Speaking to the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) Gauteng President, Bongani Dhlamini this week opened my thoughts to a lot of opportunities that our community members do not take because of a lack of information. Although there are a lot of opportunities that are out there provided by both the government and the private sector, I feel that more needs to be done for community members that are at the end of the chain to be informed.
In this instance the non- governmental organisations and non-profit organisations that directly deal with community projects could do more as they are the ones that hold the key. I would not be surprised if I asked in the townships around, what the community knows about the Vaal River City and find out that they know zilch. This is because of the information that has not been disseminated to them about such huge and important programmes that are beneficial to them.
The business community, with the emphasis being in the townships, should prepare and arm themselves with knowledge. The Vaal River City Project which is said to be in the pipelines was unveiled with much fanfare by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in May 2015. It will have access to key roads that link up to Sasolburg, Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging.
Described as South Africa’s “first post-apartheid” city, the development will house 400,000 square metres of commercial office space; 60,000 square metres of retail and leisure components; 20 hectares of park areas – including a bird sanctuary and 5,000 residential units. The project has an estimated cost of R7-billion to R11-billion and will initially create up to 7,500 jobs in the construction phase alone but people know nothing about it.
This project will be located right here at home. This is where, when it comes to such, some should repeatedly say, what a shame! Let the people know.
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