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The 2021/22 edition of Limpopo Business is the 13th 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 been attracting significant investments in the mining sector in recent years and with commodity prices of certain minerals rising in response to demand in the renewable energy and automotive sector, mining houses are well-positioned to expand production even further. This journal carries messages of welcome to investors from the province’s Premier and the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is special feature on plans to catalyse investment and growth in the province through measures such as industrial parks and the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone in the province’s far north, which is attracting billions of dollars in investment. News related to mining, agriculture, tourism, construction and property, water, education and development finance is carried in overviews of the main economic sectors.

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OVERVIEW The consultant on both projects is Urbanstrut Consulting Engineers with one of the projects (for R54-million) being awarded to contractor Roadmac Surfacing and the other (for R62-million) to contractor Imvula Roads & Civils. The target for employing local labour on the projects is between 6% and 30%. Logistics The official opening of the Musina Intermodal Terminal near the Beitbridge border post is further confirmation of Limpopo’s status as a leader in transport and logistics. Located in the town of Musina on the N1 highway leading to Zimbabwe, the terminal is used to move cargo from road to rail. Warehousing facilities make for loading efficiencies in the main cargoes such as chrome, fertiliser, coal, fuel and citrus. Bulk and containerised cargo are handled, with an annual capacity of threemillion tons per annum. SANRAL is involved in two major road projects in support of the MMSEZ. The N1 is to be re-routed and a new single carriageway created in the Musina CBD. A bypass into ZCC Moria, the site of huge gatherings every Easter, has been completed. Outside of Polokwane, the towns of Tzaneen, Lephalale, Burgersfort and Musina (a border post with Zimbabwe) are all important in the field of logistics. Great North Transport falls under the Limpopo Economic Development Agency. The company has more than 500 buses, covers about 36-million kilometres every year on 279 routes, employs more than 1 200 people and transports 37.6-million passengers. In addition to ownership of Great North Transport buses, the provincial government has several private contracts. South Africa’s major logistics companies have facilities in Polokwane, and some have warehouses and forwarding facilities in other parts of the province. RTT has offices in Makhado. Limpopo’s biggest exports (minerals and fruit and vegetables) require dramatically different levels of handling. Minerals are poured in great volumes into the freight trucks of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and taken onward to Richards Bay Coal Terminal. All roads contractors provide local employment. Companies such as Freezerlines, Fast ‘n Fresh and Cold Chain have developed specialist techniques in getting delicate fruits to market and to port undamaged. Grindrod has a Perishable Cargo division which specialises in transporting cargo by air. The large national logistics company, Value Group, has only four major regional depots outside of Gauteng: in Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit – and Polokwane. This illustrates the importance of the Limpopo Province and its capital city in the national logistics chain. IMPERIAL Logistics Southern Africa has 70 companies in its group structure, including Kobus Minnaar Transport, a firm that began in Tzaneen transporting fruit and vegetables. Other active companies in Limpopo include Dawn Wing Logistics, Kargo, F&R Logistics and Aramex SA. The Polokwane International Airport (PIA) is wholly owned by the provincial government and run by the Gateway Airport Authority Ltd (GAAL), an agency of the Department of Roads and Transport. It has the potential to be an important regional cargo airport. Many game reserves have airstrips and regional airports in the eastern part of the province provide easy access to the Kruger National Park. Eastgate Airport at Hoedspruit is close to the Orpen Gate. Phalaborwa’s airport is notable for its Africanthemed terminal which includes a zebra-patterned floor. Musina, near the border with Zimbabwe in the north, hosts the province’s other regional airport. ■ LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2021/22 52

OVERVIEW Total number of bridges and roads affected by Cyclone Eloise January 2021 District Bridges Paved/Unpaved Roads (km) Capricorn 3 300 Mopani 9 582 Sekhukhune 1 200 Vhembe 10 1200 Waterberg 14 890 Total 37 3172 Roads Agency Limpopo: current and completed projects Road Description Project no. / % complete (@ end Aug 2021) District P277/1 Upgrading of road (gravel to tar) Makuya - Masisi T652C / 0% Vhembe D3577 D3569 D176 Installation of drainage structures and regravelling on road D3577 Installation of drainage structures and regravelling on road D3569 Installation of drainage structures and regravelling on road D176 T918A / 7% T918B / 38% T919A / 0% Waterberg Waterberg Waterberg D506 Repair of bridge on road D506 T925C / 5% Vhembe D1942 Repair of flood damage on road D1942 T925D / 0% Vhembe D3200 Preventative maintenance – R81 to Mokwakwaila T976 / 40% Mopani D3840 Preventative maintenance – Krimetart to Phalaborwa T977 / 32% Mopani P51/3 Preventative maintenance – road P51/3 T980 / 6% Sekhukhune D2537 Preventative maintenance – Burgersfort to Penge T981 / 5% Sekhukhune D11, D3150 Preventative maintenance – road D11 & D3150 T986 / 16% Mopani Roads Agency Limpopo: upcoming projects Road Description Project no. District D4 Preventative maintenance – Elim to Malamulele T973 Vhembe D4240 Preventative maintenance - Masevens T978 Sekhukhune D1483 Preventative maintenance – Musina to Pondrift T974 Vhembe P51/3 Preventative maintenance – road P51/3 T980 Sekhukhune D3653 Bridge 6116 repairs near Makuleke Village T922 Vhembe ONLINE RESOURCES Gateway Airport Authority Limited: www.gaal.co.za Limpopo Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure: www dpw.limpopo.gov.za Limpopo Department of Transport: www.ldot.gov.za Roads Agency Limpopo: www.ral.co.za Transnet Freight Rail: www.transnet.net 53 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2021/22

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