Northern Cape Business 2017-18 edition

Northern Cape Business 2017/18 is the seventh edition of this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the Northern Cape Province. Officially supported and utilised 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 Northern Cape.

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2017/18 EDITION



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Northern Cape Business 2017/18 Edition.



The Northern Cape’s unique guide to business and investment.

Special features

Regional overview 6

A Special Economic Zone is driving economic growth.

Manufacturing clusters boost development 14

A boost for Northern Cape manufacturing.

Renewable energy 18

Solar power is changing the energy landscape of the

Northern Cape and attracting foreign direct investment.

Bloodhound land speed record attempt 22

Jet and rocket powered vehicle set to top 1600km/h on

Northern Cape runway.

Listening to the universe... in the Karoo 23

The largest and most powerful radio telescope

the world has ever seen is under construction.

Dicing in the desert, and on airport runways 24

Petrolheads gather in the Northern Cape to put

pedals to the metal.

Extreme testing 25

Hot days and straight roads make the Northern Cape

the perfect place for testing the world’s best cars.

Small harbour development 26

Driving new economic development in coastal areas.

Unique routes offer incredible variety 28

Tourists can hike along the ocean’s edge, surf sand dunes and

star-gaze to their hearts’ content in the Northern Cape.

Economic sectors


Northern Cape products range from high-quality pelts

destined for the fashion halls of Europe to pecan nuts,

thoroughbred horses, cattle, sheep, goats and game.






The National Development Plan is a blueprint serving as

a guideline to government departments and state entities

on how they can play a role in government wide efforts

of creating decent work, reducing unemployment and

poverty. The Unemployment Insurance Fund is among

the leading state entities in the implementation of the

provisions of the NDP to address the slow economic

growth, unemployment and poverty in South Africa.

The UIF social investment mandate ensures that,

additional to earning good financial returns, investments

must be supportive of long term economic, social and

adhere to sustainable environmental outcomes. The

investments must also yield a good social return for the

country. These investments have sustained 6 860 jobs of

which 3 024 are permanent, 3 836 are temporary/seasonal

and 195 are new jobs created during the financial year

ending in March 2016.


The UIF investments are contributing to the energy

requirements of South Africa and the investments in the

renewable energy sector provides a total capacity of 192

megawatt of electricity of which 117 megawatt is solar

energy and 27 megawatt is wind generated electricity.

The De Aar project is a shining example of the UIF energy

investments and this project produces 90 megawatt of

electricity and was completed in April 2016. The solar plant

in the area generates enough electricity to power 15 000

houses. Another mainstay project is the Phakwe Group ran

projects undertaken in the Northern and Eastern Cape.


The UIF investments in this regard are undertaken under

the banner of the UIF Agri-Fund in partnership with

Futuregrowth and Day Breaker Poultry Project. The UIF

Agri-Fund has invested in 4 farms situated in Mable Hall

in Limpopo. One of the farms is a cash crop farm spanning

450 hectares. The farm in the last financial year produced

235 hectares of white maize, and cotton was planted in an

area covering 28 hectares.

A further three farms are located in the Saron area in the

Western Cape. In this project a total of 178 hectares has

been used to plant grapes, 37 hectares has been used to

pant citrus fruit. Furthermore, there is potential to plant an

additional 92 hectares of grapes. The Daybreaker Poultry

project operates in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga

and the combined projects have facilities to grow 1.6

million broiler chickens.


The UIF concluded two investments in this regard that

include a BEE hospital manager, Busamed to build a

private hospital in Modderfontein and Fund Manager

Razorite Heatlhcare that focus on the provision of

affordable heathcare facilities that include rehabilitation

and sub-acute centres.

The Modderfontein hospital is a 220 hospital bed with subacute

facilities. This hospital is under construction. While

the RH Fund Manager has concluded seven investments

that include:

• Busamed with four hospital facilities

• HealthMed with two facilities


UIF has invested in three investments that play a role

to unlock access to education. The investments were

concluded with Eduloan – an organisation that provides

financial support to tertiary students and South Point and

Educor organisations that provide student accommodation.

By March 2016, Eduloan had disbursed about R446 986.64

benefiting 34 047 students, whiles South Point provided

about 10 000 student with accommodation.


The UIF has concluded two investments with the aim of

supporting small and medium enterprises. In this regard

the PIC on behalf of UIF has concluded investment deals

with Musa Capital and TOSACO.

The investments will support more than 250 SMMEs across

various sectors inclusive of agriculture and affordable

housing. Musa Capital for example has a supply chain of

over 250 SMME’s that have facilitated the creation of 2 500


TOSACO investments is planning to advance capital to

young black entrepreneurs who aspire to own and manage

Total Filling stations around the country.

For more information:

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visit: www.labour.gov.za


Grapes and wine 48

The Orange River region produces fine grapes and wines.


Zinc and diamonds are shining in the Northern Cape.


Upgrades are securing water delivery.


Sol Plaatje University has opened in Kimberley.

Banking and financial services 61

Banks are finding ways to service even very remote

rural areas.

Development finance and SMME support 66

Programmes for cadets and Gazelles are on offer in the

Northern Cape.


South African National Government 70

An overview of South Africa’s national government


Northern Cape Provincial Government 74

A guide to the Northern Cape’s provincial government


Northern Cape Local Government 76

A guide to district and local municipalities in the

Northern Cape Province.


Sector contents 38



Northern Cape municipalities map. 75

Northern Cape regional map. 77



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Northern Cape locator map. 77


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A unique guide to business and investment in the

Northern Cape.

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The world’s most sophisticated technology has come to the Northern Cape in the shape

of the largest radio telescope project ever built and the latest in concentrated solar

energy plants. Big plans for a deep-water port and a Special Economic Zone hold

more promise of diversification and growth.

By John Young

Mining and agriculture are still enormously

important sectors for the

province, but renewable energy is

growing very fast indeed. The number

of solar plants that were developed (and

delivered on time) in the Northern Cape in the

last five years is truly phenomenal.

In the nationally-run process to encourage

the private sector to invest in renewable energy,

fully 60% of the projects so far approved have

been allocated to the Northern Cape. This represents

66% of the nearly R200-billion invested

or pledged to date. The Northern Cape is particularly

well-suited to solar energy installations

and both of the main technologies (photo-voltaic

and concentrated solar power or CSP) are being

installed all over the province. The towns of

Upington and De Aar are seen as possible future

hubs for the further development of solar powerrelated



The planned Special Economic

Zone at Upington (linked to the

Upington International Airport)

is seen as a possible site for solarrelated


One the biggest funders of the

renewable energy programme,

the Industrial Development

Corporation, has spent R11.4-

billion of its commitment so far in

the Northern Cape, out of a total

of R14.2-billion. Part of the IDC’s

role has been to take up a 20%

stake in the projects on behalf of

local communities.

A major new investment in zinc

extraction by Indian firm Vedanta and an uptick in ironore

prices going into 2017 has revived the mining outlook

after some tough times. The IDC also has a stake

in this mine. Diamond mine Petra Diamonds reports

good progress on its mines in and around Kimberley.

On the scientific front, the Northern Cape is hosting

one of the great projects of the age, the Square

Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, a multi-national

effort that will delve into the secrets of the universe

from a base in Carnarvon in the Karoo.

The province’s new university in Kimberley, the

Sol Plaatje University, gives Northern Cape students

a chance to study at tertiary level without having to

incur the expense and inconvenience of travelling

outside the province.

The rise of the renewable energy sector has given

the Northern Cape a chance to break its dependence

on the mining sector, subject as it is to global

price fluctuations. The provincial government of the

Northern Cape has a number of schemes to further

diversify the economy and to find ways to further

sustain the mining industry in the province. To that

end, the government held three summits in 2016.

These dealt with small, medium and micro enterprises

and procurement, renewable energy and mining.

In the longer term, the provincial government has

identified three key clusters that it wants to concentrate

on. These are:

• Mineral beneficiation

• Agri-processing

• Energy and technology.


The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province,

covering 30% of the country’s landmass on the dry

western side of the country bordering the Atlantic

Ocean, Namibia and Botswana. The provincial population

of just over a million represents 2.2% of the

country’s population and the principal languages

are Afrikaans (54%) and Setswana (33%). The San

people live in the arid regions of the north.

The province is well served in transport and communications,

despite its vast size (361 830 square

kilometres). Airports at Kimberley and Upington are

quite substantial and many smaller towns, mines

and game reserves have landing strips. Although

the province has many roads, maintaining them is

a very difficult and expensive task.

The Northern Cape does not have a major port

although Port Nolloth serves as an adequate fishing

harbour. Investigations into the creation of a

deep-water port are well advanced. Another project

could see the province’s small harbours and

bays developed as well. A unit within the national

Department of Public Works aims to spark economic

development in coastal areas.

The Orange River is the most important geographical

feature of the province, providing irrigation

to support a thriving grape, sultana and wine

industry. One small hydro-electric power scheme

has been approved, but the potential for more such

schemes is massive.




Other crops such as lucerne, cotton, wheat, peanuts

and maize are grown in the Orange River Valley

and in other irrigation scheme areas such as the

Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme in the eastern part of

the province. Sheep and goats are the most popular

livestock, and horse-breeding is a lucrative activity.

The Northern Cape is home to six national parks

and five provincial parks and nature reserves. The

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a

World Heritage Site, while the natural spring flower

show that appears in Namaqualand is one of the

wonders of the world. In 2016 the well-respected

international tourist book, Rough Guide, elected the

stark beauty of the Richtersveld onto its Top 10 list

of places to visit.

Most of the province falls into the category of

semi-arid (apart from the coastal strip) and it receives

relatively little rainfall. Summers are hot and

winters are cold. The western parts of the province

are famous for spectacular displays of flowers

in spring.


Mining has long been a mainstay of the provincial

economy, contributing 27.6% of provincial

GDP (StatsSA). However, only 7% of the population

gains employment from the sector: fully 31% are

employed in “community services”.

Iron ore and manganese are the two main minerals,

with the Sishen-Saldanha rail line being one of

the longest and most technically advanced logistics

links in the world.

Both the iron ore and manganese sectors experienced

terrific growth in the years to 2014, but

reduced global demand (mainly from China) has put

a dampener on exports.

The Northern Cape is a big contributor to the

national basket of exports, not only in minerals

but in agricultural products such as table grapes

and raisins.

The world receives 7%t of its diamonds from the

Northern Cape, and exports of zinc and lead from

the province account for 13% of global demand. The

figure in manganese is even more impressive – 25%

(DEDAT, Northern Cape).

This reliance on an export economy has its risks, as

has recently been seen with the laying off of workers

at iron-ore mines.

There has been a big change in diamond-mine

ownership in the Northern Cape in recent years, with

Petra Diamonds buying many of De Beers’ assets. In

the Namaqualand area, Trans Hex has acquired former

De Beers properties.

The province also has copper, lead, zinc, mineral

sands, gypsum, granite, asbestos, fluorspar, semiprecious

stones and marble.

About 45 000 people are employed in agriculture,

which represents approximately 16% of employment.

The province supports livestock

farming (mainly goats and sheep

with cattle in the north), table

grapes, dates, cotton, cereal crops

and vineyards along the banks of

the Orange River and large varieties

of crops including cotton, groundnuts,

wheat and maize on irrigated

lands (including the large Vaalharts

scheme). Thoroughbred horses are

bred in the south-western parts of

the province, especially around


The Northern Cape is divided

into five district municipalities.

Each of these districts is suitable

for investments in renewable



energy, be it wind, solar, hydro or biomass. Many of

the districts already have sizable renewable energy

plants up and running.

Frances Baard District Municipality

Towns: Kimberley, Barkly West, Warrenton,

Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp.

This district accounts for 40.3% of the province’s economic

activity. It is the smallest but with a population

of approximately 325 500, it is the most densely populated.

Although Kimberley is historically renowned for

diamond mining, its economy is now driven by its role

as the administrative headquarters of the province.

Strategically located and with good infrastructure,

Kimberley is the leading centre in the province for

retail, financial services, education, commerce and

light industry.

The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre and the

Sol Plaatje University are in Kimberley.

Mining and agriculture are found in rural municipalities.

Agriculture in the region comprises crop cultivation

and stock and game farming. The Vaalharts

Irrigation Scheme is the largest irrigation project of its

kind in the southern hemisphere, and produces maize,

cotton, fruit, peanuts and wheat.

Investment opportunities:

• Sol Plaatje University

• Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery

Academy (KIDJA)

• Mining: diamonds and precious stones

• Manufacturing: textiles, agri-processing.

John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality

Towns: Kuruman, Kathu, Hotazel.

Kuruman is the headquarters of local government in

this region which contributes 19.7% to the province’s

economy. The local spring produces 20-million litres

of water every day.

Most of the district is situated on the Ghaap Plateau,

over 1 000 metres above sea-level, and can experience

extreme temperatures. Most agricultural activity is

limited to grazing and boer goats are a popular breed

among farmers, although game hunting is growing.

Kathu has a well-developed CBD with shopping

malls that arose when iron demand was high. The

Sishen iron-ore mine outside Kathu is a vast undertaking,

providing employment for thousands of

people. Samancor’s Mamatwan and Wessels manganese

mines and plants are situated at Hotazel.

Investment opportunities:

• Kathu Industrial Park (IDC involvement)

• Eco-tourism and hunting

• Boesmansput diving resort

• Gamagara Mining Corridor

• Goat commercialisation

• Agri-processing: olives, grains, pecan nuts,

medicinal plants.

Namakwa District Municipality

Towns: Springbok, Calvinia, Niewoudtville, Garies,

Williston, Fraserburg, Sutherland, Pofadder, Okiep,

Port Nolloth, Alexander Bay.

The Namakwa district stretches from the northwestern

corner of the province, and the country,

bordering Namibia and the Atlantic Ocean

to the southern border with the Western Cape

Province. It includes the famous star-gazing town

of Sutherland on its southern edge. The district

is sparsely populated, and predominantly rural.

It contributes 11.1% to economic activity in the


A major new investment has been undertaken

in zinc at the Gamsberg project at Aggeneys.

The mining and agricultural sectors provide

most employment, while tourism and small-scale

manufacturing are also present. The region’s economy

gets a great boost every spring when tourists

flock to see the veld in bloom.

Major plans are being pursued to upgrade the

harbour at Port Nolloth and exploit the province’s

long coastline as part of a growing awareness of

the potential of the maritime economy.

The climate and soil support certain niche crops,

and the sites and sights are unique to the region,

offering opportunities in agriculture and tourism.

Niewoudtville is the site of a rooibos tea factory.

The IAiIAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the

Namakwa National Park and the Tankwa Karoo

National Park have the potential to grow as travel

destinations, as does the western coastline.

Investment opportunities:

• Port Nolloth and smaller harbours

• Hondeklip Fish Factories

• Abalone and hake




• Kelp processing and export

• Game and nature reserve


• Rooibos tea

• Calvinia: sheep and goat


Pixley Ka Seme District


Towns: De Aar, Hanover, Carnarvon,

Douglas, Marydale, Prieska,

Hopetown, Richmond, Noupoort,

Norvalspont, Colesberg.

The district covers 102 000 square

kilometres in the central Karoo

and contributes 11.3% of the economic

activity of the province. It

has four national roads passing through it. De Aar,

the site of the municipal headquarters, has national

significance as a railway junction.

Carnarvon will now host the Square Kilometre

Array (SKA) radio telescope.

The district is home to three of South Africa’s

major dams. Agricultural production includes wheat,

maize, peanuts, grapes, beans, potatoes, nuts and

sheep farming. Pixley Ka Seme is the largest woolproducing

district in South Africa, but most of what

is produced is processed in the Eastern Cape. As a

consequence, opportunities exist for the establishment

of a cotton mill, a tannery and a facility to

add value to semi-precious stones. Horse breeding

is a valuable contributor to the regional economy.

Investment opportunities:

• De Aar rail cargo hub and workshops

• SKA engineering, science, logistics support

• Douglas holiday resort

• Booktown Richmond festivals

• Wool, pistachio nuts and venison processing

• Water tourism activities on dams.

ZF Mgcawu District Municipality

Towns: Upington, Kakamas, Kenhardt,

Groblershoop, Postmasberg.

The Orange River supports a thriving agricultural

sector and a growing tourism sector. The investment

climate is ripe for tourism along the Orange River

and attractions such as the Augrabies Falls.

Upington is already a busy town with processing

facilities for agricultural products. The planned

development of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ)

in the town and next to Upington International

Airport will boost manufacturing. The main targeted

sectors are in the renewable energy sector,

for example, solar panels.

Agriculture is a prominent feature of the local

economy, as well as wholesale and retail services in

and around the town. Various kinds of high-speed

car racing and testing takes place on the roads,

tracks and airport runway in or near the town.

The processing of wine and dried fruit represents

one of the biggest manufacturing activities

in the province. Mining activities take place in

Kgatelopele, where diamonds and lime are found.

Together with sheep and cattle farming, mining

provides most employment. The diamond mine

at Finsch is Petra Diamonds’ newest and largest


Investment opportunities:

• Upington Special Economic Zone

• Upington Cargo and Electronics hub: SKA,

renewable energy and aircraft storage

• Upington International Airport

• Orange River Smallholder Farmer Settlement and

Development Programme

• Tourism: wine tours, adventure and hunting

• Upington vehicle testing site

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).



Manufacturing clusters drive

economic development

A boost for Northern Cape manufacturing.

Special Economic Zones are intended to attract

new investments and promote economic

development. Special Economic

Zones (SEZs) are created in terms of the

Special Economic Zones Act of 2014 (Act 16 of 2014).

The act defines an SEZ as “geographically designated

areas of the country that are set aside for specifically

targeted economic activities, and supported through

special arrangements and systems that are often different

from those that apply to the rest of the country”.

Lower corporate tax rates and duty-free imports

are among the advantages that accrue to investors.

South Africa is targeting a variety of sectors in

SEZs around the country, but there is an emphasis on




beneficiation, mainly of minerals but also of agricultural

products. Policy-makers want South Africa to

do much more with the product of its soils—using

manganese to convert iron into steel or creating fruit

juices out of apples and pears. The Northern Cape

is rich in all of these products.

These interventions form part of broader trade

and investment plans such as National Development

Plan (NDP) and the Industrial Policy Action Plan

(IPAP). The NDP is a broad-strokes plan that seeks

to coordinate development in a range of sectors,

and promotes ambitious infrastructural projects.

In the context of the burgeoning renewable

energy sector, the state (through the Department

of Trade and Industry, dti) can pass legislation that

requires developers to increase the level of local

content on the solar panels or wind turbines that

are used. In this way, a totally new local industry

can be created; and an SEZ would be the place

to do it. Attracting foreign direct investment (FDI)

and boosting employment are other objectives,

together with skills transfer.

Key goals behind the establishment of SEZs

are to:

• encourage industries to develop in clusters to

create economies of scale, skills-sharing and easy

access by suppliers

• create industrial infrastructure to promote


• promote cooperation between the public and

private sectors

• use the zones as a launching pad for further


Various incentives are available to investors in

SEZs. These include tax breaks from the South

African Revenue Service (SARS), subsidised interest

rates from the Industrial Development Corporation

(IDC), subsidies for employees earning below a

certain level and subsidies for the training of the

workforce, incentives and grants from the dti, and

incentives available from national electricity utility

Eskom. Other benefits might include a building allowance,

employment incentives and the fact that

an SEZ is a customs-controlled area.

Specific incentives relating to energy savings

and reductions in environmental impact are

available, both from Eskom and the dti. Within the

dti’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement

Programme, there is a Green Energy Efficiency Fund,

all of which are designed to make (the right kind of)

investment more attractive.

Upington SEZ

The 400ha site of the Upington SEZ in the Northern

Cape Province is close to the Upington International

Airport and is well served by access roads. One of

the goals is to capitalise on the already existing (and

fast-growing) solar power industry by promoting

special investment packages to investors in that

field, and encouraging the development of skills

and services to support that sector within the SEZ.

The Khara Hais Municipality has agreed to transfer

the necessary land to the SEZ, and has approved

the infrastructure plan that has been put forward.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is a partner

in the project.

A one-stop shop to help investors deal with

paperwork will be established in the SEZ.

Feasibility plans are being done by Eskom on

building a massive solar park that will generate an

eighth of the county’s electricity needs – 5 000MW

– near Upington. Sixteen square kilometres of land

has been identified and Eskom is looking for private

partners. The park, which will cost more than R150-

billion, will generate 1 000MW in its first phase.

Over 40 renewable projects have already been

approved in the Northern Cape with the majority

of projects using the solar photovoltaic method

with seven using the concentrated solar power

(CSP) technology. The Northern Cape is also home

to five approved wind farms and one small (10MW)

hydro-electric project on the Orange River.

Heavy, medium and light industry and manufacturing

are expected to find homes in the

Upington SEZ. The following sectors are currently

being promoted by the Northern Cape Economic

Development, Trade and Investment Agency


• solar component manufacturing and


• solar park

• aeronautical



• agri-processing

• mining equipment

• micro-technology (for solar, electronic, robotic

and astronomy)

• logistics, warehousing and assembly (astronomy,


Upington International Airport

Upington International Airport’s 4.9km runway allows

it to land the largest aircraft. Airports Company

South Africa is a partner in the application to run

the Upington SEZ and has allocated 55ha for the

creation of an aviation park to store and maintain

aircraft, and a further 30ha for commercial development.

ACSA’s research suggests that over the next decade

there will be a big demand for aircraft storage

and dismantling (a subsector of the broader

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul [MRO] market).

Storage and dismantling alone will be worth $4.7-

billion by 2024, and Upington has many advantages:

• dry air minimises corrosion

• low-cost land (space for 340 wide-bodied aircraft)

• very long runway

• close to northern border of South Africa, access

to Africa

• link to Upington SEZ.

The planned storage facility could also support a

variety of other sectors such as aircraft maintenance,

modification and demolition, parts manufacturing

and warehousing and ground support equipment

(GSE) repair.

The somewhat more ambitious goal of establishing

a fully-fledged MRO facility at Upington to serve

Africa and Europe is supported by the fact that there

is no major competition in that field at the moment.

With the solar and radio astronomy sectors growing

very fast in the province, there is a new focus on

sophisticated technology. Aircraft maintenance and

repair falls into that category, so perhaps this will the

Northern Cape’s newest hi-tech industry?

Manufacturing clusters

With a vibrant and varied agricultural sector, it is no

surprise that agri-processing and food and beverage

feature strongly in the manufacturing sector in the




Northern Cape. Wine and table grapes are covered

separately in this publication.

What is perhaps surprising is the geographic

spread of manufacturing facilities across what is

South Africa’s most sparsely-populated province.

Rooibos tea is made in Niewoudtville in the far

south-west of the province and Upington is a hub

for meat, skins and pelts, alongside grapes and raisins.

Raisins and sultanas in very large numbers are

produced at Safari’s plant at Upington. The Gordonia

Mill and several meat processing plants are also

in Upington. Further down the Orange River, at

Kanoneiland, the Karsten Group is headquarted on

the farm Roepersfontein from where it oversees

a large operation encompassing livestock, apples,

grapes and dates.

Southwards toward Kakamas lies Keimos, a centre

for raisins, dried fruit and nuts produced by the Red

Sun company. (South Africa produces about 40 000

tons of raisins every year.) There are six major processors

along the river, receiving raisins from about

250 farmers.

In the north, the irrigated Vaalharts district

covers 43 000ha and is home to a variety of food

producers and processors. One example, Olives

South Africa at Hartswater, has

200 000 trees and produces a

variety of oils for the local and

foreign market.

In the far east of the province,

OVK oversees the Gariep Organic

Meat Processors in Hopetown.

The capital city of the province,

Kimberley, has a number of

food-processing facilities that

cater to the urban concentration

of population.

The Department of Economic

Development and Tourism

(DEDAT) intends using clusters to

promote economic growth with

a focus on mineral beneficiation,

agri-processing, and energy and


Within that framework, three

manufacturing clusters are

planned for the Northern Cape:

Metal manufacturing

John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality. The

mining sector is strongly represented in this area.

Main towns: Kuruman, Kathu, Hotazel.

Clothing manufacturing

Frances Baard District Municipality. Main towns:

Kimberley, Jan Kempdorp, Warrenton. The existing

diamond beneficiation projects that exist in

Kimberley were recently boosted by the signing

of Memorandums of Understanding with

Turkey and India for diamond cutting and polishing

as well as jewellery manufacturing at the

Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery

Academy (KIDJA).


ZF Mgcawu District Municipality. Wine, grapes and

raisins, animal hides and abattoirs are among the

existing processing operations already in existence

along the Orange River. Main towns: Groblershoop,

Kakamas, Upington. Dates, olives, citrus and rooibos

tea are seen as sectors with great potential to grow.

Plans for this sector include the encouragement

of some downstream manufacturing in

items such as fibre sacks and cardboard cartons for



Renewable energy

Solar power is changing the energy landscape of the Northern Cape and attracting

millions of rands in foreign direct investment.

The Northern Cape is attracting hundreds of

millions of rands in investment in renewable energy.

Most of this money is being put into solar

energy plants, with the most popular technology

being solar photovoltaic (SV). However, several

of the most recent investments have been in concentrated

solar power (CSP) technology, a method

that offers better storage possibilities. Solar voltaic

technology essentially uses many panels to capture

the sun’s rays, while CSP normally uses a tower or

troughs to concentrate the sun’s rays.

With four rounds of bidding finished at the

end of 2016, South Africa’s programme to encourage

private power producers to bid for and build

renewable energy plants has led to 92 projects

being approved. Fully 48 of those are situated in

the Northern Cape: 35 of these are solar projects.

The national programme is known as the

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer

Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and it aims to

add some 6 000MW to the national grid by 2020 (and

13 225MW by 2025).

At the end of the fourth window, it was calculated

that R192-billion had been invested into South

Africa through the REIPPPP, with R53-billion of that

being supplied by foreign investors. At the time of

writing, the signing of power-purchase agreements

with companies that have won bids, had been delayed

but national government has repeatedly said

that the REIPPPP is definitely approved policy and it

will go ahead.

The countries of origin of the companies investing

in this new industry are very varied. They include

Vestas (Denmark), Enel Green Power (Italy),




Scatec Solar (Norway), Globeleq (United Kingdom),

Mainstream Renewable Power and Solar Capital

(Ireland), Gestamp Renewable Energies and

Abengoa (Spain), SunEdison and SolarReserve (USA),

ACWA Power (Saudi Arabia), Tata Power (India), China

Longyuan Power Group, (China), Genie (Gulf states),

and juwi Group (Germany). Some of these investors

are investment funds, some are utility companies

expert in power generation, others specialise in renewable

energy technology such as wind blades.

Every project has a joint ownership consortium or

joint venture that includes a local company and a

community trust of some sort.

Most of the projects approved in the Northern

Cape are on a large scale, with big investors obliged

to go into joint ventures with local communities,

normally in the form of trusts. The provincial

government is giving attention to smaller ventures,

in the 1.5MW range, with the aim of bringing local

investors and communities on board. To support

this goal, and to grow the renewable energy sector

as a whole, a Renewable Energy Conference was

held in 2016.

A concrete example of this on a small scale is

the solar energy plant established at the rooibos

tea factory in Nieuwoudtville by the Northern Cape

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural

Development. Any excess power generated is sent

on to the Hantam Municipality.

The provincial government of the Northern Cape

is using clean energy production, supported by the

procurement strategy of the REIPPPP, to boost economic

growth and development. The province’s

comprehensive road network provides a good

platform for the establishment of new power infrastructure.

The province is connected to Namibia via

the Kalahari and the Orange River Basin Corridors,

strengthening trade and transport linkages between

the two countries.

Trade and investment

The Northern Cape Renewable Energy Incubator

(//NCREI) is a broad-based black economic growth

initiative conceptualised by the Northern Cape

Department of Economic Development and

Tourism, as a response to green economy activity

in the Northern Cape, with specific reference to the

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer

Procurement Programme (REI4P). //NCREI will be a

hybrid incubator approach to enable the development

of professional and entrepreneurial capacity

of local SMMEs in the province.

This is one of the interventions that has substantial

potential to contribute towards accelerated job

creation, as well as economic empowerment. In

addition to being a priority sector in the province,

renewable energy also has the potential to unlock

various other sectors such as manufacturing and

construction, thus offering many linkages throughout

the value-chain of renewable energy. //NCREI

will also provide local SMMEs an opportunity to

grow their businesses under a comprehensive enterprise

development programme, thus ensuring

that the province builds capacity to ensure a good

supply of locally based SMMEs to participate in the

localisation aspect of the REI4P.

The following are the sector units that //NCREI

will create: Renewable Energy; Energy Efficiency;

Clean Transportation; Built Environment; Water

Management; Waste Management; and Technologies

for Green Economy. A business plan for //NCREI is

available from the Northern Cape Department of

Economic Development and Tourism.

Water and wind

The Northern Cape has had 12 wind farms and one

small (10MW) hydro-electric project on the Orange

River approved in the REIPPPP process.

One of the earliest wind farms to be constructed

in the Northern Cape was at Noblesfontein,

about 40km from Victoria West. Spanish company,

Gestamp Wind, was an early investor in South

African renewable energy when it got behind the

Noblesfontein project.

Loeriesfontein (valued at R3.5-billion) is owned

by a consortium led by Lekela Power, a joint venture

between Actis, a private equity company,

and Mainstream Renewable Power. Mainstream

and various partners have won approved bidder

status for wind and solar projects in each of the



windows. In the early bidding rounds, Mainstream’s

three Northern Cape wind projects amounted to

360MW (Loeriesfontein and Khobab in the Namakwa

District Municipality, also 140MW, and Noupoort

wind farm, 80MW). Another 140MW project at

Kangnas (Springbok) has subsequently been given

the green light.

Chinese power producer China Longyuan Power

Group is developing two wind farms near De Aar.


The Northern Cape is the natural home for the

generation of solar power. Long-term annual direct

normal irradiance (DNI) at Upington is 2 816kWh/

m 2 , according to a survey done for Stellenbosch

University by Slovakian company GeoModal Solar.

CSP Today reports a national average that is among

the best in the world. Stellenbosch University’s

Solar Thermal Energy Research Group has six sites

monitoring irradiation levels.

The small towns of Postmastburg and

Groblershoop lie between Upington and Kimberley.

They are modest settlements which have ticked

along for many years in support of surrounding

farmers with some diamond mining and wine cultivation

along the way. They are now the centre of

some of the world’s most advanced technological

innovation in concentrated solar power (CSP).

Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power

has won approval for the 100MW Redstone project

near Postmastburg and the 50MW Bokpoort CSP

plant near Groblershoop has been running since

the first quarter of 2016. The Bokpoort site covers

an area of about 6 700ha, of which its facilities

cover a total area of about 250ha. The facility could

serve the equivalent of about 21 000 households

and offset 230 000 t/y of carbon emissions.

The Redstone project is exceptional because

of the unique method called Molten Salt Thermal

Energy Storage. A dry cooling method also decreases

the amount of water used to support the plant.

Redstone expects to spend R150-million annually

on salaries and other expenses for 30 years.

More than 40% of the total project value will be

provided by South African suppliers. R2.4-billion of

equity investment has been pledged, with a further

R5.6-billion of debt being sourced locally and


ACWA’s technology partner in Redstone is the

American company SolarReserve which holds the

CSP tower proprietary rights and is invested in two

other (photovoltaic) projects near Postmastburg:

Jasper (75MW) and Lesedi (75MW). It has a similar

project in the Free State province. SolarReserve is

also active in Chile.

ACWA wants to develop 5 000MW of renewable

energy and conventional power in Southern

Africa. This includes bidding for a coal project in

Mpumalanga and involvement in South Africa’s

natural-gas-to=power programme.

The biggest solar farm so far in South Africa

was launched in March 2016 when Solar Capital

presented its 175MW farm at De Aar. Formerly

famous as the railway junction that combined the

country’s two rail systems, De Aar is becoming

better known as a renewable energy hub. About

200 jobs were created in the construction phase

of this R4.8-billion project and 100 people are




now employed in running the plant. Solar Capital,

which is a subsidiary of the Phelan Energy Group,

intends spending on Internet connections, arts

training and building a community training centre

in De Aar.

In the first round of submissions, Mainstream

South Africa put in bids for 100MW of solar power:

both projects came in on time and on budget

in 2014: Droogfontein and De Aar Solar Energy.

The company has built 170 000 solar panels on

the land owned by the Droogfontein Community

Property Association, which has taken a 4% stake

in the energy company. Mainstream SA is a joint

venture between Mainstream Renewable Power

(Ireland) and Genesis Eco-Energy (SA), and it

has also established a consortium that includes

Absa Capital, Thebe Investment Corporation and

Siemens Energy Southern Africa, which it hopes

will play a role in turning South Africa into a renewable

energy hub.

The 86MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic

(PV) solar plant project, situated 50km south-west of

Prieska in the Northern Cape, was built by Sonnedix

with a minority partner in local renewable energy

developer Mulilo. More than 500 jobs were created

during the building phase. The 125ha solar PV project

achieved commercial operation in July 2016.

Construction took 17 months.

The main contractor on the project was juwi

Renewable Energies, the South African subsidiary of

the large German company, the

juwi Group. BioTherm Energy

is another renewable energy

company that has used juwi’s

construction skills on several of

their projects in the province.

BioTherm has developed solar

projects near Kenhardt and


Gulf power company Engie

(formally known as GDF SUEZ) is

a major investor in the 100MW

Kathu Solar Park project, a CSP

project which is also backed

by the Public Investment

Corporation (PIC), Investec Bank

and the Sishen Iron Ore Company

Community Development Trust. Engie is listed on

the stock exchanges of Paris and Brussels.

Norwegian company Scatec Solar is involved in

the design of a 75MW scheme being built at Kalkbult.

In the Namakwa District lies the small town of

Pofadder. Like Timbuktu, the name “Pofadder” is

used to represent somewhere very remote, far away

and out of the mainstream.

Pofadder had the distinction of being the chosen

site of the first CSP plant in South Africa, named

KaXu Solar One. The region’s KaXu Solar One will

be a catalyst for economic development role in

the Khai Ma Municipality. A 50MW CSP plant (Khi

Solar One) at Upington connected to the grid in

January 2016.

Another innovative CSP project, Xina Solar

One, also by Spanish company Abengoa, achieved

commercial operation in the first quarter of 2016.

Xina Solar One is a 100MW parabolic trough plant

that uses molten salts to store energy for night

time or times when the sun is not shining. This

is Abengoa’s third plant, and its fellow investors

are the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the

Khi Community Trust.

The same technology (parabolic trough CSP) is

being used by Emvelo and Cobra at the Ilanga plant

about 30km east of Upington. In 2015 the Public

Investment Corporation became a 20% investor in

the Xina and Ilanga solar plants.



Bloodhound land speed record

Jet and rocket powered vehicle set to top 1600km/h on Northern Cape runway.

Tourism is playing an increasingly important role

in social dynamics not only in South Africa, but

the all over the world. The Bloodhound project

that will be hosted in the Northern Cape is a

fine example of how tourism can help to unify and

uplift communities.

The Bloodhound project will see RAF wing commander

Andy Green steer a custom-built supersonic

car in an attempt set a new world land speed record

by travelling at 1 000 miles (1 600km) per hour. The

supersonic car will be propelled by rocket and aircraft

engines to achieve the necessary propulsion.

The first test runs will take place at Hakskeenpan

in the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape from

September 2018.

Supported by the Northern Cape provincial

government since 2010, the Bloodhound project

has created employment for members of the small

villages in the Mier district and brought technological

advances and infrastructural improvements that

would otherwise have been unobtainable.

The project has contributed significantly to job

creation in the area with over 300 members of the

local community being contracted to assist with

track clearance. Since November 2010 over 15 800

tons of stones have been removed from the track

and safety zones. The nearby communities have

also benefited from a fresh water pipeline and a

sophisticated communication network.

Local mobile service provider MTN has signed

on as official telecommunication partner and has invested

over R30-million in infrastructure at the pan.

It has installed long-term evolution (LTE) technology

to transmit video, audio and data from the car and

provided 3G connectivity in the area.

The Bloodhound project has also been pivotal

in the marketing efforts of the province by drawing

global attention to a very remote part of South

Africa’s largest province. The province has been promoting

itself as a premier destination for extreme

sports and outdoor adventure and this high-octane

adventure has highlighted this positioning. It has also

showcased the tourism potential and diversity of

experiences to be enjoyed in the Hakskeenpan area.

During the build-up to the first run, the pan has

attracted thousands of visitors which has made a

positive contribution to alleviate unemployment

and has also delivered a significant financial impact

in local communities.

Since 2010, the pan has hosted several motoring

events and even the World Tourism Day celebrations.

Each of these events created further opportunities

for community development and participation as

event managers engage locals as service providers.

This has contributed to giving the local community

a sense of pride and ownership in the project.

The pan lies in the heart of the Kalahari Red Dune

Route and visitors have been encouraged to explore

the fascinating offerings of this diverse region, which

offers something for any type of traveller whether

looking for luxury, adventure, culture or family fun.

Children are being empowering and inspired

by the science and technology represented by the

Bloodhound project. All data generated, including

research and design, and from the manufacturing

and testing stages, are available to schools registered

with the Bloodhound education department.

Visit the Northern Cape Tourism Authority at:




Listening to the universe...

in the Karoo

The world’s largest and most powerful radio telescope the world has ever seen is

under construction.

The Square Kilometre Array South Africa

mega-project under way in the Karoo is a transformative

scientific scheme with wide-ranging


The latest spinoff from the multinational radio

astronomy project is the introduction to South

Africa of study modules in big data. A collaboration

between SKA SA and the South African Medical

Research Council (SAMRC) offers courses in the

fundamentals of big data research. The funding

partner for the study programme is the Newton

Fund through Development in Africa with Radio

Astronomy (DARA). The Newton Fund is supported

by the UK government.

The SKA will be the world’s largest radio

telescope, made up of thousands of antennae

throughout Australia and Africa, centred on the

area around Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. SKA

will be tackling really big questions: What is dark

matter? When did life begin? How are galaxies


South Africa’s own 64-dish MeerKAT telescope,

which will form part of the SKA, started coming on

line in 2016. Once all 64 dishes are operational, a

cellular phone signal from Saturn will be within the

scope of this amazing set of instruments.

South Africa is one of only three countries to

have passed legislation to create an Astronomy

Reserve and this helped persuade the international

decision-makers that South Africa should

be the host (with Australia) of the SKA. There are

17 countries on the project, with the headquarters

in Manchester, England. In Africa, a total of eight

countries will host SKA antennae, including Kenya,

Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

The town of Sutherland, 245km south-west of

the site of SKA, already hosts an array of telescopes

that have a long history of providing scientists

with excellent data in clear skies above the flat and

dry Karoo.

Sectors in the Northern Cape to benefit include

tourism and hospitality. A number of local firms

have become involved through the provision of

at least 75% of the components.

To ensure that local contractors have access

to some of the work, the Kareeberg and

Karoohoogland Contractors’ Forum was established.

Ten local contractors are receiving training

in how to prepare to tender for projects, with a

particular focus on the 80km road that links the

town of Carnarvon to the SKA site.

Three South African universities (University of

Cape Town, University of the Western Cape and

North West University) are cooperating to operate

the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive



Dicing in the desert, and on

airport runways

Petrolheads gather in the Northern Cape to put pedals to the metal.

The first Kalahari Desert Speedweek was held

at Hakskeenpan in the Green Kalahari in 2012.

Car and motorbike enthusiasts gunned their

engines in category-specific time-trials ranging

from veterans to the latest super cars. The dust didn’t

put them off, nor did the fairly basic accommodation

options. The event was the first of its kind to

be held in Africa.

Top speeds at the first event were 321km/h

(Suzuki Hayabusa motorbike) and 308km/h

(Lamborghini Aventador sports car).

The event was held again in 2013 and 2014 but

was suspended the next year for a reason that might

seem odd for anyone familiar with rainfall patterns

in the Northern Cape – the clay surface of the area

where the speed runs were due to take place were

still recovering from heavy rains. Hakskeenpan is

also the venue of the Bloodhound project and so

the surface has to be carefully monitored.

An environmental impact assessment in 2016

meant that the event was postponed again, but

there is a lot of enthusiasm for the next running of

the Kalahari Desert Speedweek in September 2017.

So successful was the first Speedweek that it has

spawned another series of flat-out events. Upington

Airport was the venue for the first of these, in 2013.

Upington Airport is unusually large. When South

African Airways was forced to fly around the bulge

of Africa during the days of apartheid and sanctions,

Upington’s runways were extended so that they

could refuel 747s: the result is a 5.5km-long runway,

long enough for cars to build up plenty of speed.

Timing at 4km allows for a 1.5km braking section!

What became the Upington All Tar Speedweek

also attracted sponsors ranging from track preparation

(Dust-A-Side, better known for its work with dust

management in the mining sector), MTN (telecoms

and infrastructure), Nissan and the Northern Cape

Department of Tourism (medical and logistics). In

2016, the event was held at Mahikeng Airport.

Some of the events allow and encourage camping,

some rely on that fact that Upington has excellent

hotel and guesthouse sector. Protea Hotels by

Marriott has a 90-room hotel in the town with four

types of rooms and the booking website Booking.

com lists no fewer than 52 other accommodation

options for the town.



Extreme testing

Hot days and straight roads make the Northern Cape the perfect place for testing the

world’s best cars.

It would be difficult to think of a place less like

Upington than Arjeplog. For starters, the town in

the Lapland region of Sweden is about 15 000km

north of the Northern Cape town. And then there’s

the average temperatures—the hottest summer

day in Arjeplog is about 20°, which would count as

a fairly average day-time temperature in Upington

in winter!

But the towns share an important function in

the automotive industry. Because of their extreme

temperatures, some of the world’s top motor vehicle

manufacturers test their cars in Arjeplog in the

northern winter, and in the Northern Cape in the

southern summer.

Not only are the hot conditions good for testing

these vehicles, but the high quality of roads also attracts

manufacturers. There is a private test circuit

outside Upington and a section of the N14 near

Pofadder is designated for testing at speeds up to

250km/h, but strictly for “authorised vehicles” only,

which must show a bright yellow sticker.

An online aviation forum carried a photograph

taken by a car buff some years ago, of a Bugatti

Veyron outside a store in downtown Upington. It

would definitely have turned a few heads, with a

new one in 2016 on sale for about $2.5-million. A

tyre change for such a vehicle would be no small

matter, so getting the testing right is very important.

Upington Airport is big enough to accommodate

the biggest cargo planes carrying cars on their way

to testing sites.

While sedan cars enjoy the tar, sports utility vehicles

(SUVs) or bakkies are often spotted on the province’s

dusty pans and sandy hills doing off-road testing.

To prepare for the Dakar Rally, the Toyota Gazoo

Racing team took their Hilux out to the Goerapan for

a tough workout in conditions that were similar to

what they would encounter in South America. Lots

of sand and loose gravel, sharp ups and downs – and

all at top speed.

No studies have been done on the economic

impact of car testing in the Northern Cape but

an article in Autonews in 2015 gave the annual

value of car testing to the Arjeplog economy of

$163.8-million, the result of winter population of

the town doubling in the winter. Several companies

have bases in the town, including Opel (who

were the first to visit in the 1960s), Land Rover,

BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Opel, GKN and

Robert Bosch.


Small harbour development

Driving new economic development in coastal areas.

Rather crowded, somewhat smelly, useful

but of limited value. That just about sums

up the old small slipway that served the

small town of Kleinmond on the Whale

Coast near Hermanus. A major revamp has transformed

the area into a vibrant and varied economic

node, while still allowing fishers access to the sea

and their snoek via the slipway.

The Harbour Road development has seen the

infrastructure leading to the sea upgraded and

transformed: roadside trees shade coffee shops

and traders, and bookshops and restaurants line the

cobbled road leading to the water’s edge. Several

new apartments are for sale or available for holiday


This kind of upmarket development will not suit

every small harbour, jetty or cove along the coast of

South Africa (and the Harbour Road development

was also not everyone’s cup of tea), but it highlights

what can be done with a bit of imagination and

intelligent partnerships between public landowners

and private developers.

The Northern Cape boasts a coastline of

313km but the economic value of this asset has

barely been touched, despite a growth in the abalone

industry in recent years and some fishing and

lobster operations.

This is set to change.

Plans to boost the maritime economy in

the province form part of two broader national




• that South Africa is currently only servicing 4-5%

of the 80 rigs close to Cape Town. (Cape Town

recently did a R1-billion job on a rig.) About 130

rigs pass along the coast each year.

• vessels carry 1.2-million tons of liquid fuel around

South Africa.

• foreign vessels ship 300-million tons of cargo in

and out of South African ports.

The coast controlled by South Africa and adjacent

waters have “possible resources” of oil that could

supply the country’s needs for 40 years, and natural

gas that could supply the country’s needs for 375

years. This has the potential to lead to production of

370 000 barrels per day, but this could not happen

without significant investment.

Port Nolloth

programmes. Operation Phakisa is an initiative of

the South African government to fast-track parts

of the National Development Plan. The focus is on

delivery and results, with strict timelines. “Phakisa”

means “hurry up” in Sotho. One of the focus areas

within Phakisa is the Oceans Economy programme.

Three Northern Cape harbours feature in the list of

harbours that need attention: Port Nolloth, Boegoe

Baai and Hondeklip Bay. The last-named port has already

received investment in the aquaculture sector.

According to Operation Phakisa documents, the

untapped potential that passes South Africa’s coast

is immense. This includes:

• the fact that South Africa only does maintenance

on 5% of the 13 000 vessels that use SA ports.

The province has been allocated an increased quota

for landing fish (primarily hake) which makes Port

Nolloth more attractive as a site for investors in fish

processing. A pilot abalone ranching project located

south of Port Nolloth will start operating soon.

Bigger plans are under way to convert Port Nolloth

into a deepwater port capable of receiving large vessels.

Both a pre-feasibility study and a follow-up Gap

Analysis have been done, and the plans have been

registered with the provincial and national Treasuries.

Port Nolloth itself is today a small fishing harbour

and the studies have shown that better potential

exists at nearby Boegoe Baai to develop deep-sea

facilities. The plan would incorporate both areas.

A commodity mix study has been completed and

submitted to the National Steering Committee on

Ports for further processing and final decision-making.

Preliminary research indicates that the project

could generate income of R2.1-billion annually by

handling bulk cargoes and minerals such as manganese

and iron ore. There would be possibilities

for linking the port to the gas fields and developing

ship-repair facilities. The intention is to find a private

investor or a consortium to take the project forward.

If the harbour project gets the green light, then

accompanying infrastructure will follow. The best

route to connect to Upington will be the subject of

further studies, as will the feasibility of a new rail link.



In announcing that the deep-sea harbour project

was “progressing well” in her 2016 State of the

Province address, Premier Sylvia Lucas referred to

“aligning infrastructure to freight type and ensuring

that network connectivity links complementary

ports with inland connections”. Logistics comprises

a complicated set of interlocking networks that requires

very careful planning.

The preliminary studies suggest that it would

cost about R2.4-billion for the first phase of the

seaside construction, with a further R800-million

needed on the landside. There is an expectation that

volumes through the harbour could be 20-million

tons (for bulk commodities like manganese and iron

ore) and 6.3-million tons of break-bulk cargo.

The construction requirements of a project this

size would themselves be a boost to the economy

of the Northern Cape. The harbour project has the

potential to be transformative.

Small harbours

Another Operation Phakisa initiative is the Small

Harbours Development Unit. Set up within the national

Department of Public Works, it aims to drive

new economic development in coastal areas by

unlocking the potential of small harbours. Small




harbours are also seen as having a key role to play

in safety, security and territorial integrity.

As a first step, 13 smaller fishing harbours in the

Western Cape were identified and work began

on a series of projects to start the revival process:

repairing slipways, towing away sunken vessels and


Many more creative and value-adding interventions

lie ahead, and are expected to be undertaken

even in areas that are currently not “proclaimed”

fishing harbours. South Africa’s four coastal provinces

have as many as 50 potential and existing

unproclaimed harbours. The key is to stimulate

economic activity. Activities to promote primary

maritime activity could include:

• infrastructure to support fishers: processing, ice

production, cold storage

• infrastructure for boat-building and repair

• additional berthing and launching facilities

• new recreational fishing points

• access to better amenities for fishers.

Tourism could be promoted through better:

• pedestrian access

• cleaning and maintenance

• policing

• stalls or shelters to sell crafts

• partnerships with developers to develop restaurant,

curio shops, retail, martime or marine

museums and accommodation options

• water recreation and sports.

Steps are being taken to include the country’s

small harbours as national assets in terms of the

Government Immovable Assets Management Act

(GIAMA). The National Department of Public Works

is the custodian of the state’s immovable assets.

The Small Harbours unit intends implementing

the Spatial and Economic Development Frameworks

(SEDFs) for the 12 proclaimed fishing harbours which

were completed in 2014 and develop SEDFs for the remaining

small harbours along South Africa’s coastline.

An audit of all state coastal reserves needs to be done,

and land for aquaculture projects must be made available

for these enterprises. Short-term leases within

harbours are also to be converted to three -five year

leases so that business owners can have better security

of tenure, allowing them to plan and expand.


Unique routes offer incredible


Tourists can hike along the ocean’s edge, surf sand dunes and star-gaze to their hearts’

content in the Northern Cape.

Quiver Tree, Kalahari Red Dune, Richtersveld

– evocative names to spark the imagination

of any potential traveller. Each

of these phrases describes a designated

tour path for tourists within the Northern Cape’s vast

and fascinating landscape. The three listed here refer

to attractions in the drier parts of the province but

there is plenty of variety on offer in the other routes

that have been developed in other parts of South

Africa’s largest province. These include:

• Namakwa Coastal Route

• Kokerboom Food and Wine Route

• Kimberley Diamond Route

• Karoo Hoogland Route.

The routes are presented on the website of the

Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA) which

is the official marketing agency for the Northern

Cape. Culture, nature and adventure are the three

big themes that future visitors are promised.

A partnership between the Northern Cape

Department of Economic Development and Tourism

(DEDAT) and Open Africa has created employment for

nearly 1 000 people, the majority of whom are black

and female. Open Africa is a social enterprise which

works with local communities to open up tourism

routes. A long-term collaboration with South African

National Parks has seen facilities at many of the province’s

parks improved, and the development of six

tourism routes.

The national Department of Tourism worked together

with DEDAT and the Kai Garib Municipality

to build a campsite at Keimoes on the Orange River.

There are six national parks and five provincial reserves

in the province, each showing off distinct features.

Assets unique to the Northern Cape include wonderful

spring flower displays, spectacular arid areas and

brilliantly clear night skies for sky-gazers. Heritage tourism

is another important niche. SteamNet 2000 and




the Railway Museum at Kimberley

Station maintain vital rail assets

which will make it possible to

launch a Northern Cape Steam

Rail tourism route.

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.

A specialist raptor route has

been developed. Birders can

look out for 50 species, including

the Booted Eagle, the Pygmy

Falcon and the Bateleur. Tours of

the area’s vast open-cast mining operations can

be arranged.

A new route under development in the region

is the Heritage Route tracing the footprints of the

early missionaries to Southern Africa and will include

Kimberley and surrounds, Kuruman and surrounds

and the Robert Moffat Mission.

Hunting is a lucrative subsection of the tourism

sector that is proving extremely popular in this region

and brings valuable economic development

to these rural communities.

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

on this route where you can visit the graves,

Burgher monument and Boer trenches. The town

of Kimberley is itself an extremely popular attraction

and offers fine examples of Victorian architecture

and the world-class McGregor museum, Sol

Plaatje Museum and the famed William Humphrey

Art Gallery.

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.

Many of the region’s small towns are geared to

cater to tourists drawn to the magic of the Karoo’s

open spaces and features famous Karoo towns such

as De Aar, Britstown, Hanover, Victoria West and

Carnarvon. The latter is especially of importance

as home to SKA. Other tourist attractions are the

unique Karoo architecture, South African war sites,

rock art, ancient Paleo surfaces, farm stays and the

famous Karoo lamb.

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 (on the West Coast) and

the awe-inspiring Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

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 small harbour.


Country Hotels has recently invested heavily in the

province. Demand for beds has risen because of

concerted campaigns by the tourist authority and

on the back of investment inflows in the mining and

renewable energy sectors.

Spanish and Chinese engineers are now a common

sight in Northern Cape towns, to such an extent

that local supermarkets are stocking spices such as

saffron for fragrant paellas.

R40-million has been invested by Country Hotels

in the new Kathu Inn and R50-million will see the

Springbok Inn become a smart 100-room hotel with

a further 250 beds available in a backpackers’ lodge

and 25 sites available at an associated campsite. The

Orange River Rafting Lodge has an obvious purpose

while the Namastat Lodge and Caravan Park caters

to travellers on the N7. What used to be known as the



Hantam Hotel in Calvinia is now

the refurbished Calvinia Hotel

and Tankwa Lodge offering 25

air-conditioned rooms and easy

access to flower-spotting and the

Tankwa Karoo National Park.

The riverside town of Upington

has a large number of guesthouses

and bed-and-breakfast establishments,

together with a 90-

room Protea Hotel by Marriott. The

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley

has 117 rooms and three suites

and is located right 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. The Flamingo Casino is

run by Sun International and offers

gaming tables, slot machines and

conference facilities.

Conferences and events

The NCTA has increasingly been

focusing on adventure sports and

the organisation and promotion

of events, including festivals.

The opening of the

2 500-seater Mittah Seperepere

Convention Centre was a boost

to the Northern Cape events and

conferences industry. It is located

near the Big Hole in the centre

of Kimberley. The Convention

Centre makes it much easier to sell

the provincial capital as a meetings,

incentives, conference and

events (MICE) destination.

The Northern Cape has its

fair share of annual festivals.

AfrikaBurn is now a regular in

the Tankwa Karoo National park,


Doornkloof Nature Reserve: +27 51 753 3006

Goegap Nature Reserve : +27 27 718 9906

Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve: +27 27 218 1159

Rolfontein Nature Reserve: +27 53 664 0900

Witsand Nature Reserve: +27 83 234 757


Central Reservations: South African National Parks:

+27 12 428 9111

Augrabies Falls National Park: +27 54 452 9200

/Ai/Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park: +27 27 831 1506

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: +27 54 561 2000

Mokala National Park: +27 53 204 8000

Namaqua National Park: +27 27 672 1948

Tankwa Karoo National Park: +27 27 341 1927




Knights Tour through the Richtersveld Transfrontier

Park and on the Orange River. The river is also

the venue for the 73km Orange Descent Canoe

Marathon which carries a first prize of R50 000.

The first Orange Descent Canoe Marathon attracted

55 participants from the Northern Cape,

KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western

Cape and Gauteng, as well as from Namibia.

The Orange River provides a lush landscape in

which the grapes of the several hundred producers

of Orange River Wine Cellars prosper. The rushing

water of the Augrabies Falls National Park provide

another popular attraction.

attracting fun-lovers determined to do their thing

off the grid. The Vleisfees (meat festival) has been

held in Calvinia in the Hantam region since 1990. The

successful book festival called Boekbedonnerd celebrated

its 10th anniversary in Richmond in 2016. Shelf

upon shelf in room upon room of books are available

in the Karoo town’s extraordinary bookshops.

Located on the N1, it holds the title of “Booktown

Richmond” (there are about 20 “Booktowns” in the

world). Richmond also hosts the JM Coetzee and

Athol Fugard Festival at which the South African

Independent Publishers awards are announced.

Fugard himself was in attendance in 2015.

Upington is the venue for the popular Kalahari

Kuier (Visit) Festival. More than 30 000 people have

been known to attend the event, providing a welcome

boost for the local economy. Kuruman hosts

the Kgalagadi Jazz Festival.

The Tankwa Trek (mountain trails) traverses

the southern part of the Great Karoo through the

Bokkeveld and Witzenburg areas to “star-gazer’s

Central” at Sutherland. It is a mountain bike trail

marathon over 265km that typifies the adventure

tourism of the province’s brand.

Tough sportsmen and women take to mountain

bikes and canoes to take part in the Desert


General opportunities for investors in the tourism

sector include • nature and game reserves

• adventure tourism

• upgrading of accommodation facilities

• new attractions and entertainment features

(theme parks)

• improve air transport networks.

The Northern Cape Department of Economic

Development and Tourism (DEDAT) has prepared

a number of specific tourism investment

packages and is looking for partners to take

these opportunities to completion.

Adventure sports at Kimberley: The possible

establishment of an adventure sports resort

in the Big Hole Precinct, Kimberley.

Steam train: Reviving steam train tourism

(“Gems on Track” is the working title) could be

done along a variety of routes including routes

out of Kimberley to Belmont and from De Aar

to Victoria West.

Eco-resort at Boesmansput: Development

of a diver training facility would form part

of the plan at this popular fresh-water cavediving

site. An eco-lodge is envisaged and a

conference facility.

Wildebeest Rock Art Centre: More than

400 pieces of rock art would form the cornerstone

(together with the nearby Nooitgedacht

Glacial Paving) of a world-class heritage and

archaeological site. Developments would include

the creation of a performance arena (for

the depiction of San Bushman culture) and

facilities for game-viewing and photographic




Explore the Routes of the Northern Cape

Each of the province’s five regions features a route

experience that will capture the imagination. The

incredible year-round experiences coupled with

the warm hospitality, the peace and tranquility offered

by off-the-beaten-track towns and villages

and space as far as the eye can see will allow you

to rediscover life-changing experiences and ensure

unforgettable holiday memories but more importantly,

time to recharge and reconnect with each

other. Visit: www.experiencenortherncape.com

Kokerboom Food and Wine Route

The quiver tree is one of this region’s most arresting

botanical symbols. Stretching along the Gariep, the

Quiver Tree Food and Wine Route includes towns

such as Upington, Kakamas, Augrabies, Kanoneiland,

Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. Highlights of the route

include the impressive Augrabies Falls, the relaxing

hot springs at Riemvasmaak, river rafting, fly fishing,

kayaking and river cruises on the mighty Orange

River, numerous 4x4, hiking and mountain biking

trails and excellent bird watching. Food fundis will

be delighted with the restaurants and road stalls

along the route. Orange River Wine Cellars is the

biggest wine co-operative in the southern hemisphere.

Stop in at Bezalel and Die Mas cellars as well.

Information and bookings +27 84 244 4408

Kalahari Red Dune Route

Golden dunes, wide-open skies and flat-topped

acacia trees symbolise the Kalahari Red Dune Route.

Stretching from Upington right to the Namibian

border it passes the unique towns of Ashkam, Groot

and Klein Mier, and Rietfontein. Chances are you’ll

spot magnificent oryx with their rapier horns if you

cross into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. You

might also encounter martial eagles, wildebeest

and a black-maned lion proclaiming its territory

from a high dune. Home to the massive Hakskeen

Pan where the Bloodhound supersonic land speed

record is to be attempted, it also offers dune hikes at

dawn, eagle-owl encounters, sand duning and surfing

in the red sand, and guided walks with the San

Khomani. Comfortable lodges, rustic bush camps,

traditional San villages and hospitable guest farms

dot the arid wilderness. Contact +27 82 492 3469

Richtersveld Route

The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only mountain

desert and the route will take you on rugged gravel

roads to quaint villages and towns, or take the more

challenging 4x4 routes in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld

Transfrontier Park or in the Richtersveld World

Heritage Area. This route is definitely for the adventurous

and best explored in a well-equipped SUV

or bakkie. Throw in some comfortable hiking boots,

extra water and guidebooks on plants, birds, reptiles

and geology and set out along the 600 km Namaqua

Eco 4x4 Route. The Orange River offers river rafting

and superb wilderness fly-fishing. The Richtersveld

is a mountain biker’s dream. In the villages the locals

will entertain guests with storytelling and traditional

Nama step dancing upon request. Great restaurants

and a fine hotel await you in Port Nolloth, but unpretentious

community-owned guesthouses are found

in almost every village. Contact +27 78 874 1515

Namaqua Coastal Route

In spring, hordes of tourists flock to Namaqualand

to see the spectacular fields of wild flowers. The dry

and dusty plains are transformed from dull browns

to a kaleidoscope of colour. Springbok is the main

centre and the route includes not-to-be-missed

gems, places like Garies, Kamieskroon, Hondeklip

Bay, Koiingnaas and Kleinzee. There are dozens of




adventure and leisure options, including the

Namaqua National Park, nature reserves, hidden

coastal hamlets and some of the most remote hiking

and 4x4 trails you could envision. Hike the Silversands

Trail on the edge of the icy Atlantic or pedal among

oryx within the Goegap Nature Reserve. Stargazers,

history boffins and soul searchers will all feel welcome

here. Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical

guide or hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a dose

of Anglo-Boer War history or visit Namastat, a traditional

matjies-hut village. Contact +27 27 672 1752

Karoo Hoogland Route

The route is situated in the southern part of the

province and covers the small Karoo towns of

Nieuwoudtville, Calvinia, Williston, Sutherland,

Fraserburg, Carnarvon, Loxton and Victoria West

and forms the heart of the Great Karoo. The Karoo

is the home of peace and tranquillity. The Khoi and

San people, who left their legacy as art on the rocks,

gave the Karoo its name. The route offers culture, adventure

and incredible natural beauty with unique

experiences such as stargazing at the world’s largest

astronomical observatory at Sutherland, Carnarvon’s

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescopes, Karoo

architecture and corbelled houses, Anglo-Boer War

sites, rock art, ancient Palaeo Surfaces, farm stays and

great Karoo cuisine featuring Karoo lamb and warm

hospitality. Contact +27 84 709 0218

Cape Namibia Route

The route meanders away from the N7 highway

and includes small towns, each with its own local

flavour and a story to tell. Visitors will encounter

towns capturing the Nama heritage of the province

where they can appreciate the unique stories of

the people of Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok and

Steinkopf. The distinctive and enormous megalithic

boulders carry the names of early Namakwa travellers

and are aptly called the letter stones. During

spring-time, this route takes visitors into the core of

the floral kaleidoscope that is the Namakwa floral

season. Contact +27 53 833 1434


March/April: Diamond and Dorings Music

Festival – Kimberley • Afrikaburn – Tankwa

Karoo National Park • Hantam Mountain Bike

Race – Niewoudtville

May: Calvinia to Ceres: Tankwa Camino –


July: NC Motorsport: Spinning – Kimberley

Gemsbok Rally – Upington

August: Fraserburg Logan Drama Festival –

Fraserburg • Hantam Meat Festival – Calvinia

September : Williston Winter Festival –

Williston • Gariep Arts Festival – Kimberley

• Kamiesberg Flower Trail Run – Kamiesberg

• Desert Knights Motorbike Adventure –

Richtersveld Transfrontier Park • Kalahari

Desert Festival – Witdraai near Askham

• Pella Cultural Festival – Pella

October: Barney Barnato Amateur Golf

Championship – Kimberley • Ghaap River

XTreme Festival – Douglas • Kalahari Augrabies

Extreme Marathon – Augrabies Falls National

Park • Boekbedonnerd X – Richmond

November: The Munga Race – Rolfontein

Nature Reserve • Aggeneys Fees – Aggeneys

December: Richtersveld Liggies Festival –

Port Nolloth • SA Jazz – Kimberley • MetroFM

Heatwave – Kimberley



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Overview of the main economic

sectors of the Northern Cape

Agriculture 42

Grapes and wine 44

Mining 48

Water 54

Education 56

Banking and financial services 57

Development finance

and SMME support 62

Tourism 66



Northern Cape products range from high quality pelts destined for the fashion halls of

Europe to pecan nuts, thoroughbred horses, cattle, sheep, goats and game.


The provincial government

plans several transformative

mega-projects by 2032.

• Gary Player’s farm near

Colesberg is on the market

for R50-million.

• GWK Farm Foods’

R400-million agri- processing

plant was opened at

Modder River in 2016.

Two of the Northern Cape’s most exclusive products are distributed

via the capital of Denmark and the Italian fashion capital of

Milan. Copenhagen is the site of the two auctions of karakul pelts

that are held annually, karakul being a speciality of the Upington

district. Glove-makers in Milan are among the international clients to

whom farmers of the dorper sheep breed sell the wrinkle-free skins

of their sheep, at good prices.

Another exclusive niche in the agricultural landscape of the

Northern Cape is horse stud breeding. This is a speciality of the area

around Colesberg, where the cold evenings and warm days combine

to drive out disease and promote strong growth. Among the studs

are Henham and Southford, a 900ha property near the Gariep Dam

which once was home to the famous stallion “Damask”. The farm that

legendary golfer Gary Player called home for more than 40 years,

Rietfontein, is on the market for R50-million. Buyers will get rather

more than a house, with a nine-hole golf and 46 stables among some

of the other attractions.

Alongside these luxury sectors, the Northern Cape has vast herds

of sheep and goats, cattle are bred in the north and the banks of the

Orange River host superb vineyards.

Irrigation schemes in the

north-east of the province support

a wide variety of crops. The

production of groundnuts is increasing,

with pecan very popular.

The agricultural sector also plays a

vital role in the broader economy

of the Northern Cape, employing

about 45 000 people. This represents

about 16% of employment,

a much higher figure than the national

figure of 5.5%

Occupying 36-million hectares,

the Northern Cape is the

largest province in the country,

almost a third of South Africa’s

total land area. Although the

province is a predominantly

semi-arid region, agriculture

is a major component of the

regional economy and the




province’s farmers contribute

6.8% to South African agriculture.

Government plans

The five mega-projects that the

Northern Cape Department of

Agriculture, Land Reform and

Rural Development (DARDLR) has

committed to have the potential to

draw many small-scale or emerging

farmers into the agricultural

value chain in a meaningful way.

The DARDLR is looking for partners

and investors from the public and

private sectors to develop these

schemes over the next 10-15 years.

The projects are:

• Namakwa Irrigation

Development (centred on


• Rooibos development, including

value-addition through

the production of extract and

aromas as a key value addition


• Vanderkloof Fisheries and

Cape trout farming

• Vaalharts Revitalisation


• Vineyards development


Agri Parks is another initiative

that is designed to promote

inclusivity in agriculture and

to grow agri-processing, particularly

closer to where farmers

farm. The concept brings

together farmers, traders and

agri-processors (such as abattoirs)

in convenient sites within

each district municipality. Within

these parks, support for rural

smallholders will be available in

terms of equipment hire from a

central source, storage facilities,

packaging of produce and getting products to market. The agri-park

intends to provide a network for farmers and manufacturers. There

will also be wtraining available.

The DARDLR has a programme to place unemployed agricultural

graduates at land reform farms in the province to make sure that the

farms are run well, at the same time giving the graduates hands-on


Agricultural development takes place along defined corridors within

the province:

In the Orange River Valley, especially at Upington, Kakamas and

Keimoes, grapes and fruit are cultivated intensively. High-value horticultural

products such as table grapes, sultanas and wine grapes, dates,

nuts, cotton, fodder and cereal crops are grown along the Orange River.

Wheat, fruit, groundnuts, maize and cotton are grown in the

Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme in the vicinity of Hartswater and Jan


Vegetables and cereal crops are farmed at the confluence of the

Vaal River and the Orange River in the vicinity of Douglas. Of the nearly

40-million 10kg bags of onions produced in South Africa (outside of

linked production chains set up by supermarkets), about 10-million

10kg bags come from the Northern Cape.

Wool, mohair, karakul, Karoo lamb, venison, ostrich meat and

leather are farmed throughout most of the province. The province

is second only to the Eastern Cape in terms of the number of sheep

farmed and it is the fourth-largest wool-producing province based

on annual sale of producer lots.

The karakul-pelt industry is one of the most important in the

Gordonia district of Upington. Agri-company KLK is the only organisation

that handles these pelts in South Africa, which are sorted in

Windhoek before being sent to Copenhagen for auction.




KLK is based in Upington and does much more than karakul pelts.

The company’s interests include 19 retail outlets, 12 petrol stations,

four Build it franchises and a strong auction division.

KLK runs three abattoirs in Calvinia, Carnarvon and Upington that

slaughter lamb and beef carcasses. SA Dorper manages the production

and export of dorper skins and the production of cattle hides.

GWK is another company with its headquarters in the Northern

Cape, in this case the town of Douglas. In 2016 GWK invested R400-

million in a wheat mill, pasta plant and biscuit factory in Modder

River. GWK Farm Foods’ new plant has a capacity of 25t/h for wheat

flour, 1.3t/h for biscuits and 1t/h for pasta. R60-million was spent on

increasing silo capacity to feed the plant. The company reported

turnover in 2016 of R8.3-billion.

Senwes is one of the country’s biggest agri-companies and its

Northern Cape area of operation is mostly around the Vaalharts

irrigation area, which is fairly close to the headquarters just over the

provincial border in North West, at Klerksdorp. Storage and handling

of grains and oilseeds are the speciality of Senwes.

OVK controls the large Gariep abattoir at Strydenburg, which has

a daily capacity of 1 300 sheep, 100 cattle and either 250 ostriches

or 750 small game animals. OVK also has trade branches, vehicle

dealerships, a finance division and manufacturing facilities for maize

meal and wheat meal.

Kaap Agri is a Western Cape company with a presence in the

Northern Cape and Namibia.

Aquaculture and mariculture

The Northern Cape’s 313km-long coastline carries great economic potential,

even beyond the various land and sea-based mining operations

that have been carried on along the coast for many years.

The Northern Cape is well placed to take advantage of growing

global demand for abalone.

The aquaculture consultancy Sustainable Environmental Aquaculture

Services (SEAS) helped create an abalone farm at Kleinzee which will

produce 200 tons of product per year when it is at full capacity. The

Western Cape company Tuna Marine is contracted to buy abalone

from the Kleinzee facility, which is owned by Ponahalo Holdings (the

empowerment partner of De Beers Consolidated Mining South Africa).

With food security an important consideration, the provincial government

has committed to supporting small-scale fishers. The Premier

of the Province, Sylvia Lucas, announced in her 2016 State of the

Province address that a feasibility study for a deep-water harbour has

identified a site 70km north of Port Nolloth, Boegoebaai. If this project

is undertaken, it will significantly

boost the maritime sector in the

Northern Cape.

Forty farmers have signed

up for a Catfish Project in the

Vaalharts area. The scheme lies in

the Phokwane Local Muncipality,

north of Kimberley, which falls

under the Frances Baard District


A joint venture by the national

Department of Science

and Technology (DST) and HIK

Abalone is running an abalone

project in Hondeklip Bay with the

intention of producing 120 tons of

abalone for sale. This seaside town

is very well known for its kelp. The

coastline of the Northern Cape

has 2 000 hectares of kelp beds.

There is a growing domestic and

international demand for kelp.

The old John Ovenstone factory

in Port Nolloth is now the site

of small-scale hatcheries for abalone

and oysters. Premier Fishing

has a lobster-processing plant in

Port Nolloth.



Rooibos tea is a global hit

Health trends around the world

are helping the sales of rooibos

tea, most of which is farmed and

processed in the Western Cape and

Northern Cape provinces.

Recent studies proving that

rooibos tea increases antioxidant

capacity in human blood are

further proof of the beverage’s

healthy qualities. The unique

climate and soil of the western

part of the province support this

niche crop.

In 2014, South Africa finally

won “geographic indicator” status

for rooibos, putting it in the same

category as France’s “champagne”

and Portugal’s “port”. About

6 000 tons of tea is now exported to

more than 30 countries and domestic

consumption is about 8 000 tons.

In several coffee shops in

London, Red Espresso has replaced

the traditional double-shot of pure

coffee, and a more recent use of the

tea is to spruce up cocktails.

The country’s biggest private

producer, Rooibos Ltd, is based

in the Western Cape town of

Clanwilliam on the edge of the

Cedarberg Mountains. About

an hour’s drive further north,

in the Northern Cape town of

Nieuwoudtville, a newly developed

rooibos factory is providing

an outlet for small-scale farmers.

An initiative of the Northern

Cape Department of Agriculture

Land Reform and Rural

Development which started operating

in 2008, the factory takes

tea from 85 local farmers with the

goal of helping to integrate these

farmers into the agricultural and

agri-processing business chain.


The Rooibos Council states that more than 5 000 people are employed

in the rooibos industry.

Only the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis (a legume that is part of

the fynbos family) are used in making rooibos (Afrikaans for “red bush”).

Harvested while still green, the leaves are left to dry and ferment in the

sun after being cut up {pictured above). Naturally high in a range of

vitamins and potassium, zinc and iron, its low tannin content makes it

an excellent alternative as a hot drink. Fair Cape Dairies has a product

called Rooiboost.


Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agric.za

Agri Northern Cape: www.agrink.co.za

Agri SA: www.agrisa.co.za

Aquaculture Association of South Africa:


Dorper Sheep Breeders Association of South Africa:


National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:


National Department of Science and Technology:


Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and

Rural Development: www.agrinc.gov.za

Northern Cape Economic Development Trade and Investment

Promotion Agency: www.nceda.co.za

Rooibos Council: www.sarooibos.co.za

Rooibos Route: www.rooibos-route.co.za

Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa:




Grapes and wine

The Orange River region produces fine grapes and delicious wines.


KLK has bought a 50% share

in Carpe Diem Raisins, a

packer and exporter of highquality


• After a long drought,

160mm of rain fell in one

day in January.

• Grape juice concentrate is

exported to Japan.

Despite weather conditions that lurched from drought to

flood in the last months of 2016 and the first days of 2017,

grape farmers and wine producers are positive about crop

estimates for the current season.

Specific weather conditions were good at crucial times: dry weather

for harvesting, cool nights to promote colour development in black

and red grapes.

The South African table grape industry has been investing in

some new varietals which produce a better yield, and this is also

paying off.

Volume of 4.5kg




Actual packed



Actual packed



Final crop



Orange River 17.6 18.6 20.5

Total South


59.3 58.1 65.4


Almost a third of South Africa’s

table grape crop is produced in

the fertile Orange River region of

the Northern Cape.

Seventy percent of the Sultana

grapes grown in the Lower

Orange River Region are used

for vine-fruit products. There are

1 250 Sultana grape growers in

the province, producing three

Sultana-type grapes which rank

among the best in the world: the

Sultana Clone H5, a new hybrid

called Merbein Seedless, which

has proved resistant to splitting

after rain, and the most popular

type, the 143B.

The following vine-fruit

products are produced in

the Northern Cape: Sundried

Thompson Seedless Raisins;

Dipped Orange River Sultanas;

Golden Sultanas; Muscat Raisins;

Monuca Raisins.




An example of successful

Sultana-grape production in

the province is SAD Vine Fruit

(Pty) Ltd, which owns the largest

dried-vine fruit processing and

packaging plant in South Africa.

The Upington-based firm employs

more than 350 people when in full

production. As much as 80% of

vine fruit grown in South Africa is

exported, primarily to Europe.

Diversified agri-company KLK

recently purchased a half share in

Carpe Diem Raisins, an exporter of

high-quality raisins.

The South African Table Grape

Industry Partnership promotes

South Africa in international



According to SA wine industry

statistics, the Orange River region

has about 5% of the total hectares

under wine grapes in South Africa,

and just over 3% of the total number

of vines. New vineyards are

being planted.

Warm to hot conditions, coupled

with the nutrient-rich land on

the banks of the Orange River and

sharply contrasting temperatures

at times, combine to produce consistently

excellent wines. Average

annual rainfall in the area is 150mm,

but the eastern part of the region

from Kanoneiland to Groblershoop

received that amount— and more

—in one day in January.

The Northern Cape’s Orange

River wine region accounts for

25.6% of South Africa’s Colombard

vines and 10% of Chenin Blanc.

The focus is on Colombard and

Hanepoot grapes.

Orange River Cellars (ORC) is a large co-operative with six wineries.

Grapes are collected from 749 farmers. OWC has a winery at its

head office in Upington and at Keimoes, Groblershoop, Kakamas and


Orange River Concentrate Producers (part of the ORC group)

produces about 7.5-million litres of white grape juice concentrate, a

percentage of which is exported to Japan where the Itochu Corporation

uses it in soft drinks and food.

ORC supplies wine to Tops at Spar which now has 691 stores across

the country, (having opened 45 new ones in 2015) and makes Tops’

private label “Carnival”.

ORC has also been selling wine in China, the USA and Europe for a

number of years through its Norweco division. Unique labelling aims

to capture local markets, so ORC wines are called “Star Tree” in the US

and “Goddess” in Denmark.

The Douglas Wine Cellar produces about 6 000 cases per year.

Together with the Landzicht cellar (just over the border in the Free State),

the Douglas Wine Cellars is a GWK company. The Douglas cellar crushes

7 000 tons of grapes every year and produces 5.6-million litres of wine.

Hartswater Wine Cellar is a part of the region’s other big agricultural

company, Senwes. Two wine brands (Overvaal and Elements) are

produced in the Hartswater irrigation area north of Kimberley.

New growers

There are plans to add 40 000 tons of grapes for wine, juice and raisins to

the Northern Cape’s capacity. A draft six-year plan has been developed

for the Northern Cape Vineyard Development Scheme which will be

implemented by the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land

Reform and Rural Development, the National Agricultural Marketing

Council, the Land Bank, Distell, Winetech and Orange River Wine Cellars.

Blocuso farm has developed 18ha of Villard Blanc including an

irrigation system and a trellis system. Grapes are sold to ORC. Bringing

Merbein raisins on stream led to a product supply agreement with

Pioneer Foods. The project has 16 permanent employees but is not

yet self-sufficient.


Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and

Rural Development: www.agrinc.gov.za

Orange River Cellars: www.orangeriverwines.com

SA Wine Industry Information & Systems: www.sawis.co.za

South African Table Grape Industry: www.satgi.co.za

South African Wine and Brandy Company: www.sawb.co.za

Wines of South Africa: www.wosa.co.za



South African Table

Grape Industry

South Africa: preferred country of origin for the world’s best-tasting grapes.

SATI represents growers in key government and

industry initiatives aimed at creating more opportunities,

from ownership to accessing new markets

in a sustainable way.

SATI assists growers with crucial industry information,

transformation, statistics, research, technology

and technical transfer as well as training and

education with the aim of establishing South Africa

as the Preferred Country of Origin for the world’s

best- tasting grapes.

There are five major table grape growing regions in

South Africa. The difference in soil and climate enables

growers to supply the markets from November to

May. The early season is dominated by varieties from

the Northern Provinces and the valleys of the Orange

and Olifants River.

The Northern Cape has one of the biggest table

grape growing regions, known as the Orange River

region, represented by the Orange River Producer

Alliance (ORPA), chaired by Willie du Plessis. This

table grape region, with about 5400 hectares of

vines planted, stretches from Upington to Kakamas,

Augrabies and Blouputs. The table grape industry is

a key industry in the Northern Province, contributing

to direct employment of 1 957 permanent and

21 243 seasonal jobs. Several downstream industries

are also supported. The harvesting of table grapes in

this region takes place from about early November

until early February.


SATI delivers service excellence to create a progressive,

equitable and sustainable industry.


South Africa is the Preferred Country of Origin for table

grapes and will provide every table grape producer

as wide a choice as possible with profitable markets.

SATI’s key areas of intervention

• Technical market access

• Research and technology transfer

• Information and knowledge management

• Transformation

• Communication and stakeholder engagement

• Human capacity and skills development

• Technical support

These interventions are aimed at assisting producers

to Gain, Retain and Optimise (GRO) market access.



Manager: Communications: Clayton Swart

Email: clayton@satgi.co.za

Chairperson ORPA: Willie du Plessis

Email: willie@omdraai.co.za

Physical address: 63 Main Street, Paarl 7624

Tel: +27 21 863 0366 | Fax: +27 21 863 3039

Email: info@satgi.co.za

Website: www.satgi.co.za





Zinc and diamonds are shining brightly in the Northern Cape.


The Northern Cape’s vast

mineral reserves are attracting

foreign investors.

• 30% of South32’s iron ore

is processed locally.

• Petra Diamonds announced

a 48% revenue

rise in the second half of


The volumes of iron ore mined in the Northern Cape make it the

mineral that will always be in the news (world prices have a big

effect on employment rates in the province) but diamonds and

zinc have recently been in the headlines.

In the six months to December 2016, Petra Diamonds reported

a 24% increase in production and a 48% improvement in revenue.

Expansion continued at the firm’s Northern Cape property at Finsch

and at the Cullinan mine in Gauteng province. Full-year production

was said to be on track for 4.4-4.6Mcts (with cautions) and the

company has a stated goal of getting to about 5.3-million carats

by FY 2019.

Petra has also entered into a joint venture. KEM JV comprises Petra,

Ekapa Mining (jointly owned by Petra and Ekapa Mining) and a third

party, Super Stone Mining.

When Vedanta started work in 2015 on its R9.4-billion Gamsberg

Zinc project, it was very big news for a sector in need of good news.

The new mine is in the Namakwa District Municipality south of the

N15 road that links Pofadder and Springbok. About 1 500 jobs are

expected to be created in the construction phase, with about 500

permanent positions for the running of the mine.

The year 2015 was also the year in which BHP Billiton spun off

South32, and that company is very active in the Northern Cape. The

Hotazel Manganese Mines is

made up of two mines, Wessels

(underground) and Mamatwan

(open cut), and the Metalloys

manganese smelter. The company

has 30% of the product from

its mines processed at the smelter

where a managese alloy is made.

Hotazel is also the site of a relatively

new manganese mine, Tshipi

Borwa. Tshipi é Ntle Manganese

Mining (Tshipi is a joint venture between

Pallinghurst Co-Investors

(led by Brian Gilbertson) and a

black empowerment company

representing several groups called

Ntsimbintle Mining. A number of

non-governmental organisations

(NGOs) such as the Black Sash

have a 2.2% stake in the mine

through Ditikeni Investment

Company. Indications are that

Tshipi can produce about 2.2-

million tons of ore per year, for

about 60 years.





Most of the area’s mineral riches

are processed outside the province

so there are excellent prospects

for investors interested in

establishing value-adding beneficiation

plants in a wide range of

minerals, from iron ore and manganese

to copper and limestone.

The provincial government of

the Northern Cape has made a

number of interventions to assist

small miners and communities in

the context of the downturn in

the broader mining sector. Grants

from the Co-operative Incentive

Scheme are being given to cooperatives

to help them buy

mining equipment.

Steps have been taken to protect

and enhance the growing

Tiger’s Eye industry and exports

to China have been increasing.

However, illegal mining has been

a problem. Provincial government

has stepped in to create

co-operatives and to assist such

groups to get mining licences.

Land owned by municipalities at

Prieska, Niekerkshoop, Marydale

and Griekwastad is the focus of

these initiatives.

The National Youth

Development Agency (NYDA),

the provincial government and

Mintek are collaborating on the

Prieska Loxion Hub (PLH), which

beneficiates Tiger’s Eye for jewellery

and stone-cutting products.

The Northern Cape Provincial

Government has estimated that

procurement by the large mining

houses exceeds R18-billion

annually. The political leadership

is hoping that closer interaction

with mining companies will bring more direct benefit to local communities.

All mining company already have corporate social investment

plans but recent engagements (a Provincial Mining Summit and a

meeting between provincial government and mine managers) aim to

increase the percentage of localised procurement (parts, consumables

and services), directing work to companies owned by black people and

women, and investment in skills training.


Mining contributes 23.4% to the Northern Cape economy and makes

up nearly 7% of South Africa’s total mining value. Whatever cyclical ups

and downs affect the sector, it remains a most important component

of the provincial economy. The mineral resources of the province are

wide-ranging and impressive with significant deposits of iron ore,

manganese, zinc, copper, lead, titanium, pig iron, zircon and gypsum.

The Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and

Tourism’s “Economic and Investment Profile” highlights the fact that

the province is responsible for:

• 95% of South Africa’s diamond output

• 97.6% of alluvial diamond mining

• 13.4% of world lead exports

• 80% of the world’s manganese resource

• 25% of the manganese used in the world

• 100% of South Africa’s Tiger’s Eye

• largest national production of sugilite (a semi-precious stone).



Rare earth elements

Rare earth elements (REE) are a very modern mineral, in that large

parts of the modern economy rely on them. Super-conductors, X-ray

machines, nuclear batteries and PET-scan detectors are just some of

the technologies that rely on rare earth elements such as promethium,

thulium and holmium.

China controls 95% of the world’s supply of REEs and the search is on

for alternative sources. Two sites in western South Africa have attracted

investor’s attention: Zandkopsdrift (Northern Cape) and, very close by

but in the adjoining province of the Western Cape, Steenkampskraal.

Manganese and iron ore

The overwhelming majority of the world’s manganese comes from the

Postmasburg and Kalahari regions of the Northern Cape. The province

is responsible for 25% of the world’s exports of the mineral. Assmang

has two manganese mines in the province: Nchwaning and Gloria.

The Northern Cape produces more than 84% of South Africa’s

iron ore. The province has two major iron belts, from Postmasburg to

Hotazel, and running through Sishen and Kathu. Sishen is the most

important iron-ore mine in South Africa, where operations include

extraction and four beneficiation plants. The availability of natural

resources, labour and infrastructure (including the Sishen-Saldanha

railway line), make Sishen the ideal location.

Kumba Iron Ore has the huge Sishen facility at Kathu and Kolomela.

Assmang, a joint venture comprising African Rainbow Minerals and

Assore, mines at Khumani.

The reality of low prices for iron ore have been felt very keenly in

the Northern Cape. After a tough period because of reduced global

demand (particularly for platinum and iron ore), mining as a whole

started to recover in 2016, with the iron-ore price recovering strongly

late in the year. Kumba is building plants to increase production again.

After initially saying that it wanted to get rid of everything outside

its core assets (copper, platinum group metals and diamonds), Anglo

American has backtracked somewhat in the light of the recovery of

iron ore and other mineral prices. (Anglo does not have diamond assets

in the Northern Cape.)

Assuming that it will go ahead with disposals, the sale of Anglo’s

69.7% shareholding in Kumba Iron Ore will have the biggest impact.


De Beers sold its underground operations at Kimberley to Petra (in

2007 but the final details were

only sorted out in mid-2010) and

it sold South Africa’s secondbiggest

diamond mine, Finsch

mine, 165km west of Kimberley,

to the same company for R4.25-

billion in early 2011. This is part of a

broader programme by De Beers

in which several of its mines have

been sold to Petra (Koffiefontein

and Cullinan mines in other provinces

and a Tanzanian operation

are examples). The company’s

Namaqualand mines have been

closed and are for sale.

Petra Diamonds’ purchases

mean the company now has

five South African mines, two of

which are in the Northern Cape.

Another active purchaser of

mines is Rockwell Diamonds,

which is listed on the TSX and

JSE. The company’s assets in

the Northern Cape lie between

Prieska and Douglas, southwest

of Kimberley: Wouterspan,

Nieuwejaarskraal, Remhoogte

and Saxendrift.

Away from the underground

kimberlite pipes and fissures, river

and coastal deposits are also

present in the Northern Cape.

Diamonds have been recovered

along the Orange, Buffels, Spoeg,

Horees, Groen, Doom and Swart

rivers in the province, while coastal

deposits have been found from

the mouth of the Orange River to

Lamberts Bay.

Diamond mining company

West Coast Resources (WCR)

completed its production plant

at Mitchells Bay at the end of 2016

and started mining in 2016. Trans

Hex, with a 40% shareholding in

WCR, will manage the mine and

market the diamonds produced




from it. The national Department

of Trade and Industry (dti) owns

20% of WCR. By 2020 the project

intends employing 686 jobs. By

May 2016 there were 166 permanent

employees and 24 parttimers

working at Mitchells Bay.


The Northern Cape is responsible

for around 18% of South Africa’s

total copper production, with the

two most prominent mines located

in Nababeep and Aggeneys.

The Carolusberg Mining Complex

has copper reserves of 37.5-

million tons, while the

Nigramoep deposit has 15-million

tons. Galileo’s initial tests at

its Concordia Copper project near

Okiep suggest that prospects are

good what it calls “large-scale

copper targets”. Tungsten has also

been found in the area.

In 2016 Horomela Investments

received prospecting rights for

is property near Aggeneys. The

only 100% black-owned and

black-managed base metals

mining company in South Africa,

Horomela will be mining for lead,

silver, copper and zinc.

Lead and zinc

Aggeneys, in the Namaqualand

district of the Northern Cape, is

responsible for approximately

93% of South Africa’s lead production,

and 12% of all world lead

exports. Zinc is less abundant, but

the province is still responsible for

about 43% of South Africa’s overall

zinc production.

The Black Mountain mine run by Vedanta can produce 30 000 tons

of concentrate annually, 7 000 tons of copper, 50 tons of silver and

40 000 tons of lead. Almost a third of the mine’s concentrate output

is exported through Saldanha on the West Coast.

The Indian company is investing a further R9.4-billion on a nearby

project at Gamsberg. Located on the road between Springbok and

Pofadder, the mine is already having a significant impact on employment

for nearby communities. In the first phase, 4Mtpa of ore will be

mined, producing 250 000tpa of zinc concentrate.

The site is a diversity “hotspot” (one of seven in South Africa) so

a lot of work has to be done. Vedanta is working with International

Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a biodiversity offset

agreement has been signed.

South African government officials, including the Deputy Minister

of Mineral Resources, have visited Vedanta’s Indian headquarters and

there are hopes of partnership in fields such as copper smelting,

zinc beneficiation and captive power generation. Local engineers are

expected to travel to India for training as part of the Vedanta global

leadership programme.


Chamber of Mines: www.chamberofmines.org.za

Geological Society of South Africa: www.gssa.org.za

Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za

Mintek: www.mintek.co.za

National Department of Mineral Resources: www.dmr.gov.za

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and

Tourism: www.economic.ncape.gov.za

Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy:


South African Mining Development Association: www.samda.co.za


Who is Petra Diamonds?

Petra Diamonds is a leading independent diamond mining group and

an increasingly important supplier of rough diamonds to the

international market. The Company has interests in six producing

mines: three underground mines in South Africa (Finsch, Cullinan,

Koffiefontein) and one open-pit mine in Tanzania (Williamson), as

well as, via its Joint Venture Partnership with Ekapa Mining, the extensive tailings and

underground operations in Kimberley. It also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana.

Petra has grown rapidly in recent years, and plans to steadily increase annual production to 5.3

million carats by FY 2019. The Group has a major resource base in excess of 300 million carats.

Petra’s fast development has established the Company as London’s largest quoted diamond

mining group and its exceptional growth profile positions the Group as a unique investment

opportunity within the sector. This makes Petra one of the few mid-tier diamond producers

to offer a significant and growing production profile. This growth in output places the

Company in a strong position to benefit from the positive long-term fundamentals for the

diamond industry, where demand is forecast to outpace supply.

Petra conducts all operations according to the highest ethical standards and will only operate in

countries which are members of the Kimberley Process. Petra is quoted with a premium listing

on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Petra Diamonds and the Northern Cape

With interest in three operations in the Northern Cape,

Petra is proud to be part of the future of this Province,

which can be regarded as the birthplace of the modern

diamond industry.

Petra’s philosophy is that its operations should benefit

the communities in which its mines are, and therefore

these local communities are regarded as high priority

and the mines’ principal stakeholders.

Apart from creating employment, with local recruitment

receiving preference, investment by Petra is expected to

extend the lives of these operations, thereby

contributing to the local economy and ensuring that

optimal benefit will accrue to their local communities.

Petra is committed to being a good corporate citizen.

This not only includes disposing responsibly of the

commitments imposed by its Mining Licences, such as

contribution to development through its Social and

Labour Plans, and caring for the environment through its

Environmental Management Plans, but also striving to

go beyond what is expected to make a positive impact in

communities whenever possible.

Finsch Diamond Mine at Lime

Acres - one of the world’s foremost

and most technologically advanced

diamond mines

For more information, visit our website at www.petradiamonds.com

Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV

A New Future for Diamond Mining in Kimberley

Petra Diamonds and Ekapa Mining, with their empowerment partners, are proud to

be associated with Kimberley and the Northern Cape through their Joint Venture,

Kimberley Ekapa Mining.

The synergies created by pooling and sharing resources such as Tailing Mineral

Resources, processing facilities and underground operations opened the window

for extending the life of diamond mining operations in Kimberley significantly, thus

ensuring a continued contribution to the local economy.

Investing heavily in people, infrastructure and capital development projects,

successfully combining very diverse business units into one cohesive team with all

the resources needed to make a success of the extended life of the operations,

gears Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV to make a success of the opportunities created.

Here’s to the Future!

Zero Harm and Sustainable Environments



Upgrades are securing water delivery.

Two of South Africa’s great rivers meet in the Northern Cape at

a point south-west of Kimberley. After absorbing the Vaal River,

the Orange River continues westwards to the Atlantic Ocean and

provides the basis for agriculture all along its path.

North of Kimberley, the confluence of the Vaal and the Harts rivers

encompasses one of South Africa’s most intensely irrigated areas. The

Vaalharts irrigation system is one of the most productive in the country,

covering about 44 000 hectares with a variety of crops. Various water

users’ associations (WUAs) representing particular areas (such as the

Vaalharts) are recognised by the national water authority.

Two of South Africa’s biggest dams, the Gariep and Vanderkloof,

also provide water for irrigation and hydro-electric power.

But many parts of the province are very dry with sections of the

north and north-west classified as semi-arid and arid. The southern

Kalahari Desert does receive rain (sometimes a lot of rain in a very

short space of time) but the fact that mining is a primary economic


The R18-billion Gamagara

Water Supply scheme is on


• Sedibeng Water has built a

new laboratory.

activity in the dry regions of the

province presents particular challenges.

The town of Kuruman is

an exception in that it has a natural

and prolific spring, the Eye of


The national Department of

Water and Sanitation has been in




Bulk water and reticulation monitoring are both conducted by the

laboratory which also conducts internal and external training for staff

in the water and sewage treatment field.

A new laboratory has been built to monitor the quality of water at

the revamped Vaal Gamagara scheme. The laboratory’s four sections

cover Instrumentation, Wet Chemistry, Sewage and Microbiology.

When the laboratory gains SANAS accreditation, it will be the first in

the province to have such a rating.


the process of consolidating the

country’s water boards into nine

regional water utilities. Some

boards have merged to create

new entities while others have

extended their area of supply.

Sedibeng Water now offers

water-supply services across

three provinces, including most

of the Northern Cape.

Sedibeng Water has absorbed

the old Namkwa Water Board

which means it is responsible for

towns such as Okiep, Concordia,

Nababeep and Springbok, and

the mines in that part of the

province. The Pelladrift board

(serving Pofadder) has also been


Sedibeng Water’s Central

Laboratory, based at Balkfontein

near Bothaville, is a SANAS ISO/

IEC 17025-accredited facility. The

laboratory has the advantage

of being on the site of a watertreatment

plant, enabling it to

process as many as 3 000 chemical

and 1 700 bacterial analyses

every month.

Namakwa Water Project

The town of Springbok has been plagued by water-supply problems for

several years, with pipes failing on a regular basis. The copper-mining

company that used to see to water delivery operations in the area has

closed down. The Namakwa water project will deliver water to about

11 000 households and should be completed in 2019. Work is being

done on pump stations and sand filters and a new pipeline is to be laid.

Vaal Gamagara Project

Twenty-two villages in six municipalities will benefit from the Vaal

Gamagara Refurbishment and Upgrading Project.

The existing scheme, run by Sedibeng Water, supplies about

22-million m 3 of water to industry, mines, agricultural enterprises and

domestic users, but demand is growing. Existing manganese and

iron-ore mines near Hotazel and Kathu are heavy water users and if

any new mines are to be considered in the area, a reliable water supply

is needed. The same applies to the creation of any new infrastructure

such as solar power plants, although obviously to a lesser degree.

A 430km pipeline is to be constructed from Delportshoop to Black

Rock and upgrades will be done on existing pump stations and watertreatment

plants. The cost of the project, which falls under the national

Department of Water and Sanitation, is R18-billion.

Sedibeng Water has been selected as the implementing agent for

the project and they will work with the Kgalagadi Joint Venture. Once

the project is complete, the scheme will be able to deliver water to

neighbouring country, Botswana.


Blue Drop Awards: www.ewisa.co.za

National Department of Water and Sanitation: www.dwa.gov.za

South African Association of Water Utilities: www.saawu.org.za

Water Institute of South Africa: www.wisa.org.za

Water Research Commission: www.wrc.org.za




Sol Plaatje University has opened in Kimberley.

The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project under way in

the Karoo is having far-reaching effects on education and training

in the Northern Cape.

Bursaries for local pupils to tertiary institutions, the appointment

of a specialist mathematics and science teacher at Carnarvon

High School and internships for locals in optical fibre technology are

just some of the spinoffs already experienced.

SKA SA, the national Department of Science and Technology and

the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Meraka Institute have

trained 17 teachers in the use of tablets and 40 young people have,

since 2011, received bursaries to study skills that will enable them to

work in radio astronomy.

The Namaqua Maths and Science project (NaMaSci) is a partnership

between the Northern Cape Department of Education and the

University of Stellenbosch which aims to help students in the Namakwa

district gain access to tertiary study. Tutors offer holiday classes

in Springbok.

After years of lobbying for a university, the Northern Cape now

has its own place of higher learning, Sol Plaatje University, named

after the great intellectual, writer and advocate for equal rights. The

curriculum covering degrees and diplomas is presented in four schools:

Humanities (including Heritage Studies), Natural and Applied Sciences

(Data Sciences, ICT), Education and Economics and Management

(BComm and Diploma in Retail Business Management). The provincial

government is implementing its Northern Cape Information Society

Strategy in partnership with the university.

Astronomy-related courses are planned for the future to dovetail

with the Square Kilometre Array.


Northern Cape Department of Education:


Northern Cape Rural TVET College: www.ncrtvet.com

Northern Cape Urban TVET College: ww.ncutvet.edu.za

Sol Plaatje University: www.spu.ac.za


The SKA project is fast-tracking

educational opportunity.

The Northern Cape Urban

TVET College comprises three

campuses in Kimberley: City

Campus, Moremogolo Campus

and Phatsimang Campus, where

teacher training is done. At City

Campus, students have access

to three departments: business

studies, engineering studies and

a business unit that organises short

courses. At Moremogolo Campus

students are offered courses in either

the business studies or skills


The Northern Cape Rural TVET

College has campuses at Kathu,

Upington, De Aar, Kuruman and

Namakwaland. These colleges

offer students courses in finance,

economics and accounting;

engineering; IT and computer

science; management; hospitality;

marketing; and tourism.

NCRTVET College has a variety of

part-time programmes and short

skills programmes delivered in the

form of learnerships, internships

or apprenticeships. This enables

adults and employed people

to study after hours or to do

enrichment courses.



Banking and financial services

Banks are finding ways to service even very remote rural areas.


In a province with a high proportion of rural citizens such as the

Northern Cape, the prospect of Postbank being upgraded to a fullservice

bank is positive news. In 2016 the bank (part of the South

African Post Office, SAPO) received a first-level licence. Once a board

of directors has been appointed and a company formed, the Reserve

Bank is likely to grant the full licence.

The current Postbank focusses on taking deposits and savings accounts.

Postbank has secured a R3.7-billion loan to enable it to open its

own loan book. The large geographical footprint of the Post Office will

make the bank easily accessible to even remote parts of the country.

South Africa’s four big retail banks (Nedbank, Absa, Standard Bank

and First National Bank) have a solid presence in all of the major towns

in the province. Relative newcomer, Capitec, is rapidly moving towards

being part of a Big Five.

With the renewable energy sector being actively pursued in South

Africa, a whole new sector in need of project funding has opened up

for banks. The Northern Cape has attracted a very high percentage

of independent power producers which have won the right to build

power plants, especially in solar power sector.

With agriculture being such an important part of the provincial

economy, each of the established banks has specialists in the province

and dedicated units such as Nedbank Agribusiness. Focus areas


South Africa’s newest stock

exchange listed Senwes on its

first day in action.

• The multi-billion-rand stokvel

market is attracting interest.

for this unit are agronomy (grain,

oil seeds, sugar and cotton), livestock

(including game farming),

horticulture (fruit and vegetables,

for example), and secondary agriculture

which covers agricultural

processing and storage.

Most agricultural companies

in the province have financing

and services divisions. This provides

real competition for the

retail banks, despite their specialised

agricultural desks. The Land



and Agricultural Development

Bank of South Africa (Land Bank)

is also a major participant in the

Northern Cape financial sector.

GWK is one of the biggest

agricultural firms, with the GW

standing for Griqualand West.

It has its roots in the Northern

Cape province and its headquarters

are located in the town

of Douglas. GWK has six units

within its Corporate Services

division and these mostly relate

to finance: Finance, Financing,

Risk Management and Financial

Agricultural Advice.

Farmers have a wide selection

of products to choose from: production

loans for the cultivation

of products, livestock production

loans, buyers accounts, auction

accounts and instalment agreements

for buying equipment,

vineyard establishment and


Senwes is another big agricultural

company active in the

Northern Cape, although its

headquarters are in Klerksdorp,

North West, and it is active across

South Africa. It offers many products

within its Credit division,

including asset financing in collaboration

with Wesbank. In 2017

Senwes and its holding company

Senwesbel became the first new

stocks to be listed on the country’s

new stock exchange, the


Upington-based KLK

Landbou has insurance and

medical cover products while

OVK offers insurance and financing

options. Kaap Agri has three

offices in the Northern Cape

where farmers can consult on

financial matters.

Improving access

A high percentage of the population of the Northern Cape live in rural

areas and are members of burial societies or saving groups (stokvels).

South Africa’s “stokvel” (savings club) market is worth about R44-billion:

Sanlam is developing products to tap into that market.

Finscope’s 2014 survey of South African banking and financial surveys

shows that between 2004 and 2014 a remarkable eight-million people

were connected to the financial system in some way. Overall, the

“financially included” reached 31.4-million (up from 17.7-million in 2004).

In a category called “formally served” which includes services other

than formal banks with branch networks, the percentage of South

Africans so served grew from 50% to 80%; in the “banked” category

(more traditional but including new devices), the percentage grew

from 46% to 75%.

Among innovations designed to reach the unbanked were Teba Bank

allowing customers to deposit at supermarkets, Absa launched two

mobile banks, FNB also created mobile branches and most of Standard

Bank’s new sites were planned for townships. Standard Bank’s community-banking

initiative offers a low-cost cellphone-banking service.

Retailers can act as agents for the bank, even in very remote rural areas.

Nedbank has Approve-it, which allows customers to accept or

reject an Internet transaction by cellphone. Nedbank also has partnerships

with shops such as Boxer Stores and Pick n Pay where customers

can have access to financial services in previously unserviced areas

and also on all days of the week such as public holidays and Sundays.

Some of Nedbank’s other innovations include Home Loans Online

Digital Channel and Market Edge, together with the Nedbank App

Suite. The Nedbank@Work product offers targeted service to employees

of companies that bank with Nedbank, including free advice.

The Keyona Plus account includes funeral cover, a loan facility and a

method of transferring money. The Nedbank4me account is tailored

to the youth market.


Association for Savings and Investment South Africa:


Auditor-General of South Africa: www.agsa.co.za

Banking Association South Africa: www.banking.org.za

Chartered Institute for Government Finance, Audit and Risk

Officers: www.cigfaro.co.za

Financial Services Board: www.fsb.co.za

Institute of Bankers in South Africa: www.iob.co.za

Office of the Ombudsman for Banking Services:




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Development finance and SMME


Programmes for cadets and Gazelles are on offer in the Northern Cape.

The provincial government’s commitment to supporting small

enterprises, rural enterprises and co-operatives was shown in

concrete form in 2016 with the support of 210 SMMEs and 91

co-operatives. Business and financial management training was

offered to 83 informal traders. In partnership with the Small Enterprise

Development Agency (Seda), nine cadets received training before

receiving work places at various municipalities.

Other steps taken by the provincial government to support co-ops

and SMMEs include:

• trading spaces allocated at Kimberley Diamond Cup (20)

• stalls allocated at Southern African International Trade Exhibition

for Retail Products

• preferential procurement from state-owned enterprises such as

Eskom or Transnet (36)

• training for clothing and textile manufacturing (25 women)

• hosting of national Technology for Women in Business awards

• hosting of Provincial Youth in Business Summit (150 young people)

• participation in Entrepreneurs’ Day (56 TVET students).

The Research and Development Unit within the Policy, Research and

Innovation Programme of the Department of Economic Development

and Tourism hosted an Economic Research Day at the Kalahari Lodge

in Kimberley in October 2016. The day, ”Making SMMEs work’’, brought

together support agencies, government and private companies such

as Petra Diamonds and Anglo American. The DEDAT’s Knowledge

Management and Innovation Unit made a presentation on innovation

and technology for small businesses. A Laptop Trolley was used

to demonstrate how ICT can assist business owners improve their

entrepreneurial skills and their business by using technology.

Specific investment opportunities that are being encouraged with

the SMME sector will see funds allocated to:

• a guest farm in the Pixely Ka Seme District (women, people with

disabilities and youth)

• a motor-focused business (tyres, shocks) to be run by young people

in Noupoort

• a youth business entity to acquire equity in a company manufacturing

toilet paper and a company that bottles water.


State-owned enterprises

favour SMMEs in procurement.

• Laptop trolley demonstrates

how ICT can help


• A diamond incubator is

passing on relevant skills.

There is a plan to create a

Provincial Incubation Strategy

and planners are also looking into

creating a specialist Renewable

Energy Incubator to support

smaller entrants into that growing

sector. Many of the programmes

in the Northern Cape that




support small, medium and

micro enterprises focus on agricultural

production and food



There are a number of active organisations

in the Northern Cape,

many of whom are in partnership

with organs of the provincial government,

and one another. The

Gazelles programme falls under

the Department of Small Business

Development. In the Northern

Cape the focus will be aligned

with the cluster approach to key

sectors: renewable energy; mining;

agriculture and agri-processing.

Seda is also a partner in the

Kimberley incubation hub related

to the Kimberley International

Diamond and Jewellery Academy.

So far the KIDJA has trained 45 students

who now qualify to work in

the diamond industry.

Training is offered in technical

skills related to jewellery manufacture

and also in the skills relevant to

starting a new business. Seda runs

49 incubators around the country.

There are six branches of Seda in

the province.

The Northern Cape has a

satellite office of the Seda unit

known as the Zenzele Technology

Demonstration Centre, offering

technical and research support to

small-scale mining and mineralrelated


The Company and Intellectual

Property Commission (CIPC) is to

set up a service point within the

relevant provincial department,

making it easier for SMMEs to



The National Empowerment Fund is assisting in the setting up of a

provincial Enterprise Development Fund. An allocation of R5-million

has been made to seed the fund, and private sector investors are

expected to cooperate in creating a useful fund for new ventures.

The small town of Kathu is not the first place one would think of

in terms of tourism investment. Yet this is where entrepreneur Beyers

Myburgh located his Urban Hotel. The commodity cycle that has reduced

global demand for iron ore and other minerals means that the

accommodation boom of a few years ago has tapered off, but business

travellers still make their way to the Northern Cape, some of them in

search of opportunities in the renewable energy sector. Myburgh’s

first Urban Hotel is in Bloemfontein.

Backing him as a 51% investor is the Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC). Most of the hotel’s clients are business travellers

and 24 jobs have been created. The IDC is better known as an investor

in mega-projects but support is available, as in the case of Urban

Hotels, for smaller investments that can create jobs.

The biggest investment of the IDC in the Northern Cape is through

its stake in a new manganese mine and sinter plant located near

Hotazel. The IDC also has a 36.5% shareholding in Karsten Group

Holdings, a diversified agricultural and exporting company with a

primary focus on dates and table grapes. Karsten employs more than

4 000 people on a seasonal basis.

Through the IDC’s Transformation and Entrepreneurial Scheme,

a black economic empowerment project is under way at Kakamas,

where emerging farmers are planting citrus. Vaal Community Citrus

should create 1 330 jobs. The IDC is heavily invested in a large number

of solar-power projects that have been approved in the province.

The Masisizane Fund makes loan financing available in sectors

such as agriculture and agri-processing, commercial, supply chain

and manufacturing. It also offers training and technical support and

funding to help businesses to comply with legislation.


Department of Small Business Development: www.dsbd.gov.za

Department of Trade and Industry: www.dti.gov.za

Development Bank of Southern Africa: www.dbsa.org

Industrial Development Corporation: www.idc.co.za

National Empowerment Fund: www.nefcorp.co.za

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.org.za

Small Enterprise Finance Agency: www.sefa.org.za



Northern Cape Chamber

of Commerce and Industry

Your ultimate business connection.

Our heritage in brief

NOCCI was established on 22 February 2000

when the Chamber of Business and the Kimberley

Afrikaanse Sakekamer amalgamated. At the time,

these two organisations had served the business

community of Kimberley for 120 years.

Membership advantages

A Chamber assesses and evaluates the needs of

the local business community, especially regarding

the need for services to small business at a

reasonable cost:

• Monitors developments at the local level

• Mobilises business opinion on local issues

• Exerts a positive influence on the environment in

which business operates and helps prospective

members grow their business

• Promotes and encourages the pursuit of a high

standard of business ethics

• Disseminates information that is useful to the business


• Creates opportunities for improving business skills

• Extends business contacts locally, regionally and

nationally, and allows individual business-people

to share in the provincial and national business

decision-making processes

• Upholds the market economy and private

enterprise system

• Has committees which are ideal places for members

of diverse interests to consolidate and unify

their thinking as they work together- committees

accurately sense the environment, process information

and provide valuable guidance to the member

• Holds functions and special events, allowing members

to network and learn about interesting topics

Jaime Goncalves – KEW, Sharon Steyn CEO NOCCI, Hannes van Niekerk – SAW, Beverley Deke – NOCCI

Marketing, Samantha Lawrence – Duncan and Rothman, Charlene Zondagh – Halsted, Gert Klopper –

Petra Diamonds, President, Barend Olivier – Garden Court, Gerrie Cloete – Griquas Rugby Union, Pravashini

Kika – PA NOCCI, and Johan Theron – Standard Bank – Treasurer. Absent: Marie Parsons – Parsons Home

Appliance, NOCCI Ist Vice Chairperson, Peter Hanson - Astra Travel and Lorraine Mcanda - Nedbank.




Through affiliation with national organised business

structures, the “Voice of Business” is representative

as memberships grows. The “Voice of Business” is a

binding force combining the skills and influences of

men and women engaged in all forms and sectors

of business.

Can you afford not to belong?

The increasingly complex business and social environment

requires a comprehensive support structure

to ensure the most favourable climate for the

continued viable existence of individual businesses

in a system of free enterprise. At the same time,

the Chamber movement facilitates adjustment by

business to those realities that cannot be altered.

Involvement in the Chamber movement bears

abundant fruit for the well-being of each business.

Thousands of successful businesspeople can testify

to the enrichment of their own skills and the

development of a network base through active

participation in the Chamber affairs. If you are a

businessperson with vision, you cannot afford not

to join the Chamber movement.

Executive Committee of NOCCI

President: Gert Klopper (Petra Diamonds)

Vice-President: Marie Parsons (Parsons Home


Treasurer: Johan Theron (Standard Bank)

Executive members: Barend Olivier (Garden Court

Kimberley), Charlene Zondagh (Halsted), Gerrie Cloete

(Griquas Rugby Union), Hannes van Niekerk (Super

Armature Winding), Jaime Goncalves (KEW Foundries),

Lorraine Mcanda (Nedbank), Samantha Lawrence

(Duncan & Rothman), Peter Hansen (Astra Travel)

Staff: Sharon Steyn (CEO), Pravashini Kika (PA to CEO),

Beverley Deke (Marketing/PRO)


CEO NOCCI: Kimberley: Sharon Steyn

Tel: +27 53 831 1081 | Fax: +27 53 831 1082

Cell: 083 457 8148 | Email: Sharon@nocci.co.za


Hosted by NOCCI in association with OFM




Face -to-face interaction is the best way to build

business relationships with suppliers and peers.

Who will attend?

Corporate managers, engineers, sales managers,

plant managers, the public, research/

development and purchasers.

What NOCCI Expo and Trade Fair offers

NOCCI offers you the keys to gaining a competitive

edge. In a single trip, you can visit all

your vendors. You have a chance to source new

suppliers, get ideas from other industries and

pursue professional development.

No other show in the Northern Cape offers so



The Expo has grown from 62 stands. In 2017

a total of 180 stands are expected to be sold.

Stands are located in the auditorium of the

convention centre.

Seize this amazing opportunity and BOOK YOUR


Nocci Members: R6 500

Non-members: R8 500

Contact Beeda on Cell No: 083 279 2929




South African National Government

An overview of South Africa’s national government departments.


Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, Arcadia, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X1000, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 300 5200

Fax: +27 12 323 8246

Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

Website: www.economic.gov.za

Deputy President

Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, East Wing,

1st Floor, Arcadia, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X1000, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 300 5200

Fax: +27 12 323 8246

Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

Minister in the Presidency

Address: Union Buildings, Government Avenue, East Wing,

1st Floor, Arcadia, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X1000, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 300 5200

Fax: +27 12 300 5795

Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

Dept of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Address: No 20, Agriculture Place, Block DA, 1st Floor, cnr Beatrix Street

and Soutpansberg Road, Arcadia, Pretoria

Postal address: Private Bag X250, Pretoria

Tel: +27 12 319 7319

Fax: +27 12 319 6681

Website: www.daff.gov.za

Department of Arts and Culture

Address: 10th Floor, Kingsley Centre, 481 corner Steve Biko & Stanza

Bopape streets, Arcadia, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X899, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 441 3000 | Fax: +27 12 440 4485

Website: www.dac.gov.za

Department of Basic Education

Address: Sol Plaatje House, 222 Struben Street, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X9034, 8000

Tel: +27 12 357 3000

Fax: +27 12 323 5989

Website: www.education.gov.za

Department of Communications

Address: Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Frances Baard (Cnr Festival Street),

Hatfield, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X745, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 473 0000

Fax: +27 12 462 1646

Website: www.doc.gov.za

Department of Cooperative Governance and

Traditional Affairs

Address: 87 Hamilton Street, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083

Postal address: Private Bag X802, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 334 0705

Fax: +27 12 326 4478

Website: www.cogta.gov.za

Department of Correctional Services

Address: 123 Poyntons Building, West Block,

cnr Schubart and Church streets, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X136, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 307 2934/2884

Fax: +27 12 323 4111

Website: www.dcs.gov.za

Department of Economic Development

Address: Block A, 3rd Floor, 77 the dti Campus, cnr Meintjies &

Esselen streets, Sunnyside, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X149, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 394 1006

Fax: +27 12 394 0255

Website: www.economic.gov.za




Department of Defence

Address: cnr Delmas Avenue & Nossob St, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X427, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 355 6101 | F ax: +27 12 347 0118

Website: www.dod.mil.za

Department of Energy

Address: 192 cnr Visagie and Paul Kruger St, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X96, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 406 8000

Fax: +27 12 319 6681

Website: www.energy.gov.za

Department of Environmental Affairs

Address: Environment House, 473 Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road,

Arcadia, 0083

Postal address: Private Bag X447, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 310 3537 | Fax: +27 086 593 6526

Website: www.environment.gov.za

Department of Finance (National Treasury)

Address: 40 WF Nkomo Street,

Old Reserve Bank Building, 2nd Floor, Pretoria

Postal address: Private Bag X115, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 323 8911 | Fax: +27 12 323 3262

Website: www.treasury.gov.za

Department of Health

Address: 20th Floor, Civitas Building, cnr Struben and Andries Streets,

Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X399, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 395 8086/80 | Fax: +27 12 395 9165

Website: www.doh.gov.za

Department of Higher Education

and Training

Address: 123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X893, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 312 5555

Fax: +27 12 323 5618

Website: www.dhet.gov.za

Department of Home Affairs

Address: 909 Arcadia Street, Hatfield 0083

Postal address: Private Bag X114, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 432 6648 | Fax: +27 12 432 6675

Website: www.dha.gov.za

Department of Human Settlements

Address: Govan Mbeki House, 240 Justice Mahomed, Sunnyside, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X644, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 421 1310 | Fax: +27 12 341 8513

Website: www.dhs.gov.za

Department of International Relations and


Address: OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria


Postal address: Private Bag X152, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 351 1000 | Fax: +27 12 329 1000

Website: www.dirco.gov.za

Department of Justice and Constitutional


Address: Salu Building, 316 cnr Thabo Sehume and Francis Baard

Streets, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X276, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 406 4669 | Fax: +27 12 406 4680

Website: www.doj.gov.za

Department of Labour

Address: 215 Laboria House, cnr Francis Baard and

Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X499, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 392 9620 | Fax: +27 12 320 1942

Website: www.labour.gov.za

Department of Military Veterans

Address: 328 Festival Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X943, Pretoria 0001

Tel: 080 232 3244 (SA only)

Website: www.dmv.gov.za

Department of Mineral Resources

Address: 70 Meintje Street, Trevenna Campus, Sunnyside 0007

Postal address: Private Bag X59, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 444 3000 | Fax: +27 86 624 5509

Website: www.dmr.gov.za

Department of Police (Civilian Secretariat for

Police Service)

Address: Wachthuis Building, 7th Floor, 231 Pretorius Street, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X463, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 393 2800 | Fax: +27 12 393 2812

Website: www.saps.gov.za



Department of Public Enterprises

Address: Infotech Building, 1090 Arcadia Street, Hatfield,

Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X15, Hatfield 0028

Tel: +27 12 431 1000 | Fax: +27 12 431 1039

Website: www.dpe.gov.za

Department of Public Service and


Address: Batho Pele House, 116 Johannes Ramakhoase Street, Pretoria

Postal address: Private Bag X884, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 336 1700

Fax: +27 12 336 1809

Website: www.dpsa.gov.za

Department of Public Works

Address: 7th Floor, CGO Building, cnr Bosman and Madiba Streets,

Pretoria Central

Postal address: Private Bag X65, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 406 21978

Fax: +27 086 276 8757

Website: www.publicworks.gov.za

Department of Rural Development and

Land Reform

Address: 184 Old Building, cnr Jeff Masemola

and Paul Kruger Streets, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X833, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 312 9300

Fax: +27 12 323 3306

Website: www.ruraldevelopment.gov.za

Department of Science and Technology

Address: DST Building, Building No 53, CSIR South Gate Entrance, Meiring

Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X727, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 843 6300

Fax: +27 12 349 1041/8

Website: www.dst.gov.za

Department of Small Business Development

Address: The dti, Block A, 3rd Floor, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside,

Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X84, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 394 1006

Fax: +27 12 394 1006

Website: www.dsbd.gov.za

Department of Social Development

Address: HSRC Building, North Wing, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X904, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 312 7479 | Fax: +27 086 715 0829

Website: www.dsd.gov.za

Department of State Security

Address: Bogare Building, 2 Atterbury Road, Menlyn, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: PO Box 1037, Menlyn 0077

Tel: +27 12 367 0700 | Fax: +27 12 367 0749

Website: www.ssa.gov.za

Department of Sport and Recreation

South Africa

Address: Regent Place, 66 cnr Madiba and Florence Ribeiro Street,

Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X896, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 304 5000 | Fax: +27 12 323 7196 / 086 644 9583

Website: www.srsa.gov.za

Department of Tourism

Address: 17 Trevena Street, Tourism House, Sunnyside, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X424, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 444 6780 | Fax: +27 12 444 7027

Website: www.tourism.gov.za

Department of Trade and Industry

Address: The dti, 77 Meintjie Street, Block A, Floor 3,

Sunnyside, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X274, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 394 1568 | Fax: +27 12 394 0337

Website: www.thedti.gov.za

Department of Transport

Address: Forum Building, 159 Struben Street,

Room 4111, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X193, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 309 3131 | Fax: +27 12 328 3194

Website: www.transport.gov.za

Department of Telecommunications and

Postal Services

Address: Iparioli Office Park, 399 Jan Shoba Street,

Hatfield, Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X860, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 427 8000 | Fax: +27 12 427 8016

Website: www.dtps.gov.za




Department of Water and Sanitation

Address: Sedibang Building, 185 Frances Baard Street,

Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X313, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 336 8733

Fax: +27 12 336 8850

Website: www.dwa.gov.za

Department of Women

Address: 36 Hamilton Street, Arcadia Pretoria 0001

Postal address: Private Bag X931, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 12 359 0000

Fax: 086 765 3365

Website: www.women.gov.za

National coat of arms

The national coat of arms was adopted on 27 April 2000. It is constructed in two circles, which

are described as the circle of foundation and the circle of ascendance.

Circle of foundation

Shield – The two Khoisan figures on the shield are taken from a Bushman rock

painting known as the Linton stone, and represent the common humanity and

heritage of South Africans. Depicted in an attitude of greeting, the figures

symbolise unity. Spear and knobkierie – Together, these objects symbolise

defence and authority, but the flat angle at which they lie symbolises peace.

Wheat – The ears of wheat, as emblems of fertility, represent germination,

growth and the development of potential, as well as nourishment

and agriculture. Elephant tusks – Elephants symbolise wisdom, strength,

power, authority, moderation and eternity, and the use of tusks is a tribute

to the world’s largest land mammal, Loxodonta Africana, which is found in

South Africa. Motto – Taken from the language of the now extinct /Xam

Bushmen, the motto translated means ‘people who are different come

together’ or ‘diverse people unite’.

Circle of ascendance

Protea – Protea cynaroides is the national flower of South Africa and is symbolic of the beauty of

the country and flowering of the nation’s potential. Secretary bird – Characterised in flight, the

secretary bird represents growth and speed, and is a symbol of divine majesty and protection.

Rising sun – The sun is an emblem of energy and rebirth, a source of light and life appropriate for

a country characterised by sunshine and warmth.




Northern Cape

Provincial Government

A guide to the Northern Cape’s provincial government departments.

Visit www.northern-cape.gov.za.

Office of the Premier

Premier: Sylvia Lucas

JW Sauer Building, 6th Floor, cnr Roper and Quinn streets, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 838 2600 / 2900 | Fax: +27 53 838 2690

Website: www.northern-cape.gov.za

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and

Rural Development

MEC: Norman Shushu

162 George Street, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 838 9100 / 087 630 0887 | Fax: +27 53 831 4685 / 3635

Website: www.agricnc.gov.za

Department of Cooperative Governance,

Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

MEC: Alvin Botes

JS du Plooy Building, 9 Cecil Sussman Road, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 830 9422 | Fax: +27 53 831 4832 / 4308 / 2904

Website: www.coghsta.ncpg.gov.za

Department of Economic Development and


MEC: McCollen (Mac) Jack

14th Floor, Metlife Towers, cnr Knight and Stead streets, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 839 4000 | Fax: +27 53 832 6805

Website: www.economic.ncape.gov.za/

Department of Education

MEC: Martha Bartlett

156 Barkley Road, Homestead, Kimberley 8301

Tel: + 27 53 839 6500 | Fax: +27 53 839 6580

Website: www.ncedu.ncape.gov.za

Department of Health

MEC: Lebogang Motlhaping

144 Dutoitsta Road, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 830 2100

Fax: +27 53 833 4394

Department of Environment

and Nature Conservation

MEC: Tiny Chotelo

90 Long Street, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 807 7300 | Fax: +27 53 807 7328

Website: www.denc.ncpg.gov.za/

Department of Roads and Public Works

MEC: Mxolisi Sokatsha

9-11 Stockroos Road, Square Hill Park, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 839 2100

Fax: +27 53 839 2291

Website: www.ncrpw.ncpg.gov.za

Department of Social Development

MEC: Gift van Staden

Mimosa Complex, Barkley Road, Homestead, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 874 9100

Fax: +27 53 871 1062

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

MEC: Bongiwe Mbingo-Gigaba

32 Abbatoir Road, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 807 4700

Fax: +27 53 807 4600

Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison

MEC: Pauline Williams

cnr Lennox and Sydney Roads, Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 839 1700

Fax: +27 53 839 1773

Provincial Treasury

MEC: McCollen (Mac) Jack

14th Floor, Metlife Towers, cnr Knight and Stead streets,

Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 830 8200

Fax: +27 53 831 4235







Metropolitan/District Municipality Boundary

Local Municipality Boundary

District Municipality

Local Municipality







John Taolo


Joe Morolong

North West




//Khara Hais

!Kai! Garib









Frances Baard







Nama Khoi










Pixley Ka Seme

Free State






Karoo Hoogland

Eastern Cape

Western Cape



Northern Cape Local Government

A guide to district and local municipalities in the Northern Cape Province.


Physical address: 51 Drakensberg Avenue,

Carters Glen, Kimberley 8301

Postal address: Private Bag X6088, Kimberley 8300

Tel: +27 53 838 0911 | Fax: +27 53 861 1538

Website: www.francesbaard.gov.za

Dikgatlong Municipality

Tel: +27 53 531 6500 | Fax: +27 53 531 0624

Website: www.dikgatlong.co.za

Magareng Municipality

Tel: +27 53 497 3111/2/3 | Fax: +27 53 497 4514

Website: www.magareng.gov.za

Phokwane Municipality

Tel: +27 53 474 9700 | Fax: +27 53 474 1768

Website: www.phokwane.org.za

Sol Plaatje Municipality

Tel: +27 53 830 6911 / 6100 | Fax: +27 53 833 1005

Website: www.solplaatje.org.za



Physical address: 4 Federal Mynbou Street, Kuruman 8460

Postal address: PO Box 1480, Kuruman 8460

Tel: +27 53 712 8700 | Fax: +27 53 712 2502

Website: www.taologaetsewe.gov.za

Gamagara Municipality

Tel: +27 53 723 6000 | Fax: +27 53 723 2021

Website: www.gamagara.gov.za

Ga-Segonyana Municipality

Tel: +27 53 712 9000 | Fax: +27 53 712 3581

Website: www.ga-segonyana.gov.za

Joe Morolong Municipality

Tel: +27 53 773 9300 | Fax: +27 53 773 9350

Website: www.joemorolong.gov.za


Physical address: Van Riebeeck Street, Springbok 8240

Postal address: Private Bag X20, Springbok 8240

Tel: +27 27 712 8000 | Fax: +27 27 712 8040

Email: info@namakwa-dm.gov.za

Website: www.namakwa-dm.gov.za

Hantam Municipality

Tel: +27 27 341 8500 | Fax: +27 27 341 8501

Website: www.hantam.gov.za

Kamiesberg Municipality

Tel: +27 27 652 8000 | Fax: +27 27 652 8001

Website: www.kamiesbergmun.co.za

Karoo Hoogland Municipality

Tel: +27 53 391 3003 | Fax: +27 53 391 3294

Website: www.karoohoogland.co.za

Khâi-Ma Municipality

Tel: +27 54 933 1000 | Fax: +27 54 933 0252

Nama Khoi Municipality

Tel: +27 27 718 8100 | Fax: +27 27 712 1635

Website: www.namakhoi.org.za

Richtersveld Municipality

Tel: +27 27 851 1111

Fax: +27 27 851 1101

Website: www.richtersveld.gov.za


Physical address: Culvert Road, Industrial Area, De Aar 7000

Tel: +27 53 631 0891

Fax: +27 53 631 2529

Website: www.pksdm.gov.za

Emthanjeni Municipality

Tel: +27 53 632 9100

Fax: +27 53 631 0105

Website: www.emthanjeni.co.za




Kareeberg Municipality

Tel: +27 53 382 3012 | Fax: +27 53 382 3142

Website: www.kareeberg.co.za

Renosterberg Municipality

Tel: +27 53 663 0041 | Fax: +27 53 663 0180

Siyancuma Municipality

Tel: +27 53 298 1810 | Fax: +27 53 298 3141

Siyathemba Municipality

Tel: +27 53 353 5300 | Fax: +27 53 353 1386

Website: www.siyathemba.co.za

Thembelihle Municipality

Tel: +27 53 203 0008/5 | Fax: +27 53 203 0490

Website: thembelihlemunicipality.gov.za

Ubuntu Municipality

Tel: +27 53 621 0026 | Fax: +27 53 621 0368

Website: www.ubuntu.gov.za

Umsobomvu Municipality

Tel: +27 51 753 0777/8 | Fax: +27 51 753 0574


Physical address: cnr Le Roux and Hill streets, Upington 8801

Tel: +27 54 337 2800 | Fax: +27 54 337 2888

Website: www.zfm-dm.co.za

Kai! Garib Municipality

Tel: +27 54 461 6400 / 6700 | Fax: +27 54 461 6401

Kgatelopele Municipality

Tel: +27 54 384 8600 | Fax: +27 53 384 0326

Dawid Kruiper Municipality

Tel: +27 54 531 0019

Fax: +27 54 531 0019

Website: www.dkm.gov.za

!Kheis Municipality

Tel: +27 54 833 9500 | Fax: +27 54 833 0690

Website: www.kheis.co.za

Tsantsabane Municipality

Tel: +27 53 313 7300

Fax: +27 53 313 1602

Website: www.tsantsabane.gov.za



Main Road



Union’s End


North West





Van Zylsrus















Postmasburg Ulco Barkly West

Onseepkans Augrabies

Campbell R64



Alexander Bay Vioolsdrif


Groblershoop KIMBERLEY

Douglas Ritchie




Port Nolloth


Steinkopf N14



Prieska Hopetown



Kleinsee Springbok




Van Wyksvlei





Vosburg Britstown



De Aar




N1 N9










Victoria West




Vredendal Vanrhynsdorp



Three Sisters R63





Beaufort West


Eastern Cape

Somerset East



R45 Western Cape







R44 Worcester




Paarl N1




CAPE TOWN Stellenbosch



Jeffreys Bay

Mossel Bay



Free State



Western Cape


North West

Free State

Eastern Cape













Frances Baard

District Municipality

Frances Baard District Municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape;

however, it accommodates the largest proportion of the population of the province.


To be a municipality with a clear developmental

focus, providing quality services to its people.

Economic profile

Frances Baard District Municipality is the strongest

economic region in the province, accounting for 36%

of the provincial gross domestic product (PGDP).

The economy of the district consists of the primary

(agriculture and mining), secondary (manufacturing,

electricity and construction) and tertiary (trade,

transport, financial and social services) sectors.


The Frances Baard District Municipality (FBDM) is an

open, transparent and accountable organisation,

providing sound governance, stable financial viability

and prudent leadership. Administration remains

focussed on the Council’s priorities and set targets for

delivery to provide the performance and results that

drive the municipality. The FBDM strives to promote

sound financial management and good governance

in order to perform its developmental role. The

municipality follows a practice of sound, conservative

budgeting aimed at enhancing financial resources.

An effective governance framework, systems, policies

and structure are absolutely crucial to the proper

functioning of a district municipality such as Frances

Baard. Good governance is a concept that describes

the process through which the municipality sets

priorities, makes decisions, strengthens accountability

and engages in constructive interaction with the

public and other institutions.

Ms Buyiswa Ximba,

Executive Mayor.

Ms ZM Bogatsu,

Municipal Manager.

The municipality has a mandate to:

• Provide a democratic and accountable

government for local municipalities

• Ensure the provision of services to communities

in a sustainable manner

• Promote a safe and healthy environment

• Encourage the involvement of communities and

community organisations in the matters of local


The district municipality has been assigned level

one and two accreditation in terms of the housing

function. Level-two accreditation status gives

municipalities the responsibility to approve and

manage housing-construction programmes and

ensure technical quality assurance.


Frances Baard District Municipality is the smallest

district in the Northern Cape and has a geographical

area of 13 518.19km 2 . However, it accommodates

the largest proportion of the population of the

province, giving it the highest population density.

The municipality is located in the far eastern portion

of the province. It shares its northern borders with

the North West Province and its eastern border with




Free State Province. Kimberley, which is where the

district municipality is located, is less than 500km

away from Johannesburg in the north and less than

1 000km away from Cape Town in the south and

the Port of Durban in the east. It compromises the

four local municipalities of Dikgatlong, Magareng,

Phokwane and Sol Plaatje. The main towns are

Kimberley, Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp, Barkly West

and Warrenton.


Although predominantly a mining and agricultural

region, Frances Baard District Municipality also offers

rich experiences in terms of culture and history.

Two of the largest rivers, the Orange and Vaal, flow

through the district.

Kimberley is the capital city of the Northern

Cape. It is situated in the centre of South Africa.

Kimberley offers visitors a plethora of fascinating

tourist attractions such as: the William Humphrey

Art Gallery, the Duggan Cronin Gallery, which

holds a collection of early photographs of Africans,

various old buildings and monuments dating back

to 1899, Flamingo Casino, game farms, Kamfers Dam

(flamingo-breeding island), Ghost Tours and the “Big

Hole” Tram Route.

Local economic development

Ongoing focus areas in terms of LED are the

strengthening of SMME development by providing

individuals and cooperatives with, among other

things, training about tender processes and

regulations, pricing strategies and how to implement

and determine the correct price. SMMEs are also

assisted to take part in events such as arts festivals

to expose them to the competitive environment

in order for them to find suitable markets for

their products.

The district municipality is running a youth

entrepreneurial development programme with

the aim to support local municipalities and young

graduates. The training of the graduates in LED helps

to increase competent practitioners in this field in

the district and exposes the graduates to business


The district municipality assists new co-operatives

with registration and acts as liaison for them to

increase accessibility to incentive schemes and other

government incentives.

Tourism for development

A key focus is the development of a tourism route

in the Frances Baard District. The project aims to

enhance and promote tourism attractions along

the N18 between Warrenton and Hartswater, which

will disperse visitors in the district and create new

product development opportunities.

Another priority is the development of the river banks

close to the Gong-Gong Waterfall in Dikgatlong

Municipality as a safe, attractive and durable tourist

destination that also promotes the significant cultural

and historical attractions in the area.

Key facts and figures

Local municipalities: Dikgatlong Municipality,

Magareng Municipality, Phokwane Municipality,

Sol Plaatje Municipality

Major towns: Kimberley, Barkly West, Warrenton,

Jan Kempdorp, Hartswater

Main roads: N12, N18, R29, R47

Airports: Kimberley Airport

Area covered: 13 518.19km²


Executive Mayor: Buyiswa Ximba

Speaker: McDonald Silingile

Municipal Manager: Mamikie Bogatsu

Tel: +27 53 838 0911 | Fax: +27 53 861 1538

Email: gerline.roman@fbdm.co.za

Physical address: 51 Drakensberg Avenue,

Carters Glen 8301

Postal address: Private Bag X6088,

Kimberley 8300

Website: www.francesbaard.gov.za




Frances Baard District Municipality ..............................................................................................................78

Nedbank ......................................................................................................................................................... 34 - 37

Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce (NOCCI)................................................................................... 68

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism ................................IFC, OBC

Old Mutual .................................................................................................................................................... 38 - 41

Petra Diamonds....................................................................................................................................................56

SA Airlink .............................................................................................................................................................. IBC

South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) .................................................................................................50

Standard Bank............................................................................................................................................. 63 - 65

Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)..............................................................................................................3



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