The Nkomazi SEZ is located in the Nkomazi Local Municipality in the eastern part of Ehlanzeni District Municipality of the Mpumalanga Province. Unemployment is a problem in Mpumalanga with the national figures reported at 27.1% in 2013. The Ehlanzeni District has an unemployment rate of 31.6%. The geographic location of the Nkomazi area is its main competitive advantage and one the Mpumalanga Province needs to leverage, in order to ensure economic and social upliftment for the people of Mpumalanga. The Province is strategically placed between northern Swaziland and the southwest of Mozambique. It is linked to Swaziland by two national roads, the R570 and R571 and with Mozambique by a railway line and the national road the N4 which together form the Maputo Corridor.
The Sector that the Nkomazi SEZ will focus on is agro-processing and logistics, with the objective to provide support for the establishment of a range of logistic support infrastructure that aims to provide transport, warehousing facilities, agro-processing and logistics facilities, automotive support platforms and support platforms for the mining and mineral industries of South Africa. The Nkomazi SEZ will promote integration within local industry and increase value added production with agro-processing for the region. This will create decent work for the people of the region and other socio-economic benefits, while developing the required supporting infrastructure to target industrial activities. The designation of SEZ status for the Nkomazi Area will transform what has been historically a rural corridor into an economic hub by providing work opportunities for the majority of the community who do not have tertiary qualifications.