GROBLERSDAL – In move to identify strategies that will enable Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality (EMLM) to forge mutual beneficiation partnerships with local business community, the local municipality mayor, Julia Mathebe held a mayoral business round-table discussion at the municipal library gardens on Thursday evening.
According to the local municipality the business round-table discussion, confined to business community within the Groblersdal CBD, was aimed deliberating on crucial issues the business community faced and find solutions to the latter.
The engagement further sought to find answers that would finally result in the creation of a conducive environment wherein businesses will flourish and contribute significantly to the local municipality’s economic growth.
The local municipality reiterated on its obligation to create an enabling atmosphere through policies and provision of infrastructure network to assist businesses to thrive.
Mayor Mathebe agreed that businesses contribution was immense and positively affected social upliftment of communities.
She said businesses employed multitudes of people in the local municipality, who as a result, became enabled to feed their families.
“Again, you are continuously paying property rates which enables the municipality to fulfill some of its service delivery mandate and obligation, and reduce the municipality’s reliance on grants,” reminded Mathebe.
Mathebe conceded that the success of business in the local municipality and Groblersdal town in particular was sacrosanct and could not be overemphasized.
She said the thriving of business and investment was the nucleus upon which the local municipality’s success was based.
The mayor believed the meeting would better position the local municipality to obtain private sector input to enhance and streamline government processes and procedures, create a conducive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation, the development of public private partnership for better use of municipality assets and improved quality of services to residents as well as improve quality of life for the municipality citizens.
Mathebe concluded through the call for constant meetings and round-table discussions with business to further deliberate on issues that affected them and to generate ideas to help realise the 2030 vision.