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.

 

Phambili Energy is a unique South African BEE Renewable Chemical & Energy Company, with a locally developed and Patented technology developed in Africa for Global applications.

 


The Dignitaries watching the products produced by Phambili Energy.

 


Mr Msimang explaining on how do they create Oil.

 


Mr Msimang Explaining about the operation of the factory.

 


Site Manager explaining about some of the machine.

 


MEC Ravi Pillay delivering keynote address.

 


Dignitaries who attended the event.

 

World Consumer Rights Day: uMhlathuze Local Municipality, 29 March 2021

The Month of March marked World Consumer Rights, the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Ravi Pillay on the 29th March 2021 celebrated the day with the community of uMhlathuze Local Municipality in Eskhaleni township.

 

The MEC for Edtea, Mr Ravi Pillay and the Mayor of uMhlathuze Local Municipality, Cllr Mdu Mhlongo also led business inspection where some of Businesses had to be closed down due to serious concerns over health, safety, selling of prohibited products and Expired food.

 


MEC Pillay and the Mayor of uMhlathuze Local Municipality, Cllr Mdu Mhlongo Watching Mr Mzila seeking a clarity on unauthorized product that are sold to the public.

 


MEC Ravi Pillay, Mr Selepe (Manager Consumer Protection: EDTEA) and Mr Mzila (Deputy Director Consumer Protection EDTEA) inspecting the expired products that are being sold to the public.

 


MEC Pillay and the Mayor of uMhlathuze Local Municipality, Cllr Mdu Mhlongo Watching Mr Mzila issuing a fine to the non- complying business owner.

 


(L) Mr Johan Plaaties; uMhlathuze Official, Cllr Mdu Mhlongo : Mayor Umhlathuze, Mr Stepiso Selepe (Manager Edtea), MEC EDTEA: Mr Ravi Pillay listening to Mr Mzila explaining on which procedure should be followed when closing down the business.

 


The MEC leading Business Inspection.

Dalton Bridge Community Project Certificates Hand Over, 27 March 2021

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay on the 27th march 2021 handed over 58 certificates to the members of Dalton Bridge Projects in Estcourt.

 

The handover follows an intensive training programme to the members of the project conducted by the EDTEA’s Regional and Local Economic Development Unit in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Inkosi Langalibalele Local municipality. During the handing over ceremony took place in Estcourt MEC committed R5 Million Financial support to the Project.

 


The MEC with the founder of the Project Mr Ben Mfuphi (Right) and the Edtea project leaders from LED unit Mr Patrick Mbokazi and Ms Lucy Mokeona during the Certificates hand over.

 


MEC Ravi Pillay handing over certificate in one of the recipient.

 


The MEC, Ravi Pillay and the Mayor of Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality, Ms Mbhele inspecting craft manufactured by the projects.

 


Dignitaries doing walk about during the visit.


Dignitaries doing walk about during the visit.

 


The recipients

MEC Pillay Pays Visit To Detergents Shared Production Facility Under Construction In KwaMashu

The construction of the KwaMashu Shared Production Facility for chemicals and detergents, is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. This was the assurance given to MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Ravi Pillay, during a site visit to the facility.

 

The facility is being developed to support small enterprises involved in the manufacturing of detergents and cosmetics. It is a response to the barriers of entry to the chemicals industry.

 

The detergents industry is highly regulated and many small businesses operating in this space have this and other factors such as the lack of laboratory services and manufacturing facilities as the main hindrance.

 

The facility will provide training and production support to the small businesses operating in this space. The facility will be based at the KwaMashu Motor Park, a building owned by Ithala Development Finance.

 

Launch of Kwande Festival: Durban (Station Café)

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental affairs on the 11th March 2020 launched the KZN Kwande Festival. Kwande Festval Festival is a creative economy, innovation and business wee initiative that use collaboration, inclusion and knowledge sharing for people in creative and technology industry value chains in KwaZulu-Natal to create a trusted platform that helps them understand their worth in a converging global village.

 


The HOD for EDTEA, Mr Nhlakabnipho Nkontwana delivering keynote address during the Launch.

 


The dignitaries who attended the launch.