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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

SPECIAL FEATURE substantial investments in the township economy, focusing on township enterprise hubs. Over the next five years the City of Johannesburg (a component of the township economy) has set aside R3-billion, Tshwane R22-million and Ekurhuleni R150-million to support the township economy and township entrepreneurs. Some government vehicles will be repaired by township-based enterprises at selected repair hubs that are supported by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). Makhura also highlighted the fact that the infrastructure investment programme focuses on the following key areas: • Public Transport • Broadening the Energy Mix • ICT and Broadband • Water and Sanitation “Over the next four years, as the Gauteng Provincial Government our total investment in infrastructure development will be more than R32-billion, while Gauteng municipalities will spend R94-billion over the next five years. This investment will have a massive multiplier effect on the economy of the Gauteng City Region. We have adopted a 25-year integrated transport master plan focusing on developing a city region wide transport system and an efficient transport network to underpin spatial transformation and inclusive growth. “As part of strengthening our investment in public transport, we are conducting a feasibility study with a view to expanding the existing Gautrain Rapid Rail System. We have already outlined the work being done together with municipalities in investing in the rollout of Bus Rapid Transit systems in the metros,” said Makhura. He added that his government had also indicated the extent to which PRASA’s new rolling stock of passenger coaches will revitalise and modernise the public transport infrastructure and create a major stimulus for re-industrialisation and local production. “We wish to reiterate that only a massive increase in public transport infrastructure, including a significant expansion of the rail network, will help us drive industrialisation and spatial transformation. More innovative solutions will be required to fund public transport and infrastructure requirements. I also wish to reiterate that transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation will not be possible without paying serious attention to the critical issue of energy security. GAUTENG BUSINESS 2016 38

SPECIAL FEATURE “In order to broaden the energy mix plan in the Gauteng City Region, we adopted a plan with six interventions. We have been working with municipalities to finalise plans to bring in additional 1200 megawatts of electricity by increasing generation capacity of the current coal-fired power stations in Tshwane (Rooiwal and Pretoria West Power) and Joburg (Kelvin Station),” he said. The other interventions included installing rooftop solar panels for all government buildings (it is estimated that there is available 8 million square metres of rooftop space suitable for such installations, which could generate 300-500 megawatts of electricity), implementing a programme to retrofit coal-fired boilers with natural gas and implementing the Tri-generation programme in six hospitals (Trigeneration is a technology that enables the production of electricity for heating and cooling using gas). In addition, they are also initiating their waste-to-energy programme (aimed at converting waste from government facilities into bio-gas) and continuing their energy efficiency programme through which government aims to replace existing lights in all government facilities and government buildings with LED lights. “We have thus far replaced 45 000 lights in our health facilities alone,” confirmed the Premier. “Working together with the private sector, we will also invest in local solar technologies. In this regard, we are supporting an initiative by the University of Johannesburg and the private sector to build a manufacturing plant and a solar plant in Gauteng,” he added. The provincial government continues to invest in ICT infrastructure and, most importantly, in e-government services. The Provincial Government’s total investment in ICT infrastructure has been budgeted as more than R300-million over the next three years. It also works with private sector network companies to discuss how it can fasttrack the realisation of its goal of achieving 100% connectivity over the next five years in order to unleash the potential of the local ICT industry and, thereby, to promote SMME development and township economy revitalisation. Makhura noted that water scarcity can serve as a major stumbling block to the achievement of the goals of the TMR. “In Gauteng, we are working with national government and municipalities to address major concerns pertaining to water security and infrastructure development. The recent water supply interruptions have brought to the fore these concerns. We have established a water and sanitation coordinating forum which will enable us to rapidly develop and implement a City Regionwide plan on water and security, including on the urgent need to find a strategic solution to the problem of Acid Mine Drainage,” concluded the Premier. CONTACT INFO Physical address: 94 Main Street, Matlotlo House, Johannesburg Postal address: Private Bag X 091, Marshalltown, 2107 Tel: 011 355 8000 Fax: 011 355 8694 www.ecodev.gpg.gov.za 39 GAUTENG BUSINESS 2016

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