Posted: August 11, 2023
In his address during the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (NamSEZ) public participation meeting which took place yesterday, the Chief Director of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic), Mr Maoto Molefane, underscored the critical role of collective ownership in shaping the future potential of the NamSEZ to bolster the economic landscape of the Northern Cape. He conveyed that the success of this ambitious project rests within the community, encouraging active engagement and a vigilant commitment to its enduring prosperity.
The public participation meeting which took place in Pofadder, was aligned with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel’s recent notice in the government gazette. The notice was a pivotal step towards fostering public engagement and inviting the general public to comment on the designation of the proposed Namakwa Special Economic Zone.
Molefane indicated that the Northern Cape was one of the two provinces that did not have a Special Economic Zone within its borders currently.
“After the launch of the NamSEZ, the Northern Cape will have its own Special Economic Zone. When we are done with the Special Economic Zone’s designation process, we will establish structures in consultation with communities. We will consult with communities every step of the way. This project is yours, own it, protect it, and all the concerns that you may have, including the construction phase, the doors of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition are open and will continue to be open for consultation, advice, and guidance,” he said.
He added that the public was granted the opportunity to actively participate in discussions, voice their opinions, and contribute valuable insights to the development of the NamSEZ and that the engagement underscored the commitment of the dtic to ensuring a transparent and inclusive decision-making process that benefits all stakeholders involved.
“To date, there are eleven approved Special Economic Zones spread in seven provinces, with 194 private companies. These companies have invested a combined value of R29 billion with 24 950 permanent jobs created,” said Molefane.
Stakeholders and members of the public were encouraged to submit their comments or objections on the proposed Namakwa Special Economic Zone until 22 August 2023, via email at SEZEquiries@thedtic.gov.za. This marks an essential avenue for a continued dialogue and collaboration in shaping the future of this economic initiative.
The Chief Director of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic), Mr Maoto Molefane speaking during the Namakwa Special Economic Zone public participation meeting in Pofadder, Northern Cape.
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