MINISTERIAL PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON RASET PROGRAMME

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government had in the past years hard at work accelerating socio-economic development, with special emphasis on addressing the economic disparities created by the discriminatory laws of apartheid that had deliberately kept the majority of the population, the blacks on the base of the economic pyramid.

In line with the national government’s policy, Radical Economic Transformation which seeks to accelerate transformation of the economy in terms of ownership, management and control, the province had adopted Operation Vula to activate strategic economic sectors of the province’s economy as practical vehicles to bring black people to the mainstream of the economy. The ambitious but practical programme guarantees small scale black entrepreneurs and farmers access to the lucrative government market where the procurement system gives preference to emerging traders from the historically marginalised sections of the society.

Meanwhile, agriculture had been declared as one of the viable sectors that could be utilised to motivate rural and peri-urban communities to till their land to grow and package an assortment of fresh produce and meat products for government departments especially in those in the social cluster – which would ensure that they claimed their stake in the economy. Dubbed, Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (RASET), the initiative, which was launched in 2017 has been widely received across the province.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government would be this month adding more value to the programme where districts that have made considerable strides in activating their communities to embark on the farming initiatives to seize market opportunities presented by government departments, would be receiving appropriate logistics and equipment to encourage advanced productivity. In the public function to be graced by various stakeholders, mainly farmers, government departments and progressive private sector organisations, the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala will be amongst other things handing over vehicles that would assist in transporting fresh produce and other related agricultural products from small scale farm holdings to designated central market points for distribution.

These will include trucks and utility bakkies specifically designed for the transportation of time-specific materials such as vegetables, poultry and meat products. The function would be as follows:

Date: 23 April 2019
Venue: Richards Bay and Mhlabuyalingana
Time: 07h00 & 11h00

As partners in the process of accelerating socio-economic development in our communities, you are cordially invited to come and witness this important gathering which is expected to have considerable positive spin-offs in the process of transforming the economy of the province. Certainly, RASET is therefore expected to continue reigniting wide public interest in the field of agriculture whilst instigating entrepreneurial appetite particularly in rural and on the outskirts of many urban.

With the advent of the recently launched Bulk-buying Programme that encourages traders to use their mass buying power to negotiate prices with suppliers of products such as fertilisers, farming equipment, RASET is steeped towards sustainable utilization of land by historically under-privileged communities.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS. FOR ENQURIES KINDLY LIAISE WITH MR BONGANI TEMBE ON 08823272600 AND MR NATHI OLIFANT ON 0609705113.