Government has deployed a range of complementary and integrated measures to grow the economy and create jobs. The latest Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2014/15 – 2016/17 is one of the key pillars of this broader approach. It builds on the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) and represents the sixth annual iteration of the first IPAP launched in the 2007/08 financial year.

Each year, the dti launches a revised three-year rolling IPAP with a 10-year outlook in a context of rapid economic change and significant global uncertainty. This has proved to be a robust formula, which allows continual scaling up of interventions and sufficient flexibility to respond to change. Just as many of today’s successful industrial firms have built up their capacities through a process of learning by doing, the latest version of IPAP clearly demonstrates the dti’s commitment to constantly refine and improve on the design and implementation of its industrial policy.

IPAP 2014/15- 2016/17 is the product of careful analysis of the latest trends in the global and regional industrial policy space and a result of the continuous search for optimal policy coherence within Government, between government departments and across a full range of stakeholders and social partners.


The Manufacturing Indaba is in a strategic partnership with the Manufacturing Circle to deliver an event that aims to improve, grow and develop the South African manufacturing industry sector.

The Manufacturing Circle interacts with government and other stakeholders in order to review, debate and help formulate policies, which will have a positive impact on South Africa’s manufacturing base.

The Manufacturing Circle is made up of a number of South Africa’s leading medium to large manufacturing companies from a wide range of industries. Some of the members are leading South African exporters of manufactured goods to markets around the globe, others are locally based and locally focused companies competing with the best in the world. There is one common denominator among them and that is a passion for manufacturing coupled with a fervent belief that for South Africa to be economically strong, its manufacturing sector must be strong. A strong and developing manufacturing sector will drive the creation of skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the South African economy.


The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) envision a Province where economic growth and sound environmental management underpin sustainable development. Policy priorities are derived from the Provincial Development Plan (PDP) and strengthen through the Implementation of the Provincial Economic Development Strategy (PEDS). Manufacturing is identified as a key sector in PEDS and is deemed as key enabler for economic growth and job creation in the Province.


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is named after South Africa’s former President, humanitarian and icon to the world, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, as Madiba was born and spent his formative years in the Eastern  Province.

Nelson Mandela Bay is located on the south-eastern coastline of  South Africa.midway between  Cape Town and  Durban, and 1058 km from  Johannesburg.

The  Nelson  Mandela  Bay  Municipality was established in December 2000, from the erstwhile municipalities of the City of  Port Elizabeth and the towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, as well as the surrounding areas.

The city has a population of 1.1 million, making it  South Africa’s fifth largest city in terms of population and the second largest in terms of area. The predominant languages spoken are English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa.

The Metro has a vibrant industrial sector, with two ports, namely the  Port of  Port Elizabeth and the  Port of Ngqura, making it essentially a transport nucleus.  Nelson  Mandela  Bay a city where all types of businesses, whether small or large, can prosper and grow. The city is the economic power-house of the Eastern Cape Province, being the automotive manufacturing hub of  Africa, and home to Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford.

Our beautiful historic city is also a major tourist destination, boasting 40 km of magnificent golden beaches, warm water, a spectacular coastline and near-perfect weather. It is surrounded by internationally acclaimed game reserves, where large African game roam the magnificent landscape of the malaria-free Eastern Cape.

Nelson Mandela  Bay combines the best of all worlds – the economic opportunities and benefits of a large city, combined with the easy access, un-congested traffic and genuine, warm hospitality that are associated with a medium-sized town.

Nelson  Mandela  Bay  Municipality is living up to its vision: A globally competitive city that works together with the people!


The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is a Not for Profit Company representative of a broad spectrum of businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is one of the largest voluntary business associations in the Eastern Cape. As a leading catalyst for economic development, it has been the heartbeat of business success in the region for over 150 years. The Business Chamber lobbies on issues affecting the ease of doing business and companies’ sustainability to create an enabling business environment.


A wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the AIDC’s subsidised technical and manufacturing related services and shopfloor improvement programmes include World Class Manufacturing, Total Productive Maintenance, Cleaner Production, Energy Management, Six Sigma, Incubation and highly effective Wellness programmes that boost productivity. 
For more info: www.aidcec.co.za


The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) have jointly established Export Helpdesks within the Eastern Cape in 2015. The Export Helpdesks have a mandate to train, develop and promote aspiring and existing exporters in order to increase the value of trade in the region and grow the number of Eastern Cape Exporters.

ECDC and NMBM remain committed to developing and strengthening a trade and export service delivery network with the aim to:

  • Establish and operationalize the Export Helpdesk in order to implement the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) National Exporter Development Programme (NEDP) in the Eastern Cape.
  • Provide relevant developmental and promotional products and services in order to increase the contribution made by SMME’s to the Eastern Cape’s economic growth.

The two Export Helpdesks are situated in Buffalo City Municipality (East London and the surrounding area) and in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the surrounding area). The services of the Export Helpdesk are however available to all aspiring and existing Eastern Cape exporters.

Our dedicated coordinators, who have been trained in trade and export development and promotion, are ready and willing to be of service to you by providing any of the listed services.

  • Export Information and Advice
  • Export Readiness Assessment Tools
  • Sector Reports
  • Information on HS Codes
  • Export Training , Development and Promotion
  • How to register as an Exporter
  • Information on the dti and other incentives & interventions
  • Country profiles and market profiles
  • Calendar of Events (Trade Missions, Training Seminars, National Pavilions, Workshops, etc)

And many more specialised services.



The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is a global award-winning state-owned company (SOC), mandated to develop and operate the 9003 ha Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in terms of the SEZ Act No.16 of 2014. “Coega,” as is commonly referred, was established in 1999 with its Headquarters in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan in the Eastern Cape Province.

The CDC’s vision is to be the leading catalysts for championing of the socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape and throughout Southern Africa through providing a competitive investment location, facilitate holistic infrastructure, and value-adding commercial business solutions.

Our main product offering, which is business to business, comprises of the Coega SEZ (including the Nelson Mandela Logistics Park in Uitenhage), Commercial Business Solutions, and Project Management Services (including infrastructure development and facilities management).

The Coega SEZ is the leading prime industrial development zone in Africa and preferred investment destination for local and international businesses. Through its modern infrastructure in terms of rail/road/airport/ 2 sea ports/energy power stations/bulk-services/telecommunication connections, the Coega SEZ has become a transshipment hub for global industries.

The Coega SEZ is specifically designed along the cluster model, linking related industries and their supply chains in close proximity to one another to maximise efficiency and minimise turnaround times. The SEZ is ISO certified in many areas, demarcated into 14 zones, which are sector-specific:

  • Commercial and logistics
  • Automotive and auto components
  • Metals and metallurgy
  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • Agro-processing (aquaculture, food packaging and food processing)
  • Business Processes Outsourcing
  • Maritime
  • Trade Solutions/ Training and Skills Development

The success of the Coega SEZ has been acknowledged by world leaders including the former Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Li Yuanchao, who recognized the Coega SEZ as one of the best SEZ in the developing countries. It is a right place and right choice for companies with a global vision. To date, the CDC has delivered on its mandate to provide socio-economic development for the Eastern Cape, has enabled the creation of 102,794 direct and indirect jobs since inception. Currently, there are 43 operational investors in the Coega SEZ with investment value of R7 billion. Investment portfolio is in excess of R181-billion. The CDC has also trained 92 583 people since inception.