USA-KZN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME
05 APRIL 2018
United States- Consul General Sherry Zalika Sykes touched base with Umhlathuze Local Municipality with the aim of forging USA-KZN Partnerships.
The US delegation was led by Mr Richard Radebe who heads the International Relations Office in the Office of the KZN Premier. Mr Radebe mentioned that the reason why they brought the esteem of the Consul General, My Sykes is to leverage on her esteem and capabilities of creating linkages and partnerships between South Africa and United States of America, and such partnerships should be able to change lives of the people on the ground.
In her address Consul General highlighted that the reason behind visiting the region is to ensure that, what they do as US diplomats touches the ground and further open investment opportunities for the Province through the interaction that they would have put in place. She further mentioned that their responsibility is to develop the country and give inputs to the industries.
It is therefore their significant objective to assist industries to invest in leadership, health and people. The doors for exchange programmes are available and economic development are open in the US and they are waiting for South Africans to ride on the afforded opportunities through the partnerships they are developing she concluded.
In closing the City Mayor- Cllr Mduduzi Mhlongo sighted his delight for the Municipality to be recognised for such a privileged partnership and stated that he was committed to work with any partner who is willing to bring opportunities of economic growth, skills and job creation.
‘The City is ready and open for business, and is further looking into twinning arrangements with the City Port and wants to be part of Trade missions with RBIDZ so that investors are lured and collectively brought in the City’.
“As the City we are looking into any type of training and exchange programmes for our youth, as we speak we have negotiated with the University of Zululand to introduce gas related courses focusing on engineering so that the qualifications are industry relevant”.
The delegation was later endowed to the RBIDZ site tour, where they were highly impressed by witnessing the production of the PVC-O pipe as they were taken inside the Sizabantu Piping Systems (SPS) manufacturing plant.