The AbaQulusi municipal area is one of South Africa’s poorer municipalities and is an important economic hub within the rural Zululand area.
The objective of the contract was to establish a Project Management Unit (PMU) to run a sustainable programme to grow the local economy, reduce poverty and unemployment and secure sustainable development for the area.
The three-year assignment had the following additional objectives:
- Establishing and supporting a project steering committee;
- Implementing three development programmes – institutional and administrative interventions; planning and spatial development; economic development;
- Building the capacity and skills of staff in the local municipality and integrating the staff in the work of the PMU;
- Managing a Project Development Fund for economic partnerships.