The eThekwini Municipality and the Phoenix Industrial Park Lot-Owners Association (PIPLOA), in association with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry today announced a joint programme to identify opportunities for local businesses and address obstacles to expansion and growth.
 
The Phoenix Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) visitation programme will be driven by a local task team of local government, business and community leaders with the full support of the eThekwini Municipality, the Phoenix Industrial Park Lot-Owners Association and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Job creation is one of our highest priorities” said senior Durban Investment Promotion representative Russell Curtis adding that “international research shows that up to 80% of new jobs are created by the growth of existing businesses.”
 
BR& E programmes have been in existence in some parts of the world for many years and in South Africa since 2003. The basics are simple and involve a survey of the opinions of local business people by trained volunteers. The survey is confidential and no financial or sensitive information is required. Critical issues and common concerns will be identified by a local task team who will draft proposals to address them. These will be presented at a stakeholder meeting for approval and to mobilise local support and action.
 
“We are completely behind this exciting initiative. It is a unique opportunity for the ideas, concerns and opinions of local business to be heard”, said Chairman of PIPLOA Mr Roy Ramkisson. Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive, Andrew Layman commented, “The Durban Chamber believes that this Business Retention & Expansion programme can only serve to positively impact on businesses within the Phoenix Industrial Park”.
 
The programme will initially focus on businesses in the Phoenix Industrial Park. It will be formally launched on Tuesday, 23rd April 2013. For further information contact Local Co-ordinator Monique Labat on 082 924 6349 or email: Monique@moniquelabat.com
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality, Communications Unit. Contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or email thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za
For further information contact Sohana Singh on 031 311 4805 or email Sohana.singh@durban.gov.za