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Gauteng Business 2016 edition

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The 2016 edition of the Gauteng Business and Investment Guide is the premier business and investment guide for the Gauteng province and the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA). In addition to detailed profiles of key provincial organisations, including the GGDA, the Automotive Industry Development Corporation Centre (AIDC), the Gauteng Investment Centre, the Gauteng IDZ, the Gauteng ICT Park SEZ and Constitution Hill, this edition includes well-researched economic and demographic data on the province, as well as insights into the province’s five development corridors and the new industries and development nodes in these corridors; a focus on Gauteng as a global city region; and key growth sectors for the province.


SPECIAL FEATURE • Building cohesive and sustainable communities. • Strengthening the developmental state and good governance. the winter months, from June to September, are typically cold and frosty. The toll-free Weather Line (082 162) can be contacted for a three-day weather forecast. Water and infrastructure Around 88 percent of the province’s water is sourced from the Vaal River, with the balance supplemented by transfers from the Thukela River and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. City Improvement Districts within the Johannesburg CBD and the Braamfontein area have been set up by the Central Johannesburg Partnership in collaboration with the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA). These districts have been established as part of a campaign to upgrade the Johannesburg city centre. As part of the upgrade programme, property owners agreed to pay for enhanced services to supplement those provided by the local municipality. Moreover, there are multiple sites for commercial and industrial development widely available in and around commercial hubs such as Sandton, Randburg, Fourways, Midrand, the West Rand and Pretoria. Climate Gauteng is a summer rainfall area, and thunderstorms are common in the summer months. Nevertheless, summers in the province are hot and the ultraviolet radiation sunburn index can be very high during the summer months. In turn, CITY SUMMER AVERAGE WINTER AVERAGE Max Min Max Min JHB 26 15 17 4 PTA 29 18 20 5 The average summer and winter maximum and minimum temperatures (in degrees Celsius) SOURCE: GAUTENG INVESTMENT HANDBOOK 2013 Conference facilities Gauteng has over 80 venues suitable for hosting conferences of varying sizes, expos, concerts, weddings and other events. The following venues, among others, can be used for large exhibitions, concerts or conferences: • Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec) with a capacity of 15 000. • Ticketpro Dome (Randburg) with a capacity of 14 000. • Gallagher Convention Centre (Midrand) with a capacity of 12.000. • Standard Bank Arena (New Doornfontein) with a capacity of 6 300. • Sandton Convention Centre (Sandton) with a capacity of 4 000. Transport Public transport systems in Gauteng are well established. The public transport network includes the Gautrain (rapid rail link), Gautrain bus services, trains, and meter cabs, as well as Metrobus services and minibus taxis (which are less regulated). In addition, the City of Johannesburg and Tshwane now benefit from a newly introduced Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system (phase 1 of the BRT system has been rolled out successfully). There are a number of airports located within Gauteng. The largest, OR Tambo International Airport (formerly known as Johannesburg International), is South Africa’s main international and domestic airport. Smaller airports within the province include Lanseria, Rand, and Grand Central, all of which are equipped for both international and domestic flights. Gauteng is the epicentre of African Business, and good business starts here, so be sure to make use of all the opportunities to grow your future in this dynamic province. GAUTENG BUSINESS 2016 18

Entrepreneurship... Entrepreneurship has been widely acknowledged as a fulfilling, yet challenging space to operate in. These challenges create a fear of failure on many aspiring entrepreneurs in South Africa, and as a result we tend to have a relatively low level of entrepreneurial activity in South Africa. The Department of Small Busines Development and its agencies, Sefa and Seda, and numerous other organisations involved in small enterprise development, play a huge role in helping entrepreneurs navigate this challenging environment. One prevailing characteristic of the South African small enterprise sector is the tendency of people that start small enterprises in sectors with high levels of activity and competition instead of pioneering and starting ancillary sectors that can benefit from the dominant sector. This tendency can be attributed to numerous factors, such as access to information on emerging trends and opportunities, innovative capabilities, etc. One opportunity that is worth exploring is how we as a country can commercialise the research and innovation that is done by individuals and research institutions throughout the country. Seda, with its network of 55 branches in areas as diverse as Pretoria in Gauteng, Bloemfontein in the Free State, Jane Furse in Limpopo, Khayelitsha in the Western Cape and Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape, is well positioned to provide appropriate and needs based support to small

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