The Department of Trade and Industry is busy with the processes of designating and marketing SA’s special economic zones (SEZ) in relation to local communities and potential Chinese investors. Representatives from the Upington SEZ are this week leaving for China to seek investments. They are part of a South African delegation that will participate in an investment roadshow to Shanghai led by the Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe. The CEO of the Free State Development Corporation, Ikhraam Osman, is also part of the delegation. He will market the potential of the Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ near Harrismith as a trans-shipment hub between Durban and Johannesburg. The road show is intended to give representatives of the South African government and implementers of the SEZ programme the opportunity to present value propositions to potential investors. Meanwhile, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has approved a recommendation from the SEZ advisory board to designate the...

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