The Gamagara Corridor Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCCI) recently held a strategic planning workshop at Witsand Nature Reserve. The core objective of the gathering according to a statement released by the organisation was to “map a way forward for the important work of economic development of the Gamagara corridor.”
The chamber subsequently entered into a dialogue with stakeholders regarding capacity building, collaboration and support for its members who are drawn from chambers from Kgatelopele (Danielskuil and Lime Acres), Tsantsabane (Postmasburg), Gamagara (Olifantshoek, Kathu and Deben), Joe Morolong, Ga-Segonyane (Kuruman) and Siyancuma (Griekwastad).
The GCCCI indicated the corridor entails mining, manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, and agriculture. The chamber holds the view that development in the corridor is lacking especially related to the issue of localised black participation.
Also in attendance at the workshop were representatives of Assmang Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine, Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Northern Cape Provincial Treasury (NCPT), Northern Cape Economic Development Agency (NCEDA), SIOC-community development trust (SIOC-cdt) and IX Engineering. According to GCCCI the meeting discussed how the mentioned stakeholders can support the programme of action of the chamber.
Businessman, Fezile Kies, who serves as the chairperson of the GCCCI indicated that the meeting was successful and he further avowed that “the vision for the economic development of the corridor was reaffirmed by the outcomes of the workshop and members are rearing to implement the strategic plan adopted at the meeting”.
Among the decisions taken were the following:
• Launching of a massive capacity building programme that will focus on the entire value chain of entrepreneurship, supplier development and preferential procurement to address training and capacity needs and funding challenges faced by entrepreneurs as well as access to markets to sustain businesses;
• Material support from SEDA, IDC, SIOC-cdt, and IX Engineers for the programme to take off
• That GCCCI must diversify its focus across the sectors that make up the Northern Cape Economy while consolidating and expanding relationships established within the Mining industry all focused on ensuring localised black participation in numerous opportunities.
• GCCCI must establish a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will focus on investments for the sustainability of funding for the important work of the Chamber.
• To appoint a CEO and administrator before its non-elective AGM of June 2019