Coega Development Corporation
 
Coega Special Economic Zone
 
Coega Services
Directors

The CDC’s board members are well-respected, highly qualified experts with significant collective insight into industry, politics, economic and infrastructure development, business, administration, finance, sustainability and investment. They have been carefully selected for their professionalism, knowledge and in-depth understanding of the complexity of managing mega-projects like the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They also maintain the vision and strategic direction of the organisation, linking it locally, nationally and internationally through industry and business networks, particularly as the CDC expands to assist local, provincial and national government with a number of key social and infrastructure development programmes.

The founding members in particular continue to give their support to the organisation – and other board members – on the non-SEZ developmental imperatives of the new democratic dispensation. Collectively, their institutional knowledge and organisational understanding contribute to maintaining strategic direction and objectives. All board members, however, play an active role in defining, shaping, monitoring and evaluating the annual performance outcomes of the CDC against its overall objectives and bring to the organisation their wealth of knowledge and experience.

 

 DR PAUL JOURDAN: CHAIRPERSON

 Appointed: 1999 

Dr Paul Jourdan is an independent consultant on resource-based and spatial development strategies, working across several African states as well as for SADC, the AU and UNECA. As Deputy Director-General in charge of Special Projects at the dti, Jourdan was responsible for the establishment of the IDZ programme, with the Coega IDZ and CDC as pioneer projects. Later, as CEO of Mintek, he contributed to minerals beneficiation growth strategies, including the planning of the metallurgical cluster at Coega. 

He is also Chair of the Gauteng IDZ Company, on the Board of the GGDA (Gauteng Growth and Development Agency), the CEO of MEMSA (Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa) and a visiting Professor at Wits (SEBS; Development Economics). 

Dr Jourdan holds a BSc in Geology and a BA in African Government from UCT; a Postgraduate Diploma in Exploration Geophysics from ITC (in the Netherlands) in Delft; an MSc in Mineral Economics, and MSc in Mineral Policy from Wits University; and a PhD in Politics from Leeds University.