employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that according to Gauteng Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development MEC, Morakane Mosupyoe, the establishment of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will – “without a doubt” – aid in job creation and economic growth.  

The proposed SEZ will be developed on 162 ha of land in Silverton, in the east of the City of Tshwane and will focus on automotive component manufacturing, and should cater for what is believed to be significant further capacity expansion at the nearby Ford plant.  The establishment of the SEZ is currently the focus of a public consultation process, set to conclude on 1 November.  Thereupon, a report will be submitted to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel for final consideration.  “The automotive sector has been one of the most visible sectors receiving foreign investments, and this SEZ provides the necessary impetus for attracting both foreign and domestic direct investments into the economy,” Mosupyoe observed.  The automotive hub will be developed through a joint partnership between the City of Tshwane, Gauteng Provincial Government and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.

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