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Limpopo Business 2018-19 edition

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A unique guide to business and investment in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Launched in 2007, the 2018/19 edition of Limpopo Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Limpopo Province. Limpopo has many investment and business opportunities. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on developments in the transport and logistics sector and a focus on tourism. Interviews with industry leaders in development finance from the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Development Agency share their insights into the state of the provincial economy. Investment news related to mining, telecommunications and development finance is carried in overviews of all the main economic sectors. The publication also has a comprehensive register of all provincial government and municipal contact details. Updated information on Limpopo is also available through our monthly e-newsletter - which you can subscribe to at


FOCUS LEDA helps SMMEs to go mainstream National, regional and local plans dovetailing to boost economic growth in Limpopo. Business communities attending information sessions in the Capricorn District on involving SMMEs in the mainstream economy. The economic development landscape in Limpopo Province will soon look quite different as more investors enter the province through the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A significant step was taken in May 2018 when representatives of the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 10 Chinese companies. “We are delighted that the value of investment commitments in the Musina-Makhado SEZ continues to grow at an impressive rate,” LEDA CEO Ben Mphahlele said. Investments were confirmed in the four main projects planned for the SEZ: a coking plant, a power plant, an alloy factory and steel manufacturing. Mphahlele noted that the economic landscape of the people of the Vhembe District would be materially altered by the development of industry at the SEZ. He called it a “game-changer” and pointed out that the positive impact would extend beyond Limpopo to neighbouring countries such as Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The SEZ falls firmly within national policy of driving beneficiation through targeted interventions. The National Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is the lead agent in the creation of Special Economic Zones which are part of the national Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). SEZs are designed to attract investment, create jobs and boost exports. Incentives available to investors include tax breaks from the South African Revenue Service (SARS), subsidised interest rates from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), subsidies for employees earning below a certain level and subsidies for the training of the workforce, incentives and grants from the dti, and incentives from national electricity utility Eskom. Other benefits might include a building allowance, employment incentives and the fact that an SEZ is a customs-controlled area. Skills transfer is another stated aim behind the SEZ programme. With the boost to the economy that the Musina-Makhado SEZ will bring, small enterprises and start-ups with potential for growth are likely to experience rapid growth. The LEDA enterprise development programme aims to stimulate growth for enterprises and has the following strategic thrusts: • advocate for allocation of more resources for skills development. Increase access to opportunities for employment of young people. Develop entrepreneurship in key economic sectors through technical and business skills programmes • facilitate policy initiatives to create an enabling environment for trade and investment promotion and implementation • create avenues for public and private sector collaboration to ensure that there is maximum co-funding of investment projects in all industrial clusters LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19 26

FOCUS • create an avenue for economic regional integration as envisaged by the National Development Plan and the Limpopo Development Plan. Tubatse Special Economic Zone The Tubatse Special Economic Zone (SEZ) constitutes an important milestone in the planned Platinum and Chrome Cluster within the Dilokong Spatial Development Initiative in the Sekhukhune District, where the demand for mining input suppliers has created an opportunity for large-scale industrialisation. The Tubatse SEZ, located in the town of Steelport near Burgersfort will be a multi-sectoral SEZ that focuses on manufacturing, mineral beneficiation, green energy, mining inputs and trade and logistics. This is to support a broader-based industrialisation growth path, balanced regional industrial growth and the development of more competitive and productive regional economies with strong up and downstream links in strategic value chains. All the planning work for the SEZ has been executed including the acquisition and preparation of 1 220ha of land, in readiness for the re-application for the SEZ licence. A Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment has been completed and township establishment has commenced. The SEZ Master Plan (Development Framework) is complete with full infrastructure designs and costs in readiness for the infrastructure construction phase. Fifteen companies with a combined investment value of approximately R13-billion have committed to locate in the SEZ and this is envisaged to create 6 000 jobs. Investment opportunities fall into four main categories: Mineral beneficiation: platinum, chrome and vanadium clusters to produce refined platinum, ferrochrome and lithium and radox batteries. Mining inputs supply: manufacturing, assembling and components. Energy: fossil fuel and solar energy generation, pyrolysis plant, oil blending plant, tyre carbon black. General manufacturing: for example, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, sweet sorghum processing, ethanol and sugar, charcoal and PV modules. Further investment opportunities exist in support sectors which will be located in the commercial and residential precincts. A high-level delegation visits factories involved in the township and rural economy revitalisation programme. From left to right, MEC Seaparo Sekoati, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and the Managing Director of Izwi Water Waste Environment, Trevor Gopo. Industrial refurbishment to revive township and rural economies The National Department of Trade and Industry’s industrial cluster division is collaborating with LEDA to revitalise industrial factories in rural areas and townships. The stimulation of manufacturing is intended to create sustainable companies and jobs while reviving both rural and township economies. In Limpopo Province, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies officiated at the launch of the programme in the Seshego Industrial Park in 2016. The first phase of that project was the fencing of the industrial area to provide security. A crucial part of the revitalisation project is to secure co-funding from the provincial government. The LEDA’s Land and Property Division, whose responsibilities include the provision of leases to manufacturing businesses, has seen a slight drop in the occupancy rate across its factories province-wide. The revitalisation efforts will provide a new direction and an upward path in occupancy rates. This drive is supported by stakeholder engagement in the form of business imbizos and seminars. The goal is to find a 21st-century way forward in partnership with private enterprise and social partners. LEDA currently has industrial parks in the four districts of Capricorn, Mopani, Vhembe, Capricorn and Waterberg. These cater for manufacturing concerns, retail stores and office rentals. 27 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19

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