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KwaZulu Natal Economic Council Summit 29 30 April 2021 


The KwaZulu Natal Provincial Government under the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs recently hosted two days KZN Economic Council Summit at Durban ICC. This Summit brought together the Government, Labour, Business and Civil Society representatives for the signing of a social compact which aligned to the Province of KwaZulu natal Economic Recovery and Transformation Plan. Read More 


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KwaZulu- Natal Cabinet  Operation Sukuma Sakhe Inchanga 28 April 2021 

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay, Mr James Nxumalo, Member of Provincial Legislature and local Councillors recently visited Inchanga; eThekwini Metro Ward 4. The visit formed part of KZN Provincial Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) Programme.


The Visit included; the recently constructed cattle dip tank where they also participated in the vaccination of cattle, the Nala family on one home one garden programme, the 1000 Hills Community Helpers Centre, Hospice centre and later had a Community engagement. Read More.


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uPhongola Consumer Awareness Campaign, May 2021

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The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay together with the Mayor of uPhongola Local Municipality recently led successful Business inspections around uPhongola, several arrest were made, shop closures and discovered of food products past their sell dates. Apart from that they also held a community engagement at Myekeni area where they donated sewing machines, Agricultural items, Jojo Tanks as well as soccer kids to the community. Read More


UMkhanyakude District and iLembe District Domestic Tourism Activation, 20-21 April 2021

The Department of Tourism, Deputy Minister, Mr Fish Mahlalela accompanied by the KwaZulu Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay and the Local Government Leadership on the 20 and 21st April 2021 visited both Districts (uMkhanyakude & iLembe) as part of Nationwide domestic Tourism programme. Read More


MDC-SA Phambili Energy Biomass Factory Visit, 08 April 2021

The MEC for Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay together with the Chairperson of National house of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Mahlangu, The Chairperson Provincial house of traditional Leaders, Inkosi uMzimela and the Mayor of Mandeni Local municipality on the 08th April 2021, they Visited the MDC-SA Phambili Energy Biomass Factory which is situated in KwaSthebe eMandeni. Read More


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Economic Outlook

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Industrial Economic Hubs

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Public Entities

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Unlocking Tourism

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