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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 14:30

Working together to shape Durban's future

The eThekwini Municipality has introduced an innovative way of ensuring that Durban becomes an “Edge City” through Shape Durban, a conference planned for November.

Shape Durban will take place on 21-23 November 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC).

It aims to bring together government and external stakeholders to provide input into developing a joint plan of action to address economic challenges, define the youth’s role in the growth of the City and look into Economic Transformation and the role it plays in eThekwini’s economic development.

Delegates will also get an opportunity to come up with collaborative actions, exploit synergies and create a sense of a shared future between eThekwini and all its partners.

In an introductory partners breakfast held on 29 October at the ICC,

Deputy Chairperson of the Economic Development and Planning Committee, Councillor Nkosenhle Madlala said the Municipality is very excited to host the conference and seeks support from the business fraternity.

City Manager Sipho Nzuza outlined that Shape Durban is part of the City’s new growth approach called “partnership for growth.”

Vice President of the Durban Chamber of commerce and Industry, Gladwin Malishe said that the Chamber commits itself to Shape Durban and finds benefit that it will improve the lives of all.

Durban businessman Vivian Reddy said that the business sector is happy to provide support and that investors must be acknowledged as important role players.

“This is an amazing initiative and we look forward to coming up with plans to improve and bolster Durban’s economic status. We have many suggestions to place forward and barriers on investors must be removed. Collaboration is key.”

For more information on the conference please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or contact Romita Hanuman-Pillay on 0313114816 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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