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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 Investment opportunities The Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ offers a great value proposition. A globally recognised Centre of Excellence for Green Energy Technology and Mineral Beneficiation Tubatse SEZ – Getting Platinum Moving- A world centre of excellence for PGMs.” 08 November 2021 The existing Mining Inputs Supplier Park currently has more than 11 000m² of industrial space available with a further 130 000m² of land available for development and ready for top structures to be installed. Water, roads and electricity are in place. This graphic from the SEZ Master Plan depicts the DSI | Turner & Townsend | LEDA proposed Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ. 4 Infrastructure in support of investors’ commitments is being delivered to the Special Economic Zone where a range of opportunities are available with an emphasis on agroprocessing, developing ICT infrastructure for the SEZ, green energy (solar and biomass energy, hydrogen from fuel cells) and manufacturing (autocatalysts, electric vehicle components, mining machinery, trucking components). Status update EIA authorisation: granted Engineering designs for perimeter fencing: in progress Bulkwater supply source: confirmation by October 2022 Skills audit of the entire district: complete. The skills audit will assist companies to better understand the area’s potential and to assist in the formulation of training intervention plans. Other infrastructure Electricity substation designs are underway for the erection of a substation. Several roads, including the R37 and the R555, have either undergone upgrades or will be upgraded. National roads agency SANRAL is engaged in several projects to this end. Various rail projects, including a siding project and plans for a new steel bridge, are in the planning phase. A scoping plan for human settlements at the SEZ is underway. Potential collaborations Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ aims to be a globally recognised Centre of Excellence for greenenergy technology and mineral beneficiation. To achieve that goal, multiple partnerships with the private sector and specific investors are envisaged for the SEZ and the area: • Manufacturing of vehicle components designed for green hydrogen fuel cells and electrolytes energy from PGMs • Manufacturing of vehicle batteries and related components • Manufacturing of auto catalysts from PGMs • Manufacturing and assembly of components for vehicle and trucking industry • Collaboration on skills development in partnership with merSETA , LEDA and the mining industry LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2022/23 30

Why businesses chose FTSEZ • Carbon credits • Reduced carbon tax • Reliable and low-carbon green energy • Global leadership in production of chrome • Land and security • Enabling infrastructure and warehouses • Good water supply • Extensive road and rail network Distances to key points: • Port of Maputo 380km • Port of Richards Bay 600km • Musina Beitbridge Border Post 400km Generic SEZ incentives • Vat and customer relief • Employment tax incentives • Building allowance • Reduced corporate income tax (15% corporate tax) • 12i tax allowance and incentives • One Stop Shop facility Invest now The main objective of this SEZ is to develop a low-carbon green economy which will offer promising opportunities, not only to fight climate change, but to enhance energy security and develop local industries. The strategic aim of the SEZ is to develop green primary-energy supply for localised manufacturing of both upstream and downstream activities of the PGMs and chrome value chains. Seven investors in the light industries of pharmaceuticals, steel fabrication, agro-processing and solar and hydrogen energy are finalising site and location development plans. The advantages of being close to mining operations and smelting operations and with access to reliable and low-carbon green energy speak of a unique value proposition for potential investors. With excellent infrastructure and a range of incentives available (building, employment and tax allowances to VAT relief ), the case for investment is strong. CALL TO ACTION: Contact the FTSEZ now! Solly Kgopong, Executive Manager Solly Kgopong is the Executive Manager of the Fetakgomo- Tubatse SEZ. Before joining the Department for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, he was General Manager of Absa Bank. His work experience started as Business Analyst at Trade and Investment Limpopo until he became Executive Manager Strategic and Economic Planning. During this period, Solly was a part-time lecturer at the University of Limpopo. A USA-Mandela Scholar Alumni, Solly holds an MSc in Economics degree from Ohio State University. He was recently seconded to head the Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ Project Management Unit by the Provincial Government. Contact details Tel: 082 455 4220 Email: Bunjiwe Gwebu, Project Executive Bunjiwe Gwebu is the Project Executive for the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Special Economic Zone, having joined the Limpopo Economic Development Agency in 2014 when the Special Economic Zones programme was being rolled out nationally. She is an Economic Development Specialist who holds a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has held positions at executive and senior management levels in government and nongovernmental institutions such as eThekwini Municipality, Slum Dwellers International, uTshani Fund and the Housing Development Agency where she was responsible for strategy, programme planning and management, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Contact details Tel: 076 521 5077 Email:

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