Cabinet gives green light to Mpumalanga agro-processing SEZ

Cabinet has ratified trade and industry minister Dr  Rob Davies’ decision to designate the Nkomazi special economic zone (SEZ) in Mpumalanga and to grant an SEZ licence to the Mpumalanga Economic Development and Tourism Department.

Known as the Nkomazi SEZ, it will be positioned as an agro-processing hub using sustainable green energy.

In a statement issued yesterday (Thursday), Cabinet said the designated zone would be supported by mixed services such as warehousing and logistics.

“This forms part of the Maputo Development Corridor project, which is a major trade corridor which connects Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga with Maputo in Mozambique,” said a Cabinet spokesperson.

The hub comprises roads, ports and railways. “It will also contribute towards accelerating growth, attracting foreign and domestic direct investment, expanding the manufacturing sector and creating employment in the region,” said Davies.

He pointed out that Mpumalanga’s sophisticated agricultural industry required constant vigilance, application of the latest technology, and ongoing research to produce acceptable quality product at competitive prices.

“The Nkomazi development offers an innovative programme to establish commercial farming owned by emerging black entrepreneurs, whilst giving them access to the latest knowledge, technology and managerial support hosted by the integrated management services function as well as access to international capital to develop into viable agricultural clusters,” said Davies.

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