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14/02/2017: Growth and food security essential for the City
14 February 2017
The country’s largest fresh produce market – the City of Johannesburg’s Joburg Market, has an important role to play in stimulating local economic growth, attracting business and ensuring food security. This is according to the City’s MMC for Finance Dr. Rabelani Dagada.

During his recent tour of the facility, MMC Dagada welcomed Joburg Market’s plans to expand and reach the target of R7-billion turn-over this year and increase its contribution towards food security through its Food Bank. MMC Dagada’s visit to the Market was part of his planned tour of the City’s entities ahead of his Budget speech in May.

“The Joburg Market is doing fairly well, but I need to have a deeper and broader understanding of how the entity operates ahead of the budget speech. We fully support the initiative by Joburg Market to expand and attract more business, but we also need to find a balance between being pro-business and pro-poor,” says MMC Dagada.

The Joburg Market sits on the massive 64 hectare land in City Deep, east of Joburg and plans to increase its export market into rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

The City’s new administration last year introduced the 10-Point Plan which included amongst others that: Joburg must run a responsive and pro-poor government. This means the City can be business friendly and pro-poor at the same time. Plans and policies must be aligned for the City to work towards achieving a 5% economic growth

MMC Dagada says the City would work hard to support the Joburg Market’s Food Bank, whose aim is to ensure there was food security and also supporting thousands of needy families and non-governmental organizations.

“We are serious about being pro-poor by supporting the Food Bank. It’s in the best interest of all of us to support the initiatives that seek to shield the poor in our city, because if we don’t we would be confronted by problems later on. I think we need to find that balance,” says MMC Dagada.

The Joburg Market’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Joe Mazibuko says about 40% of all fresh produce destined for the National Fresh Produce Markets in the country are sold at the Joburg Market. An estimated 11 000 market-buyers frequent Joburg Market on a daily basis.

MMC Dagada added: “When people can easily make their way to the Market, then they will easily be able to trade and earn a living as well. That is where the strength of the economy lies.”

Issued on behalf of the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance: Dr. Rabelani Dagada

Rendani Tshivhase
Strategic Advisor: MMC Finance
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Last Updated on 14 February 2017