Business is the lifeline of any city and that’s why the Department of Economic Development in the City of Johannesburg has been at the forefront of various engagements with small and established enterprises to ensure that the City responds to their needs.
Yesterday, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development in the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Lawrence Khoza, conducted an oversight visit to agro-processing, energy as well as mechanical businesses in Lenasia, Region G to meet business owners in Lenasia to understand the challenges they face as a result of Covid-19 and to establish how the City can assist them.
Together with the Department of Economic Development officials, they were taken on a tour of the Lenasia Manufacturing Hub by local businessman Tahir Abdul, who is the owner of Delhi Delicious.
Other establishments that were visited included Dhorat Foods, Nonnas Italian Kitchen, Polar Ice Cream Factory and FR Panel Beating. The main issues that were highlighted included power supply, rental payments, lack of security as well as lack of transformation across the value chain.
“The City understands the devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on the City’s economy and the Government of Local Unity would do everything in its power to ensure that businesses received adequate assistance,” said MMC Khoza.
He added that the creation and sustainability of businesses across the City of Johannesburg was of strategic importance. The visit was aimed at accessing the opportunities and challenges faced by these businesses.
“We are going to consolidate all the issues that have been raised and come up with the requisite interventions. Business for us as the City of Johannesburg is a critical partner in our recovery effort,” MMC Khoza concluded.
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