The eThekwini municipality is set to create a projects office, within its economic development and planning cluster, aimed at fast-tracking catalytic projects around the City.

The decision was taken at a full council meeting held earlier this week where a report of the organogram for the office was tabled.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede welcomed the establishment of the office noting that it would help the City, through the fast-tracking of catalytic projects, to create jobs.

She applauded the efforts of the Economic Development and Planning Cluster for this initiative.

Chairperson of the Governance and Human Resources Committee Councillor Barbara Fortein said the organogram was discussed in her cluster to ensure that measures taken would make the Office more effective.

Chairperson of the Economic Development and Planning Committee Councillor Sipho Kaunda added that while there were staff dealing with catalytic projects in the City, they had been seconded from other units.

“Having all the relevant staff from the relevant units sitting under one roof will attract investors and encourage them to make decisions faster. Also, this Office will address the slow pace of implementation of catalytic projects in the City,” said Councillor Kaunda.

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