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Chinese consortium to invest $2.8bn in South Africa industrial zone

Citation:Mining Weekly Date:2016-7-15 15:37:29

A Group of Chinese investors will pump more than R40-billion ($2.81-billion) into the South African economy to build an industrial park, government said on Thursday.

The trade ministry said a consortium of Chinese investors led by Hong Kong Mining Exchange would invest in power, pig iron and steel plants amongst other commodities in the Musina-Makhado special zone in the Limpopo province near the border with Zimbabwe.

These projects would be implemented over a five year period and create around 21 000 jobs in the region, the Department of Trade and Industry said in a statement.

Minerals such as chrome, manganese, coking coal and lime will be extracted and beneficiated in the park in line with the country's national industrialization objectives, the department said.

A new incentives package set up in 2014 includes a corporate tax rate of 15% for qualifying investments, compared to the rate of 28% for companies.