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South African Business 2023

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A unique guide to business and investment in South Africa. Welcome to the 11th 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, supported by a website at www. A special feature in this journal focusses on the importance of partnerships as the way forward for the country’s growing number of Special Economic Zones. There are now SEZs in eight provinces and collaboration between the private sector and government and its agencies is proving a crucial element in pursuing the goal of industrializing the South African economy. These zones intended as catalysts for economic growth in established sectors and in stimulating new industries. Regular pages cover all the main economic sectors of the South African economy and give a snapshot of each of the country’s provinces. The fact that South Africa’s law-enforcement agencies are arresting people alleged to have been involved in state capture and the Reserve Bank has started freezing assets in other matters leads the national overview because business can’t function properly without the rule of law. 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 These unique titles are supported by a monthly business e-newsletter with a circulation of over 35 000. Journal of African Business joined the Global African Network stable of publications as an annual in 2020 and is now published quarterly.

FOCUS To reignite the

FOCUS To reignite the birthplace of industrialisation in South Africa The Vaal Special Economic Zone (Vaal SEZ) is intended as a catalytic project to boost economic growth and create jobs in the Vaal region. Lesedi Heidelberg is the seat of the municipality. Emfuleni in the west is home to the towns synonymous with steel, Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging and the Sasol Petrochemical complex to the south of Sedibeng in the Free State Province. The Sedibeng District, host of the proposed Vaal SEZ, comprises three local municipalities and is strategically located both in terms of highways and railways and in relation to three economically-powerful metropolitan municipalities, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. A considerable amount of planning has already gone into the concept which ties in to development goals and frameworks at local, regional and national level. The area The three local municipalities which make up the Sedibeng District Municipality are predominantly rural. Midvaal is the most rural of the three local municipalities, with urban development concentrated along routes R59 and R82 in the north-western parts of the municipal area. Midvaal has strong regional linkages to major economic cores. Lesedi is also primarily rural, with the major urban concentration located in Heidelberg/Ratanda nodes, along the N3 freeway at its intersection with Provincial Route R42, east of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. Vision By 2030, an industrialised, globally competitive, export-driven regional economy. Mission Our Mission is our tagline: To Reignite the Birthplace of Industrialisation in South Africa. Key outcomes • The Vaal SEZ will leverage existing assets and infrastructure • It will pursue opportunities in the green economy, decarbonisation, hydrogen and net-zero emission sectors • To become the go-to investment destination • To be a multi-tier (multiple sites, multiple sectors), anchor SEZ hub, spatially dispersed within the region • To achieve a seamless, integrated, socially-cohesive society, with sustained economic growth and quality jobs for the people of the Vaal region. Process The Vaal SEZ Master Plan was completed at the end of June 2022. Site analyses of secured sites has been completed. A pipeline of firm investment commitments is being established. Township establishment processes will be initiated for land parcels to service current highpriority investors. The SEZ designation application will be submitted by the end of October 2022. SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2023 28

FOCUS INVESTOR VALUE PROPOSITION Enabling framework Strong government support, robust legal and regulatory framework. Strong commercial and significant economic and social returns, including incentives and rebates. Locational benefit South Africa’s economic hub, sound logistics networks and infrastructure. Infrastructure services One-stop shop services and the Vaal SEZ’s Shared Services and investor access to serviced land and funding options. Management capability Independent management body, cooperation between dedicated bodies, local, regional and national government. Logistics Sedibeng District Municipality is traversed by extensive national and provincial major railway and road mobility infrastructure: Route N1: the major national north/south freeway linking Musina at the northern border of South Africa to Cape Town in the south Route N3: the major transport link between Gauteng Province and eThekwini, passes through Sedibeng District’s Lesedi Municipality Route N17: the main link between Johannesburg, Secunda, eSwatini and the Richards Bay harbour Route R103: the old Johannesburg-Durban road runs parallel to Route N3 LESEDI Two land parcels earmarked by the municipality for SEZ development (one of 20ha and another of 149ha). Access to the N3 to allow good connections to Johannesburg and KwaZulu- Natal. Three-way collaboration between the Municipality, MTP Aviation Solutions and the Vaal SEZ to widen the SEZ area to include parts of the Heidelberg Aerodrome. MIDVAAL Land has been secured adjacent to the Klipriver Business Park (500ha) with access to the R59 via the R550. Also, 100ha secured next to SA Steel Mill off the Pierneef Road offramp, as well as 9ha in DeDeur, zoned for agricultural purposes and earmarked for agro-procressing. Council has approved the land classification. EMFULENI The Emfuleni Local Municipality Council has resolved to make two adjoining land parcels available, totalling 697ha. The site is bordered by the N1 highway and is close to the ArcelorMittal factory. This site is also earmarked for the development of a Hydrogen Valley Concept. 29 SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2023

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