Tshwane is the key node in aerospace and defence-related technology development in South Africa. The foundation of the aerospace cluster is the Department of Defence and Air Force headquarters yet the cluster itself comprises of numerous small and large companies both public and privately owned.
The automotives and components industry in South Africa is a major contributor to economic activity and export earnings, with the heart of the industry located in the City of Tshwane. This includes the Automotive Supplier Park in Rosslyn (130ha), which has the highest concentration of automotive and component manufacturers in the country, including BMW, Nissan, Ford and TATA.
The well-developed infrastructure and services within the City, coupled with drivers such as climate change and urbanisation, irrigation technology, soil conditions and geology that are clustered around existing and artificial hydro ponds and dams, and the need of producing crops and raising livestock.