Northern Cape Business 2018-19 edition

Officially supported and used 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 Province. In addition to comprehensive overviews of sectors of the economy, this publication has several special articles which focus on transformative projects, such as the solar and wind farms rapidly coming on line and the massive potential represented by the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, a multi-billion rand international project already taking shape in the vast open plains of the Karoo. Updated information on Northern Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at http://www.globalafricanetwork.com/subscribe/, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

Officially supported and used 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 Province. In addition to comprehensive overviews of sectors of the economy, this publication has several special articles which focus on transformative projects, such as the solar and wind farms rapidly coming on line and the massive potential represented by the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, a multi-billion rand international project already taking shape in the vast open plains of the Karoo.
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2018/19 EDITION






Northern Cape Business 2018/19 Edition


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

Special features

Regional overview 6

The Northern Cape’s clear and sunny skies are attracting

astronomers and solar energy developers while the rugged

beauty of the landscape draws increasing numbers of tourists.

Plans for a Special Economic Zone and a harbour development

offer new opportunities for economic growth.

Boegoebaai Port and Rail Project 3

Harbour development to boost regional economy.

Renewable energy 12

The Northern Cape is powering ahead of the field in solar and

wind power generation.

De Aar Logistics Hub 17

Centrally located hub will reduce costs.

Investment opportunities 18

Nine-point plan aims to attract investors to the Northern


Upington Special Economic Zone 20

More than 500 hectares of prime land availible for investors.

Planned flash across the pan on track 22

The Bloodhound land speed record attempt is set for October.

Square Kilometre Array Telescope 24

Unimaginable amounts of data will be collected in this

transformative radio telescope project in the Karoo.

Sol Plaatje University 26

First graduates celebrate as impressive new campus garners

design awards.

Economic sectors


Pecan nuts may be the next big thing.

Grapes and wine 38

Northern Cape wine, grapes and raisins are exported all over

the world.



Project Sheet

21 June 2018

Boegoebaai Port Project

Project Sheet

21 June 2018

Harbour development to boost regional economy.



Boegoebaai Port and Rail Project


Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison (NCDTSL)

Key stakeholders PROJECT INFORMATION Transnet, National Department of Transport, Department of Public Enterprises, Treasury

Transaction Project advisor

TM and Boegoebaai Nelutha Consulting Port and Rail JV Project (TM)

Technical Owner consultants

PRDW, Northern PSP Logistics, Cape Department NAKO ILISO of Transport, Safety and Liaison (NCDTSL)

Project Key status stakeholders The project Transnet, is in National FEL2 phase. Department Finalisation of Transport, of FEL2 is Department planned for of December Public Enterprises, 2018. Treasury

CAPEX Transaction advisor Port = TM ~R6 and billion Nelutha +/-40% Consulting accuracy. JV (TM) Rail = ~R9 billion +/-50%

Estimated Technical jobs to consultants be created 3 000 PRDW, permanent PSP Logistics, and 18 000 NAKO indirect ILISO jobs

Project Project status status PPP Feasibility The project study is in FEL2 at FEL phase. 2 level Finalisation to be completed of FEL2 end is planned of April for 2019 December 2018.

CAPEX Port = ~R6 billion +/-40% accuracy. Rail = ~R9 billion +/-50%


Estimated jobs to be created 3 000 permanent and 18 000 indirect jobs

A greenfield, deep water port. Two berths; one dry bulk export Project Sheet

berth and Project one status break bulk berth supported PPP Feasibility by a rail line study (550 at FEL 2 level 21 to June be 2018 completed end of April 2019

kilometers). Funding PROJECT The model DESCRIPTION

port has the potential Public to accommodate

Private Partnership to be adopted. Multi-tiered sub concessions


A greenfield,


deep water port. Two berths; one dry bulk export


berth and


one break bulk berth supported by a rail line (550

Primary kilometers). drivers for The the port development has the potential include: to accommodate

Project Capesize Capitalizes vessels. on description

new economy, including: Boegoebaai Port and Rail Project

Owner o Iron ore from junior miners, Northern creates Cape a catalyst Department for of Transport, Safety and Liaison (NCDTSL)

A greenfield, deep-water port. Two

Key Primary junior

stakeholders drivers / development for the development miners currently

Transnet, include: constrained

National Department of Transport, Department of Public Enterprises, Treasury

berths; by Capitalizes high one transportation dry on new bulk economy, costs export and including: exclusion berth and from

Transaction larger advisor

TM and Nelutha Consulting JV (TM)

o Iron logistic ore solutions from junior i.e. miners, Sishen-Saldanha creates a catalyst line for


Technical o


Provides consultants

bulk berth supported by rail

junior a more / development efficient logistic PRDW, miners manganese currently PSP Logistics, constrained route NAKO ILISO

line Project o (550 Strategically status kilometres). by high positioned transportation The to port capitalize The costs project has and on the exclusion is gas in potential

CAPEX to accommodate Capesize Port = ~R6 billion vessels. +/-40% accuracy. Rail = ~R9 billion +/-50%

FEL2 fields from phase. Finalisation of FEL2 is planned for December 2018.

o Services larger base logistic for oil, solutions gas and i.e. offshore Sishen-Saldanha mining line

industry o Provides a more efficient logistic manganese route

Estimated o Potential o jobs Strategically of to an be Oil created positioned Refinery 3 to 000 to be capitalize permanent constructed and gas close fields 18 000 indirect jobs

Project status Services base for oil, gas PPP and Feasibility offshore study mining at FEL 2 level to be completed end of April 2019

Economic catalyst for the Northern Cape Province and

Potential of an Oil Refinery to be constructed close

A greenfield, deep water port. Two berths; one dry bulk export

berth and Economic one break catalyst bulk for berth the supported Northern Cape by a rail Province line (550


kilometers). The port has the potential to accommodate

Primary to othe port drivers for the


development PROJECT o DESCRIPTION include:

specifically the Richtersveld Community

• Reducing Capitalises the

to the



of moving on new cargo economy,


the cargo distribution within the SA port

including: specifically the Richtersveld Community


Capesize • Reducing vessels.

Iron ore the from cost of moving junior cargo

Stimulating regional socio-economic miners, development creates

drivers a competitive a catalyst for the development advantage for junior/develop-

regionally include: for SA

Primary Securing




ment miners

on new


economy, including:




by high transportation costs and







larger (mtpa) logistic solutions

ie Sishen-Saldanha Volume line




• Provides o a more efficient logistic


manganese industry route

• Strategically o positioned to capitalise

to the port

on gas fields


Services specifically


base the Richtersveld for oil, gas Community and offshore

Reducing the cost of moving cargo

mining industry

• Potential system of an oil refinery to be

constructed close to the port

• Economic catalyst for the Northern Cape Province and

specifically the Richtersveld community

• Reducing the cost of moving cargo

• Optimising the cargo distribution within the SA port


• Stimulating regional socio-economic development

Optimizing the cargo distribution within the SA port

Stimulating regional socio-economic development

PROJECT COMMODITY Securing Iron a ore competitive MIX from junior advantage miners, creates regionally a catalyst for SA for

junior / development miners currently constrained

Commodity by high transportation costs and exclusion from


larger logistic solutions i.e. Sishen-Saldanha line

Dry bulk – iron ore Provides a more efficient 5-10logistic manganese New volume route from junior miners

Dry bulk – manganese Strategically positioned 2-5 to capitalize Lower on gas cost fields logistic solution


Dry bulk – iron Services ore base for oil, gas and 5-10 offshore mining

Dry bulk – lead and zinc 1-2 Closest




to mines

from junior miners

Dry bulk – manganese 2-5 Lower cost logistic solution

Break bulk Potential of an Oil Refinery 0.5 to be constructed Multi-purpose close commodities, agricultural, mining and low container volumes

Dry bulk – lead and zinc 1-2 Closest port to mines


Break Economic bulk catalyst for the Northern 0.5 Cape Province Multi-purpose and commodities, agricultural, mining and low container volumes

Optimizing the cargo distribution within the SA port

Stimulating regional socio-economic development

Securing a competitive advantage regionally for SA


• Securing a competitive advantage regionally for SA ports






Dry bulk – iron ore 5-10 New volume from junior miners

Dry bulk – manganese 2-5 Lower cost logistic solution

Dry bulk – lead and zinc 1-2 Closest port to mines

Break bulk 0.5 Multi-purpose commodities, agricultural, mining and low container volumes


Contact details: Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison | Tel: +27 53 8391743 or +27 53 8391835

E-mail: mdichaba@ncpg.gov.za



Mine revivals are under way in iron ore, zinc and copper.


Two major bulk supply projects will open up economic



Five national parks and six provincial reserves offer an

unrivalled experience of nature.

Banking and financial services 58

Agricultural companies have a strong suite in finance.

Development finance and SMME support 60

Many training opportunities are being offered to small

business owners.


Northern Cape Provincial Government 66

A guide to the Northern Cape’s provincial government


Northern Cape Local Government 68

An overview of the Northern Cape local municipalities.


Key sector contents 32



Northern Cape municipal map. 67

Northern Cape regional map. 69

Northern Cape locator map. 69


The cover photograph was shot by Kevin Wright for Vedanta

Zinc International. It shows a tailings thickener at the massive

new Gamsberg zinc and lead project at Aggeneys between

Springbok and Pofadder. Wright also photographed the

panoramic view of the Gamsberg Mine which illustrates the Key

Sectors introduction.




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The Northern Cape’s clear and sunny skies are attracting astronomers and solar

energy developers while the rugged beauty of the landscape draws increasing

numbers of tourists. Plans for a Special Economic Zone and a harbour

development offer new opportunities for economic growth.

When the world’s best architecture

came under the spotlight in 2017

at the Arena Berlin in Germany,

only two South African projects

received commendations, the Zeitz Museum of

Contemporary Art Africa – and a multi-purpose

building designed for the Sol Plaatje University

in Kimberley.

The Northern Cape province, previously

known primarily for the huge quantities of iron

ore which it mines and its vast open landscapes,

is now at the centre of innovation

and technology in several fields.

The creation of the new university was

a chance to call on the country’s best designers

and builders to create a stimulating

new campus. The university’s striking library

and resource centre also won an award,

from the Concrete Society of South Africa.

The first bachelor’s degrees were awarded


by Sol Plaatje University in 2017, an exciting development for the

education sector.

The finest minds in science are gravitating to a project located in the

Karoo, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. This multi-billionrand

project will run for many years and attract investment of many sorts.

It is already opening vistas that young South Africans had never imagined.

Four South African universities are partners in the SKA project.

The other sector which is bringing technology and innovation to

the Northern Cape is renewable energy. The Northern Cape is uniquely

suited to exploit the latest technologies in solar energy and several

international consortiums are using the latest photovoltaic and concentrated

solar power (CSP) methods. CSP has the benefit of being

able to store energy.

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 plans to further diversify the economy. It has identified three key

clusters: mineral beneficiation; agri-processing; energy and technology.

The planned Special Economic Zone (linked to the Upington

International Airport) is intended as a site for solar-related manufacturing.

The Industrial Development Corporation has spent R11.4-billion

of its commitment to renewable energy so far in the Northern Cape.

Part of the IDC’s role has been to take up a 20% stake in projects on

behalf of local communities.

Largest province

Despite these technical innovations

and new developments, the

Northern Cape still does big. Big

landmass, big railway lines, big

volumes, big skies.

The Northern Cape is South

Africa’s largest province at

372 889km², covering 30% of

the country’s landmass on the

dry western side of the country

bordering the Atlantic Ocean,

Namibia and Botswana.

The Sishen-Saldanha ore

export railway line is one of the

mechanical wonders of the world.

The line extends 860km and the

trains sometimes extend beyond

3 500 metres and carry a load

exceeding 41 000 tons.

The Northern Cape produces

more than 84% of South Africa’s

iron ore. Kumba Iron Ore is the

The Sol Plaatje Library and Resource Centre, an award-winning example of innovation and excellence. Architects:

designworkshop; construction: Murray and Dickson Construction; structural and civils design: Aurecon.




country’s biggest iron-ore miner with two large two mines in the

province (Sishen and Kolomela).

The Kalahari Basin contains 80% of the world’s manganese reserve, but

only 15% of global production comes from this area so there is enormous

scope for development. Several new black-owned manganese projects

are underway. The world receives 7% of its diamonds from the Northern

Cape, and exports of zinc and lead from the province accounts for 13%

of global demand.

Vedanta Zinc International started work in 2015 on its huge new

Gamsberg zinc project. The new mine, pictured above, is near to

Vedanta’s existing Black Mountain mine and is the biggest current

new mining project underway in South Africa.

The province also has copper, lead, zinc, mineral sands, gypsum,

granite, asbestos, fluorspar, semi-precious stones and marble.

Some decommissioned mines are being put back to work by overseas

investors, with Australian company Orion Minerals investigating the

possibility of starting up operations at the old copper mine at Prieska.

The Northern Cape is a big contributor to the national basket of exports

in minerals and in agricultural products such as table grapes and

raisins. The province hosts several big companies in the agricultural sector.

The town of Douglas hosts GWK. In 2016 GWK invested R400-million

in a wheat mill, pasta plant and biscuit factory in Modder River. Senwes is

one of the country’s biggest agri-companies and its Northern Cape area

of operation is mostly around the Vaalharts irrigation area. 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. KLK is based in Upington and is a specialist in karakul pelts,

a luxury item which is exported to Europe. The company’s interests

include 19 retail outlets, 12 petrol stations, four Build-it franchises and

a strong auction division.

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, and 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.

Pecan nuts are a major new crop.

Thoroughbred horses are bred in

the south-eastern parts of the province,

especially around Colesberg.

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

and the Namaqualand spring

flower display draws many visitors.

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 Northern Cape has

five district municipalities

Frances Baard District


Towns: Kimberley, Barkly West,

Warrenton, Hartswater, Jan


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 Water

Scheme is the largest irrigation project of its kind in the southern

hemisphere, and produces maize, cotton, fruit, peanuts and


Investment opportunities:

• Sol Plaatje University

• Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy


• 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

and 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. Almost half of the population in the Kgalagadi’s

district live in rural villages.

Investment opportunities:

• Kathu Industrial Park (IDC involvement)

• Eco-tourism and hunting

• Boesmansput diving resort

• Gamagara Mining Corridor (housing, infrastructure)

• 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 north-western corner of

the province, and the country, bordering

Namibia and the Atlantic Ocean to

the southern border of the province

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 province.

A major new investment has been

undertaken in zinc at the Gamsberg

project, pictured.

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 /Ai/Ais/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:

• Development of 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 Municipality

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.

Star gazing is Carnarvon’s great claim to fame, and it 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 wool-producing

district in South Africa, but most of what is produced is processed in the

Eastern Cape so 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 and education

• 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 around unique physical 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 at this

stage are in the renewable energy

sector, for example, solar panels.

Most of the population of the

//Khara Hais Local Municipality

lives in Upington. Agriculture is

a prominent feature of the local

economy, as well as wholesale

and retail services in and around

the town. Various kinds of highspeed

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 is 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

of the employment to be found

in Siyanda. The diamond mine at

Finsch is Petra Diamond’s newest

and largest acquisition.

Investment opportunities:

• Upington Special

Economic Zone

• Upington Cargo and

Electronics hub: SKA,

renewable energy and

aircraft storage

• Upington International


• Orange River Smallholder

Farmer Settlement and

Development Programme

• Tourism: wine tours,

adventure and hunting

• Upington vehicle testing


Business Process

Outsourcing (BPO).



Renewable energy

The Northern Cape is powering ahead of the field in solar and wind power generation.

It has been said that one should never let a good crisis go to waste.

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manual certainly wasn’t found wanting

in terms of Winston Churchill’s famous maxim when the lights

started going out all over South Africa in 2007. “Load shedding”

provided a spur for Treasury officials to create a system for private

companies to start selling power to the national grid, to keep electricity

flowing to South African homes and factories. In the process, it kickstarted

an industry that is transforming the Northern Cape landscape.

Fully 60% of the projects so far allocated have been in the nation’s

sunniest province.

The system, which became known as the Renewable Energy

Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has

seen more than R200-billion committed to renewable energy projects

across South Africa. It aims to add some 6 000MW to the national grid

by 2020, and 13 225MW by 2025.

In April 2018, new National Energy Minister Jeff Rabebe signed off on

projects totalling R56-billion that will add 2 300MW to the national grid.

The signing also brought a sigh of

relief to investors and manufacturers

in the renewable energy sector

because there had been a long

delay as national utility Eskom

argued against accepting more

power purchase agreements

while they had a surplus. Most of

South Africa’s electricity comes

from coal and Eskom is spending

billions of rands building two

huge coal-fired power stations.

When a group of dignitaries

gathered a month later to inaugurate

a solar plant that covers

300ha in the Northern Cape, there

was therefore a lot of optimism in




the air. National government’s confirmation of its commitment to the

REIPPPP will allow this booming sector to grow again. Xina Solar One

is located at Pofadder on the N14 between Upington and Springbok.

There has been mining in this area in the past and new mining operations

are starting up again nearby, but Pofadder itself is a tiny town that

has mostly been bypassed by trends. Not any more.

The R9.4-billion Xina Solar One project is a joint venture between

Spanish energy firm Abengoa Solar, the Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC), the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and a community

trust representing the local population. The plant is Abengoa’s

third in the Northern Cape. Kaxu Solar One is also near Pofadder but

Khi Solar One is closer to Upington. All three use concentrated solar

power (CSP) which reflects the sun’s rays during the day in to a molten

salt storage system. The energy can be slowly released during the

night. The 205m tower that collects the rays at the Khi Solar One site

is one of the tallest structures in South Africa. The photograph on the

opposite page shows the tower surrounded by its reflective panels.

(Image: Planet Labs/commons.wikimedia.org.)

The support of two of South Africa’s biggest institutional investors,

the IDC and the PIC, has been crucial in getting the renewable

energy sector off the ground. According to Business Day, the PIC has

so far invested in 16 unlisted projects and its total investment stands

at R11-billion. The IDC’s 24 projects are valued at R14-billion and will

contribute 1 100MW to the national power grid.

The countries of origin of the companies investing in this new

industry are 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.

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/

m2, according to a survey done

for Stellenbosch University by

Slovakian company GeoModal

Solar. South Africa’s national average

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 Postmasburg

and Groblershoop lie between

Upington and Kimberley. They

are modest settlements which

have ticked along in support of

surrounding farmers with some

diamond mining and wine cultivation

along the way. They are now



Selected Northern Cape projects, mentioned in this article.


Bokpoort CSP ACWA Power Groblershoop 50MW

De Aar 1 & 3 Solar Capital De Aar 175MW

Jasper ACWA Power/SolarReserve Postmasburg 96MW

Kaxu Solar One Abengoa Solar Pofadder 100MW

Khi Solar One Abengoa Solar Upington 50MW

Lesedi ACWA Power/SolarReserve Postmasburg 75MW

Redstone ACWA Power/SolarReserve Postmasburg 100MW

Xina Solar One Abengoa Solar Pofadder 100MW


Copperton Gestamp Prieska 102MW

De Aar Wind Power Longyuan/Mulilo De Aar 100MW

De Aar 2 North Longyuan/Mulilo De Aar 140MW

Garob Juwi Prieska 140MW

Kangnas Mainstream Springbok 140MW

Khobab Lekela Power* Loeriesfontein 140MW

Loeriesfontein Lekela Power* Loeriesfontein 140MW

Noblesfontein Noblesfontein Victoria West 73.8MW

Noupoort Mainstream Noupoort 80MW

Roggeveld Building Energy Matjiesfontein 147MW

* Joint venture between Actis and Mainstream Power.



Wind turbine components being delivered for the Khobab Wind Farm in the Hantam region.

the centre of some of the world’s most advanced technological innovation in

concentrated solar power.

Saudi Arabian electricity group ACWA Power has won approval for the

100MW Redstone project near Postmasburg 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 Redstone project uses a method called Molten Salt Thermal

Energy Storage. A dry cooling method also decreases the amount of

water used to support the plant.

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 Postmasburg: Jasper

(96MW) 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 last months of 2017, several

wind projects entered the commercial

phase, showing what can

be done when proper planning

and hard work is matched to creative


In November, the 100MW De

Aar Wind Power Project was successfully

commissioned for the

joint venture comprising Mulilo

Renewable Energy and the

China Longyuan Power Group

Corporation. Debt financing was

provided by Nedbank Limited

via its Nedbank Capital Division,

and the Industrial Development


In December, two Northern

Cape wind farms began commercial

operations, on time

and on budget. Collectively, the

wind farms will provide 280MW

and potentially power 240 000

households. Loeriesfontein

Wind Farm and Khobab Wind




Farm both have 61 wind turbines. The wind farms were developed

by Lekela Power, a joint venture between Actis and Mainstream

Renewable Power. There are several other partners and the respective

communities are represented by a trust.

Noblesfontein was one of the earliest wind farms to be constructed

in the Northern Cape, about 40km from Victoria West. Spanish

company Gestamp Wind was an early investor.

The Loeriesfontein project is valued at R3.5-billion. Mainstream

and various partners have won approved bidder status for wind

and solar projects in each of the bidding windows. In the early

bidding rounds, Mainstream’s three Northern Cape wind projects

amounted to 360MW, including the 80MW Noupoort wind farm.

Another 140MW project at Kangnas (Springbok) has subsequently

been given the green light.

The 147MW Roggeveld wind farm, which has 47 Nordex wind turbines

and was developed by G7 and then taken over by Building Energy,

was one of projects which was signed off in April. The Power Purchase

Agreement (PPA) signing followed shortly after financial closure was

reached. The project is expected to operate commercially in the first

quarter of 2021.

Altogether, Northern Cape has had 12 wind farms and one small

(10MW) hydro-electric project on the Orange River approved in the

REIPPPP process.

Community and government

Investment by black people into the RE programme is not limited

to community trusts. Pele Green Energy has been engaged for

some time with a photovoltaic plant at Touwsrivier in the Western

Cape as a shareholder and as a provider of construction management

services. Once the facility starts generating power, Pele will

operate and maintain the plant.

In the Northern Cape, Pele Green Energy is involved with three

wind farms and a CSP plant. The 102MW Copperton wind farm is

located south-west of Prieska. The two other wind projects in which

Pele is invested, Garob and Kangnas, will both generate 140MW.

Most of the projects approved in the Northern Cape are on a

large scale. 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, 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

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.

Green energy forms part

of one of national government’s

Strategic Infrastructure

Projects (SIP 8), and the

Northern Cape is actively participating

in that. This includes

the inclusion of green energy

principles in the design of all

major new buildings and the

construction of major buildings.

The provincial government

is also participating in

the Shared Water Efficiency

Programme set up by National

Public Works which will encompass

30 properties.

The Northern Cape

Provincial Government has

applied to partner with the

Central Energy Fund to roll

out solar energy solutions

at public schools across the

province. Schools with poor

electricity infrastructure will

be prioritised. It is hoped that

this will become a national

pilot project.

Another project, with

the National Department of

Energy, involves the second

phase of the rollout of solar

water heaters in the Sol

Plaatje Municipality. Training

of young people to maintain

and repair the geysers will

take place.



De Aar Logistics Hub


Project Estimated project description

The Estimated development Vehicle jobs Storage be created Yard. of a Logistics





the town of De Aar that will offer the following

infrastructure to identified Estimated tenants: project



freight/products by small miners and farmers

• the following Container infrastructure Terminal to identified which tenants: will act

Northern Cape

as a Trans-Shipment Inland (Dry)

Revitalize the rail line to and from De Aar

Port Influence as well economic as development consolidation point

Ensure creation of jobs in the area.




Storage Yard.

Further to the above, the Inland Dry Port will:

• Agricultural Warehouse and

Facilitate road to rail migration

Storage Facilities

Port(s) of Export

• Vehicle Storage Yard.

The objectives Revitalize the for rail the line to development

and from

De Aar

specifically Influence the economic Pixley ka Seme development

District Community

include but are not limited to:

Reducing Ensure the creation cost of moving of jobs cargo in the area.

Provide a sustainable transport

Stimulating regional socio-economic development

Further to the above, the Inland Dry Port will:

network for the transportation of

Facilitate road to rail migration

freight/products by small miners

to be a minimum and Port(s) farmers of R1.7 of Export billion.

• Provide relief from road-based


freight Energy market transportation segment Volume in the


Northern Cape


Container Terminal

400 000

• Agricultural Revitalise Commodities

Reducing the cost rail of line 100 moving 000 to cargo and from


7 000


De Aar

• Influence economic development

• Ensure creation of jobs in the area.

The Inland Dry Port will:

Project Sheet

21 June 2018

Centrally located hub will reduce costs.

Project Sheet

21 June 2018



De Aar Logistics Hub


Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison (NCDTSL)

Key stakeholders

Transnet, National Department of Transport, Department of Public Enterprises, National and Provincial




TM and Nelutha Consulting JV (TM)

Technical Project consultants

PSP Logistics, De Aar Fasken, Logistics Aurecon Hub and NAKO ILISO

The project status is at Feasibility Study Stage. The next steps will be to conduct a Study Tour and Investors

Project Owner status

Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison Project (NCDTSL) Sheet

Roadshow. Issue an RFQ in November 2018

21 June 2018




Hub = ~R2.5



Department of Transport, Department of Public Enterprises, National and Provincial

Key stakeholders


Estimated project

Financial close and award estimated to be in March 2020

development Transaction start advisor date

TM and Nelutha Consulting JV (TM)


Estimated Technical jobs consultants to be created 2 500 permanent PSP and 15 000 indirect jobs

Project Logistics, Fasken, Aurecon and De Aar NAKO Logistics ILISO Hub

Funding PROJECT model DESCRIPTION Public Private Partnership to be adopted. Multi-tiered sub concessions


Project status

Owner project status is at Feasibility Northern Study Stage. Cape Department The next of steps Transport, will be Safety to conduct and Liaison a Study (NCDTSL) Tour and Investors

The development of a Logistics Hub in the Roadshow. town of De Issue Aar that an will RFQ offer in November Transnet, 2018 National Department of Transport, Department of Public Enterprises, National and Provincial

the following infrastructure to identified tenants: Key stakeholders

Logistics Hub = ~R2.5 billion Treasury

Container Terminal which will act as a Trans- Shipment Inland

Transaction advisor

TM and Nelutha Consulting JV (TM)

(Dry) Port as well as consolidation point for Freight

Financial close and award estimated to be in March 2020

development Agricultural start Warehouse date and Storage Technical Facilities consultants

The project status is at Feasibility Study Stage. The next steps will be to conduct a Study Tour and Investors

2 500 permanent and 15 000 indirect jobs



Logistics, Fasken,


Aurecon and NAKO



• Provide a more efficient logistics route for manganese to

Roadshow. Issue an RFQ in November 2018





= ~R2.5




• Financial


close and



a Fuel,





be in






• 2 500






15 000 indirect



logistics needs of the Renewable

• Energy market segment

• Economic catalyst for the Northern Cape Province and

specifically the Pixley ka Seme District community

• Reducing the cost of moving cargo

• Optimising the cargo distribution to the SA port system

• Stimulating regional socio-economic development

• Securing a competitive advantage regionally for SA ports.

The objectives for the development include but are not limited to:

Provide a sustainable transport network for the transportation

The development of a Logistics Hub in the town of De Aar that will offer

development start date

Provide relief from road-based freight Estimated transportation jobs to be in created the

Container Terminal which will act as a Trans- Shipment Inland

(Dry) Port as well as consolidation PROJECT point DESCRIPTION for Freight

Agricultural Warehouse and The Storage development Facilities of a Logistics Hub in the town of De Aar that will offer

the following infrastructure to identified tenants:

Container Terminal which will act as a Trans- Shipment Inland

(Dry) Port as well as consolidation point for Freight

The objectives for the development include but Agricultural are not Warehouse limited to: and Storage Facilities

Provide Provide a more a sustainable efficient logistics transport route for network manganese Vehicle for Storage the the transportation


freight/products by small miners and farmers

Potential of a Fuel, Oil and Gas storage The objectives

Provide relief from road-based freight facility for the development include but are not limited to:

transportation in the

Serving Northern transport Cape and logistics needs of the Provide Renewable a sustainable transport network for the transportation

Energy market segment

freight/products by small miners and farmers

Economic catalyst for the Northern Cape Province Provide and relief from road-based freight transportation in the

Northern Cape

Revitalize the rail line to and from De Aar

Optimizing the cargo distribution to the SA port Influence systemeconomic development

Ensure creation of jobs in the area.

Securing a competitive advantage regionally for SA ports.

Further to the above, the Inland Dry Port will:

Provide a more efficient logistics route for manganese to the

The envisaged impact on the economy in Year 1 of Operation





to rail migration

Provide a more efficient logistics route for manganese to the

Potential of a Fuel, Oil and Gas storage Port(s) facility of Export

Potential of a Fuel, Oil and Gas storage facility

Serving the transport and logistics needs of the Renewable

Serving the transport and logistics needs of the Renewable

Energy market segment


Economic catalyst for the Northern Economic Cape Province catalyst and for the Northern Cape Province and

specifically the Pixley ka Seme District specifically Community the Pixley ka Seme District Community

Reducing the cost of moving cargo

Optimizing the cargo distribution to the SA port system

Optimizing the cargo distribution to the SA port system

8 500 Vehicles Stimulating per annum regional (Base socio-economic data: 2015) development

Stimulating regional socio-economic development

Securing a competitive advantage regionally for SA ports.

Securing a competitive advantage regionally for SA ports.

The envisaged impact on the economy in Year 1 of Operation is estimated

The envisaged impact on the economy to in be Year a minimum 1 of Operation of R1.7 billion. is estimated

to be a minimum of R1.7 billion.





Volume Container Terminal

400 000



(mtpa) Agricultural Commodities 100 000


7 000

Container Terminal

400 000


8 500 Vehicles per annum (Base data: 2015)

Agricultural Commodities 100 000


7 000


8 500 Vehicles per annum (Base data: 2015)

The envisaged impact on the economy in year one of operation

is estimated to be a minimum of R1.7-billion.


Contact details: Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison | Tel: +27 53 8391743 or +27 53 8391835

E-mail: mdichaba@ncpg.gov.za


Investment opportunities

Nine-point plan aims to attract investors to the Northern Cape.

An economic colloquium will be held in the Northern Cape.

This will serve as a preparation for a much larger investment

conference. Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas says, “The

idea is to aggressively promote our mega projects for attraction

of credible investment.”

A nine-point project plan is in place, which includes promoting to


• a Special Economic Zone (SEZ)

• development of a port at Boegoebaai

• Square Kilometre Array radio telescope

• Agri-parks for every district.

This is over and above the massive renewable energy programme (wind

and solar) which is covered in a separate article in this publication.

In her 2018 State of the Province Address, Premier Lucas said,

“Transforming the economy of the Northern Cape will entail the calculated

mobilisation of all social partners, in particular the three spheres

of government, as well as labour and business behind an economic

growth plan.”


Work has started on a framework for future growth and development

in the Northern Cape. The Provincial Growth and Development

Plan (PGPD) Vision 2040 will outline the intended growth path for the

province. Towards this goal, the province intends for decisions about

land use to be located within the Office of the Premier, instead of with


A Provincial Infrastructure Strategy is to be developed after an audit

has been conducted on the province’s infrastructure. The aim is to

implement the Infrastructure Development Act.

Two large bulk water supply projects are underway. These will

not only mitigate drought conditions where they occur but promote

new businesses and provide greater security for communities in

affected areas.

Manufacturing clusters

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 technology.

The rooibos tea processing

plant supported by the

Provincial Government of the

Northern Cape.

Within these clusters, investors

will find good infrastructure and

other businesses in the same sector

with whom they can trade.

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).

Agri-processing: 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 sectors with great growth potential.

Plans include downstream manufacturing in

items such as fibre sacks and cardboard cartons

for packaging.

Some of the existing areas of manufacturing

could also increase volumes with the right kind of

support. The Northern Cape already boasts a geographically

diverse allocation of manufacturing

facilities. 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 38 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 several food processing facilities that

cater to the urban population.


General opportunities for investors in the tourism sector


• nature and game reserves

• adventure tourism

• upgrading of accommodation facilities

• new attractions and entertainment features (theme


• improve air transport networks.

The Northern Cape Department of Economic

Development and Tourism (DEDAT) has prepared 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 cave diving 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 safaris.


specifically relevant component manufacture, will form the core of the economic activity

undertaken within the zone. Furthermore, skills training facilities situated within the

SEZ will equip technicians and artisans to install solar-powered systems anywhere in the



The SEZ is being developed with ACSA as a project partner. This opens up a vast number

of opportunities to benefit from the proximity of an international airport.

Location Upington Special Economic Zone

Land adjacent to an existing industrial area north of Upington, one of the largest cities in

the More Northern than 500 Cape, hectares has been of earmarked prime land for the available Upington for SEZ. investors.


Special Economic Zone

Upington, the second-biggest town in the Northern Cape, is

located along the banks of the Orange River and is a popular

tourist destination with warm weather and long sunny days.

The Northern Cape is ideally situated to serve the following

industries: solar energy, mining, agricultural, aviation and other industries


in South Africa and internationally. Similarly to Special Economic Zones

(SEZs) countrywide, the Upington SEZ has a geographically designated

area set aside for specifically targeted economic activities in order to

accelerate industrial development.

In the heart of the Green Kalahari, right next to Upington International

Airport, there is more than 500ha of prime land available to be utilised

by investors (440ha for the Industrial Park and 85ha for the Aviation Park).

Upington is situated 130km from the Namibian border post and about

350km from the border post with Botswana. Upington also has good

access roads such as the N10 and the N14, effectively linking up Namibia

and Botswana. Upington is 500km from Boegoe Bay’s Port Nolloth which

is one of the ports that has been earmarked for the integrated planning

of South Africa’s Oceans Economy under Operation Phakisa.

The Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality (DKLM) has made the land

available for the development of the Upington SEZ. The development

will be divided into seven phases. The Environmental Authorisation has

been received from the National Department of Environmental Affairs

(DEA) for the approval of the development of the Upington SEZ and the

Masterplan for the infrastructure is in place.

The ZF Mgcawu District, in which Upington is situated, has a welldeveloped

economy and active business community supported by

government and government parastatals.

Industrial hub

The main objective for the proposed

Upington SEZ in the Northern Cape

Province is to establish a world-class

industrial hub to service the Southern

African Development Community

(SADC) region in the following sectors:

• Renewable energy with the

focus on solar component


• Aeronautics through the development

of an Aviation Park for

maintenance, repair and overhaul

facility (MRO) for aircraft

• Mineral beneficiation

• Agro-processing

• Astronomy exploration

• High-value micro technology.

The following key economic drivers

underscore the viability of the Solar

Farm and manufacturing facility at

the Upington SEZ: the increasing and

sustained demand for photovoltaic

(PV) and concentrated solar power

(CSP) systems within the South Africa

and Sub-Saharan context; the above

demand will in turn produce a number

of assembly opportunities for

PV panels and inverters as well as

CSP in-field mirrors, structures and

backward integration of manufacturing

facilities, eg float glass and

silicon wafers; the recent announcement

by the Department of Energy

of Renewable Energy Independent

Power Producers (REIPP) with the

majority in the Northern Cape,

Upington vicinity; European and

Chinese companies continue to express

interest in establishing PV and




CSP component manufacturing and assembly plant(s)

in South Africa; the current heightened activities in the

renewable energy industry in South Africa; and there is

72ha of land set aside for the development of a Solar

Farm within the SEZ with a complete EIA and 440ha for

industrial development.

Upington International Airport

The Upington International Airport has a number of characteristics

that make it a particularly favourable location

for the possible establishment of an MRO and aircraft

storage facility. These include:

• an arid climate that is not conducive to accelerated

corrosion and deterioration of aircraft when stored

in Upington

• the availability of relatively low cost open surface

area (land) for the storage of aircraft, as well as for

the possible development of supporting industries

in and surrounding the airport

• Upington Airport has an unusually long runway

(5km) that serves as a National Aeronautics and

Space Administration (NASA) designated African

landing site for its shuttles. The runway therefore

can accommodate a large variety of aircraft

• Upington is close to the northern border of South

Africa and there its position is considered convenient

and strategic from an African continental perspective

• the remoteness of Upington renders it a fairly safe

location in terms of security

• there is a strong market for the establishment of

an MRO facility in South Africa to serve both the

European and African regional markets

• the absence of any meaningful competition in this

market on the African continent is another plus

• there are 85 hectares for the development of an

MRO with complete EIA for industrial development.

The development of the MRO is spearheaded by

Airports Company South African (ACSA)

which will become the anchor tenant of

the Upington SEZ.

Diverse drivers

Mining is one of the key economic drivers

in the Northern Cape. The province’s

iron ore, manganese, zinc and copper

mines open up possibilities in terms of

the manufacturing and assembly of mining

equipment, excellent to boost the

country’s economy.

Agriculture: the District ZF Mgcawu, in

which Upington is situated, is well known for

producing export-quality grapes, citrus, dried

fruit such as raisins and other fruits, providing

many investment opportunities in agro-processing

– the processing of raw materials and

products derived from agricultural activities

and packaging.

The Upington SEZ is perfectly located for

astronomy-related logistics, assembly and


The SEZ aims to be an incubator for manufacturing

and high-value micro technology

in the Northern Cape. The SEZ will also be

home to a number of warehouses where

manufactured goods can be stored before

being exported or distributed.

Together with our partners, the Northern

Cape Economic Development Trade and

Investment Agency (NCEDA), the Northern

Cape Department of Economic Development

and Tourism, the National Department of

Trade and Industry (dti) and Airports Company

South Africa (ACSA), we invite all interested

investors to contact us for more information.


Contact: Mr Thobela Dikeni, Chief Executive Officer,

Northern Cape Economic Development Agency

Tel: +27 53 833 1503 and 060 997 7202

Ms Babalwa Mbobo Sector Specialist Upington SEZ

Tel: +27 54 333 1136 and 071 016 5813


Physical address: Templar Court Building,

2nd floor, cnr Bean and Clarence Streets,

Kimberley 8301

Tel: +27 53 833 1503

Fax: +27 53 833 1390

Website: www.nceda.co.za



Flash across the pan on track

The Bloodhound land speed record attempt is set for October 2018.


The countdown to October 2018 is on. The Bloodhound supersonic

car that will be propelled across the sandy flats of

Hakskeen Pan by a rocket, three jet engines and a V8 engine in

pursuit of the world land speed record is set to blast off in that

month. The Bloodhound team is still raising money for this expensive

exercise, but indications are good.

Countless tests have been done at the base of the Bloodhound

project in the UK. One of them proved that the carbon fibre disk

brakes can heat up to 1 000 degrees Celsius. Trials at Newquay Airport

in Cornwall saw the 7.5-ton vehicle reach 322km/h but conditions in

the UK don’t allow for the kinds of speeds that the Bloodhound team

want to achieve on the even ground where the record attempt will

take place, about 200km north of Upington.

Further tests on the Northern Cape track will be done in the 800km/h

range, before launching the final push for the record.

The current land speed record of 1 227.98km/h was set in 1997 by

the same man who wants to better it in 2018. Wing Commander Andy

Green is a British Royal Air Force pilot and he wants to take the new

record out to 1 600km/h.

A 450kg rocket will fire the vehicle and the car will be fitted with

a further three jet engines and a V8 motor vehicle engine: it will have

power equivalent of 180 Formula 1 motor cars.

Design tweaks that have been made along the way include a revised

layout for the floor mounting system, testing of the best jet-start procedures,

and making the electronics

as robust as possible so that the

cockpit messages are easy to read.


The Northern Cape Provincial

Government has enrolled 50

schools in the Bloodhound

Project, creating many opportunities

for learning about science,

mathematics, engineering and

technology. The schools chosen

include the province’s 17

Dinaledi schools, which already

specialise in mathematics and

science. In Britain, the project is

linked to STEM schools (Science,

Technology and Mathematics


There are more than 500 sensors

built into the supersonic car,

sending out millions of pieces of




data that is stored and analysed in search of optimal performance. All

the work done by the engineers on the Bloodhound projects can be

seen by the pupils and they can look at and try to solve some exciting

problems in real-life engineering, science and mathematics.

A concrete legacy of the Bloodhound project is the provision of

water to the 10 000 residents of the municipality of Mier, a dry rural

area. Rietfontein, the biggest of nine towns in the district, is about

280km north-west of Upington. The !Khomani San community live

on the borders of Mier.

The existing Kalahari East water pipeline is being extended in two

phases, which will eventually extend to Rietfontein and Philanderbron.

GWI Consulting is one of the firms involved in the project. Askham, Big

Ant and Noeniput are among the other settlements that will receive

piped water.

The track

Hakskeen Pan is about 400km from Verneukpan where British daredevil

Sir Malcolm Campbell made a similar attempt in 1929. The surface is

not only flat, but also relatively hard for a sandy desert terrain. The sand

allows for a softer ride but the ground is still strong enough to carry

the leviathan. Several tracks will be prepared as the vehicle won’t be

able to go over the same ground twice.

A team of previously unemployed people in Loubos and Rietfontein

have been assisting the Bloodhound team in making the site ready for

the record. So far, they have removed 16 000 metric tons of stones to

create a surface as flat and as safe as possible. This work was done as

part of the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) and employed

315 workers who received the necessary equipment to do the work

and appropriate clothing, including wide-brimmed hats: open pans

in this part of the world can get very hot.

The site will be divided into Trackside (to be controlled by the

Bloodhound Project) and Landside (the Provincial Government of the

Northern Cape). The logistics are complicated. Issues include: accommodation;

RV parking and hook-up area; toilets, waste management;

and emergency services; public viewing area alignment with the measured

mile; transportation services between Hakskeenpan, Upington and

Rietfontein airstrip; non-run day

entertainments such as safari outings,

astronomy classes, concerts;

and potable drinking water.

This is a long list, but it could

present good opportunities for

willing and able entrepreneurs.

The huge technical team that will

descend on the Northern Cape to

support the project will boost the

accommodation, food and beverage,

and business support and

engineering sectors. Television

images of the unspoilt beauty of

the Northern Cape will boost the

efforts of the tourism authority

to market the province’s assets.

MTN has erected five 70m mobile

phone towers in the area, which

will enable three video feeds and

300 data channels to bring the

attempt to the wider world.

Flying movements over the

area are going to be suspended

for the duration of the land speed

record attempt, with aeroplanes

to be diverted to the airport

at Upington or the airstrip at




Square Kilometre Array


Unimaginable amounts of data will be collected in this transformative radio

telescope project in the Karoo.

The data that the SKA will collect in a day would take

two-million years to play back on an iPod. The radio telescope’s

image-resolution quality will exceed that of the Hubble Space

Telescope by a factor of 50. These, and other similarly impossible-sounding

statements, are the stock-in-trade of press releases and

announcements about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa.

Its cost is vast, the scope of its investigations of the universe is huge,

its footprint across Africa (and Australia) is immense. Nothing about SKA

is ordinary. It is a transformative scientific scheme with wide-ranging

implications for the province, for South Africa, and for the world and

our understanding of how the world came to be.

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 the big questions:

What is dark matter? When did life begin? How are galaxies created?

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.

A new body is to be established to oversee all astronomy in South

Africa. The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is

to be classified as a National Research Facility. This is an effort by the

National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and

Technology (DST) to consolidate

South Africa’s radio astronomy


Sites to fall under SARAO

include the MeerKAT and

KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the

Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy

Observatory (HartRAO) in the

North West province, the African

Very Long Baseline Interferometry

Network (AVN) in nine African

countries, as well as various training

programmes and commercial

enterprises arising out of projects.

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 with 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.


Four South African universities are members of the international organisation,

Inter-University Institute Date Intensive Astronomy (IDIA).

The departments of Physics at the universities of the Western Cape and

Pretoria belong, as does the Astronomy Department of the University of

Cape Town and the Centre for Space Research (North West University).

Among the projects undertaken by IDIA are CyberSKA (a social

networking function where scientists can put together research teams,

collaborate on papers and plan projects), the African Research Cloud,

which is testing models for dealing with large amounts of data, and

a Data Intense Research Facility. The last of these provides for storage

capacity that will accommodate post-processing algorithms, analytics

and data mining.

A new optical telescope was unveiled as part of the MeerKAT project

at Sutherland in May 2018. The MeerLICHT telescope will take an optical

image of the radio sky projected by MeerKAT every 60 seconds, which

will then immediately be processed by the computers at IDIA.

The MeerLICHT is a multinational project (South Africa, the

Netherlands, the UK) involving scientists from six institutions and

forming part of a broader National

Department of Science and

Technology multi-wavelength

astronomy (MWA) strategy. The

aim is to bring optical, gamma

ray, radio and optical astronomy

communities closer together and

to use facilities across the three

nations to best effect.

Another project resulting from

MeerKAT is MeerTRAP, which will

be searching for fast transients and

pulsars. MeerTRAP is funded by the

European Research Council.

A Big Data summer school

was held in Cape Town in 2017.

A partnership between Square

Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA

SA) and the South African Medical

Research Council (SAMRC), the

event exposed students from

various academic backgrounds

to the fundamentals of big data

research. This included practical

sessions in astronomy, bioinformatics

and health sciences, and

tackling the transfer of knowledge

in the area of data science using

a multi-disciplinary approach.

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.



Sol Plaatje University

First graduates celebrate as impressive new campus garners design awards.

In 2017, Sol Plaatje University celebrated the graduation of its first

cohort of Bachelor of Education students.

The first intake of students at the Kimberley campus in 2014 was

124. There are now more than 1 000 students enrolled in a range of

degree and diploma courses. Thirty-four of the graduates were immediately

offered permanent teaching posts by the provincial Department

of Education. Approximately 60% of the students are enrolled in teacher

training courses.

The university has set itself a goal of catering to specific niches, such

as heritage studies. The McGregor Museum in Kimberley is one of the

most respected museums in the South Africa and heritage tourism is

seen as a growth market, so university students concentrating on this

area will have good support and good prospects.

The academic programme is housed in four schools: Education;

Humanities; Natural and Applied Sciences; Economic and Management

Sciences. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in education, science, science

in data, commerce and arts. A diploma in retail business management

(three years) and a one-year higher certificate in heritage studies

completes the prospectus.

Data science takes on extra relevance with the construction of the

great radio telescope in the Northern Cape, the Square Kilometre Array.

Astronomy-related courses are planned to dovetail with the SKA. The

University of North West has a Centre for Space Research department

and a campus in Mahikeng. An astronomical observatory has been

located on the Mahikeng campus since 2015.

The university is named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, one of

South Africa’s great intellectuals.

One of his books, Native life

in South Africa, tells the story in

harrowing detail of how black

South Africans were thrown off

their land as a consequence of

the 1913 Land Act. He was also

a novelist, a translator and one of

the founding members and first

Secretary-General of the South

African Native National Congress

(SANNC), which became the ANC.

Kimberley is part of the Sol Plaatje

Local Municipality.

Building a great campus

Chances to build university campuses

from scratch do not come

about often. So the opportunity

to create something special was

seized upon for Kimberley’s newest

educational facility.

A competition was held to

choose the architects to work on




the new university. From a total of 59 entries, nine firms were selected in

2013 to enter the second round of the competition. Ultimately, five firms

were chosen as winners, and they would be tasked with completing

work on the campus over the three years to 2016: Activate Architecture;

Savage + Dodd Architects; designworkshop:sa; Comrie Wilkinson Cape

and Urban Studio JV; Wilkinson Architects in Joint Venture with Mashilo

Lampbrechts Architects and GXY Architects.

Sol Plaatje University Library and Student Resources Building, designed

by designworkshop: sa, won the 2017 Fulton Concrete Awards

for “Buildings Greater Than 3-Stories”. The construction work was done

by Murray and Dickson Construction and Aurecon provided structural,

civil, electrical, fire and wet services design for the project.

Another striking building, designed by Savage + Dodd, was “highly

commended” at the World Architecture Festival in 2017, along with

only one other South Africa entry, Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of

Contemporary Art. The multi-purpose building (shown by day and

night) encompasses a residence, offices, meeting spaces and retail

space on the ground floor.

The colourful, wind-driven louvres which act as sun shading were designed

by Savage + Dodd Architects and executed by RVI Architectural

Solutions. The project was a finalist in the Southern African Institute of

Steel Construction (SAISC) awards.

Funding and skills

The Provincial Government of the Northern Cape made 9 736 bursaries

available in 2017, jointly funded by national government, SETAs and the

Premier’s Trust Fund. The Mine Managers’ Forum has made R1-million

available for university bursaries in the 2018/19 year.

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

The provincial government

wants researchers at Sol Plaatje

University to conduct a provincial

skills audit to find out what skills are

most needed by the local economy.

Technical Vocational Education

and Training (TVET) colleges provide

after-school skills training.

The Northern Cape Urban

TVET College comprises three

campuses in Kimberley: City

Campus and 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 in partnership with

various public and private partners.

At Moremogolo Campus

students are offered courses in

either the business studies or skills

departments. In 2017 the College

enrolled 2 340 students.

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




Nedbank’s new brand promise














on client

a better




Kevin de Beer, Nedbank Provincial General Manager in the

will create a better understanding

Free State and Northern Cape, explains how Nedbank

works Kevin with de Beer, communities Nedbank Provincial to deliver banking General Manager solutions. in the

Free State and Northern Cape, explains how Nedbank

works with communities to deliver banking solutions.

locally and nationally. ‘Working with communities

is entrenched in our values through community

development, skills development, education and

job creation, as well as environmental conservation.

These play a vital role in building a sustainable

economy and vibrant society. We believe our

fast-growing presence in communities goes a long

way in enabling greater financial inclusion while

contributing towards economic growth,’ concludes

De Beer.

Nedbank continues to build on its clientcentred

strategy aimed at delivering

distinctive experiences and channels of

choice for businesses and clients in the

Northern Cape. This has seen the bank

simplify and enhance its product offering

in line with its value-banking philosophy

based on simplicity, transparency and

affordability. Innovation and technological

advancements, as well as training and

development of staff, have been key pillars

in achieving the bank’s objectives.

Since 2012 Nedbank has launched several first-tomarket

innovations, such as the award-winning

Nedbank App Suite, the home loans online

digital channel and Market Edge, as well as the

‘Branch of the Future’ concept in communities

This is a unique service for clients, with financial

fitness training a key aspect of the offering. Our

wide range of products and services include the

Nedbank Ke Yona Plus transactional account,

which comprises funeral cover, a personal loan

facility, the JustSave Account and the Send-iMali

money transfer solution, enabling clients to transact,

borrow, save and take out cover.

To encourage the youth to save and build their

financial fitness from an early age the Nedbank 4me

offering enables the youth to transact and save with

the benefit of earning preferential interest. Nedbank

4me comprises a full transactional banking account

with no monthly fees, free initial transactions and

thereafter reduced pay-as-you-use pricing, free

eNotes and self-service banking.

Should you be interested in learning more about

how Nedbank can assist you to grow your wealth

and see money differently, for more information call

+27 (0)51 400 5813 or visit www.nedbank.co.za.


Nedbank’s new brand promise


focuses on client engagement that

Making it easier to do business with

will create a better understanding

Nedbank Whole-view Business

Kevin de Beer,

Banking Nedbank Provincial General Manager in the

Free State and Northern Cape, explains how Nedbank

works Gary Long, with Nedbank communities Provincial to deliver BB Manager banking solutions. in the Free

State and Northern Cape, explains how Nedbank can help

business owners in the Northern Cape.

At the core of Nedbank’s offering in the Northern

Cape is a relationship-based model with a business

manager dedicated to your business as the key entry

point into the bank.

‘We encourage you to see money differently with

Whole-view Business Banking, explains Long.

What does this mean to the client?

It is an additional benefit of banking with Nedbank

Business Banking and means that your business and

your personal financial needs are managed in one


There is good news for Northern Cape

business owners and entrepreneurs seeking

a unique banking experience: Nedbank

Business Banking has 27 business managers

located across the province specialising

in commercial industries as well as the

agricultural sector. They are ready to assist

you with professional advice, industryspecific

solutions and a comprehensive

range of financial products and services.

‘At Nedbank Business Banking we believe that you

need a financial partner who not only understands

your circumstances and aspirations, but also provides

you with relevant solutions and a banking experience

that is hassle-free. This allows you to concentrate on

what’s most important to you – running your business,’

says Long.

‘Because business owners and their businesses are

very often financially dependent on each other,

our client service teams now also offer individual

banking solutions to you and your staff because

we already know and understand your needs,’

says Long.

With this in mind, Nedbank has seamless offerings

for you, your employees and your household.

Nedbank provides several communities, including

individual and business clients, with access to

products and services through Nedbank’s workplace

banking offering through a dedicated banker.

Should you be interested in taking your business to

its next level and improving staff engagement, and

for more information about Nedbank’s specialised

service offering please call the Business Banking

team on +27 (0)51 400 5700 or visit



Nedbank’s new brand promise


focuses on client engagement that











at stimulating growth

Kevin de Beer, Nedbank Provincial General Manager in the

Free Nedbank’s State and Regional Northern Manager Cape, of explains Small Business how Nedbank Services, Kim

works Lawrence, with explains communities how Nedbank to deliver is banking committed solutions. to partnering

with businesses for growth.

The initiative calls on everyone to make a conscious

decision to vote for small businesses through their

hearts, feet and wallets; not only on Small Business

Friday, but every day.

‘Small businesses are the mainstay of the

economy. Nedbank has, over the years,

instituted various interventions aimed at

giving support to the small-business sector.

Over and above our small-business services

solutions, we provide small-business owners

with support that goes beyond banking,

freeing up their time to truly focus on

running their businesses,’ says Lawrence.

Nedbank has built a solid reputation as a bank for

small businesses through initiatives such as

Small Business Friday, free small-business seminars

and the SimplyBiz.co.za platform – all geared

to support the small- and medium-sized enterprises

sector. For example, the Small Business Friday initiative,

in association with the National Small Business

Chamber, seeks to encourage everyone in South

Africa to rally behind and support small businesses.

Nedbank has recently launched its Business

Bundle, a game changer for small enterprises,

comparatively offering the best value for money

when set against rivals, with exclusive benefits

and personalised services for entrepreneurs. With

the country’s challenging economic environment,

the Nedbank Business Bundle not only offers you

personalised banking services, but also critical

tools to save – with up to 40% savings on monthly

banking fees, contributing directly to the bottom

line at a time when every cent counts.

In line with Nedbank’s new brand proposition ‘see

money differently’, the Business Bundle resonates

with the bank’s commitment to using expertise for

good in promoting small business enterprises.

SimplyBiz.co.za is a free-to-join value networking

portal designed especially for small businesses. The

online portal helps small businesses improve their

business administration skills, keep up with the latest

trends, network with other small businesses and

share ideas.

Should you wish to tap into our small business

expertise to help your business goals, why not get

in touch with Nedbank’s Small Business Services,

call Kim Lawrence +27 (0)51 400 5700 or send an

email to kiml@nedbank.co.za.


Nedbank’s new brand promise


focuses on client engagement that

will New create brand a proposition better understanding


clients to ‘see money differently’

Kevin de Beer, Nedbank Provincial General Manager in the

Free Lorraine State McAnda, and Northern Nedbank Cape, Free State explains and how Northern Nedbank Cape

works Regional with Manager, communities Business to Banking, deliver banking explains how solutions. the new

brand values build on the expertise of the bank to benefit clients.

almost two years of research and client

engagement that revealed that people want to

work with purpose-driven institutions they can

trust. They want a professional financial partner that

balances expertise with a genuine commitment to

do good.

The public will see a number of changes in the

next few months as the bank evolves its corporate

identity, advertising and communication campaigns,

as well as its products, services and channels. All

these changes are designed to inspire clients and

society to see money differently and partner with

the bank to achieve their goals.

Nedbank officially launched its new

brand repositioning during the first day

of the world’s largest design festival – the

2017 Design Indaba on March 1. The

bank’s new tagline challenges clients and

society to ‘see money differently’.

One of the solutions from Nedbank is

Whole-view Business Banking, which provides

a bird’s-eye view of clients’ businesses. It is aimed

at business owners who believe that they need the

best-of-breed of financial institutions.

The new brand positioning is built on Nedbank’s

purpose: to use financial expertise to enable

individuals, families, businesses and society to do

good. Our new brand proposition was born after

Our new brand proposition is not just a

marketing initiative but a reflection of the

continuing business evolution at Nedbank.

As a bank we want to ensure that our clients

experience our brand in a way that is aligned with

our brand promise.

It is common knowledge that we live in a volatile

socioeconomic environment, so it is even more

important for us to intensify our commitment to

improve on our skill in enabling clients to navigate

challenges and meet their goals.

If you would like to explore further how

Business Banking can help take your firm to the next

level, and for more information about Nedbank

Business Banking Services call Lorraine McAnda

on +27 (0)51 400 5745 or send an email to


see money differently

Nedbank Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06. Authorised financial

services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).




Overviews of the main economic

sectors of the Northern Cape

Agriculture 34

Grapes and wine 38

Mining 42

Water 50

Tourism 52

Banking and financial services 58

Development finance

and SMME support 60



Pecan nuts may be the next big thing.

The Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme (pictured above) is one of the

biggest systems of its kind in the world. Ranging over more

than 38 000ha, it has transformed a semi-desert zone into a

productive area that sustains cotton, wheat, maize, lucerne,

citrus, peanuts, fruit, grapes, olives and pecan nuts.

Some analysts believe that the Northern Cape could become

a global centre for pecan nut production. Figures released by the

South African Pecan Nut Producers Association (SAPPA) suggest that

huge increases in production and the extent of land planted to nuts is

already underway.



The province has a Climate

Change Adaptation Response


• Trout fishing has great

potential in the province.

Production of pecan nuts grew

from 5 000 tons in 2010 to

10 500 tons in 2015, and the figure

continues to rise as world markets

react positively to the South

African product. At one time it

was thought that pecan nuts were

better suited to tropical and subtropical

climates, but the consensus

is now that the Northern Cape

is ideal for the cultivation of the

versatile and healthy nut.

Hot summers and short, cold

winters are perfect, together with

the dry air which has made areas




like Prieska, Upington, the Orania district and the Vaalharts area the site

of many new groves. SAPPA says that 90% of the new plantings in South

Africa are happening in the drier, western parts of the country. Farmers

have to be patient, however, because the nut takes a long time to grow.

Consulting firm Aurecon was involved in doing a feasibility study

and compiling a business plan for the rehabilitation and upgrading of

the irrigation scheme and agribusiness development in the Vaalharts

and Taung areas, a major concern of the Northern Cape Department of

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD). The aim is to

anchor the project in Ganspan. Another goal is to establish black pecan

nut farmers in the area.

Another new area where the DALRRD is involved is issuing permits

and licences for trout production at the Vanderkloof Dam. This would

open up a new stream of food production, reduce anxiety related to

food security, and create jobs.

Other priority projects include:

• implementation of Agri-parks across the five districts of the

province. Business plans are with municipalities for their approval.

R33.9-million was set aside for this project in the 2017/18 budget

• Fetsa Tlala Food Production programme, which supports smallholder

farmers in growing their production volumes

• the Namakwa Irrigation Development project with Onseepkans

as the anchor

• rooibos development project using rooibos extract and aroma

as value-added products

• development of the ostrich industry in the Pixley ka Seme District.

The Agri-parks initiative 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 training available.

The provincial department 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 experience.


Long-term thinking underpins the adoption by the provincial government

of the Northern Cape Climate Change Adaptation Response

Strategy. This allows for a framework to tackle drought and other climate

change issues.

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 economy

of the regional economy and

the province’s farmers contribute

6.8% to South African agriculture.

The agricultural sector also

plays a vital role in the broader

economy of the Northern Cape,

employing as it does about

45 000 people. This represents

about 16% of employment, a

much higher figure than the

national figure of 5.5%

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 Kempdorp.

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 Beefmaster abattoir in Kimberley is one of three

abattoirs in South Africa to export frozen beef to China. The company

processes and packages about 30 000 tons at the abattoir.

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.


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”.


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 doubleshot

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

and Land Reform 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


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. 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.

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 partners 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


Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agric.za

Agri SA: www.agrisa.co.za

Dorper Sheep Breeders Association of South Africa:


National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:


National Department of Science and Technology: www.dst.gov.za

Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural

Development: www.agrinc.gov.za

Rooibos Council: www.sarooibos.co.za

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

South African Pecan Nut Producers Association:


Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa:


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 Municipality.

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




Grapes and wine

Northern Cape wine, grapes and raisins are exported all over the world.

The 466 families of Bloemsmond, Currieskamp and Soverby

who created the Blocuso Trust in 2010 are starting to see

good returns. The success of the grape and raisin farming

co-operative is good news for land reform and agricultural

enterprise development.

The initial purchase of the land on the Orange River came through

a grant facilitated by the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture

Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) and the department

has continued to support the project via investment in infrastructure

and in training and planning.

Blocuso is affiliated to the wine and raisin commodity groups and the

co-operative receives technical and marketing support from Orange River

Wine Cellars (OWK) and Pioneer Foods (SAD). Wine and juice for Rabat are

cultivated at Blocuso, a unique selling point, along with the grapes that

become Villard Blanc and Chenin Blanc. In 2017 the Villa Blanc harvest

was 900 tons. Expansion into Colombard cultivation is planned.

On a provincial level, 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 DALRRD, the National

Agricultural Marketing Council, the Land Bank, Distell, Winetech and

Orange River Wine Cellars.


A community trust is reaping

good returns near Keimoes.

• Colombard plantings do

very well in the Northern


Almost a third of South Africa’s

table grape crop is produced in

the fertile Orange River region

of the Northern Cape. The South

African table grape industry has

been investing in some new varietals

which produce a better yield.

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 the 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 raisin factory

has a production capacity of 12 000 tons and the company packages

and sells about 22% of South African raisin production. All of the

products in the Carpe Diem Group, including the table grapes being

displayed by farm workers in the photograph opposite, and pecan nuts,

are certified organic. With about 135ha under production, the farm lies

10km east of Upington

The South African Table Grape Industry Partnership promotes South

Africa in international markets.


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 have been receiving more than

their due in recent seasons.

The Northern Cape’s Orange River wine region accounts for 25.6%


Blocuso Agricultural Co-operative: www.blocusoagri.co.za

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

of South Africa’s Colombard

vines and 10% of Chenin Blanc.

The focus is on Colombard and

Hanepoot grapes.

Orange River Wine 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 Grootdrink.

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 has more than

700 stores across the country

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.



South African Table

Grape Industry

South Africa: Preferred Country of Origin for the world’s best-tasting grapes.

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 represents growers in key government and industry initiatives

aimed at creating more opportunities in the sector, 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 more than 5 688 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 in the order of 1 415 permanent and 12 415 seasonal


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


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


• Technical market access

• Research and technology transfer

• Information and knowledge


• Transformation

• Communication and stakeholder


• Human capacity and skills


• Technical support.

These interventions are aimed at

assisting producers to Gain, Retain

and Optimise (GRO) market access.





Mine revivals are under way in iron ore, zinc and copper.


Afrimat, a listed construction materials supplier and industrial

minerals group, has added open-pit mining to

its portfolio with the R322-million acquisition of the Diro

mine, which had been in business rescue.

Production was on track for the target of one-million tons per

year, but a problem on the railway line that delivers iron ore to the

port of Saldanha led to production being scaled down. Afrimat

had a transport deal with Transnet and is selling iron ore in China.

The Diro mine has proven run-of-mine reserves of 10-million tons.

Aggeneys, in the Namaqualand region 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.


Vedanta’s massive Gamsberg

zinc project is ramping up.

• Afrimat has bought an

iron-ore project near


• Ntsimbintle Mining is

receiving good dividends.

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.

Vedanta Zinc International’s nearby Gamsberg zinc and lead project

is the biggest current mining project in South Africa. The mine,

on the road between Springbok and Pofadder, has resources and

reserves of 214-million tons. The mine is already having a significant

impact on employment for nearby communities. Construction is

ramping up in expectation of production beginning in the course

of 2018. In the first phase, 4Mtpa of ore will be mined, producing

250 000tpa of zinc concentrate. The mine’s tailing thickener is

shown on the left in this May 2018 photograph.

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.

Australian miner Orion is putting considerable resources into

investigating the possible revival of the Prieska Zinc-Copper Project.

A maiden mineral resource estimate was published in February 2018

and 14 drill rigs (above and below ground) are at work looking in

to the site’s prospects. The Prieska Copper Mine was active from

1971 to 1991.

Several large wind and solar projects are operational in the area.

There is a connection to power and water supplies, good roads, a

landing strip and a railway siding on the Sishen-Saldanha railway

line is less than 50km away.

The Northern Cape Provincial Government is working on helping

historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs) get access to the

mining sector. Grants from the Cooperative Incentive Scheme are

being given to co-operatives to help them buy mining equipment.

The Office of the Premier, in partnership with the National

Department of Mineral Resources, has held a workshop for artisanal

mine workers on how to conduct legal mining operations.

The Swedish International Housing Company is another partner

in identifying possible land on which artisanal miners can legally

start sustainable mining operations. Land owned by municipalities

at Prieska, Niekerkshoop, Marydale and Griekwastad is the focus of

these initiatives.

Most of the area’s mineral riches are processed outside the province

so there are good 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 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. Mining companies

have corporate social investment

plans but recent engagements

such as a Provincial

Mining Summit and a meeting

between provincial government

and mine managers aim to see

more benefits accruing to communities.

This would involve an

increase in the percentage of localised

procurement (parts, consumables

and services), directing

work to companies owned

by black people and women,

and investment in skills training.


Petra Diamonds has recently been

reporting increases in production

and revenue. Expansion continues

at the firm’s Northern Cape property

at Finsch and at the Cullinan

mine in Gauteng province. Fullyear

rough diamond production

in 2017 reached 4Mcts (an 8%

increase) and the company has a

stated goal of getting to about

5.3-million carats by FY 2019.



Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project has created a whole new town. New houses for staff were

added in 2018.


Petra also recently entered into a joint venture, Kimberley Ekapa

Mining Joint Venture. KEM JV comprises Petra, Ekapa Mining (jointly

owned by Petra and Ekapa Mining) and a third party, Super Stone


Rockwell Diamonds 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


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

creating 686 jobs. By May

2016 there were 166 permanent

employees and 24 part-timers

working at Mitchells Bay.

In 2018, Trans Hex sold two

mines to LOR Diamonds, a blackowned

company led by women,

but will continue to mine the

property as an independent



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

resource of the province is wide-ranging and impressive with significant

deposits of iron ore, manganese, zinc, copper, lead, titanium,

pig iron, zircon and gypsum.

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.

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.

South32 is very active in the Northern Cape. 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.

South32 produced 8% more manganese in the six months to

December 2017 than it did in the corresponding period, a trend

which all South African miners mirrored.


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

Minerals Council South Africa: www.mineralscouncil.org.za

Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za

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

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and

Tourism: www.economic.ncape.gov.za

South African Mining Development Association:


Hotazel is also the site of a relatively

new manganese mine, Tshipi

é Borwa. Tshipi e 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.

Engineering News reported in

2017 that Ntsimbintle celebrated

a R300-million dividend payout

in July, with a further R500-

million agreed on for disbursement

in September.

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 their 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

its 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.


Here’s to the Future!

Zero Harm and

Sustainable Environments

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


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

processing facilies and underground operaons opened the window for extending the life of

diamond mining operaons in Kimberley significantly, thus ensuring a connued contribuon to

the local economy.

Invesng 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 operaons, gears Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV to make a

success of the opportunies created.

Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV

Who is Petra Diamonds?

Who is Petra Diamonds?

Petra Diamonds is a leading independent diamond mining group and an increasingly important supplier

of rough diamonds Petra Diamonds to the is a internaonal leading independent market. diamond The Company mining group has and interests an increasingly six important producing supplier mines: of rough three diamonds

underground to the mines international South market. Africa The (Finsch, company Cullinan, has interests Koffiefontein) in fi ve producing and mines: one three open-pit underground mine mines Tanzania in South Africa

(Williamson), (Finsch, as well Cullinan, as, Koffi via its efontein) Joint and Venture one open-pit Partnership mine in Tanzania with Ekapa (Williamson), Mining, as the well as, extensive via its Joint tailings Venture and Partnership

underground with operaons Ekapa Mining, Kimberley. the extensive It tailings also maintains and underground an exploraon operations programme in Kimberley. in It also Botswana. maintains an exploration

programme in Botswana.

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

carats by FY Petra 2019. has grown The Group rapidly in has recent a major years, and resource plans to base steadily in increase excess annual of 300 production million to carats. 5.3 million Petra's carats fast by FY 2019.

development The group has established has a major resource the Company base in excess as London's of 300 million largest carats. quoted Petra’s fast diamond development mining has established group and the its company

exceponal as growth London’s profile largest quoted posions diamond the Group mining group as a unique and its exceptional investment growth opportunity profi le positions within the the group sector. as a unique

This makes investment Petra one opportunity of the within few the mid-er sector. This diamond makes Petra producers one of the few to mid-tier offer a diamond significant producers and to growing offer a signifi cant

producon and profile. growing This production growth profi in le. output This growth places in output the Company places the company in a strong in a strong posion position to benefit to t from the positive

posive long-term fundamentals for the for diamond the diamond industry, where industry, demand where is forecast demand to outpace is supply. forecast to outpace


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

Petra conducts members all of operaons the Kimberley according Process. Petra to is the quoted highest with a ethical premium standards listing on the and Main will Market only of operate the London in Stock

countries which Exchange are and members is a constituent of the of Kimberley the FTSE 250 Process. Index. Petra is quoted with a premium lisng on the

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

Petra recognises the need to conduct our operations in an environmentally sustainable manner by using resources

Petra recognise responsibly, the need protecting to conduct and restoring our the operaons environments in an where environmentally we operate and mitigating sustainable the impacts of our operations.

manner by We using are committed resources to responsibly, implementing protecng rigorous environmental and restoring management the environments processes, developing where long-term sustainable

we operate practices and migang and meeting the international impacts best of our practice. operaons. We are commied to implemenng

rigorous environmental management processes, developing long-term sustainable pracces

and meeng Three internaonal of Petra’s Diamond best pracce. Mines have successfully transitioned from ISO 14001 (2004) to ISO 14001 (2015) standard

certifi cation. Recognition goes to Petra’s Operational Leadership and Environmental teams for their concerted efforts in

Three of Petra's gaining Diamond this achievement. Mines have successfully transioned from ISO 14001 (2004) to

ISO 14001 (2015) standard cerficaon. ecognion goes to Petra's Operaonal Leadership and

Environmental Petra teams Diamonds for their concerted and efforts the in Northern gaining this achievement. Cape

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 benefi t the

With interest in three operaons in the Northern Cape, Petra is proud to be part of the future of this

communities in which its mines are, and therefore these local communities are regarded as high priority and the mines’

Province, which can be regarded as the birthplace of the modern diamond industry. Petra's philosophy

principal stakeholders.

is that its operaons should benefit the communies in which its mines are, and therefore these local

communies 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 benefi t will accrue to

Apart from creang employment, with local recruitment receiving preference, investment by Petra is

their local communities.

expected to extend the lives of these operaons, thereby contribung to the local economy and

ensuring that opmal benefit will accrue to their local communies.

Petra is committed to being a good corporate citizen. This not only

includes disposing responsibly of the commitments imposed

Petra is commied to being a good corporate cizen. This not only

by its mining licences, such as contribution to development

includes disposing responsibly of the commitments imposed

through its Social and Labour Plans, and caring for the

by its Mining Licenses, such as contribuon to development

environment through its Environmental Management

through its Social and Labour Plans, and caring for the

Plans, but also striving to go beyond what is expected

environment through its Environmental Management

to make a positive impact in communities whenever possible.

Plans, but also striving to go beyond what is expected

to make a posive impact in communies whenever possible.

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

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


Superfecta Trading

Electro-mechanical specialists.

Superfectca Trading is an electro-mechanical engineering

company with a national footprint and a record of successful

delivery of projects in all nine provinces. The company was

founded in 2002 and has extensive experience in medium- and

high-voltage products and related services.

Superfecta manufactures high-tension products under the TMA brand

and related services. TMA products include transformers, mini-substations

and switchgear. Superfecta also employs a team of mechanical experts. The

company prides itself on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical

work and boasts over 14 years of experience in the mechanical field.

Superfecta has strategically partnered with three internationally recognised

companies: Thomas C. Wilson (New York), Schneider Electric

(South Africa) and Jinshanmen Electrical Co. (China). The partnerships

have enhanced our performance and enabled us to be the providers of

the latest technology.

Ownership Status

100% black-owned registered company, with 55% of the shares owned

by women.

Our Vision

To be the leading electro-mechanical specialist in energy solutions across

Southern Africa. Superfecta aspires to excellence, innovation and transparency;

three prominent features that distinguish us in the marketplace

and uphold our vision.

Our Mission

To enable our clients to ensure reliable energy supply through cost-effective

and quality manufacturing, supply, installation and maintenance of infrastructure.

Superfecta strives to deliver the best solutions which are achieved with

strong partnerships and joint ventures

with local and international entities

that share our values and objectives.

We have a full complement of highly

skilled engineers, technical and administrative

staff. All efforts are geared

towards compliance with health and

safety standards.


Superfecta works in a variety of sectors,

including but not limited to:

• mining

• provincial and local government

• utilities

• transport

• oil and gas.

Professional Services

Superfecta is a one-stop shop for all

transformer and transformer-related

work and we pride ourselves on delivering

a comprehensive and complete

service, including the supply of transformers


• The mining industry

• Dry-type mining

• Distribution transformers

• Power transformers.

• All our transformers are SABS and

IEC compliant and operate at



higher efficiencies than any other on the market. Our turnaround

time is less than 60 days, which is a market-beater.

What gives Superfecta a competitive

edge in the industry is investment in

the latest systems and technologies. The

company invested millions of rands in an

integrated maintenance software called

Archibus. Our maintenance system goes

above and beyond the management

of the maintenance process and asset control by recognising that these

processes are just a small part of a full life cycle. The intellectual capability

of the system enables us to ensure that our customers are well taken care

of by indicating when the following maintenance schedules should take

place. We also provide our clients with 24/7/365 support.

Transformer oils undergo electrical

stresses while the transformer is in operation.

This, combined with the contamination

caused by the chemical interactions

with windings and other solid insulations,

gradually render it ineffective. Regular purification

is paramount. We periodically

test for electrical and chemical properties to make sure that the oil is suitable

for further use and provide the purification services needed to extend the

life of your transformer oil. This can be done online or offline.

Superfecta has played a significant role in the economic development

of South Africa, not only through employment, but also through infrastructure

development both in rural and urban areas. We pride ourselves

on having installed electricity in over 500 households in rural parts of

South Africa. The company has not only done an outstanding job but

raised the bar in successfully electrifying villages in the geographically

challenging landscape of KwaZulu-Natal.

With a professional team of mechanical technologists, Superfecta prides

itself on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical work. Our

services include, but are not limited to:

• Supply and installation of heat exchangers tubes, boiler tubes, steam

pipes and primary air heater

• Supply and replacement of pipe works (ash, sluice lines, etc)


Physical address: 23 Catalunya Raceway Industrial Park,

Gosforth Park, Germiston, Johannesburg 1419

Telephone: +27 11 8693607

Fax: +27 11 825 0086

Email: info@superfectatrading.co.za

Website: www.superfectatrading.co.za


• Replacement and new installation

of steel pipe works

• Supply and installation of


• Supply and hire of tubetesting

machine, tube cleaners,

vacuum leak dictator, tube cutters,

expanding machine

• Mechanical engineering (pipe

fitting and rigging)

• Steel pipe jacking and fitting,

supply and install concrete

jacks, jacks under roads and

gas lines.

All industrial concerns require a

complex system of electrical networks

to function efficiently and

successfully. Superfecta both installs

and conducts repairs to high

tension electrical circuits.

We also oversee electrical reticulation

(urban and rural), electricity

meters (prepaid and smart meters)

and electricity works.


Superfecta is an ISO 9001:2008 certified

company that fully embraces

a Total Quality Management

philosophy in streamlining all

its business processes. Clients

include Rand Water, FNB, MTN,

Airports Company South Africa,

Total, Transnet, Passenger Rail

Agency of South Africa and

Eskom. Superfecta has done work

for the public works departments

of three provinces, the City of

Johannesburg and several other





Two major bulk supply projects will open up economic opportunity.

The Vaal Gamagara and Namakwa bulk water supply projects

respectively hold the key to boosting the mining sector and

laying the foundation for expansion in outlying districts of

the province.

Although the Orange River flows through the province, many parts

of the province are dry. The bulk water supply projects will give additional

security to mines, businesses and households in the target areas.

The provincial budget for 2018/19 allocates R762-million to regional

bulk infrastructure and R454-million to water supply and sanitation

(including drought interventions).

In additional measures, the Northern Cape Provincial Government

has adopted a Climate Change Adaptation Response Strategy and

is taking part in a National Department of Public Works programme

known as the Shared Water Efficiency Programme.


Engineering group ELB Group has been appointed by Vedanta Zinc

International to do a wide range of jobs at its new Gamsberg project.

This includes laying a water pipe from the Orange River to the mining

company’s processing plant.


ELB Group is laying a water

pipe from the Orange River

to the new mine at Gamsberg.

• The Eye of Kuruman is an

oasis-like spring.

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.




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 m3 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 water

treatment 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.


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 38 000 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 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 activity in the

dry regions of the province presents particular challenges. The town


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

of Kuruman is an exception in that

it has a natural and prolific spring,

the Eye of Kuruman.

The National Department of

Water and Sanitation is 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 incorporated.

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 water-treatment

plant, enabling it to process

as many as 3 000 chemical and

1 700 bacterial analyses every

month. 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.




Five national parks and six provincial reserves offer an unrivalled experience of nature.

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 and protect fascinating rail assets.

A Northern Cape Steam Rail tourism route might be an attractive

opportunity for the right investor.

There are no fewer than six national parks and five provincial reserves

in the province, each showing off distinct geographical and biological

features. Most of the province lies in the Nama-Karoo Biome and the

annual display of spring flowers is spectacular.

The north-western portion of the province is known as the Green

Kalahari, much of which is taken up by national parks. The Kgalagadi

Transfrontier Park (with Botswana) encompasses 3.7-million hectares,

making it one of the biggest conservation areas in the world. The

Kalahari Red Dune Route is a network of guesthouses, reserves and

farms to guide the visitor to the great park. The rushing waters of the

Augrabies Falls National Park provide another popular attraction.

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


A public-private partnership

is boosting employment.

• Revamped municipal

resorts aim to attract

domestic visitors.

• Horse racing has come to

the Northern Cape.

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 a 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.

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.

The decision by UNESCO to inscribe the

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

as a World Heritage Site has great significance

for the tourism industry in the Northern Cape,

and for the prospects for ecotourism in general.

This 160 000-hectare landscape lies on the border

between South Africa and Namibia.

New initiatives

The Northern Cape has long been known as a prime

destination for horse breeding, but horse racing has

arrived on the provincial calendar with a bang.

The inaugural Kgalagadi Bush Horse Race took

place in Kuruman in 2017 and attracted participants

from Johannesburg and the Free State. A

joint effort by the Northern Cape Department

of Economic Development and Tourism, the

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the

Kgalagadi Municipality, the event gave local small,

medium and micro-enterprises a chance to showcase

their products and to sell food and drinks to

visitors and participants.

Kimberley also hosted its own “July” in 2017 with

the running of the Flamingo Horse Race. Fifteen horses

took part in 10 races on the Flamingo Horse Race Park,

a 2 000m sand oval track. Smart fashions were on show

and the event is flagged to become an annual event.

A Tourism Imbizo held at the Mittah Seperepere

Convention Centre in March 2018 tackled opportuni-


March/April: Diamond and Dorings Music

Festival, Kimberley AfrikaBurn, Tankwa Karoo

National Park Hantam Mountain Bike Race,


May: Calvinia to Ceres: Tankwa

Camino, Calvinia

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



ties in the sector for SMMEs, youth and women and was an opportunity

for government, NGOs and the Northern Cape Tourism Authority to

interact with community members. The imbizo followed a hospitality

youth programme graduation ceremony.

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 the 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.

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA) is the official marketing

agency for the Northern Cape. Culture, nature and adventure are the

three big themes that future visitors are promised.


Country Hotels has 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, 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 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 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 provides

another popular attraction.

Explore the Routes of the Northern Cape

The website of Northern Cape Tourism is:


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.

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,


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

Provincial Nature Reserves Doornkloof

Nature Reserve: +27 51 753 3006

Goegap Nature Reserve: +27 27 718 9906

Rolfontein Nature Reserve: +27 53 664 0900

Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve:

+27 27 218 1159

Witsand Nature Reserve: +27 83 234 7573



Kanoneiland, Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. Highlights of the route

includes 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. The 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 (0)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 we pass 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 (0)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 600km 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 (0)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 notto-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. Star-gazers, 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 (0)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 star-gazing 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 (0)84

709 0218.

Cape Namibia Route


AfrikaBurn: www.afrikaburn.com

BookBedonnerd: www.richmondnc.co.za

Gariep Arts Festival: www.gariepfees.co.za

Hantam Vleisfees: www.hantamvleisfees.co.za

Kalahari Kuier Fees: www.kalaharikuierfees.co.za

Northern Cape Tourism Authority: www.northerncape.org.za

Open Africa: www.openafrica.org

Richtersveld: www.richtersveld-conservancy.org

South African National Parks: www.sanparks.co.za

South African Tourism: www.southafrica.net

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

travelers 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 (0)53 833 1434



Banking and financial


Agricultural companies have a strong suite in finance.

Most agricultural companies in the Northern Cape have

financing and services divisions, as one would expect in a

province with a strong and varied agricultural sector which

exports much of its produce. This provides real competition

for the retail banks, most of which have specialised agricultural desks.

The Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land

Bank) is a major participant in the Northern Cape financial sector and

the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), as an equity investor

in companies such as Red Sun Dried Fruit (shown above), is another

important player.

The established banks have specialists in the province and dedicated

units such as Nedbank Agribusiness. Focus areas 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. Nedbank has a total of

27 business managers in Nedbank Business Banking for the province and

the neighbouring Free State, whose brief includes agriculture.

GWK is one of the biggest agricultural firms, with the GW standing

for Griqualand West. Despite the name, the company has its roots in the

Northern Cape province and its headquarters in the town of Douglas

near to the confluence of the Vaal and Orange rivers. GWK has six


Capitec has entered the

insurance market.

units within its Corporate Services

division and these mostly relate

to finance: Finance, Financing,

Risk Management, and Financial

Agricultural Advice.

Farmers have a wide choice

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 livestock.




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 ZAR X.

Upington-based KLK Landbou has insurance and medical cover

products while OVK offers insurance and financing options. Kaapagri

has three offices in the Northern Cape where farmers can consult on

financial matters.

With the renewable energy

sector booming 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.

New banks

The first new banking licence in nearly two decades was issued in 2017,

to TymeDigital by Commonwealth Bank SA. The bank will have no

physical branches although Tyme’s Money Transfer product, which it

launched in 2016, is available at Boxer and Pick n Pay. African Rainbow

Capital is the venture’s BEE partner. The banking licence is the first to

be issued since Capitec was granted a licence by the South African

Reserve Bank in 1999.

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

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

province. Relative newcomer, Capitec, is rapidly moving towards being

part of a Big Five and it announced in 2018 that it would partner with

Centriq Life to enter the insurance market. Capitec has no fewer than

21 branches in the Northern Cape. The fact that it has four branches in

Kuruman, one more than its Upington footprint, suggests that Capitec

has sold its low-cost banking model well to mine workers.

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

Northern Cape, the prospect of Postbank being upgraded to a full-service

bank is positive news. 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.


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: www.obssa.co.za

Improving access

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.

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.

Among innovations designed

to reach the unbanked are Teba

Bank allowing customers to deposit

at supermarkets, Absa’s

mobile banks and FNB’s mobile

branches. Standard Bank’s

community-banking initiative

offers a low-cost cellphonebanking

service. Retailers can

act as agents for the bank, even

in remote rural areas.



Development finance and

SMME support


provincial local economic development (LED) forum was

held on 13 September 2017 where the focus was on finance

and commercial banking. The offerings for small businesses

from three major commercial banks (Nedbank, Standard Bank

and Absa) were laid out and delegates were referred to the bank’s supportive

websites for more information and guidance. The opportunities

for small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) were explained with

regard to funding and support from the National Empowerment Fund

(NEF) and Petra Diamonds’ various supplier development and training

programmes were detailed.

Petra Diamonds, through the local Kimberley Ekapa joint venture

(KEMJV), aims to assist potential businesses in the vicinity of its mine to

become sustainable suppliers of goods and services. A local supplier

development programme offers local SMMEs business training to assist

and identifies opportunities for SMMEs to pitch for business within the

mine’s supply chain.

Nedbank’s SimplyBiz website gives guidance on finding more

customers, managing finances, staff and administration, and it gives

business owners the chance to share their stories and perhaps find a

mentor on the network.

Absa has developed a very practical website where buyers can

find empowered companies who are available to do work. The Supply

Chain Network has “what” and “where” search functions and offers

bulletins on tenders.


Petra Diamonds has a

local supplier development


• A skills development roundtable

was held in October


The Standard Bank BizConnect

website tagline is “Expert knowledge

to help turn your business

into a powerhouse of tomorrow”.

It offers practical advice, expert

insights and tips and tools in areas

such as strategy, innovation and

creating growth.

Another important meeting

was held in October 2017

in Kimberley, when a pledge to

promote skills development was

signed by a wide range of institutions

which the provincial government

is working with. TVET col-







Provincial Chairperson Dr Tshego Gopane outlines the

priorities of the Black Management Forum Northern Cape.

Dr Tshegofatso Gopane

Please outline the main objectives of the Black Management Forum.

The three strategic objectives are: the development of managerial leadership;

advancing socio-economic transformation in Southern Africa and

beyond; thought leadership through advocacy.

What is your current focus?

The Young Professionals Development Programme is targeted at entry-level

professionals with supportive mentorship. The Duke Women in Leadership

Programme aims to ensure women are accelerated in positions of leadership.

A Transformation Masterplan was born to address challenges identified by a

research project (Transformation Barometer). The Masterplan is still a work

in progress.


Among Dr Tshegofatso Gopane’s

qualifications are an

MBChB (UKZN) and a postgraduate

business diploma

from UNISA SBL. She is currently

pursuing a Master’s in

Public Health. Through her

company Tshela Bophelo

Wellness Solutions, she has

overseen large-scale social

impact projects in health and

education while maintaining

her medical practice. She

serves on various bodies involved

in transformation and

development, including the

provincial Human Resource

Council and the South African

Medical and Dental Practitioners

Association Council.

What are the challenges facing business in the Northern Cape?

They are different for big and small business. Mining declined sharply as commodity

prices fell in late 2015 which saw the mining industry facing severe

constraints. This, and policy uncertainty, has resulted in the reluctance of

the mining industry to further invest. For small business there is a constant

battle to access the value chain of the big industries (mining, agriculture and

solar). They ought to be creating viable SMMEs as part of their backward

linkages. There is a perceived limited effort by big business to ensure that

small business develops. Lack of access to capital is a consistent challenge.

Which sectors are looking up?

The three sectors with growth potential remain agriculture, mining and solar.

The building of secondary and tertiary industries locally remains a high

possibility to increase economic activity and create sustainable small and

medium business such as manufacturing of components used in machinery,

safety equipment, tyres, workshops for the maintenance of heavy vehicles,

and agri-processing.

How is your relationship with other stakeholders?

The BMF has a cordial relationship with all stakeholders, be they government,

civil society and various business formations. The BMF is represented in

NEDLAC. With government we have a mutually beneficial relationship. The

BMF has been able to drive its transformation agenda and make significant

contributions that have driven legislative changes.



leges and universities have the initial responsibility to impart skills, but

the province and various sector education training authorities (SETAs)

has committed to finding work placement for 1 000 graduates. This is

line with prioritising youth development.

An integrated youth development strategy is to be developed

for the province, in order to bring together and coordinate disparate

programmes. The aim is to have targeted interventions to tackle youth


A programme run at Grootdrink trained more than 100 young people

in plumbing, plastering and bricklaying. This was part of the National

Youth Brigade Programme with training accredited by the National

Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC) and supported by the

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

Another useful programme that is imparting skills (and tackling water

shortages) is the “war-on-leaks” programme, where 717 young people

are learning and training at mines and municipalities.

The provincial government supports small enterprises, rural enterprises

and co-operatives through business and financial management

training and procurement of goods from SMMEs. In partnership with the

Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), cadets receive training

before receiving work places at various municipalities.

Kleinzee Café is a business that has received support from Seda. Owner

Anette Burgees is shown in the main photograph on the previous page.

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

and SMMEs include:

• trading spaces allocated at Kimberley Diamond Cup

• stalls allocated at Southern African International Trade Exhibition

for Retail Products

• preferential procurement from state-owned enterprises such as

Eskom or Transnet

• training for clothing and textile manufacturing

• hosting of national Technology for Women in Business awards

• hosting of Provincial Youth in Business Summit

• participation in Entrepreneurs’ Day (TVET students).

The Research and Development Unit within the Policy, Research and

Innovation Programme of the Department of Economic Development

and Tourism hosts events that

bring together support agencies,

government and private companies

such as Petra Diamonds and

Anglo American. The DEDAT’s

Knowledge Management and

Innovation Unit keeps up to date

with the latest innovation and

technology that can help small

businesses, such as a Laptop

Trolley, which it has showcased

to business owners.

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


• 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.

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 security.


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 National 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


Seda is also a partner in the Kimberley incubation hub related to the

Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy. 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 mineral-related enterprises.

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 register.


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


Absa Supply Chain Network: wwwscnet.co.za

Bizconnnect: www.bizconnect.standardbank.co.za

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

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

Development Bank of Southern Africa: www.dbsa.org

Industrial Development Corporation: www.idc.co.za

National Empowerment Fund: www.nefcorp.co.za

Nedbank SimplyBiz: www.simplybiz.co.za

Northern Cape Economic Development Agency: www.nceda.co.za

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

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

them in search of opportunities

in the renewable energy sector.

Myburgh’s first Urban Hotel is in


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 underway 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.



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

From the left: Hannes van Niekerk, Super Armature Winding; Martha van Zyl, Sanlam; Rustum Norman, Kimberley Ekapa

Mining JV (back row); Pieta Serfontein, Hancor (front row); Samantha Lawrence, Duncan & Rothman; Riaan Vorster, GW

Rugby Union and 1st Vice-President (back row); Jan van Vuuren, Bishops Lodge (back row); Charlene Zondagh, Halsted and

2nd Vice-President; Johan Theron, Standard Bank and NOCCI Treasurer; Jaime Goncalves, KEW. Absent: Barend Olivier,

Garden Court Kimberley and Marie Parsons, Parsons Home Appliances and NOCCI President.




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


Executive Committee of NOCCI

President: Marie Parsons (Parsons Home Appliances)

1st Vice-Chairperson: Riaan Vorster (GW Rugby Union)

2nd Vice-Chairperson: Charlene Zondagh (Halsted)

Treasurer: Johan Theron (Standard Bank)

Executive members: Barend Olivier (Garden Court

Kimberley), Hannes van Niekerk (Super Armature

Winding), Martha van Zyl (Sanlam), Rustum Norman

(Kimberley Ekapa Mining JV), Jaime Goncalves (KEW

Foundries), Samantha Lawrence (Duncan & Rothman),

Pieta Serfontein (Hancor), Jan van Vuuren (Bishops Lodge)

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

Website: www.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 2018

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




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

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.northern-cape.gov.za/dedat

Department of Education

MEC: Martha Bartlett

156 Barkley Road, Homestead, Kimberley 8301

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

Website: www.ncdoe.ncpg.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

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

Website: www.socdev.ncpg.gov.za

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

Website: www.ncpt.gov.za






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 9300 | 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.gov.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.gov.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

Website: www.renosterbergmunicipality.gov.za

Siyancuma Municipality

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

Website: www.siyancuma.gov.za

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




Union’s End





Main Road


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

Umsobomvu Municipality

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

Website: www.umsobomvumun.co.za


Physical address: Cnr Nelson Mandela Avenue and Upington Road,

Upington 8801

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

Website: www.zfm-dm.co.za

Dawid Kruiper Municipality

Tel: +27 54 338 7001

Fax: +27 54 531 0019

Website: www.dkm.gov.za

Kai! Garib Municipality

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

Website: www.kaigarib.gov.za

Kgatelopele Municipality

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

Website: www.kgatelopele.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



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.

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 opportunities.

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




Black Management Forum (BMF) ...................................................................................................................61

Frances Baard District Municipality ...............................................................................................................70


Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) ............................................................64

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism ..................... IFC, 3, 17, OBC

Petra Diamonds....................................................................................................................................................46

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

South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) ..................................................................................................40

Superfecta Trading...............................................................................................................................................48



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