Building partnerships

Capacity building

Public sector category   Specific public sector entity   Type of assistance provided and/or form of collaboration   Objectives  
National government (continued)  DIRCO  
  • Presentations on economic developments and the IDC service offer delivered to several economic diplomacy workshops for DIRCO senior officials operating in various world regions
  • Contributions to the formulation of SA’s BRICS Economic Strategy 2012 – 17, which was co-ordinated by DIRCO
  • Enhance SA’s export performance in global markets and increase inward foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • Strengthen SA’s position in international negotiations


  • Engagement with the Department of Energy (DoE) and National Treasury (NT) on issues pertaining to the renewable energy procurement programme, including funding aspects, employment creation, community funding and mobilisation, as well as localisation potential
  • Participation in the bio-fuels task team
  • Renewable energy sector development
  • Investment activity through project development
  • Provided inputs for the formulation of the Agro Processing Strategy of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • Coordinated the proposal pertaining to the Barley Procurement Initiative of the large brewing companies and submitted the respective report to DAFF
  • Provided inputs into, and participated in the Masibambisane Initiative of DAFF
  • Rural development
  • Investment activity through project development
  • Entered into an MOU with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and, in line with this agreement, rolling out a project development and funding mechanism
  • Rural development
  • Investment activity through project development
Provincial governments   Various  
  • IDC regional offices generally interact with provincial government departments on a regular basis, providing assistance, as and when required, for strategy formulation, specific initiatives and/or reporting purposes on a number of areas
  • Signed and implemented MOUs with the departments of economic development of the provincial governments of Mpumalanga and Western Cape, as well as with Ithala Development Corporation and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), which are the development finance institutions (DFIs) of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces. The MOUs typically cover collaboration with respect to capacity building; DFI best practice; investment and development opportunities
  • Local economic development
  • Rural development
  • Investment activity through project development
  • Capacity building
Local governments   Various    
  • Building and providing capacity (e.g. through development agencies, spatial initiatives and third-party funding avenues) to several municipal governments throughout South Africa in order to stimulate local economic development (refer to section on Agency Development and Support)
  • Through a community of practice arrangement with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the South African LED Network, which is hosted by SALGA, providing information and other knowledge resources to support local economic development agencies in particular, and local economic development in general
  • Certain IDC regional offices interact with local governments on a regular basis, providing assistance, as and when required, for specific initiatives
  • Partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) on the Pan African Capacity Building Programme (PAC-BP), which capacitated certain municipalities that nominated young professionals who were subsequently deployed to French municipalities for experiential learning to benchmark the best practices of their host municipalities
  • Local economic development
  • Rural development
  • Investment activity through project development
  • Capacity building
State-owned companies   PIC  
  • Funding partnership with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), with the aim of enhancing developmental benefits of the interventions of both state-owned companies (SOCs), in line with their respective mandates
  • Contribution to the formulation of the PIC’s Africa Strategy and ongoing cooperation
  • Improve access to finance at favourable rates by business and enhance investment activity
  • Enhance developmental impact, especially job creation and retention
  • Funding partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), with the aim of enhancing the developmental benefits of the interventions of both SOCs, in line with their respective mandates
  • Technical assistance provided to specific DFIs
  • Co-funding of projects
  • MOUs in place with a number of national and provincial DFIs, focusing on cooperation in various areas (e.g. project development; risk management; provision of economic information; capacity building – refer to the section on Building Partnerships: Capacity Building)
  • Loan funding provided to the Land Bank
  • Improve access to finance by business
  • Enhance investment activity
  • Improve coordination amongst funding agencies with respect to their service offer
  • Capacity building and skills development
  • Enhance public sector delivery and efficiency
  • MOU in place with both Eskom and Transnet, focusing on cooperation on PICC structures with the aim of maximising the localisation benefits potentially associated with the ongoing capital expenditure programme
  • Continuous collaboration between the IDC and both SOCs at various levels (i.e. bilateral, PICC, individual SIPs, IDC Localisation Project Office) in order to achieve the objectives of the respective MOUs timeously and effectively
  • Improve coordination, implementation and monitoring of development
  • Maximise localisation benefits and linkages associated with the infrastructure build programme


Agribank of Zimbabwe

As part of the pan African regional integration and industrialisation through development finance initiatives, the IDC has developed programmes to contribute to an enabling environment for institutions outside South Africa.

Coega Dairy Holdings

The IDC has identified increased competition in the dairy value chain and import substitution in the cheese industry as key sector development goals. We also singled out the need for increased farmer (and specifically B-BBEE) participation in dairy value-adding initiatives.

Windtown Lagoon Resort 

The newly built Windtown Lagoon Resort and Spa reflects the IDC’s focus to funding community-based projects that have potential to create employment opportunities in far-flung regions.

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R16.0 billion
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