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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

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OVERVIEW Education and training Short courses are popular among business leaders. When 49 taxi business owners attended their graduation ceremony in December 2017, it was the culmination of an innovative partnership between the city of Polokwane and the Turfloof Graduate School of Leadership. Polokwane is revamping its public transport system, and the taxi industry needs to be on board. An agreement between TGSL and the municipality saw the introduction of a diploma course in Business Management Skills for the Public Transport Sector. The Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership is based in Edupark, Polokwane, and offers three master’s degrees. These are the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Development (MDev). There are also shortterm management certificate courses which range in duration from six to 12 months. Many of TGSL’s programmes are targeted at middle and senior managers and are popular with public entities. The school also offers eight Short Learning Programmes in management and leadership. The Development Facilitation and Training Institute (DevFTI) has an outward focus, with training provided for NGOs and government departments in various parts of Africa. The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University is now an independent university in Gauteng Province and Limpopo University has a separate Medical School. The University of Limpopo is organised into four faculties: Humanities, Management and Law, Science and Agriculture, and Health Sciences. The University of Limpopo counts among its alumni the current president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who enrolled for legal studies in the early 1970s. Clashes with the security apparatus of SECTOR INSIGHTS South Africa’s new president is an almunus of the University of Limpopo. the apartheid state meant that had to complete his degree by correspondence through the University of South Africa (Unisa). Unisa has a regional support centre in Polokwane and agencies at Makhado and Giyani. The University of Venda for Science and Technology (Univen) is situated in Thohoyandou in the north-eastern part of the province. Univen has eight schools, with Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Rural Development and Forestry illustrating the practical emphasis of the institution. The university has invested more than R1-billion over the last decade in new and improved infrastructure. Most of the funding has come from the LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19 90

OVERVIEW National Department of Higher Education and Training while a recent project to provide additional student accommodation has been made possible by a R300-million loan from the Development Bank of Southern Africa. There are seven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in Limpopo: Capricorn College, Lephalale College, Mopani East College, Mopani South College, Sekhukhune College, Vhembe College and Waterberg College. Capricorn College has three campuses, each with a different focus. The city campus in Polokwane offers business studies, engineering and National Curriculum Vocation (NCV) subjects. Seshego has an engineering focus while Senwabarwana is situated in a rural area and concentrates on teaching hospitality and hairdressing. At Lephalale TVET College students can study Business Studies, Hospitality, Engineering Studies, Nature Management and Computer Science. The college has a satellite campus at Modimolle. Murray & Roberts is training hundreds of artisans at the Tlhahlong training centre in partnership with the college and the merSETA. Waterberg College operates as five business training centres across two municipalities, namely Lepelle-Nkumbi and Mogalakwena. Schools and skills The provincial government facilitated the training of 190 teachers through the Continuous Professional Teacher Development Programme in 2017/18. Training was also provided to 53 curriculum advisors in mathematics, science and technology (through the Continuous Professional Development Centre) and 1 141 teachers were trained in numeracy and mathematics teaching strategies. In 2017, libraries were constructed in Eldorado, Rooiberg and Ramokgopa with the following villages to receive the same in 2018, Phokwane, Maphalle, Zamani and Mahlabathini. The Limpopo office of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) has a staff of 35 which is rolling out programmes in two Limpopo districts, Vhembe and Waterberg. The two areas comprise 1 499 schools, ONLINE RESOURCES Limpopo Department of Education: National Education Collaboration Trust: Turfloof Graduate School of Leadership: University of Limpopo: University of South Africa: University of Venda for Science and Technology: 19 058 teachers and 601 053 pupils. A number of schools have been selected as Fresh Start Schools (FSS) where NECT will test various methods and interventions. NECT is a registered trust with an impressive array of corporate funders, including First Rand Foundation, the Douglas Murray Trust, Nedbank, the Sishen Iron Ore Community Development Trust, the JSE and Old Mutual. The NCET wants 90% of South African school pupils to pass mathematics, science and languages with 50% by 2030. The board of trustees is chaired by former FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana. There is a plan to establish a Manufacturing Support Centre to make sure that the right skills are being taught to support industry. Participants include the Limpopo Tooling Initiative Advisory Board, the Technology Information Agency and universities. The Medupi Power Station Joint Venture (Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Concor) has a training facility where about 1 300 local people have been trained to qualify for jobs on this complex building site. De Beers has established a Skills Development Centre, linked to its Venetia Mine. The centre caters not only to mine employees, but also for local school pupils and adults from the community of Alldays. Impala Platinum, with Limpopo subsidiary Marula Platinum, has a partnership with the National Department of Mineral Resources and the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, which focuses on the training of black women in the mining industry. 91 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2018/19

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