The East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) is leading the way in a journey into the digital landscape and is experiencing a high demand for additional data centre capacity from both internal and external clients. With the fast-evolving digital landscape, the ELIDZ is at the forefront of investing in cutting-edge technology and embracing innovation. A home to thriving digitally connected clients, the ELIDZ’s Data Centre footprint is expanding to support this demand with the goal of attracting further ICT investment and ecosystem partners to the province.

“We are committed to ensuring that we meet these demands effectively while maintaining the highest standards of reliability, security and performance,” said Mzuyanda Nontshinga, Manager: ICT.

A comprehensive feasibility study had been conducted to assess the current and projected demand for data centre services. The new state-of-the-art Tier 3 data centre facility is in the final stages of completion and will be further expanded in a phased approach to meet client demand. The significance of data hosting has not gone unnoticed within the Eastern Cape, where the ELIDZ stands ready to meet the growing demand for disaster recovery and other ICT related offerings.

“Our efforts to expand data centre capacity align with our vision of becoming a hub for digital innovation and economic growth. By investing in advanced infrastructure and technology, we are positioning the ELIDZ as a leader in the digital economy, attracting investment and fostering entrepreneurship in the region,” Nontshinga summing up his remarks.

The ELIDZ is dedicated to embracing the emerging opportunities and strengthening its position as a premier destination in the province for data and data centre services. The ELIDZ is accredited for the following recognised ICT related internationally standards:

  • ISO 27001: 2013 – Information Security Management Standard (ISMS)
  • ISO 27017: 2015 – Standard for managing Information in the cloud.
  • ISO 27018: 2019 – Standard for managing Personal Data in the Cloud.

Additionally, the ELIDZ as an organisation is accredited for various international standards such as health and safety standards, which guides health and safety-related operations. These standards play a crucial role in ensuring that the ELIDZ maintains high standards of occupational health and safety within the zone.

  • ISO 45001: 2018 – Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management System: OH & S
  • ISO 14001: 2015 – Standard for Environmental Management System: EMS
  • ISO 9001: 2015 – Standard for Quality Management System: QMS

These accreditations demonstrate the ELIDZ unwavering commitment to excellence, ensuring the highest levels of security, safety, environmental responsibility, and quality across its operations.

With access to state-of-the-art, reliable utilities and advanced telecommunications networks, our clients within the ELIDZ enjoy the following benefits:

  • Achieving high electricity supply uptime with a 40 MW grid supply, and the potential incorporation of energy storage systems and other sustainable energy solutions to mitigate grid supply risks and enhance redundancy.
  • Water supply systems tailored to accommodate diverse industries.
  • Secure facility located within a highly protected industrial zone.
  • Well-maintained premises and effectively managed utilities and amenities.
  • Customised Data Centre Service Offerings.
  • Diverse range of shared services.

As part of the expansion, the ELIDZ has invested in a blown fibre ring that links its current data centre facility to clients and external Fibre Network Operators (FNOs) within the ELIDZ. FNOs are encouraged to connect with the ELIDZ data centre using existing fibre ducting, reducing the FNOs costs to connect. By investing in a blown fibre ring, the ELIDZ has placed a high priority on connectivity, establishing a link between its data centre facilities and clients as well as external FNOs within the area.

This strategic investment guarantees smooth and dependable connectivity for businesses within the ELIDZ, enhancing data transmission speed and communication capabilities. With a robust connectivity infrastructure in place, the ELIDZ clients can effectively expand their operations and seize future growth opportunities. Whether they are expanding within the Zone or connecting to external networks, businesses can confidently pursue their strategies, knowing that they have dependable and adaptable solutions at their disposal.

The ELIDZ’s commitment to pioneering the digital landscape is evident in its relentless pursuit of excellence and its dedication to driving innovation across industries. As technology continues to evolve, the ELIDZ remains a trusted partner for businesses looking to thrive in the digital age.


Issued by the ELIDZ

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Mr. Sibusiso Ralarala


Tel: 066 283 9203