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Limpopo Business 2022-23

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The 2022/23 edition of Limpopo Business is the 14th 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. Both of the province’s two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have taken several pages in this journal in order to share their goals with potential investors. The business case for the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) in the province’s far north has been accepted and the SEZ has received its official designation. Several investors have signed on and infrastructure development is underway. The Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ in the east is building up its infrastructure in terms of roads, railway sidings and water provision and both SEZs are taking an interest in renewable energy, and green hydrogen in particular. A special feature on green hydrogen appears in the front section of this journal. News related to mining, agriculture, tourism, construction and property, water, education and more.

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FOCUS Quadripartite agreement underpins economic boost for Limpopo Local, regional, provincial and national bodies commit to building and promoting the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Special Economic Zone. National government is promoting Special Economic Zones and the Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ will stimulate growth in Limpopo. Credit: Policy document on SEZ, dtic An important agreement by four partners has been signed that will give life to a plan to build a vital piece of economic infrastructure in the eastern part of Limpopo, the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Special Economic Zone (FTSEZ). Representing four different levels of government, the agreement covers two municipalities, the provincial government and a national department. The FTSEZ is to be implemented to achieve the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) and Provincial Industrialisation Strategy and Special Economic Zones Policy. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) is to be formed to run the Special Economic Zone. The dtic will also be responsible for the costs of the building of top structures on the site and the costs of the project management unit. Other responsibilities of the dtic, the national promoter of Special Economic Zones, will be to provide direction in terms of policy and regulation, promote SMME participation and training within the zone and, through its Industrial Zones Development Programme, strengthen the technical capacity of the FTSEZ. The strategic objectives of the dtic fit in well with the establishment of the FTSEZ. Among the department’s objectives are to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation, to facilitate broad-based economic participation through targeted interventions to achieve more inclusive growth, and to create a fair regulatory environment that enables investment, trade and enterprise development in an equitable and socially responsible manner. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2022/23 24

FOCUS The newly-surfaced road to Mphanama. Roads upgrades are part of ongoing infrastructure investment in the Sekhukhune District. Credit: RAL The Provincial Government of Limpopo, through its Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) will see to some of the bulk infrastructure budget, working capital and establishment costs, together with costs related to the project management unit and its operations. Implementation by LEDA Implementation of the project will be carried out by the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA), on behalf of LEDET. LEDET’s mandate is economic development and industrialisation as envisioned through the Limpopo Industrial Master Plan (LIMP) and Limpopo Development Plan. This mandate is implemented through undertaking mega economic and industrialisation projects such as the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Special Economic Zone. The other contributors to bulk infrastructure costs are the Sekhukhune District Municipality and the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality. Each of these four entities is a 25% shareholder in the SPV. The Executive Mayor of the Sekhukhune District Municipality, Ms Julia Mathebe, is pleased that the District is a “key partner” in the development of the FTSEZ. She notes that, “Our support of the SEZ comes in the form of infrastructure projects such as the R21-million Ga-Malekana Water Treatment Works upgrade and the Regional External Master Plan which the municipality is funding to the tune of R1.6-million.” Another major project taking place within the District is the construction of a larger Steelport Wastewater Treatment Works, with funding being made available by the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Mayor Mathebe has further pledged to “do whatever it takes to remove any bottlenecks to ensure the success of businesses in the FTSEZ”. Sekhukhune is located in the south-eastern part of the province, bordering the province of Mpumalanga and two other Limpopo districts. The largest of the four municipalities that make up the district is the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality. It includes the towns of Burgersfort, Ohrigstad, Steelpoort and many rural villages. The economy of the municipality is quite diverse but mining and quarrying and agriculture predominate. The Mayor of Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality, Mr Eddie Maila, says, “As the host of the FTSEZ, we welcome all developments and investors who will set up their operations in the SEZ. The FTLM gives unwavering support and will assure investors and all developments a quick turnaround for approvals required from our Municipality.” ■ Limpopo Premier’s message: Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha The implementation of the Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ (FTSEZ) heralds an awakening on the rolling out of the industrialisation agenda espoused in the Limpopo Development Plan, using the district development model approach with our partners the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic), Sekhukhune District Municipality and Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality. The FTSEZ will be a centre of excellence in green-energy manufacturing, agro-processing and mineral beneficiation. Limpopo is inviting potential investors to take advantage of this opportunity. The Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Mr Fikile Majola, on an oversight visit to the proposed site of the FTSEZ in Steelpoort. 25 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2022/23

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