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Free State Business 2019 edition

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Free State Business is a unique guide to business and investment in the Free State Province of South Africa. The Free State has several investment and business opportunities. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone is a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.


FOCUS TETRA4/RENERGEN PROJECT STATUS Tetra4 is a vertically integrated gas producer operating in South Africa. Tetra4 is a natural gas producer that provides sustainable, clean energy solutions to large-scale users in the Free State mining region around Welkom. The company has 13 operational wells producing methane-rich natural gas and uniquely occurring helium. The methane-rich natural gas is a clean substitute for transport fuel and thermal fuel. The project is currently in the project packaging and development phase. PROJECT DESCRIPTION Tetra4 will produce the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally and sell it to transport companies for use in trucks to reduce reliance on imported diesel. The company will also export helium, which will make South Africa the eighth country in the world with proven helium reserves. To discuss these opportunities, contact Stefano Marani,Project Promoter Email: Free State Development Corporation: Peterson Molukanelo (Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment Tel: + 27 51 4000 800 Email: KEY FACTS Sector: Renewable energy Value: R450-million Job creation: 405 jobs FREE STATE BUSINESS 2019 16

FOCUS ROOFSHEET MANUFACTURING Concept The FDC is keen to facilitate the production of roofsheets made from corrugated iron, IRB and chromadek. Location Matjhabeng Local Municipality. Investment Required R25-million in capital expenditure is needed. APPLE PRODUCTION Concept Investment is required to add 2 000ha of apple orchards on agricultural land in the Eastern Free State. Location Maluti Fruit, a pack house in Bethlehem, Free State, has launched Remmoho, a BEE project that will focus on increasing apple production in the province. One of the advantages of growing apples in the Free State is that the fruit from the region is the first to be harvested during the Southern Hemisphere growing season – a full two to three weeks before fruit from the more traditional growing areas in the Western Cape. A business plan has been completed and would be available to prospective investors. To discuss these opportunities, contact Peterson Molukanelo (Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment Tel: + 27 51 4000 800 | Email: MINING TOURISM JEWELLERY MANUFACTURING Concept Convert an old, unused mining shaft into a tourist attraction that will enable people to experience life below the surface. Location Virginia (Matjhabeng). Investment Required R300-million. Concept An opportunity exists to set up a jewellery design and manufacturing operation adjacent to an existing jewellery school. Location Virginia (Matjhabeng). Investment Required R20-million. To discuss these opportunities, contact Mpolokeng Mokalobe, Tel: +27 51 400 9585 Email: 17 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2019

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