Key Sectors

  • Manufacturing

Manufacturing Sector Overview

KwaZulu-Natal's manufacturing sector enjoys a significant share of the South African economy and is the second largest in the country with nearly a third of manufactured exports being produced here.

The sector contributes 20% percent of employment to the province.

The largest manufacturing industries in KwaZulu-Natal are the automobile sector, pulp and paper products, rubber and plastics, chemicals and petro-chemicals, food and beverages, as well as textiles and clothing. The mining sector, which includes titanium dioxide and zircon, along with iron, steel and ferroalloys is also considered very important.

The vehicle-manufacturing industry has created a considerable multiplier effect in component and service providers. The automotive leather industry has grown rapidly, with exports significantly increasing foreign exchange earnings as a result of rapid industrialisation in, especially, Newcastle, Ladysmith, Dundee, Richards Bay, Durban, Hammarsdale, Richmond, Pietermaritzburg and Mandeni.


  • Automotive, Rail, Machinery and Equipment
  • Maritime and Logistics

Contact Details

  • Mr Vacant Vacant
  • Sector Manager
  • Knowledge Management
  • 1 Arundel Close, Durban, KZN, 4001
  • +27 31 368 9600
  • Contact Mr Vacant Vacant

  • Mr Andile Buthelezi
  • Project Manager
  • Investment Promotion
  • 1 Arundel Close, Durban, KZN, 4001
  • +27 31 368 9600
  • Contact Mr Andile Buthelezi
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