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Coega’s Construction Projects Processing Smoothly - published 2 Nov 2018

A BEACON OF OPPORTUNITIES: OSHO Cement, rising from the ashes is an international investor within Metals sector valued over R600 million.

Coega’s Construction Projects Processing Smootly SEZ construction the Eastern Cape’s economic growth

The Coega Development Corporation is constantly at the forefront of new investment and development projects that facilitate economic growth and create employment opportunities for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

This drive for growth and development has made Coega not only one of the most successful SEZ’s in the country but an attractive and prolific investment destination for domestic and foreign investors.

Following the successful investment conference, the South African President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of “collaboration with the private sector” in building the economy.

The CDC’s vast array of sectors make it easy for potential investors to make the SEZ their home. Currently, the SEZ is occupied with new projects under construction, focused in the following sectors: steel/metals, pharmaceuticals and automotive,” highlights Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC unit head brand, marketing & communications.

OSHO cement manufacturing facility in Zone 5 of the Coega SEZ, is currently under construction

The R600 million-valued project is an investment by OSHO-Cement (from India) and Heidelberg Cement (from Germany) joined venture. The plant is a cement manufacturing facility, in Zone 5 of the SEZ. The production of cement products (including grinding and blending) in the plant is estimated to be approximately 600 000 to 1,2 million tonnes per annum. So far, the plant has created 240 construction jobs.

Akacia Medical is a leading South African B-BBEE healthcare company specializing in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of medical, surgical and consumer health products. It is one of the largest local manufacturers of medical consumables.

This project aims to enable Akacia Medical to increase the local manufacturing content of its medical textile products whilst reducing their import content. The investment is supporting job creation through providing much needed jobs, with 42 workers currently busy at the construction site with a further 113 earmarked operational jobs.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Construction continues at the Akacia Medical facility in the Coega SEZ 

HELLA is a Germany-based lighting and electronics specialist that offers products and services ranging from automotive lighting and electronics, tools and equipment for vehicles, trucks and caravans. They are locating their state of the art operations hub at the Coega SEZ in Zone 2. The facility will start operating by the middle of next year and is valued to be worth over R30 million in investment value. It will cater for both the administration and logistics operations under one roof.

Marketing and Communications Unit Head, Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, expressed glee at the progress of the projects. We have to commend the hard work and countless hours that both project managers and workers involved in these projects have put in.”

“It is commendable to see that the CDC has certainly not put their foot off the gas when it comes to socio-economic development and continuous job creation in the Eastern Cape”, he concluded.


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