As a result of the many construction projects currently taking place in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has created 452 jobs. The announcement by the CDC follows the recently released Poverty Trends in South Africa report by Statistics South Africa, which raised alarming stats on the poverty levels of the country with a staggering 55% (30,4 million South Africans) of the population living in poverty.

Coega jobsThe projects currently at various phases of construction include the Customs Control Area (CCA), BAIC Ring Road Project, BAIC construction site (Automotive sector) all of which are in Zone 1, as well as MM Engineering (Energy Sector) in Zone 3, Kenako Construction and Osho Cement (Metals sector) both of which are in Zone 5. Three of the six projects were awarded to SMME’s in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

The SMMEs include MM Engineering, Customs Control Area and the BAIC Ring Road Project. The scope of the work done by these companies includes brickwork, electrical, structural steel, civil works and landscaping.

MM Engineering, South Africa’s first factory to manufacture liquid petroleum gas cylinders has allocated contracts worth R22 246 847 to SMMEs on the project. Work on the factory started in May 2017 and is due to be completed by February 2018. SMMEs contracted on the project to-date include Ascon Civil Engineering and Y.K.W. Projects, representing a portion of the 39% SMME participation achieved.

The contract value to SMMEs for the building of the CDC’s Custom Control Area administration block in Zone 1 in the Coega SEZ is R5 707 007. Work on the Customs Control Area building started in February 2017, and is due to be completed by October 2017. SMMEs that are involved in the construction include YKW Projects, Thamahlangu Trading, Dicky’s Electrical and they represent a portion of the 39% SMME participation achieved. There are currently three more SMME packages under procurement, for painting, fencing and tiling.

The CDC has also awarded work worth over R27 million to Masiphumelele Trading for the construction of storm water, earthworks and the ring road up to the border of the BAIC SA plant in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ.

“The CDC has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that, on the one hand, we create employment opportunities for our people and on the other hand we diversify our sectors in order to address the scourge of unemployment and poverty in the EC,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Unit Head of Marketing and Communications.

“We are certainly alive to and mindful of our role in society and the mandate in terms of socio-economic development, given the environment under which we operate. Therefore, every job created is critical in putting food on the table of many of our citizens who rely on the opportunities provided by the Coega SEZ through these projects.”


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