Port Elizabeth – The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) hosted the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and the Northern Cape Economic Development Agency (NCEDA) to the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to sign a memorandum of agreement between the CDC and NCEDA on Wednesday.
Among the delegation from the Northern Cape was MEC of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism Jack MacCollen. According to MacCollen, they have been mandated by the government of the Northern Cape to learn best practices from the CDC as the NCEDA is about to establish its very own Special Economic Zone(SEZ) in Upington.
“We seek to learn from Coega Development Corporation in order to successfully run our own Special economic zone in the Northern Cape. “Said McCollen.
The MEC further stated that the youth of the Northern Cape Province need the skills and employment opportunities that will ultimately improve the province and the South Africa in general.
According to NCEDA CEO Mr. Thobela Dikeni, 464 hectares of land has been allocated to NCEDA as part of the establishment of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Out of the 464 hectares allocated, 50 hectares already has bulk infrastructurea in place.
“Getting capacity from Coega Development Corporation will be very beneficial to the Special Economic Zone of the Northern Cape. Part of our visit here in Coega is to actually share experiences from the different industries within this Development Zone”.
Eradicating poverty and investment attraction is the key motive of the envisaged Special Economic Zone in Northern Cape.
CDC Executive Manager Riccardo Temmers alluded that, what Coega has done in terms of economic growth within the country has to be encouraged in other Provinces as well.
“I think it is important as a corporation that our colleagues from the Northern Cape learn from us in order to prevent all the mistakes we have encountered in the past.
“We are very excited to actually partner with the Northern Cape and really make sure that they reach their objectives.
“This partnership will become a mechanism to fight unemployment and develop skills in the Northern Cape.” Said Temmers