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Doing Business with KwaZulu-Natal: A dialogue with industry leaders

by Justin

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) with partner entities of the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), will be hosting a dialogue with the business community of Cape Town, on 06 March 2023, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, at 17h00. This engagement titled “Doing Business with KwaZulu-Natal,” aims to reinforce the province’s position as a premier investment destination and encourage the local and international business community to engage with KZN. Themed- “KwaZulu-Natal is Open for Business,” the dialogue will feature industry leaders from the public and private sectors to engage on the resilience of KZN which has endured a global pandemic with crippling lockdowns, debilitating civil unrest and devastating floods.

The unprecedented impact of these adverse events on the economy led the provincial government developing a provincial economic recovery plan. Despite the challenges, through TIKZN, the province attracted investments to the value of R5.3 billion, creating more than 8500 jobs. KZN boasts two of the busiest ports on the continent, with a world class airport strategically positioned between them. In the same precinct is the logistics and manufacturing hub, the Dube TradePort. The province is also linked to the economic hub of Johannesburg through excellent roads infrastructure.

Chief Executive Officers of KZN’s economic development entities will share the services they offer to support the ease of doing business in KZN and how their work contributes to KZN being the country’s second largest economy. The Invest KZN One Stop Shop will also be unpacked and the KZN Growth and Recovery Initiative established to restore the economy of the province, will be discussed. Investment successes and opportunities will be highlighted at the dialogue.

Private sector speakers will share their experiences of doing business in KZN. 

The dialogue will be held on the sidelines of the 15th Africa Energy Indaba Conference taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 7 to 9 March 2023. This timely energy conference will bring together industry experts, project developers, financiers, and manufacturers, among others, from around the world, to discuss sustainable energy solutions for Africa. This global gathering is the ideal backdrop to engage with local and international investors in an effort to elevate the province, as the trade and investment partner of choice.


1. Mr Neville Matjie: CEO, Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal

2. Mr Hamish Erskine: CEO, Dube TradePort

3. Mr Thabane Zulu: CEO, Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

The Doing Business in KwaZulu-Natal Dialogue will take place on:

Date: 6 March 2023     Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town      Time: 16:30 for 17:00

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