Press Releases and Statements

04

Apr

2017

Super jumbo Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft makes its largest ever delivery to Dube TradePort

On the 30th of March 2017 Dube Cargo Terminal witnessed its second landing of an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft, as part of the delivery of 80 tonnes of highly specialised spools, which forms part of the main furnace at the local oil refinery. The components ranged from 4 to 16 meters in length, 1 to 3 meters in width and 2 to 4 meters in height.

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30

Mar

2017

Air Seychelles starts flights to Durban

Today, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Seychelles to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. Air Seychelles will be flying a twice-weekly non-stop service on Thursdays and Saturdays, connecting Durban and the Seychelles' capital Mahé, using an Airbus A320 Aircraft with a 16-seat business class and 120-seat economy configuration, which will achieve an average flight time of 5 hours, 20 minutes.

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14

Dec

2016

Yangtze Optic Africa Cable's new fibre optic plant is operational in Dube TradePort

Yangtze Optics Africa Cable’s (YOAC) new R 150 million optical fibre cable manufacturing and distribution facility located within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone is operational after just six months of construction, and just one year after its first meeting with Dube TradePort.

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01

Dec

2016

Air Seychelles Announces Durban Route

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, held a media conference at King Shaka International Airport on 01 December 2016 to announce its new direct route to Durban, set to commence on 30 March 2017. The new Durban route will be operated twice-per-week on an Airbus A320 aircraft and will be the airline’s second route in South Africa.

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01

Nov

2016

Dube TradePort welcomes Air Namibia

On Sunday the 30th of October 2016, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Namibia. The airline is now flying a four times weekly Windhoek - Gaborone - Durban schedule, with flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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18

Oct

2016

Former member of the Dube TradePort Corporation Board and South African struggle hero has passed away

The Board and executive of Dube TradePort Corporation wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Mrs Mariam Ramgobin and the Ramgobin family at the passing of the beloved, Mr Mewa Mewalal Ramgobin, who made a significant contribution to the democratic history of South Africa and the development of Dube TradePort Corporation over the last four years.

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14

Oct

2016

South Africa lands Africa’s First Fully Integrated BioPharmaceutical Plant at Dube TradePort in KZN

Cipla BioTec and Dube TradePort will be building Africa's first fully integrated biopharmaceutical plant to make biopharmaceuticals within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone in KwaZulu-Natal. The parties previously on the 8th July 2016 announced the overall investment level for manufacturing and development costs and it is targeted to be approximately R 1,3 billion.

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19

Sep

2016

Dube TradePort Corporation announces its new CEO

The Board of Dube TradePort Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hamish Erskine. The Board Chairperson, Dr. Zanele Bridgette Gasa, gathered the DTPC staff to introduce their new CEO. The atmosphere of anticipation was broken by jubilance at the announcement of the organisation’s acting CEO being appointed as their new CEO.

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15

Sep

2016

Settlement of Dispute between NEHAWU and Dube TradePort Corporation

MEDIA STATEMENT: Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) and NEHAWU reached an amicable settlement following a dispute in the finalisation of the Recognition Agreement between both parties. As a result, NEHAWU has withdrawn its strike notice.

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09

Sep

2016

Dube TradePort opens vital internship opportunities for South African graduates with a user-friendly online interface

Dube TradePort continues to play a major role in developing the economic prosperity of South Africa through the attraction of over R 1.4 billion in private sector investment that has resulted in the creation of over 1 743 valuable permanent job opportunities within its precinct. The organisation’s legacy of development has been given greater impetus through the opening of a vibrant internship and in-service training programme...

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06

Sep

2016

King Shaka International Airport hits new highs with a 46 percent increase in international passenger growth

King Shaka International Airport has surpassed projections, and experienced year on year growth of 46% in international passenger volumes in July 2016 compared to July 2015. This positive response by the KwaZulu-Natal traveler market is credit to the existing and new international carriers serving Durban.

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19

Jul

2016

Construction commencement ceremony of HBM-SA Health Protection Services condom manufacturing facility

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala, today announced the commencement of construction of a condom manufacturing facility at Dube TradePort. In a development that comes against the backdrop of the 21st World Aids Conference taking place in Durban, the new state-of-the-art facility by HBM-SA Health Protection Services is a partnership between US-based HBM Group and SA Health.

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05

Jul

2016

Dube TradePort welcomes MEC Zikalala

The board of Dube TradePort Corporation together with its executive staff took the new KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MPL, Mr. Sihle Zikalala on a comprehensive tour of the precinct and its facilities.

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13

May

2016

Yangtze invests R 150 million in Dube TradePort SEZ

Today, Yangtze Optics Africa Cable (YOAC), an optical fibre and accessory manufacturer, officially launched its new manufacturing facility within Dube TradePort. The new purpose-built fibre optic manufacturing facility is valued at R100 million, with a further R150 million investment expected in the machinery and other equipment.

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20

Dec

2015

Qatar Airways Celebrates New Service Between Doha and Durban

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight QR1367, which departed from Doha’s Hamad International Airport, at 07:45 on 17 December, completed a fly-by of Durban’s beach front before landing at King Shaka International Airport. The dramatic beach fly-by caught the attention of holidaymakers and the local community, and images quickly spread on social media channels across South Africa and beyond.

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17

Dec

2015

Qatar Airways expands reach in South Africa with Durban-Doha route

Multiple award-winning airline Qatar Airways brought Durban and Doha a step closer today with the introduction of a four-times-weekly flight between the two cities. The newly launched Durban-Doha route is an expansion of the airline’s operations and decade-long investment in South Africa.

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16

Dec

2015

Ethiopian Airlines Starts Flights to Durban, its 3rd Destination in South Africa

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has started new services to Durban, the 3rd destination in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town on December 16.

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05

Nov

2015

Turkish Airlines Launches Durban-Istanbul Route

Due to the increased demand for international travellers to travel to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Turkish Airlines launched its third South African route between Durban and Istanbul on the 5th of November this year.

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13

Oct

2015

Ethiopian Airlines to start new direct flights to Durban!

Durban is ready for liftoff with another international airline secured. Ethiopian Airlines is set to start direct flights from Durban to Addis Ababa from the 16th of December 2015. Ethiopian Airlines is now the third international carrier to commit to putting in a direct flight into Durban’s’ King Shaka International Airport this year.

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22

Sep

2015

Dube TradePort Corporation is steadfast about Enterprise Development

Dube TradePort Corporation has successfully graduated its first class of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) that benefited from the organisation’s SMME Development Programme, which aims at strengthening entrepreneurial business management skills.

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22

Sep

2015

Proflight Zambia Commences Lusaka-Durban Direct Flight

Earlier this week at the World Routes Development Summit, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines both announced new route connections to Durban. Another exciting development occurred during the closing day of this spectacular function, wherein Proflight Zambia launched its inaugural direct flight from Lusaka to Durban in South Africa - opening up the channels to a more frequent, convenient route for travellers from Zambia to enjoy what the City of Durban has on offer.

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21

Sep

2015

Turkish Airlines Announces Brand New Flight Route to Durban Amidst World Routes Durban 2015

Amidst all the excitement of the World Routes summit, which has experienced an influx of over 2500 delegates from more than 110 countries, Turkish Airlines announced today that they would be establishing a new international route between Durban and Istanbul, launching before 15 November 2015.

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20

Sep

2015

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs of KZN Highlights new Qatar Airways Durban Route at World Routes Summit

Qatar Airways will be introducing a new flight service between Doha and our state-of-the-art King Shaka International Airport. This move is in line with our ambitious plans of developing an aviation inspired conurbation, the Durban aerotropolis, as a catalyst towards the stimulation of growth to unleash considerable business and employment opportunities for our people.

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18

Sep

2015

World Routes Development Summit 2015 is in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

It is our pleasure as the province of KwaZulu-Natal, and on behalf of the Republic of South Africa, to announce that it is now all systems go for the 2015 World Routes Conference. Working with our partners in the form of Ethekwini Municipality and UBM, we are confident that, once again, the African continent is more than ready to play host to this pre-eminent conference, which is taking place for the first time on the African continent. We see the continent as the theatre and our province as the stage.

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17

Sep

2015

Welcome to World Routes 2015 Durban

With South Africa having joined the BRICS economies and with growing global interest in investment opportunities across the African continent, UBM believe 2015 is a timely year to bring World Routes to Africa. Durban and KwaZulu-Natal offer a strong economy that features a new airport and good tourism product, which Routes felt would be of interest to attendees.

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16

Sep

2015

Dube TradePort’s internship programme opens employment opportunities for graduates

Dube TradePort Corporation is playing a major role in empowering the youth of KwaZulu-Natal by giving graduates the necessary skills and experience to enter the market. The comprehensive internship programme offers graduates a rich understanding of their chosen professions, through an integrated regime that includes on-the-job training and mentorship.

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30

Jul

2015

Dube TradePort provides a valuable platform for private sector investment

Dube TradePort is in the process of building a solid foundation for its new office and retail development within the Dube City property precinct, which has already attracted some R 320 million in private investment. The construction of a 9 000 square meter double basement parking structure has begun. This is part of Dube TradePort’s strategy to attract private investment into the precinct by putting in place critical supporting infrastructure.

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22

Jun

2015

Dube TradePort Media Statement

Dube TradePort dismisses CEO after disciplinary hearing. In February 2015, the Dube TradePort Corporation Board announced that it had suspended the entity’s Chief Executive Officer pending the outcome of a disciplinary process which was chaired by an independent presiding officer...

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19

Jun

2015

Dube TradePort gets gold for its landscaping programme

Dube TradePort’s landscaping has been recognised nationally by the South African Landscaping Institute (SALI), as Dube TradePort extended the use of indigenous and water wise plants in creating a rich and dynamic ecosystem.

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21

May

2015

MABUYAKHULU TO UNVEIL A MULTI-MILLION RAND INTERNATIONAL TRADE AVENUE AT DUBE TRADE PORT

In a move that looks set to further bolster investor appetite and confidence in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Michael Mabuyakhulu will unveil a multi-million rand International Trade Avenue at the Dube TradePort (DTP).

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20

Mar

2015

FAO Representatives visit Dube AgriZone

Striving to build on what works, to combat food and nutrition security challenges faced in Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), looks to benchmark Dube AgriZone, Africa’s first integrated perishables supply chain as the most technologically advanced future farming platform on the continent.

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12

Dec

2014

Dube TradePort Hosts the 2014 Annual Investor Awards

Dube TradePort Corporation hosted the second annual Dube TradePort Investor Awards in early December. The awards bring together the stakeholders of Dube TradePort from a wide variety of industries from the private sector and include investors, entrepreneurs, tenants and service providers...

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20

Nov

2014

KwaZulu-Natal is set to have to have its own Silicon Valley by 2016

In a landmark deal, Eureka Capital has signed a R 160 million-lease agreement with Dube TradePort Corporation to develop a 7 storey 21500m² building in the heart of Dube City.

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28

Oct

2014

Media Invitation: Business and Government engage on Special Economic Zones and Building Manufacturing in KZN

A forum that will bring together key stakeholders, including Dube TradePort, Richards Bay IDZ, Durban Investment Promotion Agency, Trade and Investment KZN, and KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

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07

Oct

2014

Dube TradePort is officially an Industrial Development Zone

The official launch of the Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone on 7 October 2014 represents a significant milestone in reaffirming Dube TradePort’s role as an engine for sustained economic growth for South Africa.

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22

Sep

2014

Dube TradePort works to attract more international flights to Durban

A high level delegation from KwaZulu-Natal, comprising Dube TradePort officials, business and tourism bodies, are headed to the 20th World Route Development Forum Chicago to lobby new airlines to start flying direct international routes into Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.

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30

Jun

2014

Cargo industry braves a shrink in volumes

As the airfreight industry flocks to Johannesburg for the 2014 leg of the Cargo Show, the leading idea exchange conference for the African cargo owning community, delegates are eager to find innovative solutions for transporting their cargo in an industry that is experiencing a shrink in volumes.

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11

Jun

2014

Demand for Dube TradePort’s property offering proves that location is key

Dube TradeZone has recently progressed by “leaps and bounds” and is ahead of its planned milestones. With a lot more expected, the facility is now likely to achieve its intended outcomes far sooner than anticipated in the Master Plan.

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23

May

2014

Dube TradePort CEO attends The 16th Annual African Renaissance Festival: Africa in Motion

Africa is in a unique position of being in the midst of an economic boom; with a growing population that in the next decade will have a large purchasing power. But capitalizing on this will require an improved infrastructure, logistics and air connectivity; Dube TradePort’s CEO, Saxen van Coller speaks on Friday 23rd at the 16th Annual African Renaissance Festival: aptly named Africa In Motion and shares her lessons from being at the helm of KwaZulu-Natal’s largest infrastructural project, which is Southern Africa’s Premier air logistics platform: Dube TradePort.

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22

May

2014

Dube TradePort attending the Royal Show 2014

Dube TradePort is attending the 163rd installment of the Royal Show with a groundswell of the latest Agricultural technology, by presenting Dube AgriLab to the KwaZulu-Natal farming community.

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07

Apr

2014

Set-Top-Box Manufacturing At Dube TradePort

The National Association of Manufactures in Electronic Components (NAMEC), in partnership with one of China’s largest manufacturer of Set Top boxes, is set to launch Africa’s preeminent Set-Top-Box (decoder) manufacturing facilities at Dube TradePort in a

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16

Sep

2013

East Coast Radio plays its part in ‘Connecting Africa’

East Coast Radio, Tourism KZN and Dube TradePort Corporation have joined forces to drive inbound African tourism to KwaZulu-Natal. As Africa becomes a key trade asset and as trade on the continent increases, so disposable income and the desire for travel

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10

Sep

2013

Arbor Week

As part of Arbor week celebrations, Dube TradePort has planted a variety of 130 indigenous plants at the Mount Moreland Conservancy viewing area and 100 trees at the nearby LIV-Village.

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13

Aug

2013

MEC for Economic Development and Tourism opens top future farming facilities at Dube TradePort

A new agricultural facility at Dube TradePort, outside Durban, is poised to produce more than 3 million plantlets a year, expanding to 5 million in future, and is set for the export of young plants across the world and the supply of material for local...

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02

Aug

2013

Official Launch of the SA Express Durban-Lusaka Air Route, Set to Impact on the Existing Trade Platform, says the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism

Trade relations between KwaZulu-Natal and Zambia, the province's most significant trading partner in Africa, are set for an injection of growth as a result of the establishment of a direct air link between Durban and the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

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28

Jun

2013

Official Launch of SA Express Durban-Harare Air Route, Which is Rapidly Growing in Popularity According to the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism

Just eight months after the introduction in November 2012 of a direct Durban-Harare air route, return flights are already achieving an impressive 72% of capacity, a figure destined to grow...

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21

Jun

2013

Construction begins on first multi-million Rand Private Sector investment at Dube TradePort

Dube TradePort, situated 30km north of central Durban and home to King Shaka International Airport, has attracted private sector investment totalling R560 million to date, which may be partly attributed to the boldness of Durban-based property development

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24

May

2013

Dube TradePort, attending the Royal Show 2013

For the first time, Dube TradePort is showcasing the future farming platform - Dube AgriZone - to KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural community, at the 162nd annual agricultural Royal Show.

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25

Apr

2013

Mining Equipment Flown from Durban

A massive 54 tonne Acid cooler, used in the mining industry to produce sulphuric acid, was flown out of Dube Cargo Terminal on Monday (22 April).

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11

Mar

2013

Dube TradePort announces new CEO

The board of Dube TradePort Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Saxen van Coller as the corporation’s new CEO.

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15

Apr

2011

Dube TradePort to attend SAPOA 2011 Conference

Dube TradePort Stand, No. 70 at the SAPOA Conference from 11-13 May 2011

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08

Sep

2010

Emirates Sky Cargo Boeing 747-400F lands at Dube Cargo Terminal

Dube Tradeport Showcases Seamless Connectivity

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08

Sep

2010

Dube Cargo Terminal

The most secure and state-of-the-art cargo terminal in Southern Africa boosts global trade

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20

Jun

2010

KwaZulu-Natal’s First Commercial International Air-Freight Delivery

Dube TradePort welcomes the arrival of KwaZulu-Natal’s first commercial international air-freight delivery.

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26

May

2010

Rhino Take Flight

Rhino Take Flight - a first at Dube TradePort

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03

May

2010

Memorial Garden

GRAVESITES OF INDIAN INDENTURED LABOURERS FOUND AT DUBE TRADEPORT

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