“We are trying to lobby for a relaxation because we won’t make (our economic plans) work without being able to access the tops skills from around the world,” so said Tim Harris, head of investment for the City of Cape Town.
Speaking to the Cape Town Press club late last week Harris told media role players that the city was engaging with the Department of Home Affairs, through its trade and investment agency Wesgro, hoping to reach “some sort of concession” on the new regulations.
Harris added that he expected that there was no easy answer and an open and free visa system would have played a positive role in securing investment for the city.
Harris, former DA shadow minister of finance is now in charge of the City of Cape Town’s new investment portfolio.
Speaking to the Cape Argus Harris said his appointment was a political appointment, and as such “was completely different” to that of a permanent councillor.
Harris was appointed by city mayor Patricia de Lille and his contract was therefore linked to her term in office.
Dismissing suggestions that Harris was employed as city manager ‘to keep an eye on things for the DA’, Harris was quoted as saying, “My mission is simple. We want to make sure that Cape Town is open for business.”
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