Post Conference Workshop Shapes Thoughts and Ideas
The team in charge of the well-received Shape Durban concept, met with stakeholders to
discuss its outcomes and way forward at the Botanic Gardens on 30 January.
The Shape Durban Conference was held on 21-23 November 2018 and brought together
government and external stakeholders to provide input into developing a joint plan of action
to address economic challenges, define the youth’s role in the growth of the City and look
into economic transformation, amongst others. Delegates came up with collaborative actions
and were able to exploit synergies and create a sense of a shared future between EThekwini
and all its partners.
At the stakeholder workshop, representatives from business, youth, non-government
organisations as well as academic institutions attended and spoke about various topics like
stakeholder allocation, budget requirements as well as timelines.
Ajiv Maharaj, Deputy Head of the Economic Development Unit said explained some of the
findings of the conference. “We realise that Shape Durban relies on the goodwill of people
from different walks of life, who want to see their City prosper.”
Justice Matarutse, Project Leader, added that all involved must understand that development
must be done differently. “We must let go of previous pre-conceived notions and chart our
way forward to develop a Durban that every citizen feels proud of.”
Some ideas that emerged from the conference have already seen some progress. These
include working on an infrastructure plan and also discussions around incentives for
Access to opportunities also dominated discussions at the workshop. Delegates urged the City
to look into finding solutions to barriers that hinder access. They also came up with
innovative solutions that included a jobs portal, one-stop shop and making the best use of
partnrerships and resources.
The team will now meet with relevant units to develop a comprehensive implementation plan
that will include suggestions made at the conference and workshop.