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INTERVIEW

Bringing work opportunities and skills transfer The CEO of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone, Mpho Mgemane, relates how new investments are ramping up.

Mpho Mgemane

How does the MAP SEZ benefit from its strategic location? The zone is strategically situated on the intersection of the N3 and N5 highways. These are some of the country’s most important and busiest freight routes and provide the MAP SEZ with prime access to the busy Durban port, the large Gauteng commercial market, the Port Elizabeth and Cape Town ports and also provide a link to imports and exports to and from SADC countries. What are the main sectors you are targeting to invest in the facility?

There are six priority sectors: automotive, agro-processing, logistics, general processing, ICT and pharmaceuticals. Agro-processing is our main targeted sector. How far advanced is infrastructure development at the SEZ?

Bulk infrastructure development of the park is being undertaken in three phases. Phase 1 Bulk has reached over 75% completion and is scheduled to BIOGRAPHY be completed by January 2019. The subsequent phases will be led by the Mpho Mgemane graduated with coming of new investments. We have also signed on three new investors an honours degree in Industrial with their top structure construction scheduled to start in February 2019. Psychology from the University of South Africa. She was born What is the significance of a chemical company deciding to in Soweto, Johannesburg, but locate their factory at MAP SEZ? attended high school in Qwa This is our first official investment as an SEZ. The chemical plant will be Qwa. She acquired considerable relocated to its new custom-built facility following its construction. The knowledge in asset capital chemical plant has acted as a live advertisement for the SEZ to other invesfunding and deal-making during tors as the Harrismith area is not well known as an industrial hub. This facility her time with Nedbank, Absa not only brings work opportunities to the area, but we are looking forward and Standard Bank. After a to the skills transfer that will be made possible through its operations. spell as Executive Director of the Food Gardens Foundation, What other significant investments have there been? Mpho led the Expanded Public We have two abattoirs (one beef abattoir and one pork abattoir) with conWorks Programme of the Free struction to commence in the near future. We are also finalising investment State Provincial Government and deals with another chemicals plant, a human hair manufacturer, a beverage became MAP SEZ CEO in 2016. processing plant, a farming vehicle assembly plant and a biogas facility.

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