The Board of Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) has appointed a new CEO – Hamish Erksine who has been acting CEO since February 2015.

His official appointment comes after sifting through 143 applications for the job.

“We are grateful to Hamish for his tried and tested leadership over the last 19 months. Although it appears to have been an extended length of time that the organisation has been led by an acting CEO, there has been no negative impact on the performance of DTPC. In fact, the organization has excelled over the last 19 months and continued to deliver on its mandate,” chairperson of the DTPC Board, Dr Zanele Bridgette Gasa, said.

She highlighted a number of achievements including achieving 84% of the organisations’ annual performance plan in the 2015/16 financial year, securing three new international airlines (Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways) within two months, a 46% growth in international air passengers between July 2015 and July 2016 and a 25% growth in international cargo airfreight from January to July 2016.

Gaza also noted confidence shown by the Department of Trade and Industry to designate the DTPC as a Special Economic Zone as well as a number of important investments – the Yangtze Optics Africa Holding’s new R250-million optical fibre manufacturing facility, SAMSUNG Electronics increasing their footprint at DTPC with an additional R35-million warehouse facility  and SA Health’s R150-million condom manufacturing facility.

Hamish Erskine started his career in 1996 at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature as head of the National Council of Provinces Division. In late1998, he moved to the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Council as programme manager where he began working as part of the small team conceptualising Dube TradePort.

He continued as part of this team in his role as special project manager at the newly formed Trade and Investment KZN and thereafter joined Dube TradePort as a Project Executive in 2003.

With over 13 years’ experience in an executive role at DTPC, he successfully created two of DTPC’s commercial divisions – Dube iConnect and its property investment portfolio.

In his role as the CEO, he will be responsible for leading the organisation as it grows its investment assets throughout its development zones under the umbrella of both the Special Economic Zones and commercial business zones.

Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone is expected to drive the development of new industrial and manufacturing investment as well as agro-industry and processing in Dube AgriZone.

This will also expand to include a new Automotive Supply Park in the south of Durban.