Special economic zones critical to radical transformation - Zuma

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President Jacob Zuma launching the Maluti -A-Phofung Special Economic Zone in Harrismith. (GCIS)
President Jacob Zuma launching the Maluti -A-Phofung Special Economic Zone in Harrismith. (GCIS)

Harrismith - The Maluti-A-Phofung special economic zone is the first to be developed in an area that was once part of the Bantustan industrial parks, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

These parks were created not because of their economic potential, but to sustain apartheid, he said at the unveiling of the new zone in Harrismith, Free State.

"This is a special development which forms part of our conscious efforts of creating economic development and growth opportunities close to where our people are. This we do through promoting industrialisation and also the development of the township and rural economy," he said, according to a copy of his speech.

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