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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2020-21 edition

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The 2020/21 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 12th issue of this unique publication that, since its launch in 2008, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the KwaZulu-Natal Province. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is a special feature on the vital role played by ports in the province, from the coal exported from Richards Bay to the new cruise liner terminal addition to the Port of Durban. The 10th anniversary of the 2010 FIFA World Cup coincides with the birthday of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, an iconic design that has become a standard feature on the KwaZulu-Natal sporting and events calendar. Likewise the Durban ICC which continues to burnish the province’s reputation as meetings and convention centre.

OVERVIEW Agriculture

OVERVIEW Agriculture Small-scale farmers are set to benefit from the value chain. Sector Insight South Africa gets 18% of its milk from KwaZulu-Natal. In 2018 a summit was held to draw up an Agricultural Development Masterplan for the province. The plan includes priorities such as the expansion of irrigable land, improving market access for producers and adding value to agricultural products before they reach local and international markets. The Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal wants to use government’s buying power to develop agricultural value chains for the benefit of new and small-scale farmers and producers. A pilot programme is running in three districts and the eThekwini metro. A group of women farmers from uMkhanyakude supply Enterprise iLembe with 1 000 crates of tomatoes as part of the project. Enterprise iLembe is the development arm of the iLembe District Municipality and is looking for investors to further develop an agriprocessing hub near the King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort. Among the new lines of agricultural produce being investigated is cannabis. A Cannabis Investor Protocol has been launched and a unit established at the Moses Kotane Institute to assist entrepreneurs and cultivators. There are only 16 farmers in all of South Africa doing what Ross Lowe does on his farm in Richmond, which is to cultivate golden kiwifruit. He believes that the particular strain of kiwifruit he has chosen is the best in terms of taste and yield and he has awards to prove it. Typically for the modern KwaZulu-Natal farmer, he also intends to increase his export volumes. So-called superfoods have potential to grow the agricultural sector via greatly increased exports: these include avocados, pecans and dates. Another possibility is macadamia nuts (already a thriving sector in other parts of the country) and in new areas such as cannabis and the farming of rabbits. The National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has launched an Agri-parks programme to support small-scale farmers and to boost other businesses related to agriculture such as abattoirs and transport operators. KwaZulu-Natal is one of four provinces where pilot projects have been carried out. The plan is to have an Agripark in each of South Africa’s 44 district municipalities with farmers owning at least 70% of the venture. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2020/21 26

OVERVIEW BANDIT – EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS First-world technology and quality combined SABS-approved roadworthy trailers built at Africa with African simplicity. The main woodchipper Biomass Company in Worcester, South Africa. unit is manufactured by Bandit Industries, Inc. Engine-powered woodchippers are fitted with 35-plus years’ experience with Tier 3, South African standard, diesel or in innovation and international petrol engines, depending on the woodchippers’ research. These units specification or clients’ preference. Electric and PTO are shipped to options are also available in various Bandit models. South Africa The add-ons are specifically handpicked to give where they are you the best set-up and will provide you with a fitted onto well-balanced woodchipper that will outperform most other chippers in Africa. There are three components to the fully realised Agri-park concept: • Farmer Production Support Unit: links farmer with markets, collection and shortterm storage, local processing and mechanisation. • Agri-hub: equipment-hire, processing, packaging, logistics and training. • Rural Urban Market Centre: contract-based links to local and international markets, long-term storage and market intelligence. Agriculture is the focus of a wide-ranging initiative in the Ulundi district. A grouping called ULUMA has been formed which aims to help farmers, SMMEs and co-operatives to benefit in a holistic way from the produce they farm. The Zululand District Farmers Association, several other NGOs and Standard Bank are working together with the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and the Innovation and Technology Business Incubator (Invotech) to expose farmers to new issues and techniques. Agricultural assets Of KwaZulu-Natal’s 6.5-million hectares of agricultural land, 18% is arable and the balance is suitable for the rearing of livestock. The province’s forests occur mostly in the southern and northern edges of the province. The coastal areas lend themselves to sugar production and fruit, with subtropical fruits doing particularly well in the north. KwaZulu-Natal produces 7% of South Africa’s citrus fruit. The Coastal Farmers Co-operative represents 1 400 farmers. TWK is a R6-billion operation that originated in forestry (as Transvaal Wattlegrowers Co-operative) but which is now a diverse agricultural company with seven operating divisions. It has 19 trade outlets in the province and 21 in Swaziland and Mpumalanga. Beef originates mainly in the Highveld and Midlands areas, with dairy production being undertaken in the Midlands and south. The province produces 18% of South Africa’s milk. KwaZulu-Natal’s subsistence farmers hold 1.5-million cattle, which represents 55% of the provincial beef herd, and their goat herds account for 74% of the province’s stock. The Midlands is also home to some of the country’s finest racehorse stud farms. The area around Camperdown is one of the country’s most important areas for pig farming. Vegetables grow well in most areas, and some maize is grown in the north-west. Nuts such as pecan and macadamia thrive. KwaZulu-Natal has two colleges offering higher qualifications in agriculture, Cedara in the Midlands and the Owen Sitole College of Agriculture near Empangeni. ■ Online Resources Fresh Produce Exporters Forum: KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union: KZN Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development: Milk Producers Organisation: National Dept of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries: Royal Agricultural Society of Natal: 27 KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2020/21

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