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Northern Cape Business 2018-19 edition

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PROFILE Frances Baard

PROFILE Frances Baard District Municipality Frances Baard District Municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape; however, it accommodates the largest proportion of the population of the province. Vision To be a municipality with a clear developmental focus, providing quality services to its people. Economic profile Frances Baard District Municipality is the strongest economic region in the province, accounting for 36% of the provincial gross domestic product (PGDP). The economy of the district consists of the primary (agriculture and mining), secondary (manufacturing, electricity and construction) and tertiary (trade, transport, financial and social services) sectors. Mandate The Frances Baard District Municipality (FBDM) is an open, transparent and accountable organisation, providing sound governance, stable financial viability and prudent leadership. Administration remains focussed on the Council’s priorities and set targets for delivery to provide the performance and results that drive the municipality. The FBDM strives to promote sound financial management and good governance in order to perform its developmental role. The municipality follows a practice of sound, conservative budgeting aimed at enhancing financial resources. An effective governance framework, systems, policies and structure are absolutely crucial to the proper functioning of a district municipality such as Frances Baard. Good governance is a concept that describes the process through which the municipality sets priorities, makes decisions, strengthens accountability and engages in constructive interaction with the public and other institutions. Ms Buyiswa Ximba, Executive Mayor. The municipality has a mandate to: • Provide a democratic and accountable government for local municipalities • Ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner • Promote a safe and healthy environment • Encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in the matters of local government. The district municipality has been assigned level one and two accreditation in terms of the housing function. Level-two accreditation status gives municipalities the responsibility to approve and manage housing-construction programmes and ensure technical quality assurance. Geography Frances Baard District Municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape and has a geographical area of 13 518.19km 2 . However, it accommodates the largest proportion of the population of the province, giving it the highest population density. The municipality is located in the far eastern portion of the province. It shares its northern borders with the North West Province and its eastern border with Free State Province. Kimberley, which is where the NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018/19 70

PROFILE district municipality is located, is less than 500km away from Johannesburg in the north and less than 1 000km away from Cape Town in the south and the Port of Durban in the east. It compromises the four local municipalities of Dikgatlong, Magareng, Phokwane and Sol Plaatje. The main towns are Kimberley, Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp, Barkly West and Warrenton. Tourism Although predominantly a mining and agricultural region, Frances Baard District Municipality also offers rich experiences in terms of culture and history. Two of the largest rivers, the Orange and Vaal, flow through the district. Kimberley is the capital city of the Northern Cape. It is situated in the centre of South Africa. Kimberley offers visitors a plethora of fascinating tourist attractions such as: the William Humphrey Art Gallery, the Duggan Cronin Gallery, which holds a collection of early photographs of Africans, various old buildings and monuments dating back to 1899, Flamingo Casino, game farms, Kamfers Dam (flamingo-breeding island), Ghost Tours and the “Big Hole” Tram Route. Local economic development Ongoing focus areas in terms of LED are the strengthening of SMME development by providing individuals and cooperatives with, among other things, training about tender processes and regulations, pricing strategies and how to implement and determine the correct price. SMMEs are also assisted to take part in events such as arts festivals to expose them to the competitive environment in order for them to find suitable markets for their products. The district municipality is running a youth entrepreneurial development programme with the aim to support local municipalities and young graduates. The training of the graduates in LED helps to increase competent practitioners in this field in the district and exposes the graduates to business opportunities. The district municipality assists new co-operatives with registration and acts as liaison for them to increase accessibility to incentive schemes and other government incentives. Tourism for development A key focus is the development of a tourism route in the Frances Baard District. The project aims to enhance and promote tourism attractions along the N18 between Warrenton and Hartswater, which will disperse visitors in the district and create new product development opportunities. Another priority is the development of the river banks close to the Gong-Gong Waterfall in Dikgatlong Municipality as a safe, attractive and durable tourist destination that also promotes the significant cultural and historical attractions in the area. Key facts and figures Local municipalities: Dikgatlong Municipality, Magareng Municipality, Phokwane Municipality, Sol Plaatje Municipality Major towns: Kimberley, Barkly West, Warrenton, Jan Kempdorp, Hartswater Main roads: N12, N18, R29, R47 Airports: Kimberley Airport Area covered: 13 518.19km² CONTACT INFO Executive Mayor: Buyiswa Ximba Speaker: McDonald Silingile Municipal Manager: Mamikie Bogatsu Tel: +27 53 838 0911 | Fax: +27 53 861 1538 Email: Physical address: 51 Drakensberg Avenue, Carters Glen 8301 Postal address: Private Bag X6088, Kimberley 8300 Website: 71 NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018/19

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