Freeport Saldanha is the first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to be located within a port and is the only sector-specific SEZ in South Africa catering specifically to the oil and gas, maritime fabrication and repair industries and related support services.
Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone Licencing Company SOC Ltd (SBIDZ-LC), trading as Freeport Saldanha, was awarded an operator’s license on 31 October 2013, marking the formal beginning of our 30-year journey to create a vibrant hub of opportunity, job creation and sustainable growth, utilising the special economic zone (SEZ) legislation as a catalyst.
Our superb location at the southernmost tip of Africa, in the largest and deepest (23m draught) natural port in the southern hemisphere means that we are the perfect place to accommodate and service a wide range of vessels. We are ideally situated to service East and West African sea traffic, providing a linkage point for both African and international market.
Freeport Saldanha, as the name suggests, operates as a freeport with streamlined investor procedures supported by our Ease of Doing Business model. We are committed to creating a competitive and profitable zone for industry investors and local businesses. We strive to create sustainable growth for all our partners and stakeholders, while ensuring a better future for the community of Saldanha Bay.