The City of Ekurhuleni MMC for Infrastructure Services Cllr Robert Mashego told the captains of industry at the City Meets Business engagement at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg on 12 April that the City has ring-fenced R12 billion to procure from 2 000 local entrepreneurs.
MMC Mashego said while this was to ensure that Small, Medium and Micro-Enterprises (SMMEs) in Ekurhuleni reposition themselves as capable and preferred service providers to government, the City is mindful of the reality that many companies experience bottlenecks in surviving the business market because of some government supply chain processes not being business friendly.
"In business, time is money," he said. In acknowledgment of that fact, plans are under way to establish a Central Investment Clearing Committee that will assist business owners on matters of compliance when they want to make investments.
"This will assist them not to be sent from pillar to post in a manner that consumes time," Cllr Mashego said.
The committee is envisioned to reduce turnaround times in matters that require approval such as land zoning, building applications and bulk infrastructure services.
Reacting to this, the chairman of the South African Shanghai Chamber of Commerce Mr Jacky Li stated that this will give investors more confidence to do business in the City of Ekurhuleni.
The City Meets Business engagement is held quarterly where the City and its officials engage the business fraternity on investment opportunities and give feedback on how the City plans to deal with the processes that frustrate the business sector.