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1 February 2013

South Africa: Davies to Consider Public Comments On Saldanha Bay IDZ

Pretoria — Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is to start considering public comments on the application for designation of an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape.

The application for the designation was proposed by the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone Licensing Company (SBIDZ LiCo), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Western Cape Investment Promotion Agency (WESGRO).

The Saldanha Bay IDZ application was gazetted for public comment in November 2012 in order to broaden the scope and composition of dedicated industrial areas, and to support industrial decentralisation.

"Saldanha Bay has been recognised as an area with great economic potential both for the quality of its port facilities, and for the entrepreneurial quality of its residents.

"As such, it is strategically placed in the Presidential development node and thus the national, provincial and municipal authorities have explored ways of unlocking this potential. It is equally important that local industry participate and be involved in the economic upliftment of the area," said Davies on Thursday.

All public feedback which has been received will now be considered by Davies, who will also consult with Cabinet before making a final decision on the designation.

All citizens, stakeholders, interested parties, structures, institutions and organisations were afforded the opportunity to express an opinion, proposals or recommendations on the Saldanha Bay IDZ application during the Public Consultation Workshop and Public Consultation Period.

The period for receiving public comments has now ended.

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