The 2024 guide to business and investment in the Eastern Cape

A unique guide to business and investment in the Eastern Cape.

The 2024 edition of Eastern Cape Business is the 17th edition of this successful publication that, since its launch in 2006, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Eastern Cape.

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is supporting this issue of the journal, both in providing up-to-date information for editorial use and in sharing information about its activities. It will also distribute the journal through its regular channels.

While the Eastern Cape has deservedly earned the title of South Africa’s wind energy province, there are other developments taking place in East London, the Coega SEZ and near Humansdorp that promise to give new meaning to new energy. Vanadium batteries, green ammonia and green hydrogen are among the aspects that form part of the Special Feature on energy that appears in this journal.

The centenary of the massively important automotive industry is celebrated with reference to Ford Motor Company’s start in the “Auto City” of Port Elizabeth, as it was known, in 1924. The province’s two Special Economic Zones are attracting investors and exports are on an upward trajectory, which will be helped by upgrades of the Eastern Cape’s three ports.

Overviews are provided on the other key economic sectors of the province and the potential of the oceans economy and the prospects of oil and gas for this coastal province are examined. The major business chambers in the province have made contributions to the journal and the newest chamber, the Maritime Business Chamber, which has its headquarters a short distance up the hill from the Port of Gqeberha, makes its second appearance in the journal.

To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at Updated information on the Eastern Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to here, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title. In 2020 the inaugural edition of The Journal of African Business was published. View all publications as eBooks here.

Chris Whales
Publisher, Global Africa Network 

Eastern Cape Business 2024 Edition – A unique guide to business and investment in the Eastern Cape

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Special features

In a year which celebrated a century of automotive investment in the province, new sectors such as renewable and alternative energy are growing, and large infrastructure projects are underway. The province’s ports and Special Economic Zones are receiving upgrades and investments.

The Eastern Cape is the site of several exciting and innovative projects.

The Eastern Cape celebrated an important milestone in 2024 and welcomed a new motor marque to its OEM stable.

Economic sectors

  • Manufacturing: general — SEZs are the focus of manufacturing investment.
  • WaterThe Mzimvubu Dam project is back on track.
  • Oceans economyInfrastructure upgrades are underway at the Eastern Cape’s ports.
  • FilmJobs are being created in the creative sector.
  • TourismThe World Bank is putting R65-million into conservation.

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About the cover

Main image, then top right and clockwise down; huge wind turbines are bringing power to the national grid and development to the Mfengu people of the Tsitsikamma (Cennergi Services); the Eastern Cape is a popular destination for TV and film (ECDC); diverse businesses are choosing the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ); H&M is running a sustainability programme with sheep farmers (Mark Sampson); the Isuzu D-MAX is made in Gqeberha (Motus Isuzu); dairy is a vibrant sector (ELIDZ); home to the Big Seven, including Great Whites and whales (Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism); Valley of Desolation, Graaff-Reinet (Graaff-Reinet Tourism).


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