LED and Tourism
The LED unit together with Department Economic Development (DEDAT) started reviewing the District LED Strategy as it was outdated. The team started August 2017 and are anticipating finalization June 2018. The draft LED Strategy was tabled in January 2018 at the Council meeting for progress indication.
Economic Growth and Development Funding (EGDF)
The LED unit facilitated the application process of the EGDF funding 2017/2018 financial year. All applications were submitted to the Department of Economic Development for further scrutiny and processing. 10 SMME’s within ZFM’s application were successful and are going to be funded before the end of 2017/2018 financial year.
The funding application for 2018/2019 has been advertised recently with the closing date stipulated as 06 April 2018 and SMME’s requested to submit their respective applications at the ZFM LED Unit.
During December 2017 the Tourism Office undertook the initiative to visit some tourism facilities across the region. The emphasis of regularly conducting facilities has been stressed at numerous tourism platforms with the both National Department of Tourism as well as the Provincial Tourism Department. As tourism officials it is imperative to firstly understand what a particular product has to offer as well as the condition it finds itself in. How would you be able to make referrals if you are not fully informed about a particular tourism product offering?
Tourism Capacity Building Training
Tourism SMME’s within ZFM has been trained during 23 and 24 February 2018 as part of the 3 year support agreement with the National Department of Tourism. 111 Individuals attended the capacity building workshop at the Desert Palace Casino Upington from across the District.