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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 Marula Industrial Hub Plans are in place to boost the use of a super fruit. The Marula Festival has become a popular annual event. When the 15th annual Marula Festival comes around in 2020, there will be additional reasons to celebrate as that is the anticipated launch date of the Marula Industrial Hub. The Marula Festival attracts more than 30 000 people over two weekends in February and serves to highlight the marula fruit and its uses. At the moment, these are mostly confined to making traditional beer and supplying the raw product for the manufacture of the famous Amarula Cream Liqueur. Outgrowers, mostly small-scale women farmers, supply Distell with the fruit. The theme for the festival for the next few years will be “Discover the Wealth of Marula”, in line with the idea of expanding the fruit’s usefulness. But the festival itself is not just about beer – although there is a lot of beer! The 2018 festival programme included a marathon, a career expo, a dance challenge, performances of gospel and jazz bands, a golf day and a trade exhibition. The economic benefit to the local economies of Ba-Phalaborwa and the Mopani District economies is about R45-million annually. The Marula Industrial Hub will provide a platform to further exploit the tasty marula fruit, which has a high vitamin C content and is much loved by elephants. The Limpopo Department of Economic Development and Tourism (LEDET) wants to see the University of Limpopo doing more research on the possible uses for the fruit, including jams and cosmetics. Facilities at the hub will include a centre for research and processing facilities to create more value from the raw product. Advisors will be available to help small-scale farmers and SMMEs enter the formal economy. The marula tree is a protected species that is protected by environmental laws. The tree and its fruit are also part of the cultural heritage of the region. The Festival of The First Fruit, “Ku LumaNguva/Go Loma Morula”, is a ceremony performed by traditional leaders at the marula season’s beginning. Only at the conclusion of the ceremony can drinking begin. The Marula initiative is consistent with the broader agricultural sector plans for Limpopo. The provincial government has identified five Agricultural Development Zones (ADZs) across the province, including the Mopani District within which the Marula Industrial Hub is located. Programmes to increase productivity have been presented to smallscale farmers. In the year 2017/18 more than 50 000 small-scale producers received support in the form of irrigation infrastructure, livestock infrastructure and other production inputs. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20 22


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