ICT and Electronics

The ICT sector is ranked amongst the top five sectors in South Africa, in terms of its contribution to gross domestic product. The IT services sector contribution to SA’s GDP is expected to grow at approximately eight percent per annum over the next couple of years to R 43, 2 billion in 2009. IT services account for approximately 40% of total expenditure.

As a bid to increase participation of young individuals and create more opportunities in the ICT and Science sectors in the Eastern Cape, the ELIDZ implemented the development and operation of a Science and Technology Park (STP). The park is designed as an attractive, functional and interactive space to encourage the exchange of ideas and facilitate the development of creative technical solutions to problems. Its services include a variety of laboratory facilities, training platforms, an open innovation platform, networking solutions, as well as incubator services. As such, the main objective behind the park is to increase competitiveness, efficiency and effectiveness of local industries through innovation.

The ELIDZ STP as the only park of its kind in the country linked to an IDZ was conceived as a catalyst for growth, collaboration, incubation and the application of innovations for the high technology sector.

The ELIDZ STP is designed as an attractive, functional and interactive space to encourage the exchange of ideas and facilitate the development of creative technical solutions to problems. Its services include a variety of laboratory facilities, training platforms, an open innovation platform, networking solutions, as well as incubator services. The ELIDZ has also located 2 incubators in the STP through its incubate programme and these host 78 entrepreneurs from the ICT and Chemical sectors.