Greetings from eThekwini Municipality
Our IBM Smarter Cities Challenge has come to an end and we have delivered our recommendations on how to best solve several difficult issues facing the eThekwini Municipality. These included helping to address business investment, to stimulate the entrepreneurial environment, and to help address skills gaps.
On behalf of IBM, thank you to all who gave their time and energy to make this philanthropic partnership successful.
We met with over 250 dedicated professionals and citizens during our 3 week visit. One common theme that was clear to all of us was that the people of eThekwini are indeed passionate and dedicated to solving the tough problems faced within your communities. We visited townships, informal traders in the markets, business incubators, and several academic institutions in addition to meetings with virtually every department throughout the city’s government. We were commissioned to provide recommendations to make the municipality of eThekwini “a smarter city.”
As you know, for us, this was an effort to give back to the global community – and again, it inspires us to see what a great job you’re already doing. More importantly, we see the true potential of your country, your people and your communities – and we wish you the best of luck on the journey ahead.
Again, many thanks from all of us on the IBM team.
Left to Right: Doug Smith (IBM), Lauren Luellwitz (IBM), Ndu Emuchay (IBM), Madame Deputy Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala, Mr. City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole, Marie Esposito (IBM), Chris MacLaughlin (IBM), Cllr Mqiniseni Zwane, Robyn Massey (IBM), Speaker Cllr Loganathan Naidoo, Deputy City Manager: Community & Emergency Services Dr. Musa Gumede,