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Farewell Dinner to honour Mr Sihle Zikalala, 28 May 2019

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube on the 28 May 2019 graced the appreciation dinner of her predecessor and now the Premier of the Province Sihle Zikalala. Read More


KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs Mr Sihle Zikalala handed-over three 7 tons trucks and three Toyota Hilux bakkies to King Cetshwayo Fresh Produced Market, 09 May 2019

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Sihle Zikalala visited the King Cetshwayo District to honour his commitment he made when RASET programme was conceptualized that he will assist farmers with fleet that will assist in moving their produce from farm gate to fresh produce market and to the consumers which are the demand departments. MEC Zikalala handed over three 7 tone trucks of which two of them are refrigerated and one is not refrigerated. He further handed over two 4x4 vans, a revolving credit facility that will assist famers to be paid on time as well as additional commodities to be supplied by market. Read More


Africa's Tourism Indaba 2019

The Province of Kwazulu-Natal held yet another successful tourism Indaba despite the misfortunes this Province had in the last two weeks, This event was attended by the National Minister of Tourism and his Deputy thousands of buyers and traders, different ministries from all over the World on his address the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Sihle Zikalala highlighted the role KwaZulu-Natal have played in the development and supporting of Tourism industry, he also assured all the traders and Buyers that KwaZulu-Natal is still the best Province to do businesses at.When Delivering his Speech the National Minister of Tourism, Minister Derek Hanukah requested the traders and delegates to offer a helping hand to all the victims of the storms that recently happened in this province, after the official opening the Ministers accompanied by MEC Zikalala did a walk about to see all the exhibitors before they went to officially opened the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Stand. Read More


Opening Of Clothing Factory In Imsinga, 29 April 2019

The MEC for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala on the 29 April 2019 officially reopened Clothing factory that was closed 25 years ago in Keats Drift in uMsinga. This clothing Factory already employed 137 people amongst other things that will be produced by the factory besides clothes is the Sanitary Towels. Apart from that the MEC also took time to open a new cashless ATM machine by Ithala at a shop owned by Mr Khwezi Majola, It will be used mainly by Sassa grants beneficiaries and those who need cash. Read More


Business Regulation Campaign In Uthukela District Municipality 9 April 2019

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala visited Estcourt CBD where he conducted a massive Business Regulation & inspection at some trading stores. Some of the violations ranged from expired foods, labour law infringements & illegally-run loan shark businesses. The MEC was appalled, also at the violation of basic conditions of employment wherein some of the employees are kept overnight at the shop. Read More



SEZ Event Update

KwaZulu-Natal is currently hosting the 2 day Special Economic Zone ( SEZ) conference in Durban, the aim of this Conference is to discuss the opportunities that the Government of the Republic Of South Africa is opening for investments and creation of jobs , KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala and Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies took some time this morning to inspect the exhibition of businesses housed in various SEZs around the country. Read More


EDTEA Opened Coffin Manufacturing plant 02 April 2019

The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs on the 02 April 2019 officially opened the Government owned state of the art coffin and furniture manufacturing plant in Cedara, Pietermaritzburg. The programme is under the department's environmental unit that deals with Invasive Alien Species through this initiative 600 jobs created and has provided training to 10 000 emerging furniture builders. Read More


Official Opening of Home Affairs Offices, 28 March 2019

National Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Siyabonga Cwele and The KwaZulu-Natal Leader of Government Business and the Acting Premier, Mr Sihle Zikalala on the 28 March 2019 officially opened the State of Art Department of Home Affairs Offices in iNdwedwe. Read More


Fourth Industrial Revolution Summit 25-26 March 2019

The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs together with the Moses Kotane Institute of Technology on the 25 – 26 march 2019 held the Fourth Industrial Revolution Summit which aimed on identifying what KwaZulu-Natal as Province needs to do in order adapt from the challenges and opportunities presented by 4IR. The Government leaders and speakers from around the Globe shared their learning, expertise, and unpacked the opportunities and challenges that come with the fourth industrial revolution. Read More


Business Day Dialogues, 19 March 2019

KZN government and the Financial Development Institutions (DFIs), on the 19 March 2019 engaged in a candid discussion about what needs to be done to assist SMMEs and Co-operatives to adapt to the Fourth Industrial revolution. This Dialogue aim at ensuring on how the SMME’S and Co-ops could digitize themselves or rather market themselves through the different channels created by 4IR. PIC one (L-R) Mr Nisaar Mohamed, Sector Specialist- Knowledge Economy and Green Economy Trade and Investment KZN, Ms Makhosazane Ngiba, CEO and Founder of Makhophila Training Academy, Mr Sihle Zikalala, MEC for EDTEA and Mr Alex Granger, Global Speaker and Author during the Dialogue. Read More...


The KwaZulu-Natal department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) is pioneering the Bulk Buying and Warehousing programme, an intervention which is expected to dramatically transform the architecture of the provincial economy.

As part of preparing to grand launch of this programme scheduled to take place later in Mandeni Municipality later this month, EDTEA MEC Mr Sihle Zikalala held a massive road show in Esikhaleni Township, which followed an earlier business regulations drive which was held in King Cetshwayo District which saw the Authorities shutting down few businesses that flouted an array of trade regulations as determined by the KZN Provincial Government. Click here to read more.