GOOD: Cape Town Welcomes R1.3 Billion Atlantis Investment



The City of Cape Town on Wednesday welcomed a R1.3bn investment in Atlantis by multinational corporation Pegas Nonwovens which is set to open a new plant in the suburb.

The new Atlantis facility will manufacture non-woven, polypropylene and polyethylene-based textiles used in disposable hygiene products such as baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products.

At a media briefing, Mayor Patricia de Lille congratulated Pegas on furthering its international expansion.

Pegas has expressed great confidence in Cape Town as a safe investment location, De Lille said.

De Lille said the investment by Pegas is expected to create 200 direct jobs.

“[This] is an investment into the lives of vulnerable residents who will soon have a brighter future as they, together with their families, are uplifted out of poverty,” she said.

Atlantis is a special economic zone (SEZ) which it is envisioned will support manufacturing, mainly for the renewable energy sector.

Other major companies already in operation in Atlantis include Gestamp Renewable Industries, a Spanish wind tower manufacturer, and electronics manufacturer Hisense.

The R1.3bn is the largest single investment facilitated by the Western Cape’s investment agency, Wesgro, since 2011.

In a statement, Western Cape premier Helen Zille said the province plans to launch an investor centre alongside Wesgro during the course of 2017.

This will be a one-stop-shop for investors to complete local, provincial and national regulatory processes under the professional guidance of a single relationship manager, Zille said.



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