The revitalisation of the Northern Cape coastal town of Port Nolloth, has the potential to stimulate various economic activities around the port that will benefit small and medium enterprises.

This is according to Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Nomalungelo Gina, who visited the area on Monday where she attended a meeting with officials from all three spheres of government.

The meeting discussed the nine-point socio-economic development plan produced for the Namakwa District Municipality as part of the District Development Model (DDM).

“The Northern Cape coastal town of Port Nolloth has the potential to once again become a beehive of economic activities, if all stakeholders work together to implement the nine-point socio-economic development plan produced for the Namakwa District Municipality,” the Deputy Minister said.

Gina expressed optimism and confidence that tourism, mining, fisheries, hospitality and beneficiation can be revived in the town, with quite tangible economic spin-offs, which will lead to eradication of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

She said the implementation of the plan will take place in various local municipalities through collaboration of the district leadership as well as the provincial and national governments.

“The main objective is to change the lives of the people for the better. As we revitalise the harbour and open up more opportunities for small-scale fisheries, more jobs will be created. The wealth of this area requires to be fully exploited in order ensure that small enterprises thrive and [the] beneficiation of minerals takes place. There are also unlimited opportunities for tourism and hospitality industries to blossom,” Gina said.

The Deputy Minister was accompanied by Northern Cape MEC for Land Reform, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Environmental Affairs, Mase Manopole and the Mayor of the Namakwa District Municipality, Councillor Mervin Cloete.

She was hosted by the Mayor of the Richtersveld Local Municipality, Councillor Arthur Jansen.

Manopole said that the DDM in the Richtersveld local municipality was a vehicle to create more job opportunities in the Northern Cape, as envisaged by the National Development Plan.

“The National Development Plan is clear on eliminating poverty by drawing on energies of our people in growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities and promoting leadership and partnership throughout society. In the province, our District Development Model, which is focusing mainly in the Boegoebaai Port and the Port Nolloth Small Harbour, has got the potential to grow and create an inclusive economy,” the MEC said.