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Northern Cape Business 2023/24

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The 2023/24 edition of Northern Cape Business is the 13th issue of this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Northern Cape Province. 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. 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. Green hydrogen is the subject of a special feature in the early pages of the journal, but the subject comes up again in the Energy Overview.

Tourism Dark skies make

Tourism Dark skies make for great stargazing. The Northern Cape has long been known as the best location for astronomy. The town of Sutherland is the site of several huge optical telescopes that attract scientists and tourists every year. Even though the massive radio astronomy project under construction around Carnarvon, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), does not need dark skies, the huge number of dishes spread across the countryside will probably start attracting its own quota of tourists. Rather than darkness, the SKA needs minimal radio interference and actually operates in daytime. The best kind of star-gazing can be enjoyed without any telescopes at all in the Northern Cape, so spectacular are the nightly displays in the wide-open outdoors. The view is wonderful, whether one is setting up a simple campsite or visiting the intriguing address of the !Kaus Lodge, 91st Dune, off the Auob River Road, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (pictured). The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (with Botswana) encompasses 3.7-million hectares, making it one of the biggest conservation areas in the world. There are six national parks in the province, each with distinct geographical and biological features. Most of the province lies in the Nama-Karoo Biome and the annual display of spring flowers is spectacular. The Kalahari in the north-east is home to many of the province’s biggest mines, but also to great numbers of raptors, vultures and owls. The Diamond Fields region contains the spectacular Big Hole, the Mokala National Park and portions of the famed South African War or Battlefields Route. The Magersfontein War Memorial is an iconic attraction. SECTOR INSIGHT Visitors are spoilt for accommodation choices on the N12 entrance to Kimberley. The Karoo region encompasses the south-eastern portion of the province. While most of the region is dry, the Vanderkloof Dam is a major tourism asset. The Namakwa region is famous for its flowers, but it also hosts the South African Astronomical Observatory, several historic mission settlements, the Namaqua National Park and the awe-inspiring Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Springbok and Calvinia are the two major towns in this huge district, which is also the only Northern Cape region with a coastline and soon to be the home of a new harbour. NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2023/24 42

OVERVIEW Hotels Tourists approaching Kimberely from the south on the N12 highway (Memorial Road) are spoilt for accommodation choices. The Horseshoe Inn, with 63 rooms and two flats, is conveniently situated in terms of tourist amenities and the city centre. The Inn is wellknown as a wedding and conference facility and it is home to the Crazy Horse Steak Ranch. At the intersection with Landbou (the R31) is the Kalahari Lodge, with 30 rooms and further along the road is the Airport Hotel (52 rooms). The Flamingo Casino in Kimberley is run by Sun International and offers gaming tables, slot machines and conference facilities. The Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley has 117 rooms and three suites and is located next to the Big Hole. Also near the capital city’s biggest attraction is the historic Kimberley Club Boutique Hotel. Tsogo Sun has two properties in Kimberley: a 135-room Garden Court and a 64- room budget hotel, SUN1. With eight properties in the Northern Cape covering a range of accommodation options from camping to hotels, the investment strategy of Country Hotels has reached maturity. The group also has hotels in the northern Western Cape, catering to the same market of flower-lovers and tourists in search of the beauty of arid landscapes. The riverside town of Upington has a large number of guesthouses and bed-andbreakfast establishments, together with a 90-room Protea Hotel by Marriott. ■ ONLINE RESOURCES Northern Cape Tourism Authority: Richtersveld: South African National Parks: World Wide Fund for Nature: HORSESHOE INN – a Kimberley favourite The Northern Cape’s premier conference and function centre Country elegance, lush gardens and friendly personal service are hallmarks of the Horseshoe Inn. • Winner of the best conference and wedding centre in the Northern Cape for four consecutive years. • Close to The Big Hole and the Hoffe Park Stadium. • Safe undercover parking and airport transfers. We are famous for our top-notch pub lunches at the Crazy Horse Restaurant and the ladies’ bar. Guests can enjoy the pool, relax over cocktails or experience a typical Northern Cape BBQ at the Lapa. Accommodation Each of our 63 rooms and two spacious flats, which can accommodate 168 guests, was designed with maximum comfort in mind. Air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen TVs with DStv and tea/coffee-making facilities are standard room features. Weddings and functions We have catered for brides from Namibia all the way to Cape Town. We are affiliated with the best wedding planners and our executive chef always delivers quality. We offer a wide range of services for every occasion from weddings to baby showers. We are the premier, all-inclusive conference, product launch and function centre in the province. Facilities are fully air-conditioned and equipped with TV monitors, video and overhead projectors, screens and flip charts. Our largest conference facility can accommodate 600 delegates cinemastyle and 350 people classroom-style. With more than 20382 functions/conferences behind us, who can do it better? Contact us: Address: 101 Memorial Road, N12, Kimberley | Tel: +27 (53) 832 5267 | Email:

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