Gauteng politicians across the board engage with Ineng on regulatory reform
Public representatives from Gauteng’s newly formed governments, crossing a number of political parties and including members of the opposition, gathered to focus on best practice free market reforms in Johannesburg on Tuesday 25 October 2016. Ineng’s Unathi Kwaza, an SMME owner, and Garreth Bloor, a former MMC for economic development, opened the proceedings and facilitated discussions. The event was titled Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Cities – The Cape Town case study.
With South Africa’s economic hub under the leadership of Mayor Herman Mashaba, a formidable force for entrepreneurship and outspoken proponent of unleashing the power of SMMEs, public representatives from the City of Johannesburg and surrounding municipalities looked at best practice case studies in detail.
A number of academics and entrepreneurs joined around 50 newly-elected politicians in looking at a clear action plan.
Above: Garreth Bloor speaking at the event in Rosebank, Johannesburg
Above: Unathi Kwaza speaking on Entrepreneurship the event.
Discussion points included:
Entrepreneurship as an automatic right, much like free speech and subject only to regulation or restriction when an impact on others exists. Single zoning schemes that grant automatic right to trade on this basis were put forward, replacing many licensing requirements currently in place in many municipalities.
Considering all pre-1994 legislation including by-laws, structure plans, zoning schemes and conventions that are not subject to the first principle of the right to trade and access to market for all. Specific focus on the City of Cape Town’s repeal of over 300 old policies and by-laws through the adoption of a single, unified zoning scheme for the entire metro was a case in point
Security of tenure through title deeds and via contracts with informal traders, who must be permitted to rent space with the same rights as formal businesses – and not subject to random acts of discretionary enforcement by authorities.
Meeting set environmental targets via market solutions: Lowering carbon emissions through renewable energy companies access to the municipal billing system for electricity, so residents can opt out of Eskom-backed power and purchase green energy options on the open market. Access to the billing system can be financed by banks and in paid installments over 2 years, often at prices lower than the monthly electricity bill paid by consumers and business. The model in Cape Town received the Earth Hour Award in 2014 by the World Wildlife Fund.
Ineng’s first Johannesburg event received overwhelming support and was fully subscribed. Over the coming days we will be responding to additional requests for these workshops in other parts of South Africa. The first event took place with the generous support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Above: One of the concepts discussed at the workshop was the Right to Enterprise.
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