As political turmoil
continues in South Africa, one city is taking steps to promote economic
development and trade. Tshwane, formerly Pretoria, is sponsoring its fifth
annual “South Africa Week,” here in Washington, DC.
people from Tshwane, as well as academic leaders, government officials, and
artists, have gathered for the event. It includes social and cultural events,
business forums and roundtable discussions dedicated to promoting us investment
in South Africa.
Among those attending is Cecilia Maumakoe,
executive head of the Office of the City Manager of Tshwane. English to Africa
reporter Kim Lewis asked her about some of the goals for the event.
Maumakoes explained one of the biggest is
economic trade. “We’re looking at infrastructure development; we’re looking at
incentives for investors; there is ground-level opportunity for someone to come
in and invest in the city.”
Another goal of the event is to promote South
Africa’s tourism industry and generate interest in the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Maumakoe explains, “We’re looking at tourism prior to, and post, meaning that
visitors are invited to stay before the World Cup kicks off and also post,
because there is a lot to offer, not only in the city (Tshwane), but the