Investing in Gauteng to be made easier

The MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile said investing in the province would be made easier.

The MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile said investing in the province would be made easier.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng MEC Nkosiphendule Kolisile said his department has introduced new measures to make investing in the province easier.

The MEC said he had identified bureaucracy as one of many factors driving investors away from the country's economic hub.

Kolisile said a new investment centre would be established and that government would step up its systems to ensure that investments come into the province.

"A foreign direct investor comes to the province wanting to invest. We must be found ready [to accept that investment]."

Gauteng officials have identified tourism as a key sector to drive economic growth and create jobs.

He has also said the focus going forward will be on job creating industries and entrepreneurship.

The MEC also weighed in on the proposed law that wants to ban the sale of alcohol on Sundays and said that in most likelihood it would not be passed.

Kolisile said the Economic Development Department and the liquor board were looking at a new approach to help regulate the sale of alcohol in the province.