Msimanga: Investment in industrial zones key for job creation

The Tshwane Municipality has allocated more than R600 million for infrastructure upgrades in the Rosslyn, Ekangala and Waltloo industrial zones.

FILE: Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga says massive investments in the city’s industrial zones are key to alleviating poverty and job creation.

Msimanga was speaking at a budget breakfast in Centurion on Friday after delivering his inaugural budget speech in council on Thursday.

The Tshwane Municipality has allocated more than R600 million for infrastructure upgrades in the Rosslyn, Ekangala and Waltloo industrial zones.

Mayor Solly Msimanga says their plan is to re-establish the industrial nodes as prime areas for investment.

"By investing in infrastructure and by also ensuring that by themselves will be renovated, so you can go into the international market, even the national and local markets and say we have the facilities available to do a plug-and-play. All we're asking of you is that you go into the areas and also create employment."

It is estimated that the infrastructure upgrades themselves will create about 23,000 jobs.