PIXLEY KA SEME DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY INVESTMENT PROSPECTUS CONTENTS 1 FOREWORD The Executive Mayor of Pixley ka Seme District Municipality, Rhoode Itumeleng, welcomes investors with news of three exciting corridors of opportunity in the large, beautiful and strategically located district 2 THE NORTHERN CAPE AT A GLANCE 3 THE NORTHERN CAPE IN NUMBERS 4 INTRODUCTION The Pixley ka Seme District is in the heart of the Karoo and is the site of exciting possibilities 5 DISTRICT STATISTICS Economic, gross domestic product and labour market 6 WELCOME District Municipal Manager Isak Visser highlights the competitive advantages of the tourism industry for potential investors 7 MAIN SECTORS AND INFRASTRUCTURE The staples of agriculture, mining and tourism have been boosted by renewable energy and astronomy 8 NATURAL RESOURCES AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES The sun and the skies give Pixley ka Seme a competitive edge 9 LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES AND TOWNS The towns and villages of the Karoo have a special charm 10 TOURISM: Karoo Highlands Route 11 TOURISM: Forgotten Highway Route 12 TOURISM: Karoo Oasis Route 13 THRIVING BUSINESSES AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES Pixley ka Seme District is home to several successful enterprises and new opportunities are opening up in various sectors 14 INVESTMENT PROJECTS Excellent investment opportunities occur throughout the district 15 VICTORIA WEST AERODROME PROJECT 16 PRIESKA POWER RESERVE 17 QUIVER BIOMASS INDUSTRIES 18 ORION MINERALS MINING PROJECT 20 KEY INCENTIVES IBC TOURISM INCENTIVES IMAGE CREDITS: Cover: Radio telescope, NCTA; Three Sisters and Oryx, Bernard Du Pont/Wiki Commons; solar panels, Scatec. Other: Pecan nuts, GWK; entrepreneurs, De Aar Solar Power; sunset, Dr Yakovlev/Wiki Commons; hawk, Christiaan Viljoen/Wiki Commons, Gariep Dam, SA Tourism; Noupoort Wind Farm; veld flowers, Winfried Bruenken/Wiki Commons; Sable antelope, Nici Villa Vicencio/Pexels; Aeroplane, Anthony Duran/Unsplash; solar panels, Scatec; charcoal, Wander Fleur/Unsplash. Layout & Design: Salmah Brown Produced by Global Africa Network
1 FOREWORD GROWING VALUE CHAINS TO ACHIEVE ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION Rhoode Itumeleng, Executive Mayor of the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality, welcomes investors with news of three exciting new corridors of opportunity within the large, beautiful and strategically located district. Pixley ka Seme District Municipality is one of the five districts of the Northern Cape Province, situated in the south-east. It shares its borders with three other provinces, namely the Free State province to the east, the Eastern Cape to the south-east and Western Cape to the south-west. It consists of eight Category B Municipalities, namely Emthanjeni Local Municipality (LM), Renosterberg LM, Kareeberg LM, Siyancuma LM, Siyathemba LM, Ubuntu LM, Thembelihle LM and Umsobomvu LM. The district is the second largest in the country in terms of land size covering an area of 103 411km. The district is strategically located in terms of transport corridors considering the fact that the N1, N8, N10 and N12 pass through the region. The following are some of the corridors impacting the Emthanjeni Local Municipality region, which is centred on De Aar: SKA Corridor: The Square Kilometre Array Telescope is an initiative which seeks to build the most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in the Kareeberg LM with economic spill-offs that will positively affect Emthanjeni LM. Solar Corridor: This extends from Emthanjeni LM to the Dawid Kruiper LM with solar PV and wind projects. Pixley ka Seme Agri Park: The Park is a networked innovation system of agro-production, processing, logistics, marketing, training and extension services located in Petrusville. As a network it enables the growth of market-driven commodity value chains and contributes to the achievement of rural economic transformation. Pixley ka Seme District is a beautiful, vast region with endless land and clear skies. Whether you are looking for adventure or silence, tough terrains or hidden gems our district is the destination. We are proud to be creating opportunities for the world to come and explore what we have to offer and to invest in our District. Executive Mayor, Rhoode Itumeleng The Enterprise Development Programme of the De Aar Solar Power plant is empowering local businesses.