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Re-igniting Inclusive
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Accelerating The
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Enhancing quality
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Quality Of Life For All
Re-igniting Inclusive Local Economic Development

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Vuthela in isiZulu means to blow to rekindle a fire

The Vuthela iLembe LED Support Programme responds directly to the urgent need to address unemployment, poverty and inequality by accelerating inclusive local economic development and growth in line with the National Development Plan, the KZN Provincial Growth and Development Plan, iLembe District Municipality Growth and Development Plan as well as the Integrated Development Plans of the family of local municipalities in the district.

The overarching objective and expected impact of the programme is to contribute to the improvement of the economic future of the iLembe District and the quality of life of its residents, through sustainable growth of the local economy, and the creation of higher, better and more inclusive employment and income-generating opportunities.

Working Together, We Make Impact
Responding To Urgent Needs

The Vuthela iLembe LED Programme is a joint initiative of the:

• State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation
• KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and
Environmental Affairs
• iLembe District Municipality, KwaDukuza and Mandeni Local Municipalities

The programme involves the participation of Ndwedwe and Maphumulo Local Municipalities.


  • Leaving a Lasting Legacy

    The Vuthela iLembe Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme was a unique programme to test a more comprehensive approach to local economic development that has contributed towards important reforms in municipalities in iLembe that if sustained will have left a lasting legacy. This was the resounding sentiment that emerged from the programme’s Swiss donor, public

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  • Going Behind the Success Story

    The Vuthela iLembe LED Support Programme succeeded in addressing many challenges around the financial management and infrastructure planning in municipalities within the district – due largely to its innovative approach and efficient governance structures. Successes include the completion of 37 funded projects and leveraging additional funding of R69 million through technical submissions; providing accredited training

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  • Managing the Money

    The Vuthela Programme has strengthened the iLembe District Municipality’s revenue unit and created a strong platform for the municipality to build on, said Revenue Manager Muziwandile Gumede. “The initiative has had a great impact in areas that required intervention and has assisted iLembe District Municipality immensely,” said Gumede. Several projects were undertaken by the Vuthela

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  • Planning the Future

    Several master plans for economic and infrastructure development in the iLembe district which were produced under the Vuthela iLembe LED Support Programme projects have laid a strong foundation for future growth in the district. These also serve as information sources for project identification, prioritisation and funding allocation. An overall District Local Economic Development Strategy and

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Re-Igniting Inclusive Local Economic Growth in the iLembe District

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