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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.

FOCUS Boost for

FOCUS Boost for Limpopo and Mpumalanga General Manager Kagiso Moncho shares good news for the region as MTN SA invests R820-million into network modernisation and infrastructure. Kagiso Moncho, MTN General Manager, Northern Region MTN SA is ramping up investment to modernise existing and deploy new network infrastructure across Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The R820-million investment will go toward MTN’s “Modernisation of Network South Africa project” (MONZA) as well as expanded rural reach, 5G expansion and restoration of vandalised network infrastructure. “Our aim is to significantly enhance access and open the door to new digital opportunities for many more people across the province. Our investment is specifically targeted at increasing network coverage, improving throughputs, and connecting the previously unconnected,” says Kagiso Moncho, General Manager: Northern Region from MTN South Africa. The MONZA rollout in the two provinces will include modernisation and new sites. The extension of MTN’s 5G connectivity includes rolling out new sites in 2022. Another major highlight will be rural connectivity to help close the digital access gaps in South Africa. More than 700-million people in Sub-Saharan Africa remain offline and at risk of exclusion from the emerging digital economy. “We have extensive plans to drive growth and connectivity solutions into under-serviced areas. With unemployment in South Africa reaching new peaks, it is critical to focus on harnessing digital solutions to drive the recovery, especially in those areas that were hardest hit,” Moncho adds. “An important point is that the pandemic, loadshedding and the prevailing economic environment have underscored the value of mobile networks, which remain the only form of Internet access for many. MTN’s investments are directly targeted at accelerating recovery and significantly enhancing growth and job opportunities,” says Moncho. One stumbling block to growth remains the activity of criminals and syndicates. Due to high incidences of vandalism and battery theft, MTN has partnered with Bidvest Security and set aside an additional R101-million in 2022 to combat this criminality. “Ensuring users receive quality and network stability is our number-one aim, but the fight against battery theft and vandalism remains a major hindrance. I am pleased that our ongoing efforts to make a dent in these criminal acts are seeing change, but all South Africans are requested to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity,” says Moncho. “We have big targets this year in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Every completed project, or success achieved against battery theft, ensures our clients can take that one step forward and benefit from the magic of the modern, connected world,” concludes Moncho. ■ LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2022/23 34

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