Dube TradePort

Dube Tradeport

Dube TradePort is a Special Economic Zone and comprises a precinct purpose-planned to drive industrial development in South Africa through the promotion and attraction of both domestic and foreign direct investment to this part of KwaZulu-Natal.


The organisation’s name originates from the name John Langalibalele Dube, a greatly revered and hugely important figure in South African history and a leading member of the educated African elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Its strategic location and world-class infrastructure stimulates the manufacture of value-added products and provides the opportunity to benefit from a range of incentives, together with additional support measures, thus creating an ideal business environment for investors.

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Benefits offered to business enterprises operating within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone are geared towards the promotion of business growth, revenue generation, employment creation, the export of value-added commodities and, crucially, the attraction of both foreign and local investment.

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The underlying intent behind Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone is to promote and enhance the competitiveness of KwaZulu-Natal’s manufacturing sector and to encourage the beneficiation of available resources. This exceptional precinct delivers an environment conducive to increasing value-added production by existing local industry, whilst simultaneously creating a sound platform for the creation of new industry.

The precinct’s zones include:

Dube TradeZone: This is a designated Special Economic Zone and comprises fully-serviced industrial real estate for, especially, manufacturing, assembling, air-related cargo distribution, high-tech aerospace services, electronics, pharmaceuticals production, automotive, clothing, textiles, cold-storage, warehousing, distribution and logistics;

Dube Cargo Terminal: This is a state-of-the-art cargo handling facility, purpose-built to be the most secure in Africa and housing all the statutory bodies on-site to ensure speed of service;

Dube AgriZone: This is a designated Special Economic Zone and provides world-class agricultural facilities and technical support for the propagation, growth, packing and distribution of a range of high-value perishables and horticultural products; and

Dube City: This is a premium office, retail, leisure and hospitality precinct and is located in a modern urban ‘Green’ hub immediately adjacent to King Shaka International Airport’s passenger terminal.

Dube iConnect: This is a cutting-edge information technology and telecommunications platform and a premier cloud computing service provider.

In addition, King Shaka International Airport is owned and operated by Airports Company South Africa. It boasts the longest sea-level runway, at 3.7km, in South Africa and is capable of accommodating the latest new-generation wide-bodied aircraft.

Further, Dube TradePort Corporation is the lead implementing agent of Durban Aerotropolis, an airport city with Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone at its heart.