The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will together with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government leadership engage stakeholders in Port St Johns, Eastern Cape on the Eastern Seaboard Development.
The Eastern Seaboard Development spans across two provinces, 4 districts and 17 municipalities situated along the 600km coastline. In the Eastern Cape Province, the development includes both OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo District Municipalities.
The District Development Model (DDM) stakeholder engagements are important and integral part of the Eastern Seaboard development. Since the DDM prioritises social partnerships and collaboration with communities in addressing service bottlenecks, this project will benefit communities the most, hence the importance of their involvement and buy-in.
The project has the potential to contribute to development of communities who will benefit through investments and jobs creation. The envisaged development will leverage the underdeveloped coastline as it is abound with endless opportunities ranging from a pristine/warm ocean line which can attract significant numbers of domestic and international tourists. The development will build inclusive local economies through leveraging district endowments, comparative advantages and optimising industrial structures.
The stakeholder engagement in PSJ is an important milestone and a build-up to towards the visit by the President. It is also befitting that O.R. Tambo is hosting this build-up event as it is the inaugural DDM pilot site launched by the President back in 2019.
Minister Dlamini Zuma and provincial leadership will engage Traditional Leaders, Business and Community representatives from O.R. Tambo and Alfred Nzo, respectively, in keeping with the principles of inclusive development premised on horizontal integration.