Johannesburg - The Industrial Developmental Corporation
(IDC) approved the most funding ever for South African investments in its
financial year ending March, it said on Thursday.
The IDC approved R8.4bn in funding for South African investments.
“This is the highest level ever for South African-based
investments. Funding approvals during the year under review are expected to
create 19 650 full-time jobs,” said CEO Geoffrey Qhena.
The funding was also expected to save an additional 11 650
This would create a combined impact on employment of 31 300,
up from 25 000 in 2010.
Another 8 100 jobs could be created through links to
activities in the informal economy.
"We have retained our focus both on preserving and
growing high impact manufacturing capacity, and have succeeded in improving our
impact on job creation," said Qhena.
The IDC made a profit of R2.7bn during the year under
Of the projects it approved funding for, 97% were in priority sectors identified in the government's new growth path
These include manufacturing, mining value chain and
infrastructure and agriculture.
The IDC said it would "continue to be a key implementer
of government policies" and aimed "to continue influencing policy to
create a more enabling environment for industrial development".
"(The) IDC will make available R102bn over the next five
years for investment. To achieve this level of investment, the partnership of
various stakeholders and social partners is key - these include businesses,
co-funders, labour, government and civil society," said Qhena.
Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel welcomed the
results, which he said showed "solid performance and industrial
"The IDC has a strong, healthy balance sheet, which
will now be used more actively to drive the new growth path and job
creation," he said.
"We are now working with the IDC to significantly
expand the level of investment, reduce the cost to industrial borrowers and
shift more investment to projects with a large labour-absorbing capacity,"
"In the year ahead, it will expand its investment and
funding in the green economy, agro-processing, mineral beneficiation and
Patel said that as South Africa exports most of its minerals
in raw or unprocessed form, a greater focus on local processing could add jobs.
"The IDC must lead the green industrialisation drive
and help South Africa identify new products and technologies in this expanding
part of economic activities," he said.
The IDC is a state-owned development finance institution
reporting to the minister of economic development.
- With Thomas Maree.