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Investors inject R502m into East London development zone

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa have announced a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) expected to create 450 jobs for locals. Meek, which cuts and polishes diamonds mined for supply to both the domestic and foreign market, will... 

PERI provides solution for gatehouse arch at Yekani Manufacturing

22nd October 2018 A requirement for smooth off-shutter concrete work at the arched gatehouse to ICT group Yekani Manufacturing’s new R1 billion factory in the East London Industrial Development Zone saw main contractor WBHO turn to PERI South Africa to provide a complete architectural solution. The leading... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Sundale, Just Milk acquire Cookhouse Creamery from Dairybelle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Sundale Free Range Dairy, which is located in the East London Industrial Development Zone, has joined forces with Just Milk – the largest organisation of dairy farmers in the country – to acquire the iconic cheese operation Cookhouse Creamery previously owned by Dairybelle.  

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy has made significant progress with exploiting the commercial opportunity of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) technology within the energy storage market in the first quarter of this year.  

Ecsa launches satellite office

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2017 In collaboration with the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) this week launched its first satellite office in East London.  “We are very excited to be launching our satellite office. During our annual stakeholder roadshows, East London... 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Elidz Enterprises Impact Local Economy

10th February 2017 The operations of enterprises in the East London Industrial Development Zone have had a tremendous impact on the broader economy of the Eastern Cape Province.  This is according to a report released in 2016 by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) which evaluated the ELIDZ’s impact on job creation,... 

Sundale On Another Capital Investment Drive

9th February 2017 Sundale Free Range Dairy announced this week that they have commissioned a R2million state of the art boiler for the plant at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ). The announcement comes shortly after the ELIDZ AGM report that highlighted Sundale as one of the noteworthy success... 

Trends Driving the African Automotive Industry in 2016 and 2017

14th June 2016 The global automotive business is in its most disruptive era since the advent of the industry over a century ago, creating an abundance of opportunities for new and established companies in the global automotive market. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the market to grow by 2%, reaching 91 million... 

The impact of local content rules in renewables sector questioned

20th May 2016 By Dr Chris Ettmayr and Professor Hendrik Lloyd Economies around the world are demanding more energy, but the nature of the demand is changing, with preference given to energy sources that have a reduced environmental impact. A dichotomy arises for governments that need to increase generation... 

East London industrial development zone, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th March 2016 The renewable-energy sector is competing with the automotive sector in terms of investment value in the East London industrial development zone. 

Renewable energy sector increasing in ELIDZ 

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The renewable energy sector is competing with the automotive sector in terms of investment value inside the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), it emerged on Sunday. The trade and industry department (DTI) said in a statement Ayanda Ramncwana of the ELIDZ told a media tour organised... 

Green technology uptake slow in Africa owing to risk to jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th February 2016 While it makes economic and environmental sense for African governments to adopt green energy technologies at a macro level , the continent is reluctant to do so as green technologies are currently not economically viable for households or individuals, says the Sam Tambani Research Institute’s Dr... 

Hamburg aquaculture farm completes second harvest of dusky kob this year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2015 A local aquaculture farm in Hamburg, Eastern Cape, falling under government’s Operation Phakisa: Ocean’s Economy initiative, conducted its second harvest from its first batch of dusky kob, or kabeljou, this week, taking the total number of fish harvested to 422, with a further 537 fish still... 

Multibillion-rand renewable-energy boost for EC 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2015 The East London industrial development zone (IDZ) will develop a wind farm that will generate in excess of three-million kilowatt-hours a year of electricity, Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo announced on Wednesday. He said the IDZ, which was... 

Merc, TPT look to containerisation to increase export efficiency 

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2015 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have moved to the containerisation of vehicles as MBSA grows and expands the geographical reach of its exports. MBSA’s plant, based in East London, in 2013 exported 36 234 C-Class vehicles to the US as its only export market. 

East London IDZ appoints new CFO

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th November 2014 The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) appointed Babalwa Buwa-Magongwa as its new CFO earlier this month. 

East London IDZ launches science, technology park to enhance competitiveness

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th September 2014 The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP) in East London, in the Eastern Cape, last month to accelerate economic development. 

East London science park to drive economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st August 2014 The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Thursday afternoon officially launched its Science and Technology Park (STP), which is aimed at speeding up the pace of economic development in the Eastern Cape. The STP’s location within the Elidz was expected to increase the competitive... 

East London industrial development zone, South Africa

4th July 2014 The ELIDZ launched the first regional open innovation solution exchange platform on June 30. 

Elidz launches open innovation platform

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2014 The East London industrial development zone (Elidz) on Monday launched the first regional open innovation solution exchange platform. The Connect and Solve initiative, in conjunction with the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS), was established to uncover new ideas and... 

Afrox comes to the fore as local market leader in aquaculture technology

15th May 2014 Reflecting a global trend, aquaculture the farming of fresh-water or salt-water marine species in controlled environments is poised for significant growth in South Africa. In the past five years there has been slow but steady growth in this industry, notably in the prime East London industrial... 

ECDC disburses R650m over five years to SMMEs

11th February 2014 Economic development agency the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) on Tuesday reported that it had facilitated the creation of 18 314 jobs and job opportunities through the disbursement of R650-million in loans to more than 2 300 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), over the... 

Construction boom could rid Eastern Cape of ‘Cinderella’ status in 2014

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2014 An anticipated construction boom in the Eastern Cape could boost the province’s economic contribution to South Africa, the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) said on Thursday. “2014 could be the year when the Eastern Cape finally shrugs off... 

Elidz-Adm To Launch Targeted Smme Empowerment Programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2013 The East London Industrial Development Zone  together with the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) will be launching the Targeted Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise programme aimed at facilitating growth of these businesses with a Construction Industry Development Board grading designation of 2... 

Eastern Cape development financier gives the localisation of content in the automotive sector another boost with a R15 million investment into an East London based global manufacturing company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2013 In the last year alone, Eastern Cape Development Corporation subsidiary, the East London IDZ has also announced investments amounting to R640 million by three global automotive components manufacturers. September 17, 2013: In a move aimed at further increasing  local content in the Eastern Cape... 

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth  

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2013 South Africa’s aquaculture industry, though still in its infancy, has been identified by government as a key priority sector because of its potential to supplement dwindling wild-caught fish stocks with cultured fish products. Aquaculture – often referred to as the Blue Revolution – is the... 

Steady growth recorded in SA automotive sector

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 A 7% growth in new-vehicle sales has been recorded in South Africa to date this year and the positive trend is expected to continue for the rest of 2013, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG automotive leader Gavin Maile tells Engineering News. “This is a positive trend; however, it must be... 

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2013 South Africa’s aquaculture industry, though still in its infancy, has been identified by government as a key priority sector because of its potential to supplement dwindling wild-caught fish stocks with cultured fish products. 

IAC, Feltex set up auto components JV in East London

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th July 2013 Luxembourg-headquartered International Automotive Components (IAC) said on Tuesday that it had formed a joint venture (JV) with South African automotive flooring, acoustics and trim components supplier Feltex Automotive, which marked IAC's initial entry into the growing South African automotive... 

Johnson Controls’ R380m investment puts SA on ‘higher manufacturing plane’

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2013 Localisation in South Africa's automotive sector is set to increase as Johnson Controls’ East London plant expands from a just-in-time vehicle interior component operation to a local manufacturing facility through a R380-million project. The investment followed from Johnson Controls' securing of... 

SA gets localisation boost with new R380m component manufacturing facility

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th March 2013 Localisation in South Africa was set to increase as Johnson Controls’ East London plant expanded from a just-in-time vehicle interior component operation to a local manufacturing facility in a R380-million project. This came as Johnson Controls secured a contract to supply Daimler subsidiary... 

ECDC approves R46.7m for disbursement through jobs fund

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th March 2013 The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has, to date, through the Job Stimulus Fund approved R46.7-million in incentives for 64 companies, which were expected to create, save and retain 4 670 jobs. More than R25-million had been approved for payment to 27 companies during the first two... 

ELIDZ to establish research service provider database 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     4th March 2013 The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) was seeking to establish a database of prequalified research consultants and service providers and has issued a request for information in this regard. The ELIDZ indicated that it required a group of research consultants that could be summoned... 

Elidz home to a R50m metal-surface treatment plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) is building a R50-million metal-surface treatment plant at its automotive supplier park as part of its plan to increase the Eastern Cape's global competitiveness and attract new automotive players to the region, says Elidz automotive sector... 

East London industrial development zone, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2013 The Elidz recently celebrated ten years since it was designated as one of the first industrial development zones in South Africa. 

Poor policy, legislation dampening IDZ programme success

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th January 2013 The inadequate design and delivery of effective enabling policy instruments was hampering the incentives for South Africa’s industrial development zone (IDZ) programme, East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) CEO Simphiwe Kondlo said. He indicated in a statement on Thursday that there... 

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