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Queenstown (Komani) which serve thethe greater BorderQueenstown (Komani) which serve greater BorderInvest Buffalo City : A collaborative initiative where KeiKei region. region. Invest Buffalo City : A collaborative initiative where members can �nd various economic information on members can find various economic information Buffalo City. It provides a platform to attract SERVICES AND BENEFITS TO MEMBERS SERVICES AND BENEFITS TO MEMBERS on Buffalo City. It provides a platform to attract international investors, as well as provide exposure for BKCOB offers the following key services: BKCOB offers the following key services: international investors, as well as provide exposure for local companies. local companies. Member listing : After joining, members receive the Member listing : After joining, members receive the member listing as part of their package. Committees : The Chamber has a robust and effective member listing as part of their package. Committees : The Chamber has a robust and effective co m m i t t e e s t r u c t u re t o f a c i l i t a t e m e m b e r s ' committee structure to facilitate members’ participation, Membership Certi�cate : New members' induction participation, and to enable the chamber to ful�l its role Membership Certificate : New members’ induction and to enable the chamber to fulfil its role as the “voice and networking functions – the chamber holds six new as the “voice of business”. Over 120 voluntary business and networking functions the Chamber functions holds six new of business”. Over 120 voluntary business professionals members' induction and –networking professionals participate. members’ induction and networking functions annually, participate. annually, and these provide a valuable informal but and theseopportunity provide a valuable informal butrange structured structured to meet a broad of opportunity to meet a broad range of businesspeople. TURNOVER TURNOVER businesspeople. BKCOB represents overover 650650 member organisations thatthat BKCOB represents member organisations anan estimated of R73-billion, R73-billion,and Letters of of support : The chamber provides letters of of generate Letters support : The Chamber provides letters generate estimatedannual annualturnover turnover of that employ some 58 people 000 people whoanearn an support to members bidding forfor government tenders, support to members bidding government tenders, andthat employ some 58 000 who earn estimated of R19-billion and letters of introduction forfor members attempting to to estimated and letters of introduction members attempting annual annual incomeincome of R19-billion in total. expand their business footprint. expand their business footprint.

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Les Holbrook, Executive Director of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB), highlights the reasons investors should look no further than Eastern Cape. Moreflights �ightsand andgreater greaterflexibility �exibilityhave havecreated created More greater opportunities opportunities for forBuffalo BuffaloCity Cityand andthe the greater attractiveness of the region for visitors. attractiveness of the region for visitors. Undoubtedly the connectedness of a destination

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T: +27 43 743 8438 F: +27 43 748 1507 Chamber House, The Hub, Bonza Bay Road, Beacon Bay, East London EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Les Holbrook | HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS / Hi-LITE EDITOR Candi Ferreira | INVEST BUFFALO CITY Drayton Brown |

make Buffalo City a more desirable location.

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On the record, the Border-Kei Chamber of Business Business has and will continue to support the has and will continue support the development development of to the N2 Wild Coast road of the N2 Wild Coast roadstrong development, with development, with the belief that thethe new strong belief that the new will usherof/for in a highway will usher in highway a new corridor new corridor of/for – a feature this development – a development feature this Region is sorely region is sorely lacking. lacking.


Biography Les Holbrook has a National Technical Certi�cate as well as a Certi�cate in Management from Rhodes University. Prior to his appointment as the Executive Director of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business, he was the Deputy General Manager of Beier Industries of Transkei and Executive Director of the Transkei Chamber of Industries.


CONTENTS Eastern Cape Business 2019 Edition

Government Eastern Cape Provincial Government  37 An overview of the Eastern Cape provincial government departments.


Eastern Cape Local

Foreword3 A unique guide to business and investment in the Eastern Cape.

Government  An overview of the Eastern Cape municipalities.

Special features


Regional overview  4 Established manufacturers are investing in new capacity as two powerful new sectors – wind power and maritime – have started delivering on their potential to expand the Eastern Cape economy.

Maps Eastern Cape provincial map 7

Economic sectors Agriculture  Wool farmers are aiming for a big increase in production.


Energy  The Eastern Cape is the wind power province.


Water  The Nooitgedacht Water Project is back on track.


Tourism  New hotel for St Francis Links.


Manufacturing  34 Pharmaceutical and automotive manufacturers are investing in new capacity. Education and training  36 Eastern Cape universities are leading research in vital sectors. EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


Eastern Cape municipal map



About the cover

Aloes on the Wild Coast. Stuart Apsey’s image (iStock by Getty Images) captures two of the iconic features of the Eastern Cape. Seven types of aloes are found across the region and the famous Hole in the Wall rock configuration is part of the rugged Wild Coast, a very popular tourist destination.


CREDITS Publisher: Chris Whales Publishing director: Robert Arendse Editor: John Young Online editor: Christoff Scholtz Art director: Brent Meder Design: Tyra Martin Production: Lizel Olivier Ad sales: Sydwell Adonis, Gavin van der Merwe, Sam Oliver, Gabriel Venter, Jeremy Petersen, Shiko Diala, Vanessa Wallace, Reginald Motsoahae and Sandile Koni. Managing director: Clive During Administration & accounts: Charlene Steynberg and Natalie Koopman Distribution & circulation manager: Edward MacDonald Printing: FA Print

Eastern Cape Business A unique guide to business and investment in the Eastern Cape.


he 2019 edition of Eastern Cape Business is the 12th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape’s investment and business opportunities are highlighted in this publication. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, including tourism (in which the events sector is growing fast on the back of international attractions such as the IRONMAN African Championship) and energy, where the Eastern Cape is leading the nation in attracting investment in wind power. All of the major business chambers in the province have made contributions to the journal. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at Updated information on the Eastern Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title. Chris Whales Publisher, Global Africa Network Media Email:

DISTRIBUTION Eastern Cape Business is distributed internationally on outgoing and incoming trade missions, to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading partners around the world; at top national and international events; through the offices of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as nationally and regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism offices, trade and investment agencies, provincial government departments, municipalities and companies, as well as major airport lounges.

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ISSN 1995-1310 COPYRIGHT | Eastern Cape Business is an independent publication published by Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. Full copyright to the publication vests with Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. CREDITS | Pictures supplied by Eastern Cape Development Corporation, Grant Leversha/St Francis Links, iStock, National Woolgrowers Association, Nelson Mandela University.


DISCLAIMER | While the publisher, Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd, has used all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information contained in Eastern Cape Business is accurate and up-to-date, the publishers make no representations as to the accuracy, quality, timeliness, or completeness of the information. Global Africa Network will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of or any reliance placed on such information.





Established manufacturers are investing in new capacity as two powerful new sectors – wind power and maritime – have started delivering on their potential to expand the Eastern Cape economy.

By John Young


he Day of the Seafarer has never previously been honoured in South Africa but on 25 June 2018 the International Maritime Organisation saw to it that three coastal cities celebrated the occasion. The highlight in Nelson Mandela Bay was the opening of the new national headquarters of the South African International Maritime Institute. This follows shortly after the launch of the Oceans Campus of Nelson Mandela University and dovetails with the ambitious plans of national government to use the maritime economy as a EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019

way of creating growth and jobs. These institutions will support an existing provincial maritime economy which is underpinned by three major ports: Port Elizabeth, East London and Ngqura. Port Elizabeth’s major cargoes are manganese and vehicles while both East London and Ngqura support Special Economic Zones (SEZs). There are plans to move manganese exports to Ngqura which will free up space for a waterfront development in the Port Elizabeth harbour. The Port of East London has recently been upgraded and it has been breaking records in


SPECIAL FEATURE numbers of Mercedes-Benz vehicles loaded for export. The country’s largest grain elevator in a port will start to run more efficiently as a result of a contract signed in 2018 with Afgri. The private contractor will work with Transnet Port Terminals to improve efficiency at the terminal. National government has named the Coega SEZ as the potential site for a 1 000MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant. The value to the regional economy of the project is estimated at R25-billion. A gas-fired power plant (Dedisa) started operating at Coega in 2016, and there are plans to expand this sector. The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is the lead agency in driving economic growth in the province. The Investment Promotion Unit of the ECDC actively markets and facilitates investments. Eight economic sectors have been targeted as priorities, including renewable energy, the oceans economy and tourism. Work is being done on rail links to the Eastern Cape to enable more manganese to be exported through the province. These logistics upgrades are an indicator that the political will exists to improve infrastructure. In his 2018 State of the Province Address, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle said that the province had become “one gigantic roads construction site” with active projects underway to the value of R7-billion and another R5-billion to be completed before 2022. The Eastern Cape is fast becoming South Africa’s wind-farm hotspot. Just two areas, greater Jeffreys Bay and Cookhouse/Bedford, will soon be contributing 1 185MW to the national grid. A joint venture in the Eastern Cape between Osho Ventures and Heidelberg Cement will create South Africa’s seventh cement manufacturer.

enormous deciduous fruit orchards and Alexandria and Grahamstown produce pineapples, chicory and dairy products. The Eastern Cape is the leading livestock province in terms of numbers of sheep and cattle and produces a quarter of South Africa’s milk. The manufacturing facilities of Volkswagen South Africa (in Uitenhage) and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (East London) are at the core of the province’s important automotive sector. It was to support this sector that industrialisation took place in the province. Smelters and metal works were built to service car makers and automotive component manufacturers. Ford engines are built in Port Elizabeth and a wide range of makers of automotive glass, catalytic converters, vehicle tyres and other parts are found in Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth and at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in East London. Two Chinese car makers have recently invested in the Coega IDZ, First Automotive Works (FAW) and Beijing Automobile Corporation (BAIC). Local giants Volkswagen SA and Mercedes-Benz SA have invested heavily in increased capacity for new lines of production. The Eastern Cape’s beaches and natural beauty have been attractive to tourists for many years, but recent initiatives to expand the province’s offerings are paying off. With a focus on events and “adventure tourism”, visitor numbers are steadily growing. The province aims to be a “Top Three” domestic destination by 2020. Spending by tourists has grown from R2.4-billion in 2013 to R4.1-billion in 2015 and the average length of stay (5.3 days) is the best in South Africa. The Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Oscar Mabuyane reported in a booklet prepared for the 2019 Eastern Cape Investment Conference that several large investments have been made in the province. He cited: • SAB, R438-million plant upgrade • Mercedes Benz SA, R10-billion • Aspen Pharmacare, R3.4-billion • Nestle, R663-million • Yekani Technologies, R1-billion at Coega SEZ • MultiChoice, R900-million at ELSEZ • ​Volkswagen SA, R6.1-billion • ​BAIC, R11-billion at Coega SEZ.

Established sectors Historically, wool and ostrich feathers were the region’s first exports and these items are still in the export basket. The Eastern Cape was and is a global leader in mohair, the luxury fibre taken from Angora goats. The fertile Langkloof Valley in the west has




several automotive supplier companies. Aspen, a pharmaceutical company, and South African Breweries are examples of other large concerns. Nelson Mandela Bay has population of 1.1-million and many educational institutions. Superb beaches and plentiful outdoor options make the area a popular tourist stop. The Addo Elephant National Park is less than an hour’s drive from the Port Elizabeth city centre.

The Eastern Cape extends over 169 580 square kilometres, representing 13.9% of South Africa’s land mass. The dry western interior is one of the country’s premier sheep-rearing destinations. The mountainous regions of the north and east of the province support timber plantations while the coastal belt in the south-west is well-watered and is good for dairy farming. The province has spectacular beaches stretching from the surfer’s paradise at Jeffreys Bay all the way to the famed Wild Coast. Two major airports at Port Elizabeth and East London provide good air links and smaller towns such as Mthatha and Bhisho have airports. Mthatha has recently received upgrades and SA Airlink offers four daily flights from Souith Africa’s busiest city, Johannesburg, to Mthatha. Airports Company South Africa has been appointed to manage Mthatha Airport.

Alfred Nzo District Municipality Towns: Matatiele, Mount Frere, Mount Ayliff The smallest district is in the mountainous northeast, with hiking trails for tourists. There is scope for expansion of tourist activities, and a transfrontier park between South Africa and Lesotho could boost the area’s economy. Subsistence agriculture and forestry are the major economic activities. Amathole District Municipality Towns: Cathcart, Stutterheim, Morgans Bay, Willowvale, Butterworth, Alice, Bedford The rural Amathole District surrounds the metropolitan area of Buffalo City. Pineapple and forestry are two of the most important agricultural activities. Popular resorts on the Wild Coast attract many tourists to the area. Hogsback and other towns near the Amatole Mountains offer beautiful scenery and popular beaches. Alice hosts the main campus of the University of Fort Hare.

Muncipalities The Eastern Cape has six district municipalities and two metropolitan municipalities. Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Towns: East London, King Williams Town The Port of East London is South Africa’s only river port. The airport, rail links and the East London Special Economic Zone contribute to making this an important regional centre. Buffalo City hosts a variety of manufacturers from vehicles to batteries and cotton textiles. There are many opportunities for agri-processing because of the fertile hinterland and as part of the Sunshine Coast, tourism is an important contributor to the local economy.

Chris Hani District Municipality Towns: Middelburg, Molteno, Dordrecht, Cradock, Queenstown, Lady Frere, Elliot Sheep farming is an important part of the economy. Some coal is found in the north and tourist activities include fly-fishing. The Foodcorp factory in Molteno manufactures Ouma rusks. Queenstown is a centre for cattle farming and has some manufacturing activities. The Mountain Zebra National Park is near Cradock. The Grootfontein Agricultural College and Research Station is in Middelburg, and the Marlow Agricultural College is near Cradock.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality Towns: Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch With two ports, a large airport and a concentration of manufacturing concerns, the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole is one of the province’s key economic drivers. Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford are all located within the municipality, as are EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019

Joe Gqabi District Municipality Towns: Aliwal North, Burgersdorp, Lady Grey, Rhodes, Barkly East, Ugie


SPECIAL FEATURE Cattle and sheep farming make up 80% of land use, while commercial forestry is a big contributor to employment. There are large forestry plantations at Ugie and Mount Fletcher. Maize is grown along the Orange River and wheat in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. Tiffindell has been revived as a ski resort.

Initiative exists to plot further development. Forestry is a big employer. Sarah Baartman District Municipality Towns: Graaff-Reinet, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Makana (Grahamstown) The western part of the province contains the biggest municipality and is one of the biggest contributors to provincial GDP. Large commercial farms in the Karoo produce high-quality meat, wool and mohair, while the coastal belt has dairy farming and some forestry. The Kouga Valley is a big deciduous fruit producer, while the Kirkwood/Addo area is known for its citrus. Sarah Baartman has three of the region’s national parks and several private game farms. Makana hosts the National Arts Festival, Rhodes University and several fine schools.

OR Tambo District Municipality Towns: Mthatha, Coffee Bay, Port St Johns, Qumbu, Bizana, Flagstaff OR Tambo District Municipality encompasses some of the province’s least-developed areas and contains one of South Africa’s most important ecological areas, the Pondoland Centre of Plant Endemism. Mining is already pursued in some areas but plans for titanium mining on seaside dunes are being contested. A Wild Coast Spatial Development

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Attracting new investment The ELIDZ has attracted a number of new investors. Please name some of the significant recent investments.

Simphiwe Nicholas Kondlo

The East London IDZ recently announced two new investors worth over R500-million, Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex South Africa. These two investments offer a response to the government’s clarion call to promote regional integration, promote beneficiation and create meaningful jobs. Meek Mines SA is a diamond cutting and polishing plant. Nulatex SA will produce male and female condoms for domestic and African markets. Also in 2018, we announced Yekani Manufacturing as the first black industrialist factory to locate within the ELIDZ’s Zone 1B precinct. The company is the beneficiary of the dti’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Fund and Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS), the government’s financial support programmes aimed at accelerating growth of manufacturing. How important is the location of Mercedes-Benz SA in building ELIDZ as an automotive hub?

Mercedes-Benz SA is a key strategic partner not only for the growth of the IDZ but for regional economy. Through our relations with the auto giant, we have been able to attract more automotive-oriented investments. As such, the East London IDZ has various incentives, which can be accessed by qualifying industries. These include a Specialised Customs Controlled Area benefit (some VAT exemptions), no import duties on raw materials for manufacture, goods for storage and capital goods used in the CCA. There are also specialised local incentives and access to national manufacturing and other generic government incentives.

BIOGRAPHY Simphiwe Nicholas Kondlo, the Chief Executive Officer of the ELIDZ, holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and has more than 24 years’ experience spanning various fields including civil and agricultural engineering. With him at the forefront, the ELIDZ is a front-runner in the field and continues to flourish as a multisector Industrial Development Zone. EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019

Tell us about the ELIDZ internship programme.

The ELIDZ internship programme is two-pronged: the first year serves as an introductory phase where the interns receive on-the-job training. The second phase, Junior Professional, is centred on allocation of more responsibilities and quarterly assessments to monitor performance. What conference facilities do you have?

The state-of-the art facility has four conference rooms which are interconnected and can open into one room accommodating up to 250 delegates. The four meeting rooms are room One, which can accommodate up to 30 people seated cinema-style, room Two (90 people), room Three (60 people banqueting-style) and room Four, which accommodates 16 delegates. The number of delegates that each room can take is subject to the seating arrangement.



Maritz Electrical Delivering projects on time and in budget, beyond client expectations, every time.


rom commercial electrical applications to international standard large area and sports stadium lighting, Maritz Electrical delivers end-to-end electrical solutions tailored to each client’s specific needs. Service excellence and exceptional quality are key differentiators and qualities that clients have come to expect from Maritz Electrical. Established by Kurt Maritz in January 2000, the company is BBBEE compliant (Level 1 contributor) and ISO 9001 certified, employing full-time, licensed installation and master electricians. All artisans have completed Operating Regulations for High Voltage Systems (ORHVS) training. Maritz Electrical places great emphasis on client relationships, both private or commercial, and prides itself on the ability to respond to any contracting requirements in an efficient and cost-effective way.

A world-first at the tip of Africa from Maritz Electrical In 2017, St George’s Park Cricket stadium became the world’s first International Cricket Council-compliant, LED-lit stadium and the first to be fitted with theatrics. Maritz Electrical won the contract to supply and install a Musco Lighting system at the venue after visiting the USA with officials from Eastern Province Cricket and the national cricket board. Over four days in December 2017, the famous ground (pictured top) celebrated the landmark of being the first South African cricket venue to host a day-night Test match, South Africa’s Proteas versus Zimbabwe. The R27-million contract was completed on time and in budget by a team from Maritz Electrical, led by Warren Williams.

Other projects Maritz Electrical has been contracted by Stellenbosch and Overstrand Municipalities in the Western Cape to provide the electrification for large housing projects, and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape to install much-needed lights at an informal settlement. Other flagship projects include the revamp of Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium

CONTACT INFO Address: 11 Noll Avenue, Athlone, Cape Town Town,7764 7764 Tel: +27 21 703 0867 Fax: +27 64 552 436 Email: Website: EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


A world-first and a South Africanfirst at two of South Africa’s favourite sporting stadiums.

(Stellenbosch University, pictured) track lighting, with an LED lighting system from Musco, another first in South Africa, the re-lighting of Cape Town’s Grand Parade and security lighting for various Waste Water Treatment Works across the City of Cape Town.

Services Maritz Electrical is a premier supplier and installer of sports stadium lighting solutions and provides commercial electrical services, which include project management, design, supply and installation of electrical systems such as: • Electrical and reticulation services • Testing and commissioning • Water analysis, monitoring, management and purification systems • Lighting and power • External lighting • Mechanical services integration • Emergency switchgear • HV and LV switchgear • Pre-planned maintenance.


Lighting the Eastern Cape Informal settlements in Buffalo City up in lights and improved efficiencies at East London Airport, thanks to Maritz Electrical.


ollowing the successful installation of the world’s first International Cricket Council-compliant, LED-lit stadium at St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth and the first athletics stadium in South Africa to have an LED lighting solution, Coetzenburg Stadium at the University of Stellenbosch, Maritz Electrical has expanded its range of projects in the Eastern Cape. Project Manager Work at the East London Airport, and at Diketso Kumalo the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, show Maritz Electrical’s versatility, especially in large-area LED lighting. Project Manager Diketso Kumalo reports that the six-month contract to install LED energy-saving lights at East London Airport was completed on time and in budget. Says Kumalo, “One of our goals for all projects is to provide total client satisfaction, on top of saving on energy costs.” LED lighting significantly reduces power consumption. Maritz Electrical’s pre- and post-installation testing confirmed that East London Airport will save on electricity costs. The Maritz contract with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality includes the provision of mast lighting to informal settlements across the municipality. “We are providing them with 20m-high masts with LED luminaires,” says Kumalo. “LED consumes far less power compared to high-pressure sodium or metal halide, although with LED, lux levels are better.” So, costs are reduced, and the power of illumination will be better for residents. Kumalo says that a Maritz Electrical Eastern Cape office could be a possibility. “Our presence is growing,” he notes. “Depending on


the projects we receive from the province, an Eastern Cape office would be an advantage.” Kumalo points out that Maritz Electrical’s expertise extends beyond lighting. “We do a variety of electrical works and we offer project management, consulting, compliance services, hazardous area classification and MV and LV maintenance.”



The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber A catalyst for economic growth in the region.


he Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is a not-for-profit organisation representative of a broad spectrum of businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is one of the largest business associations in the Eastern Cape, with a membership of more than 700 businesses employing over 100 000 people in a diverse array of sectors. The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is a leading catalyst for economic development, through its strategic Triple Helix model of collaboration between industry, academia and government, which serves as the foundation of creating a competitive Nelson Mandela Bay. The Business Chamber has been the heartbeat of business success in the region for over 150 years. The Business Chamber is driven by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, lobbying on issues affecting the ease of doing business and companies’ sustainability. The organisation also builds international relations to form a vital link between business owners and international markets.

Vision To be a leading catalyst for economic development in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Mission By influencing the factors and key stakeholders that create a competitive enabling business environment.

Task Teams The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has established a structure of seven task teams to facilitate the ease of doing business. The task teams are: • Water Task Team • Roads and Storm Water Task Team • SME Task Team • Electricity and Energy Task Team • Transport and Logistics Task Team • Metro Collaboration Task Team • Trade and Investment Task Team EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


An eighth task team, called Industry 4.0, begins its work in 2019 to prepare local businesses for the digital shift.

Enterprise Development and Exporter Development The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Enterprise Development Programme was launched in 2014, to develop the skills that enhance and grow small businesses. In 2018 the Business Chamber successfully hosted the fifth phase of the Enterprise Development Programme, with SMEs set to graduate in March 2019. Over 120 entrepreneurs have benefited from this programme. Meanwhile, the pilot phase of the Business Chamber’s Exporter Development Programme concluded at the end of 2018, with 10 companies finishing this programme in its first year. The programme is aimed at empowering SMEs to position themselves as emerging exporters.

Events Events at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber keep business owners up to date and informed on a wide variety of topics affecting business in Nelson Mandela Bay. Regular networking functions offer

PROFILE business owners the chance to make new professional contacts. The Business Chamber’s flagship events – the Annual Business Chamber Golf Day, the Annual Ladies’ Breakfast and the Annual Banquet – are highlights on the Bay’s business and social calendar. The Events Department hosted a total of 61 events in 2018.

Other Services Publications and marketing

As another value-added service to members, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber provides members with a variety of publications across print and electronic platforms, including the member magazine Infocom (distributed three times a year, as of 2019) and the annual Business Guide. Both of these publications are ABC-certified, glossy publications. The Business Chamber regularly updates its website, and engages with members on popular social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Help desk

In line with its vision of providing an enabling environment for business, the Business Chamber set up an Ease of Doing Business help desk in 2018. The help desk assists members through reducing red tape and engaging with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro regarding these members’ obstacles in conducting business. The Business Chamber also engaged with the city’s leadership in 2018 towards the goal of establishing a One Stop Shop for existing and potential investors and will continue these engagements in 2019. Research unit

The Business Chamber established an in-house cluster research unit in 2018. Its aim is ultimately to identify several catalytic projects that can be marketed to investors and can contribute to the development of key sectors. The new unit will provide a library of business intelligence and insights for the development of essential clusters. Certificates of Origin

A Certificate of Origin is a document which states the origin of goods being exported and this “origin” is a key requirement for applying tariffs and other important criteria. As an accredited provider of this service,

CONTACT INFO Address: 200 Norvic Drive, Greenacres 6045 Tel: +27 41 373 1122 Fax: +27 41 373 1142 Email: Website:


Nomkhita Mona, Chief Executive Officer.

the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber signs Certificates of Origin for member and non-member companies requiring these services in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Business Chamber also offers exporters the opportunity to certify electronically through the ECOO system. Corporate Social Investment

Because the majority of our membership’s workforce is based in the city, the region of Nelson Mandela Bay is the direct beneficiary of their Corporate Social Investment programmes – including skills development initiatives, bursaries and scholarships. Many of our member companies significantly contribute to alleviating poverty and specifically unemployment in the region of Nelson Mandela Bay through various initiatives purposed to grow the local economy. Every year the Business Chamber adopts NGO organisations and collects goods and services from our member companies in order to create awareness around the NGOs. In 2018 the Business Chamber adopted Elsen Academy and the Kleinskool Initiative and collected several items from our companies, including office equipment, computers, stationery and school clothes. EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


A financial partner that understands your aspirations Lonwabo Daniels, Nedbank Provincial General Manager for Eastern Cape, explains how Nedbank can help business owners in the Eastern Cape.

solutions and a banking experience that is hassle-free. This allows you to concentrate on what’s most important to you – running your business,’ says Daniels. Nedbank leverages its strong market positioning with businesses and the public sector, encouraging them to bank their employees through its innovative Workplace Banking offering for employees.

There is good news for Eastern Cape business owners and entrepreneurs seeking a unique banking experience: Nedbank Business Banking has 27 business managers located across the province specialising in commercial industries as well as the agricultural sector. They are ready to assist you with professional advice, industry-specific solutions and a comprehensive range of financial products and services. ‘At Nedbank Business Banking we believe that you need a financial partner who not only understands your circumstances and aspirations, but also provides you with relevant

Nedbank also continues to build on its clientcentred strategy aimed at delivering distinctive experiences and channels of choice for businesses and clients in the Eastern Cape. This has seen the bank simplify and enhance its product offering in line with its value-added banking philosophy based on simplicity, transparency and affordability. Innovation and technological advancements, as well as training and development of staff, have been key in achieving the bank’s objectives.

Should you be interested in taking your business to the next level and improving staff engagement, and for more information about Nedbank’s specialised service offering, please call the Business Banking team on +27 (0)41 393 5969 or visit


Innovation key pillar in meeting client needs Emile Bester, Nedbank Provincial Sales Manager, Client Network, explains how Nedbank works with communities to deliver banking solutions.

winning Nedbank App Suite™, the home loans online digital channel and Market Edge™, as well as the ‘Branch of the Future’ concept in communities both locally and nationally. ‘Working with communities is entrenched in our values. At the core of Nedbank’s offering in the Eastern Cape is a relationship-based model with a business manager dedicated to your business as the key point of entry to the bank. And we encourage you to see money differently with Whole-view Business Banking™’ says Bester.

Nedbank continues to build on its clientcentred strategy aimed at delivering distinctive experiences and channels of choice for businesses and clients in the Eastern Cape. This has seen the bank simplify and enhance its product offering in line with its value-added banking philosophy based on simplicity, transparency and affordability. Innovation and technological advancements, as well as training and development of staff, have been key in achieving the bank’s objectives. Since 2012 Nedbank has launched several first-to-market innovations, such as the award-

What does this mean for the client? Whole-view Business Banking is an additional benefit of Nedbank Business Banking and means that your business and your personal financial needs are managed in one place. ‘Because business owners and their businesses are very often financially dependent on each other, our client service teams now also offer individual banking solutions to you and your staff because we already know and understand your needs,’ says Bester.

Should you be interested in taking your business to the next level and improving staff engagement, and for more information about Nedbank’s specialised service offering, please call the Business Banking team on +27 (0)41 393 5969 or visit


Solutions for small business aimed at creating jobs and growing the economy Nedbank’s Regional Manager of Small Business Services, Andisa Sikwebu, explains how Nedbank is committed to partnering with businesses for growth.

enterprises. For example, the Small Business Friday initiative, in association with the National Small Business Chamber, seeks to encourage everyone in South Africa to rally behind and support small businesses. The initiative calls on everyone to make a conscious decision to vote for small businesses through their hearts, feet and wallets; not only on Small Business Friday, but every day.

‘Small businesses are the mainstay of the economy. Nedbank has, over the years, instituted various interventions aimed at giving support to the small-business sector. Over and above our smallbusiness services solutions, we provide small-business owners with support that goes beyond banking – freeing up their time to truly focus on running their businesses,’ says Sikwebu. Nedbank has built a solid reputation as a bank for small businesses through initiatives such as Small Business Friday, free small-business seminars and the platform – all geared to support small- and medium-sized is a free-to-join networking portal designed especially for small businesses. It helps small businesses improve their business administration skills, keep up with the latest trends, network with other small businesses and share ideas. Nedbank experts are available to provide all the support you need when starting off. Nedbank offers simple, affordable banking solutions and value-added services (including an easy online business registration and account opening process) to get you and your business going. Should you wish to tap into our smallbusiness expertise to reach your business goals, get in touch with Nedbank’s Small Business Services. Call Andisa Sikwebu on +27 (0)41 398 8188 or send an email to


See money differently with Whole-view Business Banking™ from Nedbank Money expert Sylvester Funani, Regional Manager of Retail and Business Banking in Mthatha, explains how new brand values build on the bank’s expertise to benefit its clients.

Banking experts aim to provide clients with unique business and financial solutions. ‘It forms part of our purpose at Nedbank to use our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and society,’ says Funani. ‘At Nedbank Retail and Business Banking we believe you need a financial partner who has a deeper understanding of your business – someone who offers innovative, relevant solutions and who gives you a banking experience that is hasslefree.

Operating from offices at Nedbank Mthatha Plaza Branch, Nedbank Retail and Business Banking now has several business managers available under one roof in Mthatha. Well-known music personality Funani has been with Nedbank for 12 years and has worked in a number of roles. He prides himself on building relationships and understanding the needs of clients, saying that partnership- and relationshipbased banking is a key driver of how Nedbank conducts its business to ensure clients benefit from its money expertise. He and his team of Retail and Business

‘We look forward to continuing our relationships with our valued existing clients, and to offering our value proposition to new clients as well. At the core of our offering in Mthatha is a relationship-based model with a business manager dedicated to your business as your key point of entry to the bank. And we encourage you to see money differently with Whole-view Business Banking™ from Nedbank, as well as to take advantage of our one-stop banking service at Mthatha Plaza Branch,’ says Funani.

To take your business to the next level or to get more information about Nedbank’s specialised service offering call Sylvester Funani on +27 (0)83 569 2326, send an email to or visit


Relationship-based banking aimed at supporting clients in East London and surrounds Money expert Sandy Pelser, Regional Manager of Retail and Business Banking East London and Surrounds, explains how new brand values build on the bank’s expertise to benefit its clients.

business to ensure clients benefit from its money expertise. Nedbank recognises that you have a full range of banking needs that go beyond transaction and borrowing. That is why their dedicated team of specialists partners with you to give you a bird’s-eye view of your business and a different perspective on how your money needs to flow to meet your goals.

Operating from its offices at Cedar Square, Nedbank Retail and Business Banking, East London and Surrounds now has several business managers available under one roof. Sandy Pelser says her team is ready to assist clients with professional advice, industryspecific solutions and a comprehensive range of financial products and services. Pelser has been with Nedbank for 31 years and has worked in a number of roles. She prides herself in building relationships and understanding the needs of clients, saying that partnership- and relationship-based banking is a key driver of how Nedbank conducts its

‘We look forward to continuing our relationships with our valued existing clients, and to offering our value proposition to new clients as well. At the core of our offering in East London, Queenstown, King William’s Town, Mdantsane and Port Alfred is a relationship-based model with a business manager dedicated to your business as your key point of entry to the bank. And we encourage you to see money differently with Whole-view Business Banking™ from Nedbank, as well as to take advantage of our one-stop banking service in East London, says Pelser. To take your business to the next level or to get more information about Nedbank’s specialised service offering, call Sandy Pelser on +27 (0)83 628 9897, send an email to or visit


Using financial expertise to do good with professional advice and solutions Money expert Jordaan Roelofse, Regional Manager of Retail and Business Banking, Port Elizabeth and Surrounds, explains how new brand values build on the bank’s expertise to benefit its clients.

is a key driver of how Nedbank conducts its business to ensure clients benefit from its money expertise. He and his team of Retail and Business Banking experts aim to provide clients with unique business and financial solutions. ‘It forms part of our purpose at Nedbank to use our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and society,’ says Roelofse.

Operating from its offices at 270 Cape Road, Nedbank Retail and Business Banking, Port Elizabeth and Surrounds, now has several business managers available under one roof. Jordaan Roelofse says his team is ready to assist clients with professional advice, industry-specific solutions and a comprehensive range of financial products and services. Roelofse has been with Nedbank for 21 years and has worked in a number of roles. He prides himself on building relationships and understanding the needs of clients, saying that partnership- and relationship-based banking

We look forward to continuing our relationships with our valued existing clients, and to offering our value proposition to new clients as well. At the core of our offering in the Eastern Cape is a relationship-based model with a business manager dedicated to your business as your key point of entry to the bank. And we encourage you to see money differently with Whole-view Business Banking™ from Nedbank, as well as to take advantage of our one-stop banking service at 270 Cape Road,’ says Roelofse.

To take your business to the next level or to obtain more information about Nedbank’s specialised service offering, call Jordaan Roelofse on +27 (0)83 627 2210, send an email to or visit

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Agriculture Wool farmers are aiming for a big increase in production.

SECTOR INSIGHT Black farmers will export via Berlin Beef.


ool farmers and traders can look forward to a more stable pricing environment with the creation of a wool futures contract on the JSE. With weekly auctions being held in the Eastern Cape, prices can be accurately pegged which enables traders to buy the price, rather than the commodity itself. This gives producers greater security. The settlement price is determined by the Merino Indicator which is run by Cape Wool SA, which used to be known as the South African Wool Board and is based in Port Elizabeth. The National Woolgrowers Association of SA (NWGA), the country’s main producer organisation, is also based in Port Elizabeth. In 2016/17, wool farmers produced about 52-million kilograms of wool, but the industry intends to increase this by another 25-million kilograms. The South African Mohair Growers Association is based in the heart of Angora goat country at Jansenville while the industry association, Mohair South Africa, is in Port Elizabeth. South Africa produces about half of the world’s mohair. Yields produced by black maize farmers in the Matatiele district have improved dramatically between 2013 and 2017. According to Wandile Shihlobo of the Agricultural Business Chamber, the area farmed increased in that time from 1 200ha to 4 000ha but the crop return improved from 6 000 tons to 28 000 tons. Rural Enterprise Development (RED) hubs are a key plank in the strategy of the DRDAR to promote food security and employment creation. There are about 70 000 people employed on commercial

ONLINE RESOURCES Cape Wools SA: Milk Producers Organisation: Mohair South Africa:



farms across the Eastern Cape, with a further 436 000 people dependent on smaller farms, mostly in the east.The Eastern Cape is South Africa’s secondlargest producer of citrus fruit. Oranges make up the vast majority of citrus products. Deciduous fruits such as apples, pears and apricots are grown primarily in the Langkloof Valley. Another crop in which the Eastern Cape leads national production is chicory. The province’s pineapple crop is grown in the same part of the Sunshine Coast that produces chicory. The macadamia nut sector is growing. The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) has partnered with a community to plant the popular nut at Ncera in the Tyume Valley north of Alice. The Eastern Cape holds 21% of the country’s cattle (about 3.2-million), 28% of its sheep (seven-million) and 46% of its goats, making it the largest livestock province by a large margin. The rich natural grasslands of the Eastern Cape have the potential to produce high-value organic meat, a product that is proving increasingly popular in health-conscious international markets.


Africa Biomass Company Your caring family trading as world leaders in the wood chipping industry.

Our mission To provide a worldwide service and infrastructure that is sustainable and above par, taking into account the unique requirements of each client, without deviating from our policy of innovative service and high ethical standards.

Our values About us

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Since 2004, Africa Biomass Company has been at the forefront of the development of biomass processing such as wood chips, biofuels and more in Southern Africa. Under the mentorship of Johan du Preez, the co-owner of Môreson Grondverskuivers, known for service excellence in the agricultural industry since 1924, we established ourselves as market leaders of recycling agricultural wood waste over the past 10 years. Africa Biomass Company offers a viable, costeffective solution for our customers to recycle this unwanted woody biomass into usable forms. Towards the end of 2008, the need and demand for the chipping of orchards increased to such an extent that the strategy of hand-fed chippers was switched to that of horizontal grinders, fed by a mechanical loader. In collaboration with Môreson Grondverskuivers, we now offer a full range of services.

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Human dignity Integrity Quality Pro-trademark resolution Innovation Transparency Individualism

CONTACT INFO Physical address: Joubert Street, Worcester 6850 Postal address: PO Box 1322, Worcester 6849 Western Cape, South Africa Tel: +27 23 342 1212 Fax: 086 515 5777 Website: Willem van der Merwe, General Manager: 072 244 7737 Calie Rabie, Western Cape Production: 072 602 4543 Fanie Fourie, Eastern Cape Production: 073 402 0655 Riaan Carstens, Bandit Agency: 079 874 8624 Quintis Wiid, Parts and Workshop: 066 475 7039

Our vision Africa Biomass Company is your caring family, founded in faith, trading as world leaders in the recycling industry.




Africa Biomass Company services and products

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Loggers to handle the timber rapidly and effectively Well-trained teams of chainsaw operators.

Mulch and biofuel sales

Orchard Windbreak recycling River rehabilitation Recycling of waste wood Tree (orchard) replanting (Eastern Cape) Mulch spreading Land clearing and land preparation (Môreson)

Woodchip according to specification, collected in mass trailers or in bags and transported to end user, where it can be used as woochip mulch or biofuel. Wood chips best practice

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Bandit agency (Southern Africa) Dezzi equipment (Western Cape) Workshop and field services Part sales Manufacturing Training facilities

Orchard and windbreak recycling

It is excellent practice to apply compost and mulch in existing, as well as newly established orchards. The best results are obtained by spreading compost in the orchards or vineyards before covering it with mulch. Wood chips can also be used as a base to produce compost. You can buy or rent these unique, patented, designed mulch spreaders from ABC.

With the use of excavators with specialised attachments and three-wheel loggers, old orchards can be removed from root to top and fed into a horizontal grinder. The horizontal grinder processes the waste wood according to specifications discussed and agreed upon with the landowner or project manager. Processing of waste wood into a viable product, that if applied correctly, could have a 30% increase in water conservation as well as many other advantages.

Massive water savings In 2017 Africa Biomass Company was involved in many projects such as the removal of invasive eucalyptus trees in the Breede River and Berg River systems. The removal and recycling of these alien trees, old or unwanted orchards, vineyards or windbreaks can be used as mulch which are spread in new and old orchards and vineyards. This has led to a massive water saving equal to the water usage of 50 000 households for one year.

Land clearing services

Workshop and field services

Africa Biomass Company is an expert at land clearing. We have an extensive range of highly specialised wood recycling machinery that will do the job quickly and efficiently. • Tree shears which cut and stack trees of up to 550mm in diameter EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019

With an intimate understanding of the operational challenges of wood recycling in South Africa, we established state-of-the-art facilities to service, repair and rebuild wood chipping equipment of any make and size.


FOCUS This facility is manned by a remarkable team of experienced and suitably qualified engineers, technicians and artisans. An equally remarkable team of field service technicians delivers repairs, maintenance and spares to your site to optimise uptime and efficiency.

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Parts We have been widely commended as the company in South Africa stocking the largest range of industryrelated spare parts. Optimal production and uptime require quality components when needed. Understanding the industry through experience sets us apart from other suppliers. Delivering quality components on time is essential for running a successful operation. Our more than 2 500 line items is made up of quality components sourced worldwide to meet requirements of our customers and our own fleet.

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50 000 households’ worth of water saved in 2017 2017 Overall winner Entrepreneur of the Year Award Since 2004, servicing the biomass industry Approximately 2 500 line-items in total available stock Only SETA-certified wood chipper training facility. 20 teams all over South Africa Sole Bandit dealer in Africa.

to clients who want to invest in the Bandit range. We are privileged to serve our customers as the authorised dealer for Bandit Industries in Southern Africa. Bandit chippers are designed with quality, production and longevity in mind. Hand-fed chippers are mounted on custom-built, SABSapproved trailers. Owning a Bandit wood chipper will always put you in the front seat of reliable wood chipping operations. In many cases, the Bandit wood chipper sets the benchmark for other brands in the wood chipping industry. We are ready to supply the right Bandit wood chipping solution with advice and aftercare to your doorstep. All existing and new customers are welcome to contact us to become the owner of Bandit equipment.

Manufacturing Our legacy of innovation has been built on more than 80 000 hours of operational experience. This enabled us to develop and adapt machines for waste wood recycling in South Africa which truly adds value to the customer’s operation. A wide range of wood chipping, grinding and spreading equipment is manufactured locally to specification, as required for South African conditions.

Become an owner of a Bandit chipper

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All existing and new customers are welcome to contact us if they want to become the owner of the top-class range of Bandit equipment. Bandit Industries have delivered successful recycling solutions to basically every corner of the planet. A commitment to support Africa Biomass Company is fully equipped and stocked to service and repair any Bandit machine anywhere in South Africa. We own a fully-equipped parts warehouse (650m²), manufacturing department as well as field services to ensure that parts are always readily available and our own, as well as our clients’ Bandit wood chippers are not out of commission longer than they have to be.

Not only has Africa Biomass Company built up a substantial fleet of Bandit wood chippers for their own use as part of our wood recycling services we provide, but also offers a whole range of Bandit wood chippers




Energy The Eastern Cape is the wind power province.


ith the signing off on four new wind projects in April 2018, the Eastern Cape reinforced its position as a prime destination for wind power. More than half the wind farm projects so far approved in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have been allocated to the Eastern Cape. The Kouga area west of Jeffreys Bay and the Cookhouse/Bedford area about 95km north-west of Makhanda (Grahamstown) represent two wind power hubs, with a collective capacity of 1 185MW. South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) requires 20 000MW of renewable energy by 2030 and wind power technology, together with solar photovoltaic, are the two primary methods of reaching that target. The April signing ceremony by new Energy Minister Jeff Rabebe restarted the REIPPPP when he signed off on projects totalling R56-billion that will add 2 300MW to the national grid. There had been a long delay in the process as national utility Eskom argued against accepting more power purchase agreements while they had a surplus. Most of South Africa’s electricity comes from coal and Eskom is building two huge coal-fired power stations. One of the unfortunate side effects of Eskom’s refusal to agree to buy renewable power for two years was the closing down of a wind tower manufacturer in the Eastern Cape. DCD Wind Towers EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


SECTOR INSIGHT The IDC plans to revive a wind tower manufacturing plant.

was a joint venture between the DCD Group and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). A factory was built in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in 2013 with the intention of localising the manufacture of renewable energy sector components. The factory closed in 2016 as uncertainty affected the market. The Coega IDZ was working on positioning itself as a renewable energy hub. This process has been restarted and the IDC is looking for new partners to revive the wind tower plant. The Department of Trade and Industry

OVERVIEW (dti) offers a number of green technology incentives. At the end of the annual Windaba conference in Cape Town in 2018, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) issued a Commitment Statement which noted that the REIPPPP has a “built-in demand for local procurement”, not only offering business opportunities to local companies, but also incentivising the industry to identify and support emerging entrepreneurs. The rollout of renewable energy has met some resistance in South Africa from constituencies as diverse as coal-truck drivers and advocates of nuclear power. In response, renewable energy advocates cite not just investment figures, but they note how much good work has been done in communities. According to figures released by the National Department of Energy, the REIPPPP by 2016 had not only delivered multiple millions in investments, but also created more than 30 000 jobs and benefited local community development to the tune of R256-million. Figures released by SAWEA showed shareholding for local communities reached an estimated net income of R29.2-billion over the lifespan of the projects. Some 14 000 new jobs are expected to be created, mostly in rural areas, and more than R30-billion has already been spent on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) in the construction phase. Part of the SAWEA Commitment Statement reads, “Our aim over time is to transform and indigenise leadership at all levels in the South African Renewable Energy sector.” The average lead time in the projects that have so far been approved in the province is two years, with local content averaging out at about 47%. When the projects are complete, R142.9-billion will have been spent on procurement, R65.7-billion of which will be local. Wind projects in the province include Globeleq’s 138MW Jeffreys Bay facility, the 140MW Cookhouse project (African Clean Energy Developments) and two run by Cennergi at Tsitsikamma (94MW) and Bedford (134MW). Cennergi is a joint venture between South

ONLINE RESOURCES IPP projects: National Energy Regulator of South Africa: South African Photovoltaic Industry Association: South African Renewable Energy Council: South African Wind Energy Association: Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa:


African resources company Exxaro and Indian company Tata Power. There are several other projects with capacities ranging from 20MW to 97MW. Scatec Solar has commissioned a plant in Burgersdorp. The 75MW plant has panels mounted on single axes, enabling them to track the sun and optimise electricity generation by a further 20%. POWERX has recently signed up with AKM Foods to supply power to all the KFC outlets in Nelson Mandela Bay. POWERX trades in renewable energy through licences granted to it by the national energy regulatory authority, NERSA. By aggregating power purchases, the company is able to mitigate risk in a way that an individual purchaser may not be able to. POWERX now supplies over 40 national and local customers in Nelson Mandela Bay and its aim is to expand the customer base. The support of two of South Africa’s biggest institutional inves to r s, th e In dus tr ial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), has been crucial in getting the renewable energy sector off the ground. They have also played a role in helping communities fund their participation in community trusts. According to Business Day, the PIC has so far invested in 16 unlisted projects and its total investment stands at R11billion. The IDC’s 24 projects are valued at R14-billion and will contribute 1 100MW to the national power grid. EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


Water The Nooitgedacht Water Project is back on track.


he National Department of Water and Sanitation will provide the finances to complete the vital Nooitgedacht Low Level Scheme Water Project. Earlier announcements that funding for the project was to be reduced led to strikes but a new allocation was made in the 2018/19 budget. This will help to address the water supply problem in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole. In August 2018, water supplies were turned off for periods in the towns of Patensie and Hankey, which get their supply from the Kouga Dam. Levels in different parts of the province varied considerably at that time, ranging from just under 7% in the Kouga Dam to as high as 70% for the Klipplaat Water Supply System, which serves towns such as Queenstown in the central part of the province. Several plans are under consideration to alleviate the water shortages facing the Eastern Cape’s towns and rural areas. Most municipalities introduced restrictions on usage with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality limiting residents to 50 litres per day. The municipality has also been looking at ways of finding new water, including desalination and tapping new underground water sources. A desalination plant at Swartkops and new boreholes around the Uitenhage Springs are among projects designed to alleviate shortages. One option being considered is for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to partner with South African Breweries, which needs a lot of water to make its products, and Marina Sea Salt, which desalinates sea water to make salt. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is also investigating desalination as it needs water for the gas-related industries at the Coega Special Economic Zone.

ONLINE RESOURCES National Department of Water and Sanitation: Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme: Water Institute of South Africa: Water Research Commission:



SECTOR INSIGHT Plans are being implemented to avoid “Day Zero”.

The Nelson Mandela Bay metropole currently gets its water from 10 dams, six of which are owned by the municipality. Water services are provided to the citizens of the Eastern Cape by 17 water service authorities which oversee 163 drinking water supply systems. Muncipalities and Amatola Water are the primary providers of services. A water supply and hydropower project is planned on the Umzimvubu River, under the control of the National Department of Water and Sanitation. The project entails the construction of two multipurpose dams and the provision of hydropower. Amatola Water manages bulk water infrastructure across 50 000km², encompassing the district municipalities of Chris Hani and Amathole, together with portions of other municipal areas. Backlogs in rural areas and smaller municipalities are still prevalent, and this water authority is playing a key role in reducing and eradicating these inequalities.

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Water Scarcity in South Africa Sazile Qweleka, Amatola Water’s Operations Optimisation Manager, presents the case for new thinking about wastewater recycling and re-use.

With most parts of South Africa experiencing a severe drought, the severity of the water shortage in the country is inescapable. Dam levels in the Eastern Cape continue to decline, despite rains that have brought some relief. According to a recent report by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the total storage of water in the Eastern Cape stands at 56.1%, compared to the same time last year when the average dam levels were at 66.4%. This trend, coupled with the severe drought conditions, an increasing population and industrial growth, and environmental degradation, forces us to look at accelerated innovations in water resources and water services delivery in order to sustainably meet future water demands. In her budget speech in May 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, highlighted the country’s heavy reliance on surface water as a concern. She added that it was for this reason that the Department was planning to ensure that there is a mix of surface and ground water, which includes

options such as groundwater; wastewater re-use (grey water); desalination; and rainwater harvesting, among others. Wastewater re-use, recycled or reclaimed or grey water refers to former wastewater that has been treated to remove solids and certain impurities, and then re-used for a variety of applications including landscaping and irrigation, for example. Although costly, many coastal cities appear to prefer desalination as a solution to the water crisis. However, unlike its desalination counterpart, an added advantage of wastewater recycling and re-use is that it requires far less electricity.

A resource, not waste We need to start dealing with wastewater differently and explore wastewater re-use and recycling as a resource rather than waste. Leading the cities in this area is the city of Durban, which is home to the country’s first private water recycling plant. The idea for the plant was born in 1993 out of concern for the area’s increasing demand and limited water resources. This plant was later commissioned in 2001. The plant treats 47.5-million litres of domestic and industrial wastewater to a near-potable standard for sale to industrial customers, with an added benefit of a lower tariff when compared to the normal tariff. The plant has helped to free up sufficient drinking water for approximately 300 000 people in the area. In turn, this has reduced the demand for potable water and the quantity of effluent that is returned into the environment. Using Durban as an example of a success story of how wastewater recycling and re-use can be managed and used, it is clear that the future of water sustainability lies in looking at sources of water that will not only mitigate the effects of the drought, but also complement the existing sources.

PROVIDING high quality laboratory services and reliable testing results to our clients

As the first ISO 17025:2005 accredited laboratory in the Eastern Cape, the Amatola Water lab is assured to provide the highest standards of quality in laboratory services. This nationally recognised accreditation confirms that Amatola Water has a quality management system and the technical requirements in place to offer water sample analysis in line with SANS 241 standards, and provide reliable and accurate results data through a comprehensive water quality monitoring and management programme - giving quality assurance to customers that water quality standards are being met.

Amatola House 6 Lancaster Road, Vincent, East London Tel: (043) 707 3700


Tourism New hotel for St Francis Links.


new luxury hotel is to be built in St Francis Bay. The 60-room St Francis Links Hotel by Mantis will overlook the dam on the golf course’s final hole and provide views of the Indian Ocean and Kouga Mountains. The existing clubhouse of the St Francis Links Estate will provide facilities such as reception, restaurants and conferencing for the hotel, which has been designed to minimise the visual impact in an environment where fynbos is a feature. St Francis Links is a regular award winner as a wedding venue and for its Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. The hotel will be constructed next to the clubhouse, which is pictured above. The Mantis Group is involved in another project that involves golf at the Fish River Sun. The land on which the resort stands had been subject to a land claim for a long time. In December 2017 the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) bought the resort and closed it down but the golf course reopened again in March 2018, under the management of Mantis. Self-catering accommodation opened at the resort about a month later. Further up the coast, a settlement has been reached between the DRDLR (on behalf of claimant communities) and Sun International on the future of the Wild Coast Sun. The uMgungundlovu claimants, who were evicted from their land by homeland leaders who rented out EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019


SECTOR INSIGHT 30 000 bottle-necked dolphins regularly visit Algoa Bay. their land at laughably low prices in the early 1980s, get all of the 700 hectares of land. The resort will pay rental for the portion of land which it uses, and the community becomes a 28.4% part-owner of the resort. Algoa Bay attracts huge numbers of bottle-nosed dolphins and visitors don’t have to take boats to view them. Pods of dolphins can be spotted from the Shark Rock Pier adjacent to Hobie Beach, made famous as the launching spot of the swimming leg of various triathlons such as the IRONMAN

OVERVIEW competition. Nelson Mandela Bay’s tourism body is calling the city the Bottlenose Capital of the World because there is apparently nowhere else where so many of them gather in one place. The Eastern Cape has superb beaches and magnificent game parks and nature reserves. The fact that parks such as the Addo Elephant National Park are malaria-free at all times is an additional selling point for foreign visitors. Port Elizabeth is the end-point of the famous Garden Route, which extends westwards to Cape Town. East London has fine beaches and is the logical starting point for trips to the magical Wild Coast. The interior of the Eastern Cape is home to several high-end private game reserves such as Shamwari, Mount Camdeboo and Kariega Game Reserve. Some luxury game lodges are located within national parks, such as the Gorah Elephant Camp, which is run by Hunter Hotels and forms part of the Addo Park. Luxury brands sometimes create a chain for their customers, so visitors might stay at the boutique Summerstand hotel in Port Elizabeth, No5 By Mantis, on their way to another Mantis property, the Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve. The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency runs 34 provincial nature reserves within the province. The Addo Elephant National Park is arguably the province’s greatest attraction and is under the control of South African National Parks. The Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra and Garden Route national parks offer terrains ranging from dry karoo veld and rolling mountain plateaus to forests on a rocky coastline.

Hotels and casinos South Africa’s large branded hotel groups have a strong presence in the Eastern Cape but there are also regionally focussed groups together with independent hotels and resorts such as East London’s Blue Lagoon Hotel and Conference Centre, located in a prime spot at the mouth of the Nahoon River. The Billion Group has opened a new casino in Mthatha. The Mayfair Casino, which also has conference facilities, forms part of the complex that includes the BT Ngebs City Shopping Centre and the Mayfair Hotel. A Port Elizabeth hotel, the Isango Boutique Hotel and Spa, offers a variety of services beyound accomadation, including a luxury spa and hosting of weddings, conferences and parties. Kat Leisure Group’s offering extends

ONLINE RESOURCES Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency: Mandela Bay Development Agency: St Francis Tourism:


from the Kennaway Hotel on East London’s beachfront to the Queens Casino and Hotel in Queenstown and properties in the mountainous interior of Katberg and Hogsback. Premier Hotels has two hotels in East London, the Mpanga Private Game Reserve and it manages the East London International Convention Centre. The Radisson Blu in Port Elizabeth offers five-star luxury overlooking Pollock Beach. The modern 14-storey building has 173 rooms and suites. Tsogo Sun has five Eastern Cape properties. In East London the four-star Southern Sun Hemingways is next to the Hemingways Casino complex and the city has one Garden Court, as does Mthatha. Port Elizabeth has a Garden Court and a SUN1, both near Humewood Beach. Apart from the two resorts mentioned in relation to land claims, Sun International has the five-star Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth which includes conference and events facilities. Makana (Grahamstown) hosts the National Arts Festival every year, an 11-day extravaganza of performance art, music of every sort, art exhibitions, film, lectures, craft fairs and workshops. A study has put the economic impact of the festival at close to R350-million. Port Elizabeth maintained its reputation for “firsts” when it hosted South Africa’s first-ever day-night cricket Test match in 2017. With brand-new lighting of the latest design, St George’s Park cricket ground was illuminated to the highest international standards.



Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa Indulge your senses.


he building which houses Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa was built in the early 1900s and has been transformed into a sophisticated, elegantly styled boutique hotel. Isango Gate provides a serene yet modern setting which includes African Zen gardens, an open deck area, earth tones and modern lines and style. A marine theme contributes to the calming effect. This great escape is situated in the premier suburb of Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth and on the doorstep of pristine Blue Flag beaches.

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Each of the 10 tastefully designed suites are equipped with free Internet connection, fine linen, luxurious amenities and provide a private oasis of serenity. All efforts are dedicated to providing luxurious comfort, modern facilities and intuitive technology combined with exceptional, personalised service. Eight suites have private balconies and views of the sea. All rooms have a peaceful and harmonious touch with contemporary finishes.

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Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa 23 Bournemouth Street, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6001 Tel: +27 41 811 2225 Email: Functions: Spa: Website:


King-size beds TV with DStv Climate control Fully-stocked bar fridges

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Awesome gym Sparkling pool Sundeck Cocktail lounge Kiddies care Wine cellar Restaurant Boardroom Steam room Secure parking Jacuzzi


Your antidote to urban life Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa offers a great escape.


ver and above luxury accommodation options just a few minutes’ walk from Port Elizabeth’s finest beaches, the Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa caters for a wide variety of activities which range from a luxury spa to conference facilities, a poolside bar and a fine restaurant which is regularly used to host weddings and parties.

Spa The Isango Gate Spa is a luxury spa in the heart of Port Elizabeth. Whether you are looking for a dedicated spa break or would simply like to relax and pamper yourself, you will find everything you need all in an idyllic setting. In this haven of wel- being, you can relax in the deluxe jacuzzi or soothe your muscles and rid your body of toxins in the steam room. Work out in the well-equipped gym and enjoy the infinity pool.

Conferences The Mvumelwano Conference Centre can accommodate up to 70 guests and is fully equipped with a projector, sound, air conditioner and appropriate lighting. Extra equipment or special requests are welcome and can be discussed.


Bar The Ndlovu S i n a z o Bar is set alongside an infinit y swimming pool and creates the ultimate atmosphere for sundowners. This bar extension offers light meals, cocktails and wine by the glass. For those wanting to embrace the atmosphere, cigars are on sale to end off a great evening. The Ndlovu Sinazo Bar is open seven days a week for lunch and evening snacks.

The Penda Pendu restaurant, meaning “together in our house” in Shona, is equipped with a gas fireplace where guests can enjoy gourmet South African dishes with international flare complemented with fine local, international and rare wines. The full à la carte restaurant is open to the public and is available for functions such as baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers, high teas, weddings and year-end functions.




Manufacturing Pharmaceutical and automotive manufacturers are investing in new capacity.


stablished players and new entrants are putting money into new and expanded facilities in pharmaceuticals and the automotive industry, two of the strongest manufacturing sectors in the Eastern Cape. Of the established companies, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, South African Breweries and Aspen Pharmacare are all either upgrading facilities or adding new production lines. New entrants include MSQ Health, which will build a R100-million factory in the Coega Special Economic Zone, which is partnering with the company. The focus will be on active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Phase 1 in the construction process of the vehicle assembly plant of Beijing Automotive Group South Africa (BAIC SA) was completed in 2018. The total project involves an investment of R11-billion. BAIC expects to be building 50 000 vehicles per year at its site at Coega SEZ by 2022. The Eastern Cape manufactures half of the country’s passenger vehicles and provides 51% of South Africa’s vehicle exports. The sector accounts for over 40 000 formal sector jobs in the province. Volkswagen’s two new types of Polos started rolling off the production line in Uitenhage in 2018. Volkswagen’s R6.1-billion investment will take production up to full capacity of 160 000 vehicles in 2019, from 110 000 in 2017. About 150 automotive suppliers of various types operate in the Eastern Cape. Sectors include leather works, batteries, automotive tooling, catalytic converters, glass, lamps, radiators and alloy wheels. Several cluster development programmes in the Eastern Cape aim to develop specific industries by bringing together expertise and logistical support. Marine manufacturing is the focus of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster (MBCC). A Non-Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) Cluster concentrates on training, supplier development, energy efficiencies and developing new markets. The provincial government wants to see more diversification in manufacturing and is targeting sectors where the province already has a competitive advantage (such as wool and mohair), is labour intensive, will have a broad impact and has low barriers for SMME

ONLINE RESOURCES Coega Development Corporation: Eastern Cape Development Corporation: East London Industrial Development Zone:



SECTOR INSIGHT Aspen Pharmacare will hire 500 new staff. entry. Sectors targeted include: agri-processing and food; timber; tourism; construction; chemicals; energy and mariculture. There is great potential to create more value from the excellent wool, leather and mohair that the province’s livestock produce. A fibre-processing plant to spin wool and mohair fibre into yarn is planned, as is a textile mill to focus on cotton, poly-cotton and acrylic fabric. The latter is planned for the IDZ in East London, which is already home to Da Gama Textiles, whose factory has the capacity to produce 45-million square metres of fabric per annum. The opening in May 2018 of a R1billion specialised product facility at the Port Elizabeth plant of Aspen Pharmacare will add 500 jobs to the existing complement of 2 000 staff members. The new plant will make products for chronic conditions, a new departure for the company which until now has focussed on generics. Annual production is planned of about 3.6-billion tablets. A new production line came on line at the Ibhayi Brewery of South African Breweries (AB InBev) at Perseverance in the Eastern Cape in 2018. The new line, costing R438million, will add 500 000-hectolitres to the brewery’s capacity.










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Education Eastern Cape universities are leading research in vital sectors.


xpensive medical tests in rural areas for problematic pregnancies could soon be a thing of the past. The new Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre is working on a cellphone app that will send colour pictures of test strips to diagnostic centres, saving the patient a long and difficult journey. The University of Fort Hare is leading three innovative studies into biogas including a project investigating compressed biogas for public transport. Partners in the project are the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and United States Agency for International Development. The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is working with Fort Hare on a pilot scheme of biodigesters for households. In 2017, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) inaugurated its Ocean Sciences Campus at its Port Elizabeth base. This includes a unit aimed at combating sea fisheries crime (FishFORCE, with support from Norway) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI). The university has four marine sector chairs funded by the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of South Africa (Unisa) offer vocational training (diplomas) and academic programmes (degrees). There are several examples in the Eastern Cape of collaboration between the manufacturing sector and educational institutions. General Motors SA has assigned R3.6-million to a Chair in Mechatronics at NMU, which offers a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, covering electronics, mechanical engineering and computer-aided design. Volkswagen supports the International Chair in Automotive Engineering at NMU. Rhodes University’s Centre for Environmental Water Quality, within the Institute for Water Research, is sponsored by Unilever. The NMU Institute of Chemical Technology commercialises research through a body called InnoVenton and has several clients in the private sector. The Provincial Government of the Eastern Cape is supporting skills training in the maritime sector through the Maritime Youth

ONLINE RESOURCES Eastern Cape Department of Education: Ocean Sciences Campus: Technology Innovation Agency:



SECTOR INSIGHT Rhodes University has a new Biotechnology Innovation Centre.

Development Programme. So far, it has benefitted 128 young people from Buffalo City Municipality and Port St Johns and will be rolled out to other areas. In the Youth in Infrastructure Maintenance Programme, the provincial government partners with several national departments to provide opportunities for unskilled young people with NCV 4 and Grade 12 qualifications and below. The programme is targeting 5 000 young people over a period of five years. The Eastern Cape has eight Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges, most of which have more than one campus: Buffalo City, Port Elizabeth, Lovedale, King Hintsa, Ingwe, King Sabata Dalinyebo, Ikhala and Eastcape Midlands College.


Eastern Cape Provincial Government A guide to the Eastern Cape’s provincial government departments. Visit

Office of the Premier Premier: Phumulo Masualle

Department of Human Settlements MEC: Mlungisi Mvoko

State House, Independent Avenue, Bhisho 5605 Tel: +27 40 609 6626 Fax: +27 40 639 1419 Website:

31-33 Phillip Frame Road, Waverly Park, Chiselhurst, East London Tel: +27 43 711 9595 Fax: +27 43 711 9785 Website: Department of Public Works MEC: Pemmy Majodina

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC: Fikile Xasa

5 Qasana Building, Independence Avenue, Bhisho 5605 Tel: +27 40 602 4000 Fax: +27 40 639 2926 Website:

Tyamzashe Building, Room 2124, 2nd Floor, Bhisho 5605 Tel: +27 40 609 5788/5789 Fax: +27 40 639 2135 Website:

Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC: Xolile Nqatha

Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC: Oscar Mabuyane

Dukumbane Building, Independence Avenue, Bhisho 5606 Tel: +27 40 602 5006 Fax: +27 40 635 0604 Website:

2nd Floor, Beacon Hill, Hockley Close, King Williams Town 5600 Tel: +27 43 605 7006/7216 Fax: +27 43 605 7306 Website:

Department of Safety and Liaison MEC: Weziwe Tikana

Department of Education Superintendent General: Themba Kojana

Arches Building 7, Taylor Street, King Williams Town 5601 Tel: +27 43 605 6800 Fax: 086 558 0224 Website:

Steve Tshwete Education Building, Zwelitsha Zone 6, Zwelitsha Tel: +27 40 608 4200 Fax: +27 40 608 4040 Website:

Department of Social Development MEC: Dr Pumza Dyantyi Cnr Hockley and Hargreaves Streets, Beacon Hill, King Williams Town 5600 Tel: +27 43 605 5419 Fax: +27 43 605 5000 Website:

Department of Health MEC: Helen Sauls-August

Dukumbane Building, Independence Avenue, Bhisho 5605 Tel: +27 40 608 1114 Fax: +27 40 608 1118 Website:



LISTING Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC: Bulelwa Tunyiswa

Provincial Treasury MEC: Oscar Mabuyane

Provincial Treasury, Tyamzashe Building, Bhisho 5605 Tel: +27 40 353 9944 Fax: +27 40 101 0731 Website:

Wilton Zimasile Mkwayi Building, 5 Eales Street, King Williams Town 5600 Tel: +27 43 604 4101 | Fax: +27 43 642 6759 Website: Department of Transport MEC: Weziwe Tikana

Stellenbosch Park, Flemming St, Schornville, King Williams Town 5601 Tel: +27 43 604 7400 | Fax: 086 298 5598 Website:

Eastern Cape Local Government ALFRED NZO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Erf 1400, Ntsizwa Street, Mount Ayliff Tel: +27 39 254 5000 | Fax: +27 39 254 0343 Email: Website:

AMATHOLE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY 40 Cambridge Street, East London Tel: +27 43 701 4000 | Fax: +27 43 742 0337 Email: Website:

Matatiele Local Municipality

Amahlathi Local Municipality

Tel: +27 39 737 8100 Fax: +27 39 737 3611 Website:

Tel: +27 43 683 5000 | Fax:+27 43 683 2970 Website:

Mbizana Local Municipality

Tel: +27 43 831 5700 | Fax: +27 43 831 1306 Website:

Great Kei Local Municipality

Tel: +27 39 251 0230 Fax: +27 39 251 0917 Website:

Mbashe Local Municipality

Ntabankulu Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 489 5800 | Fax: +27 47 489 5800 Website:

Tel: +27 39 258 0056 Fax: +27 39 258 0173 Website:

Mnquma Local Municipality

Tel: +7 47 401 2400 | Fax: +27 47 491 0195 Website:

Umzimvubu Local Municipality

Ngqushwa Local Municipality

Tel: +27 39 255 8500 Fax: +27 39 255 0167 Website:


Tel: +27 40 673 3095 | Fax: +27 40 673 3771 Website:


LISTING Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality

Elundini Local Municipality

Tel: +27 46 645 7400 Fax: +27 46 645 2562 Website:

Tel: +27 45 932 8100 | Fax: +27 45 932 1094 Website:

BUFFALO CITY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY 117 Oxford Street, Cnr North & Oxford Streets, Trust Centre, East London Tel:+27 43 705 2000 | Fax:+27 43 743 1688 Website:

Tel: +27 51 603 1300 | Fax: +27 51 603 0445 Website:

Senqu Local Municipality

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality

Tel: + 27 51 653 1777 Fax: + 27 51 653 0056 Website:

CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY 15 Bells Road, Queenstown Tel: +27 45 808 4600 | Fax: +27 45 838 1556 Website:

NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY City Hall, Vuyisile Mini Square, Govan Mbeki Avenue, Nelson Mandela Bay Tel: +27 41 506 1911 Fax: +27 41 506 2422 Website:

Emalahleni Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 878 0020 | Fax: + 27 47 878 0112 Website: Engcobo Local Municipality

OR TAMBO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY OR Tambo House, Nelson Mandela Drive, Myezo Park, Mthatha Tel: +27 47 501 6400 Fax: +27 47 532 6518 Website:

Tel: +27 47 548 5600 | Fax: +27 47 548 1078 Website: Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality

Tel: + 27 45 807 2606 Fax: +27 45 807 2637

Ingquza Hill Local Municipality

Intsika Yethu Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 874 8700 | Fax: +27 47 874 0010 Website:

Tel: +27 39 252 0131 Fax: +27 39 252 0699 Website:

Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality

Tel: +27 48 801 5000 Fax: +27 48 881 1421 Website:

Tel: +27 47 501 4000 | Fax: +27 47 531 3128 Website:

Sakhisizwe Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 553 7000 | Fax: +27 47 553 0189 Website:

Mhlontlo Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 877 5200 Fax: +27 47 877 0000 Website:

Nyandeni Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 555 5000 Fax: +27 47 555 0202 Website:

JOE GQABI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Cnr Cole and Graham Streets, Barkly East Tel: +27 45 979 3000 Fax: +27 45 971 0251 Website:



LISTING Port St Johns Local Municipality

Kou-Kamma Local Municipality

Tel: +27 47 564 1207 Fax: +27 47 564 1206 Website:

Tel: +27 42 288 7200 | Fax: +27 42 288 0797 Website:

SARAH BAARTMAN DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY 32 Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth Tel: +27 41 508 7111 Fax: +27 41 508 7000 Website:

Tel: +27 46 603 6131 Fax: +27 46 622 9700 Website:

Makana Local Municipality

Ndlambe Local Municipality

Blue Crane Route Local Municipality

Tel: +27 46 604 5500 Fax: +27 46 624 2669 Website:

Tel: +27 42 243 6400 | Fax: + 27 42 243 0633 Website:

Sundays River Valley Local Municipality

Dr Beyers Naude Local Municipality

Tel: +27 42 230 7700/0077 Fax: +27 42 230 1799 Website:

Tel: +27 49 807 5700 | Fax: +27 49 892 4319 Website: Kouga Local Municipality

Tel: +27 42 200 2200 | Fax: +27 42 200 8606 Website:

Municipalities in the Eastern Cape

LESOTHO Free State

Alfred Nzo Matatiele


Umzimvubu Senqu


Northern Cape


Joe Gqabi


Ntabankulu Mhlontlo


Inkwanca Tsolwana

Western Cape


Chris Hani

Inxuba Yethemba

Engcobo Intsika Yethu



OR Tambo Ingquza Hill

Port Nyandeni St Johns King Sabata Dalindyebo Mbhashe

Mnquma Amahlathi

Nxuba Blue Crane Route Dr Beyers Naude

Amathole Nkonkobe

Sarah Baartman Ngqushwa

Makana Sundays River Valley



Great Kei

Buffalo City


Nelson Mandela Bay

INDIAN OCEAN Metropolitan/District Municipality Boundary Local Municipality Boundary District Municipality Local Municipality



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