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Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has opened a R90-million mini-factory complex development to support emerging exporters and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) seeking light manufacturing, assembly, and warehousing space in KwaZulu-Natal.

SEZ CEO, Hamish Erskine, said that the entity’s development team had identified an opportunity to enable small and medium-sized enterprises to access the world-class infrastructure and support services available within the SEZ, which has largely been reserved for established businesses. He said start-up firms in particular often struggled to find affordable factory space in a good location.

“Our mini-factory development presents a good opportunity for local entrepreneurs. We believe it will attract a broad range of tenants, especially those that are (aligned) to our strategic Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment goals,” said Erskine.

Located adjacent to the Dube Cargo Terminal at King Shaka International Airport, the factories are strategically positioned to support export-orientated manufacturers as well as those looking for a secure location to supply local and regional markets.

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