Special Economic Zone

The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone has brought in International business that not only boosts the economy but is creating jobs and other opportunities.


Johannesburg, South Africa (17 January 2020) – The private business sector in South Africa is actively working to create jobs. The Special Economic Zone constructed by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ) at O.R. Tambo International Airport is just one space where private business is creating new jobs.

The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone is becoming home to numerous companies where opportunities are plentiful. The world-class facility has a logistics capacity of close to 400,000 tonnes of airfreight per annum and focusses not only on the production of export products but also the creation of sustainable employment opportunities.

One company reaping the benefits of the new facility is the In2Food Group, which currently employs 8000 people nationally. They have set up home in a state-of-the-art agro-processing facility, boasting the largest refrigeration system in the southern hemisphere. The strategic partnership between the government and the multinational company has resulted in the establishment of not only 600 new jobs, but also an additional 5 000 jobs along the value chain.

Another company creating opportunity is Design@50. They are a flagship jewellery manufacturing facility where young designers are upskilled through high-end technology and 3D printing, which is revolutionising the jewellery industry.

Through a special programme, young minds are taught how to design and make jewellery and once they have graduated, are afforded the opportunity to make use of the technologically advanced manufacturing hub.

Facilities like this are creating new spaces for industries to grow, and in turn, creating much-needed jobs and boosting the economy. It is no surprise that GIDZ CEO, Seipati Mangadi, is optimistic about South Africa’s future. Through this Special Economic Zone, they are enabling sustainable economic development, touching the lives of many South Africans, and placing the country firmly on the world stage.

“I believe in this country, I know what we are capable of and it will have a signature that will leave this country and the product that we can export to the globe. For me, that is satisfying” – Seipati Mangadi 

As part of the #SAINC nation-building initiative, The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone is joining a network of purpose-driven brands to share stories of positive progress in South Africa. These stories are being featured across social media in small snippets, just like the one below, but you will also be able to watch the full-length features live on television. You will find the airing times below:

Every Saturday on SABC2 – 14:30
28 January 2020 – Business Day TV – 16:00
30 January 2020 – Business Day TV – 12:00

Watch a snippet of the story below:

Sources: Regency Global
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