Dti calls for comments on proposed Mpumalanga SEZ

Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies. Source: GCIS

A 300-hectare area of land in the Nkomazi Municipality in Mpumalanga could soon be designated as a special economic zone (SEZ) according to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies received and approved a recommendation from the SEZ Advisory Board to designate the Nkomazi SEZ. This has been gazetted and members of the public and interested parties have until 28 June to submit comments on the decision.

According to Davies the SEZ will boost economic activities in the region, promote skills development and allow the province to process agricultural produce which it already exports as primary goods.

“Linked to Swaziland by two provincial roads, and to Mozambique by a railway line and the main national road (N4), the designation of the proposed Nkomazi SEZ will provide a much needed opportunity for Ehlanzeni region and Mpumalanga Province to attract foreign and domestic direct investments which will lead to “high impact” industrial development along the Maputo Corridor,” he said.

Once designated, the SEZ will focus on the secondary and tertiary processing of agricultural products, specifically targeting value-chain products such as citrus fruits, aromatic plants/herbs, ground and tree nuts as well as leather goods and agri-inputs like fertiliser.

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