SBIDZ Energy Transition Webinar: Smart manufacturing integral to reigniting economic growth

The Deputy Minister of the DTIC, Mr Fikile Majola, praised the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) and Saldanha Bay Innovation Campus (SB-IC) for initiating a three-part series of webinars focusing on a just energy transition.

“The ocean economy makes an enormous contribution to the country’s GDP by playing a significant role in generating much-needed jobs,” said Majola. “The maritime economy holds immense potential to create a thriving ecosystem where entrepreneurs can be incubated and grow.”

Majola delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Energy Transition Webinar on 15 February. The theme was Smart manufacturing in the marine and energy sector through a special economic zone lens.

He went on to say that “the webinar takes place at the time the country, like the rest of the world, is hard at work to reconstruct, reposition and repurpose our economy to attain inclusive economic growth” and pointed out that the “Special Economic Zone (SEZ) programme had a crucial role to play in supporting the implementation of the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan”.

The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone complete Media Release can be read here.