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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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want to start by thanking Global Africa Network for sustaining the publication of this important magazine, Limpopo Business. I also wish to join in celebrating this 12th edition of what I consider a premier business and investment guide for our beautiful Limpopo Province. Indeed, Limpopo Business is an important partner in the continued endeavour to market and position Limpopo as a leading and most attractive business and investment destination. This informative edition once again affords us an opportunity to take you through the plentiful business and investment offerings of our province, from Bela-Bela to Musina. Through this publication, you will also learn about great private-public partnership investments that are the pulse of our provincial economy. As you will come to learn, Limpopo is home to a thriving mining sector, tantalising tourism offerings and a limitless potential for the agricultural sector. The construction industry is one of the booming sectors of the Limpopo economy, the inherited legacy of an infrastructure backlog means that the sector has a longer future. Investment in this sector is an investment in the future. Limpopo Province has also moved to embrace the new digital economy through competitive support infrastructure. The Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MMSEZ) remains our flagship economic development project. Through this initiative, and through partnerships with the private sector, we hope to stimulate economic growth, create much-needed employment opportunities and reduce the ballooning gap of inequality. Business opportunities in this SEZ project are limitless. These opportunities range from manufacturing, agroprocessing, automotives, steel, pharmaceutical, logistics and many more. What is even more tantalising is the fact that this project enjoys the overwhelming support of our National Government. As the Limpopo Provincial Government, we have placed this Musina- Makhado SEZ Project at the apex of our priorities. We believe that the only available option for us is to make this project a resounding success. Limpopo is open for business! ■ MESSAGE 7 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2020/21 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2019/20 Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha outlines his administration’s priorities in welcoming potential investors to the varied economy that is already receiving interest from China and elsewhere. e are fresh into the 6th Provincial Administration after our most successful national and provincial general election. This was an election which was fought on the promise of growth and development of the economy for jobs and a decent quality of life. This is a promise which we intend to keep, working in partnership with all our social partners and stakeholders. Our collective focus is on the creation of jobs, the need to end poverty and the urgency of building a better life for all. This requires greater focus and determination, and our set targets and objectives can only be realised through working together as government, business, organised labour and other groups and organisations. As we prepare to implement the manifesto priorities of the ruling party, we move from a premise that over the past 25 years the lives of the people of South Africa have changed for the better. Millions of people have houses, electricity and access to clean drinking water. Children from poor communities have access to free education. In the past five years the number of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral treatment has doubled while the overall rate of new infections is decreasing. Over 17.5-million of our most vulnerable citizens receive social grants. We advanced the cause and rights of workers to organise, collectively bargain, refuse dangerous work, and to strike. Our work is guided by the conviction that without ignoring our collective achievements, so much more can and must still be done. One of the key drivers of employment creation in the province is the government’s deliberate investment in infrastructure projects. By the end of the 2018/19 financial year, provincial infrastructure expenditure stood at above R5.5-billion. We look forward to spending more of the province’s infrastructure grants on capital infrastructure projects which will help to stimulate the economy and create jobs for the people of Limpopo. CONTENTS Energy 48 Private generation is picking up. Water 50 Mining companies are supplying water to communities. Construction and property 51 State projects and new hotels are underway. ICT 52 Digital hubs will offer greater digital access. Tourism 56 New hotels are under construction. Transport and logistics 58 Polokwane’s new bus rapid system is up and running. Development finance and SMME support 62 An enterprise coaching programme is reaping rewards. Education 68 University entity is earning its keep digitally. References Key sector contents 36 Overviews of the main economic sectors of Limpopo. Index 72 LIMPOPO BUSINESS THE GUIDE TO BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT IN LIMPOPO PROVINCE 2022/23 EDITION JOIN US ONLINE The Musina-Makhado Special Infrastructure is a key Economic Zone is a flagship project driver in job creation and Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha invites private investors to work with the public sector in development I building infrastructure and growing the economy. WWW.GLOBALAFRICANETWORK.COM | WWW.LIMPOPOBUSINESS.CO.ZA Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha MESSAGE W Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, Premier of Limpopo ABOUT THE COVER: Baobab tree (Baechi on Pixabay); Mining truck (De Beers); Planted field with baobabs (ZZ2); Mine shaft opening (Northam Platinum); Elephants (Anglo American); Furnace (Implats); Packhouse and workers (Westfalia). Infrastructure 7 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2020/21 6

MESSAGE An industrial master plan has been approved Limpopo’s Special Economic Zones are a vital part of the province’s road to recovery through industrialisation, as the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Thabo Mokone, explains. Among the catalytic projects are the Broadband Network Infrastructure Initiative, Mining Supply Hub, Technology Hub/Science Park, Digital Hub and two Special Economic Zones. The Musina-Makhado SEZ was launched in April this year and is continuously engaging with local and international investors. The rollout of bulk infrastructure in the MMSEZ will focus on bulk sewersupply pipelines and wastewater treatment works; bulkwater storage and supply pipelines; water-treatment works and internal roads and storm water. Eskom has started with the inception and scoping report for bulk electricity infrastructure of the MMSEZ. Economic Development, Environment and Tourism MEC Thabo Mokone The Limpopo Executive Council has approved the Limpopo Industrial Master Plan: 2020-2030 as the anchor of the province’s industrialisation agenda. This plan will change the structure of Limpopo’s economy. The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) is leading the industrialisation of the provincial economy through a series of mega-projects in manufacturing, agriculture and tourism, with a strong element of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Investment opportunities The investment value of the 1 000MW solar power plan to be constructed in the SEZ is .5-billion and this project will be implemented by Huadian Hong Kong Ltd. The MMSEZ SOC is collaborating with stakeholders across various spheres of government and Musina Municipality to develop a Smart City in the Musina-Makhado Corridor. This initiative has opened a new basket of investment opportunities with a great potential for return on investment. At MMSEZ we recognise partnerships and continuous stakeholderengagement as an integral part of our value system. Nevertheless, the success of the MMSEZ is dependent on its ability to attract and maintain sound and mutually beneficial relationships with investors. Both domestic and international investors are the mainstay of the MMSEZ to grow Limpopo’s economy. LEDET is moving forward on the actualisation of the Fetakgomo- Tubatse Special Economic Zone (FTSEZ), which is at an advanced stage. We have finalised the business case for the designation of the FTSEZ and the Department has put its support behind the Mining Input Supplier Park, owned by Glencore. There is also a quadripartite agreement consisting of four strategic partners: LEDET, Sekhukhune District Municipality, Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic). ■ 5 LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2022/23

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