Our Regions



The Industrial Development Corporation actively promotes investments in rural and township areas, taking on the challenge of the under-developed areas as well as that of the urban-rural economic divide.


South Africa’s nine provinces – the Eastern Cape, the Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, North West, and the Western Cape – each have their own legislature, premier and executive council – and distinct landscape, population, and economy.


To cater for prospective business partners and entrepreneurs living in each province, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has regional and satellite offices across the country, from busy hub of KwaZulu-Natal to the sprawling and somewhat empty Northern Cape.


These offices develop strategies to enable the IDC to maximise its impact in each province.

The corporation implements sustainable industrial development policies and is the driving force behind several government initiatives designed to improve economic growth, development and job creation.


Government policy prioritises job creation, poverty alleviation and minimising society’s inequalities. These policies include:


  • The New Growth Path (NGP);
  • Presidential initiatives such as the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC), Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs ) and National Development Plan (NDP); and,
  • Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).


The IDC is central to successfully implementing these policies. The corporation ensures that implementation strategies and macro policy objectives work together.

“Moving forward, we will continue to deepen our commitment to developing South Africa’s industrial capacity. It is also encouraging that economic infrastructure and public investment remains at the core of the government’s economic growth priorities. Our participation in various Strategic Infrastructures Projects, spearheaded by the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission, creates the opportunity for us not only to rejuvenate South Africa’s industrial base but to also promote localisation,” says IDC Chief Executive Geoffrey Qhena (26 June 2012).


The NGP – the Framework of the New Economic Growth Path – outlines how South Africa can achieve a more developed, cohesive and equitable economy, and identifies sectors to generate an inclusive, green economy. Aimed at improving growth, employment creation and equity, the policy aims to create five million jobs over the next 10 years.


It reflects the government’s commitment to prioritising employment creation in all economic policies, and identifies strategies that will enable the country to grow, while meeting its developmental agenda.

Five areas are identified in the framework: energy, transport, communication, water, and housing. Sustained public investment in these sectors will create jobs in construction, operation and infrastructure maintenance.


Key actions and times for implementing the industrial policy are set out in detail in the IPAP, which has three main components:

  • A range of sectorial actions;
  • Cross-cutting actions important to industrial policy; and,
  • Measures to improve the government’s organisation and capacity to implement industrial policy.


There is an emphasis on labour-absorbing production and services sectors, increasing poorer people and regions’ access to the economy, and building South Africa’s contribution to industrial development in the rest of Africa.


Decentralisation decision-making, implementation and providing services to all its regions have significantly improved the IDC’s ability to meet its key mandates and eliminate one-size-fits-all approaches to industrial development.

Our significant

Presence across South Africa allows us to promote localisation


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The IDC regional offices play an important role in developing local economies and supporting local business initiatives, particularly emerging entrepreneurs. Among the tasks they undertake are identifying local opportunities, helping develop new business, playing an active role in local economic development enterprises, giving strategic support to local governments, and advancing community projects – particularly in rural areas.



Grainfield Chicken is an ultra-modern broiler chicken processing facility in a farming town of Reitz


Westfalia is looking to start up farms in countries where avocados can grow easily and in abundance


From a small company putting up steel gates, Quality Steel is now one of the largest suppliers of steel construction frames


Coega Dairy ultra-high temperature processing plant has the lowest carbon footprint in South Africa


Ikusasa is in the the field of water purification.


A hotel company that would use minimalist and cutting edge designs


Tongaat textile firm Mozimax is deploying a youthful management team to bring in fresh business ideas


SOS is situated in Brits, a small mining town in North West province, just 48 kilometres from Pretoria.




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