Kaashifah Beukes

Kaashifah Beukes

CEO (Acting) Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone

Kaashifah is passionate about inclusive delivery that makes a difference.
 
As one of a handful of SEZs in South Africa, Kaashifah leads the SBIDZ team on complex, strategic and operational matters to deliver value to its shareholder (the Western Cape Government) and stakeholders alike.
Kaashifah has been with the SBIDZ-LC since its start up in 2014 in an Executive positon in Stakeholder Management, and before that, since 2010 as one of the lead project managers overseeing its feasibility study and business plan development with local, provincial, national, community and private sector stakeholders, and then eventual designation by the South African National Cabinet. Prior, she practised as a civil engineer for a private consultancy in Cape Town.
 
The SBIDZ is the first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to be located within a port and is the only sector-specific SEZ in South Africa catering specifically to the oil and gas, maritime fabrication and repair industries and related support services. The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone Licencing Company SOC Ltd (SBIDZ-LC) was formally awarded an Operator’s Licence on 31 October 2013, marking the formal beginning of our 30-year journey to create a vibrant hub of opportunity, job creation and sustainable growth utilising the SEZ legislation as a catalyst.
 
Kaashifah holds a BSc in Civil Engineering (UCT) and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business (UCT).