The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ) has given birth to Special Economic Zones that are playing a huge part in boosting our economy and creating opportunities.

The industrial hub constructed by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ) at O.R. Tambo International Airport has resulted in a world-class facility with a logistics capacity of close to 40 000 tonnes airfreight per annum, and focuses not only on the production of export products, but also the creation of sustainable employment opportunities.

In2Food, a large food processing and packaging company has made a home in the northern precinct of the industrial hub. The operations, which boast the largest refrigeration system in the southern hemisphere, is a partnership between government and the company to promote the export of food products from South Africa. This has resulted in the creation of some 600 new jobs and a further 5 000 along the agricultural value chain. In2Food has made a home in the northern precinct of the industrial hub as the largest refrigeration system in the southern hemisphere. Their partnership with the government has resulted in 600 jobs, but also an additional 5 000 jobs along the value chain.

In support of the jewellery manufacturing park to be located on the southern precinct of the industrial hub, is Design@50. This is where young designers are upskilled through high-end technology and 3D printing, which is revolutionising the jewellery industry. The partnership between GIDZ and Design@50 has been a great initiative for budding creatives as they turn their passions into marketable skills. T. Mahoto, a CAD jewellery technician, has been able to fine tune his skills whilst learning to market himself without losing his authenticity.

These partnerships are aligned with facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and driving inclusive economic growth and development in Gauteng.