Kaashifah Beukes

Chief Executive Officer

Kaashifah has extensive experience in leading people and teams through complexity and risk as well as design, construction, and project management of civil engineering infrastructure. She has been with the SBIDZ-LC since 2014 and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company SOC Ltd. She is responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors for the management of the company and delivery of the SBIDZ’s mandate and operationalisation strategy.

BSc in Civil Engineering

Herman Boneschans

Chief Financial Officer

Executive Member

Herman completed his articles at Ernst & Young and later joined the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. He was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the SBIDZ LiCo in 2014, following his 2007, appointment as Chief Financial Officer for the Western Cape Tourism Authority, Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU).He has extensive experience in organisational governance, compliance and policy development and under his leadership, the organisations he has worked for have achieved clean audits over the past 11 years.

B.Com. Accounting and Finance
B.Com (Hons)

Douglas Southgate

Chief Operations Officer

Doug has worked on the Saldanha IDZ project since December 2009, initially as the Project Executive, and subsequently as the Chief Operating Officer. He is a chartered accountant and is a past chairman of the Nelson Mandela University Foundations and also served on the Auditor General’s special committee that investigated corruption in government ultimately leading to the Alexander Commission.

CA(Z), CA(SA), Accounting, Audit, Tax, Finance

Benedicta Durcan

Executive: Ease of Doing Business

Benedicta joined the SBIDZ-LC in January 2015 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the Ease of Doing Business framework. She has been a key player in creating the strategy for the Western Cape InvestSA Centre – a key national government priority to make South Africa investor friendly by reducing red tape and creating a one stop shop. She has 7 years prior experience working offshore in Oil and Gas exploration for Schlumberger.

BSc Chemical Engineering
Certificate in Import and Export Management

Adinda Preller

Executive: Transaction & Investor Support

Adinda joined the SBIDZ-LC in 2019 as the Executive: Transaction and Investor Support, responsible for the commercial interest of the tenant and the SBIDZ-LC. She has 10 years’ experience in project delivery, value chain optimization and process improvement. Her industry experience in the Oil and Gas industry include working for Shell as a Business Development Lead and for Schlumberger as an Offshore Field Engineer.

BSc Chemical Engineering

Hannes Marais

Executive: Infrastructure

Hannes joined the SBIDZ-LC in 2014. He has been extensively involved in the development of the Offshore Oil & Gas Service Complex proposed for the SBIDZ-LC in the Western Cape. He has 30 years’ experience in infrastructure project implementation, consulting and project management and focusses mainly on infrastructure planning and development, in particular, infrastructure project feasibility studies.

M.Eng Project Management

Patrick Lakabane

Executive: Development Programmes

Patrick joined SBIDZ-LC in 2013 as an Associate: Skills Development and later became Executive: Developments Programmes. He is chairperson on the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy Manufacturing Skills Working Group, a member of the Offshore Oil & Gas Skills Working Group and serves on the Regional Executive Committee Member at Merseta. He is also the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory.

BA Honours in Business Management
Senior Management Development Programme
Project Management
Human Resources

Danielle Manuel

Executive: Stakeholder Management

Danielle joined the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone is October 2018, acting in the role of Executive Manager: Stakeholder Management. She has worked as an NGO fieldworker, educator, project manager, Head of Programmes at an International Development Organisation and then as a public servant in a senior management capacity.

Bachelor Social Science (Hons) in Clinical Psychology
Bcom Industrial (Hons)
Project Management certificate


Executive: Business Development

Our Operations Programme delivers on the implementation of the SBIDZ, thus enabling the overarching strategic goals of economic growth and job creation.

To drive this programme, our Business Units are structured to ensure the unique demands of our investors and the community of the SBIDZ are being met effectively and efficiently.

Each business unit has an assigned executive and a distinctive focus area, which together create a robust management approach — focusing on the key deliverables and work-streams that drive the activities within The Zone and attract and retain key investors.

Ease of Doing Business

“Dedicated to building a world-class, proactive operating model that makes doing business in Saldanha easier for all.”

One of the most significant benefits and drivers of investment for the SBIDZ. This specialised team is focused on creating and implementing our EoDB model. This highly competitive operating model underpins our value proposition.

We aim to ensure that we are continually developing and improving upon the most proactive ways of working. Delivering consistency, certainty and fairness and ensuring that doing business in Saldanha is easier for all, benefiting all our partners across the value chain.

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Transaction and Investor Support

“We are implementing best practice leasing models to support our innovative infrastructure development and ever-growing tenant pipeline, unlocking the pipeline further and supporting revenue generating potential.”

To support the ramp-up of the SBIDZ-LC’s operations, in synergy with the business development and the infrastructure development process, the SBIDZ-LC will be undertaking targeted tenant support activities. Building on a best practice leasing model to support our innovative infrastructure development and ever-growing tenant pipeline, unlocking the pipeline further and supporting revenue generating potential.

This team is committed to realising the value of not only the commercial interest of our tenants and SBIDZ-LC but also the value of a sustainable and beneficial on-going partnership between them. They are dedicated to:

  • Empowering the client acquisition and retention functions of the SEZ,
  • Managing client relations with Investors and tenants,
  • Management & retention of tenants
  • Operator interface and zone labour relations.
  • Management of the following areas:
    • Estate,
    • Security,
    • Physical management of The Zone,
    • Port operations interface,
    • Sourcing alternative funding.

Business Development

“We are building a robust and ever-growing tenant pipeline for sustainable growth, increasing the value proposition and securing on-going investment into The Zone.”

The Business Development team focuses on attracting investment in The Zone. Investment promotion is centred around the five core subcategories, including:

  • Repair and maintenance,
  • Logistics,
  • Marine and subsea manufacturing and fabrication,
  • Exploration and production support,
  • Support services.

Supporting activities include:

  • Increasing the value proposition and future investment into The Zone,
  • Concluding key Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs),
  • Attending and presenting at national and international conferences and business meetings.

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Infrastructure Development

“We are delivering world-class infrastructure for an attractive, competitive, investment-ready zone.”

This specialised team is dedicated to developing the innovative local and internal infrastructure needed to create an attractive, competitive, investment-ready zone of opportunity.

Our team’s dedication to readying The Zone for ongoing investment includes the provision of relevant bulk infrastructure in our designated areas that will meet the needs of our tenants and operators; this includes:

  • Bulk electricity, water and sewerage services
  • An optic fibre network
  • Regional provincial road network for heavy vehicle traffic for access to and from The Zone
  • Internal reticulation and connection points for utilities.
  • Authorisation for the establishment of light industry, i.e. general manufacturing, maintenance and logistic support services
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Estate Maintenance
  • Servicing of the land

We are in the process of obtaining environmental authorisation for handling and storing of hazardous fuel and a waste licence for dealing with the processes associated with fuel blending.

A security system is being implemented for the entire zone, consisting of a perimeter fence and patrol road, CCTV surveillance and access control.

Development Programmes

“Working together to develop the businesses, workforce and community of Saldanha, shaping a better future for all.”

A Team committed to driving the ongoing development of the Saldanha Bay workforce and business community. Developing a community that is ready and able to participate in and benefit from the new opportunities created by The Zone.

Utilising our in-depth knowledge, specialised expertise and a comprehensive understanding of the industry and investors’ requirements to build a ready the workforce and business community appropriately equipped to deliver world-class services to the global maritime industry.

We have formed a collaborative approach to service delivery for Saldanha Bay. A partnership and an innovative socio-economic cooperative agreement between the local and provincial government, with specific the aim of:

  • Maximising local economic development and empowerment of the Saldanha Bay community
  • Ensuring sustainable job creation
  • Supporting socio-economic transformation for both Saldanha Bay and South Africa the complex challenges in our community

Executing development programmes under three central pillars:

  1. Skills Development
  2. Contractor Development
  3. Enterprise Development

Stakeholder Management

“We create and manage the long-lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships that will drive The Zone forward.”

Our guiding principles governing our stakeholder engagements and relations are to be purposeful, inclusive, transparent and respectful.

Stakeholder management and engagement is a dynamic process central to effectively managing and communicating the SBIDZ’s vision. The team focusses on establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders who have an interest in or are affected by our operations.

A challenge for the SBIDZ within South Africa is the lack of public knowledge linked to the sector. Part of the SBIDZ-LCs role is, therefore, to form national strategic partnerships and alliances to raise awareness on industry agendas.

Our key programme stakeholders include:

Innovation Campus the Stakeholder work-stream is also responsible for facilitating the development of an Innovation Campus within the SBIDZ, which will be a world-class innovation hub and learning centre for the oil, gas and marine repair and fabrication industries.

Once completed, the Innovation Campus delivers research, innovation, collaboration, learning opportunities and skills development that will serve both local and global industry needs.

Learn more about the Innovation Campus