SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES (SEZs) approximately 40 km north of the Cape Town CBD, 19 km north of Melkbosstrand and 76 km south of Saldanha Bay. It lies between the N7 to Namibia and the R27 West Coast Road. The Atlantis SEZ is projected to grow the Greentech sector in the Western Cape more broadly and revitalise Atlantis as a key industrial node in the region. The zone welcomes manufacturers, service providers, suppliers and other players in the value chains of green technology manufacturing. The designated area of the SEZ is embedded in the existing Atlantis Industria and is mere blocks from the residential area. The community’s role has been fundamental to the ethos of the development of the ASEZ. Making sure that the project is socially inclusive is important. Every day, we remind ourselves that social inclusivity is something we teach in South Africa, but don’t often practice. The work with community members in Atlantis has been unique in the landscape of economic infrastructure development; members of the community have participated in co creating the SEZ’s implementation plans and shaping their representative structures. A Community Facilitation Agreement was signed in December 2020 with
12 members elected to represent small business, education, women & disabled, and youth sectors through a community stakeholder network. CURRENT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: Community engagement sessions • Small, focused group meetings with key stakeholders (5 in total), driven by restrictions on public gatherings. • Presentation to Sub-council 1 at their Ward Committee member induction • Continued support and collaboration of Bearfish Strategic Services work in Atlantis • Engagement with Atlantis Rotary for youth entrepreneurship support Training roll-out • Basic welding, mechanical fitting and boilermaking (54 beneficiaries) started 22 Feb 2021. • SARETEC Bolting and Fastening training (12 beneficiaries). • IkamvaYouth programme (90 beneficiaries), annual programme. • Water treatment and Waste management training (20 beneficiaries) commenced end
of November 2020. Early Childhood Development (20 beneficiaries) commenced end of November 2020. • PV Solar training (30 beneficiaries) - National Business Initiative (NBI), West Coast College (WCC) and SARETEC currently recruiting. • Community engagement (15 beneficiaries) started 4 March • Technical training (50 beneficiaries) currently contracting. •
Smme/supplier development support • Project Management (15 beneficiaries) • Business Admin and Communication (20 beneficiaries) • Solar School (10 beneficiaries) Infrastructure Development The ASEZ has developed a masterplan for the role out of infrastructure within the three zones. Although not cast in stone, this gives a good indication of what the industrial park may look like in 3 to 5 years. Coupled with the masterplan, zone and individual sitespecific guidelines were developed to incorporate the Greentech ethos of the ASEZ.