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Manufacturing Big new plants are opening in KwaZulu-Natal.

SECTOR INSIGHT Hulamin’s production of rolled products increased by 19%. • A Halaal Manufacturing Park is planned.


n order to take advantage of the existing strengths of cities and districts in the province, a network of Industrial Economic Hubs (IEHs) is being developed in KwaZulu-Natal by the provincial government. Leading the process is the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs (DEDTEA). The plan links sectors and local economies as follows: • Clothing and Textiles: Amajuba District • Leather Processing: uMgungundlovu District • Renewable Energy: iLembe District • Auto Supplier Park: eThekwini Metro • Agri-processing: Zululand District • Electronics: uThukela District • Perishables Processing: Ugu District • Wood Processing: Harry Gwala District. The focus sectors for the municipalities of uMzinyathi and uMkhanyakude are still under discussion. A Halaal Manufacturing Park is being considered by DEDTEA, finance institution Ithala, the South African National Halaal Authority and business leaders. A location near a good road or national highway and within easy reach of the Port of Durban would be ideal. It is expected that investors will find this an attractive proposition. Another provincial effort to boost manufacturing is the KwaZuluNatal Mineral Beneficiation Strategy. The plan is to ensure that business opportunities and jobs can be created along the value chain. A new smelter park project at Colenso and various titanium dioxide plants in the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) reflect this thinking. Overall, the manufacturing sector contributes 17.7% to the provincial


gross domestic product (GDP). The strongest export sectors are base metals (32% including aluminium), mineral products such as ores, vehicles and chemical products. An area of anticipated growth and a focus of policy interventions is the marine manufacturing sector. The RBIDZ has already welcomed SPS Manufacturing, a pipe manufacturer which will invest R300-million in uMhlathuze, creating 87 permanent jobs. Dube TradePort has attracted several new investments: Samsung Electronics South Africa (televisions) and Cipla (biosimilar pharmaceuticals). Hulamin is a leader in aluminium finished products. The company makes rolled products at Edendale, Pietermaritzburg and Camps Drift while its Pietermaritzburg facility for making extrusions is one of the three in the country. Rolled product production increased in 2016


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