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​The MMC for Economic Development in the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Lawrence Khoza, met the owners and management of Wasaa Gasses and the CEO and staff of Lanseria City Airport on Monday, 22 February 2021.

Over the past few weeks, MMC Khoza has been on a quest to meet business owners to understand the challenges they face as a result of Covid-19 and slow economic growth and to establish how the City can partner with them as part of the city’s reconstruction and recovery of the economy. 

These visits go a long way in addressing investor issues to ensure that the city retains existing investors and attracts new investors, while also providing the City with an opportunity to develop informed interventions that are aimed at assisting these businesses. The City is committed to creating a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

Energy is one of the key sectors that is seen as an ‘enabler’ to all the other industries. Manufacturing cannot take place without energy security, and the city has plans to ramp up the manufacturing sector in order to generate more jobs and to also attract more investment opportunities. 

The main reason for the visit to Wasaa Gasses was to showcase the potential of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in addressing some of the energy issues the country is plagued with and to also highlight the opportunities that exist in the value chain. 

The visit was also to ascertain the challenges faced by businesses operating in this sector. Wasaa Gasses is the first independent petrochemicals company that is 100% black women owned.

“Municipalities have a role to play when it comes to policy interventions. Each municipality should lead in LPG and in green energy interventions through our policy choices and directed investments. The City of Johannesburg can lead the renewables and green revolutions,” said MMC Khoza. 

The Lanseria Airport is a key anchoring economic node in the proposed Lanseria Smart City and is also a strategic partner of the City of Johannesburg. The aviation industry has been adversely affected by the pandemic as it is normally the gateway to other destinations. Aviation is viewed as an enabler to tourism including business tourism and therefore engaging the airport was to gauge how the pandemic has impacted their business and their future expansion plans, it also provided an opportunity for management of the airport to highlight key challenges that the city can address to assist them to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“The City of Johannesburg looks forward to further engagements with the Lanseria Airport Management in imagining and building a Lanseria that is inclusive, developmental and economically vibrant,” MMC Khoza added.