KZN Techno Hubs

In times of economic turbulence, technology and innovation remain the most important differentiators separating the economic winners from the also-rans.

Gearing for growth at KZN Techno Hubs

Today’s business leaders understand that technology and innovation are the cornerstone of their company’s future success. And they also understand that seeking partnerships and collaborating with other companies can lead to faster and more meaningful innovation - stimulating growth and creating greater economic opportunities.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has identified this need for technological innovation and collaboration and has begun developing science and technology parks in four key regions across the province to promote the so-called knowledge economy, drive socio-economic development and increase competitiveness.

The provincial government is working closely with the GWI Group, the company responsible for driving the KZN Techno Hubs project and enabling its teams to deliver world class facilities. 

If you are a high-tech entrepreneur, researcher, property developer or are involved in business or academia, these hubs - to be located in Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay and Port Shepstone - present an ideal opportunity to create jobs and attract investment.

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It is envisaged that the regional hubs will be used and supported by technology and innovation “clusters” comprising interconnected companies, specialised suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a specific sector or industry.

Although these companies may be competitors the hubs will create a physical space where they are able to collaborate. This co-operation will enable the industry in which they operate to grow and compete on a national and even international level.

The success of technology hubs both locally and internationally, the most well known of which is Silicon Valley in the United States, has spurred on the KZN provincial government to prepare the ground for the project.

It believes it’s initiatives such as these that will help the province to improve its competitiveness - especially given that it continues to underspend on research and development.

KwaZulu-Natal has the second largest regional population in South Africa, with about 10.8 million people or 21.4% of the country’s total population. The province is the industrial hub of South Africa, hosting two major harbours that handle the majority of the country’s exports and imports. The provincial economy also boasts modern transport and logistical infrastructure and facilities. The provincial economy contributes over 16% to the national gross domestic product.

Interested? Please complete the application form here.

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Hub (def): the effective centre of an activity, region, or network

Collaboration (def): the action of working with someone to produce something

Innovation (def): a new method, idea, product