WEEK 8: 24 - 30 SEPTEMBER
ECONOMIC Growth and its related opportunities and challenges will come under the spotlight from 25 to 30 September, as the penultimate theme of the Growth and Development Strategy review process that was launched in August.
The focus will be on whether the City can achieve 9 percent economic growth given the current global climate; the status of key economic sectors remaining competitive, declining or emerging; investment; trade and tourism promotion; governance and by-law enforcement; as well as skills development and spatial transformation of an ever-changing Johannesburg.
A wide variety of stakeholders has been invited to share views, concerns and bright ideas on how best to leverage business opportunities, create an enabling environment for investment and job creation and manage the City's economic development over the next 30 years.
This will take the form of roundtable discussions and workshops with the engineering sector, mining, information technology, tourism, small business, informal traders, youth, research agencies, residents and unions.
Although Johannesburg is comparatively more developed than other cities in South Africa, it clearly has its socio-economic challenges that need to be addressed. None of this can be achieved without a visionary political leadership and a dynamic administration that understands the needs of the City's population, its demographics and emerging trends.
Joburg has a primarily young population of 3,8 million people that is projected to increase to 4,1 million by 2015. The number of households is likely to increase to 1,5 million from 1,3 million in the same period.
The GDS will determine and guide the executive mayor's flagship projects during his five-year term. The vision is: "Joburg, a city where community development, personal growth and social mobility are enhanced so that challenges of poverty, vulnerability, inequality and social exclusion are fundamentally addressed".