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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


SPECIAL FEATURE Tourism in Limpopo Increasing visitor numbers are driving investment into tourism infrastructure. The provincial capital has a new hotel. Resorts and lodges in the Lowveld are being upgraded. Limpopo has hosted its first international cycling race. And 2.7-million more domestic tourists chose the province in 2016 compared to the year before. Limpopo in 2016/17 attracted 405 734 visitors to the province, generating an amount of R1.8-billion for the provincial economy. According to the Limpopo Premier’s office, the tourism sector employs about 22 414 people. A new event on Limpopo’s calendar caused great excitement in 2018 with the first riding of the Tour de Limpopo, a four-day UCI Africa Tour 2.2 stage race which started and finished in Polokwane, with a stopover in Tzaneen. A range of sponsors enthusiastically endorsed the race, presented by the Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) and Cycling South Africa. Hotel@Tzaneen and Europcar South Africa were sponsors and race officials were provided with cars by Audi Centre Polokwane. All the riders were given backpacks by SA Sport and Cargo and ZZ2 saw to the beverages they needed to keep going up and down the hilly route to the finish line. Another kind of cycle race is the regular Kremetart Cycle Race, a popular family event that draws huge numbers of entries. Limpopo had its own winner in tourism when Besty Travel was awarded the national Lilizela Award in the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Limpopo Tourism Agency targets the Lilizela Awards to mentor and support emerging entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. Swadini, a Forever Resort, won in the Camping and Caravan category in 2017. Regular events are holding their own as well: the annual Limpopo Marula Festival in Phalaborwa attracts more than 20 000 participants and is estimated to inject upwards of R45-million into the provincial economy. Several neighbouring countries are well represented in the attendees and 13 co-operatives operating under the Mukumbi Industries brand normally brew about 12 000 litres of marula beverages for the thirsty crowds. Other marula products are also sold such as nuts, body lotions, jam, cooking oil and soap. The LTA also backs the Mapungubwe Festival, which is growing in stature every year. In addition to the popular musical performances, crafters have an opportunity to display their crafts and generate good income during the festivities. Other popular events include I-Rock, Balobedu Get Together Festival and the BCX Supersport Shootout. Motorcyclists play their part too; the Sapa Yopa Motor Cycling Association, due to celebrate its 10th rally in 2018, does its bit for the provincial economy. The tourist authority has six focus areas: • Golf and game • Hunting and safari • Family and recreation • Special interest • Mega-conservation • Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE). Hotels and casinos The 160-room Park Inn by Radisson Polokwane has opened in the provincial capital. Located near the golf course and the Peter Mokaba Stadium, the hotel also has conference and event facilities. Tsogo Sun runs the Garden Court Polokwane, which has 180 rooms ranging from executive suites to family rooms. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19 32

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