Atlantis SEZ

PLEASE NOTE: The content on this page is a historical "bookmark" of GreenCape's work in getting the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) formally designated. This work was done in conjunction with a number of other organisations including The National Department of Trade and Industry, the Western Cape Provincial Government, the City of Cape Town and Wesgro. Stakeholders wanting to engage with the ASEZ are advised to visit the ASEZ's offical website by clicking the link below.


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In June 2018 Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, confirmed the designation of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) and the approval of cabinet in writing to Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde. The designation sees the entire Atlantis Industrial area being declared a Special Greentech Economic Zone.

Situated on the West Coast of South Africa, 40kms from Cape Town, the Atlantis SEZ capitalises on the province’s already booming renewable energy and green technology sector. It supports the manufacturing sectors to become suppliers and component manufacturers for the renewable energy sector, in particular independent power producers in the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP). 

The SEZ has already attracted investments of R680 million.

Gestamp Renewable Industries, a Spanish wind tower manufacturer has invested R475 million.

GreenCape is the appointed Atlantic SEZ project management unit, responsible for coordinating the application for designation.

Location of Atlantis map

Why invest in the Atlantis SEZ?

1. Strong and growing South African and African markets for greentech

Independent market research shows strong demand for renewable energy and green technologies from South Africa and the African continent.

2. Well-located & development-ready area

The Atlantis SEZ has good access to major national road networks and is located in close proximity to key renewable energy markets.

3. A strong support base and existing relationships for investors to tap into

Partnerships and relationships that will help facilitate investment and doing business are already in place with business, government and labour.

4. A One-Stop-Shop (OSS) for wide-ranging investor support

The Atlantis SEZ team can assist with information, and facilitate access to permits, licenses, planning and development approvals, incentives and finances.

5. Incentives for investors and tenants

The City of Cape Town, the national government and the Atlantis SEZ offer a range of attractive incentives for investors and tenants.

6. Attractive, wide-ranging skills base to recruit from

A skills development drive is underway in Atlantis through partnerships with youth organizations, local TVET colleges and high schools.

Key reading 

The resources listed here are essential reading, which provide a greater overview of the opportunities in the Atlantis SEZ.

Short brochure: A short overview of the SEZ, including incentives and rates for the lease or purchase of land in the zone.

Technical brochure: For those exploring the business case for establishing their business in the SEZ.

International brochure: For the international audience, including property stats, FDI by sector, green economy data maps and contacts.

Atlantis SEZ Pre-Feasibility Report

Atlantis SEZ Feasibility Report

Atlantis SEZ Basic Assessment Report

Atlantis Revitalisation Framework (City of Cape Town)

Atlantis SEZ Annual Report 2018/19  (A high resolution version is available on request)

Atlantis SEZ Annual Report 2016/17

Atlantis SEZ Annual Report 2017/18

How to invest in the Atlantis SEZ

Community Leaflet

For other related tools, resources and information see the Library

The Atlantis Special Economic Zone for Green Technologies (ASEZ) is celebrating another milestone in its progress momentum, leading up to and following its official designation in June 2018 and launch by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 6 December 2018.

“GreenCape has been the appointed Atlantis SEZ project management unit since 2013, responsible for coordinating the application for designation. At the end of September 2019, we are celebrating more than 6 years of successful partnerships that have led to this milestone of a designated Atlantis Special Economic Zone for Green Technologies, as we hand over the project management unit functions from GreenCape to Wesgro for the new Atlantis SEZ Entity to take the zone forward into the future,” said Francis Jackson, GreenCape ASEZ Project Executive.

At this juncture, with the successful designation of the SEZ, Wesgro has been appointed by the Western Cape Provincial Government to establish the registration of a Provincial Entity to meet the requirements of the SEZ Act, and the capacitation of this entity to be able to transact and fulfill the aspirations set in the application for designation.

News and events

News: Launching the Active Climate Change Citizenship for a Just Transition in South Africa project

Capacitating Active Climate Change Citizenship #SA_Climate Champs Website: saclimatechamps. co. Read more


Webinar: Building resilience in industrial areas - value add opportunities identified in Montague Gardens Atlantis.

GreenCape, supported by the City of Cape Town, hosted a webinar titled: "Building resilience in industrial areas - value add opportunities identified in Montague Gardens Atlantis. Read more