.

In actual fact, I can without fear of contraction, boldly pronounce that there can be no other catalyst to increase the volume of foreign direct investment into Ekurhuleni, than the Aerotropolis.

Furthermore, the presence of the Continent’s busiest international airport gives us the edge to leverage the Gauteng City Region and South Africa at large to develop into a viable airport city that is poised to become the only mega city in Sub-Saharan Africa in the near future.

Ladies and Gentlemen

I must take this opportunity to throw caution to the wind that the opportunity cost of not leveraging the potentials of the Aerotropolis could have far-reaching and unintended consequences because countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Luanda and Ethiopia have begun their aggressive quests to reposition their airports as regional mega hubs. We must move with speed.

After all, it should always borne in mind that the development of the Aerotropolis is aimed at declaring a permanent urban edge to develop a compact city, introduce a new city design and enable a functional regional economy through a purpose driven programme that seeks to create an economic and job engine for Ekurhuleni, Gauteng  and the country.

It is through the Theory of Change that the City of Ekurhuleni seeks to drive a social, economic and spatial transformation programme in order to build a compact, viable, vibrant and sustainable city region.

In this regard, the intention is to leverage corridors and road networks to enable mobility and densification whilst integrating the airport, open spaces, commercial districts and advanced manufacturing centres; retail centres, academic and research institutions; and proximity of residential developments as we strive to build a compact city.

Programme Director

Allow me to share a piece of progressive news by announcing that the Council has approved the new Metropolitan Spatial Development Framework in November 2015, thus reinforcing our planning instruments in order to shape the Ekurhuleni of the future.

There cannot be any reservation that the new city design will drive radical social, spatial and economic transformation by bridging the gap between the nine traditional economic centres and five township complexes.

Distinguished Guests

Positioning the Eastern Development Corridor as the anchor of the Aerotropolis is an attempt to maximize its inherent capabilities as the hub of manufacturing, aviation, logistics and transport - capabilities that are at the core of Aerotropolis Development Programme. However, our quest to fully achieve our objectives cannot be realized if we do not stick to the following non-negotiable imperatives:

·        Crowding-in of sunrise industrial capability & investments;

·        Agglomeration of smart industries and green technology diffusion;

·        Investing in human development to enable the knowledge economy;

·        Facilitation of trade in goods and services;

·        Unleashing of innovation to enable new venture creation;

·        Reposition the GCR in national, regional and global discourse; and

·        Optimization of open spaces and the environment.

 

Programme Director

The accelerated implementation of the Aerotropolis Master Plan hinges on national policy shifts to address: (i) The slow pace of liberalization; (ii) Protection of national companies; (iii) High taxes and fees; (iv) Safety concerns; and (vi) Restrictive local ownership rules.

It is for these reasons that coordination, cooperation and collaboration should be the nucleus of relationships between the three spheres of government in order to advance the country’s national interests and global competiveness imperatives.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

As we gather here for the coming two days, we must do so with a clear understanding that the Aerotropolis Investment Conference is primarily aimed at bringing to life the Aerotropolis concept albeit with a Pan African twist. In particular, in as much as the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis programme aims to stimulate and drive efficiencies, the programme also serves as a catalyst to unlock massive blue collar jobs, venture creation opportunities and drive the regeneration of township economies - through a concerted and systematic programme to mobilize and channel public and private sector investments into strategic areas of the Ekurhuleni economy.

We must also acknowledge that the onus lay with EMM to project a resolve that indicates a commitment to mastermind conditions that make it easy for business to thrive in Ekurhuleni. In this regard we undertake to ensure that we create conducive conditions for investors to do business in our area. All our structures will assume a central role in making the city even more investor friendly.

In closing ladies and gentlemen, I would like to appeal to all of us to use this master plan to draw expertise on the Aerotropolis development and investment, and seek strategic development opportunities. Together we have the task of making our Gauteng City Region work. We have an obligation to make our country work. We owe this much to our people.

With this inaugural Aerotropolis Investment Conference, it is our intention to introduce the 30-year Aerotropolis Master Plan as guideline that seeks to attract, facilitate and retain new investments in the broader city region of Gauteng.

Sir Richard Branson says: “Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them.”