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Free State Business 2021

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The 2021 edition of Free State Business is the 11th issue of this successful publication that, since its launch, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Free State. The Free State has varied investment and business opportunities and the Free State Development Corporation describes some of these in detail in these pages. Drilling for natural gas is a new phenomenon which may spark activity in other sectors and this journal notes significant new investments and projects in the chemicals and mining sectors. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) was a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Located on the strategically significant N3 highway that links the economic heartland of South Africa to the coast, the MAP SEZ has the potential to attract new investors and spark a revival in the manufacturing sector. In addition, 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.


MESSAGE Working together, growing the the Free Free State State Thabo Lebelo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Free State Development The Free State Development Corporation unlocks business opportunities. Corporation gives details on how the FDC is delivering on its mandate to create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and for inward investment into the provincial economy. In line with Free State Growth and Development Strategy and the mandate of broadening access to economic opportunities for the Free State-based business sector, the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) will continue to unlock business opportunities for both local and foreign direct investors. Thabo Lebelo, CEO of the FDC The World Bank Group flagship report, June In line 2020, with the projected Free State a Growth global and GDP Development contraction Strategy and the of mandate 5.2%.The of broadening South African access real to economic GDP is also opportunities for the expected Free State-based to go down business by 7.2% sector, in 2020 the Free due State to the Development Corporation economic (FDC) restrictions will continue that were to unlock implemented business opportunities for both by local government direct and through foreign direct its risk-adjusted investors. alert The levels World in Bank response projected to the that Covid-19 the GDP pandemic. growth The for BRICS (Brazil, Russia, rand India, has China depreciated and South significantly Africa) will against be 5.4% the in US 2019 and 2020. As the dollar bloc’s since powerhouses, the beginning India of and the China year. All are of leading these the pack in terms challenges of higher GDP present growth a very rates. difficult The annual road ahead. economic The growth rate in India economic was projected recovery to be will 7.5% need in all 2019 the while social China’s partners annual growth rate was to hold projected hands to and decline work to together. 6.3% in 2019 from 6.8% in 2017. Brazil, Both the national and provincial government have provided some relief to businesses in one form or another. The FDC has also partnered with government departments to assist businesses in distress in order to cushion the blow caused by the global health crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a tremendous blow to our SMMEs. Many have been forced to shut their operations for months due to the lockdown regulations. This has had a negative impact on their survival and sustainability with some downsizing their operations, while others have had to cease operations. The FDC continues to foster partnerships with various stakeholders from municipalities, government departments and other state entities with the aim of advancing SMME development, promoting exports, attracting investments within the province and most importantly, saving businesses. As an organisation, we believe that the best way to grow the Free State and the country is through meaningful collaboration and partnerships which allows us to pool all our resources together for the betterment of our entrepreneurs. This Free State Business 2021 publication presents the Free State’s value proposition as a business and Russia tourism and destination. South Africa Key have opportunities lower GDP include growth the following: rates compared in the Free State • A leading to agricultural China and commodities India. The South producer presents significant African economy opportunities was projected across the agro-processing to grow value by chain. only 1.7% in 2019. • Aquaculture The activities FDC is working associated hard within the Gariep Dam. this framework to promote and • Sheep farming advance economic and related development value-chain processing. in South Africa’s most centrally • Tourism development located province. potential leveraging off heritage sites and The assets. FDC continues to foster FREE STATE FREE STATE BUSINESS BUSINESS 2020 2021 8 8

• Engineering opportunities within the Lejweleputswa District as a result of excellent engineering training and capacity-building within the mining sector. • Jewellery beneficiation. • The Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ), situated at Tshiame in Harrismith in the Thabo Mafutsanyane District in the Eastern Free State is targeting investments into the province. This SEZ is situated midway between the biggest port in Africa, Durban, and the biggest market in Africa, Gauteng. • The Industrial Parks in Sasolburg, the anchor town of the Metsimaholo Municipality in the Fezile Dabi District in the Northern Free State are available for rental to industrial tenants. We will utilise all our resources in creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and unleash the potential of the provincial economy to grow through our commitment to: • Relationship building. • Commitment I N D U S T R I A L P R O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H to our customers and investors. renting out • 18 Economic 850 transformation sqm FDC standalone for factory is including the Furniture common I good of all our people. I N D U S T R I A L P R O Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Business P M S I R R A H N I T N E R O T Y T R E Operation.. FDC • Assisting investors with accessing incentives Furn including factory standalone sqm 850 18 out renting is Business for Furniture and Equipment, Machinery, Manufacturing and grants where available. Operation.. With the continued support from the provincial main Quick arterial access routes onto and N3 Freeway. government, we will indeed grow the Free State. ■ The factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all ameni This factory offers the following: The arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 Freeway. Sprinkler System. main 4 Roller Doors factory offers the following: Security Guard House This Sprinkler System. Well fenced and secured Ample parking 4 Roller Doors 3 phase power with 100 amps Security Guard House 8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with Well fenced and secured shower Ample parking 3 phase power with 100 amps Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more 8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse abluti information or to view: shower Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: available Please Mr Matla for more Occupation immediately. contact Tefo FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154 view: to or information Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154 9 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

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