Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

SECO will be providing financial and technical support in the form of a comprehensive and holistic programme that focuses on five pillars: good public financial management, sustainable municipal infrastructure, a vibrant private sector and business investment climate, export orientated and resource efficient value chain development and the building of fruitful partnerships. “The programme is part of Switzerland’s efforts to ease its partner countries’ integration into the world economy and promote economic growth that is socially and environmentally friendly.” Swiss Ambassador Helene Budliger Artieda.

Representative: Mr Gerhard Pienaar –

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

The implementing agent for the programme is the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA). They are responsible for providing oversight of the use of Programme funds in terms of relevant acts, management and disbursement of funds to the programme expenditure account and providing guidance and back-up support to the PCU. Officials from EDTEA sit on the PMT and some of the programme working groups.

Representative: Mr Sizwe Dladla –

Beneficiary Municipalities of Ilembe, KwaDukuza & Mandeni

The three beneficiary municipalities are important partners in the project, with representatives sitting on the PSC, the PMT and the programme Work Groups. They collectively oversee the direction and focus of the programme, approve budgets and financial reports and are active partners in driving the programme.

Mr Sibusiso Mahlangu: iLembe DM –
Mr Sikhumbuzo Hlongwane, KwaDukuza LM –
Mr Dumisani Mbongwa, Mandeni LM –

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We are grateful to the Swiss government for supporting a programme which speaks directly to our radical economic transformation efforts. This is an initiative that will guarantee the building of essential infrastructure that is crucial for industrialisation and new business opportunities.

Mr Sihle Zikalala
MEC for Economic Development in the Province,