JOHN TAOLO GAETSEWE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY INVESTMENT PROSPECTUS CONTENTS 1 FOREWORD The Executive Mayor of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, Pulane Queen Mogatle, welcomes investors 2 THE NORTHERN CAPE AT A GLANCE 3 THE NORTHERN CAPE IN NUMBERS 4 INTRODUCTION John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality is on the edge of the Kalahari 5 DISTRICT STATISTICS Key statistics of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality 6 MAIN SECTORS AND INFRASTRUCTURE Mining dominates the regional economy 7 BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT Valuable land, above and below the ground 8 NATURAL RESOURCES AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES The Kalahari Basin is immensely rich in manganese 9 LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES Historical sites, natural wonders and meerkat research await visitors to the district’s towns and villages 10 WELCOME TO THE KALAHARI REGION Vast, ancient landscapes, warm welcomes and surprises 12 TOURISM: Go! Ghaap Route 13 TOURISM: Forgotten Highway Route 14 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DISTRICT 16 KATHU INDUSTRIAL PARK 18 DEVELOPMENT OF MINI-CONFERENCE CENTRES 19 ENERGY INVESTMENT Community trusts are transformative 20 ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT Growing local business underpins corporate strategies IBC NATIONAL INCENTIVE SCHEMES IMAGE CREDITS: Cover: Loapi Tented Camp, courtesy Tswalu Kalahari Reserve; Sishen iron-ore mine, NCTA; meerkats, Sharp Photography/WikiCommons. Back cover: Oryx, Maarten Elings/ Wiki Commons. Other: Boer goat, SA Boer Goat Association; CSI and ED projects, Kumba Iron Ore; manganese mine operations, South32; Kathu Village Mall, Resilient REIT; meerkat research, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria; mining truck and engineer at board, Kumba Iron Ore; kudu, Sharp Photography/WikiCommons; Kuruman conference venues, ReA- Con; rooftop solar, Mdux Instrumentation; Sishen solar plant, Brand Engineering; tiger’s eye, Leo za1/WikiCommons; wildlife sightings, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Don Heyneke/Tswalu; Wonderwerk Cave, Wonderwerkcave.com; weaver nest, Sara & Joachim Huber /Wiki Commons; all other images, Northern Cape Tourism Agency (NCTA). Layout & Design: Salmah Brown Produced by Global Africa Network
1 FOREWORD DON'T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST The Executive Mayor of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, Pulane Queen Mogatle, welcomes investors with news that policy frameworks are in place to guide investment and development. Our collective plans are in place through which we aspire to position our district as a global mining and manufacturing player. We see our district as a Smart and Developed District with thriving mining and manufacturing sectors linking to export markets. This vision will empower and provide opportunities to local communities through a diversified economy that prioritises agriculture and tourism while ensuring continuous environmental sustainability. John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality is unique in South Africa due to its abundant natural, cultural and economic opportunities. This distinction is in part attributed to the Province of Northern Cape’s rise as a hub for economic, scientific and environmental endeavours and the increasing interest from investors in the Gamagara Development Mining Corridor that traverses our district. The governance structures of the district have refined their plans with stakeholders. Some of these plans include the District One Plan, through which key catalytic initiatives were identified to grow and diversify the district economy, the Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs) and Integrated Development Plans of both the district and local municipalities and the plans of national and provincial departments. Our policy frameworks and structures to guide investment and development are in place and have been reviewed. This includes the Land Use Systems initiative, in terms of which development applications are considered by the Municipal Planning Tribunals. We are also in the process of putting investment incentives in place through our various strategies. We are confident that the catalytic initiatives and host of projects that we collectively identified will stimulate and create further opportunities for development and investment. We have developed the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Spatial Development Framework (SDF), which reflects our commitment to addressing the challenges faced by our communities. This document can be understood as underpinning the investment opportunities outlined in this Investment Prospectus. The SDF encapsulates our core values, principles and strategies, guiding us towards long-term solutions. Moreover, it affirms our dedication to fostering productive partnerships with key stakeholders, particularly the private sector, as we navigate this transformative process. Our policies and plans are aligned with those of the other spheres of government, such as the National SDF, National Development Plan, Provincial SDF, Northern Cape Provincial Growth and Development Plan and District Development. Our plans and frameworks are therefore aligned and relevant. The Northern Cape Government aspires to transform the John Taolo Gaetsewe District and the entire Northern Cape into a global model of sustainability, ensuring a life of dignity and pride for all our residents. This long-term vision hinges upon the unwavering dedication of all levels of government and the people, who are the true guardians of our future. We implore everyone to rally behind the implementation of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality’s SDF and to be catalysts for positive change in our beloved district, so that we can collectively reach our spatial vision.