Subsequent to the exposure visit conducted (05/06 September 2019) facilitate through the Enterprise Development (EI).

OR Tambo District Municipality, King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality and ECDC visited Mandeni Local Municipality, in the iLembe District for benchmarking and exposure visit at Isithebe Industrial Park.

King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality hosted (09 September 2019) the Deputy Minister for Department of Trade and Industry (Dti), Honourable Fikile Majola in Mthatha to discuss the status and implementation of phase 2 of the Vulindlela Industrial Park.

The Deputy Minister had the opportunity to walk about and assess phase 1 of the re generation of the Vulindlela Industrial Park that was implemented and funded by the DTI in year 2016/17

3 establishments were visited, namely S&K Panel beaters, Aminachem, and FURNTECH) by the DM Executive Mayors, ORTDM and KSDM and senior officials from both municipalities as well as ECDC and private sector representatives Furthermore, DM engaged directly with project beneficiaries wherein they explained all the benefits of the upgrade and also the challenges faced by the businesses operating within the Industrial Park.

Challenges were mainly funding support from government, infrastructure provision and security within the park.

The Dti has again pledged its full support to the development of the Vulindlela Industrial Park and the people of KSD.

We are encouraged as KSD and will prioritise occupancy of the vacant buildings and underutilized properties, through our collaborated working relationship with ECDC and other partners