Mogale Council reflects on their China visit

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During the 12th ordinary Council sitting of the Mogale City Local Municipality, the Council reflected on its October visit to China.

In a statement sent to the News about the council meeting, a report on the 10-day Chinese business trip (from 12 to 22 October) conducted by an eight-member delegation led by the MMC for Economic Services and Rural Development, Paul Molapo and the municipal manager, Maanda Raedani, was presented. The delegation included four business representatives.

The official business trip was undertaken in the context of BRICS and the BRICS Business Programme aimed at deepening of cooperation for common development of member countries; effectively addressing global challenges and making a bigger contribution to world economic growth, global governance and democracy in international relations.

In an attempt to strengthen economic partnerships, two Chinese companies, Jinci Power Technology and Yi Dai Yi Lu Business Confederation, extended an invitation to Mogale City and fully sponsored the trip to enable exploration of possible investment opportunities and necessary government facilitation of strategic economic linkages between Mogale City and Linshu County in the Shandong Province.

The delegation visited 12 companies and had 15 investment meetings with politicians and business executives in China’s third-largest economy and largest supplier of agricultural products, home of technology giant HiSense and energy company Sinopec Shengli.

The province boasts investments from 188 Fortune 500 companies.

During the council sitting, Freedom Front Plus Councillor Amanda de Lange questioned the ANC about the ‘half-baked’ report that was presented.

“In the report they mentioned a billion dollar business deals with Mogale City, without stipulating what kind of businesses were discussed or how many estimated residents from Mogale City will be awarded jobs and how people from China will be employed.

“There were more questions about the trip than answered by the vague information tendered,” De Lange said.

Read here: FF Plus very concerned about Mogale’s financial future

Mogale City is the biggest contributor to the West Rand district economy that is under severe strain with reduced ore production in its primary regional economic sector, which is mining.

The Executive Mayor of Mogale City, Naga Patrick Lipudi proposed and got the nod from Council for leveraging of Mogale City’s economic strength to enter into a twinning agreement with Linshu County in particular, and Shandong Province generally, to pursue mutually beneficial trade and industry relations in manufacturing, agribusiness and real estate, which will focus on heavy equipment and machinery, solar products manufacturing, automotive products; food processing and related products as well as property development that involves both real estate and construction.

These investment forays, when properly managed, will benefit the economies of both Mogale City and the West Rand region.

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