FOCUS Bringing services to the people The Free State Development Corporation is bringing services closer to the people through its strategic partnership programme. CIPC Commissioner Adv Rory Voller (left) and FDC CEO Ikhraam Osman (right) at the SST official launch at Rent-A-Desk. The strategic partnership between FDC (Free State Development Corporation) and CIPC (Companies & Intellectual Property Commission) brings relief to SMMEs (small, medium and micro-enterprises) by bringing services to their doorstep. The CEO of FDC, Ikhraam Osman, and CIPC Commissioner, advocate Rory Voller, launched an Electronic Self Service Terminal (SST) at Rent-A-Desk on 2 June 2017. This initiative assists aspirant Free State entrepreneurs and SMMEs as they are now able to register their companies with CIPC at a minimal cost of R175. In addition to cutting the transport cost of having to travel to Pretoria for registering their business, they receive their registration certificate within two days after registering. According to CIPC, the facility is a government response to meet the needs of emerging businesspeople by bringing services at low cost to their doorstep. FDC CEO Ikhraam Osman indicated that Rent-A-Desk is a co-working space of affordable shared services that provides SMMEs and other businesses an opportunity for collaboration and networking, secure parking facilities, boardroom, full reception services and high-speed Internet. Other advantages include housekeeping services, access to a fully equipped kitchen, printing and email facilities. Botshabelo Industrial Area In November 2017, the Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, and his delegation conducted site visits to Botshabelo Industrial Area to FREE STATE BUSINESS 2019 22 assess the state of development of manufacturing entrepreneurs. Companies visited included CMT operators, tyre manufacturers, roofsheet manufacturing, LSF frames, trusses and hall panel manufacturers, PVC ceiling manufacturers and suppliers, household electric goods manufacturers and broiler producers. The purpose of the visit was to assess for himself the state of the development of manufacturing entrepreneurs and the conditions under which they operate. This was intended to ensure that government enterprise development support programmes respond to specific needs of manufacturers such as ensuring that provincial government and municipalities source from local manufacturers to help to sustain their business and generate much-needed jobs. The FDC and DESTEA (Department of Economics, Small Business, Tourism and Environmental Affairs) were directed by the Premier to implement targeted market access and product development interventions to enable the Botshabelo SMMEs to grow their business and facilitate access for them to the incentives that are available for their business expansion projects.
Free State trade opportunities FOCUS The Free State province offers a wide range of trading opportunities The Free State’s main exports are: • Mineral products. • Plastics and articles thereof. • Chemical products. • Vehicle and transport equipment. • Agricultural equipment. • Semi-precious stones, metals, imitation jewellery. • Base metals and articles thereof. • Textile and textile articles. • Vegetable and fruit products. • Wood and articles of wood. • Raw hides and skins, leather and articles thereof. • Medical or surgical instruments and apparatus. • Live animals. Additional breakdown of products: • Minerals (gold, coal, diamonds, clay, limestone, salt, gypsum, granite, sand stone aggregates). • Agriculture (maize, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, sunflower, red meat, vegetables, dry beans, fruit, peanuts, wool, poultry, dairy, cherries). • Floriculture (cut flowers). • Chemicals (fuels, waxes, synthetic fuel, liquid carbons). • Agricultural machinery and equipment. • Vehicles (trailers). • Arts and crafts. THE FREE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OFFICE DETAILS HEAD OFFICE FDC House, 33 Kellner Street, cnr of Markgraaff Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein 9300 Tel: +27 51 4000 800 | Fax: +27 51 447 0929 MOTHEO DISTRICT OFFICES Botshabelo Office 35 Orange Str, Industrial, Botshabelo 9781 Tel: +27 51 534 1101/02/03 | Fax: +27 51 534 1104 Thabo-Nchu/Motheo Office 102 Manyane High Way, Selosesha, Thaba Nchu 7983 Tel: +27 51 873 3901 2476 | Fax: +27 51 873 3402 XHARIEP DISTRICT OFFICE Xhariep Office Cnr Van Riebeeck and Voortrekker, Khoisan Building, Trompsburg 9913 Tel: +27 51 713 0342/3 | Fax: +27 51 713 0342 THABO MOFUTSANYANA DISTRICT OFFICES Thabo Mofutsanyana Office 357K Clubview, Phuthditjhaba Tel: +27 58 714 0060/64 Fax: +27 58 714 0071 Industriqwa/Harrismith Office Ms M Setai Manager in the Office of the CEO Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone Tel: +27 51 4000 800 | Cell: +27 73 210 0935 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mapsez.co.za FEZILE DABI DISTRICT OFFICES Fezile Dabi Office 31 NJ Van der Merwe Crescent, Sasolburg 1942 Tel: +27 51 400 0800 For additional information on trading opportunities please contact the Free State Development Corporation on +27 51 400 0800. www.fdc.co.za 23 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2019