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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 www.globalafricanetwork.com

FOCUS public transport

FOCUS public transport system not only connects people to daily life but also spurs socio-economic development, sustainable job creation and improved access to markets. The City of Polokwane was chosen by the government, through the National Department of Transport (NDoT) to be among 13 cities in South Africa to introduce the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN). For Polokwane the vision has found expression in the multi-modal transport service aptly called “Leeto la Polokwane” – It is Our Journey. The project is implemented in phases with Phase 1 covering the Central Business District and Seshego corridor. The project has resulted in the construction of a trunk route of seven kilometres and the upgrading of 27 kilometres of road infrastructure. The majority of road infrastructure has been constructed, including the following: • 5.2km of trunk lanes completed • 12.6km of trunk extensions completed • 29.4km of feeder routes completed • 56 feeder stops completed • 20.5km of non-motorised transport (NMT) lanes completed and • construction of the Control Centre has been completed. • Leeto la Polokwane is characterised by dedicated bus lanes, modern buses, smartcard payment systems, modern bus stations that are safe and comfortable, and a control centre to speed up public transport and give passengers a better quality of service. “We are well on track towards our Go-Live targets. We have set our sights on delivering the high-quality public transportation infrastructure that the City of Polokwane, and indeed the greater Limpopo Province, needs to build and sustain a more productive economy. The progress that has been made so far in the implementation of Leeto la Polokwane is testimony to this,” says Executive Mayor Nkadimeng. “We will ensure that the people of Polokwane benefit fully from this project, through job opportunities, skills transfers and meaningful participation through stakeholder engagement.” Honouring Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu Executive Mayor Nkadimeng adds that Leeto la Polokwane was one with South Africa in honouring the Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu Centenary. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19 44

FOCUS “The central theme for this year is to celebrate these great leaders and keep their legacies alive by making an individual and collective contribution towards the attainment of a South Africa where everyone has equal opportunities for self-determination. As Leeto la Polokwane we note and acknowledge the cooperation and support of the people we serve. Such partnerships and dedication to a better South Africa continue to ensure that the project remains on course for Go-Live. These achievements are also a testament to the hard work and dedication that the City has tackled this project with,” she says. Interaction with taxi and bus owners Since inception of the project in 2012, the municipality has ensured proper and active stakeholder engagement. The taxi and bus industry is among the key stakeholders which fully participate in and benefit from the total value chain and wealth creation of the transportation industry. “An MOU has been signed between the municipality and the four Taxi Associations involved in Phase 1A of the project. Working with the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL), we have ongoing training sessions to equip the owner members on the Taxi Industry Capacitation Programme with modern business and operational skills in order to create the space and capacity to ensure a successful integrated transport system for our city and value-add for the entire industry,” Executive Mayor Nkadimeng says. Last year, the TGSL programme successfully offered professional business development training to approximately 100 taxi owners across Flora Park-Pietersburg, Moletjie, Seshego-Polokwane and Westernburg Taxi Associations in Polokwane. Participants received a Professional Certificate in Business Management Skills for the Public Transport Sector upon completion. The programme comprises four modules, namely: Introduction to General Management; SA Companies Act and Corporate Governance; Communication, Problem-solving and Negotiation Skills; and Introduction to Public Transport Management. “We have also seen the signing-off of the Great North Transport (GNT) Market Survey Results in December 2017, as an important milestone which presents the 45 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19

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