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Northern Cape Business 2022-23

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Since 2009, Northern Cape Business has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the region. It is unique as a business and investment guide that focuses exclusively on the province. Specific investment opportunities are treated in detail in this journal, with a focus on geographic hotspots that are due to become the focus of sector focused infrastructure development.

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OVERVIEW Banking and finance New ways are being found to finance infrastructure. The launch by Sanlam Investments of a Sustainable Infrastructure Fund is a sign of the times. The South African state has promised a huge infrastructure drive but in the context of climate change caused by the use of fossil fuels, the investment community is increasingly putting emphasis on sustainability. Sanlam Group will invest R6-billion in the fund and aims to attract a further R5-billion from institutional investors. Investments will be made in housing, transport, health, water, waste, communication, conventional energy and renewable energy, a fastgrowing sector with enormous potential. A new state body called Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) is actively involved in several Northern Cape projects. A special purpose vehicle will be established, with development finance institutions, to tackle the backlog in school infrastructure and a similar idea underpins the financing of a rural roads programme. In 2017 Tyme Digital received a licence to run a bank. By early 2019, TymeBank was available in 500 Pick n Pay and Boxer stores and more than 50 000 customers had an account. Tyme stands for Take Your Money Everywhere. Discovery Bank officially launched in March 2019 and is experiencing rapid growth with deposits of R3.7-billion. Discovery Bank is applying the behavioural model it uses in its health business to reward good financial behaviour. Another relatively new bank is Capitec. Investment holding company PSG has reduced its holding in Capitec Bank from 32% to 4%, earning about R4-billion by selling those shares. With the renewable energy sector booming in South Africa, a new sector in need of project funding has opened up for banks. The Northern Cape has attracted a large number of independent power producers. The Northern Cape is also taking an interest in the activities of the newly-formed BRICS Development Bank. Of particular interest is the bank’s initiative in developing an infrastructure roadmap and a SADC Industrialisation Strategy. ONLINE RESOURCES Association for Savings and Investment South Africa: www.asisa.org.za Auditor-General of South Africa: www.agsa.co.za Banking Association South Africa: www.banking.org.za SECTOR INSIGHT PSG has reduced its holding in Capitec. New schools are being built in the Northern Cape. Credit: NCDE The appetite for mutual banks is strong, given the nature of the South African market. The Young Women in Business Network (YWBN) has received a mutual bank licence and Bank Zero will also use the mutual model. South Africa’s four big retail banks (Nedbank, Absa, Standard Bank and First National Bank) have a solid presence in the major towns in the province. Most agricultural companies have financing and services divisions, as one would expect in a province with a strong and varied agricultural sector which exports much of its produce. The Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank) is a major participant in the Northern Cape financial sector and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), as an equity investor, is another important player. ■ NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2022/23 38

Education and training Skills programmes are placing school-leavers in jobs and internships. OVERVIEW Credit: SPU Pupils from all over the Northern Cape who excel in grades 10, 11 and 12 have a chance to attend refresher holiday courses on the campus of Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley. The March 2022 SPU Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) group (pictured) comprised 78 pupils from schools from towns such as Daniëlskuil, Colesberg and De Aar. The pupils also participated in enrichment programmes to help them prepare for tertiary study. The TPP was launched in October 2021. The first intake of students at the Kimberley campus in 2014 was 124. At the 2019 graduation ceremony, 319 students were congratulated and when classes began for the 2020 academic year, just over 700 first-time students enrolled. In 2022, the SPU expects to have in the region of 3 479 students, of which 339 will be new postgraduate students. 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, ICT, heritage studies, commerce and arts. A diploma in retail business management (three years) and a one-year higher certificate in heritage studies completes the prospectus. In 2022 the university tweaked its brand, with an internal logo falling away and the colour black being replaced by navy blue, joining red, orange and beige as the corporate colours. Many schools in the province benefitted from some extra personnel through the Presidential Youth Employment initiative. A total of 7 690 education assistants were appointed in the first phase and a further 6 793 were appointed in the second phase which came to an end in March 2022. These assistants played an important role in helping schools ensure that Covid-19 regulations were followed. The Northern Cape Urban TVET College comprises three SECTOR INSIGHT Sol Plaatje University’s talent pipeline programme continues to expand opportunity. campuses in Kimberley: City Campus and Moremogolo Campus and Phatsimang Campus where teacher training is done. At City Campus, students have access to three departments: business studies, engineering studies and a business unit that organises short courses in partnership with various public and private partners. The Northern Cape Rural TVET College has campuses at Kathu, Upington, De Aar, Kuruman and Namakwaland. These colleges offer students courses in finance, economics and accounting; engineering; IT and computer science; management; hospitality; marketing; and tourism. NCR TVET College has a variety of part-time programmes and short skills programmes delivered in the form of learnerships, internships 39 NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2022/23

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