Tshabalala says more jobs will be created
Maluti-a-Phofung Mayor Vusi Tshabalala has said more people residing around the boarders of the municipality will benefit from the relaunched Maluti A Phofung Special Economic Zone.
He was speaking on side-line at the launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ in Tsiame Harrismith, Free State on Tuesday.
He said the economic zone will help eradicate poverty.
“Our people in Maluti-a-Phofung are going to benefit through job creation, the municipality is going to grow and we want to see our municipality becoming a secondary city,” he said
“Remember this is a SIP-2 projects, Its Gauteng, KZN and Free State corridor. This is one of its own kind, an inland so we are happy. We say thank you President Zuma during your time you’ve shown that you care for the people of South Africa.”
The zone will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng to Durban port corridor and links to the Bloemfontein to Cape Town corridor.
The launch of the 1038 hectare special economic zone (SEZ) is part of government’s SEZ programme aimed at accelerating socio-economic growth and development in the region, and part of the government’s programme of radical socio-economic change.
MAPSEZ CEO, Mpho Mgemane said, “The Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone’s ultimate value proposition is to create a prosperous trade city with a functional trade ecosystem.”
The SEZ located in Tshiame, Harrismith is one of 11 SEZs which the government intends to licence, aimed at serving the logistics industry as logistic service providers, warehousing facilities, distribution centres and cross docking facilities, which include container terminal and car terminal facilities.
A community member, Mathabo Mofokeng, from Qwaqwa – about 43km to Tshiame where the economic zone is located – said she is happy with the development that will bring much needed relief to the people.
“We have so many unemployed young people in our areas and I believe that – if all goes well and it is implemented accordingly – many of us will be able to provide for our families. I am really happy,” said Mofokeng.
Next month the MAPSEZ will begin with its bulk services upgrades project. The project will focus on upgrading existing infrastructure in order to accommodate new investors.
The project will include works to bulk water and sanitation, bulk electricity, major roadworks and site platforms for new and existing tenants.