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GE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the province of Gauteng to collaborate on projects in energy and healthcare. Under the MoU, GE and the Office of the Premier will work together to identify critical areas for collaboration, as well as economic opportunities, within Gauteng.

Through the collaboration, GE will support the Office of the Premier’s “Tshepo 1 Million” youth empowerment programme, which focuses on creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the Gauteng youth.

GE Gauteng sign MoUDavid Makhura Gauteng Premier and Thomas Konditi President CEO of GE South Africa sign MoU to Advance Economic Development 

“Our social responsibility platform aims to empower people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are helping solve Africa's challenges. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to support South Africa’s socio-economic growth through innovative and localised solutions,” says Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa.

“We are delighted to be going into a partnership with a world-renowned company such as GE which not only supports our vision of turning Gauteng into a globally competitive City Region, but will also help us create an inclusive economy that will see the youth of Gauteng become active agents in the economy,” adds Gauteng premier David Makhura.

Ireland says that GE has a strong commitment to contribute to South Africa’s sustainable development, particularly with regards to skills and small medium enterprise development. In 2016, GE opened the Africa Innovation Centre, dedicated to leveraging GE’s global expertise for innovation in Africa. The Centre is the 10th GE Innovation Centre globally and the first Innovation Centre for GE in Africa.

“Partnerships with governments and local companies form a very important part of GE’s growth in sub-Saharan Africa. GE has signed MoUs with the governments of several countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Ghana to develop infrastructure projects, including sustainable energy solutions, providing efficient and reliable transportation as well as improving access to quality healthcare. These MoUs involve significant investments in creating jobs and human capital development,” Ireland concludes.

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