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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.


SPECIAL FEATURE Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority Driving economic transformation in the Free State. Free State Province Center yourself in the heart of South Africa Vision A transformed economy and a prosperous society with an effective, well-regulated gambling and liquor industry and a vibrant tourism sector. Mission To be a leading developmental institution that drives economic transformation, regulation and adaptation to the ever-changing industry dynamics to benefit the Free State. CEO of Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority, Mr Kenny Dichabe The Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority (FSGLTA) is one of the two entities of the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA). The FSGLTA was established by the FSGLTA Amendment Act 4 of 2017, which was amended to incorporate the former Free State Tourism Authority and Free State Gambling and Liquor to form the new entity which is known as FSGLTA. Mandate The mandate of the Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority is to regulate the gambling and liquor industries within the province and to market and promote tourism in the province. The Authority’s purpose is to promote legally compliant, responsible, sustainable and transformed gaming and liquor industries through effective licensing, regulating and reporting on the activities of the industries, and to position the Free State Province as a tourist destination of choice. The gambling industry • Invite applications for licences (gambling) • Consider, grant or refuse applications • Cancel, suspend, vary, renew or revoke a licence or registration approved • Implementation of norms and standards in the gambling industry as determined by the National Gambling Act • Ensure that gambling activities are effectively regulated, licensed and controlled • Ensure compliance to the act, rules and regulations The liquor industry • Receive applications for registrations (liquor) • Reduce the socio-economic and other costs of alcohol • Promote the development of a responsible and sustainable liquor industry in relation to gambling • Generate revenue for the Free State Province FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021 22

SPECIAL FEATURE Image: iStock The tourism industry It is important that the FSGLTA intensifies its efforts to ensure effective marketing of the province in order to attract domestic tourists as well as international tourists. The province continues to enhance tourism infrastructure, up-skill the sector, inculcate the culture of service excellence and enhance the provision of world-class visitor experiences. The Authority has partnered with event organisers and tour operators to market and promote the Free State as a tourist destination. These are achieved through the following: • Forging strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors to leverage from each the capability and capacity to improve the industry • Streamlining the impact of events through partnerships and sponsorships • Improving on Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Events (MICE) as a focused growth area of the market • Continuous review of the marketing plans to stay on par with the industry trends. ■ GAMBLING AND LIQUOR CONTACT DETAILS • Mangaung Metro Abraham Classen | 051 404 0320 | 079 506 0272 • Thabo Mofutsanyana Peter Moleko | 078 309 4178 • Lejweleputswa Thabo Tlake | 057 492 0001 | 072 533 6681 • Fezile Dabi Bongakele Nzunga | 056 492 0001 | 082 256 5926 • Gariep Abraham Classen | 051 404 0320 | 079 506 0272 TOURISM ROUTE CONTACT DETAILS • Cheetah Route Nthabiseng Methola | 073 125 1614 • Eagle Route Bonolo Molefe | 072 056 6090 • Flamingo Route Dineka Lephowane | 073 796 8577 • Lion Route Keakabetse Ramokonopi | 084 951 1564 • Springbok Route Kefiloe Molefe | 079 496 2999 23 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

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