Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ

The Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been established in terms of the Special Economic Zones Act, Act No. 16 of 2014. The programme is intended to deepen industrial development and improve manufacturing competitiveness in the Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality. MAP-SEZ offers in total up to 1 000 hectares of land for industrial development.

Located in Harrismith and Tshiame in the Eastern Free State, MAP SEZ is strategically located on the conversion point of the N3 and N5 national roads, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban (283 km from Johannesburg and 297 km from Durban – see location map below). The Port of Durban is the busiest in the southern hemisphere, which means that the N3 carries the majority of the traffic to different locations in South Africa and the neighbouring countries, such as Lesotho and Swaziland.

The Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ constitutes the Free State leg of the massive Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor that is intended to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor between South Africa’s main industrial hubs to:

  • Improve access to Durban’s export/import facilities.
  • Integrate Free State Industrial Strategy activities into the corridor.
  • Build a new port in Durban.
  • Expand an aerotropolis around OR Tambo International Airport.
Project Pipeline

There are already 18 manufacturing companies (ranging from pharmaceutical to automobile companies) that have signed letters of intent to locate in the MAP SEZ. Some of the sectors targeted for establishment within the MAP SEZ are as follows:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical devices
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Agro-processing
  • Food processing
  • Trade facilitation
  • Rail-based container terminal (Transnet Freight Rail)
  • Automotive cross docking facilities
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Information & Communi­cation Technology
  • Logistics

Benefits that will be derived from locating within MAP SEZ includes:

  • 15% Corporate Tax, national is 28%
  • Building Allowance
  • Employment Incentive
  • Customs Controlled Area
  • 12i Tax Allowance
  • MAP SEZ company fully operational
  • Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ operator permit granted by Minister of Trade & Industry after cabinet approval
  • Perimeter fencing has been completed
  • Bulk infrastructure roll-out is in process
  • Marketing and promotion to build a robust IDZ project pipeline is in process


To discuss the opportunity or for the most current update on project progress, outstanding actions and investment requirements, please contact the FDC (Free State Development Corporation).

Strategic location of the Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ
Strategic location of the Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ