/ 4 May 2018

Coega Development Corporation builds solid African infrastructure

The CDC has 19 years of expertise and experience in building mega infrastructure projects
The CDC has 19 years of expertise and experience in building mega infrastructure projects

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is an African public sector organisation with an African footprint and extensive experience in providing African solutions to African problems and challenges. It seeks to intensify its business outreach efforts by going beyond the borders of South Africa. It has pervasive capabilities within project management, engineering, procurement, construction, ICT and facilities as well as effective localisation solutions.

The CDC is an ISO-accredited organisation and an operator of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). It provides construction and building solutions to local and international investors, business process solutions to clients in the Eastern Cape and throughout South Africa. It is also the preferred implementing agent for the South African government’s Infrastructure and Facilities Management Programme, by providing expertise and capacity in minor and mega infrastructure and facilities development and management projects. The CDC is keen to see its 19 years expertise and experience utilised in the delivery of mega infrastructure projects on the African content.

The CDC is an implementing agent for the $100-million Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape

To this end, the CDC has a long-standing experience in the conceptualisation, design, implementation and the operation of the most successful Coega Special Economic Zone in Africa. Such experience and expertise have over the past 10 years become the pride and yardstick of the South African government infrastructure development programme in the delivery of a rich portfolio of public infrastructure programmes across the country, worth $1-billion.

These include, among others, the building of new school facilities in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, hospitals and clinics, public libraries, sporting facilities, and other mega infrastructure development projects. There is no any other SEZ in the country with the same wealth of experience and expertise, which therefore makes the CDC ideal for expansion into new markets on the African continent to assist governments implement their infrastructure programs.

Through the Africa Trade and Investments Solutions Strategy, the CDC is at the helm of the country’s renewed drive for business exchanges between South Africa and the rest of the African content. The organisation is embarking on project delivery and the operationalisation of key public infrastructure throughout the continent. The CDC’s value proposition in terms of the infrastructure programme implementation leverages the following:

The inclusion of local supplier value chain; Local content development; Capacity and capability development; Labour management; and A streamlined approach to benefit management across the project lifecycle.

The CDC is already providing consulting and advisory services to three other African countries and is now extending its business interest to the rest of the African continent.

Coega also plays a pivotal role in advancing the region’s readiness for various energy projects: generation, manufacturing and services-orientated projects. The Engie-led Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, a diesel-driven 342MW plant, is one of the largest operational energy plants at Coega to date, with a value of $320-million.

Aerial view of the Coega Development Corporation and Port of Ngqura, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

This investment shows the capability of Coega’s value creation through the co-ordination of key enabling infrastructure, with almost zero construction disruptions due to the effective labour management framework. This benefitted the Engie-led project consortium and many other investors in the SEZ. These include China First Automotive Works, Discovery & WNS (Business Process Outsourcing), Coega Dairy, PE ColdStorage, Tiger Brands, and recently the $1-billion Beijing Automotive International Company. The total value of operational investment is $800-million.

The total investment in the Coega SEZ including infrastructure development programmes is around $3-billion, which has created more than 100 000 new jobs over the past 18 years and trained more than 90 000 workers in various skills related to infrastructure development.

A key competitive advantage is the CDC’s ability to scale its operations and leverage innovation, business ecosystems and strategic collaboration in order to build symbiotic synthesis, enhance competiveness and realise the benefits of transformational infrastructure projects.

Africa captains of industry and government departments can rely on the CDC for investment opportunities and infrastructure expertise and experience. CDC remains committed to being the leading catalyst for championing socioeconomic growth in South Africa and the broader African continent, in order to meet the regional developmental agenda.