OR Tambo

OR Tambo SEZ. Photo: Twitter/@ORTamboSEZ

Programmes offered by the Gauteng OR Tambo Special Economic Zone

It was established to identify, design, and enable manufacturing programmes.

OR Tambo

OR Tambo SEZ. Photo: Twitter/@ORTamboSEZ

The Gauteng OR Tambo Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was created by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone Company (GIDZ) which was founded in 2009 as a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA).

It was established to develop and operate the designated Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) at OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA). The international airport is one of Africa’s largest and busiest ones.

The mission of the OR Tambo SEZ

The Gauteng OR Tambo Special Economic Zone (SEZ) explained by Gauteng IDZ CEO Seipati Mangadi. Video: Twitter/@ORTamboSEZ

The mission of the OR Tambo SEZ is:

  • To identify, design and, enable manufacturing programmes that will increase industrialisation and manufacturing capability in targeted, export-driven sectors in the region
  • To stimulate skills development
  • Promoting job creation
  • Create investment opportunities through public or private partnerships
  • To diversifying the province’s economy

SEZ Investment incentives

The Gauteng OR Tambo Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Video: Twitter/@TheGGDA

The OR Tambo IDZ has several incentives to promote foreign direct investment in the SEZ. The incentives were packaged by National Government.

Some of them are:

  • Foreign Investment Grant: To compensate qualifying foreign investors for the cost of moving certain new machinery and equipment abroad to South Africa
  • Duty-free imports of raw materials or equipment utilised for production in the zone
  • Tax deductions of up to R900 million for projects above R200 million
  • A lower corporate tax of 15% for companies housed within the SEZ
  • Exemption from Value Added Tax for goods produced in the SEZ for export

The OR Tambo SEZ and GIDZ programmes

An exhibition with a Design50 graduate. Photo: Twitter/@TheGGDA

The GIDZ has three major projects:

OR Tambo IDZ

Which is focused on the industrial development zone located at OR Tambo International Airport. It focuses “on high value low mass beneficiation.”

Jewellery Manufacturing Precinct

The Manufacturing Precinct provides some specific work streams and packages. The precinct offers the “design and development of bulk infrastructure, enablement works and top infrastructure, as well as tenant and investor attraction.”


This is a commercial training institute for jewellery manufacturing and design graduates. Fifteen students who take the 11-month course learn technical knowledge, practical work experience, entrepreneurial skills, and they receive certification.

Design50. Video: GIDZ.co.za

Other special economic and industrial development zones

The OR Tambo SEZ isn’t the only one on the books. There is the Atlantis SEZ in Cape Town, the Nkomazi SEZ in Mpumalanga, the Coega IDZ in the Eastern Cape, the Richards Bay IDZ in KwaZulu-Natal, and the East London IDZ.

There’s also the Saldanha Bay IDZ in the Western Cape, the Dube TradePort in KwaZulu-Natal, the Maluti – A- Phofung SEZ in the Free State, the Musina/ Makhado SEZ in Limpopo.