South African companies invest KES 10 billion at Tatu City

23 June

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.

Investment by South African companies has topped KES 10 billion 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’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, toured investments by leading South African companies at Tatu City. His stops 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.

“I am delighted to witness these transformational investments South African businesses are making in Kenya,” High Commissioner Mahlangu said at a ceremony to mark the naming of Crawford Road, which leads to Crawford International School in Tatu City. “The South African and Kenyan governments are committed to strong bilateral trade and investment, and our private sector businesses are natural partners to grow capital flows and knowledge exchange.”

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.”