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South African companies invest KES 10 billion at Tatu City

[Ms Jenny Coetzee (Left), MD, Crawford International, and H.E. Mr Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, High Commissioner of South Africa to the Republic of Kenya, cutting the ribbon during the Crawford Road naming ceremony.Photo/courtesy]
Kenya has received Ksh 10 Billion worth of investment by South African companies at Tatu City. The 5,000-acre Special Economic Zone – located 30 minutes from central Nairobi – represents one of the largest concentrations of South African foreign direct investment in Kenya and East Africa.
South Africa has in the recent years portrayed a strong bilateral trade and investment with the Kenyan government while showing commitment in various sectors conducting businesses, growing capital flows and knowledge exchange.
According to the South Africa’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, who toured investments by leading South African companies at Tatu City said he was delighted to witness these transformational investments South African businesses are making in Kenya.
His stops during the tour included Crawford International school, a 20-acre, multi-billion-shilling investment by ADvTECH the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed education group; Kenya Wine Agencies Ltd (KWAL), which is majority owned by South African beverage conglomerate Distell; and Cold Solutions, an investment by ARCH Emerging Markets Partners, which is backed by South African businessman Patrice Motsepe.High Commissioner Mahlangu was speaking at a ceremony to mark the naming of Crawford Road, which leads to Crawford International School in Tatu City.

Jenny Coetzee, Managing Director, Crawford International, said that ADvTECH’s first Crawford International school had experienced a surge in enrolment in Kenya since opening in 2019 in Tatu City.
“Our primary and secondary schools are close to being full, and I am pleased to announce that we have completed the designs to construct our new high school building, creating room for more students,” Coetzee said. “Crawford and ADvTECH have received such a warm welcome in Kenya, from parents, the government and the business community, and we are pleased to have been ranked recently as one of the top ten leading schools in Kenya.”
Apart from the school, the site is set to open ‘Cold Solutions, a 15,000 sqm flagship facility, which will improve food and pharmaceutical security and promote economic development in Kenya and the region.

Currently at Tatu City Special Economic Zone, more than 60 local, regional and multi-national businesses have opened or started development. These include industry leaders such as Dormans, Cooper K-Brands, KWAL, Cold Solutions, Chandaria Industries, Kim-Fay, Davis & Shirtliff, Copia, FFK, Twiga Foods and Stecol, among others.