In June 2018 Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, confirmed the designation of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) and the approval of cabinet in writing to Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde. The designation sees the entire Atlantis Industrial area being declared a Special Greentech Economic Zone.
Situated on the West Coast of South Africa, 40kms from Cape Town, the Atlantis SEZ capitalises on the province’s already booming renewable energy and green technology sector. It supports the manufacturing sectors to become suppliers and component manufacturers for the renewable energy sector, in particular independent power producers in the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP).
Gestamp Renewable Industries, a Spanish wind tower manufacturer has invested R475 million.
GreenCape is the appointed Atlantic SEZ project management unit, responsible for coordinating the application for designation.
1. Strong and growing South African and African markets for greentech
Independent market research shows strong demand for renewable energy and green technologies from South Africa and the African continent.
2. Well-located & development-ready area
The Atlantis SEZ has good access to major national road networks and is located in close proximity to key renewable energy markets.
3. A strong support base and existing relationships for investors to tap into
Partnerships and relationships that will help facilitate investment and doing business are already in place with business, government and labour.
4. A One-Stop-Shop (OSS) for wide-ranging investor support
The Atlantis SEZ team can assist with information, and facilitate access to permits, licenses, planning and development approvals, incentives and finances.
5. Incentives for investors and tenants
The City of Cape Town, the national government and the Atlantis SEZ offer a range of attractive incentives for investors and tenants.
6. Attractive, wide-ranging skills base to recruit from
A skills development drive is underway in Atlantis through partnerships with youth organizations, local TVET colleges and high schools.
The resources listed here are essential reading, which provide a greater overview of the opportunities in the Atlantis SEZ.
Short brochure: A short overview of the proposed SEZ, including incentives and rates for the lease or purchase of land in the zone.
Technical brochure: For those exploring the business case for establishing their business in the SEZ.
Atlantis SEZ Pre-Feasibility Report
Atlantis SEZ Feasibility Report
Atlantis SEZ Basic Assessment Report
Atlantis Revitalisation Framework (City of Cape Town)
Atlantis SEZ Annual Report 2016/17
Atlantis SEZ Annual Report 2017/18
How to invest in the Atlantis SEZ
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