EWLY appointed Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit Head Thulani Nzama has risen through the ranks of the Municipality having started his career as a Market Supervisor 21 years ago. Being at the helm of one of the City's critical Units that aim to contribute towards local economic growth through integrated business support and promotion of Durban as a tourist destination, Nzama pledged his commitment to placing eThekwini on the global map. Officially appointed on 1 October 2018, Nzama said one of the key issues that he aims to fast-track is enterprise development and facilitation of linkages between small and big businesses. "Going forward, I will make sure that existing interventions around access to markets and finance are strengthened. Also, another major plan for the Unit is to focus on the newly established Agribusiness Department and the implementation of the Radical Economic Transformation Framework," he said. The aim is to create opportunities for Black Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises to play a meaningful role in the production and supply value chain. Nzama holds a National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology qualification in Public Management – both obtained at the Durban University of Technology. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After Nzama's employment as a Markets Supervisor, he was appointed as a Manager for street trading and was later promoted to a Senior Manager position for informal trade. From there, Nzama was appointed as the Deputy Head for the Unit for about eight years before being appointed as the Unit Head in 2018. Departments under the Unit are Bulk Market, Small, Medium and Macro Enterprise Development, Informal Economy, Licensing and Retail Markets, Agribusiness and Durban Tourism. Nzama will also ensure that local businesses benefit from the Municipality's budget and will implement aggressive marketing for the City to be etched on the global map as a tourist destination of choice. "This will be accomplished by forging partnerships with national and provincial tourism entities, private sector, community tourism organisations, etc. The overall plan is to enter into international and domestic tourism source markets to ensure implementation of the Council approved Visitor's Strategy" he explained.