- The Provincial Government of KwaZulu Natal under the leadership of its Premier Mr. Senzo Mchunu and the MEC for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu hosted the 4th Annual Co-operative Summit at the International Conversation Centre (ICC) in Durban on the 8th and 9th February 2016. This summit was aimed at having an open dialog with co-operatives and to outline what is expected from them as they have been supported by provincial government and to advise on how to be more sustainable moving forward.
- The MEC shared objectives and expected outcomes of the summit. He spoke on the strategic and contextualization of the summit, he also shared the statistics on the performances of all registered co-operatives in the province and spoke on how co-operatives can use effective instruments to accelerate radical economic transformation.
The Premier gave a key note address and spoke in depth about building a sustainable Co-operative movement at a local level as a pillar for acceralated and inclusive local economic development and the role of the Municipalities. He highlighted the steps of which stakeholders need to take to ensure the promotion of sustainable co-operatives and how it will help in achieving radical economic transformation.
The attendees were also given the opportunity to interact directly with the MEC and the Premier during the suggestions, question and answer session. The theme for the summit was “Achieving the Economic Transformation in KwaZulu-Natal through Sustainable Co-operative”.
- MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu took a few minutes off the Summit to share with Listeners of Ukhozi FM what the summit was about and what the government of KwaZulu-Natal trying to achieve.
Seen in the picture is the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu and Ukhozi FM Radio Present Mrs. Dudu Khoza better known by her listeners as Lady-D.
- The panelists: Short class on Co-operatives programme- learning by doing : Mr. Brian Mkhabela (Business Accountant), Mr Yaa Ashantwewaa Ngidi (Managing Director of Siyaya Africa Consultants) Mr. Eric Ndlovu ( Chairperson of Mnambithi Aloe Manufacturing Co-operative ) and Mrs Dudu Mbhele, Marketing Officer ( K-ladies CFI) during the Cooperative Summit held in Durban recently.