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Limpopo Business 2019-20 edition

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The 2019/20 edition of Limpopo Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Limpopo Province. Limpopo has several 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 various Special Economic Zones (SEZs) which aim to drive industrialization in the province and the initiatives which are further enhancing the tourism offering in Limpopo. News related to mining, agriculture, transport and logistics, education and development finance is carried in overviews of the main economic sectors in the province. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at Updated information on the Limpopo is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business.


SPECIAL FEATURE important regional cargo airport. SA Airlink offers 21 flights to Johannesburg six days a week. The airline also provides links between Phalaborwa and Johannesburg, and between Hoedspruit and Johannesburg and Cape Town. The province has a sophisticated rail network which Transnet Freight Rail aims to further expand, primarily to haul the province’s vast reserves of coal away to the coast at Richards Bay. Growth plans The Provincial Government of Limpopo has committed itself to the Limpopo Economic Growth and Development Plan (LEGDP), which aims to build a stronger, more industrialised economy and to create jobs and reduce social inequality. Existing manufacturing in the province is centred on mining areas (smelters and refineries), agricultural estates (juices and concentrates) and Polokwane (food and beverages). Agri-processing is strong, with Pioneer Foods, McCain, Granor Passi, Kanhym, Westfalia and Enterprise Foods prominent, but this sector still has potential to grow. When it comes to exports Limpopo punches above its weight because of the abundance of mineral wealth under the ground, and the superb fruit and vegetables that the province’s farmers cultivate. Potatoes are grown, together with 75% South Africa’s mangoes and tomatoes; papayas (65%); tea (36%); citrus, bananas and litchis (25%) and 60% of the country’s avocadoes. ZZ2 is one of the country’s largest agricultural enterprises. ZZ2 is most famous for the large quantity of tomatoes and avocadoes produced but its product range is also large: mangoes, onions, dates, cherries, apples, pears, stone fruit, almonds and blueberries. The best-performing subsector of South African exports in recent years has been fruit and nuts. Limpopo has been a major contributor to the country’s excellent export record: fruit and nuts from the province’s eastern regions are hugely popular in international markets and Limpopo’s commercial farmers are extremely efficient. The province has huge reserves of coal, platinum, chromium, uranium clay, nickel, cobalt, vanadium, limestone and tin. Demand will always fluctuate, and the commodities cycle has recently been very volatile, but the world will always need minerals. Limpopo assets include the largest diamond mine in South Africa, the biggest copper mine in South Africa, the biggest open-pit platinum mine in the country and the biggest vermiculite mine in the world. The province has 41% of South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs), 90% of South Africa’s red-granite resources and approximately 50% of the country’s coal reserves. Antimony, a highly strategic mineral found in large quantities in China, is another of Limpopo’s major assets. The Provincial Government of Limpopo has committed to allocating 20% of state procurement to enterprises owned by both women and young people. This is line with placing “young people at the centre of our economic development programme”, in the words of Premier Mathabatha. Limpopo’s regions and major cities Limpopo’s dry, cattle-rearing, western areas contrast with the subtropical regions of the east where forestry thrives and the central regions where vast plantations produce 60% of the country’s tomatoes. The area north of the Soutpansberg Mountains is semi-arid. The Waterberg mountains stretch over 5 000km². There are five district municipalities in Limpopo and the capital city is Polokwane (population 629 000). LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20 12

SPECIAL FEATURE Polokwane The centrally situated city of Polokwane is the capital of Limpopo Province. Located on the Great North Road (N1 highway) and almost equidistant from the highdensity population of greater Johannesburg and the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Polokwane’s upgraded international airport plays an increasingly important regional role. Polokwane is the province’s main centre for industry, commerce, education and medical services. The city is close to big concentrations of mineral deposits and to fertile agricultural lands. Its industries reflect this diversity. Large industrial concerns such as Silicon Smelters (one of the biggest of its kind in the world) and a big brewery run alongside at least 600 industrial enterprises of a smaller scale. The range is broad: soft drink and fruit juice manufacture, confectionery, bricks, clothing, meatprocessing, packaging and jewellery. Polokwane has excellent hotel and conferencing facilities. It is a good starting point for tourism trips into the province and beyond. Unusually, the city has its own game reserve on 3 200 hectares of semi-bushveld land. Several annual festivals are held in Polokwane, including the Mapungubwe Arts Festival. Nearby Moria attracts up to a million people every year, when the Zion Christian Church celebrates Easter. Tzaneen while one of the major road links between Gauteng and the Kruger National Park also passes through the area, providing excellent logistical links for tourism and business. Phalaborwa Known as the Gateway to the Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa is situated in such a moderate climatic belt that it is also sometimes known as the town of Two Summers, so similar are the summer and winter temperatures. Phalaborwa has a good airport and the town’s proximity to the Kruger National Park makes it a tourism hub. The town has several attractions of its own. Cruises on the Olifants River are popular and the highly regarded Hans Merensky Country Club golf course hosts national tournaments. The prospect of meeting wildlife on the fairway adds spice to the golf experience. Palaborwa Mining Company (PMC) is the major economic driving force in the area. Copper has been mined in the region for many centuries, with evidence from as far back as 400AD having been found. The popular Marula Festival is held in Phalaborwa in February every year. This not only promotes the iconic fruit (and its associated foods and beverages) but is a celebration of local arts and crafts and music. Sports events such as golf and soccer tournaments and half-marathons are held to coincide with the festival. A subtropical climate and fertile soils combine to make greater Tzaneen one of South Africa’s most productive areas in fruit and vegetables. Steep valleys and gently sloping mountains provide ample opportunities for tourism of all sorts. The Letaba Valley produces a large proportion of South Africa’s mangoes, avocadoes and tomatoes. Citrus fruits also thrive, as do macadamia nuts, litchis, paw-paws and bananas. Forty sawmills operate in the area, drawing on the heavily forested hills around the city. Tzaneen is the economic hub of the region, with a population of 80 000. The Phalaborwa Spatial Development Initiative passes through the Greater Tzaneen Municipal Area, 13 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20

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