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Northern Cape Business 2019/20 edition

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Since its launch in 2009, Northern Cape Business has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the Northern Cape Province. The 2019/20 edition is officially supported and used by the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Northern Cape Business is unique as a business and investment guide that focuses exclusively on the province. In addition to comprehensive overviews of sectors of the economy, this publication has a particular focus on specific, packaged investment opportunities. The massive potential represented by the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project and the rapid progress being made by Sol Plaatje University are also highlighted in this edition.

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nternational consortiums are using the latest photovoltaic and conentrated solar power (CSP) methods. CSP has the benefit of being ble to store energy. The rise of the renewable energy sector has given the Northern Cape chance to break its dependence on the mining sector, subject as it is SPECIAL FEATURE o global price fluctuations. The Provincial Government of the Northern ape has plans to further diversify the economy. It has identified three key lusters: mineral beneficiation; agri-processing; energy and technology. The planned Special Economic Zone (linked to the Upington nternational Airport) is intended as a site for solar-related manufacuring. The Industrial Development Corporation has spent R11.4-billion exceeding 41 000 tons. 3 500 metres and carry a load f its commitment Sol Plaatje to renewable University energy is reaching so far the for Northern stars Cape. as world’s The Northern biggest Cape produces art of the telescope IDC’s role has project been to ramps take up up a 20% in the stake Northern in projects Cape. on more than 84% of South Africa’s ehalf of local communities. iron ore. Kumba Iron Ore is the Education creating trains opportunity sometimes extend beyond One day in the future, a graduate of Kimberley’s Sol Plaatje University will write her or his doctoral thesis on some aspect of a far-away star yet to be discovered. The information will come from the Square NORTHERN Kilometre CAPE BUSINESS Array 2018/19 (SKA) Telescope, currently 8 under construction in the Karoo. Unimaginable amounts of data are set to be collected in this transformative radio telescope project that is centred on Carnarvon but has global reach. The data that the SKA will collect in a day would take twomillion years to play back on an iPod. The radio telescope’s image-resolution quality will exceed that of the Hubble Space Telescope by a factor of 50. The SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope, made up of thousands of antennae throughout Australia and Africa. SKA will be tackling the big questions: What is dark matter? When did life begin? How are galaxies created? In March 2019, 15 countries involved in the SKA Project gathered in Rome for the signing of the international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organisation that will oversee the delivery of the world’s largest radio telescope. This is the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO), which is tasked with delivering and operating the SKA. the country’s landmass on the dry western side of the country bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia and Botswana. The Sishen-Saldanha ore export railway line is one of the mechanical wonders of the world. The line extends 860km and the The Sol Plaatje Library and Resource Centre, an award-winning example of innovation and excellence. Architects: designworkshop; construction: Murray and Dickson Construction; structural and civils design: Aurecon. That inquisitive future student will be a graduate of the Data Sciences Programme of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), South Africa’s newest tertiary institution. Having a technological marvel such as the SKA within the province will boost scientific curiosity and provide many opportunities for researchers and academics. At community level, an SPU Knowledge Hub for Rural Development is in the pipeline for locals near the town of Carnarvon. The SPU’s first vicechancellor, Dr Yunus Ballim, holds a doctorate in civil engineering and is rated by the National Research Foundation. The first intake of students at the Kimberley campus in 2014 was 124. There are now more than 1 000 students enrolled in a range of degree and diploma courses. Approximately 60% of the students are enrolled in teacher training courses. The university has set itself a goal of catering to specific niches, such as heritage studies. The McGregor Museum in Kimberley is one of the most respected museums in the South Africa and heritage tourism is seen as a growth market, so university students concentrating on this area will NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019/20 30

SPECIAL FEATURE have good support and good prospects. SPU’s first postgraduate students will include students specialising in agricultural sciences and a new course in Creative Writing in African Languages. The academic programme is housed in four schools: Education; Humanities; Natural and Applied Sciences; Economic and Management Sciences. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in education, science, science in data, commerce and arts. A diploma in retail business management (three years) and a one-year higher certificate in heritage studies completes the prospectus. Another striking building, designed by Savage + Dodd, was “highly commended” at the World Architecture Festival in 2017 in the Higher Education and Research category and won “Best Use of Colour”. The multipurpose building encompasses a residence, offices, meeting spaces and retail space on the ground floor. External and internal images on this page show the details of the design. The colourful, winddriven louvres which act as sun shading were designed by Savage + Dodd Architects and executed by RVI Architectural Solutions. The project was a finalist in the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) awards. The key to education More than one philosopher has noted the link between beautiful surroundings and a good educational experience, so when the decision to create a new university in Kimberley was made, it was also decided that every effort would be made to build fine buildings that would enhance the experience of lecturers and students. A competition was held to choose the architects to work on the new university. From a total of 59 entries, nine firms were selected in 2013 to enter the second round of the competition. Ultimately, five firms were chosen as winners, and they would be tasked with completing work on the campus over the three years to 2016: Activate Architecture; Savage + Dodd Architects; designworkshop:sa; Comrie Wilkinson Cape and Urban Studio JV; Wilkinson Architects in Joint Venture with Mashilo Lampbrechts Architects and GXY Architects. Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resources Building, designed by designworkshop: sa, won the 2017 Fulton Concrete Awards for “Buildings Greater Than 3-Stories” (main picture). The construction work was done by Murray and Dickson and Aurecon provided structural, civil, electrical, fire and wet services design for the project. 31 NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019/20

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