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South African Business 2021

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Welcome to the ninth edition of the South African Business journal. First published in 2011, the publication has established itself as the premier business and investment guide to South Africa. This issue has a focus on economic recovery plans which have been put in place to tackle the challenges thrown up by the global Covid-19 pandemic. National government’s focus on infrastructure and the use of Special Economic Zones is highlighted, together with a feature on the nascent maritime economy. Regular pages cover all the main economic sectors of the South African economy and give a snapshot of each of the country’s provincial economies. South African Business is complemented by nine regional publications covering the business and investment environment in each of South Africa’s provinces. The e-book editions can be viewed online at

FOCUS Gert Sibande Water

FOCUS Gert Sibande Water Quality Testing Laboratory Improving water quality for citizens of the district. The Gert Sibande Water Quality Testing Laboratory is the only SANASaccredited, government-owned facility in the Mpumalanga Province. It is situated on the N17 corridor in Ermelo, bounded by Ekurhuleni Metro of the Gauteng Province to the west, Sedibeng District Municipality of the Northern Free State to the south-west, Ehlanzeni District Municipality of Mpumalanga Province to the northeast, Nkangala District Municipality to the north (Mpumalanga Province), Amajuba District Municipality to the south-east of KZN and Swaziland to the east and, therefore, easily accessible. The facility is evidence of Gert Sibande District Municipality’s vision to be “A community-driven district of excellence and development” and is in line with the National Development Plan (NDP)’s vision 2030 which is: “To ensure that all South Africans have access to clean running water in their homes.” The centrality and the strategic location of this facility ensures easy accessibility by all stakeholders. Informed by the need to improve water quality in the district, the laboratory was established in 2011 to guarantee safe drinking water provided to millions of citizens within the district according to section 9 (1) of the Water Services Act No. 108 of 1997. GSDM laboratory staff at the GSDM Water Quality Testing Laboratory led by Ms Victoria Tshabalala (centre). SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2021 SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2021 68 106

FOCUS Mr Siyabonga Makhathini, the Senior Technician (Chemistry) at the ICP room in the GSDM laboratory. The focus of the facility is on the following: • Chemical analysis. • Microbiological analysis. • Physical analysis. These services are available to all stakeholders and customers including local municipalities and industries. A pricelist is available on request. Gert Sibande District Municipality prides itself about this facility which meets the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017. In addition, the Gert Sibande Water Quality Testing Laboratory promotes water quality and care for water in communities through active involvement in awareness programmes offered by local municipalities. It also promotes careers in science by providing opportunities to students in the form of in-service training. The laboratory boasts of the provision and delivery of superior laboratory services and aims to promote and support the development of a culture of scientific learning. The Gert Sibande Laboratory regards its clients as valuable stakeholders whose interests are a priority for the laboratory. OFFICE HOURS Monday to Thursday: 07h30-13h00; 13h30-16h30 Friday: 07h30 to 14h00. Contact details Address: Cnr N17 Bethal and Nelspan Roads, Cassim Park. PO Box 1748, Ermelo, 2350. Tel: +27 17 801 7143. Email: Website: Facebook: @gertsibandedm Twitter: @GertSibandeDM GPS coordinates: S26 31’ 25.73” E29 58’ 19.25 107 69 SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2021

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