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Coega’s expertise in Infrastructure Project Management - published 14 Jul 2020

A multi-billion rand Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone, A project by the Gauteng Province, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, and City of Tshwane.

Coega’s Expertise in Infrastructure Project Management will help SA Fast Track Economic Recovery Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Port Elizabeth, 14 July 2020
– The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), developer and operator of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), announced today it has been appointed as the Implementing Agent (IA) to develop and operate the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The CDC, as a public entity, is an IA of choice in the country due to its unparalleled expertise in mega and complex infrastructure projects, says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC’s Head of Brand and Marketing.

The multi-billion-rand TASEZ will mark an important milestone for the Gauteng Province, City of Tshwane and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (“the dtic”) SEZ programme.

“SEZs are a catalyst for employment, transformation, socio-economic development and industry growth,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Head of Marketing, Brand and Communications

“The CDC’s appointment demonstrates our resilience in negotiation, having secured a multi-billion-rand project under a difficult operating environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Dr Vilakazi

Coega has ISO certified systems and processes that guarantee effective delivery of projects within scope, time, and budget.

“Coega is a public entity known for improving turnaround times in the delivery of infrastructure projects and facilities management.

“Our record of unqualified audit opinions on our projects speaks for itself. The national government and various provincial government departments trust the CDC with its projects. This has become even more pronounced amid COVID-19 and the need to fast-track economic recovery through infrastructure development and thus, stimulate job creation,” said Dr Vilakazi.

The TASEZ was launched in 2019 and the success of it is important to the economic growth of the Gauteng Province. In the 2019 Gauteng State of the Province Address, Premier David Makhura stated that: “we must be more aggressive and decisive in pushing a vision of turning the entire province into a single, multi-tier, mega special economic zone,” based on Hannan, an island province in China, which is an SEZ in itself.

The TASEZ is “Africa’s First Automotive City” and a key driver of economic growth in the City of Tshwane and the rest of the Gauteng province, with a mandate to promote economic participation for SMMEs and to create decent employment in the region.

“The TASEZ development will create an influx of economic activity to the region as well as generate socio-economic benefits for both local communities and SMMEs in the following industries: Security; ICT Maintenance; Facilities Maintenance; Construction; Automotive Supply Chain; Marketing and Advertising; Catering and Events; and Information and Technology (among others). Both Job Seekers and SMMEs are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. For more information on TASEZ, visit www.tasez.co.za

The TASEZ will also provide social development through the improvement of infrastructure and the provision of facilities not currently available within the area. The Tshwane Automotive SEZ is Africa’s first automotive city,” said Dr Vilakazi.

TASEZ is an attractive world-class automotive city and a preferred investment destination for the automotive industry on the African continent. Its proximity to an established automotive industry in Tshwane allows for increased economies of scale and scope, thereby lowering the cost of doing business. The SEZ offers world-class customised solutions, incentives, support services and systems for manufacturers seeking excellence, and a productive and progressive location.

The TASEZ is a catalyst for employment, transformation and socio-economic development and inclusive industry growth. It boasts the most skilled labour in the sector, provides easy access to a strong consumer base, and connectivity to both suppliers and potential markets, while promoting export-orientated industries and local integration. The TASEZ provides an unparalleled connectivity and harmony between the living city, green city and the productive city of Tshwane including an array of state-of-the-art modern infrastructure, facilities, and support services. It provides direct and ready linkages to regional and international markets, making exports easy to the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The CDC’s role has become very important in South Africa and on the continent with helping develop effective and efficient SEZs.

According to Dr LI Yuanchao, former Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, during his visit to CDC in November 2016: “I’ve been to many developing countries and industrial development zones around the world, the Coega IDZ is one of the best that I have seen.” These sentiments were echoed by the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Mr Nigel Casey, in his remarks in 2017 about the Coega IDZ, when he highlighted impressive developments at Coega: “I’m particularly pleased by the number of investors who have taken advantage of this amazing economic zone and made a great success of their investments.”

The CDC is taking full advantage of the Inter-Africa trade, which has been made possible by the signing of the Africa Free Trade Agreement by African countries to promote greater economic integration across the continent. To this end, the CDC’s International Business under Coega Africa Programme is managing the implementation of infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, and Cameroon, amongst other countries. Locally, the CDC has assisted with the development of other SEZs and Economic Development Agencies.

CDC successes:

The CDC won the prestigious DTIC’s Investor of the Year Award in 2019 for its experience in developing and operating Special Economic Zones. Furthermore, its performance has been independently verified by Statistics South Africa (STATS SA) that recently issued a report on the Coega SEZ - http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1854&PPN=Report-00-30-02. STATS SA’s report shows that in relation to the Coega SEZ tenants, the total income of the Coega SEZ tenants improved by 22% over the comparative period (2015/16 - 2018/19) indicating an increased contribution of tax returns from the tenants. The Coega SEZ tenants also improved greatly on the net profit before tax, recording R506 million in 2018. Number of jobs increased by 17.3% on average per year. The Coega SEZ contributed to the economy of the region by creating decent jobs with an average salary of R222, 000 improving from R218, 000 per employee in 2015; Coega has outperformed the East London SEZ on many key performance indicators and is assisting other SEZs in the country for the benefit of South Africa.

The drive for growth and development has made Coega not only one of the most successful SEZs in the country and the number one SEZ on the African continent, but an attractive and ideal investment destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and one of the country’s leading infrastructure implementing agents.

The CDC, with its proven track record in infrastructure implementation and programme management spanning over two decades, has seen it deliver other infrastructure projects successfully within budget and scope. The organisation has an arsenal of systems developed to fast track the implementation of infrastructure projects whilst ensuring the creation of jobs and transforming economies through developing emerging businesses. The CDC’s Infrastructure Project Management Services include:

  • Project Methodology and System;
  • Development of reporting & monitoring services;
  • Integrated planning & budgeting;
  • Development of business plans;
  • Stakeholder analysis & engagement programmes;
  • Procurement of service providers and required equipment;
  • On-the-job training & contractor development;
  • Human capital solutions; and
  • Post implementation monitoring and facilities maintenance.
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: complete structure of Cecelia Makhiwane Hospital, EC (Department Of Health project) and Kingsburgh Primary School in KZN (Department Of Education project) which are few of the projects which has provisioned local communities which much needed services.

The CDC also offers mega and complex infrastructure project expertise and various strategic solutions to the Eastern Cape Department of Public Works and Infrastructure; National Department of Public Works; National and Eastern Cape Department of Health.

Lusikisiki Village Clinic opened by the President of SA, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, on 17 September 2019
Nolitha Clinic opened by the Premier of the EC on 22 November 2019

Other clients include KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape departments of education; and the Eastern Cape and KZN departments of social development, to mention but a few.

Schools which benefited from the department’s infrastructure programme in the KZN province include the La Mercy Maths and Science Academy; Kingsburgh Primary School; Glengarry 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, and many others throughout the country.

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