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Coega Revered Expertise in the Country’s Infrastructure Development - published 21 Aug 2020

Coega Revered Expertise in the Country’s Infrastructure Development

Port Elizabeth, 21 August 2020
The internationally acclaimed and award winning Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has seen the organisation becoming the leading Implementing Agent (IA) of choice in South Africa, providing its expert services to both the public & private sector. With a footprint of projects spanning across the entire country and throughout the African continent, the CDC has spearheaded the successful implementation of complex mega infrastructure development & maintenance projects.

PURPOSE BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE: Guzana Senior School and Kingsburgh primary school are some of the schools who’ve benefited from projects managed by the CDC.

Game Changing Projects

The CDC’s Project Management Services, which provide engineering and infrastructure project management skills perfected during the construction of the 9003-hectare Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), is at the forefront of spearheading game changing projects throughout the country. Some of these projects include, but not limited to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, a mega infrastructure project located in the heartbeat of Mdantsane – the largest township in the Eastern Cape.

MEGA INFRASTRUCTURE: Cecilia Makiwane, one of the largest projects built post democratic dispensation. The project created in excess of 3606 much needed jobs & provided skills development and training to the local communities.

The almost R1 billion investment by the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDoH) in the Cecilia Makiwane hospital precinct. Cecilia Makiwane Hospital is a large, provincial, government-funded hospital situated in the Mdantsane township of East London, Eastern Cape in South Africa. It is a tertiary teaching hospital and forms part of the East London Hospital Complex.

The successful development and commissioning of this hospital was project managed by the CDC. The timeous commissioning of this project was critical to ensure that the spinoffs were immediately felt by the community of Mdantsane and local businesses at large. More than 3000 (three thousand) jobs were created in the project and a further 29 emerging Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) contractors benefiting from the largest medical infrastructure development project in the Eastern Cape.


The CDC commenced with construction of the project as early as 2011 and ensured prudent & effective expenditure leading to the project being completed within budget, specification, and delivered on time, supported by all the stakeholders that were involved in the project including the local Municipality.


Department of Education Projects

The CDC, on behalf of the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) successfully completed a school infrastructure project at Bedford Primary School in the Eastern Cape (EC) for grade R to grade 7. The R60 million construction of Bedford Primary school, was completed just a couple of months shy of the 24-month contract period. The project was welcomed with jubilation by scores of children at the small town of Bedford in the EC.

STATE OF THE ART: newly built Bedford Primary School has seen over 744 children from impoverished communities moving into the newly built facility.

Another notable project is the delivery of a multimillion-rand school at Ntabankulu Local Municipality. Leaners of Madlalisa Senior Primary School (SPS), in 2017, commenced their school programme in a newly built school thanks to the partnership between the ECDC and the CDC, tasked with the implementation of infrastructure development. The project saw the installation of eight (8) new classrooms, computer lab, science laboratory, resource centre, multipurpose and nutrition centres. The project formed part of the successful completion of over twenty-one (21) Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) projects by the CDC.

NURTURING THE FUTURE: Madlalisa Senior Primary School in Ntabankulu Local Municipality opened its doors to hundreds of learners in 2017.

Furthermore, with the footprint of the CDC spanning throughout the country, the organisation has seen the successful and timeous implementation of various projects, both complex & diverse in nature.

The CDC was appointed as an Implementing Agent by the Department of Education (DoE) to assist in the implementation of projects within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. These projects vary and typically consist of facilities for Learners with Special Needs, Early Childhood Development Centres; Upgrades and Additions; Building of New Schools; School Electrification Projects; and Repairs and Refurbishments Projects. With the CDC’s capacity, at some point the organization managed more than 1000 of these projects for the Province.


Other infrastructure projects were awarded to the CDC by the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) under the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) Programme of the DBE, to assist in the implementation of projects within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The programme was aimed at providing quality teaching facilities, and basic water and sanitation services.


Some of the KZN projects included the Department of Social Development (DSD) projects within the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.  Portfolio focused on the planning, execution, implementation and management of the DSD infrastructure projects, including the construction of Service Offices, Early Childhood Development Centres, and upgrading, renovation, repairs, maintenance and additions to existing buildings at identified sites throughout the province.

Dlamlenze Early Childhood Development. Centre in the Amajuba District in KZN

Some of these include schools located in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) such as La Mercy Maths, Science & Technology (MST) Academy; Glenngarry Primary School; Goodhome Secondary School; Hhoye Secondary School; Mbongeleni Primary School; Umsilinga Primary School; Ebuhlenibenkosi Secondary School; Westmead Secondary School; Khindi Jobe Primary School and Ukhanyakomsinga Special School, to mention but a few.

PICTURE: Completed structure of Kingsburg Primary School that benefited learners within the KZN region.

PICTURES: La Mercy Maths, Science & Technology (MST) Academy, a KZN DOE project (Completed timeously by the CDC)

National Health Insurance (NHI) Projects

Following the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme spearheaded by the National Department of Health (NDoH), the CDC, has been at the forefront of implementing eight (8) successful projects in the Eastern Cape province. The eight (8) completed projects located in the OR Tambo NHI Pilot district of the province of the EC, are accumulatively valued at R289million and have created in excess of 790 jobs.

MODEL OF SUCCESS: H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa joined by the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, Premier of the Eastern Cape Oscar Mabuyane & EC Health MEC Sindiwa Gomba at the opening of the NHI Lusikisiki Clinic in 2019.

NHI Programme: one of the eight successfully completed NHI Clinic’s by the Coega Development Corporation.

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