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Prime location in Limpopo’s mining LOCATION hub OF THE SEZ Special Economic Zone will catalyse economic growth. DSI | Turner & Townsend | LEDA TUBATSE November 2021 The proposed Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ FETAKGOMO-TUBATSE (FTSEZ) is located SPECIAL in the south-east of NOMIC ZONE/INDUSTRIAL the Limpopo Province HUBof South Africa. It is hosted by the Fetakgomo -Tubatse Municipality in Sekhukhune District and is located tse Special Economic Zone is hosted by the Fetakgomotse Municipality in the Sekhukhune District and is located within the Bushveld Igneous Complex (Eastern Limb), which hosts the well-known Merensky Reef in the Bushveld Igneous Complex (Eastern Limb), which in the Limpopo Province. s the well-known Marensky reef in the Limpopo Province. The area boasts one of the highest demand for concentrations mining input supplies of rich mineral created resources an opportunity in the rge-scale world industrialization and is a global for both leader the manufacturing of platinum group of ng inputs metals and the and beneficiation chrome resources, of mining outputs. hosting The over aim 40 support a mining broader-based operations industrialization which also includes growth vanadium, path, nced regional iron ore industrial and selected growth battery and development minerals. The of more FTSEZ petitive and is projected productive to regional be a catalyst economies for economic with strong growth, updownstream industrialisation links strategic and value mineral chains, beneficiation especially in by S. localising the various links of the value chain, both upstream and downstream. The proposed FTSEZ forms part of the South ha of land African has been Government’s identified for SEZ the Programme development which of this is -of-the-art aiming Centre to of enhance Excellence the on country’s advanced manufacturing energy nology and export capabilities and attract foreign direct investment. Anchored in the Limpopo Development Plan (LDP), the FTSEZ is positioned and designed to be a top investment destination for companies seeking to be at the forefront of pushing the green energy “Just Transition” frontier outward, towards communities, towards local and international firms and markets seeking to build lowcarbon economies. The priority industries in the FTSEZ will enhance local manufacturing capacity and FETAKGOMO TUBATSE SEZ/INDUSTRIAL contribute to HUB a low-carbon green economy which will offer socio-economic opportunities (for jobs and small businesses), not only to fight climate change, but to enhance energy security and develop local industries over the next five to 10 years. The FTSEZ is being developed in a quadripartite partnership between the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (dtic), the Limpopo Provincial Government, Sekhukhune District Municipality and Fetakgomo-Tubatse Municipality. ■ SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2022 24

Targeted commodity clusters at Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ Varied investment opportunities. Identified Cluster Opportunities Agro-processing Development of ICT infrastructure Mineral Beneficiation • Chrome, platinum group metals, iron ore and magnetite • Development of platinum refinery Green Energy • Production of solar and biomass energy • Hydrogen energy from fuel cells as part of the South African Hydrogen Valley led by the Department of Science and Innovation Manufacturing • Production and refurbishment of batteries • Auto-catalysts • Green energy automotive components and electric vehicles (manufacture and assembly) • Trucking components • Mining machinery, equipment and components FTSEZ Implementation Approach The Tubatse Hydrogen Valley and Mineral Beneficiation Journey Phase 1: West of R555: Integrate the 36ha Mining Integrated Supply Park (MISP), set up top infrastructure, fence and clear 280ha site. Anchor Investments: Input manufacturing suppliers and green vehicle components cluster. Phase 2: East of R555: Clear site and fence the 980ha site and provide bulk services and begin housing development. Anchor investments: Renewable energy companies, smelter and refinery and chrome products. Phase 3: Design and build a logistics hub for export markets. Just-on-time delivery and efficiencies. Anchor investments: Logistics Hub Station with a strong 4IR platform. Green automotive technology is a key focus of the FTSEZ. Construction Phases of FTSEZ The Fetakgomo-Tubatse SEZ will cover a total area of 1 220ha of land. Phase 1 consists of 316ha which is reserved mainly for a mix of light and heavy industrial use and other hydrogen energy related uses, while Phases 2 and 3 will be developed in line with market demands and will include: • Renewable energy • Heavy industry • Additional light industry space • Mixed use and residential More than six tenants have already committed to setting up operations for Phase 1 implementation in chrome-related beneficiation, hydrogen energy components assembly, electric vehicles, solar energy and pharmaceuticals. ■ Smelting operations will serve to beneficiate the many minerals found in the area. Credit: Amplats 25 SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2022

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