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buffalocitymetroDispatchLive reports that a planned R300-million factory that will use ingceke (clay) to make tiles is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs when it opens in the 2018-19 financial year in Buffalo City Metro.  

It is not yet known where the factory will be located, but two business partners – Chinese property developer Billy Huang and Johannesburg-based Eastern Cape-born Malusi Kobese – have registered a company and applied for a mining licence in King William’s Town.  Traditional Xhosa initiates use ingceke, the African sunscreen lotion, whenever they undergo the rite.  A Chinese delegation attending the Brics bloc forum in East London discovered that ingceke has economic value.  Ingceke from Kuni village near Good Hope outside East London has still to be tested in China, and samples have been taken from Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) and Mount Coke.  East London IDZ spokesman Sakhiwo Tetyana on Sunday confirmed they had signed a memorandum of understanding with the two businessmen.  The planned R300m factory comes on the heels of Mercedes-Benz SA announcing a R10bn investment, while ICT group Yekani Manufacturing recently unveiled its R1bn -billion factory in East London.

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