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Invest Durban, previously DIPA (Durban Investment Promotion Authority) was recommended by the Durban City Council and organised private business as the “First Stop Shop” to stimulate economic growth and new investment in the Durban metropolis. We provide investment marketing, free investment advisory services and project management to attract new business and retain existing foreign Investors in the City.

We offers a single window of access to the investor by offering the following FREE Investment Services:


  • General Economic information

  • Research on specific sectors

  • Introduction to key suppliers, financiers and customers 

  • Retention and expansion services

  • Opportunity identification and development 

  • Local market analysis

  • Site evaluation and selection 

  • Business establishment assistance 

  • Investor Aftercare, plus 

Destination Services: 

(Outsourced to Consulting Firm – up to 20 complimentary hours work) 


  • Pre-Visits

  • Temporary and permanent accommodation

  • Immigration Visas

  • Shipment of household furniture

  • Orientation Tours 

  • School tours and assistance with registration 

  • Assistance with sourcing accommodation 

  • Co-ordinate of all 3rd Party billings 

  • Monthly management and status report 

  • Continuous Relationship Maintenance

  • Expatriate Taxation 

  • Departure Co-ordination, plus 

Business Establishment & Administration Services: 


  • Application for Municipal Property Rates Rebate for Flagship Projects

  • Formal company registration service (outsourced with costs covered)

  • National Department of Trade & Industry incentives application service

  • Business Admin Support, incl: Copying and printing services; Continuous or ad hoc and dedicated administrative assistance; Translation services; Business letter writing, data entry, filing and meeting facilitation; Concierge services, including errands, scheduling and reservations; Help with PowerPoint presentations, desktop publishing, audio and videoconferencing and database management

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