13 NOVEMBER 2017

The establishment of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone few years ago ushered in a new era of economic growth in the province.  Millions of people across all sectors of society celebrated the fact that the Zone looked set to be the catalyst for domestic and foreign investments – which is much needed for job creation.

Fast forward to the 6th of November 2017, management celebrated the contribution of all categories of staff in ensuring that RBIDZ becomes as serious player in the area of foreign investment.  Over the years billions of rands have been invested in the Zone, in the process local people are being employed.  It is very important to emphasize that RBIDZ employees have been critical in ensuring that the entity plays its role in the contribution towards the provincial gross domestic products.  To date, there are companies earmarked to locate in the Zone representing different sectors of the economy, especially manufacturing.

Critically, all spheres of government acknowledge the role of RBIDZ in ensuring that as the country we leapfrog stages of socio-economic development. This was evident during the recent visit by the National Council of Provinces which saw honourable members heaping praising on RBIDZ stating that this province has taken a giant leap over the years.

The RBIDZ CEO Pumi Motsoahae stated that the Long Service Awards ceremony served as a platform to appreciate the contribution of employees who have over the years displayed their unwavering commitments towards ensuring that RBIDZ attains its objectives. “We are indebted to all of you for your dedication. You have been exemplary and have ensured that you put RBIDZ firmly on the world map,” he quipped.

Also in attendance to recognize the contribution of staff was the board member Sibusiso Makhanya. He reflected on the journey that the Zone and its employees have traversed over the years.  “The economic landscape of this province and the country as a whole has changed because of the entity,” he said. “May you continue to sustain all efforts aimed at driving foreign investment in King Cetshwayo District Municipality. This region is strategically located, meaning that the impact made by RBIDZ and its staff will be felt by the whole province, the country and the SADC region,” he concluded.