Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (Supplied)

Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone

Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone is a world-class development offering globally integrated logistics and manufacturing infrastructure, and support for a range of airport-related activities, including cargo operations, warehousing, agriculture, and commercial real estate for office, retail and hospitality uses.

The benefits to businesses operating within the Special Economic Zone are geared towards promoting business growth, revenue generation, employment creation, the export of value-added commodities and the attraction of both foreign and local investment – all enhancing South Africa’s manufacturing and export capabilities.

Owned by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, Dube TradePort is the province’s flagship infrastructural development and a key priority, forming part of South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan.

Strategically located on the east coast of South Africa; linked to two of Africa’s major seaports, major major national roads and home to King Shaka International Airport, Dube TradePort is strategically positioned at the intersection of local and global intermodal transport routes.

Dube TradePort will be developed according to a 50-year Master Plan as a global airfreight and passenger hub comprising five business zones:

Dube TradeZone, an industrial precinct for electronics, pharmaceutical and aerospace manufacturing; a cargo handling facility;
Dube AgriZone, an advanced agricultural precinct;
Dube City, a business and hospitality precinct; and
Dube iConnect, a cutting-edge telecommunications platform and a premier cloud service provider.

Project summary

  • One of South Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities.
  • 50-year Master Plan developed for the more than 3 800 hectares site.
  • It is ideally positioned 30 minutes from Africa’s busiest cargo port, Durban Harbour, and 90 minutes from Richards Bay Harbour.
  • Greenfield Development, purpose-built to facilitate airport-related business.
  • Home to the King Shaka International Airport.
  • The only facility in Africa combining an international airport, dedicated cargo terminal, together with warehousing, office, retail, hotel and agricultural opportunities.
  • The only facility in Africa combining an international airport, dedicated cargo terminal, together with warehousing, office, retail, hotel and agricultural opportunities.

Focus sectors:

  • Medical and pharmaceutical production and distribution
  • Electronics manufacturing and assembly
  • Aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing and related services
  • Agriculture and agro-processing
  • Clothing and textiles and
  • Automotive manufacturing and assembly
Supplementary focus sectors include:
  • Freight-forwarding and aviation services
  • Warehousing and cold storage
  • Logistics and distribution
  • General heavy & light manufacturing, and assembly
  • High-tech and automotive industries
  • General manufacturing
  • Renewable industry
Total Investment Value: R17.6-billion (US$1.3-billion) 

Dube TradePort’s vision is to be the leading global manufacturing and air logistics platform in Southern Africa, seamlessly integrated with intermodal road-, rail-, and port- infrastructure. In addition to this global vision, Dube TradePort is a major contributor to job creation and economic growth within KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

Funding status
  • Government as the owner of the property is responsible for bulk infrastructure installation.
  • Serviced land is made available to private sector through lease agreements.
Employment potential
  • Projected permanent jobs over 5 years: 4 792
  • Projected temporary jobs over 5 years: 10 401

Project status

  • 26 hectares of land already developed in TradeZone 1
  • 78 hectares of serviced developable land available for potential investors in TradeZone 2 and TradeZone 3
  • Customized solutions for investors (e.g. serviced sites and fit-for-purpose buildings)
The development consists of:

• Dube Cargo Terminal: A state-of-the-art cargo facility
• Dube TradeZone 1, 2 and 3: Total of 104 hectares of serviced land within a Special Economic Zone
• Dube City: 12 hectares of premium office, retail and hospitality space
• Dube AgriZone: World-class facilities and technical support for propagating,
growing, packing and distributing high-value perishables
• Dube TradePort has initiated a Dynamic Infrastructure Development Model which is implemented through building 18 mini-factories, as a way of creating linkages between small and large operational investors within the TradeZone


• National and Provincial Government
• Private Sector
• Local Government
• Economic Development Agencies

Contact the team

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