The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry, has launched Kevali Chemicals in the Maluti-A-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ).Kevali is SA’s first black manufacturer in the chemicals sector to make a range of water-treatment chemicals, cleaning and disinfecting solutions, as well as adhesives.As part of the department’s black industrialists programme the IDC invested millions of rand into the company, creating 57 direct and 12 indirect jobs.Employees also get a stake in the business through equity in a workers’ trust."Because we understand the critical importance of black industrialists’ participation in the chemicals sector, funding projects such as Kevali is important to the IDC," Shakeel Meer, the IDC’s divisional executive for the chemicals and textiles industries, said on Wednesday."Kevali is playing a critical intermediate role in the chemicals value chain. Its products are a key input to the food and beverage indus...

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