Industrial Park Revitalisation Seminar, 8th July 2020


The Cities Support Programme jointly hosted an Industrial Parks Revitalisation Seminar with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the World Bank Group (WBG) on the 8th July 2020 attended by 110 participants.


The webinar is the first of a series focusing on the strategic role and function of industrial spaces within the country in terms of national economic development and industrial strategy. The intention of the webinar was to share global best practices on the Industrial Park development and management and to understand the strategic approaches of South African industrial park managing authorities.


South African industrial nodes and parks are areas that are zoned for industrial and light manufacturing activity, intended to enable efficient and effective delivery of hard and soft core services required by businesses. Over the years, many such hubs have been developed – some dating back several decades. Land ownership within industrial nodes varies along a continuum of publicly, privately and mixed-ownership and management typologies. Increasingly, industrial parks are no longer single purpose spaces for industrial development but rather multi-spaces of mixed use, where informal traders, small businesses, public good initiatives, commercial development and residential imperatives encroach and contest industrial singularity, within, and on the periphery, of the industrial park.


The DTIC launched its industrial park revitalization programme in 2015 with a focus on infrastructure provision within the "older" industrial parks throughout the country, primarily within historic decentralization areas. The implementation of the programme in 27 industrial parks is divided into 5 progressive phases with most parks being in Phases 1 or 2 currently.


The Cities Support Programme (CSP) of National Treasury (NT), is implementing an Industrial Park Revitalisation programme in partnership with the eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg metropolitan municipalities. The focus industrial parks include Jacobs, Wadeville, Babelegi and Devland.


Lessons shared form global best practices and South African experiences highlighted the need for: a strategic vision and industrial strategy alignment for the Parks; adaptive and responsive management of the Parks; inclusive institutional arrangements and strong management capabilities; spaces of excellence to support firm activities; and the contribution of industrial spaces to broader spatial and economic transformation objectives. The transcript of the webinar is available at:


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For further information contact:


Karen Harrison: CSP-NT