The Ugu Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) commits all stakeholders (public, private and civil society) to achieving a shared vision that by 2030 the Ugu district will be a leading tourism destination and agricultural and manufacturing hub where jobs are created and everyone benefits equally from socio-economic opportunities and services. This intent is based on a shared understanding of the inter-relationships amongst communities and the challenges facing the district economy as a whole. It is based on a commitment to working collaboratively to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for all...
The overall vision for this initiative, and therefore ultimately this report, is to provide reliable data at district municipal level to inform and update the provincial PSEDS as the basis for planning future economic development and growth in the province. There is a strong acknowledgement that the linkages between economic development, spatial development frameworks and natural resource availability are fundamental to future sustainable development.
The overarching objective of this project, as contained in the terms of reference for this brief, is “...to extensively profile the economic drivers and resource endowments (natural capital) of the ten KwaZulu-Natal Districts plus the eThekwini Metro”. As noted above this will be undertaken with the view to updating the PSEDS and informing planning and decision making in government.
1.2. APPROACHES TO COMPILING THE REPORT
The information in this report was compiled using different approaches:
For the Private Company perspective:
The identification of companies viewed as drivers or potential drivers by stakeholders;
The refinement of the list of major companies in the province;
A survey that included a total of 510 firms identified; and
The analysis of information from the survey (and location of companies on GIS).
For the Public / Private Sector Investment perspective:
An assessment of the strategic planning of municipalities;
A survey of municipalities to identify economic development challenges and significant historic, current and future initiatives; and
A series of workshops with municipalities to share findings and obtain spatial planning inputs.
For the Natural Resources perspective:
Using land cover as a base an expert panel was requested to consider the potential of each land cover type to produce and/or deliver different categories of ecoservices and score this; and
The assessment outcomes were considered using the recommendations emanating from other components of the assessment.