With tourism establishments and businesses on the KZN South Coast hit particularly hard during the pandemic, Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) has welcomed the implementation of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s (RNM) Economic Relief Plan which will alleviate the financial burden on business operations for the year December 2020 to December 2021.
Among the approved items include:
– The waiving of all business licence renewal and issuing fees from December 2020 to December 2021 for all legally trading businesses in possession of valid business licences.
To apply for a business license renewal, contact the RNM Local Economic Development (LED) Office:
LED Officer: Business Regulations – Sbusisiwe Dlamini on 039 688 2276 or [email protected]
Enquiries can also be sent to Manager: Local Economic Development – Philani Khambule at [email protected]
The LED office is located at 46 Aiken Street, Port Shepstone (next to FNB).
– The changing of rates categorisation for BnBs, guesthouses and lodges to household-based rates fees, for the same period of time. This is only applicable to operators who have been trading legally, and who were in good rates’ standing as of April 2020.
To apply for a rates’ rebate, contact the RNM Revenue Office:
Revenue Manager – Siyabonga R. Dlamini at [email protected] or 039 312 8314 or 086 533 3483 or visit www.rnm.gov.za.
The RMN Revenue Office is located at LOT 1000 Dan Pienaar Square, Newton Road, Margate, 4275, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on tourism establishments in the area, and the effects are likely to be felt for some time yet, which makes this relief plan absolutely vital for businesses at this time,” said CEO of USCT, Phelisa Mangcu. “We urge all establishments to take advantage of the business licence renewals and applications so that they are operating legally and can benefit from such government support.”
Maxwell Mbili, Municipal Manager of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, added: “The Draft Economic Relief Plan, submitted to the Department Development Planning Services in November last year, has been adopted to address the social and economic devastation brought on by Covid-19. Ray Nkonyeni Municipality will continue to work closely with private and public sector to provide support for businesses and communities during these challenging times.”