The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Thembela Zweni as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 July 2024. Mr Zweni’s appointment marks a significant milestone in the ELIDZ’s journey towards fostering industrial growth and economic development in the Eastern Cape.

Mr Zweni brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in the industrial sector, having been with ELIDZ for over 18 years. Throughout his tenure, he has held various executive positions and served as the Chief Operations Officer since 2016. Over the past three months, he has served as the interim CEO, demonstrating exceptional leadership and strategic vision. His tenure as interim CEO has been marked by significant achievements, including enhanced stakeholder engagement, improved operational efficiencies, and a renewed focus on sustainable development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr Zweni as our new CEO,” exclaimed Professor Mlungisi Makalima, Chairperson of the ELIDZ Board of Directors. “His extensive experience and deep understanding of our strategic objectives make him the ideal leader to steer the ELIDZ towards future growth and innovation. With a proven track record in driving operational excellence and fostering sustainable development, Mr Zweni is well-positioned to leverage our strengths and forge new pathways that attract investment, stimulate job creation, and propel economic development in the region. We have full confidence that under his leadership, the ELIDZ will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the Eastern Cape’s economic landscape.”

Mr Tembela Zweni – ELIDZ Chief Executive Officer

Mr Zweni’s vision for the ELIDZ includes strengthening partnerships with both local and international investors, fostering a culture of innovation, and ensuring that the ELIDZ remains at the forefront of industrial development in South Africa. His strategic initiatives will focus on enhancing the infrastructure and services offered by the ELIDZ, thereby providing an optimal environment for businesses to thrive.

“I am honoured and excited to take on the role of CEO at ELIDZ,” said Mr Zweni. “I look forward to working with our dedicated team, stakeholders, and partners to build on our successes and drive the growth and development of the industrial sector in the Eastern Cape. Together, we will continue to create a vibrant and prosperous industrial development zone that benefits our community and our economy.”

The ELIDZ has consistently served as a pivotal force driving industrial development in the Eastern Cape, successfully attracting substantial investments and playing a crucial role in job creation across various sectors. Under Mr Zweni’s leadership, the ELIDZ is poised not only to continue but to accelerate its impactful contributions to the region’s economic landscape. His extensive experience and strategic vision will bolster efforts to expand infrastructure, foster innovation, and strengthen partnerships, ensuring sustained growth and prosperity for the local community and broader economy alike.

About the ELIDZ

The East London Industrial Development Zone is a leading industrial park in South Africa, dedicated to promoting industrial growth and economic development in the Eastern Cape. The ELIDZ provides world-class infrastructure, strategic support, and investment opportunities to businesses, fostering a dynamic and sustainable industrial environment.


For media inquiries, please contact: Mr Sibusiso Ralarala
Manager: Marketing & Corporate Communications
East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ)
Tel: 066 283 9203