September 21, 2017: The Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone was successful in getting investments that accelerated the development of Zone1. To date, R1.5 billion in investment has been secured for phase 1 of Dube TradePort.

According to a release from the Dube Trade Port, the Zone 1 is fully let out and operational, bringing the next phase, Dube TradeZone 2, on stream. This will certainly open up further investment opportunities within the precinct.

Dube TradePort has received a positive Environmental Record of Decision (RoD) from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for the rest of Dube TradeZone 2. With this approval, the work for bulk earthworks will commence later this year, with completion in 2019.

Dube TradeZone 2 is 43 hectares in size, roughly double the size of Dube TradeZone 1, with approximately 23 sites ranging in size from 3000m2 to 57000m2.

Thirteen new tenants moved to the Dube TradeZone 1 and Dube TradeHouse over the last year. These include; Yangtze Optics Africa, Air Chefs, Bidvest Facilities Management, Givers Foundation, HBM-SA Health, iDube Cold Storage, Lil Rich Transport, Millhouse, Sozo Logistics, Swissport, TEQAL (PTY) Ltd, TNI (PTY) Ltd, and Ziyenzeka Weed Control & General Services.

To enhance the customer experience, Dube TradePort will be launching a One Stop Shop (OSS) facility to assist with information, to facilitate the incentives and application processes of the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone.

The OSS has been developed to provide a supportive environment for businesses operating, and planning to operate, in Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone, and will serve as a single point of contact for companies, acting as their interface with various government agencies and departments. This facility will be based on the ground floor of 29° South, Dube City (where Dube TradePort Corporation’s head office is located) and will be operational from October 2017.

The Dube iConnect have upgraded the data centre storage. This has allowed them to cater for alternate storage options for less critical environments. In addition to this, Dube iConnect has also implemented a new backup solution, which provides a cost-effective platform for cloud-based backup.

"Our Cloud Management Solution has been implemented and is being rolled out to clients. In our continued bid to provide world-class service, we have introduced direct peering to NAPAfrica, which provides a single peering point that interconnects with other networks and ISPs," says the official statement.

Over the last 18 months, several steps have been initiated to improve efficiencies and reduce operational costs within Dube AgriZone. These include a power factor correction project and changes in wastewater management, following an agreement with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on the standards for use of the Southern Wastewater Treatment Works for disposal of Dube AgriZone wastewater.

Besides these projects, Dube AgriZone brought an additional 225kWp Solar Photovoltaic plant online in the past financial year / last year. The total energy generated by renewable resources is currently just below 1MWp.

The construction of Dube City’s Block D property development is in its first phase, which is the construction of the double basement parking structure. The double basement itself will accommodate 573 cars and has been designed to support top structures of approximately 36 000m2. Further structures are in the planning phase, including a 21 500m2 office and administration block, as well as a 190-bed hotel.

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