African Renaissance Conference  24- 26 May 2018



    Saxen van Coller, Chief Executive Officer,
    Dube TradePort Corporation

    Saxen van Coller provides strategic direction and leadership to Dube TradePort
    Corporation and its advancement of KwaZulu-Natal’s single biggest infrastructural project,
    Dube TradePort, located 30km north of Durban and at the heart of the aerotropolis
    emerging in the Province’s strategically important northern development corridor between
    Umhlanga and Ballito.

    Dube TradePort Corporation is a Schedule 3C Public Entity of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government in South Africa. The organisation she heads is mandated to vigorously drive the growth and

    development of a master-planned airport  city, creating a world-class passenger and air-freight hub and Southern Africa’s premier air logistics platform.

    A recognised business leader, well-known for her ability to craft and execute strategic vision and to meeting and exceeding enterprise objectives, Saxen brings to Dube TradePort Corporation well in excess of 15 years top management experience and expertise with a range of major South African organisations.

    With an impressively solid background in the diverse fields of textiles, petrochemicals, manufacturing, and the medical and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) environments, Saxen offers Dube TradePort Corporation compelling business insights. She utilises a unique blend of executive acumen, exceptionally strong operational and technological solutions development capabilities and the capacity to unite members of staff behind the brand and the vision it represents, to achieve results and

    create successes within her business activities. She is totally committed to working, with her team, in

    the quest to create outside Durban a premier air logistics platform and a highly competitive Smart

    Airport City operating environment. Recognising that Dube TradePort is a key component of KwaZulu-

    Natal’s economic growth strategy, Saxen - together with the staff complement for which she is responsible - is steadfast in her dedication to ensuring the precinct’s ultimate expansion as the

    backbone of a highly efficient, totally integrated economic development region within KwaZulu-Natal.


    The development of an aerotropolis is one of the catalytic projects that have been identified by the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS).

    The aerotropolis is also one of the projects identified by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee (PICC) under strategic infrastructure Projects (SIP2). Firstly, an aerotropolis can be defined as “a multimodal freight and passenger transportation complex which supports efficient, cost-effective, sustainable development in a defined region of economic significance centered around a major airport.” (Source: United States Congress H.R.658: Aerotropolis Act of 2011). Thus, an aerotropolis is a

    constellation of physical, institutional, economic and policy interventions which upgrade local assets, reduce ground-based transport times and costs, and expand global connectivity to leverage aviation-enabled trade in goods and services for business competitiveness, job creation and prosperity of those at all socio-economic levels. It is a type of urban form comprising aviation intense businesses and related enterprises.

    The most competitive firms and cities will be those that connect their products and people faster and more efficiently to the global marketplace. China, India, South Korea and other Asian nations as well as a number of Middle Eastern nations recognize this and are investing heavily in their airports and aerotropoli as competitive tools for global commerce and trade.

    To implement the Aerotropolis in the province, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) is currently in the process of developing an Integrated Provincial Aerotropolis Strategy (IAS). The department envisages the IAS to be a guiding strategic document for advising the provincial government

    in terms of implementing the concept in the province. The IAS seeks to build on the already developed Dube TradePort (DTP) sixty-year master plan, which also aims to advance aerotropolis development

    around King Shaka International Airport. It further seeks to synergise operations in and around the airport

    by bringing together competing visions for the area, consulting affected municipalities, government departments, stateowned entities and other major private sector landowners. The strategy will help to

    clearly map out the spatial implications of the Aerotropolis and its implications to the surrounding areas of Durban, uMhlanga, KwaDukuza (Balito) including the Dube TradePort’s and Richards Bay’s Special

    Economic Zones (SEZ).

    The KwaZulu-Natal Aerotropolis is expected to incorporate Dube city, King Shaka International Airport, the Dube Tradeport and areas that fall within a one hour travel time from King Shaka International Airport. KwaZulu-Natal’s comparative advantage lies in the fact that KZN aerotropolis is one of the few around the world utilising a “greenfield site” which is tailor made purposely as a platform to support air-logistics. This creates the opportunity to put in place a plan that responds and capitalises on the location of the airport.

    It is the belief by the DEDT that the establishment of the Dube TradePort SEZ together with the Aerotropolis will be the linchpin for the development of a 21st generation city around King

    Shaka International Airport to support sustainable jobs and increased economic activity.