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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 Creating a better

FOCUS Creating a better future Marula and Implats are helping the world go greener and communities grow stronger. South Africa produces about 80% of the world’s platinum and 40% of its palladium. These important precious metals are part of the suite of platinum group metals (PGMs) which are found in South Africa’s two-billion-yearold Bushveld Igneous Complex, especially in the Limpopo and North West provinces. Marula, part of the Implats Group, is at the forefront of producing these PGMs which contribute to a cleaner and greener world. At Marula, we are committed to creating a better future – through the metals we produce and the way we do business. Our metals touch lives every day. They connect people through hard drives, smart phones, computer screens and petrol, and they save lives through their use in cancer treatments, pacemakers and airbags. PGMs green the world through fuel cells, autocatalysts and clean water technologies and they grow wealth via investments in bars, coins and jewellery, derivatives and shares. PGMs are also used in our celebration of life for jewellery, clothing, lipstick, and paint and they are even used in food preservation. Marula strives to operate in way that honours the Group’s values – to respect, care and deliver. Through the mine’s core activities, we employ more than 4 500 people, pay taxes and procure goods and services from our host communities. These activities stimulate the economy of the greater Sekhukhune District and the Limpopo Province. Our aim is to ensure the long-term sustainability of our operations to benefit all our stakeholders. Marula contributes tens of millions of rands every year to boost socio-economic development in its local communities. Our social and labour plan (SLP) and local economic development (LED) commitments support South Africa’s mining framework to drive transformation in the industry and stimulate and grow economic development. Projects are identified following a needs analysis of impacted communities and robust engagement with key stakeholders, such as the local and provincial municipalities, formal community structures and traditional leaders. Lasting social impact and broad-based benefits are key factors when we consider each project. The bulk of Marula’s spend is focused on infrastructure development in its four farm communities: school infrastructure upgrades, building community structures, water-supply projects, community-access bridges and upgrades to community roads. Our ongoing electrification project brings household electricity to local communities for the first time. We seek to appoint local contractors and require contractors to offer employment to local community members. This ensures the benefit of our community infrastructure projects are felt beyond those who now have power in their homes, water in their schools and improved roads for commuting. Through these projects and our many other Covid-19, food-relief and educational-support initiatives, Marula is contributing to creating a better future for its employees, its mine-host communities, Limpopo and South Africa. ■ CONTACT INFO Alice Lourens, Group Head: Corporate Communication Tel: 011 731 9033 Email: LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2022/23 46

Creating a better future through the metals we produce Going green Fuel cells, autocatalysts, clean water technologies, fertiliser Celebrating life Jewellery, paints, food preservation, polyester clothing, lipstick Growing wealth Investment Committed to supplying the metals needed to develop, sustain and improve our world Coole Adv 18895

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