FOREWORD Free State Business A unique guide to business and investment in the Free State. Credits Publishing director: Chris Whales Editor: John Young Business development manager: Shiko Diala Managing director: Clive During Online editor: Christoff Scholtz Designer: Tyra Martin Production: Aneeqah Solomon Ad sales: Gavin van der Merwe Sam Oliver Jeremy Petersen Gabriel Venter Vanessa Wallace Administration & accounts: Charlene Steynberg Kathy Wootton Distribution and circulation manager: Edward MacDonald Printing: FA Print The 2022 edition of Free State Business is the 12th issue of this successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Free State. The Free State has varied investment and business opportunities in a wide range of sectors. Special features on investment incentives and starting a business are included in this edition. Significant investments are being attracted into the newly-established Maluti- A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) in the northern part of the province and a steel mill is under construction at the Botshabelo Industrial Park east of Bloemfontein. The MAP SEZ is strategically located on South Africa’s busiest road, the N3 highway that links the economic heartland of South Africa to the coast. Good progress is being made on the Virginia Gas Project and arrangements are being made for offtake agreements with companies in the logistics sector (for powering truck fleets) and manufacturing companies. A distribution network is being rolled out in conjunction with a company that already runs petrol stations around the country. In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide upto-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. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at www.freestatebusiness. co.za. Updated information on the Free State is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces, our flagship South African Business title and the new addition to our list of publications, African Business, which was launched in 2020. ■ Chris Whales Publisher, Global Africa Network Media | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DISTRIBUTION Free State Business is distributed internationally on outgoing and incoming trade missions, through trade and investment agencies; to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading partners around the world; at top national and international events; through the offices of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as nationally and regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism offices, airport lounges, provincial government departments, municipalities and companies. Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations PUBLISHED BY Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd Company Registration No: 2004/004982/07 Directors: Clive During, Chris Whales Physical address: 28 Main Road, Rondebosch 7700 Postal address: PO Box 292, Newlands 7701 Tel: +27 21 657 6200 | Fax: +27 21 674 6943 Email: email@example.com | Website: www.gan.co.za ISSN 1993-0119 COPYRIGHT | Free State Business is an independent publication published by Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. Full copyright to the publication vests with Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. PHOTO CREDITS | Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Francesco Bandarin/UNESCO, Free State Development Corporation, Harmony Gold, Renergen, SASKO, Sasol, SA Tourism, Sebedisan Group/ CUT, Emil Widlund on Unsplash, VKB. DISCLAIMER | While the publisher, Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd, has used all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information contained in the Free State is accurate and up-to-date, the publishers make no representations as to the accuracy, quality, timeliness, or completeness of the information. Global Africa Network will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of or any reliance placed on such information.
MESSAGE Domestic MESSAGE Investing and in the international Free investors State Investing Province are the invited to invest The Free Free State in South State Province Africa’s most centrally welcomes located investors province MESSAGE MESSAGE Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at DESTEA, outlines some of the Free State’s Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at DESTEA, outlines some of the unique selling propositions. MEC MEC Free for for State’s Economic, Economic, unique Small Small selling Business Business propositions. Development, Development, Tourism Tourism and and Environmental Environmental Affairs, Affairs, the the Honourable MP MP Mohale, Mohale, outlines relates how how human the province capital formation has supported is at the business heart of the in the creation Covid-19 of crisis a conducive and how environment investment for can investment spark further in Free development. State Province. 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