Statement By Ms Fikile Eunice Khumalo On The Launch Of The DTI Investment Call Centre In Soweto

10 November 2009

The department of Trade and Industry launched an Investment Promotion and Facilitation Call Centre in Moroka, Soweto, on Friday, 16 October 09. The Cheshire Home based Call Centre is part of the new strategy on investment promotion and facilitation that seeks to improve investment climate in the country and reduce the costs of doing business. The 10 seater Call Centre will be staffed by people with disabilities.

The Call Centre will be a one stop shop service for national and international investors to reduce administrative and regulatory barriers, as well as facilitating a smooth entry into the South African market by foreign investors. It will provide a conducive investment environment and improve our investment climate.

South Africa has recognised investment as a key element. We are trying to reach targets in reaching productive activity, growth in employment, decreasing inequalities , tackling poverty and providing decent employment

The success of this three year pilot project may lead to further expansion of this concept and adoption by other Government departments and the private sector across the country.The Call Centre will be operational from 30 November 2009

I thank you!

Fikile Eunice Khumalo, MP
Tel: 021 403 2296