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11 August 2017

South Africa Welcomes Cold Storage Facility in Time of Need

A new cold storage by iDube was opened at the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Africa, earlier this week.

Img: iDube Cold Storage
The new construction, which fills an area of 4500m2, comes at the perfect time as pressure over more storage space for chilled and frozen perishable products peaks in the region. The facility is advertised as having the capacity for 8600 hi-cubed, mobile racking spaces which is enough space to cater for 12,000 tonnes of product.

Three chambers in the building provide the area for storage, with one of them designed to act as a drum room that can have its temperature reduced in a short space of time. This allows it to act similar to a blast freezer, with temperatures in the facility able to reach as low as -30°C.

While the cold storage begins to grow and develop, it will focus its attention on that of the meat industry, providing space for meat importers working in accordance with local retailers. iDube’s facility will also branch out to providers of fruit concentrate, citrus and dairy to offer their storage services before the stock is transferred to markets in the European Union and the Far East.

This new venture will offer a range of services, from weighing and sorting to the repacking of products and the handling of import and export. iDube’s location by the King Shaka International Airport puts it in the perfect place for shipping out and receiving stock, especially if there are any specific air cargo requirements involved. The facility also has the added bonus of extra security because of its establishment within an international development zone, meaning clients can rest assured that their products are in very safe hands.

“We are grateful to Dube TradePort, the KZN Growth Fund, the IDT and indeed the province of KwaZulu-Natal for giving us the opportunity to establish our company within this Special Economic Zone,” said Tebogo Mogapi, chief executive officer of iDube, at the official opening.

The company hope to employ eighty experienced workers when it’s running at full capacity, with the opportunity for expansion definitely a potential. As demand for cold storage in the region is so strong, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more facilities pop up sometime in the future.

James Darvill

James is a passionate scriptwriter and reluctant poet with a talent for the dystopian. His love for cold weather sports and hiking in the winter gives him the enthusiasm for writing about keeping warm.