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North West Business 2017 edition

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The 2017 edition of North West Business is the seventh issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the North West Province. North West Business includes news and analysis of the most important economic sectors, and interviews with some of the province’s active business leaders and investors.

PROFILE Madibeng Local

PROFILE Madibeng Local Municipality The strategic location of Madibeng Local Municipality supports a wide range of economic activities and attracts thousands of tourists to Hartbeespoort Dam. The Madibeng Local Municipality lies within the Bojanala Platinum District between Rustenburg to the west and Pretoria in the Gauteng province directly to the east. The main economic activity in Madibeng is mining but the town of Brits has significant manufacturing capacity, particularly in the automotive component sector. Hartbeespoort Dam is a major tourist attraction and there are many farms in the Municipality that produce quality vegetables and fruit for the Tshwane market. Madibeng LM is well located in that regard. Being close to Gauteng’s big cities (including Johannesburg and Krugersdorp) allows for good access to these large consumer markets and also makes it easy for local residents to find potential employment in those centres. Madibeng can be reached by train and has an airport for light aircraft. Lanseria Airport is located 40 kilometres from Brits. Geography The Madibeng Local Municipality extends over 3 839km² on the eastern edge of the North West Province. It lies between the Magaliesberg and the Witwatersrand, 60km from Rustenberg and 50km north of Pretoria. The Magalies and the Crocodile rivers feed Hartbeesport Dam, an important source of water for the province and a very popular tourist spot. The main towns are Brits, Hartbeespoort, Marikana and Mooinooi. Executive Mayor – Cllr Jostina Mothibe. Acting Municipal Manager – Energy Manaka. Governance Madibeng Local Municipality is one of five municipalities in the Bojanala Platinum District. It is categorised as a Category B Municipality. An Executive Mayoral System is in place. Forty-one wards are represented by 81 councillors (10 of whom are members of the Mayoral Committee), with a full-time Speaker, Chief Whip and Executive Mayor. The Municipality has implemented a Performance Management System whereby performance is monitored through conducting performance assessments on a quarterly, mid-year and annual basis. Performance audits are conducted by both the Internal Auditors and Auditor General and performance reports are also published in the Annual Report. On the service delivery front the Municipality continues to implement service delivery projects such as the paved cluster roads in areas of Oukasie, NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2017 16

PROFILE Mothotlung, Hebron, Kgabalatsane and Letlhabile through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG). The Municipality has also upgraded provincial gravel roads to tar surfaces in areas like Rasai and Fafung. Water supply infrastrastructure projects are currently under construction in the eastern parts of the Municipality such as Itsoseng and Klipgat. More homes in the areas of Regorogile, Oskraal and Kgabalatsane have been electrified with the assistance of Eskom. The Municipality in conjunction with the National Water and Sanitation Department is working around the clock to address the challenge of water supply with the expansion of the Brits Water Purification Plant. The current plant produces 60ML per day while the newly refurbished plant will produce 80ML per day. Economy A diverse economy has mining, manufacturing and tourism as the main employers and contributors to regional gross domestic product. A third of the world’s chrome comes from this area and there is a huge resource of platinum group metals that is mined by several large companies. In Brits there are several automotive components manufacturers, like Bosch, who run a sophisticated plant that makes starters, alternators and braking systems. Bridgestone make tyres at a recently upgraded factory and Giflo Engineering and cable producer, CBI Electric are other companies in the sector. Tourism Madibeng Local Municipality straddles the Heritage Route which links the Cradle of Humankind (a World Heritage site in Gauteng) with the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves. Hartbeespoort Dam is one of the most visited places in South Africa, with a wide range of activities being offered nearby. More tempting is the diversity and scenic beauty of the Hartbeespoort Dam, the Madibeng tourism hub, with a magnificent view of the Magaliesberg mountains, a globally recognised biosphere reserve. Other fun outings can be had to a Cheetah Centre, a Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, a Chameleon Village Reptile Park, the Hartebeespoort Snake & Animal Park, the Hartebeespoort Dam Aquarium, the Inyoni Estate Crocodile Farm, The Elephant Sanctuary and The Ukutula Lodge & Lion Centre. The aerial cableway at the dam is very popular, as is hot-air ballooning. There are any number of adventure tourism activities on offer. These include: • zip-lining • combat paintballing • horse-riding • quad-biking • helicopter flights • jet-boat cruises • adventure camps. Fishing is another very popular pastime and arts and crafts are very well catered for in the area. CONTACT INFO Key personnel: Executive Mayor – Cllr Jostina Mothibe | Acting Municipal Manager – Energy Manaka Key contact person: Tumelo Tshabalala Address: 53 Van Velden Street, Brits 0250, South Africa Postal Address: PO Box 106, Brits 0250, South Africa Phone: +27 12 318 9100 | Fax: +27 12 318 9203 Email: Website: 17 NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2017

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