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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2022-23

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The 2022/23 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 14th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the KwaZulu-Natal Province. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is a special feature on national government’s campaign to encourage private investment in ports. The vital role of the ports of Durban and Richards Bay in the South African economy cannot be understated and putting them in a better position to deal with commodities and cargoes of every sort is clearly in the national interest. A special purpose vehicle is to be created within Transnet to make dealing with private companies less complicated. The increasing importance of the Oceans Economy to the future of the provincial and national economy is relevant to any examination of the economy of KwaZulu-Natal. This applies as much to trade and ship-repair as it does to the exciting gas discoveries which have been made off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa.

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CONTENTS CONTENTS KwaZulu-Natal 2022/23 Edition Introduction Foreword 7 A unique guide to business and investment in KwaZulu-Natal. Special features Regional overview of KwaZulu-Natal 8 Stability has been restored after a turbulent 2021 and companies are looking at investing in increasing capacity. Provincial and national government are ramping up spending on infrastructure. Private investments in ports are gathering speed 14 Upgrades at KwaZulu-Natal’s two big ports will mean South Africa is better prepared for the next commodity boom. Economic sectors Agriculture 28 Packaging firm expands on increased agricultural production. Forestry and paper 30 A campaign to plant 10-million trees has begun. Mining 31 Operations at Richards Bay Minerals have resumed. Engineering 32 UCL’s expansion included three large projects. Oil and gas 33 South Africa’s largest crude oil refinery is likely to come on the market. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2022/23 4

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