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Free State Business 2017 edition

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  • Bloemfontein
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Free State Business 2017 is the seventh edition of this highly successful publication that has since its launch in 2008 established itself as the premier business and investment guide to Free State Province. Supported and utilised by the Free State Development Corporation (FDC), Free State Business is unique as a business journal that focuses exclusively on the Free State.


SPECIAL FEATURE ince. Several projects are under way in and around the provincial capital, including an Airport Node (logistics, supply chain, flats, shopping malls), Naval Hill (projected new hotel in the nature reserve) and expansion of Hamilton Business Park. The city’s Fresh Produce Market is an important cog in the distribution of agricultural produce in the region while it is connected to all other centres by good rail and road links. There is a marshalling yard, a petroleum depot and two airports (one military). The National Supreme Court of Appeal is located in Bloemfontein and the National Museum has superb rock art exhibits. Xhariep District Municipality Towns: Trompsburg, Koffiefontein, Zastron, Philippolis, Edenburg, Fauresmith, Smithfield, Wepener The southernmost region of the Free State is a largely dry area with open grasslands predominating, although it is also home to the Gariep Dam, South Africa’s largest. Crops are produced in the northern parts of the district whereas sheep farming predominates in the south. Trompsburg has the second-biggest sheep-shearing barn in the country. Diamonds, gravel and clay are mined at Koffiefontein. Jagersfontein is one of the first places where diamonds were found, and it has its own version of the Big Hole to prove it. The town of Bethulie is a good stopping-over place for tourists wanting to experience the water sports available on the Gariep Dam. The dam is also the site of small hydro-power and aquaculture projects, which are intended to create employment and tackle food security. The nearby Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve and the Mynhardt Game Reserve have a variety of wildlife in spectacular settings. Jacobsdal’s Landzicht Winery has proved itself as a worthy producer of wine. San rock paintings and Anglo-Boer War sites are plentiful. Fauresmith hosts an annual horse endurance race and Smithfield is the venue for a “Chill” festival every winter, the “Bibber Fees”. The steel bridge over the Caledon River at Wepener is a national monument. Lejweleputswa District Municipality Towns: Welkom, Virginia, Boshof, Christiana, Bultfontein, Bothaville Mining is the most important economic activity in this area, also known as the Free State Goldfields, but it is also the most important maize-growing area in South Africa. A large natural gas field has been discovered on what used to be gold turf. Bothaville is the self-proclaimed Mielie Capital of South Africa but it is a name that is well-earned. It hosts an annual maize industry festival and conferences, NAMPO, and it is where Grain SA has its headquarters. The mining town, Welkom, is the major urban centre in the district. The town of Virginia is the site of a jewellery school and it is intended that this will form the nucleus of a jewellery beneficiation hub and an IT hub. The area has tourist assets such as a holiday resort on the Allemanskraal Dam, the Goldfields Wine Cellar in Theunissen and the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, but there is potential for growth in the heritage sector. Fezile Dabi District Municipality Towns: Sasolburg, Parys, Kroonstad, Frankfort, Heilbron, Viljoenskroon The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic driver in the district, which shares a border with Gauteng province along the Vaal River. The town of Heilbron is another important industrial centre and Frankfort does important agricultural processing work. Kroonstad is the district’s second-largest town and has a number of engineering works and a railway junction. A new Kraft paper factory has been planned for Frankfort. A good proportion of South Africa’s grain crop is sourced from this district and when the vast fields of sunflowers and cosmos flowers are in bloom, a marvellous vista is created. The Vaal River presents opportunities for yachting, rafting and resort-based enterprises. Parys is a charming town and Vredefort is home to a World Heritage Site – the Vredefort Dome where a meteor crashed to earth. Fezile Dabi District Municipality is the 2nd biggest after Mangaung, contributing approximately 28% to the GDP. The Fezile Dabi area is mostly FREE STATE BUSINESS 2017 10

Ulco Northern Cape De Aar Smithfield Bethulie Rouxville Zastron SPECIAL FEATURE Potchefstroom Balfour Vereeniging Ottosdal Klerksdorp Parys Lethabo Mpumalanga Sasolburg N12 Vredefort Standerton Wolmaransstad Viljoenskroon Villiers R30 N1 Heilbron North West Frankfort Volksrust Bothaville R34 R57 Bloemhof Vrede Kroonstad N3 Hoopstad Odendaalsrus Reitz Newcastle Christiana Wesselsbron R76 Warden Welkom R26 Virginia Ventersburg Warrenton R70 Theunissen Harrismith Bultfontein N5 Bethlehem Senekal Van Reenen Clarens Phuthaditjhaba Dealesville Winburg Fouriesburg Golden Gate Ladysmith R64 National Park R74 Marquard Ficksburg N3 Colenso N8 Clocolan Winteron BLOEMFONTEIN Jacobsdal Petrusburg Thaba Nchu Estcourt N12 Ladybrand Botshabelo R26 Hobhouse Koffiefontein N1 MASERU Edenburg Dewetsdorp LESOTHO KwaZulu- Wepener Underberg Natal N6 Trompsburg FREE STATE PROVINCE N KIMBERLEY Eastern Cape Gauteng Motorway Main Road Railway dominated by the industrial power of Sasol, with the manufacturing of refined petroleum, coke and chemical products adding largely to its GDP. The establishment of ChemCity, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol, has also added a business incubator that allows SMMEs to feed off and diversify from the opportunities that prevail due to the energy consortium operating in the area. Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality Towns: Phuthaditjhaba, Bethlehem, Tweespruit, Ladybrand, Clarens, Harrismith, Vrede, Ficksburg Tourism and fruit farming are the two principal economic activities of this area, which is characterised by beautiful landscapes: the Maluti and the Drakensberg mountain ranges, wetlands in the north, well-watered river valleys and the plains of the north and west. The most famous asset is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Industrial activity is undertaken at Harrismith and Phuthaditjhaba, where the Free State Development Corporation is promoting investment. The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Harrismith is a multi-modal transport and logistics hub. The commercial centre of the district is Bethlehem while Clarens and Ficksburg have become famous for their artists and cherries respectively. Marquard produces 90% of South Africa’s cherries. The north of the district has many sunflower seed farms. Tweespruit is a major sunflower seed production centre. The Basotho Cultural Village in Qwaqwa offers beautifully made crafts, and rock paintings can be seen as illustrations of the artistic skills of much earlier inhabitants of the area. REGION GDP IN 2015 Mangaung 33% Xhariep 5% Lejweleputswa 18% Thabo Mofutsanyana 18% Fezile Dabi 28% Contribution to GDP in 2015. 11 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2017

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