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Sector Master Plans Under the Spotlight

May 6, 2022

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

The implementation of Sector Master Plans in various districts is a key intervention during the 2022/23 financial year.

The trade, industry and competition department revealed this during a briefing in parliament on a status update on the implementation of special economic zones (SEZ) and industrial parks.

Other key interventions include:

  • Establishment and support to SEZ and Industrial Parks;
  • Establishment and support to Digital hubs;
  • Identification of viable Spatial Industrial Development initiatives in every district;
  • Report identifying private sector industrial nodes at District level;
  • Participate in the investment mobilization drive;
  • Launch the Eastern Cape and Limpopo One Stop Shops;
  • Coordinate the integration of interventions by the department and its entities into the District One Plans;
  • Develop dashboards of interventions by the department and its entities for all 52 districts;
  • Compile reports on work completed on integration of the industrialisation and transformation effort of the department and its entities at district levels; and
  • Targeted industrial financing support in the nine provinces as well as at a metropolitan and district level to determine which regions have low uptake.

The department also pointed out that the various spatial initiatives across municipalities since 1994 have “generally not yielded sufficient results with respect to expanding the manufacturing sector and creating new industrial hubs”.

A new approach aimed at addressing the uneven spatial industrial development that continues to undermine South Africa’s industrialization efforts is under development.

The new approach is designed to streamline all spatial industrial development support measures under a single plan within each district municipality in the country, using the District Development Model as a point of reference.

“The goal is to expand and establish new industrial hubs across the country to attract investments and create jobs.”