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The RBIDZ Company

The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) is a state-owned, legally registered, industrial development company situated in KwaZulu-Natal. It has the responsibility of encouraging international export competitiveness. It achieves this in several ways including tax and duty free incentives, providing world-class infrastructure and competitive input costs. The KwaZulu-Natal government is the sole owner of the RBIDZ, reporting to the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DEDTEA) through an accounting authority (Board) that is appointed by the Member of the Executive Council (MEC).

The RBIDZ strategy is to cluster smaller, downstream manufacturing businesses around existing major industries in the City, as well as attract small-medium industrial operations that will create employment and economic growth whilst broadening South Africa’s export products.

The IDZ Programme

An IDZ can be defined as “a purpose-built industrial estate, linked to an international air or sea port, which contain one or multiple Customs Controlled Areas (CCAs) tailored for the manufacturing and storage of goods to boost beneficiation, investments, economic growth and, most importantly, the development of skills and employment” (SARS: Industrial Development Zone).

Accordingly, IDZs are intended to provide investors with competitive advantages by:

  • offering tax incentives (to qualifying entities),
  • providing the required infrastructure and utilities,
  • simplifying administrative requirements, and
  • providing customs support services.

Whilst IDZs are jointly funded by tiers of government being, national and provincial government; funding from national government is channelled through the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) by way of grant funding and is exclusively intended for critical infrastructural development. In contrast, funding from the provincial government caters for both capital and operational expenditure of the entity.

The RBIDZ comprises of 240 hectares of fully- developed and well- serviced land in its two part Customs Controlled estates.

Corporate Profile Menu

Functional Structure

Zone Development & Operations
● Town Planning
● Project Management
● Electrical engineering
● Civil engineering
● Customs Control Area Management
● Security Management
● Property, Fleet & Facilities Management
Chief Financial
● Financial Accounting
● Asset Management
● Management Accounting
● Supply Chain Management
● Human Resources Management
● Governance, Risk & Compliance
● Legal
Office of the
● Strategy Development & Management
● Monitoring & Evaluation
● Brand & Marketing Management
● Stakeholder Management & Communications
● Economic Development and Transformation
● Company Secretary
Business Development & Support
● Investment Promotions
● Investor Support
● Research and Intelligence

Our Purpose

The purpose of the RBIDZ is to develop an industrial estate in order to:

  • Attract local and foreign investors who will beneficiate South Africa's raw materials
  • Create production capacity
  • Provide services
  • Create employment and improve the skills base

Our Vision

"To be the preferred special economic zone for sustainability investments, whilst delivering value to our stakeholders.”

Our Mission

“We utilise the competitive advantage of the RichardsBay area, to attract sustainable investments that stimulate economic growth, job creation, and beneficiation of resources, and the empowerment of people”.

Our core values are defined as:

We shall conduct our business with our stakeholders and investors with the highest levels of professionalism, competence and responsibility;

We shall embrace diversity by treating each other with respect, trust and dignity at all times;

We shall pursue ethical practices by being open, honest, sincere and consistent in our actions and communications;


We shall pursue the development of the RBIDZ to meet the present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs whilst promoting health and safety culture; and

We shall maintain a safe work environment for our employees, contractors, and investors.

We shall seek creative and novel solutions to ensure continued improvement and address the needs of RBIDZ and stakeholders.


The RBIDZ is a company made up of real people, with a real dedication, and passion to effect real change in South Africa. This commitment and energy is apparent in all the company dealings with all its stakeholders.

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