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Economic Development Department Core Business

The core business of the department is to push back the frontiers of poverty, underdevelopment and unemployment, strive to stimulate economic development, growth and transformation through pursuit of economically vibrant, inclusive and development friendly policies, strategies, and programmes that position the City as a preferred destination for trade, investment and tourism.

In collaboration with various national and provincial structures, the department facilitates job creation, skills development, poverty alleviation and enhancement of industrial competitiveness. It focuses on arresting flight of strategic investments by facilitating reduction in the cost of doing business within Ekurhuleni. In addition, this department facilitates SMME and co-operatives development; investment promotion, facilitation and retention; and EPWP and CWP development and job creation programmes in the City.

About The Department

Purpose

The purpose of this department is to be a people-centred, investment responsive and efficient functional department that leads efforts to push back the frontiers of poverty, underdevelopment and unemployment through the pursuit of economically vibrant, inclusive and development friendly policies, strategies and programmes.

Our Mandate

To lead, facilitate and promote economic transformation, inclusive growth and socio-economic development within the City of Ekurhuleni

Our vision

Leading economic transformation, inclusive growth and socio-economic development within the City of Ekurhuleni

Divisions

Office of the HoD

A familiar face in the City of Ekurhuleni, Caiphus Chauke heads the Department of Economic Development, and is in his second five-year stint in the hot seat.

 

Community Enterprise Development

Responsible for the facilitation of economic transformation through small enterprise development, innovation…

Industrial Investment Facilitation

The division is responsible for promoting, attracting and facilitating domestic and foreign direct investment

Economic Development Projects

Economic development projects planning and implementation, contracts management and the co-ordination…

Economic Research, Planning Strategy

The function of this division is to build the economic intelligence of the City through strategic economic research

Tourism Development Marketing

Developing and positioning the City as a tourism destination of choice in terms of cost effectiveness

Support Services

To ensure the smooth functioning of the department, this division provides efficient, effective and economical administration,

Springs Fresh Produce Market

Managing the Springs Fresh Produce Market as a revenue generating facility for the City

Strategic Goals

The Economic Development Department has five strategic goals:

1.

Policy coherence and economic intelligence that drives positive socio-economic transformation and a cutting edge and smart regional economy.

2.

An enabling and globally connected business environment that is a destination of choice for tourism, investment and trade.

3.

Accelerated and shared economic growth through skills development and enterprise support and development that improves the livelihoods of diverse communities.

4.

Sound cooperative governance and partnerships that support the socio-economic development agenda.

5.

Good corporate governance, effective systems, processes, and efficient resource utilisation supporting a high performance culture.

Strategic Objectives

Economic Development Department’s work seeks to achieve the following objectives:

To strive for a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable regional economy that prioritises the interests of its adverse communities through new knowledge creation that drives positive change and improves livelihoods.

To ensure that the City of Ekurhuleni is a destination of choice for tourism, investment and trade through enhancement of its Airport City Value Proposition.

To ensure that poverty, underdevelopment and unemployment are reduced through integrated efforts that prioritize action learning, human development, accelerated and shared economic growth.

To facilitate the development of a cutting edge globally connected and smart regional economy that is investment friendly and pro-development.

To create a business conducive environment that attracts investment, create jobs and economic competitiveness.

To ensure accelerated and shared economic growth through skills development, enterprise development and investment retention.