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Investors in growth sectors to benefit from two strategically located purpose-build zones

Special Economic Zones that are purpose-built and strategically situated on major shipping routes offer opportunities in various growth sectors.

One of the competitive advantages of investing in the Eastern Cape lies in the two Special Economic Zones, one in East London and one at Coega, which hosts a deepwater port.

Both SEZs are strategically situated on major transport and shipping routes and provide purpose-built infrastructure for investors wishing to produce and manufacture for the Southern African Development Community and world markets.

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) focuses on a number of specific growth sectors which are all aligned to the Provincial Economic Development Strategy and Provincial Development Plan.

These sectors are:
  • Agriculture and agro-processing
  • Sustainable energy, generation and component manufacture
  • Oceans Economy
  • Automotive
  • Light manufacturing
  • Tourism, infrastructure and product
  • Film

The Eastern Cape has experienced sizeable local and international investment in key sectors such as automotive, renewable energy and forestry.

Interested investors are invited to contact the ECDC below.

Automotive Manufacturing

All of the province’s original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have made commitments to expand or upgrade their production lines in recent months: Mercedes-Benz South Africa (East London); Volkswagen SA (Kariega); BAIC (Coega SEZ); Ford Motor Company and Isuzu (Gqeberha).

As recently as March 2022, the Africa Auto Group committed to an investment of R550-million to enter the injection moulding industry in Nelson Mandela Bay.

With more than half of the wind power projects in the national government’s renewable energy plan allocated to the Eastern Province, the region can truly be called the Wind Power Province. A green hydrogen project has been announced which holds enormous potential for opening up a completely new sector.

Manufacturing for the renewable energy sector is another potential area of growth, and the province’s Special Economic Zones are uniquely positioned to host such activity.

An integrated database system has been developed and maintained by the SEZs. Through this portal, potential investors have ready access to skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour resources.


For more information about setting up or expanding your operations in the sectors mentioned above, please contact the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC):


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