Limpopo Business 2018-19 edition

A unique guide to business and investment in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Launched in 2007, the 2018/19 edition of Limpopo Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Limpopo Province. Limpopo has many investment and business opportunities. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on developments in the transport and logistics sector and a focus on tourism. Interviews with industry leaders in development finance from the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Development Agency share their insights into the state of the provincial economy. Investment news related to mining, telecommunications and development finance is carried in overviews of all the main economic sectors. The publication also has a comprehensive register of all provincial government and municipal contact details. Updated information on Limpopo is also available through our monthly e-newsletter - which you can subscribe to at www.globalafricanetwork.com

A unique guide to business and investment in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Launched in 2007, the 2018/19 edition of Limpopo Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Limpopo Province.

Limpopo has many investment and business opportunities. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on developments in the transport and logistics sector and a focus on tourism. Interviews with industry leaders in development finance from the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Development Agency share their insights into the state of the provincial economy.

Investment news related to mining, telecommunications and development finance is carried in overviews of all the main economic sectors. The publication also has a comprehensive register of all provincial government and municipal contact details.

Updated information on Limpopo is also available through our monthly e-newsletter - which you can subscribe to at www.globalafricanetwork.com


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<strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong> EDITION<br />





Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Together for better roads<br />



The vision and core values of<br />

Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong>:<br />

Vision<br />

Contributing to the socio-economic<br />

development by connecting the<br />

people of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

Mission<br />

To provide quality and sustainable<br />

provincial road infrastructure network<br />

for the economic development<br />

of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

Values<br />

The way we conduct ourselves and<br />

our business in pursuit of our vision<br />

and mission is underpinned and<br />

guided by the following corporate<br />

values:<br />

Commitment<br />

We are committed to delivering<br />

quality road infrastructure in the<br />

province with pride<br />

Reliability<br />

We offer reliable, safe and economic road infrastructure<br />

Efficiency<br />

We will go the extra mile in serving our communities<br />

Accountability<br />

We remain accountable to all our stakeholders and the<br />

environment<br />

Transparency<br />

We are transparent in both our internal and external<br />

business processes<br />

Excellence<br />

We strive to exceed expectations<br />

Diversity<br />

We value and embrace diversity within the work context<br />

Teamwork<br />

We work together for better roads

Operational mandate<br />

The sole mandate of the Roads Agency<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> (RAL) is to act as the implementing<br />

agent of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Provincial<br />

Government, under the auspices of the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Public Works,<br />

Roads and Infrastructure.<br />

RAL main functions are<br />

• planning<br />

• designing<br />

• construction<br />

• maintenance and control of the<br />

provincial road network.<br />

It owns and manages all the provincial<br />

roads, except municipal roads and national roads.<br />

The board is the custodian of corporate<br />

governance and is responsible for the strategic<br />

direction, control and stakeholder governance<br />

of RAL. The board ensures that the agency is a<br />

responsible corporate citizen and complies with<br />

relevant laws, rules, codes and standards.<br />

Revenue is received from the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Provincial Government in the form of the<br />

Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant and the<br />

equitable share.<br />

The extent of roads falling under the RAL<br />

is <strong>19</strong> 997km, of which 6 179km is tarred and<br />

13 818km has a gravel surface.<br />


Address: 26 Rabe Street, Polokwane | Postal address: Private Bag X9554, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: 015 284 4600 / 015 291 4236 | Email: info@ral.co.za<br />

@RoadsAgency RoadsAgency<strong>Limpopo</strong> Website: ral.co.za


Introduction<br />


<strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong> Edition<br />

Foreword8<br />

A unique guide to business and investment in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

New Special Economic Zone promises good<br />

returns for investors6<br />

A message from the Premier of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, the Honourable Chupu<br />

Stanley Mathabatha.<br />

New skill focus to drive investment opportunities 9<br />

A message from the CEO of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency, Ben Mphahlele.<br />

Special features<br />

Regional overview of <strong>Limpopo</strong> 10<br />

Corridors of development and Special Economic Zones are<br />

creating conducive conditions for investors.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan 16<br />

Reducing poverty and creating sustainable jobs.<br />

Investing in <strong>Limpopo</strong> 20<br />

Local and foreign investors are seeing good value in several<br />

industry sectors.<br />

Tourism in <strong>Limpopo</strong> 32<br />

Increasing visitor numbers are driving investment into tourism<br />

infrastructure.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> is a heavy lifter in transport and logistics 38<br />

A strategically placed Special Economic Zone is set to further<br />

enhance the province’s profile in road and rail. <br />

Economic sectors<br />

Agriculture52<br />

Tomato paste factory holds great potential.<br />

Mining54<br />

Mineral beneficiation is in the spotlight.<br />

Construction and property 64<br />

Mining and energy projects are creating demand for housing.<br />

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Energy66<br />

Solar manufacturing holds potential in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

Water67<br />

Innovation is solving rural problems.<br />

Information, communication and technology<br />

(ICT) and telecommunications 68<br />

Libraries are the key to connection in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

Development finance and SMME support 76<br />

The private and public sectors are backing small business.<br />

Education and training 90<br />

Short courses are popular among business leaders.<br />

Government<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Provincial Government 92<br />

A guide to <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s provincial departments and their MECs.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Local Government 93<br />

A guide to district and local municipalities in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

References<br />

Key sector contents 50<br />

Overviews of the main economic sectors of <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

Index96<br />

Maps<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> locator map 14<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> municipalities map 94<br />


Credit: iStock by Getty Images. The baobab tree is synonymous<br />

with <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province. It appears in the logos of the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Provincial Government and the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency,<br />

conjures up images of nature in its purest form and lends<br />

itself to legend and myth. Sometimes known as the “upside<br />

down” tree because the gods supposedly planted it with its<br />

roots facing the sky, the baobab also provides sustenance<br />

and shelter for humans and animals. Some trees are several<br />

thousand years old.<br />

LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />



New Special Economic Zone<br />

promises good returns for investors<br />

A message from the Premier of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, the Honourable Chupu Stanley Mathabatha.<br />

Chupu Stanley Mathabatha,<br />

Premier of <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

It gives me great pleasure<br />

to welcome the readers of<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong> to South<br />

Africa’s “gateway” province,<br />

located as we are on the Great<br />

North Road to Zimbabwe and<br />

in close proximity to Botswana,<br />

Mozambique and the important<br />

markets of Johannesburg and<br />

the Gauteng Province.<br />

The provincial economy<br />

is predominantly driven by<br />

the mining and commodity<br />

services sectors that contribute<br />

27.6% and 23.8%, respectively.<br />

They are followed by trade and finance that<br />

contribute 15.3% and 14.6%, respectively.<br />

The Provincial Government of <strong>Limpopo</strong> is pleased to report that both<br />

the Provincial Treasury and the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Gambling Board received clean<br />

audit opinions in the last audit cycle, which is good news for potential<br />

investors. This marks a considerable improvement. The Auditor-General<br />

had this to say: “The improvements in <strong>Limpopo</strong> can be attributed to<br />

the political leadership taking accountability and discharging oversight<br />

responsibility through robust discussions and interrogation of reports<br />

submitted by administrative leadership.”<br />

The South African national cabinet has positively considered <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s<br />

application for Musina-Makhado to be a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A<br />

lot of work has gone into making the idea of an SEZ in Musina-Makhado a<br />

living entity, which will boost the economy and create jobs.<br />

We are in the process of finalising the appointment of the SEZ Board.<br />

This will be followed by the recruitment and appointment of technical<br />

staff to support and implement the SEZ projects. Currently, an amount<br />

of R147-million has been set aside to support the roll-out of basic infrastructure<br />

in the receiving SEZ municipalities of Musina and Makhado. We<br />

are basically at the tail-end of our planning phase of this mega initiative.<br />

The Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone will leverage the existing<br />

advantages in mining and logistics of the northern part of <strong>Limpopo</strong> and<br />

special tax and customs regimes are already proving attractive to investors.<br />

In Beijing in May <strong>2018</strong>, the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency (LEDA) signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and<br />

Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) with nine Chinese companies committed<br />

to investing more than US$10-billion in the Musina-Makhado SEZ.<br />

Working together with the private sector, our provincial government<br />

has identified 10 major projects with a combined value of R46-billion. This<br />

will go a long way towards helping us to expand the productive capacity<br />

of our economy. We invite other investors to explore with us the possibilities<br />

for further projects that will support our effort to put <strong>Limpopo</strong> on a<br />

higher trajectory of economic growth and development.<br />

A mining-focussed SEZ at Tubatse is also under consideration and we<br />

expect to attract about R44-billion in investments into these two zones.<br />

Power generation, steel and coking plants and plasma waste gasification<br />

are among the possibilities for the Musina SEZ, while the focus at Tubatse<br />

will be platinum group metals beneficiation.<br />

LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />



Investors with the ability to beneficiate minerals or add value to<br />

agricultural produce through processing can take advantage of the<br />

favourable terms offered by Special Economic Zone legislation.<br />

Driven by the desire for strengthening relations with the People’s<br />

Republic of China, the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province has entered into Memorandums<br />

of Understanding with the Province of Henan. The focus of these MOUs<br />

is in the fields of mining, agriculture, tourism and human resource development.<br />

Similar arrangements in the Republic of Namibia are being conculuded<br />

with the four regions of Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto and<br />

Omusati. This is in line with our commitment to strengthen regional<br />

integration within SADC.<br />

We aim to create more jobs by ensuring that agriculture, manufacturing,<br />

tourism and the construction sector contribute optimally to<br />

the provincial GDP.<br />

The Provincial Government is a strategic role-player in the economy<br />

of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province. Government procurement should therefore assist<br />

in addressing the inherited triple challenges of unemployment, poverty<br />

and inequality.<br />

It is in this context that we are finalising the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Procurement<br />

Strategy. The main thrust of the Strategy is to stimulate Local Economic<br />

Development. The strategy will focus on the need to empower young<br />

people, women and people living with disabilities.<br />

Infrastructure<br />

Last year we announced that <strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion, which is a subsidiary<br />

of LEDA, was to begin a roll-out of broadband infrastructure across the<br />

province. In <strong>2018</strong>, we can report that the first phase of the roll-out of the<br />

broadband telecommunication network infrastructure has commenced.<br />

The construction of the data centre, which is the provincial ICT nerve<br />

centre, has already been completed. The broadband technology will<br />

provide a unique opportunity for the people of <strong>Limpopo</strong> to become<br />

active participants in the knowledge economy.<br />

This programme will mostly benefit SMMEs, co-operatives, the youth,<br />

research institutions and the creative industry. It will further enhance<br />

productivity, both in the public and the private sectors, and provide<br />

investors with enhanced connectivity.<br />

Through the roll-out of a high-quality infrastructure programme<br />

we intend to grow the economy, attract investment, create access to<br />

markets and create much-needed jobs for our people. Our delivery of<br />

social infrastructure is focused on constructing new houses, healthcare,<br />

education and bulk-water facilities. We will also continue with the maintenance<br />

and renovation of our existing infrastructure.<br />

Road infrastructure plays a critical role in sectors of our economy<br />

such as tourism, agriculture, trade and commerce. We will continue<br />

with the programme of improving and expanding our road network infrastructure,<br />

working in partnership<br />

with South African National Road<br />

Agency Limited (SANRAL).<br />

Tourism<br />

The tourism sector continues to play<br />

a significant role in the growth and<br />

development of our provincial economy.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> remains a leading<br />

province in the country with regard<br />

to domestic tourism, increasing from<br />

5.6-million visits in 2015 to 8.3-million<br />

in 2016. This represents a massive<br />

increase of 2.7-million.<br />

One of the tourism offerings that<br />

adds great value to the industry is<br />

the annual Marula Festival. In 2017,<br />

this festival attracted over 20 000<br />

people and injected well over R45-<br />

million into the provincial economy.<br />

The Mapungubwe Festival is another<br />

signature event that brings in considerable<br />

revenue, especially for skilled<br />

crafters who have an opportunity to<br />

sell their handmade wares.<br />

The Kruger National Park is South<br />

Africa’s number one tourist attraction.<br />

A number of private concessions have<br />

been granted along the public park’s<br />

edge and there are several private<br />

game reserves scattered throughout<br />

the province’s diverse landscapes.<br />

Golf tourism is another growth sector<br />

with proximity to the country’s major<br />

point of entry at Johannesburg’s<br />

OR Tambo International Airport a big<br />

selling point.<br />

There are many opportunities<br />

for this sector to grow through new<br />

investments, whether it be in new<br />

lodges or new kinds of adventuretourism<br />

experiences.<br />

Whether you are a tourist, a business<br />

person or an investor, <strong>Limpopo</strong> is a<br />

province that is rich in opportunities.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you.<br />

7 LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>


<strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

A unique guide to business and investment in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

The <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong> <strong>edition</strong> of <strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is the 10th issue of this<br />

highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has<br />

established itself as the premier business and investment guide<br />

for the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> has many investment and business opportunities. In addition to<br />

the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors<br />

of the province, there are special features on developments in the transport<br />

and logistics sector and a focus on tourism. Interviews with industry leaders<br />

in development finance from the Industrial Development Corporation and<br />

the Small Enterprise Development Agency share their insights into the state<br />

of the provincial economy.<br />

Investment news related to mining, telecommunications and development<br />

finance is carried in overviews of all the main economic sectors. The<br />

publication also has a comprehensive register of all provincial government<br />

and municipal contact details.<br />

To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution<br />

of the print <strong>edition</strong>, the full content can also be viewed online at www.<br />

limpopobusiness.co.za. Updated information on <strong>Limpopo</strong> is also available<br />

through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at<br />

www.gan.co.za, in addition to our complementary business-to-business<br />

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<strong>Business</strong> title.<br />

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New skills focus to drive<br />

investment opportunities<br />

in growth sectors<br />


CEO of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency (LEDA),<br />

Ben Mphahlele, explains how a drive to improve skills related to<br />

investment packaging will boost local economic development.<br />

The vastness of <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Province, occupying just over<br />

10% of South Africa’s total<br />

land surface, has enormous<br />

potential for economic growth.<br />

With immense mineral and<br />

agricultural resources residing<br />

in the soil of the province and<br />

other sectors such as tourism<br />

expanding exponentially, there is scope for targeted investments<br />

which will boost socio-economic development across all five<br />

districts of the province.<br />

In order to enhance the prospects of successful investment, the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency, LEDA, has identified<br />

the need to boost critical skills within the province, particularly<br />

with regard to the packaging of investment opportunities to<br />

domestic and foreign investors.<br />

Responding to these challenges, LEDA sent business advisers<br />

to Wits University for training on the Local Economic<br />

Development Programme. The qualified advisers will become<br />

specialists in the field of investment project packaging and risk<br />

analysis. Using their newly-acquired skills, the advisors will then<br />

be available to collaborate with municipalities throughout the<br />

province. This investment in skills development by LEDA is a flagship<br />

programme that will accelerate local economic development<br />

in all the districts of <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

With well-packaged investment projects relevant to each<br />

district, investors will easily be able to choose the most relevant<br />

and attractive option from a suite of alternatives.<br />

Having revised and adopted its Annual Performance Plan (APP)<br />

for the financial year ahead, LEDA is ramping up its delivery imperatives<br />

across all its portfolios. These are linked directly to the<br />

economic growth trajectory of the province, giving expression<br />

to the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan – a blueprint for stimulating<br />

both traditional and emerging economic growth sectors. The<br />

main growth sectors are mining, tourism, agriculture, logistics and<br />

agri-processing.<br />

With offices situated in all five districts of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, LEDA is at<br />

the coalface of economic development through its myriad integrated<br />

business development products and services. Through its<br />

actions, LEDA is stimulating economic growth and job creation<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

9<br />

LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>




Corridors of development and Special Economic Zones are creating<br />

conducive conditions for investors.<br />

By John Young<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province’s 125 754km² covers<br />

a remarkably diverse geographical and<br />

cultural landscape that is also rich in minerals<br />

and agricultural products.<br />

The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, a<br />

UNESCO World Heritage Site in the north of the<br />

province, illustrates a rich history of a sophisticated<br />

trading kingdom in the period between<br />

900 and 1300AD. Archaeological finds in the<br />

Waterberg area point to Stone Age settlements.<br />

The Makapans Valley (Ndebele history and palaeontological<br />

exhibits) is linked to the Cradle of<br />

Humankind site in neighbouring Gauteng: both<br />

are important fossil sites.<br />

The Waterberg Biosphere has been declared a<br />

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Most of the famous<br />

Kruger National Park falls in the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province<br />

and the province is home to many private game<br />

lodges, nature reserves and golf estates.<br />

The province shares international borders<br />

with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique<br />

and its South African neighbours are the provinces<br />

of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North West.<br />

Proximity to the large cities of Gauteng (including<br />

Johannesburg and Pretoria) make it easy for horticultural<br />

and other products to be sold in that large<br />

and prosperous market.<br />

The N1 highway (“Great North Road”) is a key


reason for the province’s important role in the nation’s<br />

logistics sector. It passes through <strong>Limpopo</strong> from<br />

the south to the border town of Musina and on to<br />

Zimbabwe and its neighbours in the Southern African<br />

Development Community. The busy N11 highway links<br />

the province to Botswana to the west and Mpumalanga<br />

Province to the east.<br />

Most of South Africa’s logistics operators have a<br />

presence in the provincial capital city of Polokwane<br />

and freight logistics hubs have been established at<br />

that city and at Musina.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> covers about 10% of South Africa’s land<br />

mass and is home to about 10% of the country’s population.<br />

The 2011 census recorded 5.4-million residents.<br />

The main languages of the people of <strong>Limpopo</strong> are<br />

Sesotho, Xitsonga and Tshivenda but English is widely<br />

used in business and government.<br />

The provincial government is run by the African<br />

National Congress, the same party that is power at<br />

national level. There are five district municipalities in<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> and the capital city is Polokwane (population<br />

629 000).<br />

The Provincial Government of <strong>Limpopo</strong> has committed<br />

itself to the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Growth and<br />

Development Plan (LEGDP), which aims to build a<br />

stronger, more industrialised economy and to create<br />

jobs and reduce social inequality.<br />

The Premier’s Employment Growth and Advisory<br />

Council has been created to coordinate the responses<br />

of government, the non-government sector and the<br />

private sector. Technical working groups, drawing from<br />

all three sectors, have been established to pursue the<br />

development plan in areas such as ICT, the green<br />

economy, enterprise development and relevant skills<br />

for the economy.<br />

Existing manufacturing in the province is centred<br />

on mining areas (smelters and refineries),<br />

agricultural estates (juices and concentrates) and<br />

Polokwane (which has a strong suit in food and<br />

beverages). Agri-processing is strong, with Pioneer<br />

Foods, McCain, Granor Passi, Kanhym, Westfalia and<br />

Enterprise Foods prominent, but this sector still has<br />

potential to grow.<br />

Transport within the city of Polokwane is being<br />

transformed by the introduction of a bus rapid<br />

transport system, Leeto la Polokwane. In the province<br />

as a whole, 22.6% of households in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

use bus transport and 45.8% use taxis.<br />

Great North Transport falls under the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Economic Development Agency. The company<br />

has more than 500 buses, covers about<br />

36-million kilometres every year on 279 routes,<br />

employs more than 1 200 people and transports<br />

37.6-million passengers.<br />

The Polokwane International Airport (PIA) is<br />

wholly owned by the provincial government and<br />

run by the Gateway Airport Authority Ltd (GAAL), an<br />

agency of the Department of Roads and Transport. It<br />

has the potential to be an important regional cargo<br />

airport. SA Airlink offers 21 flights to Johannesburg<br />

six days a week. The airline also provides links between<br />

Phalaborwa and Johannesburg, and between<br />

Hoedspruit and Johannesburg and Cape Town.<br />

The province also has a sophisticated rail network<br />

which Transnet Freight Rail aims to further expand,<br />

primarily to haul the province’s vast reserves<br />

of coal away to the coast at Richards Bay.<br />

Special Economic Zones<br />

One of the ways in which <strong>Limpopo</strong> is leveraging<br />

its strategic location is through the establishment<br />

of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone.<br />

Recently promulgated by national government, the<br />

SEZ will have among its core functions the clustering<br />

of logistics operations. Located in the Vhembe<br />

District in the far north, this SEZ is near the border<br />

of Zimbabwe and on the Great North Road, thus<br />

linking with the broader Trans-<strong>Limpopo</strong> Spatial<br />

Development Initiative.<br />

Other focus sectors are agri-processing,<br />

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energy and mineral beneficiation. Exxaro and De Beers<br />

have large mining operations nearby. A consortium of<br />

Chinese investors has agreed to run the SEZ’s mineral<br />

beneficiation operations.<br />

A second application for an SEZ has been made<br />

within the province’s platinum belt in the east of the<br />

province. The Tubatse SEZ, in the Sekhukhune District<br />

Municipality, will focus on the beneficiation of platinum<br />

group metals (PGM) and mining-related manufacturing.<br />

Large platinum mining operations are located on<br />

the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex such as the<br />

Marula Mine and the northern limb has been seeing a<br />

lot of recent activity, with Ivanhoe Mines investing in<br />

a new mine. A smelter expansion by Northam on the<br />

western limb confirms that the mining sector is still<br />

very active in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

The following areas have been identified as priority<br />

zones for the province’s industrialisation strategy:<br />

Polokwane, Lephalale, Tubatse, Tzaneen and the<br />

Makhado-Musina corridor.<br />

Economic strengths<br />

When it comes to exports <strong>Limpopo</strong> punches above its<br />

weight because of the abundance of mineral wealth<br />

under the ground, and the superb fruit and vegetables<br />

that the province’s farmers cultivate. Potatoes are grown,<br />

together with 75% South Africa’s mangoes and tomatoes;<br />

papayas (65%); tea (36%); citrus, bananas and litchis<br />

(25%) and 60% of the country’s avocadoes.<br />

The best-performing subsector of South African exports<br />

over the last five years is fruit and nuts (www.worldstopexports.com).<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> has been a major contributor<br />

to the country’s excellent export record: avocadoes,<br />

mangoes and macadamia nuts from the province’s<br />

eastern regions are hugely popular in international markets<br />

and <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s commercial farmers are extremely<br />

efficient.<br />

The province has huge reserves of coal, platinum,<br />

chromium, uranium clay, nickel, cobalt, vanadium, limestone<br />

and tin. Demand will always fluctuate, and the<br />

commodities cycle has recently been very volatile, but<br />

the world will always need minerals.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>’s assets include the largest diamond mine<br />

in South Africa, the biggest copper mine in South Africa,<br />

the biggest open-pit platinum mine in the country<br />

and the biggest vermiculite mine in the world. The<br />

province has 41% of South Africa’s platinum group<br />

metals (PGMs), 90% of South Africa’s red-granite<br />

resources and approximately 50% of the country’s<br />

coal reserves. Antimony, a highly strategic mineral<br />

found in large quantities in China, is another of<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>’s major assets.<br />

Two of the largest engineering projects in the<br />

history of South Africa have recently been undertaken<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong>. Both the Medupi power station<br />

(at Lephalale in the far west) and the De Hoop Dam<br />

(in the south-east) have the potential to give the<br />

region’s economy a massive boost.<br />

The combined land area of <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s national,<br />

provincial and private game and nature reserves<br />

is 3.6-million hectares. According to the Premier’s<br />

office, the tourism sector employs about 22 400<br />

people.<br />

Regions<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>’s dry, cattle-rearing, western areas contrast<br />

with the subtropical regions of the east where<br />

forestry thrives and the central regions where vast<br />

plantations produce 60% of the country’s tomatoes.<br />

The area north of the Soutpansberg Mountains is<br />

semi-arid. The Waterberg mountains stretch over<br />

5 000km² through the northern reaches of the<br />

province.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> has five district municipalities:<br />

Capricorn District<br />

Capricorn is the economic centre of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, with<br />

the provincial capital Polokwane contributing 13%<br />

of the provincial GDP. The cultivation of citrus, potatoes<br />

and tomatoes is done on a large scale in<br />

the district.<br />

The capital city of Polokwane is the province’s<br />

main centre for industry, commerce, education and<br />

medical services. The city is close to big concentrations<br />

of mineral deposits and to fertile agricultural<br />

lands; its industries reflect this diversity. Large industrial<br />

concerns such as Silicon Smelters (one of the<br />

biggest of its kind in the world) and a big brewery<br />

run alongside at least 600 industrial enterprises of<br />

a smaller scale.<br />

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Polokwane has good hotel and conferencing facilities.<br />

Park Inn by Radisson Polokwane is the newest<br />

hotel to open in the city. Nearby Moria attracts up to<br />

a million people every year, when the Zion Christian<br />

Church celebrates Easter.<br />

Sekhukhune District<br />

Government is the largest employer in this southern<br />

district, followed by agriculture and hunting. The vast<br />

majority of households are rural (94%) and Groblersdal<br />

is the district capital. The region’s fertile lands produce<br />

maize, tobacco, peanuts, vegetables, sunflower seeds<br />

and cotton on a large scale. Agriculture makes up 25%<br />

of the economy. Burgersfort is an important town<br />

because of platinum mining.<br />

Mopani District<br />

Giyani is the administrative capital of the district and is<br />

key to the local economy. The public sector is one of<br />

the largest employers and the key sectors are agriculture<br />

and mining. Mopani has an established food manufacturing<br />

industry, in canned, preserved and driedfruit<br />

production and vegetable juices. Phalaborwa<br />

is the gateway to the Kruger National Park. It has a<br />

good airport and is a tourism hub. Palaborwa Mining<br />

Company (PMC) is the major economic driving force<br />

in the area. State-owned phosphate and phosphoric<br />

acid producer Foskor is another major employer. The<br />

Marula Festival is held in Phalaborwa every year.<br />

A subtropical climate and fertile soils combine to<br />

make greater Tzaneen very productive in terms of<br />

fruit and vegetables. <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s second most populous<br />

city has a population of 80 000. The Letaba<br />

Valley produces a large proportion of South Africa’s<br />

mangoes, avocadoes and tomatoes. Forty sawmills<br />

operate in the area, drawing on the heavily forested<br />

hills around the city.<br />

Thohoyandou is the administrative centre of<br />

Thulamela Local Municipality, Vhembe District<br />

Municipality and the University of Venda. The Ivory<br />

Route passes through the district. Other attractions<br />

include an ancient baobab tree, the Dzata Ruins, the<br />

Museum of the Drum, the mystical Lake Fundudzi<br />

and Nwanedi Provincial Park.<br />

Waterberg District<br />

The mining sector is the largest contributor to regional<br />

GDP, while agriculture is also significant. Several<br />

towns in the district are in the mineral-rich Bushveld<br />

Igneous Complex.<br />

The district also features the riches of the<br />

Waterberg Coal Fields, iron ore (at Thabazimbi) and<br />

tin and platinum at Mookgophong. The town of<br />

Lephalale is at the heart of the region’s coal-mining<br />

and power-generation sectors and is the site of<br />

Eskom’s huge new Medupi power plant which is<br />

under construction.<br />

The area around Mokopane is one of the richest<br />

agricultural zones in South Africa, producing<br />

wheat, tobacco, cotton, beef, maize and peanuts.<br />

The bubbling hot springs of Warmbaths (Bela-Bela)<br />

is a popular tourism destination, and the district has<br />

many luxury golf estates. The Legend Golf & Safari<br />

Resort has the distinction of having had each of its<br />

18 holes designed by a different famous golfer, and<br />

an extra hole which is very long (360m) but also very<br />

high: it requires a helicopter ride to get to the tee-off<br />

point 400m up the mountainside.<br />

Vhembe District<br />

The Vhembe District borders Zimbabwe and<br />

Botswana. The district’s administrative capital is<br />

Thohoyandou. Vhembe’s vast bushveld supports<br />

commercial and game farming and the district has<br />

considerable cultural and historical assets. Game farming<br />

is a growing subsector, as is eco-tourism. De Beers’<br />

Venetia Mine, situated just west of Musina, is South<br />

Africa’s largest diamond producer.<br />

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<strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan<br />

Reducing poverty and creating sustainable jobs.<br />

With the announcement of significant investment in the newly<br />

proclaimed Musina-Mukhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ),<br />

the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan takes on renewed significance<br />

as a guiding document for economic growth.<br />

Improving the lives of the citizens of <strong>Limpopo</strong> is the overarching<br />

aim of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan. The economic levers that can<br />

bring that improvement about present investment opportunities,<br />

particularly in the sectors that have been identified as key drivers of<br />

growth: mining, tourism and agriculture.<br />

When the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan was introduced, Premier<br />

Chupu Stanley Mathabatha said, “We are convinced that the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Development Plan reflects our shared vision and strategic imperatives<br />

towards poverty reduction, elimination of social inequality and the<br />

creation of sustainable jobs in our province.”<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan (LDP) targets three broad areas for<br />

improvement and development: socio-economic, infrastructural and<br />

institutional. Every department of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Provincial Government<br />

has targets within the LDP which are translated into actionable<br />

programmes to be implemented within time-frames.<br />

The plan is supported by<br />

strategies relating to a spatial<br />

investment framework in public<br />

and private sector infrastructure,<br />

an integrated public transport<br />

policy and policies on land<br />

development.<br />

This article focusses on the<br />

economic aspects and the potential<br />

of the LDP for private investors<br />

to participate.<br />

Key elements of the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan are:<br />

industrialisation (beneficiation<br />

of mining and agricultural<br />

products and produce); mining<br />

(local suppliers, improved<br />

training and access to sector for<br />

entrepreneurs); infrastructure<br />

development; agri-processing;<br />

SMME promotion and ICT<br />

and the knowledge economy<br />

(establish a WAN footprint).<br />

Mining is currently the most<br />

important part of the provincial<br />

economy. Recent platinum mining<br />

developments on the eastern<br />

limb of the Bushveld Complex<br />

have increased this effect but<br />

global commodity prices have<br />

been uncertain in recent years.<br />

One of the goals of the LDP is to<br />

see more beneficiation from the<br />

mining sector, which will support<br />

the goal of further industrialising<br />

the province’s economy.<br />

Related to this is an emphasis on<br />

the manufacturing that needs to<br />

grow.<br />

In response, the two Special<br />

Economic Zones (SEZs) at Musina<br />

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and Tubatse will boost manufacturing. Specific manufacturing value<br />

chains are identified for each area, based on the base mineral being<br />

mined. The LDP notes that it is also important for planners to “promote<br />

diversification and multi-skilling of the workforce, in order to mitigate the<br />

risks of shocks associated with commodity price dips and mine closures”.<br />

The following areas have been identified as priority zones for the<br />

industrialisation strategy: Polokwane, Lephalale, Tubatse, Tzaneen and<br />

the Makhado-Musina corridor.<br />

Strategic infrastructure<br />

In as much as the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan is aligned with the<br />

broader National Development Plan, there are several national Strategic<br />

Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) which affect <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

Three in particular are expected to make a big impact, namely<br />

SIP 1 (Unlocking the Northern Mineral Belt with Waterberg as the<br />

Catalyst), SIP 6 (Integrated Municipal Infrastructure Project) and SIP 7<br />

(Integrated Urban Space and Public Transport Programme). The last<br />

two will influence developments in the provincial municipalities of<br />

Lephalale, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Capricorn, Vhembe and Polokwane.<br />

Other national SIPs of relevance relate to green energy, agrilogistics<br />

and rural infrastructure, regional integration and water and<br />

sanitation infrastructure.<br />

Within <strong>Limpopo</strong>, the Premier’s Infrastructure Coordinating<br />

Committee (PICC) is a vital component in the roll-out of new infrastructure.<br />

There are several locally driven projects that will boost<br />

the provincial economy and will be promoted within the context of<br />

this <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan: construction of Nwamitwa Dam;<br />

raising of Tzaneen Dam wall; integrated Mooihoek Water Scheme;<br />

reticulation from De Hoop and Nandoni Dams; purified water supply<br />

to Bela-Bela, Modimolle and Mookgopong local municipalities; rural<br />

access roads in support of agriculture and tourism clusters; solar<br />

photovoltaic electricity generation; information and communication<br />

technology; nodal infrastructure for the priority growth points; and<br />

adequate maintenance for all existing infrastructure.<br />

Each of these infrastructure improvements will make life better for<br />

local residents, and they will also create a more conducive environment<br />

for investors.<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Economic Development, Environment<br />

and Tourism (LEDET) is coordinating the province’s strategy to attract<br />

investors. Key to the plan is public investment into priority growth<br />

points in selected economic sectors. These cluster priorities underpin<br />

the economic part of the plan:<br />

• Coal: Petrochemical and Energy Cluster in Lephalale (Green City<br />

Urban Development Growth Point)<br />

• Platinum Cluster in Mokopane and Tubatse (Mining Supplier Park)<br />

• Musina-Makhado Corridor<br />

Mining Cluster<br />

• Phalaborwa Mining Cluster<br />

(Copper, Phosphate and<br />

Magnetite)<br />

• Polokwane and Musina<br />

Logistical Hubs<br />

• Various Agricultural<br />

Clusters, based on Agriparks<br />

• Various Tourism Clusters, in<br />

every district.<br />

Existing tourism assets include<br />

two UNESCO World Heritage<br />

Sites (Mapungubwe National<br />

Park and the Makapan Valley)<br />

and the iconic Kruger National<br />

Park. There is enormous potential<br />

for growth in cultural tourism<br />

where small villages could offer<br />

experiences based on traditional<br />

practices, unique arts and crafts<br />

and local cuisine.<br />

Cluster Value-Chain<br />

Development Strategies, including<br />

beneficiation opportunities,<br />

have been developed for each of<br />

these clusters by LEDET.<br />

International relations is<br />

the responsibility of national<br />

government, but the LDP has<br />

flagged a number of potential areas<br />

for regional integration that<br />

would be mutually beneficial:<br />

relationships with Botswana and<br />

Zimbabwe relating to the Coal<br />

and Energy Cluster in Lephalale<br />

and the Mining Cluster in the<br />

Musina-Makhado Corridor; an<br />

agreement with Zimbabwe to<br />

improve the efficiency of the<br />

Beit Bridge Border Post, as part<br />

of the Logistics Cluster; and an<br />

agreement with Mozambique<br />

relating to tourism and nature<br />

conservation.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

De Beers Venetia Mine<br />

Youth Development<br />

Programmes<br />

Inspiring young people and creating opportunity<br />

Hundreds of young people from Venetia<br />

Mine’s labour-sending areas of Musina<br />

and Blouberg have already benefited<br />

from programmes aimed at supporting<br />

the youth. The De Beers Venetia Mine Youth<br />

Programmes kicked off on 21 June <strong>2018</strong>, with a<br />

career guidance session and youth debate. The<br />

programmes aim to underpin the government’s<br />

National Agenda, which emphasises the part young<br />

people can play in building a prosperous future in<br />

South Africa.<br />

Central to the programmes is creating close<br />

communication channels between the mine and<br />

the young people in the communities, as well as<br />

supporting youth development initiatives.<br />

Focus<br />

Programmes focus on youth development, motivation<br />

and career guidance and helping young people<br />

to drive and acquire driver’s licences.<br />

All programmes are in line with our small enterprise<br />

development (SED) strategy of the mine that<br />

addresses issues of youth unemployment, procurement,<br />

and enterprise and supplier development.<br />

External stakeholders are being invited and engaged<br />

to take part, including union representatives,<br />

traditional authorities, universities, local authorities,<br />

business groups and chambers, youth structures<br />

and the Department of Education.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

The mine has run two introductory one-day sessions<br />

in Musina and Blouberg to launch the youth programmes<br />

coinciding with Youth Day. Day one in Musina was supported<br />

by four high schools and day two saw 450 students<br />

from nine high schools attend in Blouberg.<br />

Education<br />

Anglo American and De Beers in partnership with the<br />

Department of Basic Education launched the Anglo<br />

American South African Education Programme, an initiative<br />

of Anglo American’s sustainability strategy. This is a holistic<br />

approach to education from early childhood learning<br />

through to matric, the goal being to improve the educational<br />

outcomes of learners in our local communities of<br />

Musina and Blouberg.<br />

Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST), appointed by Anglo<br />

American South Africa (AASA) to implement this programme,<br />

is seeking to employ unemployed youth for a<br />

period of one month to collect data from the<br />

schools selected for the programme.<br />

Driver’s licence assessments<br />

De Beers Venetia Mine conducted open<br />

driver’s licence assessments for the youth<br />

from Musina and Blouberg in July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

The programme is targeted to benefit 200<br />

young people from both the labour-sending<br />

areas of the mine. Assessments were<br />

carried out and the programme is going to<br />

adopt a phased approach. The programme<br />

will not only facilitate a process of those<br />

wanting to acquire a driver’s licence but will<br />

also support the local driving schools to<br />

provide the youth with legitimate licences<br />

through approaching our Expressions of<br />

Interest process.<br />

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Investing in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Local and foreign investors are seeing good value in several sectors.<br />

The mining sector continues to attract significant investments<br />

into <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province while agri-processing, tourism<br />

and energy are the other key sectors where new assets are<br />

being developed.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> in <strong>2018</strong> signed Memorandums of Understanding with the<br />

Chinese province of Henan. The focus of these MOUs is in the fields of<br />

mining, agriculture, tourism and human resource development. Similar<br />

agreements were signed with four Namibian regions.<br />

Northam Platinum and Haraeus Precious Metals collectively<br />

put R900-million into a large expansion of smelter capacity at the<br />

Zondereinde mine just south of Thabazimbi early in <strong>2018</strong>. (The photograph<br />

shows the president of Haraeus Precious Metals, André Christl,<br />

and Paul Dunne, the CEO of Northam, in front of the smelter.)<br />

The Musina-Mukhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) announced<br />

shortly after this that Chinese investors had committed to a range<br />

of investments into the zone, which is located near the border with<br />

Zimbabwe and near to several large mines. Mining-related activity will<br />

form an important component of the SEZ, as it will at the other planned<br />

SEZ, near Tubatse in the east, where the platinum mines of large miners<br />

like Implats are located and South Africa’s only copper producer,<br />

Palabora Mining Company, has a mine, a smelter and a refinery.<br />

In agri-processing, a tomato paste plant was relaunched near<br />

Tzaneen by Dursots-All Joy and many of the big producers continue<br />

to spend money rolling out new facilities. This is also a sector where<br />

the supply chain is used by large retailers to support the establishment<br />

of new local businesses.<br />

Polokwane has recently welcomed a new 160-room hotel, the<br />

Park Inn by Radisson Polokwane, and the Industrial Development<br />

Corporation is engaged with investors in Tzaneen and other parts of the<br />

province to roll out more accommodation options, including lodges.<br />

The massive new coal-fired power plant under construction at<br />

Lephalale will form the centre of an energy hub once it is complete,<br />

and coal miners will continue to invest in order to feed this, and other<br />

power stations. The renewable energy field is also attracting interest<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency (LEDA) is the key<br />

driver of the provincial government’s drive to boost the economy<br />

through investment. LEDA is an agency of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department<br />

of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (DEDET), which<br />

in turn has a number of units which focus on specific aspects of the<br />

agency’s brief:<br />

• Risima Housing and<br />

Finance Corporation: access<br />

to housing finance and<br />

adding value in rural areas<br />

• <strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion: promoting<br />

and developing<br />

the ICT sector to enable<br />

citizens to be connected<br />

and to make for smoother<br />

business operations<br />

• Enterprise Development<br />

and Finance Division: financial<br />

and business support<br />

and training and mentoring<br />

offered to new businesses<br />

or businesses wanting to<br />

expand.<br />

LEDA’s overall brief is to contribute<br />

to accelerated industrialisation in<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> by stimulating and diversifying<br />

the industrial base of<br />

the regional economy. The focus<br />

is on high-impact projects that<br />

will spark growth in a variety of<br />

sectors and create employment<br />

opportunities.<br />

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Among the roles of LEDA are to assist investors and to encourage trade<br />

in and out of the province. Other key tasks are:<br />

• to do research<br />

• to identify and package development opportunities<br />

• to leverage partnerships<br />

• support priority sector<br />

• coordinate and manage the implementation of strategic<br />

infrastructure and economic interventions.<br />

In the last of these roles, LEDA has identified two two key strategic<br />

areas of focus, both of which have to do with land and land planning:<br />

• Special Economic Zones and Corridor Development: development<br />

within the province is being directed to specific areas<br />

where economies of scale and logistics can best be leveraged.<br />

• Land, property and infrastructure development: as these targeted<br />

areas grow, so the infrastructure and associated industries<br />

will act as a magnet for businesses and industries in the same<br />

sector, and businesses that exist to service that businesses and<br />

industrial enterprises. By the same token, care should be taken<br />

that areas chosen for future residential, industrial or commercial<br />

development must be suitable and fall in line with plans for the<br />

rolling out of infrastructure.<br />

The Provincial Government of <strong>Limpopo</strong> and its agencies, in partnerships<br />

with national government and some private companies, is<br />

putting resources into these key aspects of the province’s economic<br />

infrastructure. There is an awareness<br />

that investment can only<br />

happen were water, energy and<br />

ICT can be relied on, and where<br />

the logistics exercise for getting<br />

supplies in and products out is<br />

efficient.<br />

The province has identified<br />

specific kinds of strategic<br />

economic infrastructure as key<br />

to attracting investors. These are:<br />

• water<br />

• energy<br />

• ICT<br />

• freight and logistics.<br />

As will be seen in the other pages<br />

in this book, there is work going<br />

on in rolling out broadband to<br />

remote parts of the province and<br />

serious discussions are taking<br />

place with big users of energy<br />

and water. Freight and logistics<br />

is very much in the spotlight with<br />

the SEZs, particularly the Musina-<br />

Mukhado SEZ.<br />

Areas identified for particular kinds of investment are:<br />

Economic cluster<br />

Identified area<br />

Agri-processing and horticulture<br />

Molemole, Thohoyandou, Elias Motsoaledi, Ephraim Mogale, Modimolle<br />

Horticulture and forestry<br />

Makhado, Tzaneen, Greater Letaba, Maruleng<br />

Logistics<br />

Polokwane, Musina (SEZ)<br />

Mining: diamonds<br />

Musina (SEZ)<br />

Mining: platinum<br />

Mokopane, Thabazimbi, Tubatse (and chrome: SEZ)<br />

Mining: coal<br />

Makhado, Lephalale (and energy)<br />

Mining: copper and magnetite<br />

Ba-Phalaborwa<br />

Tourism and meat production<br />

All districts within <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />


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LEDA drives energy<br />

generation investment<br />

Manufacturing and downstream industries are being stimulated<br />

by foreign investment in a Special Economic Zone.<br />

MEC Seaparo Sekoati with potential Chinese investors.<br />

future of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province looks bright,” says <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Economic Development Agency CEO, Ben Mphahlele. He<br />

“The<br />

adds, “As we continue to position our integration with other<br />

provinces for efficient transit of goods and commodities,<br />

increase the quantity and quality of water resources to households and<br />

the industrial sector, the multiplier effect becomes enormous.<br />

“Our location as the province is strategic. The Maputo Corridor gives<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province a competitive edge over other provinces in terms<br />

of travelling time to Maputo for sea transportation. Export markets are<br />

time-bound which means that a fully developed <strong>Limpopo</strong> economy<br />

will gain more traction for international buyers in terms of both delivery<br />

times and competitive pricing derived from the short distance.”<br />

Since his arrival at LEDA two years ago, Mphahlele and his executive<br />

team have made it a priority to have the permit application for <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s<br />

first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) approved. Together with the National<br />

Department of Trade and Industry an enormous amount of work was<br />

done, with the result that the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone<br />

is now a reality.<br />

Located in the far north of the province, the Musina-Makhado SEZ<br />

is a very attractive investment proposition and it has the potential to<br />

transform the provincial and regional economy. The SEZ is surrounded<br />

by areas of great mineral wealth<br />

and lies along major transport<br />

routes such as the N1 that connects<br />

South Africa to Zimbabwe<br />

through the Beit Bridge.<br />

The SEZ has already attracted<br />

considerable investor interest, particularly<br />

from China. Ten Chinese<br />

companies recently signed<br />

Memoranda of Understanding<br />

(MoUs) with LEDA, followed by site<br />

visits, meetings and workshops.<br />

These developments point to<br />

increased connections between<br />

nations in the BRICS grouping.<br />

The first phase of investments<br />

into the SEZ will focus on the<br />

following areas:<br />

Establishment of a coke<br />

plant: Whereas South Africa generally<br />

has inadequate capacity in<br />

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coke production, the Musina area has an abundance<br />

of coking coal, a component in the manufacture of<br />

steel and iron. The plant will produce coke and energy<br />

for consumption by adjacent industries. Downstream<br />

companies will expand production in response to the<br />

requirements of the coke plant.<br />

Logistics hub: A planned logistics hub is a critical<br />

component of the SEZ. It will house value-added<br />

manufacturing companies. The container terminal<br />

(which stores and refrigerates fast-moving consumer<br />

goods for export and import) is a key tenant. This will<br />

increase the range of products that can be manufactured<br />

in the SEZ, and package and process them for<br />

distribution to markets. It will also provide sophisticated<br />

and secure storage for incoming goods that<br />

will be sorted for distribution.<br />

Light and medium manufacturing industries:<br />

Manufacturing in <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province in 2016 stood at<br />

2.3% of GDP. The provincial economy is characterised<br />

by primary production of commodities. The light and<br />

heavy-manufacturing component of the SEZ, whose<br />

incentives are focused on value-added production<br />

companies, will scale up beneficiation of products for<br />

local and export markets. The iron and steel output<br />

of the metallurgical cluster at the SEZ will reduce the<br />

cost of steel and iron. This will make these inputs more<br />

affordable for local manufacturers and assist them to<br />

scale up their manufacturing efforts.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>’s potential<br />

The milestones achieved so far under the stewardship<br />

of CEO Mphahlele are considerable and point to<br />

a sense of optimism and a forward-looking policy in<br />

terms of promoting trade and investment.<br />

Traditional mining investment: The Council for<br />

Geoscience and Department of Mineral Resources<br />

report that 50% of South Africa’s remaining coal reserves<br />

are in <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province and 43% of that is in<br />

the Waterberg Coal Basin, amounting to 75-billion<br />

tons. In terms of Platinum Group Metals, South Africa<br />

is the largest producer, with 41% of reserves found<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong>. Platinum is an important resource to<br />

produce catalytic converters and fuel cells to reduce<br />

emission for environmental management. Nitrogen<br />

gas, a by-product of platinum, is consumed in both<br />

industrial and domestic environments. Investment<br />

promotion for the traditional mining sector with a<br />

view to beneficiation is at the heart of LEDA’s investment<br />

promotion strategy.<br />

Primary agriculture and the logistics hub:<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province is home to the primary production<br />

of agriculture cash crops, with tomatoes accounting<br />

for the biggest share. The envisaged logistics hub in<br />

the Musina-Makhado SEZ will provide a facility for<br />

processing, packaging and distribution for both the<br />

SADC and overseas export markets. Light and medium<br />

manufacturing industries have the potential to<br />

attract investors for beneficiation of these agricultural<br />

products. Collaboration of businesses in the SADC<br />

region will be vital to this enterprise.<br />

LEDA-sponsored BRICS business seminar:<br />

LEDA recently sponsored a business seminar organised<br />

by the BRICS <strong>Business</strong> Council’s (BBC) financial<br />

working group. The two-day seminar targeted organised<br />

business to provide a platform for networking<br />

and to find out about challenges faced by business in<br />

the province. The inputs and feedback generated will<br />

shape the policies of the BRICS New Development<br />

Bank on developmental funding. The seminar happened<br />

just a few weeks ahead of the BRICS Summit<br />

in Johannesburg. Key resolutions included BBC inviting<br />

the New Development Bank to present its<br />

mandate and funding requirements to the Provincial<br />

Government, and to request the BBC to lobby the<br />

national government to take its various initiatives to<br />

all provinces, including <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

N<br />

Pont Drift Musina<br />

Cities/towns<br />

Roads<br />

Provincial Boundaries<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

District Municipality Boundary<br />

Beit Bridge<br />

Madimbo<br />

Musina-Makhado<br />

SEZ<br />

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The LEDA group of<br />

companies is the nucleus<br />

of service delivery<br />

Stimulating economic growth in <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

Province to Harare in Zimbabwe.<br />

On the domestic front, the company<br />

acquired a permit to operate<br />

transportation services between<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> and Gauteng.<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency (LEDA) has<br />

several subsidiary companies through which the agency<br />

executes its mandate from the Provincial Government of<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>. As such, they form the nucleus of service delivery.<br />

Great North Transport<br />

Great North Transport (GNT) provides transport services to commuters<br />

and passengers in the five districts of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province and the<br />

eastern part of Mpumalanga. Transport is the backbone of the regional<br />

economy and in the past financial year GNT conveyed 22-million commuters<br />

in both provinces.<br />

Responding to regional economic integration in SADC, GNT entered<br />

a cross-border operation, transporting passengers from <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion<br />

Broadband technology will drive<br />

the future economic growth of<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province. As markets<br />

open up for more industrial and<br />

consumer goods, the need for<br />

timeless, accurate information<br />

and data intensifies. Management<br />

in the private and public sectors<br />

understand that the future sustainability<br />

and longevity of their organisations<br />

hinges on the strength<br />

and quality of their products and<br />

services. This includes usability,<br />

safety, accessibility and affordability.<br />

All these aspects of future companies<br />

need highly technological<br />

solutions driven by reliable and<br />

high-speed connectivity.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion’s primary<br />

business focus is to develop<br />

the ITC industry and establish a<br />

Science and Technology Park as<br />

a centre for innovation and development<br />

of the Fourth Industrial<br />

Revolution. Over the past few<br />

years, <strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion has run<br />

campaigns to persuade citizens to<br />

embrace technology. To date the<br />

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company has developed websites for provincial departments, local<br />

government and state-owned enterprises, notably the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Department of Health, Great North Transport, LEDET, <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Wildlife Resorts, the Marula Festival, <strong>Limpopo</strong> Gambling Board,<br />

Risima and Mopani TVET College. The improvements to the GNT<br />

website led to more private hire business and the number of<br />

enquiries increased substantially.<br />

The provincial broadband infrastructure to be rolled out will<br />

provide and enhance high broadband speed of connectivity for<br />

the public sector, members of the public and private businesses,<br />

reduce costs and improve efficiencies in transacting in the province<br />

and with the world. The task of creating a knowledge economy in<br />

a mostly rural province is a tough one, so the company began a<br />

skills training programme targeting young people. The aim is to<br />

create a technically knowledgeable pool of young entrepreneurs,<br />

professionals and administration personnel on whose technical<br />

competence the success of the broadband project will rest.<br />

This is in tune with the strategic intent of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province<br />

Human Resource Development strategy and it is an appropriate<br />

response to the skills set required in the modern global economy.<br />

As the focus of the country intensifies on beneficiation in agriculture<br />

and mining, unique material conditions applicable to each<br />

province will require effective, efficient and relevant programmes.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion is providing a solution relevant to <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

While funding remains a challenge for <strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion,<br />

LEDA endeavours to find long-term funding and investing solutions<br />

that will propel it into a commercially sustainable company<br />

and continue to contribute to the development of the province.<br />

Corridor Mining Resources<br />

Mining and quarrying contributes 24.8% towards total national mining<br />

production, with agriculture and manufacturing contributing<br />

2.6% and 2.3% respectively. <strong>Limpopo</strong> currently contributes 7.2%,<br />

translating to R3.11-billion to the national income. These economic<br />

statistics are based on the primary production statistics in agriculture,<br />

mining, logistics and manufacturing.<br />

Corridor Mining Resources is a diversified mining resources<br />

company, wholly owned by the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency (LEDA). CMR boasts a diverse commodity portfolio which<br />

includes but is not limited to Platinum Group Metals (PGMs),<br />

chrome, gold, magnetite and bentonite. CMR’s mandate is to<br />

promote economic development directly or indirectly through<br />

mining, create job opportunities and promote sustainable empowerment<br />

in mining. CMR has adopted an industrial diversification<br />

strategy which will see it actively involved in sidestream and<br />

downstream beneficiation.<br />

Risima Housing Finance<br />

To fulfil its developmental mandate<br />

of promoting home ownership<br />

among previously disadvantaged<br />

individuals, Risima<br />

Housing Finance offers 100%<br />

home loans to employees of<br />

government, municipalities and<br />

state-owned entities. Clients in<br />

the private sector can require as<br />

little as a 10% deposit.<br />

Risima has the following<br />

products and services:<br />

Affordable housing loan:<br />

The company provides affordable<br />

housing solutions for<br />

households with a combined<br />

minimum income from R8 000<br />

per month.<br />

Additional home loans:<br />

This is a top-up loan granted to<br />

the client in addition to an existing<br />

loan, in line with the value<br />

of the property and can only<br />

be applied for 12 months after<br />

implementation of the first loan.<br />

Access bonds: All Risima<br />

Housing Finance Corporation clients<br />

who have paid their accounts<br />

in advance can apply for amount<br />

of not less than R12 500 and not<br />

exceeding 80% of that advance<br />

and which are capped at R50 000.<br />

Facilitation of homeowners<br />

risk cover: Risima facilitates<br />

clients’ applications for<br />

bond and property insurance<br />

cover. Risima complies with the<br />

National Credit Act. All home<br />

loans are granted subject to<br />

the applicant’s affordability and<br />

credit status. Terms and conditions<br />

apply to all products. The<br />

availability of lending products<br />

is subject to credit policy as<br />

amended from time to time.<br />

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LEDA helps SMMEs to<br />

go mainstream<br />

National, regional and local plans dovetailing to boost<br />

economic growth in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

<strong>Business</strong> communities attending information sessions in the Capricorn District<br />

on involving SMMEs in the mainstream economy.<br />

The economic development landscape in <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province will<br />

soon look quite different as more investors enter the province<br />

through the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ).<br />

A significant step was taken in May <strong>2018</strong> when representatives<br />

of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency (LEDA) signed a<br />

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 10 Chinese companies.<br />

“We are delighted that the value of investment commitments in the<br />

Musina-Makhado SEZ continues to grow at an impressive rate,” LEDA<br />

CEO Ben Mphahlele said. Investments were confirmed in the four main<br />

projects planned for the SEZ: a coking plant, a power plant, an alloy<br />

factory and steel manufacturing.<br />

Mphahlele noted that the economic landscape of the people of the<br />

Vhembe District would be materially altered by the development of<br />

industry at the SEZ. He called it a “game-changer” and pointed out that<br />

the positive impact would extend beyond <strong>Limpopo</strong> to neighbouring<br />

countries such as Mozambique and Zimbabwe.<br />

The SEZ falls firmly within national policy of driving beneficiation<br />

through targeted interventions. The National Department of Trade<br />

and Industry (dti) is the lead agent in the creation of Special Economic<br />

Zones which are part of the national Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).<br />

SEZs are designed to attract investment, create jobs and boost exports.<br />

Incentives available to investors include tax breaks from the South<br />

African Revenue Service (SARS), subsidised interest rates from the<br />

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), subsidies for employees earning<br />

below a certain level and subsidies for the training of the workforce,<br />

incentives and grants from the dti,<br />

and incentives from national electricity<br />

utility Eskom. Other benefits<br />

might include a building allowance,<br />

employment incentives and the fact<br />

that an SEZ is a customs-controlled<br />

area. Skills transfer is another stated<br />

aim behind the SEZ programme.<br />

With the boost to the economy that<br />

the Musina-Makhado SEZ will bring,<br />

small enterprises and start-ups with<br />

potential for growth are likely to experience<br />

rapid growth.<br />

The LEDA enterprise development<br />

programme aims to stimulate<br />

growth for enterprises and has the<br />

following strategic thrusts:<br />

• advocate for allocation of<br />

more resources for skills development.<br />

Increase access<br />

to opportunities for employment<br />

of young people.<br />

Develop entrepreneurship<br />

in key economic sectors<br />

through technical and business<br />

skills programmes<br />

• facilitate policy initiatives to<br />

create an enabling environment<br />

for trade and investment<br />

promotion and implementation<br />

• create avenues for public<br />

and private sector collaboration<br />

to ensure that there<br />

is maximum co-funding of<br />

investment projects in all<br />

industrial clusters<br />

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• create an avenue for economic regional integration<br />

as envisaged by the National Development<br />

Plan and the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan.<br />

Tubatse Special Economic Zone<br />

The Tubatse Special Economic Zone (SEZ) constitutes<br />

an important milestone in the planned Platinum<br />

and Chrome Cluster within the Dilokong Spatial<br />

Development Initiative in the Sekhukhune District,<br />

where the demand for mining input suppliers has<br />

created an opportunity for large-scale industrialisation.<br />

The Tubatse SEZ, located in the town of Steelport near<br />

Burgersfort will be a multi-sectoral SEZ that focuses on<br />

manufacturing, mineral beneficiation, green energy,<br />

mining inputs and trade and logistics.<br />

This is to support a broader-based industrialisation<br />

growth path, balanced regional industrial growth and<br />

the development of more competitive and productive<br />

regional economies with strong up and downstream<br />

links in strategic value chains.<br />

All the planning work for the SEZ has been executed<br />

including the acquisition and preparation of 1 220ha<br />

of land, in readiness for the re-application for the SEZ<br />

licence. A Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment<br />

has been completed and township establishment has<br />

commenced. The SEZ Master Plan (Development<br />

Framework) is complete with full infrastructure<br />

designs and costs in readiness for the infrastructure<br />

construction phase.<br />

Fifteen companies with a combined investment<br />

value of approximately R13-billion have committed to locate<br />

in the SEZ and this is envisaged to create 6 000 jobs.<br />

Investment opportunities fall into four main categories:<br />

Mineral beneficiation: platinum, chrome and<br />

vanadium clusters to produce refined platinum,<br />

ferrochrome and lithium and radox batteries.<br />

Mining inputs supply: manufacturing, assembling<br />

and components.<br />

Energy: fossil fuel and solar energy generation,<br />

pyrolysis plant, oil blending plant, tyre carbon black.<br />

General manufacturing: for example, chemicals,<br />

pharmaceuticals, sweet sorghum processing, ethanol<br />

and sugar, charcoal and PV modules.<br />

Further investment opportunities exist in support<br />

sectors which will be located in the commercial and<br />

residential precincts.<br />

A high-level delegation visits factories involved in the<br />

township and rural economy revitalisation programme.<br />

From left to right, MEC Seaparo Sekoati, Minister of Trade<br />

and Industry Rob Davies and the Managing Director of Izwi<br />

Water Waste Environment, Trevor Gopo.<br />

Industrial refurbishment to revive<br />

township and rural economies<br />

The National Department of Trade and Industry’s industrial<br />

cluster division is collaborating with LEDA to<br />

revitalise industrial factories in rural areas and townships.<br />

The stimulation of manufacturing is intended to<br />

create sustainable companies and jobs while reviving<br />

both rural and township economies.<br />

In <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province, Trade and Industry Minister<br />

Rob Davies officiated at the launch of the programme<br />

in the Seshego Industrial Park in 2016. The first phase<br />

of that project was the fencing of the industrial area to<br />

provide security.<br />

A crucial part of the revitalisation project is to secure<br />

co-funding from the provincial government. The<br />

LEDA’s Land and Property Division, whose responsibilities<br />

include the provision of leases to manufacturing businesses,<br />

has seen a slight drop in the occupancy rate<br />

across its factories province-wide. The revitalisation efforts<br />

will provide a new direction and an upward path in<br />

occupancy rates. This drive is supported by stakeholder<br />

engagement in the form of business imbizos and seminars.<br />

The goal is to find a 21st-century way forward in<br />

partnership with private enterprise and social partners.<br />

LEDA currently has industrial parks in the four<br />

districts of Capricorn, Mopani, Vhembe, Capricorn and<br />

Waterberg. These cater for manufacturing concerns,<br />

retail stores and office rentals.<br />

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Palabora Mining<br />

Company<br />

Investing – in mining, energy saving, communities and people.<br />

The Palabora Mining Company (PMC) is one of <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Province’s most significant investors. PMC has been mining,<br />

concentrating, smelting and refining copper and other<br />

by-products in the eastern part of the province since <strong>19</strong>56.<br />

Two feasibility studies in 2013 and 2014 underpinned the decision<br />

to extend the life-of-mine for a further two decades. PMC’s investment<br />

into mining infrastructure brings with it major investments<br />

in the communities in which it operates and in people – who live<br />

near the mines, and the staff who work for the company.<br />

BRICS investment<br />

A Chinese consortium acquired the mining operation in 2013 when<br />

there was a possibility that the life of the mine would be culminated<br />

and the smelter closed because it was outdated. Both of these scenarios<br />

would have led to many job losses. Soon after the sale transaction,<br />

the new owners fostered partnerships between Palabora<br />

Copper (the operating subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company) and<br />

Chinese companies in various areas such as economic development,<br />

trade, skills and technology transfers to extend the life-of-mine,<br />

refurbish the smelter and build a new floatation plant.<br />

The latter two projects were implemented in partnership<br />

with China’s Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and<br />

Metallurgy (BIGRIMM).<br />

PMC is the member of<br />

the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,<br />

India, China, South<br />

Africa) <strong>Business</strong> Council<br />

Manufacturing Working<br />

Group as it wishes to contribute<br />

to a favourable<br />

environment for growth,<br />

technology exchanges<br />

and assist South Africa<br />

in building international<br />

cooperation platforms<br />

that embody the spirit<br />

and ethos of BRICS. PMC’s<br />

success story is one that<br />

shows that amid cultural<br />

differences within BRICS<br />

countries, challenges and<br />

growing global economic<br />

uncertainties, cooperation<br />

by companies from<br />

BRICS countries can create<br />

a favourable environment<br />

for growth.<br />

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Investing in mining<br />

Once the decision was made to extend the mine’s operations,<br />

large amounts of capital were committed to mining operations<br />

(R10.4-billion), construct an improved floatation plant (R261-million)<br />

and the refurbishment of the smelter (R878-million). The project<br />

to extend the mine’s life is known as Lift II and it will take mining<br />

at PMC to 2033. The project aims to make use of a large historical<br />

stockpile to create further revenue.<br />

Investing in energy<br />

PMC runs an Energy Management Programme that has resulted<br />

in significant savings at the mining operation. In the five years to<br />

2017, the company saved R232-million through avoided energy<br />

costs with respect to electricity, coal and liquid fuels, and water<br />

usage. The company’s investment in energy saving through 31<br />

projects successfully implemented was rewarded with the award<br />

by Productivity SA of the 2017 <strong>Limpopo</strong> Productivity Award.<br />

Investing in communities<br />

The decision to extend the life-of-mine has had an impact on<br />

surrounding communities and small businesses in the area. Through<br />

PMC’s enterprise development and supply chain programmes, local<br />

small business owners have been able to open or expand their<br />

operations.<br />

Over the years, PMC has invested more than R186-million in<br />

developing communities through the Palabora Foundation, PMC’s<br />

community project execution partner.<br />

Community projects include road rehabilitation and construction,<br />

and the hosting of sporting events. A 24-hour emergency health<br />

centre, MarulaMed, was<br />

inaugurated in April <strong>2018</strong>. The<br />

centre caters to the Phalaborwa<br />

community which does not have<br />

a private clinic.<br />

Investing in people<br />

Education and skills development<br />

are among the most<br />

important drivers of the Palabora<br />

Foundation’s programme. In<br />

addition, skills transfer within<br />

the staff, most of whom are<br />

drawn from local communities,<br />

is a company priority.<br />

In professional cadres and<br />

senior positions, PMC aims to<br />

have 40% representation of<br />

Historically Disadvantaged<br />

South Africans (HDSA). Also<br />

included in the plan is the<br />

employment of people with<br />

disabilities.<br />

PMC has attained and<br />

retained the Top Employer<br />

Certification for three<br />

conservative years, from 2016<br />

to <strong>2018</strong>. The company aims<br />

to have at least 10% of the<br />

workforce representing female<br />

employees, particularly in roles<br />

that were traditionally held by<br />

male employees.<br />

PMC Chief Financial Officer<br />

Dikeledi Nakene was nominated<br />

as the most powerful woman<br />

on the continent in 2017 at<br />

the “Africa’s Most Influential<br />

Women in <strong>Business</strong> and<br />

Government Awards”. In August<br />

2017, Dikeledi won the national<br />

and regional awards for women<br />

working in the mining industry,<br />

which earned her a nomination<br />

in the continental awards.<br />

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Kgampi Bapela, IDC IDC <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Regional Manager<br />


Kgampi Jack Jack Bapela has<br />

has<br />

extensive experience in in deal-<br />

dealmaking,<br />

investment banking<br />

and and development finance.<br />

With With qualifications in in agricultural<br />

management, food food science<br />

(MSc) (MSc) from from Ghent Ghent University<br />

and and an an MBA, MBA, Kgampi first<br />

first<br />

worked for for the the IDC IDC in in 2005. 2005. He<br />

He<br />

has has been been a a university lecturer,<br />

a a plant plant chemist (SAB (SAB Miller)<br />

Miller)<br />

a a credit credit evaluation manager<br />

(Standard Bank) Bank) and and chairman<br />

of of the the board board of of Sheraton Textile<br />

Textile<br />

Holdings. In In 2008 2008 he he became a<br />

a<br />

senior senior manager at at the the IDC IDC and<br />

and<br />

has has been been in in his his current position<br />

since since 2012.<br />

2012.<br />

LIMPOPO LIMPOPO BUSINESS BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />

An exciting period<br />

for <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

The IDC is helping new businesses begin and established<br />

The ones The IDC IDC expand.<br />

is helping is new businesses begin and established<br />

is helping new businesses begin and established<br />

ones expand.<br />

ones expand.<br />

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is a national<br />

development finance institution which promotes economic<br />

The<br />

The growth Industrial is is a Industrial and industrial Development Development development. Corporation Corporation Delivery is a national is a national of the IDC’s development<br />

at finance<br />

developmendate<br />

man-<br />

finance provincial institution<br />

institution level occurs which<br />

which promotes through promotes its economic<br />

economic regional growth<br />

offices,<br />

growth<br />

located in by the and and all nine industrial industrial provinces.<br />

development. development. of the Owned Owned by by the the at at South South African African<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> government,<br />

government, IDC office delivery<br />

delivery is led of<br />

of by the<br />

the Kgampi IDC’s products<br />

IDC’s products Bapela, who at provincial<br />

at provincial is very upbeat<br />

level<br />

level<br />

occurs about occurs the through<br />

through province’s regional<br />

regional economic offices.<br />

offices.<br />

prospects. “I believe <strong>Limpopo</strong> has the<br />

potential The <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> to be the IDC<br />

IDC business office is<br />

office is is led centre led led by by Kgampi<br />

by Kgampi of South Bapela,<br />

Bapela, Africa,” who<br />

who he is is told is is very<br />

very <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

upbeat<br />

upbeat<br />

about <strong>Business</strong>. about the the the He province’s<br />

province’s says that there economic<br />

economic are plenty prospects.<br />

prospects. of opportunities “I “I “I believe<br />

“I believe <strong>Limpopo</strong> in <strong>Limpopo</strong> the agricultural<br />

is is is going<br />

is going<br />

to and to be to be be mining the centre<br />

the the centre sectors of<br />

of of and South<br />

South a great Africa,”<br />

Africa,” deal he<br />

he can he told<br />

told be <strong>Limpopo</strong> achieved <strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong>. by <strong>Business</strong>. “unlocking He He says<br />

He says<br />

all<br />

that the that untapped there is is<br />

much<br />

there is much tourism that<br />

that prospects”.<br />

still still needs to to be be done in in the the agricultural and<br />

still needs to be done in the agricultural and<br />

mining<br />

mining The sectors regional sectors and<br />

and office a a great great acts deal deal as a can funder can be be be achieved achieved and advisor by by by “unlocking for “unlocking start-up all all busi-<br />

all the<br />

the<br />

the<br />

untapped nesses, untapped helps tourism<br />

tourism established possibilities”.<br />

possibilities”.<br />

businesses expand, and advances community<br />

projects. The<br />

The regional<br />

regional The IDC’s office<br />

office activities acts acts as are as as a not a funder funder only and centred and advisor advisor in urban for for for start-up areas, start-up but busi-<br />

busi-<br />

the<br />

nesses, corporation nesses, helps<br />

helps actively established<br />

established promotes businesses businesses investments expand, expand, in rural and and advances advances township areas. com-<br />

communitmunity<br />

Funding projects.<br />

projects. can be The<br />

The structured IDC IDC actively actively through promotes promotes a wide investments investments range of instruments<br />

rural rural and<br />

and<br />

township including township areas. debt, areas. equity Funding<br />

Funding and can can bridging be be<br />

be structured structured finance. through through Bapela makes a a wide wide the range range point<br />

of<br />

of<br />

of<br />

instruments that, instruments “In slow including<br />

including growth times debt, debt, banks equity equity tend and and bridging bridging to shy away finance. finance. from Bapela Bapela funding, makes<br />

makes<br />

the<br />

the IDC the the point on point the that, that, other “In “In “In hand slow slow plays growth growth a counter-cyclic times times banks banks role tend tend and to to to takes be be be shy shy shy on in in the in lend-<br />

lending<br />

extend so so so the the the funding IDC IDC tries tries during to to to assist assist such by by by periods taking taking more more and assist risk risk risk and and entrepreneurs.”<br />

assisting assisting more.”<br />

more.”<br />

Funders must must have have the the patience patience to to to to see see see see businesses through through down-cycles. down-cycles. through As<br />

As<br />

As<br />

cycle Bapela Bapela periods. notes, notes, As “Even “Even Bapela when when notes, commodity “Even when prices prices commodity are are are down down prices mining mining are activi-<br />

down,<br />

activi-<br />

mining ties ties are are activities still still happening. are still By By happening. By the the the time time the the By the the project time is is the is completed project is the the running<br />

the cycle<br />

cycle<br />

the might might cycle have have might turned.”<br />

have turned.”<br />

Although tourism tourism has has has also also also been been affected affected by tough by by by tough times, times, times, Bapela Bapela<br />

Bapela<br />

sees<br />

a sees sees different a a different kind kind of kind tourism of of of tourism emerging, emerging, where where people people might might visit visit visit one one<br />

one<br />

of<br />

the of of the the provincial provincial government’s government’s 53 53 reserves 53 53 reserves or a or or or private a private game game reserve reserve<br />

for<br />

a for for day a a day outing day outing instead instead of going of of of going on long on trips. long <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s trips. <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s location location<br />

gives<br />

Capricorn Capricorn FM FM is is one one of of the the IDC’s IDC’s funding funding success success stories.<br />

stories.<br />

26<br />

30<br />

risk<br />

ing to ing 30

The IDC helped fund the new Park Inn by Radisson Polokwane<br />

and is supporting other tourism projects in in Magoebaskloof and<br />

Thohoyandou.<br />

The IDC helped fund the new Park Inn by Radisson Polokwane<br />

and is supporting other tourism projects in Magoebaskloof and<br />

it an Thohoyandou.<br />

edge when travellers head for neighbouring countries such as<br />

Botswana gives it or edge Zimbabwe.<br />

when travellers head for neighbouring countries such<br />

as Botswana or Zimbabwe.<br />

gives it an edge when travellers head for neighbouring countries such<br />

Key sectors in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Sectors as Botswana or Zimbabwe.<br />

Key sectors in <strong>Limpopo</strong> are mining, agriculture, agro-processing and<br />

tourism. Key Sectors<br />

sectors The in IDC <strong>Limpopo</strong> actively are encourages mining, agriculture, expansion agri-processing of existing operations<br />

and tourism.<br />

Key funds The IDC<br />

and sectors new actively<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong> businesses encourages<br />

are in mining, these expansion sectors.<br />

of existing operations and<br />

agriculture, agri-processing and tourism.<br />

The The vast funders<br />

provides<br />

IDC mineral for new<br />

actively resources businesses<br />

encourages of expansion the run <strong>Limpopo</strong> by local<br />

of existing Province people.<br />

operations include the<br />

and<br />

largest The<br />

provides coal vast<br />

funders reserve mineral<br />

for in resources<br />

new Africa. businesses Notes of the Bapela, <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

run by local “Currently Province<br />

people.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> include has<br />

the<br />

around largest The coal 70 vast operating reserve<br />

mineral mines resources Africa. and Notes there of the Bapela, are <strong>Limpopo</strong> over “Currently 90 Province more that <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

include are in the<br />

has<br />

the<br />

pipeline. around largest 70<br />

coal One operating mine reserve typically mines<br />

in Africa. creates and<br />

Notes there between Bapela, are over 300 “Currently 90 and that 1 000 are<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> jobs. in the Other<br />

pipeline.<br />

around One<br />

has<br />

economic 70 mine opportunities operating creates<br />

mines between generally and there 300 arise and<br />

are once over 1 000 the 90 jobs. mine that Once<br />

are is operational<br />

in the<br />

the pipe-<br />

mine<br />

and is line. operating establishments One mine it may<br />

creates result such between as in a shopping<br />

300 centres and 1 000 and and<br />

jobs. all all other Once associated<br />

the mine<br />

services is operating that will<br />

it may be result rendered.”<br />

in a in shopping turn create centre further and job all opportunities.”<br />

the associated<br />

services The In agriculture IDC that is very will and be active rendered.”<br />

agri-processing, in agriculture the and IDC agro-processing. is very active. “There is<br />

is potential In agriculture to to add add value and value to agri-processing, agricultural to products the products<br />

IDC in is <strong>Limpopo</strong>,” in very active. says “There instead<br />

Bapela, is<br />

of “instead potential sending of to sending them add value to them central to agricultural to central buying buying areas products outside areas in <strong>Limpopo</strong>,” outside the province,” the says province.” Bapela,<br />

says<br />

Bapela. Fully “instead 66% Fully of of sending South 66% of Africa’s South them to Africa’s mangoes, central mangoes, buying 75% of areas the 75% nation’s of outside the nation’s tomatoes the province.”<br />

toma-<br />

and<br />

toes 42% Fully and of 66% its 42% of citrus South of its comes Africa’s citrus from comes mangoes, <strong>Limpopo</strong>. from 75% <strong>Limpopo</strong>. Two of the new nation’s Two blueberry new tomatoes blueberry<br />

farms and<br />

in<br />

farms the 42% Tzaneen of in the its citrus Tzaneen area comes have area the from have backing <strong>Limpopo</strong>. the backing of the Two IDC, of the new which IDC. blueberry This has thus has farms added in<br />

another Tzaneen fruit to area the have province’s the backing already of impressive the IDC, which basket has of of thus choice. added<br />

another An area fruit that to probably the province’s holds already the greatest impressive potential basket for for the the of province<br />

choice.<br />

greatest<br />

is returns tourism. An area tourism. Bapela that probably is Bapela alive to holds is the alive possibilities. the to greatest the possibilities. “Tourism potential is for “Tourism the the other greatest<br />

is big<br />

the<br />

opportunity. other returns big is opportunity. tourism. Most people Bapela Most don’t is people alive know to don’t the that know possibilities. 70% of that the 70% Kruger “Tourism of the National<br />

Kruger is the<br />

Park National other is big in Park <strong>Limpopo</strong>. opportunity. is in <strong>Limpopo</strong>. We Most need We people to need do more don’t to in know more marketing that marketing. 70% this of and the We Kruger<br />

build<br />

need<br />

more to National build accommodation up Park more is in accommodation <strong>Limpopo</strong>. options We need in our options to towns do more in our and in towns marketing. places and of interest. places We need<br />

of<br />

We interest. to build can start At up Mapungubwe more building accommodation tourism World activities Heritage options around Site in our Mapungubwe towns can start and places building World<br />

of<br />

Heritage tourism interest. activities Site.”<br />

At Mapungubwe around that. World Heritage Site we can start building<br />

tourism Other activities sectors funded around by that.<br />

the IDC include automotive and transport;<br />

transport,<br />

basic Other metals; metals, sectors basic funded and speciality by the IDC chemicals; chemicals, include automotive chemical and products transport,<br />

and<br />

and<br />

pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical, basic metals, basic clothing and speciality and textiles, textiles; chemicals, heavy manufacturing; manufacturing, chemical products industrial and<br />

infrastructure; infrastructure, pharmaceutical, light clothing manufacturing; manufacturing, and textiles, machinery heavy manufacturing, and and capital equipment, industrial<br />

media<br />

media<br />

infrastructure, and audio motion light visuals.<br />

pictures. manufacturing, machinery and capital equipment,<br />

media A particular particular<br />

and motion focus focus<br />

pictures.<br />

for for the the IDC IDC nationally is support and for in youth <strong>Limpopo</strong> and is women-<br />

support<br />

owned for youth A particular businesses. and women-owned focus The for Gro-E the IDC businesses. Youth nationally Scheme A and national was in <strong>Limpopo</strong> launched IDC scheme is support<br />

about<br />

was<br />

three launched for youth years three and ago women-owned where years R4.5-billion ago through businesses. was which specifically A R4.5-billion national targeted IDC was scheme at funding<br />

targeted was<br />

youth-owned specifically launched at three youth-owned businesses. years ago This businesses. through is still core which This to performance is R4.5-billion still core to was targets. performance targeted<br />

Says<br />

Bapela, specifically “We at provide youth-owned pre-investment businesses. support This is still to those core to who performance<br />

are not<br />



targets. Says Bapela, “We provide<br />

pre-investment<br />

ready targets. and Says compulsory support<br />

Bapela, “We post-<br />

to<br />

proinvestment<br />

those who<br />

vide pre-investment support are not<br />

support for ready<br />

every<br />

and<br />

to<br />

youth-owned compulsory<br />

those who are business post-investment<br />

not ready that we<br />

and<br />

are support<br />

compulsory funding.<br />

for every youth-owned<br />

business<br />

post-investment<br />

support “We are that<br />

for every very we realistic. are funding.<br />

youth-owned<br />

We<br />

know “We<br />

business that are<br />

that applicants very realistic.<br />

we are funding.<br />

are not<br />

We<br />

necessarily know that<br />

“We are going applicants<br />

very to realistic. be are mine<br />

not<br />

We<br />

owners, necessarily<br />

know that but going<br />

applicants they to could be mine<br />

are be<br />

not<br />

supplying owners, they<br />

necessarily services could be<br />

going to to supplying<br />

services.”<br />

be these<br />

mine<br />

mines.” owners, The they Gro-E It is<br />

could Youth in that<br />

be Scheme<br />

context<br />

supply-<br />

affords that successful<br />

ing services.” qualifying applicants<br />

It is in that applicants<br />

get<br />

context<br />

access<br />

that successful to to concessionary<br />

applicants rates rates<br />

get<br />

–<br />

on – on<br />

access average, average,<br />

to concessionary prime prime less less 3%.<br />

three<br />

rates<br />

percent.<br />

– on One average, of the first prime youth less trans-<br />

three<br />

actions One of<br />

percent. that the was first youth approved<br />

transactions<br />

the One IDC that<br />

by of the came was approved<br />

first youth from trans-<br />

the<br />

by<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> the IDC came<br />

actions that province. from<br />

was approved This <strong>Limpopo</strong>. was<br />

by<br />

for This<br />

the two was<br />

IDC young for two<br />

came engineers young<br />

from <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

who<br />

engineers<br />

was who the for entered field two of young providing<br />

the field<br />

entered This engi-<br />

of<br />

hot neers<br />

providing asphalt who hot<br />

entered used asphalt in road the used<br />

field con-<br />

of<br />

in<br />

struction. providing<br />

road construction. Other hot asphalt initiatives Other<br />

used from<br />

initiatives<br />

from<br />

in<br />

young road construction. entrepreneurs young entrepreneurs<br />

Other include<br />

initia-<br />

an tives<br />

include innovative from an<br />

young innovative mining entrepreneurs<br />

lab mining and<br />

the include lab creation and the an creation of innovative new processing<br />

of new mining<br />

processing<br />

marketing and the and creation marketing outlets of for new outlets their<br />

pro-<br />

products cessing for their and by products a marketing group by of a sweet outlets<br />

group<br />

and lab<br />

piquant for of sweet their chilli products piquant farmers.<br />

chilli by a farmers. group<br />

of sweet Bapela piquant remembers chilli the farmers. the chilli<br />

project Bapela fondly. remembers “These the youngsters<br />

saw fondly. an opportunity. “These young-<br />

and<br />

They<br />

sters gathered saw all an all the opportunity. the farmers farmers in their<br />

They<br />

and<br />

chilli<br />

project<br />

area gathered said and we bought will all take the all your farmers their crop crops<br />

and<br />

and said they we signed will take a a contract your crop with<br />

with and<br />

they another signed processor. a contract We We helped with<br />

another them build processor. their their case case We and and helped<br />

we<br />

we<br />

them funded build them their to for the case R12-million. tune and of we<br />

R12-million. funded During peak them During season for R12-million.<br />

peak they sea-<br />

employ<br />

they more peak employ than season 200 more people.” they than<br />

em-<br />

200 ploy This people.”<br />

more sort than of 200 success people.”<br />

story<br />

son During<br />

is This what This sort sort keeps of of success Bapela success story going.<br />

story<br />

is is “Driving what what keeps keeps around Bapela Bapela seeing going.<br />

going.<br />

smoke<br />

“Driving “Driving coming around around out of seeing the seeing chimneys smoke<br />

smoke<br />

coming coming factories out out of and of the the seeing chimneys<br />

chimneys<br />

some<br />

in in beautiful factories factories hotel and and seeing and seeing knowing some<br />

some<br />

beautiful beautiful that I had hotel hotel a hand and and in knowing<br />

it knowing<br />

– that is<br />

that that the I motivator.” I had had a a hand hand in in it it – – that that is<br />

is<br />

the the motivator.”<br />

motivator.”<br />

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Tourism in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Increasing visitor numbers are driving investment into tourism infrastructure.<br />

The provincial capital has a new hotel. Resorts and lodges in the<br />

Lowveld are being upgraded. <strong>Limpopo</strong> has hosted its first international<br />

cycling race. And 2.7-million more domestic tourists<br />

chose the province in 2016 compared to the year before.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> in 2016/17 attracted 405 734 visitors to the province,<br />

generating an amount of R1.8-billion for the provincial economy.<br />

According to the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Premier’s office, the tourism sector employs<br />

about 22 414 people.<br />

A new event on <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s calendar caused great excitement in<br />

<strong>2018</strong> with the first riding of the Tour de <strong>Limpopo</strong>, a four-day UCI Africa<br />

Tour 2.2 stage race which started and finished in Polokwane, with a<br />

stopover in Tzaneen. A range of sponsors enthusiastically endorsed<br />

the race, presented by the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency (LTA) and Cycling<br />

South Africa. Hotel@Tzaneen and Europcar South Africa were sponsors<br />

and race officials were provided with cars by Audi Centre Polokwane. All<br />

the riders were given backpacks by SA Sport and Cargo and ZZ2 saw to<br />

the beverages they needed to keep going up and down the hilly route<br />

to the finish line. Another kind of cycle race is the regular Kremetart<br />

Cycle Race, a popular family event that draws huge numbers of entries.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> had its own winner in tourism when Besty Travel<br />

was awarded the national Lilizela Award in the Emerging Tourism<br />

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency targets<br />

the Lilizela Awards to mentor and support emerging entrepreneurs<br />

in the tourism sector. Swadini, a Forever Resort, won in the Camping<br />

and Caravan category in 2017.<br />

Regular events are holding their own as well: the annual <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Marula Festival in Phalaborwa attracts more than 20 000 participants and<br />

is estimated to inject upwards of R45-million into the provincial economy.<br />

Several neighbouring countries are well represented in the attendees<br />

and 13 co-operatives operating under the Mukumbi Industries brand<br />

normally brew about 12 000 litres<br />

of marula beverages for the thirsty<br />

crowds. Other marula products are<br />

also sold such as nuts, body lotions,<br />

jam, cooking oil and soap.<br />

The LTA also backs the<br />

Mapungubwe Festival, which is<br />

growing in stature every year. In<br />

addition to the popular musical<br />

performances, crafters have<br />

an opportunity to display their<br />

crafts and generate good income<br />

during the festivities.<br />

Other popular events include<br />

I-Rock, Balobedu Get Together<br />

Festival and the BCX Supersport<br />

Shootout. Motorcyclists play their<br />

part too; the Sapa Yopa Motor<br />

Cycling Association, due to celebrate<br />

its 10th rally in <strong>2018</strong>, does its bit for<br />

the provincial economy.<br />

The tourist authority has six focus<br />

areas:<br />

• Golf and game<br />

• Hunting and safari<br />

• Family and recreation<br />

• Special interest<br />

• Mega-conservation<br />

• Meetings, Incentives, Conferences<br />

and Events (MICE).<br />

Hotels and casinos<br />

The 160-room Park Inn by Radisson<br />

Polokwane has opened in the provincial<br />

capital. Located near the<br />

golf course and the Peter Mokaba<br />

Stadium, the hotel also has conference<br />

and event facilities.<br />

Tsogo Sun runs the Garden Court<br />

Polokwane, which has 180 rooms<br />

ranging from executive suites to<br />

family rooms.<br />

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The Protea Hotel group has two hotels in the province.<br />

In the capital city of Polokwane, the Protea Hotel<br />

Landmark has 80 rooms and six conference venues. Just<br />

outside the city is the Protea Hotel Polokwane Ranch<br />

Resort where guests can walk with lions. The hotel is on<br />

a 1 000-hectare nature conservancy and specialises in<br />

catering for weddings.<br />

In Mokopane near the Waterberg mountains, the<br />

family-run The Park Hotel Mokopane has 125 rooms<br />

and can cater for up to 400 conference delegates. The<br />

three-star hotel recently added 25 self-catering units.<br />

The Fusion Boutique Hotel in the provincial capital<br />

offers five-star quality in 30 en-suite rooms and two exclusive<br />

suites. Sun International runs the Meropa Casino and<br />

Entertainment World near Polokwane. In the province’s<br />

northern regions at Thohoyandou, there is the Khoroni<br />

Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort. This is a Peermont<br />

venture and there is a three-star Peermont Metcourt Hotel<br />

in the complex. The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Gambling Board regulates<br />

the industry and grants licences. The Mopani district was<br />

recently granted two new bingo licences.<br />

The most recent casino licence was awarded to<br />

Peermont Global Resorts for the official launch and operation<br />

of the Thaba Moshate Casino, Hotel and Conference<br />

Centre in the Greater Tubatse Local Municipality. There are<br />

237 limited-pay-out gambling machines in the province,<br />

and licences of one sort or another generate more than<br />

R50-million for the provincial government.<br />

Varied assets<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province has varied tourism assets that include<br />

the bare bushveld of the north, misty mountains in the<br />

central highlands, hot springs, a unique cycad forest, excellent<br />

golf courses, 70% of the Kruger National Park and<br />

numerous luxury private game reserves.<br />

Kruger, Mapungubwe and Marakele are all national<br />

parks and they are run by South African National Parks<br />

(SANParks). There are a further 53 provincial nature reserves<br />

managed by <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development,<br />

Environment and Tourism (LEDET). They serve to promote<br />

tourism, develop the local economies and promote<br />

ecological conservation. Many of these reserves<br />

are communally owned but jointly managed by the<br />

province and communities. The combined land area of<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>’s national, provincial and private game and<br />

nature reserves is 3.6-million hectares.<br />


<strong>Limpopo</strong> Marula Festival, Phalaborwa (February)<br />

Polokwane Show and Music Festival (March)<br />

Kiwifruit Festival, Magoebaskloof (April)<br />

Zion Christian Church gathering, Moria (Easter)<br />

Thabazimbi Tourism & Game Expo. Potato<br />

Festival, Vivo (May)<br />

Ellisras Bushveld Festival. Polokwane Arts<br />

Festival (June)<br />

Musina Show (July)<br />

Oppikoppi, music festival, Northam. Trout<br />

Festival, Haenertsburg (August)<br />

Magoebaskloof Spring Festival (September)<br />

Biltong Festival, Mokopane (October)<br />

Mapungubwe Arts and Cultural Festival,<br />

Polokwane (December)<br />

A new drive to promote home-stays is underway<br />

in the northern part of the province. Getting tourists<br />

to eat mopani worms and learn about local traditions<br />

and cultural practices would help to generate<br />

income for villages and hamlets otherwise outside of<br />

the mainstream economy.<br />

The provincial government has committed to<br />

enhancing the value of <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s two UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Sites, Mapungubwe Heritage<br />

Site and Makapans Valley. This is also a priority<br />

programme in the National Tourism Sector Strategy.<br />

The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO<br />

protected site.<br />

In support of the arts and culture sector, a potential<br />

area of growth for tourism in <strong>Limpopo</strong>, a performance<br />

theatre is to be built in Polokwane.<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency is pursuing a multinational<br />

tourism strategy, with the <strong>Limpopo</strong>-Zambezi<br />

brand initiative one example of new approaches to<br />

marketing the province.<br />

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From golf to culture,<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> has it all<br />


Nomasonto Ndlovu, the CEO of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism<br />

Agency, outlines the strategic thinking behind growing<br />

tourist numbers to South Africa’s northernmost province.<br />

Nomasonto Ndlovu<br />

What is the mandate of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency?<br />

The core mandate is destination marketing, which includes increasing<br />

tourist arrivals, with an emphasis on domestic tourism. We provide<br />

strategic market intelligence and tourism information as well as market<br />

access support to tourism entrepreneurs. We focus on our seven strategic<br />

experience clusters, namely mega conservation, golf and game, special<br />

interest, family and recreation, hunting and safari, business as well as<br />

culture and heritage.<br />

How are the agency’s goals aligned with the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Development Plan?<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan has identified tourism as one of the<br />

key pillars of the province’s economic growth. Through our marketing<br />

initiatives, we want to create much-needed jobs.<br />


Nomasonto Ndlovu has wide<br />

experience in brand marketing,<br />

communications and events in<br />

the private and public sector.<br />

She worked as Strategic<br />

Executive Director for the City<br />

of Tshwane before taking senior<br />

marketing positions in fields as<br />

varied as banking (Standard<br />

Bank) and fast-moving<br />

consumer goods (Unilever<br />

in South Africa and Kenya).<br />

In 2005 she joined KwaZulu-<br />

Natal’s tourism board and then<br />

worked as the global manager<br />

of business tourism at South<br />

African Tourism.<br />

Do you have particular priorities for the year ahead?<br />

We are focussing on domestic and SADC markets. We want to gain a better<br />

understanding of the travellers visiting friends and family, as we have the<br />

lion’s share of this market. We want to convert them into holiday-makers<br />

that contribute to increased spend in the hospitality sector through<br />

inspiring and affordable packages. We have specific initiatives that aim<br />

to raise brand awareness and destination profile in SADC markets. We<br />

will build on our recently launched Tour de <strong>Limpopo</strong> cycle race, which<br />

is aimed at showcasing the areas of Makgoebaskloof, Modjadjiskloof<br />

and Tzaneen in the Mopani region. We want to educate tour operators<br />

in other provinces of our product offerings and experiences.<br />

Are you planning to focus on a type of tourism?<br />

One of the differentiating factors about <strong>Limpopo</strong> is our people and diversity<br />

of our cultures – only in <strong>Limpopo</strong> will you encounter the Tshivenda,<br />

Sepedi and Xitsonga cultures. The other niche is business events (MICE).<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> has unique venues nestled in the bush, with varied capacity.<br />

How important are the Mapungubwe and Marula festivals?<br />

These two events remain very strategic for LTA. We are committed to<br />

assisting in building these properties into household events that attract<br />

not only locals, but national and SADC visitors.<br />

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Destination <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

More to Enjoy<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> offers a mosaic of exceptional scenic<br />

landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an<br />

abundance of wildlife species and many nature-based<br />

tourism opportunities. <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

is the land of myths, legends, beautiful scenery and<br />

landscape, as well as majestic baobab trees.<br />

The province consists of living cultures, ancient<br />

places, nature reserves and national parks, trees,<br />

things to do and things to experience but all of them<br />

will leave the visitor with a greater insight into what<br />

makes the <strong>Limpopo</strong> the Great North.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and<br />

Mozambique. It is a prime wildlife destination with<br />

a host of game and nature reserves. The climate in<br />

the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province is quite hot since the area<br />

is bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn. Visitors will<br />

find that they can enjoy long sunny days and dry<br />

weather on most days.<br />

There is spectacular game viewing and birding<br />

in the province, as well as a mix of African cultures,<br />

intriguing folklore and legend and prehistoric treasures.<br />

It is home to the Mapungubwe World Heritage<br />

Site, as well as Modjadji, the fabled Rain Queen, and<br />

the age-old relics of the Makapansgat Valley. It is<br />

here that the Venda artists live and thrive, and where<br />

places like Lake Fundudzi and the Vondo Forest are<br />

considered to be sacred.<br />

The birding at Nylsvley RAMSAR Wetland is a<br />

magnet for nature-lovers and many golf enthusiasts<br />

have the extreme <strong>19</strong>th hole at Legend Golf and<br />

Safari Resort on their bucket list. The province<br />

is endowed with bountiful natural resources,<br />

including 54 provincial reserves and many private<br />

game reserves.<br />

The city of Polokwane is at the heart of the province<br />

– a growing urban hub with its sights set on<br />

the future, yet with a heart and soul steeped in<br />

traditional values. <strong>Limpopo</strong> is a fascinating province<br />

and conference delegates or visitors will enjoy the<br />

wild beauty of the area combined with incredible<br />

cultural insights and numerous adventure attractions<br />

that will keep them coming back for more.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency is charged with the<br />

responsibility of marketing the province as the<br />

leading tourism destination in Southern Africa with<br />

“More to Enjoy”.<br />

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<strong>Limpopo</strong> is a heavy lifter in<br />

transport and logistics<br />

A strategically placed Special Economic Zone is set to further enhance<br />

the province’s profile in road and rail.<br />

Logistics is a vital feature of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> economy for two<br />

reasons – the province has huge volumes of minerals and<br />

horticultural products to be transported to markets elsewhere<br />

and the province is strategically positioned.<br />

In addition to the N1 highway leading north to Zimbabwe, the N11<br />

is a primary road corridor and there are nine provincial road corridors.<br />

Freight volumes on the N11 (to Botswana and Mpumalanga) have<br />

increased markedly since 2006, whereas the R33 has carried less traffic.<br />

The building of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ)<br />

will further boost <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s importance as a transport and logistics<br />

hub. Evidence of this focus comes in the form of the Musina Intermodal<br />

Terminal, which was officially opened in June 2017 by National Trade<br />

and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Located about 15km from the busy<br />

Beit Bridge border crossing, the terminal will boost efforts to move<br />

cargo from road to rail, serviced as it is by a railway link. Warehousing<br />

facilities on site make for loading efficiencies in the main cargoes<br />

such as chrome, fertiliser, coal, fuel and citrus. Bulk and containerised<br />

cargo will be handled, with an annual capacity of three-million tons<br />

per annum.<br />

Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong> (RAL), of which the provincial government<br />

is the sole shareholder, accounts for about a third of the budget of<br />

the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure.<br />

It has been successfully focussed<br />

on tackling a backlog of infrastructure<br />

maintenance but it has<br />

also created partnerships with the<br />

national roads agency and private<br />

companies to deliver roads.<br />

The South African National<br />

Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)<br />

is involved in two major road projects<br />

in support of the Musina-<br />

Makhado SEZ. The N1 is to be<br />

re-routed and a new single carriageway<br />

created in the Musina<br />

CBD. A bypass into ZCC Moria,<br />

the site of huge gatherings every<br />

Easter, has been completed.<br />

Elsewhere, the RAL is working<br />

with Implats to build 17km of road<br />

near the company’s Marula mine.<br />

Polokwane is the site of major<br />

investments in transport infrastructure.<br />

SANRAL is building a<br />

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R640-million ring road and a bus rapid transport system is being introduced<br />

to the provincial capital. The scheme is called Leeto la Polokwane.<br />

Within the province more broadly, 22.6% of households in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

use bus transport and 45.8% use taxis (2013 Household Travel Survey).<br />

Outside of Polokwane, the towns of Tzaneen, Lephalale, Burgersfort<br />

and Musina (a border post with Zimbabwe) are all important in the<br />

field of logistics.<br />

Great North Transport falls under the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic<br />

Development Agency. The company has more than 500 buses, covers<br />

about 36-million kilometres every year on 279 routes, employs more<br />

than 1 200 people and transports 37.6-million passengers.<br />

South Africa’s major logistics companies have facilities in Polokwane,<br />

and some have warehouses and forwarding facilities in other parts of<br />

the province. RTT has offices in Makhado. <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s biggest exports<br />

(minerals and fruit and vegetables) require dramatically different levels<br />

of handling. Minerals are poured in great volumes into the freight trucks<br />

of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and taken onward to Richards Bay Coal<br />

Terminal, whereas some of the province’s fruits like avocadoes must<br />

be handled with extreme care. They must be delivered to ports as<br />

quickly as possible as they are delicate and the deadlines for getting<br />

fruit to market in Europe are tight. Companies such as Freezerlines,<br />

Fast ‘n Fresh and Cold Chain have developed specialist techniques in<br />

getting these fruits to market and to port undamaged. Grindrod has a<br />

Perishable Cargo division which specialises in transporting cargo by air.<br />

The large national logistics company Value Group has only four<br />

major regional depots outside of Gauteng: in Cape Town, Durban,<br />

Nelspruit – and Polokwane. This illustrates the importance of the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province and its capital city in the national logistics chain.<br />

Imperial Logistics Southern Africa has 70 companies in its group structure,<br />

including Kobus Minaar Transport, a concern that began in Tzaneen<br />

transporting fruit and vegetables. Other active companies in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

include Dawn Wing Logistics, Kargo, F&R Logistics and Aramex SA.<br />

The Polokwane International<br />

Airport (PIA) is wholly owned<br />

by the provincial government<br />

and run by the Gateway Airport<br />

Authority Ltd (GAAL), an agency<br />

of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department<br />

of Roads and Transport. It has<br />

the potential to be an important<br />

regional cargo airport.<br />

SA Airlink caters mainly to<br />

the business market and offers<br />

21 flights to Johannesburg<br />

six days a week. The airline<br />

also provides links between<br />

Phalaborwa and<br />

Johannesburg, and between<br />

Hoedspruit and Johannesburg<br />

and Cape Town.<br />

Many game reserves have<br />

airstrips and regional airports<br />

in the eastern part of the province<br />

provide easy access to the<br />

Kruger National Park. Eastgate<br />

Airport at Hoedspruit is close to<br />

the Orpen Gate. Phalaborwa’s<br />

airport is notable for its Africanthemed<br />

terminal which includes<br />

a zebra-patterned floor.<br />

Musina, near the border with<br />

Zimbabwe in the north, hosts<br />

the province’s other regional<br />

airport.<br />

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Delivering road<br />

infrastructure to boost<br />

economic development<br />

Maselaganye Matji, the Chief Executive Officer of Roads<br />

Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong>, explains how partnerships with the<br />

private sector are breaking the back of the province’s<br />

road backlog.<br />

Mr Maselaganye Matji<br />


Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Together for better roads<br />

Maselaganye Matji was appointed<br />

as the Chief Executive<br />

Officer of Roads Agency<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> in March 2015, on a<br />

five-year contract. He is tasked<br />

with leading a team of talented<br />

professionals in implementing<br />

the now successful turnaround<br />

strategy. Matji is a qualified hydrologist<br />

and construction project<br />

manager with 27 years of<br />

experience spanning both the<br />

public and private sectors. He<br />

has published several peerreviewed<br />

papers, journal articles<br />

and a chapter on infrastructure.<br />

What is the mandate of the Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

(RAL)?<br />

RAL is mandated to manage, control, plan, develop and maintain<br />

the provincial road network on behalf of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Provincial<br />

Government. RAL is the implementing agent of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Provincial<br />

Government, under the auspices of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of<br />

Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure.<br />

What is the vision and mission of RAL?<br />

Vision: To contribute to the socio-economic development by<br />

connecting the people of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

Mission: To provide a quality and sustainable road infrastructure<br />

network for the economic development of <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

What are the core values of RAL?<br />

We are guided by the following corporate values:<br />

• Commitment: We are committed to serving the province with<br />

pride.<br />

• Reliability: We offer reliable, safe and economic road infrastructure.<br />

• Efficiency: We will go an extra mile in serving our communities.<br />

• Accountability: We remain accountable to all our stakeholders.<br />

• Transparency: We are transparent in both our internal and<br />

external business processes.<br />

• Excellence: We exceed expectations.<br />

• Teamwork: Together for better roads.<br />

• Diversity: We value and embrace diversity within the work<br />

context.<br />

Is the RAL aligned with the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan<br />

(LDP) 2020?<br />

The Premier of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, the Honourable Chupu Stanley Mathabatha,<br />

in his <strong>2018</strong> State of the Province Address, said road infrastructure<br />

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roll-out and procurement strategy will be key to stimulating <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

economic growth. RAL is not only a quality road infrastructure delivery<br />

parastatal, but an economic driver as well.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Development Plan 2020, a provincial version of the<br />

National Development Plan (NDP), draws linkages between road<br />

infrastructure and key sectors of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> economy such as mining,<br />

agriculture and tourism. RAL has already set the benchmark with regard<br />

to procurement as it continues to create jobs and support SMMEs.<br />

The agency has ringfenced 30% of its construction costs for SMMEs in<br />

communities where its projects are implemented.<br />

Do partnerships with the private sector form part of the<br />

strategy for RAL?<br />

The current management and board of directors believe partnerships<br />

with the private sector are the future. Government budgets<br />

are constrained. To put it in context, RAL has been allocated R988.9<br />

million for operational costs, upgrading and maintenance of roads<br />

during the <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong> financial year. However, at current estimates,<br />

it needs R160 billion to upgrade and maintain the entire road<br />

network of about <strong>19</strong> 997 kilometres in this sparse rural province.<br />

Approximately 6 179km of the road network is tarred. The balance<br />

of 13 818km is gravel. The total kilometres upgraded from gravel<br />

to tar in the period 2015 to 2017 is 168km. The biggest backlog is<br />

oddly experienced in mining districts, such as in the Sekhukhune<br />

District Municipality.<br />

It was in this context that in 2015, RAL adopted a strategic partnership<br />

approach as part of the successful turnaround strategy for the<br />

agency. The agency has recently surpassed the half-a-billion-rand<br />

(R500 million) milestone with the funds raised in the four years since<br />

the appointment of the board led by Mr Matome Ralebipi and Chief<br />

Executive Officer Mr Maselaganye Matji. Most of the funds were raised<br />

from the mining industry, followed by the agricultural sector. The<br />

agency is hoping to lobby the<br />

tourism sector and intensify the<br />

participation of the agricultural<br />

sector. These three industries are<br />

the key contributors to the provincial<br />

Gross Domestic Product.<br />

This has resulted in a serious<br />

dent in the battle against the road<br />

infrastructure backlog that has<br />

been the bane of the province.<br />

Resources are rechannelled to areas<br />

that need such infrastructure<br />

the most. This approach has enabled<br />

the agency to deliver road<br />

infrastructure in areas as such<br />

Muyexe in the Mopane District,<br />

one of the poorest villages in the<br />

country.<br />

What are some of the projects<br />

that RAL is involved<br />

in?<br />

RAL’s partnership with our national<br />

counterpart, South African Roads<br />

Agency Limited (SANRAL), is starting<br />

to bear fruit, particularly since<br />

2014. Not only has SANRAL made<br />

tangible road infrastructure investments<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong>, but the transfer<br />

of some sections of regional roads<br />

to SANRAL has enabled RAL to<br />

increase its turnover of projects.<br />

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In this financial year, RAL will commence eight new projects, on top<br />

of nine multi-year projects. Some of the road projects to be completed<br />

this year include the road between Koedoeskop and Dwaalboom<br />

(Waterberg District Municipality), Ga-Seleka roads connecting 13<br />

villages to Lephalale (Exxaro Resources and RAL), upgrading from<br />

gravel to tarred roads in several locations and the rehabilitation of<br />

the R555 to Tukakgomo village in Tubatse Fetakgomo Municipality,<br />

in partnership with Tubatse Chrome (Samancor).<br />

What are your priorities for the short term?<br />

To avoid the one-step forward two-steps backward syndrome. As RAL<br />

intensifies its battle against backlog, RAL will:<br />

• widen the net on private-sector partnerships. Mines that are<br />

returning for second partnerships since 2015 are increasing their<br />

contributions, a vote of confidence in the way the agency conducts<br />

business.<br />

• engage with technology solution-oriented consulting companies<br />

to explore ways of delivering affordable but superior quality roads.<br />

• focus on the preservation strategy by channelling available<br />

resources to maintenance of existing road network while<br />

upgrading roads in economically strategic areas.<br />

Does RAL support small, medium and micro enterprises<br />

(SMMEs), women, youth and people living with disabilities?<br />

In all its upgrading projects, RAL has set aside 30% for SMME development,<br />

and 10% of contract value is ringfenced for the empowerment<br />

of local labourers. We use the roads we build as vehicles for growing<br />

the economy in the villages where we implement projects. The main<br />

contractors are required to subcontract 30% of contract value to local<br />

SMMEs and spend 10% of contract value to employ local labourers.<br />

In the period 2015 to 2017,<br />

a total of more than R460 million<br />

was spent on SMMEs. The<br />

total number of job opportunities<br />

created in the period 2015<br />

to 2017 is about 3 833. In the<br />

period 2015 to 2017, the total<br />

amount spent on local labour<br />

is about R76.7 million. This is a<br />

clear indication that our road<br />

infrastructure delivery programmes<br />

are designed to drive<br />

village economies.<br />

Government recognises<br />





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that people living with disabilities, women and the youth are the<br />

most vulnerable groupings economically, and preference is always<br />

given to them in our programmes.<br />

In the period 2015 to 2017,<br />

RAL has equipped a total of<br />

1 033 locals with accredited<br />

training, 60% of whom are<br />

young people and women.<br />

RAL has for many years supported<br />

a considerable number<br />

of students pursuing studies<br />

in civil engineering with<br />

bursaries and internships.<br />

Can local communities<br />

become involved in<br />

road maintenance?<br />

There are two types of<br />

road maintenance, routine<br />

road maintenance (RRM)<br />

and preventative maintenance,<br />

which includes<br />

rehabilitation, ie resurfacing.<br />

RRM is an ongoing dayto-day<br />

upkeep of the road<br />

network, and it includes<br />

patching of potholes, grass<br />

cutting, repairing damaged<br />

guard rails, fixing road signs,<br />

clearing storm-water culverts,<br />

removing stray animals,<br />

and clearing the road after<br />

accidents. RRM is the best<br />

way for communities to get<br />

involved in road maintenance.<br />

Some RRM contracts can be<br />

awarded to specialised big<br />

firms but they are still required<br />

to further subcontract to<br />

local SMMEs and to hire<br />

local labourers. Once local<br />

SMMEs are empowered in<br />

this manner, they can bid<br />

for future contracts on their<br />

own. Several companies with<br />

lower Construction Industry<br />

Development Board gradings<br />

have benefitted from<br />

maintenance jobs awarded<br />

by RAL.<br />

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Celebrating Nelson<br />

Mandela 100: Creating<br />

Legacies Towards World-<br />

Class Public Transport<br />

FOCUS<br />

Leeto la Polokwane increases momentum for faster, more inclusive<br />

growth that heralds an economic transformation in a sustainable way.<br />

By Musa Ndlangamandla<br />

As South Africa gears itself to be the next big emerging<br />

market story of <strong>2018</strong> (according to Goldman Sachs), the<br />

public transport sector is at the heart of reigniting economic<br />

growth and investment to ensure sustainable livelihoods.<br />

A new study of transport systems in 35 major cities around the<br />

world has revealed that an efficient public transport network can provide<br />

these cities with an economic value of up to R3-trillion ($238-billion)<br />

annually by 2030. The best transportation systems are those in<br />

cities that can move people quickly, efficiently and comfortably to their<br />

destination. This is according to London-based consulting firm Credo,<br />

which conducted The Mobility Opportunity study.<br />

Like other leading cities, the City of Polokwane is already achieving<br />

this with the roll-out of<br />

an Integrated Rapid Public<br />

Transportation System (IRPTS)<br />

that features modern infrastructure,<br />

easy connections across various<br />

modes of transportation, and,<br />

above all, a clear strategy of how<br />

to meet future needs.<br />

Executive Mayor of<br />

Polokwane Councillor Thembisile<br />

Nkadimeng, above, asserts that<br />

an efficient and cost-effective<br />

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public transport system not only connects people<br />

to daily life but also spurs socio-economic development,<br />

sustainable job creation and improved access<br />

to markets.<br />

The City of Polokwane was chosen by the government,<br />

through the National Department of<br />

Transport (NDoT) to be among 13 cities in South<br />

Africa to introduce the Integrated Rapid Public<br />

Transport Network (IRPTN). For Polokwane the vision<br />

has found expression in the multi-modal transport<br />

service aptly called “Leeto la Polokwane” – It is Our<br />

Journey.<br />

The project is implemented in phases with Phase<br />

1 covering the Central <strong>Business</strong> District and Seshego<br />

corridor. The project has resulted in the construction<br />

of a trunk route of seven kilometres and the<br />

upgrading of 27 kilometres of road infrastructure.<br />

The majority of road infrastructure has been<br />

constructed, including the following:<br />

• 5.2km of trunk lanes completed<br />

• 12.6km of trunk extensions completed<br />

• 29.4km of feeder routes completed<br />

• 56 feeder stops completed<br />

• 20.5km of non-motorised transport (NMT)<br />

lanes completed and<br />

• construction of the Control Centre has been<br />

completed.<br />

• Leeto la Polokwane is characterised by<br />

dedicated bus lanes, modern buses, smartcard<br />

payment systems, modern bus stations that<br />

are safe and comfortable, and a control<br />

centre to speed up public transport and give<br />

passengers a better quality of service.<br />

“We are well on track towards our Go-Live targets.<br />

We have set our sights on delivering the high-quality<br />

public transportation infrastructure that the City<br />

of Polokwane, and indeed the greater <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Province, needs to build and sustain a more productive<br />

economy. The progress that has been made so<br />

far in the implementation of Leeto la Polokwane is<br />

testimony to this,” says Executive Mayor Nkadimeng.<br />

“We will ensure that the people of Polokwane<br />

benefit fully from this project, through job opportunities,<br />

skills transfers and meaningful participation<br />

through stakeholder engagement.”<br />

Honouring Nelson Mandela and<br />

Albertina Sisulu<br />

Executive Mayor Nkadimeng adds that Leeto la<br />

Polokwane was one with South Africa in honouring<br />

the Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu Centenary.<br />

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“The central theme for this year is to celebrate<br />

these great leaders and keep their legacies<br />

alive by making an individual and collective<br />

contribution towards the attainment<br />

of a South Africa where everyone has equal<br />

opportunities for self-determination. As Leeto<br />

la Polokwane we note and acknowledge the<br />

cooperation and support of the people we<br />

serve. Such partnerships and dedication to<br />

a better South Africa continue to ensure that<br />

the project remains on course for Go-Live.<br />

These achievements are also a testament to<br />

the hard work and dedication that the City has<br />

tackled this project with,” she says.<br />

Interaction with taxi and bus<br />

owners<br />

Since inception of the project in 2012, the<br />

municipality has ensured proper and active<br />

stakeholder engagement. The taxi and<br />

bus industry is among the key stakeholders<br />

which fully participate in and benefit from<br />

the total value chain and wealth creation of<br />

the transportation industry.<br />

“An MOU has been signed between the municipality<br />

and the four Taxi Associations involved in Phase 1A of<br />

the project. Working with the University of <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s<br />

Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL), we have<br />

ongoing training sessions to equip the owner members<br />

on the Taxi Industry Capacitation Programme with modern<br />

business and operational skills in order to create the<br />

space and capacity to ensure a successful integrated<br />

transport system for our city and value-add for the entire<br />

industry,” Executive Mayor Nkadimeng says.<br />

Last year, the TGSL programme successfully offered<br />

professional business development training to approximately<br />

100 taxi owners across Flora Park-Pietersburg,<br />

Moletjie, Seshego-Polokwane and Westernburg Taxi<br />

Associations in Polokwane.<br />

Participants received a Professional Certificate in<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Management Skills for the Public Transport<br />

Sector upon completion. The programme comprises<br />

four modules, namely: Introduction to General<br />

Management; SA Companies Act and Corporate<br />

Governance; Communication, Problem-solving and<br />

Negotiation Skills; and Introduction to Public Transport<br />

Management.<br />

“We have also seen the signing-off of the Great North<br />

Transport (GNT) Market Survey Results in December<br />

2017, as an important milestone which presents the<br />

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municipality with a clear picture of the market<br />

share of GNT, a significant partner in the Leeto la<br />

Polokwane project. I want to emphasise that the<br />

GNT is an important stakeholder with a wealth<br />

of experience, knowledge and vested interest in<br />

the success of the project. This achievement also<br />

serves as a resource for understanding the value,<br />

amount and number of those affected in Phases<br />

1 and 2 of the project,” she says.<br />

Through great effort and hard work by the<br />

project team, coupled with cooperation and unity<br />

of purpose with key stakeholders, the following<br />

milestones have been achieved, among others:<br />

• Establishment of the Transportation<br />

Directorate and appointment of a substantive<br />

Director of Transport Services to drive<br />

strategy and implementation<br />

• Significant road infrastructure network<br />

upgrades were completed<br />

• Full Non-Motorised Transportation (NMT)<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Planning and supporting by-laws/policies, awareness programmes,<br />

integration with donor-funded NDPG and MIG<br />

projects in terms of specifications<br />

• Signing of MOA with industry regarding sitting allowances<br />

• Signing of MOA with Great North Transport<br />

• Completion of Market Surveys for GNT and taxi industry<br />

• System naming<br />

• The utilisation of council land instead of acquisition of<br />

private land<br />

• The same design standards are being used across all grants in<br />

the municipality, eg same NMT on Public Transport Network<br />

Grant (PTNG); and employment of over 180 workers a month<br />

through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).<br />

Meanwhile, Executive Mayor Nkadimeng adds that the systems<br />

and processes to deliver a world-class project were also put in place.<br />

“For example, the tender process for the procurement of buses<br />

has been finalised, and the bids have been closed. The appointment<br />

of a supplier is imminent. The organisation initiated a transparent<br />

and competitive bid process with the support from technical<br />

advisors,” she says.<br />

Another component is the Public Transport Management System<br />

(PTMS) whose primary aim is to improve the movement of public<br />

transport vehicles and increase the comfort of their passengers<br />

around the controlled urban network. PTMS provides the means of<br />

dynamically monitoring the location and status of Public Transport<br />

Vehicles to determine performance according to prescribed route<br />

schedules and to identify any operational problems quickly. This<br />

is an innovative and complex system which has two major components:<br />

integrated e-ticketing and Automatic Vehicle Location<br />

by GPS (AVL).<br />

She adds that significant progress is being made to have a<br />

fully-fledged depot.<br />

“The project is a sustainable<br />

package of measures that will<br />

transform our province into a<br />

healthy and effective urban environment<br />

as it integrates Bus<br />

Rapid Transit (BRT) with nonmotorised<br />

transport, progressive<br />

land-use approaches and<br />

car-restriction interventions,”<br />

Executive Mayor Nkadimeng<br />

says.<br />

“This has spurred economic<br />

growth in our city through<br />

upgrades in public physical<br />

infrastructure within a wellplanned<br />

spatial context and<br />

has ensured sustainable job<br />

creation while ushering in a<br />

clean, green, safe and healthy<br />

province. Such improvements<br />

have a positive impact in promoting<br />

local businesses and<br />

stimulating investments.”<br />

At a national level, the<br />

project is aligned with the<br />

National Development Plan<br />

2030 (NDP). Adopted by all<br />

political parties represented<br />

in the National Assembly, it<br />

is government’s blueprint to<br />

eliminate poverty and reduce<br />

inequality by the year 2030<br />

47 LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>


Making it easier to do business with Nedbank<br />

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Loderick Lubisi, Nedbank Provincial General Manager for Retail and<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Banking for Mpumalanga and <strong>Limpopo</strong>, explains how<br />

Nedbank can help business owners in the region.<br />

on what’s most important to you – running your<br />

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In line with our new brand proposition encouraging<br />

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practices throughout the agricultural production and<br />

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Overviews of the main economic sectors of<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Agriculture 52<br />

Mining 54<br />

Construction and property 64<br />

Energy 66<br />

Water 67<br />

Information and communications<br />

technology (ICT) and telecommunications 68<br />

Development finance and SMME<br />

support 76<br />

Education and training 90


Agriculture<br />

Tomato paste factory holds great potential.<br />

Woolworths receives “indigenous” eggs laid by Bosveld<br />

hens on the property of an independent farmer in<br />

Bela Bela, cabbage and butternut produced by five<br />

smallholders is channelled by Spar through its Fresh<br />

Assembly Point in Mopani and the Ezemvelo Direct Farm Programme<br />

of Massmart has left behind a legacy of small-scale farmers now<br />

connected to the fresh produce supply chain – and a packhouse in<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> run by a co-operative. All of South Africa’s major retailers<br />

have enterprise development programmes which connect farmers<br />

to suppliers.<br />

Massmart’s five-year programme, which tailed off as the company<br />

focussed more on the manufacturing sector more relevant to their<br />

main business, trained more than 700 farmers in logistics, food safety<br />

and financial management. At its peak, the programme was supporting<br />

164 smallholder farmers.<br />

In another initiative to link farmers to markets, the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) organised<br />

a Market Linkage Information Day in May <strong>2018</strong> at Soekmekaar<br />

(photograph above). The <strong>Limpopo</strong> regional office of the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation has recently helped expand the province’s<br />

agricultural sector by supporting the creation of two blueberry<br />

operations near Tzaneen.<br />

The Provincial Government of <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s nine-point economic<br />

plan includes RAAVC (the revitalisation of the agriculture and agriprocessing<br />

value chain).<br />

National government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) acknowledges<br />

agri-processing as one of the best sectors for labour-intensive<br />


Enterprise development<br />

programmes are boosting<br />

small-scale farming.<br />

• Molemole is set to get an<br />

agricultural office.<br />

growth. In that context, the decision<br />

by Dursots-All Joy to relaunch<br />

and upgrade the tomato<br />

processing plant in Modjadjiskloof,<br />

Tzaneen, is important for the larger<br />

economy. At least 15 commercial<br />

farmers now have a ready market<br />

for one of <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s chief products<br />

and there is potential for the<br />

factory to employ as many as 300<br />

people. There is a shortage of tomato<br />

paste in South Africa.<br />

More support for farmers<br />

comes in the allocation of<br />

R32-million by the provincial<br />

government for the construction<br />

of the Molemole Agricultural<br />

Office in the Capricorn District<br />

Municipality. In addition to<br />

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tackling drought, the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Agriculture and<br />

Rural Development has had to put a strategy in place to fight Fall<br />

Army Worm.<br />

The percentage contribution of <strong>Limpopo</strong> agriculture to national<br />

agriculture is 7.6% although its contribution to provincial GDP is just<br />

2.3%. Agri-processing has enormous potential to expand in every<br />

subsector. The establishment of agri-parks and co-operatives and<br />

support for youth in farming are key provincial government initiatives.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>’s fruits and vegetables form an important part of South<br />

Africa’s export basket. Companies like ZZ2 are major contributors to<br />

the country’s annual production of 120 000 tons of avocadoes. Of the<br />

current crop, about half is currently produced in two <strong>Limpopo</strong> regions,<br />

Letaba and Tzaneen. Exports are rising exponentially. In response to<br />

this demand, and the potential of the Chinese market, almost 1 000ha<br />

per year of new land is being planted with avocadoes in South Africa.<br />

The same amount of new macadamia planting is underway<br />

every year, according to the Southern African Macadamia Growers’<br />

Association (SAMAC), adding to the existing <strong>19</strong> 000ha.<br />

The other big sellers are mangoes and tomatoes. <strong>Limpopo</strong> grows<br />

three-quarters of South Africa’s mangoes and two-thirds of its tomatoes.<br />

The Waterberg District produces large quantities of red meat,<br />

Capricorn has potatoes in abundance, Vhembe in the north specialises<br />

in citrus and subtropical fruits, Mopani has those fruits too – and the<br />

Mopani worm. The Sekhukhune region in the south-east produces<br />

grain and Amarula cream liqueur.<br />

Through the provincial government’s Letsema programme in<br />

financial year 2017/18 (to the end of Q3), 98 projects comprising<br />

2 579 smallholder farmers, 5 096 subsistence farmers and 26 black<br />

commercial farmers received supported.<br />

In terms of the Provincial Red Meat Cluster Development as a<br />

catalyst towards sustainable rural livelihoods development through<br />

livestock farming, an Nguni cattle loan project saw a total of 350<br />

livestock breeding animals distributed in 2017/18 to 16 farms. The<br />


Agro-Food Technology Station, <strong>Limpopo</strong> University: www.ul.ac.za<br />

ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops:<br />

www.arc.agric.co.za<br />

Citrus Growers Association: www.cga.co.za<br />

Deciduous Fruit Producers Trust: www.dfpt.co.za<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:<br />

www.lda.gov.za<br />

South African Macadamia Growers’ Association:<br />

www.samac.org.za<br />

South African Subtropical Growers’ Association:<br />

www.subtrop.net<br />

scheme, a partnership between<br />

DARD, the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation (IDC)<br />

and the University of <strong>Limpopo</strong>,<br />

aims to improve the quality of<br />

breeding stock. It also forms<br />

part of the development of a<br />

provincial Red Meat Cluster.<br />

Vegetables and crops<br />

The Vhembe District in the far north<br />

and the Letaba Valley in the eastern<br />

Mopani District are major contributors<br />

to the Johannesburg Fresh<br />

Produce Market, with <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

growers as a group contributing<br />

about 45% of the produce sold<br />

at Johannesburg Fresh Produce<br />

Market, Africa’s biggest market.<br />

ZZ2 is the major brand of Bertie<br />

van Zyl (Pty) Ltd, which produces<br />

160 000 tons of tomatoes per year.<br />

Westfalia is another huge enterprise,<br />

part of the Hans Merensky<br />

Group, and it is world’s largest<br />

avocado grower. It also produces<br />

significant quantities of mango,<br />

litchi, citrus and macadamia and<br />

has three agri-processing plants in<br />

the province. Greenway Farms supplies<br />

about 45% of the fresh-market<br />

carrots consumed in Southern<br />

Africa under the Rugani brand.<br />

The two most active agricultural<br />

companies in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

are NTKLA (with its headquarters<br />

in Modimolle) and Afgri, South<br />

Africa’s biggest agricultural company,<br />

which has its headquarters<br />

in Centurion (Gauteng).<br />

NTKLA is a shareholder in<br />

Venda Roller Mills in Thohoyandou<br />

and operates 10 grain silos, 23<br />

retail outlets, 28 flour depots and<br />

one cold-storage facility.<br />

53 LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>


Mining<br />

Mineral beneficiation is in the spotlight.<br />


Northam Platinum’s smelter<br />

expansion cost R900-million.<br />

Mineral beneficiation is a key component of the newly accredited<br />

Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in<br />

the far north of <strong>Limpopo</strong>. In <strong>2018</strong> nine Chinese companies<br />

committed to investing more than $10-billion in projects<br />

related to the zone’s four main areas of activity: a coking plant, a power<br />

plant, an alloy factory and the manufacture of steel. Representatives<br />

of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency (LEDA) travelled to<br />

Beijing to sign a series of memorandums with the Chinese companies.<br />

Shenzhen Holmor Resources Holdings, as the manager of the<br />

Energy and Metallurgical Cluster within the SEZ, will invest about<br />

R40-billion to create infrastructure.<br />

The planned Tubatse<br />

Platinum SEZ will focus on<br />

mining, as its name implies.<br />

According to LEDA, 17 new mines<br />

were established in the greater<br />

Tubatse/Burgersfort/Steelport<br />

area between 2001 and 2016,<br />

and a further 22 new mines are<br />

planned. The completion of the<br />

large new De Hoop Dam makes<br />

these plans possible.<br />

The focus at Tubatse will be<br />

on the beneficiation of platinum<br />

group metals, magnetite, vanadium<br />

and chrome. The other strong<br />

mineral focus in the eastern part<br />

of the province is at Phalaborwa<br />

where Palabora Copper, a subsidiary<br />

of Palabora Mining Company,<br />

produces about 45 000 tons of<br />

copper annually, most of which is<br />

sold domestically. It runs a smelter<br />

and a refinery and also mines<br />

magnetite, vermiculite sulphuric<br />

acid and nickel sulphate.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province has diamonds<br />

in the north, platinum<br />

and chrome in the west and<br />

east, iron ore in the Waterberg,<br />

antimony, copper, phosphate,<br />

silicon – and coal just about<br />

everywhere – the list goes on and<br />

on. Silicon Smelters (the largest<br />

charcoal producer in Africa) and<br />

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Anglo Platinum’s smelting facility, one of three run by the company, are<br />

both located in Polokwane. Northam Platinum’s metallurgical complex<br />

at its Zondereinde mine processes Merensky and UG2 ores separately.<br />

Implats sends its product to Implats Refinery Services in Springs,<br />

which it intends to take off the Eskom grid and power the refinery using<br />

fuel cell technology. Power will come from an 8MW Doosan Fuel Cell.<br />

With a depressed platinum price, platinum miners are hoping that<br />

demand from the fuel cell industry will replace the decline in demand<br />

for catalytic converters.<br />

Impala Platinum (Implats) has an interest in two big operations<br />

on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. Marula Mine,<br />

a small part of which is shown on the opposite page, is about 50km<br />

north of Burgersfort. South of the same town, in Mpumalanga,<br />

Implats (49%) is in a joint venture with African Rainbow Minerals<br />

(ARM) at the Two Rivers Mine.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> contributes 4% of coal mining in South Africa, according to<br />

the National Department of Mineral Resources, but it seems likely that<br />

within the next three decades, the province will be supplying about<br />

half of South Africa’s coal. <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s Waterberg coal field is estimated<br />

to contain about 75-billion tons of coal.<br />

Investments and purchases<br />

Major investments in <strong>Limpopo</strong> include an ongoing project by De Beers<br />

to convert its Musina mine from an open-pit mine to a vertical shaft<br />

mine and a multi-billion-rand new platinum mine project.<br />

Venetia Mine is by far the most important part of De Beers’ South<br />

African operation, accounting for 3.1-million of the 5.4-million carats<br />

recovered by the company from its six operations.<br />

Ivanplats, the subsidiary of the Canadian company, Ivanhoe Mines,<br />

has started sinking shafts at its new mine near Mokopane south-west<br />

of Polokwane. Ivanhoe has a 64% stake in Ivanplats with 10% owned<br />

by a group of Japanese companies including ITOCHU Corporation and<br />

Japan Gas Corporation. If the mine achieves the projected production<br />

rate of 12Mtpa with 1.2-million ounces of PMG, it will rank as the biggest<br />

PGM mine in the world.<br />

Royal Bafokeng Platinum has paid $70-million for the Maseve Mine<br />

and its concentrator. Canadian miner Platinum Group Metals agreed to a<br />


Geological Society of South Africa: www.gssa.org.za<br />

Minerals Council South Africa: www.mineralscouncil.org.za<br />

Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA): www.mqa.org.za<br />

National Department of Mineral Resources: www.dme.gov.za<br />

cash and shares transaction which<br />

will give RB Platinum concentrator<br />

capacity of 110 000 tons per month.<br />

Implats has purchased 15% of the<br />

Waterberg project (on the northern<br />

limb of the platinum belt) and has<br />

an option to buy more.<br />

RB Platinum’s new mine,<br />

Styldrift, will feed the concentrator<br />

and the company has the option<br />

to expand the concentrator<br />

to take input from all its mines in<br />

the area. RB Platinum already controls<br />

a concentrator at Bafokeng<br />

Rasimone Platinum Mine.<br />

Anglo American Platinum<br />

opened a new chrome recovery<br />

plant in 2017 at Amandebult. The<br />

plant, which will make commercial<br />

grade chromite concentrate,<br />

is partly owned by the Baphalane<br />

Ba Mantserre community.<br />

Northam Platinum’s<br />

Zondereinde mine just south<br />

of Thabazimbi was the site of a<br />

big celebration in February <strong>2018</strong><br />

when a major smelter expansion<br />

project was launched. By<br />

building a second furnace, the<br />

ambitious Northam is making<br />

for provision reaching a goal of<br />

processing one-million ounces<br />

of platinum group metals<br />

(PGMs). The cost of the expansion,<br />

which was partly born by<br />

Heraeus, is R900-million.<br />

Northam has been purchasing<br />

mines, including the adjacent<br />

Tumela block, which it<br />

acquired from Anglo American<br />

Platinum. The Eland mine<br />

has also been bought from<br />

Glencore. Heraeus South Africa<br />

has offices in Gauteng and runs<br />

a precious metal chemical compounds<br />

production and refinery<br />

site in Port Elizabeth.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Mining a unique and<br />

valuable resource<br />

A workforce of nearly 5 000 maintains a complex operation at<br />

Palabora Mining Company.<br />

Development Corporation (IDC), a<br />

black empowerment consortium,<br />

PMC employees and local<br />

communities.<br />

Palabora Copper (Pty) Limited is an incorporated operative<br />

subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), a copper<br />

mine that also operates as a smelter and refinery complex in<br />

Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province.<br />

PMC successfully extracts and beneficiates copper and other<br />

by-products and provides the local market with 85% of its copper<br />

requirements.<br />

Ownership<br />

The mine is 80% owned by a Chinese consortium comprising HBIS,<br />

Tewoo, General Nice and CADFund through Smart Union Resources<br />

South Africa. The consortium has consistently reinvested in the mine<br />

and its facilities since assuming ownership. The rest of the percentage is<br />

jointly owned by the South African government through the Industrial<br />

History<br />

Some two-billion years ago, a series<br />

of violent volcanic eruptions,<br />

which took place over a period<br />

of millions of years, gave rise to<br />

a rich body of minerals, which<br />

became known as the Palabora<br />

Igneous Complex. The unique<br />

ore body outcropping at a small<br />

saddleback hill (and two nearby<br />

volcanic pipes) contains a unique<br />

variety of minerals.<br />

Smelting of copper occurred in<br />

the district prior to the discovery.<br />

Copper of remarkable purity was<br />

produced in the Phalaborwa area<br />

as early as the eighth century. The<br />

development of modern mining<br />

activity started at the beginning<br />

of the 20th century when several<br />

geologists noted the occurrence<br />

of the phosphate-bearing<br />

mineral, apatite, in the vicinity of<br />

Loolekop.<br />

Since its incorporation in <strong>19</strong>56,<br />

Palabora Copper (PC) has been<br />

South Africa’s sole producer of<br />

refined copper, although is also<br />

mines other by-products such as<br />

magnetite, vermiculite, sulphuric<br />

acid, anode slimes and nickel<br />

sulphate.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Mineral resource<br />

The company owes its origin to the unique formation known as the<br />

Palabora Igneous Complex. Nowhere else is copper known to occur<br />

in carbonitites as is the case at Palabora Copper, and a host of other<br />

minerals such as phosphates, vermiculite, phlogopite, magnetite,<br />

nickel, gold, silver, platinum and palladium also occur. Palabora operates<br />

a large block cave copper mine and smelter complex employing<br />

approximately 4 990 employees for both Lift I and II, with a balanced<br />

and diversified workforce.<br />

The refinery produces continuous cast rod for the domestic market<br />

and cathodes for export. Useful by-product metals and minerals<br />

include zirconium chemicals, magnetite and nickel sulphate as well<br />

as small quantities of gold, silver and platinum. Palabora Copper has<br />

developed a US$410-million underground mine with a production<br />

capacity of 30 000 tons of ore per day.<br />

Palabora also owns a nearby vermiculite deposit which is mined<br />

and processed for sale worldwide. Vermiculite is a versatile industrial<br />

mineral with hundreds of uses.<br />

Investment<br />

Soon after the sale transaction to the consortium in 2013, the new<br />

owners fostered partnerships between PC and Chinese companies<br />

in various areas such as economic development, trade, skills and<br />

technology transfers to achieve ground-breaking and substantive<br />

results in extending the life-of-mine, refurbishing the smelter<br />

and building a floatation plant. To this end, the consortium approved<br />

R10.4-billion to extend the life-of-mine, R878-million to<br />

refurbish the smelter to ensure that PC continues to produce<br />

copper rod, and R261-million to construct the floatation plant<br />

to improve copper recoveries, operational efficiencies and lower<br />

operational costs.<br />

The smelter refurbishment project and construction of the<br />

floatation plant are implemented in partnership with China’s Beijing<br />

General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BIGRIMM).<br />

Skills transfer<br />

In addition to technology transfer, BGRIMM has contractually committed<br />

to employ 90% of unskilled labour and 80% of the semi-skilled<br />

labour from the Phalaborwa area and transfer new skills to PC employees<br />

who work at the smelter to empower them to operate and<br />

maintain the refurbished smelter once completed.<br />

Before commissioning and construction of the floatation plant,<br />

PMC’s Executive Managers and Senior Managers travelled to China<br />

for fact-finding and comparative-analysis missions on floatation<br />

plants built by BGRIMM. As part of<br />

resource sharing, skills and technology<br />

transfer, BGRIMM has subcontracted<br />

work to various South<br />

African companies.<br />

Going green<br />

The company is a certified ISO<br />

14001 business that subscribes<br />

to world-leading practices.<br />

Located directly adjacent to the<br />

world-renowned eco-tourism<br />

attraction, the Kruger National<br />

Park, PMC coordinates several<br />

onsite wildlife management and<br />

cultural heritage programmes as<br />

part of its ongoing sustainability<br />

drive.<br />

Over the past years, PMC has<br />

retained a record of being one of<br />

the safest mines in South Africa<br />

and Africa. This is particularly due<br />

to our stringent SHEQ regulations<br />

and procedures in place and the<br />

effective management of contractors<br />

on site.<br />

The future<br />

PMC is undertaking a life-of-mine<br />

extension project known as Lift<br />

II. The project aims to extend the<br />

life of the business up to 2033. The<br />

project includes the magnetite<br />

reclamation and beneficiation<br />

study aimed at creating additional<br />

revenue from the legacy stockpile.<br />

Approximately R10.4-billion is expected<br />

to be spent on finalisation<br />

of the project, which includes the<br />

smelter expansion and the floatation<br />

plant.<br />

For more information:<br />

www.palabora.com<br />

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Putting Safety First<br />

Safety is our number one priority in achieving Zero Harm<br />

Gerrie Nortje, General Manager of<br />

De Beers Venetia Mine, shares a<br />

message on the steps being taken<br />

towards achieving “Zero Harm”.<br />

At De Beers, we value the safety of our people above anything<br />

and we pursue it without hesitation or compromise. The<br />

only production we care about is safe production and we<br />

believe that Zero Harm is achievable.<br />

Safety is our number one priority and is the reason why we introduced<br />

our Put Safety First value in 2017. It is also the reason why we<br />

commemorate our annual Global Safety Day, which aims to focus<br />

on what it takes to make our workplace safe. The theme in <strong>2018</strong> is<br />

“Safety Leadership” and we will engage in a series of activities that<br />

will take place across the business into January 20<strong>19</strong>. Our focus is<br />

on what we can all do to be the best possible safety leaders and<br />

how this will help us become and stay fatality-free.<br />

Establishing a safe and healthy working environment requires<br />

every one of us, from the CEO to the most recent hire, to understand<br />

that working injury and incident free is our priority: We must Put<br />

Safety First. This of course requires personal commitment from all<br />

our employees and contractors.<br />

We kicked off the year with a CEO Safety Summit to share learnings<br />

from across De Beers Group and agreed on focus areas for <strong>2018</strong><br />

in our pursuit of Zero Harm. The top two focus areas are rolling out<br />

the “Put Safety First” value and reinforcing the 2017 Safety Pledge<br />

to make it a living and personal commitment by every employee.<br />

A second CEO Safety Summit was held in August <strong>2018</strong> with representatives<br />

from De Beers Group Exco, General Managers, Safety<br />

and Sustainable Development Leads, Safety Line Managers from<br />

across the Group, including Element Six, Midstream and Upstream.<br />

The main topic of discussion was how we going to collectively<br />

contribute towards achieving Zero Harm.<br />

We have also been working on a 100-day activation since March<br />

where the three focus areas are:<br />

• Safety leadership<br />

• Critical controls and<br />

• Work planning and execution.<br />

All these focus areas align well with and support the concept of “Safety<br />

Leadership.” Our Global Safety Day event in October will reflect on and<br />

celebrate our safety leadership journey so far.<br />

Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our<br />

employees. I continue to encourage every employee at De Beers<br />

Venetia Mine to embrace the PUT SAFETY FIRST value until safety<br />

becomes our way of life here at Venetia.<br />

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Community Fairs<br />

FOCUS<br />

Strengthening relations with local communities<br />

In <strong>2018</strong>, De Beers Venetia Mine hosted a series<br />

of three Fairs to strengthen relations with<br />

local communities in which we operate. The<br />

Community Fairs are held annually and in every<br />

first quarter of the year. The primary objective<br />

of the Fairs is to share information with the<br />

communities on the operations of Venetia Mine<br />

and its contractors. At the Fair, the community is<br />

given an opportunity to visit stalls and interact<br />

with representatives from various departments<br />

at the mine as well as contracting companies.<br />

Information on employment and procurement<br />

opportunities is shared with the community.<br />

Exhibition stalls were popular at all three venues<br />

of Blouberg (Eldorado Stadium), Alldays (Alldays<br />

Stadium) and Musina (Madimbo Stadium) in <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Community members engaged with mine management<br />

and staff members about job and training<br />

opportunities and received free health screenings.<br />

Local community radio stations provided entertainment<br />

and traditional dancers gave impressive<br />

displays of their local talents and abilities. Venetia<br />

Mine contractors such as Barloworld Equipment,<br />

Murray & Roberts Cementation and Basil Read were<br />

also invited to the Fair to showcase their services.<br />

Health and wellness was also a key focus with<br />

nurses from the Venetia Mine Medical Centre teaming<br />

up with the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Health Department to offer<br />

screenings for TB, high blood pressure, diabetes<br />

and HIV/Aids.<br />

There were also opportunities to visit exhibition<br />

stalls displaying various programmes, initiatives, jobs<br />

and training opportunities.<br />

Venetia Mine General Manager Gerrie Nortje<br />

said, “We are passionate about our communities<br />

and we are happy to have had the opportunity to<br />

engage with them directly to share with them the<br />

current and future opportunities from the mine<br />

and with our contracting partners.”<br />

Alldays resident Shiela Mosala said, “This is a wonderful<br />

opportunity for our young children, who still<br />

have time to study and dream big.”<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Investing in community<br />

development<br />

Skills development, infrastructure upgrades and support for local business are<br />

among the initiatives of the Marula Platinum Mine.<br />

Recent socio-economic<br />

development initiatives<br />

include:<br />

Marula Platinum Mine is 73% owned by Impala Platinum<br />

Holdings (Implats), the world’s second-largest platinum<br />

producer, and is one of the first operations to have been<br />

developed on the relatively under-exploited eastern limb<br />

of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. It is located in the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Province, some 35 kilometres north-west of Burgersfort and employs<br />

approximately 3 500 people.<br />

Marula’s social investment strategy focuses on addressing the<br />

needs identified within its host communities. As a responsible community<br />

member, the mine invests significantly in local socio-economic<br />

development initiatives, drives transformation, and engages with<br />

community representatives and government officials at all levels.<br />

However, it is through Marula’s core activities – employing people,<br />

paying taxes and procuring from host communities – that it makes<br />

the biggest contribution to the socio-economic development of the<br />

Sekhukhune District and the <strong>Limpopo</strong> province.<br />


Contact: Alice Lourens (Group Corporate Relations Manager)<br />

Tel: 011 731 9033<br />

Email: alice.lourens@implats.co.za<br />

• A R32-million investment in<br />

the Marula Road Construction<br />

Project, which is a project to<br />

build 17km of roads with the<br />

Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

• An upgrade of three community<br />

borehole pumps – at<br />

Driekop, Winnaarshoek and<br />

Clapham – from diesel power<br />

to electrical power to improve<br />

water supply in these communities<br />

and the installation of<br />

water reticulation in additional<br />

areas<br />

• Full-time literacy classes are provided<br />

at the mine and the mine<br />

invests in skills development<br />

through learnerships, short<br />

courses and workplace training<br />

• Preferential procurement and<br />

investment in enterprise and<br />

supplier development provide<br />

important opportunities<br />

for social and economic transformation<br />

in our communities.<br />

During the 2017 financial year,<br />

Marula procured R54-million<br />

worth of goods and services<br />

from local Tier 1 companies.<br />

Local procurement spend<br />

accounted for 36% of total<br />

procurement spend in the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> province and 6% of<br />

total procurement spend.<br />

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Building sustainable communities<br />

Building<br />

homes in local<br />

Investing communities<br />

in skills<br />

development<br />

Investing in<br />

Socio-economic<br />

development<br />

Providing<br />

health and<br />

wellness to<br />

employees<br />

Building and<br />

upgrading<br />

schools<br />

Investing in<br />

government and<br />

municipality<br />

support<br />

infrastructure<br />

Implats has invested over R4 billion in<br />

local communities since 2009, enriching<br />

the lives of 100 000 South Africans.<br />

We are building stronger, sustainable communities.<br />

Coole Adv 17082


Superfecta Trading<br />

Electro-mechanical specialists.<br />

Superfectca Trading is an electro-mechanical engineering<br />

company with a national footprint and a record of successful<br />

delivery of projects in all nine provinces. The company was<br />

founded in 2002 and has extensive experience in mediumand<br />

high-voltage products and related services.<br />

Superfecta manufactures high-tension products under the TMA brand<br />

and related services. TMA products include transformers, mini-substations<br />

and switchgear. Superfecta also employs a team of mechanical experts. The<br />

company prides itself on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical<br />

work and boasts over 14 years of experience in the mechanical field.<br />

Superfecta has strategically partnered with three internationally recognised<br />

companies: Thomas C. Wilson (New York), Schneider Electric<br />

(South Africa) and Jinshanmen Electrical Co. (China). The partnerships<br />

have enhanced our performance and enabled us to be the providers of<br />

the latest technology.<br />

Ownership Status<br />

100% black-owned registered company, with 55% of the shares owned<br />

by women.<br />

Our Vision<br />

To be the leading electro-mechanical specialist in energy solutions across<br />

Southern Africa. Superfecta aspires to excellence, innovation and transparency;<br />

three prominent features that distinguish us in the marketplace<br />

and uphold our vision.<br />

Our Mission<br />

To enable our clients to ensure reliable energy supply through cost-effective<br />

and quality manufacturing, supply, installation and maintenance of infrastructure.<br />

Superfecta strives to deliver the best solutions which are achieved with<br />

strong partnerships and joint ventures<br />

with local and international entities<br />

that share our values and objectives.<br />

We have a full complement of highly<br />

skilled engineers, technical and administrative<br />

staff. All efforts are geared<br />

towards compliance with health and<br />

safety standards.<br />

Sectors<br />

Superfecta works in a variety of sectors,<br />

including but not limited to:<br />

• mining<br />

• provincial and local government<br />

• utilities<br />

• transport<br />

• oil and gas.<br />

Professional Services<br />

Superfecta is a one-stop shop for all<br />

transformer and transformer-related<br />

work and we pride ourselves on delivering<br />

a comprehensive and complete<br />

service, including the supply of transformers<br />

for:<br />

• The mining industry<br />

• Dry-type mining<br />

• Distribution transformers<br />

• Power transformers.<br />

• All our transformers are SABS and<br />

IEC compliant and operate at<br />

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higher efficiencies than any other on the market. Our turnaround<br />

time is less than 60 days, which is a market-beater.<br />

What gives Superfecta a competitive<br />

edge in the industry is investment in<br />

the latest systems and technologies. The<br />

company invested millions of rands in an<br />

integrated maintenance software called<br />

Archibus. Our maintenance system goes<br />

above and beyond the management<br />

of the maintenance process and asset control by recognising that these<br />

processes are just a small part of a full life cycle. The intellectual capability<br />

of the system enables us to ensure that our customers are well taken care<br />

of by indicating when the following maintenance schedules should take<br />

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

Transformer oils undergo electrical<br />

stresses while the transformer is in operation.<br />

This, combined with the contamination<br />

caused by the chemical interactions<br />

with windings and other solid insulations,<br />

gradually render it ineffective. Regular purification<br />

is paramount. We periodically<br />

test for electrical and chemical properties to make sure that the oil is suitable<br />

for further use and provide the purification services needed to extend the<br />

life of your transformer oil. This can be done online or offline.<br />

Superfecta has played a significant role in the economic development<br />

of South Africa, not only through employment, but also through infrastructure<br />

development both in rural and urban areas. We pride ourselves<br />

on having installed electricity in over 500 households in rural parts of<br />

South Africa. The company has not only done an outstanding job but<br />

raised the bar in successfully electrifying villages in the geographically<br />

challenging landscape of KwaZulu-Natal.<br />

With a professional team of mechanical technologists, Superfecta prides<br />

itself on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical work. Our<br />

services include, but are not limited to:<br />

• Supply and installation of heat exchangers tubes, boiler tubes, steam<br />

pipes and primary air heater<br />

• Supply and replacement of pipe works (ash, sluice lines, etc)<br />


Physical address: 23 Catalunya Raceway Industrial Park,<br />

Gosforth Park, Germiston, Johannesburg 14<strong>19</strong><br />

Telephone: +27 11 8693607<br />

Fax: +27 11 825 0086<br />

Email: info@superfectatrading.co.za<br />

Website: www.superfectatrading.co.za<br />


• Replacement and new installation<br />

of steel pipe works<br />

• Supply and installation of<br />

pumps<br />

• Supply and hire of tubetesting<br />

machine, tube cleaners,<br />

vacuum leak dictator, tube cutters,<br />

expanding machine<br />

• Mechanical engineering (pipe<br />

fitting and rigging)<br />

• Steel pipe jacking and fitting,<br />

supply and install concrete<br />

jacks, jacks under roads and<br />

gas lines.<br />

All industrial concerns require a<br />

complex system of electrical networks<br />

to function efficiently and<br />

successfully. Superfecta both installs<br />

and conducts repairs to high<br />

tension electrical circuits.<br />

We also oversee electrical reticulation<br />

(urban and rural), electricity<br />

meters (prepaid and smart meters)<br />

and electricity works.<br />

Clients<br />

Superfecta is an ISO 9001:2008 certified<br />

company that fully embraces<br />

a Total Quality Management<br />

philosophy in streamlining all<br />

its business processes. Clients<br />

include Rand Water, FNB, MTN,<br />

Airports Company South Africa,<br />

Total, Transnet, Passenger Rail<br />

Agency of South Africa and<br />

Eskom. Superfecta has done work<br />

for the public works departments<br />

of three provinces, the City of<br />

Johannesburg and several other<br />

municipalities.<br />

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Construction and property<br />

Mining and energy projects are creating demand for housing.<br />


<strong>Limpopo</strong> has a second<br />

regional shopping mall.<br />

The mineral riches of <strong>Limpopo</strong> are attracting new mining projects<br />

and the Lephalale’s huge coal deposits determined the<br />

construction site of one of the world’s biggest new power<br />

stations. The mining and energy sectors are themselves responsible<br />

for a great deal of the work in the construction and property<br />

sectors, but these new projects are also generating a huge new demand<br />

for housing.<br />

The Provincial Government of <strong>Limpopo</strong> says that since the country<br />

held its first democratic elections in <strong>19</strong>94, it has built 320 000 houses<br />

for the citizens of the province. A recent budget of the Department of<br />

Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs,<br />

pledged a further 80 000 “housing opportunities” by 20<strong>19</strong>.<br />

Steady increments in the COGHSTA budget will accommodate<br />

this goal. Of the 2017/18 departmental budget of R2.5-billion, R1.4-<br />

billion is devoted to housing. By 20<strong>19</strong>/20, the department will have<br />

R2.8-billion to spend.<br />

The gap market – people who earn too much to qualify for social<br />

(RDP) housing but don’t earn enough to be granted bonds – is the<br />

subject of a lot of discussion in South Africa. Opportunities exist in this<br />

market, but obviously the risk profile is different. There is even a new<br />

association to cater for contractors, developers and bond originators<br />

in this subsector, the South African Affordable Residential Developers<br />

Association (SAARDA).<br />

The Risima Housing and Finance<br />

Corporation, a division of the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency (LEDA), is delivering a<br />

product for the gap market, the<br />

Finance Linked Individual Subsidy<br />

Programme, for those earning<br />

between R3 501 and R15 000 per<br />

month. Risima and COGHSTA distribute<br />

grants to cover a deposit or<br />

to make up the shortfall between<br />

an asking price and what the applicant<br />

can afford. The subsidy is<br />

being rolled out in the Polokwane<br />

suburb of Bendor and in Lephalale<br />

600 units have been erected, comprising<br />

a mix of three-bedroomed<br />

houses and semi-detached townhouses.<br />

Together with the National<br />

Department of Public Service<br />

and Administration, Risima arranges<br />

through the Government<br />

Employees Housing Scheme for a<br />

non-mortgaged financial product<br />

to assist government employees<br />

get a foot on the property ladder.<br />

Risima is also exploring cooperation<br />

with mining houses such as<br />

Exxaro, Amplats and Northam at<br />

Thabazimbi.<br />

An innovative approach to<br />

unlocking the value of land in<br />

traditional areas may happen<br />

if the National Home Builders<br />

Registration Council (NHBRC)<br />

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approve a plan for the conversion of Permissions to Occupy (PTO).<br />

Risima sees potential in converting PTOs to title deeds and is looking<br />

at deep rural areas such as Vhembe and Sekhukhune.<br />

The Enterprise Development and Finance Division of LEDA not only<br />

offers loans to businesses in the construction and property sector but<br />

runs specialised training in vocational skills such as bricklaying, plastering,<br />

carpentry, plumbing, electrical and welding.<br />

Other training relates to project and financial management,<br />

business cost and pricing, marketing and understanding public<br />

service supply chain and tender procedures. LEDA is an agency of<br />

the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Economic Development, Environment<br />

and Tourism.<br />

A large development is underway in Thohoyandou in the northern<br />

part of <strong>Limpopo</strong>. A 27ha site is being converted into Thavhani<br />


Black <strong>Business</strong> Council in Built Environment: www.bbcbe.org<br />

Construction Education & Training Authority: www.ceta.org.za<br />

Construction Industry Development Board: www.cidb.org.za<br />

South African Affordable Residential Developers Association:<br />

www.saarda.co.za<br />

South African Property Owners Association: www.sapoa.org.za<br />

City which will include an office<br />

park, automotive-related<br />

businesses, private healthcare,<br />

a library, an information centre<br />

and a sports stadium. Thavhani<br />

Mall (with 134 shops across 50<br />

000m²) is already functioning.<br />

The partners in the R1-billion<br />

project are Thavhani Property<br />

Investments, Vukile Property<br />

Fund and Flanagan & Gerard<br />

Property Development.<br />

The super-regional Mall of<br />

the North, shown on the opposite<br />

page, opened in Polokwane<br />

in 2011. It was developed by<br />

Resilient Properties Income<br />

Fund, Moolman Group and<br />

Flanagan & Gerard.<br />

The annual conference of the<br />

Black <strong>Business</strong> Council in Built<br />

Environment (BBCBE) was held<br />

in Polokwane in July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Making you safe, with great designs<br />

TD Steel and Aluminium Products<br />

Specialists in gates, gate motors, doors, fences and carports.<br />

TD Steel and Aluminium Products (previously<br />

Mphahlele & Sons Civil Construction)<br />

was founded in 2009 by Robert Mphahlele.<br />

With a workshop based in Polokwane, the<br />

company now offers its services all over<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

With expertise in the construction<br />

sector, our experienced staff is ready to<br />

customise a product for your home or<br />

business.<br />

We are proud of the beautiful steel gate<br />

designs that we tailor-make for individual<br />

customers.<br />

We also supply steel palisade fencing<br />

for the home or commercial premises.<br />

We supply, install and repair<br />

• burglar-resistant doors and aluminium<br />

and wooden garage doors<br />

• sliding and swing gates<br />

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Energy<br />

Solar manufacturing holds potential in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />


The new SEZ will have a<br />

power plant.<br />

An Energy and Metallurgical Cluster is an important component<br />

of the new Special Economic Zone that has recently been<br />

approved at Musina-Makhado in the far north of the province.<br />

The two local municipalities have been allocated R147-<br />

million by provincial government for infrastructure upgrades.<br />

One of South Africa’s biggest engineering projects is underway in the<br />

western part of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, the building of the Medupi power station. The<br />

facility is being built near the existing Matimba power station and the<br />

giant Exxaro coal mine at Grootgeluk. When the plant is completed, the<br />

Lephalale area will become a petrochemical hub and energy complex.<br />

The National Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent<br />

Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been very successful<br />

so far. The three photovoltaic solar projects located in <strong>Limpopo</strong> have a<br />

combined investment value of R3.6-billion. The provincial government’s<br />

Green Economy Plan has identified solar and biomass as the main kinds of<br />

renewable energy for <strong>Limpopo</strong>. With huge silicon reserves in the province,<br />

there is also potential to produce solar panels and solar charges for cellphones.<br />

Nine biogas digesters have been installed in the Vhembe District to<br />

be controlled by young entrepreneurs trained by the University of Venda.<br />

REIPPPP project MW Location Operational<br />

Tom Burke Solar Park 60MW Lephalale, Waterberg DM August 2016<br />

Witkop Solar 29.68MW Polokwane September 2014<br />

Soutpan Solar Park 28MW Blouberg, Capricorn DM July 2014<br />


National Department of Energy: www.energy.gov.za<br />

Southern African Biofuels Association: www.saba.za.org<br />

South African Wind Energy Association: www.sawea.org.za<br />

Sustainable Energy Africa: www.sustainable.org.za<br />

A group of 31 students is studying<br />

Energy Management Systems as<br />

part of the provincial plan.<br />

An Integrated Energy Centre<br />

(IEC) has been launched in the<br />

Fetakgomo-Greater Tubatse<br />

Municipality. Energy company<br />

Shell SA has invested R18-million<br />

in the community centre, which<br />

has created 16 jobs. IECs, an initiative<br />

of the National Department of<br />

Energy (DoE), are one-stop energy<br />

shops that assist local residents in<br />

getting access to energy and providing<br />

information on energy.<br />

The mining and agricultural<br />

sectors are the two biggest and<br />

most important sectors of the<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> provincial economy.<br />

They are big consumers of energy<br />

and they hold the key to advancing<br />

alternate technologies.<br />

Implats is using natural gas<br />

to supply its refinery in Springs.<br />

Phase one of the project will see<br />

20 Doosan fuel cells generating<br />

8MW of power. The long-term goal<br />

is to generate 22-30MW.<br />

Anglo Platinum has launched<br />

an underground mining locomotive<br />

powered by a fuel cell.<br />

Platinum coating greatly enhances<br />

the hydrogen absorption capacity<br />

of fuel cells. Mining group Exxaro<br />

is sponsoring the roll-out of alternative<br />

energy near its remote<br />

Tshikondeni mine east of Musina.<br />

LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />


Water<br />

Innovation is solving rural problems.<br />



A Provincial Water and<br />

Sanitation Summit is<br />

planned.<br />


National Department of Science and Technology: www.dst.gov.za<br />

National Department of Water and Sanitation: www.dwa.gov.za<br />

Olifants River Forum: www.orf.co.za<br />

South African Association of Water Utilities: www.saawu.co.za<br />

Water Institute of South Africa: www.wisa.org.za<br />

The National Department of Science and Technology is piloting<br />

a Point-of-Use (POU) project in Malatane village in the<br />

Capricorn District. The project is part of the department’s<br />

Innovation Partnership for Rural Development Programme<br />

(IPRDP), which is supported by the European Union.<br />

The POU uses a woven fabric microfiltration gravity filter and can<br />

provide up to 40 litres of safe drinking water per day. The system was<br />

developed by researchers at Stellenbosch University and the Durban<br />

University of Technology.<br />

Getting water to rural residents has proved a difficult challenge with<br />

several large-scale schemes being stalled. In this context, low-cost,<br />

low-tech solutions have the potential to be transformative.<br />

At provincial level, concern about drought conditions and water quality<br />

under pressure from mines and industry has led to the calling of a Provincial<br />

Water and Sanitation Summit. In the 2017/18 financial year, the provincial<br />

government committed to providing 210 more schools with potable<br />

drinking water and 185 more schools with decent sanitation facilities.<br />

Several major projects have recently been completed, or are currently<br />

being carried out in <strong>Limpopo</strong>, including bulk water schemes at<br />

Mooihoek/Tubatse, Sekhukhune and Moutse.<br />

The completion of the De Hoop Dam has provided good-quality water<br />

for the first time to many communities in the eastern part of <strong>Limpopo</strong>. The<br />

building of the dam is part of the greater Olifants River Water Resources<br />

Development Project. Five other water projects and 65 associated schemes<br />

in the Sekhukhune District are delivering other water infrastructure, including<br />

pipes to get water to Moutse<br />

from the Loskop Dam.<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> has very different<br />

rainfall patterns in its three<br />

main geographical regions: the<br />

escarpment (sub-humid with<br />

annual rainfall of more than<br />

700mm); semi-arid middle veld<br />

and Highveld; and the arid and<br />

semi-arid Lowveld.<br />

The province’s rivers are under<br />

threat from the damaging effects of<br />

the mining industry, power stations,<br />

chemicals used in agriculture and<br />

from sewage treatment in catchment<br />

areas. Opportunities exist in<br />

this sector for innovative solutions.<br />

The Water and Sanitation<br />

Services branch of Polokwane<br />

Municipality operates five waterpurification<br />

plants and three<br />

sewage-purification plants. As<br />

part of its Regional Water Scheme<br />

programme, Polokwane provides<br />

water to the residents of the rural<br />

areas of Mothapo, Mothiba and<br />

Makotopong.<br />

The Capricorn District<br />

Municipality funds a water-testing<br />

laboratory on the campus of the<br />

University of <strong>Limpopo</strong>. Mocha Lab<br />

has been operating in Polokwane<br />

since 2008, and has the capability<br />

to provide services to the mining<br />

and engineering sector, as well as<br />

to water authorities.<br />

67 LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>


Information, communication<br />

and technology (ICT) and<br />

telecommunications<br />

Libraries are the key to connection in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

Rural areas are difficult (and expensive) to connect. One way<br />

of achieving higher connectivity in rural areas is to focus on<br />

schools and libraries. The Universal Service and Access Agency<br />

of South Africa (USAASA) provides ICT services to public and<br />

private schools, hospitals and training colleges. <strong>Limpopo</strong> is one of five<br />

provinces that USAASA concentrates on with respect to school connectivity:<br />

more than R25-million has been spent since 2010 on this project<br />

and more than 400 smart devices distributed.<br />

Other areas of focus are under-serviced local municipalities and state<br />

facilities such as police stations and prisons. In 2015, 17 community health<br />

clinics in the Vhembe district received notebooks, tablets and printers.<br />

In his State of the Province Address in February <strong>2018</strong>, the Premier<br />

of <strong>Limpopo</strong>, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, reported that “over 90% of<br />

our libraries are well equipped with ICT infrastructure to enhance the<br />

reading and learning experience”. He further announced that four more<br />

villages would be getting libraries and seven existing libraries would be<br />

upgraded to receive ICT connections.<br />

A wide area network (WAN) for the province is a goal for the provincial<br />

government. A combination of fibre and wireless technology will be<br />

used to reduce cost. A science and technology master plan is also to be<br />

developed.<br />


The <strong>Limpopo</strong> data nerve<br />

centre is up and running.<br />

The body responsible for rolling<br />

out the infrastructure is<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Connexion, a subsidiary<br />

of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic<br />

Development Agency (LEDA).<br />

The first phase began in 2017<br />

with broadband infrastructure<br />

in Polokwane as the focus.<br />

Construction of the provincial ICT<br />

data centre has been completed.<br />

The second phase will cover<br />

more than 80% of the provincial<br />

population, as per the provincial<br />

spatial development framework.<br />

Private telecommunications<br />

LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />



companies also have community responsibilities in terms of the<br />

National Development Plan. They must help connect under-serviced<br />

areas to the telecommunications and Internet networks.<br />

A National Library of South Africa (NLSA) project, supported<br />

by Vodacom, is connecting 300 community libraries via VSAT and<br />

Vodacom ADSL services. The project covers South Africa’s three most<br />

rural provinces – North West, <strong>Limpopo</strong> and Mpumalanga. When<br />

national libraries started using an open-source system known as<br />

Library Information Management System (LIMS), it was a good opportunity<br />

to upgrade the more remote libraries. Meso ICT Solutions<br />

was the company used by Vodacom and the NLSA to roll out the<br />

project, which will also give community members in those areas<br />

(including teachers and students) better access to the Internet. Each<br />

library has 14 work stations and Vodacom can carry both fixed-line<br />

and satellite connectivity.<br />

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) supports a wide<br />

range of national and provincial departments and municipalities<br />

across the province and is working on establishing a comprehensive<br />

provincial network. SITA played a role in the NLSA/LIMS project. SITA<br />

has a client base of more than 5 000 offices, and offers services in<br />

WAN support, support of the provincial mainframe, ICT training and<br />

website development, among others. A SITA initiative to help South<br />

Africa’s teachers obtain laptops will have an impact on the sector.<br />

South African Vanguard of Technology (Savant) is a Department of<br />

Trade and Industry (dti) programme. It is the marketing and awareness<br />

programme for the South African ICT and electronics sector. The aim<br />

is to develop South African exports and to attract foreign investment.<br />

The National Department of Communications is responsible for<br />

the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA,<br />

the regulator of communications, broadcasting and postal services),<br />

the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and three other agencies.<br />

The Telkom Foundation began supporting ICT at Manyangan<br />

High School and several others like it a decade ago. Schools in rural<br />

areas were given wireless networked e-Learning Resource Centre<br />

consisting of 20 computers, a server, a printer, all Microsoft supplied<br />

software, insurance and a three-year maintenance plan. Internet<br />

access was included, powered by VSAT satellite technology.<br />


<strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency: www.lieda.co.za<br />

Seda Technology Programme: www.seda.org.za<br />

South African Vanguard of Technology: www.savant.co.za<br />

State Information Technology Agency: www.sita.co.za<br />

Support Programme for Industrial Innovation: www.spii.co.za<br />

Technology Innovation Agency: www.tia.org.za<br />

Ten schools have been<br />

identified by the ICT Internet<br />

Connectivity Project and the<br />

National Department of Basic<br />

Education to pilot the Offline<br />

Content Solution. Tirelo Bosha<br />

will pay R1.4-million towards this<br />

project. Tirelo Bosha is a public<br />

service improvement grant<br />

administered by the National<br />

Department of Public Service<br />

and Administration.<br />

The Technology and<br />

Human Resources for Industry<br />

Programme (THRIP) is a programme<br />

of the National Research<br />

Foundation and supports an<br />

average of 235 projects per year.<br />

THRIP supports initiatives that<br />

use science to bring benefits to<br />

wider society. This can relate to<br />

boosting distant rural computer<br />

literacy or for scientists working<br />

at the University of Venda who<br />

have received THRIP funding for<br />

soil research.<br />

Intermediate computerliteracy<br />

classes are given at<br />

some <strong>Limpopo</strong> schools by<br />

the Internet Service Providers’<br />

Association (ISPA), and the<br />

CoZa Cares project of Uniforum<br />

SA. Maths Centre has received<br />

funding from the Citigroup<br />

Foundation to help it expand<br />

the Anglo American project<br />

for Maths and Science using<br />

specially-developed software.<br />

ISPA and Uniforum SA run a<br />

Super Teacher of the Year award<br />

for the educator who has best<br />

imparted their newly-acquired<br />

IT knowledge to pupils and<br />

members of their community<br />

when they return from training<br />

courses.<br />

69 LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>

Imran Khan,<br />

Managing Executive,<br />

Vodacom <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Vodacom <strong>Business</strong> is a leading telecommunication operator progressing<br />

rapidly in our digital transformation journey in terms of strategies and our<br />

value propositions to enterprise customers. Shaping a better future in the<br />

smart technology era as we embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution,<br />

Digitisation! Herewith a snapshot of some of our key and exciting<br />

offerings, positioning enterprise customers for the smart technology<br />

era and being competitive.<br />

Internet of Things<br />

Creating a smarter<br />

connected world<br />

The Internet of Things (IoT) is big news, and it’s all around us right now. Whether it’s the<br />

smart meter at your home driving down your utility bills, or the connected car making your<br />

journeys more convenient, many of us already benefit from IoT in our daily lives – and we’re<br />

only just beginning to understand its full potential.<br />

Making it happen<br />

The five key elements of any IoT deployment are:<br />

• Connected devices sense their environment<br />

• Network connectivity carries IoT data<br />

• The management platform aggregates data and<br />

controls devices<br />

• Applications use IoT data in business processes<br />

• Professional services keep everything running<br />

smoothly<br />

Why Vodacom?<br />

IoT projects can be challenging. At Vodacom, we aim<br />

to make iteasy. Here are three simple reasons why<br />

you should partner with us:<br />

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Vodacom has more than 1 400 dedicated IoT experts<br />

that you can rely on. We’ve been delivering IoT solutions<br />

to our customers for more than 25 years and<br />

have over 50-million IoT connections.<br />

2. Vodafone networks you can rely on<br />

Vodacom has mobile operations in 26 countries,<br />

partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed<br />

broadband operations in 17 markets. As of June 2016,<br />

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Our scale doesn’t just give you the confidence that<br />

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can offer the exceptional levels of service you need.<br />

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We have delivered IoT applications to organisations<br />

of all sizes and across all industries, so we know how<br />

to make your IoT solution deliver maximum value<br />

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We partner with the world’s leading connected<br />

device makers to offer a wide range of out-of-thebox<br />

IoT solutions that take the complexity out of<br />

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But even when you need a customised solution,<br />

our team of experts will ensure your business takes<br />

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for IoT implementation to ensure you achieve<br />

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To find out more about how Vodacom can help you<br />

make the most out of IoT, or to book a free innovation<br />

session with one of our IoT experts, contact us at<br />

iot@vodacom.co.za, call us on 082 <strong>19</strong>60 or visit<br />

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LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />


Enterprise Mobility<br />

Enterprise Mobility<br />

FOCUS<br />

Enterprise Mobility is a productivity tool which<br />

allows a business to operate more efficiently.<br />

Enterprise Mobility has five components:<br />

Vodacom Virtual CIO<br />

Vodacom Virtual CIO is an IT support service aimed<br />

at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment.<br />

This is targeted at those companies that<br />

can’t afford a full-time IT technician. The service will<br />

initially be limited to the following geographical<br />

areas: Greater Johannesburg metropolitan, Greater<br />

Pretoria metropolitan, Greater Cape Town metropolitan,<br />

Bloemfontein, Durban, East London, Kimberley,<br />

Nelspruit, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth.<br />

The service offers proactive and remote monitoring<br />

services for both residential and SME customers<br />

to prevent IT issues before they occur, and remote<br />

telephonic assistance and on-site field support for<br />

SME customers at no additional cost.<br />

Mobile Order Entry<br />

This is Vodacom’s solution to bring the benefits of<br />

electronic commerce to very small retail outlets,<br />

many of them informal traders such as spaza shops.<br />

This service extends the Electronic Data Interchange<br />

(EDI) transaction capability to the informal retailer,<br />

digitises the commerce chain and drives brand<br />

awareness.<br />

In addition, Mobile Order Entry assists in the<br />

management of product and price information, the<br />

distribution channel and ordering. The traders’ time<br />

is better used.<br />

Vodacom Field Communication<br />

Managing a team out in the field can be challenging<br />

due to delays in exchanging information with the<br />

central office hub. Vodacom Field Communication<br />

is a custom-built application that allows hands-on<br />

management of data from a distance with the receiving<br />

of immediate updated information on smart devices.<br />

Services include customised, daily checklists, task<br />

management, real-time chat and messaging, route<br />

optimisation, tracking user activity and check-in/out<br />

via geo-tagging.<br />

Mobile LiveTrack<br />

LiveTrack is a GSM/GPS tracking solution that allows<br />

businesses to track their vehicles in real time.<br />

Econz Wireless Timecard Solutions<br />

When companies have employees who are always<br />

on the move or in the field, it’s difficult to track the<br />

time they start, when they finish, whether they are<br />

in the right place, and if the job has been completed<br />

to the customer’s satisfaction.<br />

Econz Wireless allows you to keep track of where and<br />

how your employees are spending their time, export<br />

your employees’ attendance data directly to payroll<br />

systems for easy accounting, track progress of various<br />

tasks assigned to your employees and monitor your<br />

employees’ driving behaviour. It is available for use<br />

on cellphones, smartphones and tablets.<br />

71 LIMPOPO BUSINESS <strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong>

Connect and<br />

Communicate<br />

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Development finance and<br />

SMME support<br />

The private and public sectors are backing small business growth.<br />

Large companies in <strong>Limpopo</strong> are increasingly looking to support<br />

new business ventures, both by allocating service functions to<br />

local businesses and through training and mentoring.<br />

The Implats Group spent 36% of its procurement budget<br />

with <strong>Limpopo</strong> companies in 2017/18. The Marula platinum mine alone<br />

spent R54-million on goods and services in the Sekhukhune District<br />

where the mine is located on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex.<br />

De Beers Consolidated Mines plays a big role in the economy of<br />

northern <strong>Limpopo</strong> through its Venetia Mine. The company estimates<br />

that for every employee, there are a further 10 people who benefit. The<br />

company has launched two business incubators that has participants<br />

from the two local municipalities, Blouberg and Musina.<br />

The De Beers Zimele Venetia Mine <strong>Business</strong> Hub has created more<br />

than 495 jobs since it was established to support entrepreneurs<br />

through low-interest loans, mentorship, coaching and skills development.<br />

Local procurement has given chances to 15 local companies,<br />

in fields such as road maintenance, the canteen, small civils work and<br />

the supply of tyres and batteries.<br />

More than 20 small businesses are registered as clients with the<br />

Shanduka Black Umbrella incubator in Lephalale. The sectors in which<br />

these companies operate range from plant hire and construction<br />

to training and marketing. Individual mentors for these enterprises<br />

are drawn from the local TVET college, the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic<br />

Development Agency and private businesses.<br />


A cleaning chemicals company<br />

is growing through the<br />

Seda Technology Programme.<br />

The major banks all have<br />

SMME offerings. Standard Bank<br />

runs a Community Investment<br />

Fund and Nedbank offers an enterprise<br />

development product for<br />

businesses with turnovers up to<br />

R35-million.<br />

De Beers Venetia Mine<br />

has partnered with the Small<br />

Enterprise Development Agency<br />

(Seda) in training business owners<br />

and prospective entrepreneurs.<br />

Seda is a subsidiary of the National<br />

Department of Small <strong>Business</strong><br />

Development (DSBD) and is one<br />

of the most active agencies in<br />

supporting entrepreneurs. Seda<br />

is not a financial agency, focussing<br />

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rather on training and administrative support, although the agency<br />

will help small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) get in touch<br />

with financial bodies.<br />

The Seda Technology Programme (STP) is a key method of helping<br />

businesses scale up to the point where their products pass muster<br />

in the commercial world. A jam manufacturer may need assistance<br />

in getting the necessary health certificates before being able to sell<br />

to a big retailer, for example. Nachem Chemical, a company making<br />

cleaning chemicals in the Vhembe District Municipality, is an example<br />

of a company that has used the STP to good effect.<br />

Local, provincial and national government have all committed to<br />

spending more of their budgets through small businesses and cooperatives.<br />

But when the state is slow to pay, this can have catastrophic<br />

consequences for the small business operator. The <strong>Limpopo</strong> Provincial<br />

Government reported that in 2017, government departments had paid<br />

invoices within 30 days 96% of the time.<br />

A concerted strategy to strengthen and develop the economies<br />

of the townships and villages of <strong>Limpopo</strong> has been<br />

launched. Spearheaded by the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency (LEDA), a unit of the <strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Economic<br />

Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), the plan has<br />

eight focus areas which include making licences and permits easier<br />

to obtain, that government departments buy from small, medium<br />

and micro-enterprises (SMMEs), indigenous products are supported<br />

and protected and encouraging small businesses to support one<br />

another through the clustering approach.<br />

LEDET has signed memorandums of understanding with the South<br />

African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and with Productivity South Africa.<br />

These agreements aim to help SMMEs within the province become<br />

more competitive.<br />

Gaining access to markets is a crucial for SMMEs and the programme<br />

aims to assist in that regard. Ten SMMEs and 10 co-operatives are<br />

currently being assisted in getting access to the mainstream market.<br />

Agricultural entrepreneurs will benefit from the Agri-park scheme.<br />

LEDA is to establish a bulk-buying co-operative. The plan is to<br />


Gazelles: www.nationalgazelles.org.za<br />

Industrial Development Corporation: www.idc.co.za<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Economic Development, Environment<br />

and Tourism: www.ledet.gov.za<br />

National Department of Small <strong>Business</strong> Development:<br />

www.dsbd.gov.za<br />

Shanduka Black Umbrellas: www.shandukablackumbrellas.org<br />

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.org.za<br />

Small Enterprise Finance Agency: www.sefa.org.za<br />

enlist more than 200 members<br />

whose collective buying power<br />

will give them an advantage in<br />

purchasing stock.<br />

An infrastructure project that<br />

will assist SMMEs and co-operatives<br />

is underway near Polokwane at<br />

the Seshego Industrial Park. The<br />

National Department of Trade<br />

and Industry has committed<br />

R21-million to revitalising the park<br />

which will provide trading and<br />

storage space for businesses of<br />

all sizes. The construction by the<br />

provincial government of market<br />

stalls is aimed at supporting smallscale<br />

farmers and traders. Market<br />

stalls have been ereceted at Mopani<br />

District and will be put up in Elias<br />

Motsoaledi Local Municipality<br />

in the Sekhukhune District and<br />

Molemole Local Municipality in<br />

the Capricorn District.<br />

The National Department of<br />

Small <strong>Business</strong> Development has<br />

several programmes to assist<br />

SMMEs and co-operatives. These<br />

include:<br />

• The Black <strong>Business</strong> Supplier<br />

Development Programme,<br />

a cost-sharing grant to promote<br />

competitiveness<br />

• The Co-operative Incentive<br />

Scheme, a 100% grant.<br />

The National Gazelles is a national<br />

SMME accelerator jointly funded<br />

by Seda and the DSBD. The aim<br />

is to identify and support SMMEs<br />

with growth potential across<br />

priority sectors aligned with the<br />

National Development Plan and<br />

Seda’s SMME strategy. <strong>Business</strong>es<br />

can receive up to R1-million for<br />

training, productivity advice, business<br />

skills development and the<br />

purchase of equipment.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Building a strong<br />

regional economy<br />

Local businesses are getting a foothold as suppliers to the Palabora Mining Company.<br />

Palabora Mining Company (PMC) is the major mining project<br />

occurring in Phalaborwa that is integral to the survival of<br />

Phalaborwa community. It is a key contributor to the local<br />

employment, directly and indirectly. The population of<br />

Phalaborwa is roughly 150 000 people and PMC mine employs 4 990<br />

permanent staff, of which 3 995 are local. This represents more than<br />

80% of the staff complement.<br />

Palabora Link: Enterprise and Supplier<br />

Development (ESD)<br />

In March <strong>2018</strong>, Palabora Mining Company announced the launch of<br />

Palabora Link, the programme which combines the company’s support<br />

for and collaboration with local businesses in the Enterprise and<br />

Supplier Development (ESD) programme. This is building on the existing<br />

programme, which has been running for several years.<br />

The Palabora Link Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme<br />

uses the supply chain and service requirements of the mine to benefit<br />

local businesses. The objective is to create alternative, sustainable<br />

industries that employ local community members and help to grow<br />

the local economy. A total of R40-million has been allocated over a<br />

three-year period to support the Enterprise and Supplier Development<br />

programme.<br />

The Enterprise Development<br />

programme runs for 24 months<br />

and has 18 companies currently<br />

benefitting, while the Supplier<br />

Development runs for 36 months<br />

at a time and currently has <strong>19</strong><br />

companies signed up.<br />

In 2013, PMC initiated a<br />

Supplier Development programme<br />

aimed at incorporating<br />

members of the community into<br />

the business together with the<br />

five local traditional leaderships.<br />

The strategy aimed to identify<br />

businesses in the community<br />

that are keen to become part of a<br />

supplier base to PMC and to offer<br />

them an opportunity to become<br />

self-sustaining and expand their<br />

business beyond the immediate<br />

mining environment.<br />

Opportunities to the value<br />

of over R100-million were made<br />

available to the local companies.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

This initiative further strengthened the credentials of PMC and moved<br />

the company beyond compliance. The intention is to grow an industry<br />

of reputable small and medium-sized enterprises that can create further<br />

jobs and sustain the livelihood of Ba-Phalaborwa beyond mining.<br />

Beneficiaries receive development assistance in the form of entrepreneurial<br />

training, funding support, administrative support or<br />

the promotion of joint ventures and partnerships which will result in<br />

substantive skills transfer.<br />

The main categories for funding small enterprises are:<br />

• Flagship projects: Manufacturing broadly defined and including<br />

agricultural enterprises (poultry, meat, cattle) and larger food<br />

businesses.<br />

• Special projects: The three primary focus areas are the construction<br />

industry, hospitality (including guest houses) and bakeries<br />

(many of which are co-operatives).<br />

• General projects: This covers any business that is oriented towards<br />

customer service, including hair salons, car washes, tuckshops,<br />

small traders and game shops.<br />

Health<br />

In order to meet the needs of the communities and raise the standard<br />

of services, the Palabora Foundation worked with the SABS to put<br />

together a menu of services that would benefit not only a clinic but a<br />

Wellness and Disease Management Centre that will comply with the<br />

National Standard for Comprehensive Health and Disease Management.<br />

The structure of the facility was therefore designed to comply with<br />

SANS16001. The structure has been completed and the facilities are<br />

ready for beneficial usage by the communities.<br />

In April <strong>2018</strong>, a 24-hour emergency health centre, MarulaMed, was<br />

launched to cater for Phalaborwa community as there is no private<br />

clinic available in the area.<br />

Community<br />

Taking into account the integral part played by the mine in relation<br />

to the community, PMC has started a number of initiatives aimed at<br />

improving the lives of the community. These include, road construction<br />

and rehabilitation, socio economic development projects, enterprise<br />

and supplier development projects, soccer tournament and many<br />

others.<br />

Employer of choice<br />

Since its inception, PMC has been at the forefront of employment<br />

practices in the local mining industry. Palabora aims to remain industrycompetitive<br />

through its favourable<br />

conditions of employment.<br />

This is reflected in the utmost importance<br />

devoted to the safety<br />

and health of employees in order<br />

to remain efficient and profitable<br />

as a business.<br />

The appointment of Historically<br />

Disadvantaged South Africans at<br />

professional and managerial levels<br />

has increased from 44.8% at 31<br />

December 2010 to 58% at 31 May<br />

2015, to 60% in May 2016.<br />

The company has written<br />

and developed its code of ethics<br />

to follow strategic imperatives<br />

which include: providing a safe<br />

and healthy work environment<br />

for all employees and contractor<br />

employees; and practising sound<br />

environmental management to<br />

ensure the sustainable biodiversity<br />

of the natural environment<br />

within which it operates.<br />

PMC acknowledges and respects<br />

stakeholders’ interests<br />

and concerns, striving to be a<br />

leading corporate citizen within<br />

the mining industry and supplying<br />

a high standard of quality<br />

products and services, both reliably<br />

and responsibly, at national<br />

and global level.<br />

Palabora always aspires to a<br />

“win-win” solution when resolving<br />

problems and experience has<br />

shown that this can only really<br />

be done jointly, with mutual<br />

respect and understanding.<br />

An important outcome of the<br />

close collaboration with unions<br />

has been the role they played<br />

in encouraging all employees<br />

to participate in the various<br />

medical aid schemes offered by<br />

the company.<br />

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Industrial Development<br />

Corporation:<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Province<br />

Leading industrial capacity<br />

development<br />

The Industrial Development Corporation’s<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> regional office is well-placed to<br />

help the province reach the economic<br />

potential which comes from its strategic<br />

position as South Africa’s northernmost province.<br />

As such, it is seen as the gateway to the rest of<br />

Africa. It is bordered by Botswana to the west,<br />

Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the<br />

east, making it favourably situated for economic<br />

cooperation with other parts of Southern Africa.<br />

Values<br />

• Partnership<br />

• Professionalism<br />

• Passion<br />

Regional office<br />

The regional office is based in Polokwane in a business<br />

complex in the hustle and bustle of the city<br />

centre and has a satellite offices based in Tzaneen<br />

and Thohoyandou. There are IDC regional offices<br />

in every province to promote the corporation’s<br />

commitment to economic growth and industrial<br />

development countrywide.<br />

The IDC is located close to other government<br />

agencies such as the Small Enterprise<br />

Development Agency (Seda) to enhance collaborative<br />

efforts and extend its reach. The corporation<br />

is involved in different stakeholder initiatives,<br />

including outreach through local newspapers as<br />

well as on radio stations such as Capricorn FM, a<br />

wholly black-owned regional radio station. The<br />

station is an IDC success story, having been funded<br />

by the corporation.<br />

The IDC’s main economic driver in <strong>Limpopo</strong> is agroprocessing,<br />

but with the future of the province’s<br />

mining industry looking quite prosperous, it might<br />

overtake agriculture in the near future.<br />

Strategic outcomes<br />

• Improve the environmental sustainability of the<br />

IDC and the industries in which we operate<br />

• Facilitation of decent, sustainable, direct and<br />

indirect employment<br />

• Increased development in rural areas and<br />

improve integration of regional economies<br />

• Promotion of entrepreneurship and small and<br />

medium enterprise growth<br />

• Advancement of environmentally sustainable<br />

growth<br />

• Growth in sector diversity and increased localised<br />

production<br />

• Support for the transformation of communities<br />

• Development of black industrialists and support<br />

for woman and youth entrepreneurs.<br />

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Physical address: Maneo Building, Ground Floor, 73 Biccard Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Postal address: Postnet Suite 422, Private Bag X9307, Polokwane 0699<br />

Tel: +27 15 299 4080 Fax: +27 15 295 4521<br />

Website: www.idc.co.za<br />


FOCUS<br />

Transforming local<br />

procurement<br />

De Beers and Aucor break new ground in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

De Beers and auction house Aucor on launch day join<br />

forces to bring the auction industry to the local communities.<br />

The new company is called Aucor <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

Ikefree Projects (Pty) Ltd. is a black youth owned company<br />

responsible for building maintenance on mine. Our<br />

local business initiatives target local, HDSA youth, women<br />

and disabled-owned entities to ensure a lasting impact.<br />

De Beers Venetia Mine introduced the EOI<br />

(Expression of Interest) process in 2017 to<br />

drive the inclusion of local suppliers into<br />

the main procurement activities of the<br />

mine. The EOI allows for local procurement opportunities<br />

in the Musina and Blouberg areas. SMEs that<br />

meet the requirements are shortlisted and participate<br />

in the tender processes. Since the inception of the<br />

programme Venetia Mine has appointed 31 local<br />

black-owned SMEs as suppliers, employing more<br />

than 200 local people. They are enrolled on the<br />

Venetia Mine Supplier Development Programme.<br />

The two-year programme includes formal mentorship<br />

and training in areas such us Human Resources,<br />

Financial Management and Pricing and Costing.<br />

These local business initiatives target local, HDSA<br />

youth, women and disabled-owned entities to ensure<br />

a lasting impact where it is needed most. A company<br />

like Ikefree Projects (Pty) Ltd is a black youth-owned<br />

company responsible for building maintenance<br />

on the mine. Ravujhani Construction and Projects<br />

(Pty) Ltd and Amezdo Trading and Projects are black<br />

women-owned construction companies.<br />

The local procurement transformation aims to<br />

assist SMEs to expand beyond the borders of Venetia<br />

Mine and become mainstream businesses supporting<br />

the socio-economic activities of the local areas.<br />

More recently, the bussing empowerment deal with<br />

VM Diamond Transport was concluded. A partnership<br />

with Africa’s Auction Authority, Aucor, led to<br />

the establishment of Aucor <strong>Limpopo</strong>, which will see<br />

51% of the business owned by a local business from<br />

Blouberg. The aim of this venture is to grow the skills<br />

and scope of the local partners, teaching them about<br />

the intricacies of the auction industry. These are major<br />

milestones for De Beers and the <strong>Limpopo</strong> region. Both<br />

empowerment deals are in line with the continuous<br />

drive to uplift communities.<br />

Enterprise Development<br />

Venetia Mine recognises that not all local SMEs can<br />

benefit from procurement with the mine and that<br />

there is a need to develop new and existing SMEs.<br />

The De Beers Zimele Hub introduced a number of<br />

changes to be able to better equip the local SMEs.<br />

These include:<br />

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• Focus away from funding support and rather<br />

increase support for business development,<br />

mentoring and training.<br />

• The introduction of the Enterprise Development<br />

Incubation Programme aimed especially at<br />

conceptual phase businesses or those that have<br />

just started to grow.<br />

• Training and support through our partnerships<br />

with SEDA and the NYDA.<br />

• Access to funding at 6% interest rates for<br />

qualifying businesses.<br />

These programmes are all aimed at growing community-based<br />

enterprises independent of the mine, while at<br />

the same time developing and equipping these businesses<br />

with the necessary skills required in the local<br />

procurement and supplier development sphere should<br />

opportunities arise.<br />

A new incubation programme in the Blouberg<br />

labour-sending area will be established which will<br />

target 20 small businesses.<br />

In 2017, a total of 26 local businesses “graduated”<br />

through the De Beers incubation programme and they<br />

are all receiving one-on-one mentoring and support<br />

in <strong>2018</strong>. In addition, 94 local SMEs have benefited from<br />

programmes through SEDA, NYDA and the De Beers<br />

Zimele Hub.<br />

Bussing empowerment deal<br />

FOCUS<br />

A new bussing empowerment deal invests in local<br />

community members, who have a stake in the deal<br />

through a 40% share in the new companies. The new<br />

bussing companies from the Venetia Mine Employee<br />

Bussing Empowerment transaction, ie Hope Diamond<br />

Transport (Pty) Ltd in Musina and Millenium Diamond<br />

Transport (Pty) Ltd in Blouberg, are a result of a partnership<br />

between VM Diamond and BEE partners in the<br />

relevant communities.<br />

A noteworthy feature of the transaction is that it<br />

ensures broad-based participation with very good<br />

representation in the shareholding by vulnerable<br />

groups like women, people living with disabilities<br />

and young people. The BEE shareholders have an<br />

option to increase their shareholding above 50%<br />

within five years.<br />

Gregory Petersen, Senior Manager for Enterprise<br />

and Supplier Development, says of the transaction,<br />

“We are particularly proud that we were able to<br />

ensure broad-based participation with very good<br />

representation in the shareholding by vulnerable<br />

groups like women, people living with disabilities,<br />

but also very importantly, the youth who are our<br />

future leaders.”<br />

The contract entails supplying transport services<br />

for 3 500 employees and contractors from<br />

the labour-sending areas of Musina and Blouberg<br />

on 48 buses to and from the Venetia Mine every<br />

day of the year.<br />

The value of the agreements is expected to rise<br />

above R600-million over the eight-year period of<br />

the contracts. To increase the chances of success<br />

of the project, VM Diamond Transport will provide<br />

technical training to both of the new companies<br />

and De Beers will support the local entities with<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Development Support.<br />

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Koenie Slabbert<br />


Koenie Slabbert began his career<br />

as an apprentice in tool,<br />

jig and die-making. Promotion<br />

to Supervisor inspired him to<br />

sign up for training at his own<br />

expense. Courses at the Production<br />

Management Institute<br />

of South Africa led to a Higher<br />

Diploma in Production Management<br />

and a BSc Honours<br />

through the PMI/University of<br />

Hertfordshire. A Master’s Degree<br />

in Operations Management<br />

followed. Before joining<br />

Seda, Koenie was an industrial<br />

engineer at Limac. He has been<br />

Provincial Manager from June<br />

2007.<br />

Technology Incubation<br />

Centres are spurring<br />

growth<br />

Koenie Slabbert details how the Small Enterprise Development<br />

Agency in <strong>Limpopo</strong> is helping small businesses.<br />

What is the key business proposition of Seda <strong>Limpopo</strong>?<br />

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the<br />

Department of Small <strong>Business</strong> Development (DSBD) which provides<br />

non-financial support to small enterprises and co-operatives. Seda<br />

has by far the biggest network of offices in the country. <strong>Limpopo</strong> has<br />

five branches, one in each municipal districts and three co-location<br />

points. Seda has presence in some townships and rural areas and has<br />

programmes targeting youth and women from all sectors.<br />

Seda <strong>Limpopo</strong> supports three Technology Incubation Centres<br />

affording start-ups a well-equipped and protected environment in<br />

which to develop and grow for a period of three years. Incubation has<br />

been proven to reduce the failure rate in the first few years of small<br />

enterprises’ cycle.<br />

Seda interventions involve exploring possible new revenue streams,<br />

improving competitiveness and productivity in the business.<br />

Are there particular economic sectors in which you<br />

specialise?<br />

Seda assists all types of business and cuts across a number of sectors<br />

that are key to job creation. These include: agriculture and agroprocessing,<br />

manufacturing, engineering, renewable energy and services<br />

(ICT and tourism). Seda has also prioritised small enterprises and<br />

co-operatives owned by youth, women, people with disabilities and<br />

people in townships and rural areas.<br />

What are the challenges and opportunities for small<br />

businesses in <strong>Limpopo</strong>?<br />

One of the challenges is access to markets; another is access to funding.<br />

There are great opportunities in exporting of primary produce and<br />

value-adding through agro-processing initiatives. Manufacturing and<br />

technology and ICT initiatives are other areas of potential.<br />

Do the branches deal with different kinds of business<br />

support depending on where they are located?<br />

It is very important for Seda to ensure that its branches provide a series<br />

of packaged products and services to assist businesses in various phases<br />

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Please share any <strong>Limpopo</strong> success<br />

stories.<br />

• The Ultimate Diagnosis Repair Centre is<br />

a mechanical workshop in the Mopani<br />

District Municipality.<br />

• Nachem Chemical (shown left) produces<br />

cleaning chemicals in the Vhembe District<br />

Municipality.<br />

• Benny & Ernest Leshega Training and<br />

Projects is located in Sekhukhune District<br />

Municipality.<br />

of operation. The dynamics of the economic imperatives<br />

will differ from region to region, but Seda has four<br />

phases of business development as offered to its clients:<br />

Seda <strong>Business</strong> Talk provides practical answers and<br />

guidance to potential entrepreneurs wanting to start<br />

their own business and get it right the first time.<br />

Assistance includes: business advice and information;<br />

small enterprise training and seminars; business<br />

registration.<br />

Seda <strong>Business</strong> Start provides businesses with instruments<br />

and techniques to plan their operations<br />

for a better chance of success. Focus is placed on:<br />

business planning counselling and support; business<br />

incubation; facilitation of access to finance; basic business<br />

skills and training; introduction to co-operatives<br />

course.<br />

Seda <strong>Business</strong> Build focusses on clients who want<br />

to sustain and strengthen their businesses. Assistance<br />

provided: technical support; networking and business<br />

linkages; capacity-building systems and mentorship;<br />

tender advice/procurement; export orientation; technology<br />

transfer; starting and managing a co-operative.<br />

Seda <strong>Business</strong> Grow focusses on clients who wants<br />

to grow their business and expand nationally and internationally.<br />

Assistance provided: export development;<br />

business systems development; co-operative<br />

support; growth strategies; technology transfer.<br />

What are Seda’s key programmes?<br />

• The Franchise Support Programme promotes<br />

franchising businesses to new and<br />

current entrepreneurs<br />

• The Export Development Programme<br />

develops export-ready small enterprises<br />

that are globally competitive and able to<br />

grow markets<br />

• The Seda Technology Programme<br />

seeks to stimulate economic growth<br />

and development through technology<br />

transfer, increasing the access to and use<br />

of technologies and offering technical<br />

support<br />

• The Co-operatives and Community Public<br />

Private Partnership Programme promotes<br />

the establishment and growth of<br />

viable co-operatives and collectively-owned<br />

enterprises<br />

• The EMPRETEC Programme is an integrated<br />

capacity building programme of<br />

UNCTAD targeting SMEs and entrepreneurial<br />

skills.<br />

What are the key factors when starting<br />

a small business or co-operative in<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong>?<br />

If you decide to go into business, then you need<br />

a hard work mentality. They should run their<br />

business or co-operative like a business and<br />

not an NPO. For co-operatives, a smaller group<br />

is better that a large group as the bigger group<br />

is vulnerable to disagreements.<br />

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What does the Biofuel <strong>Business</strong> Incubator do?<br />

A study commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology<br />

(DST) found that it would be possible to blend biodiesel, produced<br />

from soya beans and sunflower seeds, with coal or crude-based diesel.<br />

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC), though its Sustainable Rural<br />

Livelihood (SRL) division, approached the DST with a proposal to use<br />

available technologies to assist black small-scale farmers and make<br />

them the primary producers of the crops for biodiesel production.<br />

The Biofuel <strong>Business</strong> Incubator (BBI) previously known as Makura<br />

Mafura Incubator (MMI) started at Tompi Seleka Farmers Training<br />

College in <strong>Limpopo</strong> Province in January 2006. Incubates receive<br />

training to enhance their business and managerial skills in order to<br />

optimise the yields of crops, primarily sunflowers and soya beans,<br />

required for biodiesel production.<br />

The strategic objective is to use the biodiesel production value<br />

chain as the pathway for the integration of small-scale resource-poor<br />

farmers into the agribusiness mainstream. Farmers are assisted with<br />

regard to value-chain and market development, enterprise development<br />

and technical support.<br />

The incubation model of BBI sets a full three-year incubation period<br />

while receiving training on crop production (sunflower and soya<br />

beans), business skills and technical skills. Graduate farmers receive<br />

post-incubation support and are expected to produce high-quality<br />

crops. They receive subsidised inputs, a guaranteed market and all<br />

the benefits derived from the value chain.<br />

What is the Seda Technology Programme?<br />

The Seda Technology Programme (STP) is a division of Seda which<br />

focuses on sustainable enterprise development through technology<br />

business incubation, monitoring, evaluation, improvement of service<br />

and product quality and standards, and technology-transfer-funding<br />

services and support.<br />

STP seeks to make it easier for small enterprises to gain access to<br />

technology and technical support, while improving their sustainability<br />

and international competitiveness. STP is a programme of the<br />

Department of Small <strong>Business</strong> Development.<br />

The Incubation Unit is designed to strengthen technology commercialisation<br />

and harness the entrepreneurship of the technology<br />

community in South Africa.<br />

The Technology Transfer Unit promotes and facilitates the transfer<br />

of technology that is appropriate, effective and competitive to small<br />

enterprises. The unit offers the following services: grant funding for<br />

the acquisition of technology, such as equipment and machinery,<br />

to facilitate technology transfer; improving access to technology<br />

information by small enterprises; improving access to technologytransfer<br />

funding through structured referrals to the funding institutions;<br />

linking inventors/universities or science councils with small<br />

enterprises or entrepreneurs with<br />

matching needs.<br />

The key mandate of the<br />

Quality and Standards Unit<br />

is to ensure that small businesses<br />

have access to Quality<br />

Improvement Programmes<br />

that can give small enterprises<br />

a sound foundation to be<br />

competitive and sustainable.<br />

The unit offers: management<br />

systems development, implementation;<br />

product testing and<br />

product certification; product<br />

design and packaging; SMME<br />

management systems auditing.<br />

Please tell us about Seda’s<br />

partnerships.<br />

Seda works with various large businesses<br />

in promoting other SMMEs<br />

particularly for supplier development<br />

programmes. <strong>Business</strong>es<br />

such as De Beers, SAFCOL and<br />

the Phalaborwa Foundation have<br />

partnered with Seda <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

in the Vhembe, Capricorn and<br />

Mopani districts for enterprise<br />

development programmes. We<br />

have well-established relationships<br />

with entities like Ivanplats,<br />

Angloplats mines in Mokopani<br />

and Hitachi and Shanduka Black<br />

Umbrellas in the Lephalalle in the<br />

Waterberg region.<br />

Does Seda have programmes<br />

designed to<br />

assist women and youth in<br />

business?<br />

Seda’s Women-Owned Enterprise<br />

Development and Coaching<br />

Programme promotes the development<br />

of women-owned enterprises<br />

through various capacitybuilding<br />

programmes focusing<br />

on women.<br />

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Seda offices<br />

Seda contacts<br />

Provincial Office<br />

Koenie Seda Slabbert <strong>Limpopo</strong> - Provincial Provincial Manager Mopani Branch<br />

Tel: Office +27 15 287 2940<br />

(located in Tzaneen)<br />

Fax: +27 15 297 4022<br />

Email: Koenie kslabbert@seda.org.za<br />

Slabbert: Provincial<br />

Ms Maseje Nchabeleng: Branch<br />

2nd Manager Floor Suite 6, Maneo Building, 73 Biccard Street, Manager Polokwane 0700<br />

Postnet Tel: +27 Suite 15 32287 Private 2940 Bag X 9307 Polokwane 0700 Tel: +27 15 306 6400<br />

Fax: +27 15 297 4022<br />

Fax: +27 15 307 2233<br />

Seda Email: Vhembe kslabbert@seda.org.za<br />

Branch<br />

Email:<br />

Mr Marcus Physical Mukumela address: - 2nd Branch Floor Manager mnchabeleng@seda.org.za<br />

Tel: +27 15 960 8700<br />

Nictus Building<br />

Physical address: 2nd Floor<br />

Fax: 086 634 8964<br />

68 Hans van Rensburg Street ABSA Building<br />

Email: mmukumela@seda.org.za<br />

Old Polokwane Mutual Building, Old Group Scheme Offices, Mphephu 23 Danie Road, Joubert Thohoyandou Street 7950<br />

0699<br />

Tzaneen<br />

Seda Capricorn Branch<br />

0850<br />

Mr Peter Capricorn Maredi - Branch Manager<br />

Tel: (located +27 15 290 in 8720 Polokwane) Waterberg Branch<br />

Fax:<br />

Mr.<br />

+27<br />

Peter<br />

15 290<br />

Maredi:<br />

8736<br />

Branch Manager (located in Mokopane)<br />

Email: pmaredi@seda.org.za<br />

Tel: +27 15 290 8720<br />

Mr Steve Botha: Branch Manager<br />

1st Floor Pharmarama Building, 68 Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Fax: +27 15 290 8736<br />

Tel: +27 15 492 9600<br />

Seda Email: Waterberg pmaredi@seda.org.za<br />

Branch<br />

Fax: +27 15 491 7361<br />

Mr Steve Physical Botha address: - Branch 1st Manager Floor<br />

Email: sbotha@seda.org.za<br />

Tel: Nictus +27 15 Building 492 9600<br />

Physical address: Old Nedbank<br />

Fax: 68 +27 Hans 15 491 van 7361 Rensburg Street Building<br />

Email: Polokwane sbotha@seda.org.za<br />

40 Retief Street<br />

Old<br />

0699<br />

Nedbank Building, 40 Retief Street, Mokopane<br />

Mokopane<br />

0600<br />

Seda Mopani Branch<br />

Vhembe Branch<br />

Martin Rafferty - Acting Branch Manager<br />

(located in Thohoyandou) Sekhukhune Branch<br />

Tel: +27 15 306 6400<br />

Fax: Mr +27 Marcus 15 307 Mukumela: 2233 Branch (located in Groblersdal)<br />

Email: Manager mrafferty@seda.org.za<br />

Mr Sabelo Ntshangase<br />

27 Peace Tel: +27 Street, 15 960 1st Floor, 8700Prosperitas Building, Tzaneen Tel: +27 0850 13 262 9430<br />

Fax: +27 15 962 4285<br />

Fax: +27 13 262<br />

Seda Sekhukhune Branch<br />

Email: mmukumela@seda.org.za Email: sntshangase@seda.org.za<br />

Mr Sabelo Ntshangase - Branch Manager<br />

Physical address: Bindulavhathu Physical address:<br />

Tel: +27 13 262 9430<br />

Email: Office sntshangase@seda.org.za<br />

Building<br />

Mutual Building<br />

Bareki 3rd Mall, Floor Shop No. 20B, Cnr Chris Wild and Van Shop Riebeek 4 and Street, Office Groblersdal 10, 12 0407<br />

Thohoyandou<br />

Hereford Street<br />

0950<br />

Groblersdal<br />

0470<br />

We have built a strong team in the province made up of 16 <strong>Business</strong><br />

Advisors, two Regional Facilitators and five Information Officers who have<br />

the responsibility of making measurable differences in the businesses that<br />

they assist. This team of <strong>Business</strong> Advisors works closely with a team of<br />

carefully selected service providers who possesses expert knowledge in<br />

different functional areas of business and industry sectors.<br />

For more information contact us at: 015 287 2940 or visit our website: www.seda.org.za<br />



Dr John Mudau<br />

Advancing<br />

socio-economic<br />

transformation<br />

Chairperson John Mudau outlines the achievements and<br />

goals of the Black Management Forum <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

The Black Management Forum aims to be the thought leadership organisation<br />

in South Africa and to provide managerial leadership among Africans<br />

and blacks in particular.<br />

Vision: To be the foremost organisation in the development and empowerment<br />

of organisational leadership in the advancement of socio-economic<br />

transformation in South Africa and beyond.<br />

Values: Ubuntu; Creativity; Integrity; Effectiveness and Respect.<br />

What is your current focus?<br />

Corporate transformation and supporting struggling local municipalities.<br />

We have established a task team focusing on Section 25 of the Constitution<br />

which deals with expropriation of land without compensation. The team, led<br />

by lawyer members, will make a presentation to the relevant parliamentary<br />

portfolio committee.<br />


Dr John Mudau is currently the<br />

Chief Executive Officer of Univen<br />

Innovation Growth Company.<br />

He obtained his PhD from<br />

the University of Venda and is<br />

reading towards an MBA at the<br />

Tshwane University of Technology.<br />

He has lectured at Fort<br />

Hare University and the University<br />

of Venda. He was Deputy<br />

Director at Univen Centre for<br />

Rural Development and Poverty<br />

Alleviation and serves on several<br />

boards, including the Vhembe<br />

TVET College Council, of which<br />

he is Chairman.<br />

What are some of the challenges facing business in <strong>Limpopo</strong>?<br />

The most critical challenge facing business is failure of government to pay<br />

service providers within the legislated 30 days. BMF intends to meet with<br />

the provincial departments before it destroys small businesses.<br />

Are there sectors where there is good growth?<br />

Despite the national challenges and decline in the economy, our agricultural<br />

sector remains the critical component of our economy and has registered<br />

growth. There is a need to introduce the youth in this sector.<br />

What are some of your recent achievements?<br />

The hosting of a land dialogue seminar attended by academics, government<br />

officials, members of the BMF and members of the Black Lawyers Association<br />

in <strong>Limpopo</strong>. BMF also hosted the Masterplan workshop.<br />

How is your relationship with other stakeholders?<br />

BMF is very vibrant in the province. There is a lot of respect given to the<br />

organisation by both government and other civil society organisations.<br />

This is seen in the high attendance figures for BMF events in the province.<br />

The organisation is also very proud of its student wing, the BMF student<br />

chapter, which is very active at the universities of <strong>Limpopo</strong> and Venda.<br />

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Busineswomen’s Association<br />

of South Africa <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

FOCUS<br />

The voice of women in business.<br />

Speaker, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe (sixth from right) and BWASA <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

coordinator, Bella Msiza (seventh from right), pictured with guests at the <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong>women of the Year Awards.<br />

The <strong>Business</strong>women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) is<br />

the largest and most prominent association of business and<br />

professional women in South Africa, and the voice of women<br />

in business. Through strategic partnerships with sponsors,<br />

non-profit organisations, leading companies, business schools and<br />

international associations, it provides on-going opportunities to advance<br />

the interests of women in business. It is a national association<br />

with seven branches countrywide.<br />

Honouring the achievers<br />

A keynote event in the BWASA calendar is the hosting of the annual<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Business</strong>women of the Year Awards (LBWOYA). Previously<br />

known as the Regional <strong>Business</strong> Achiever Awards, the event has been<br />

held since 2001.<br />

The Awards honour entrepreneurial and professional women at each<br />

of the BWASA branches around the country and acknowledge a winner<br />

in each of six categories, including Professional, Corporate, Entrepreneur,<br />

Emerging Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur. In the Entrepreneur<br />

category, awards are given to women as emerging entrepreneurs, established<br />

entrepreneurs as well as those who are involved in the social<br />

entrepreneurship.<br />

The purpose of the function is to give recognition to women who<br />

are in service to society, have been working hard and have succeeded<br />


<strong>Business</strong>women’s Association of South Africa <strong>Limpopo</strong>,<br />

42A Grobler Street, Polokwane 0700<br />

Contact person: Elizabeth Modiba<br />

Email: limpopo@bwasa.co.za<br />

Tel: +27 15 297 8876 or +27 83 278 2040<br />

in making their mark. Furthermore,<br />

the event aims to empower women<br />

with tips for success.<br />

The speaker at the <strong>2018</strong> event<br />

was Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.<br />

Previous addresses have been presented<br />

by the Executive Mayor of<br />

Polokwane Thembi Nkadimeng,<br />

MEC of Health Phophi Ramathuba,<br />

the Minister of International<br />

Relations and Cooperation Maite<br />

Nkoana-Mashabane and the<br />

Chairperson of Mbekani Investment<br />

Holdings Limited Dr Judy Dlamini.<br />

The event celebrates and<br />

LBWOYA 2017<br />

showcases the achievements of<br />

women in the business arena in<br />

a country where women are still<br />

under-represented, it recognises<br />

and rewards individuals who have<br />

excelled in their chosen careers and<br />

the evening provides a platform for<br />

the motivation of women by others<br />

who have excelled.<br />

The event also provides several<br />

partnership opportunities and a<br />

further chance to give opportunity<br />

to women-owned businesses.<br />

These include providing sound<br />

and lighting effects and videography<br />

(recording and editing of<br />

video of the event).<br />

Partners receive exposure<br />

through branding on rotation on<br />

visual media at the event, acknowledgment<br />

in the Vote of Thanks on<br />

the evening and acknowledgment<br />

on all BWA social media platforms,<br />

print media and radio as one of the<br />

LBWOYA sponsors.<br />

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Education and training<br />

Short courses are popular among business leaders.<br />

When 49 taxi business owners attended their graduation<br />

ceremony in December 2017, it was the culmination<br />

of an innovative partnership between the city<br />

of Polokwane and the Turfloof Graduate School of<br />

Leadership. Polokwane is revamping its public transport system, and<br />

the taxi industry needs to be on board. An agreement between TGSL<br />

and the municipality saw the introduction of a diploma course in<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Management Skills for the Public Transport Sector.<br />

The Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership is based in Edupark,<br />

Polokwane, and offers three master’s degrees. These are the Master<br />

of <strong>Business</strong> Administration (MBA), the Master of Public Administration<br />

(MPA) and the Master of Development (MDev). There are also shortterm<br />

management certificate courses which range in duration from<br />

six to 12 months.<br />

Many of TGSL’s programmes are targeted at middle and senior<br />

managers and are popular with public entities. The school also offers<br />

eight Short Learning Programmes in management and leadership.<br />

The Development Facilitation and Training Institute (DevFTI) has an<br />

outward focus, with training provided for NGOs and government<br />

departments in various parts of Africa.<br />

The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University is now an independent<br />

university in Gauteng Province and <strong>Limpopo</strong> University has<br />

a separate Medical School. The University of <strong>Limpopo</strong> is organised<br />

into four faculties: Humanities, Management and Law, Science and<br />

Agriculture, and Health Sciences.<br />

The University of <strong>Limpopo</strong> counts among its alumni the current<br />

president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who enrolled for legal<br />

studies in the early <strong>19</strong>70s. Clashes with the security apparatus of<br />


South Africa’s new president<br />

is an almunus of the<br />

University of <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

the apartheid state meant that<br />

had to complete his degree by<br />

correspondence through the<br />

University of South Africa (Unisa).<br />

Unisa has a regional support centre<br />

in Polokwane and agencies at<br />

Makhado and Giyani.<br />

The University of Venda for<br />

Science and Technology (Univen)<br />

is situated in Thohoyandou in<br />

the north-eastern part of the<br />

province. Univen has eight<br />

schools, with Environmental<br />

Sciences, Agriculture and Rural<br />

Development and Forestry illustrating<br />

the practical emphasis<br />

of the institution. The university<br />

has invested more than R1-billion<br />

over the last decade in new and<br />

improved infrastructure. Most of<br />

the funding has come from the<br />

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National Department of Higher Education and Training while a recent<br />

project to provide additional student accommodation has been<br />

made possible by a R300-million loan from the Development Bank of<br />

Southern Africa.<br />

There are seven Technical and Vocational Education and Training<br />

(TVET) colleges in <strong>Limpopo</strong>: Capricorn College, Lephalale College,<br />

Mopani East College, Mopani South College, Sekhukhune College,<br />

Vhembe College and Waterberg College.<br />

Capricorn College has three campuses, each with a different focus.<br />

The city campus in Polokwane offers business studies, engineering<br />

and National Curriculum Vocation (NCV) subjects. Seshego has an<br />

engineering focus while Senwabarwana is situated in a rural area and<br />

concentrates on teaching hospitality and hairdressing.<br />

At Lephalale TVET College students can study <strong>Business</strong> Studies,<br />

Hospitality, Engineering Studies, Nature Management and Computer<br />

Science. The college has a satellite campus at Modimolle. Murray &<br />

Roberts is training hundreds of artisans at the Tlhahlong training centre<br />

in partnership with the college and the merSETA.<br />

Waterberg College operates as five business training centres across<br />

two municipalities, namely Lepelle-Nkumbi and Mogalakwena.<br />

Schools and skills<br />

The provincial government facilitated the training of <strong>19</strong>0 teachers<br />

through the Continuous Professional Teacher Development Programme<br />

in 2017/18. Training was also provided to 53 curriculum advisors in mathematics,<br />

science and technology (through the Continuous Professional<br />

Development Centre) and 1 141 teachers were trained in numeracy<br />

and mathematics teaching strategies.<br />

In 2017, libraries were constructed in Eldorado, Rooiberg and<br />

Ramokgopa with the following villages to receive the same in <strong>2018</strong>,<br />

Phokwane, Maphalle, Zamani and Mahlabathini.<br />

The <strong>Limpopo</strong> office of the National Education Collaboration Trust<br />

(NECT) has a staff of 35 which is rolling out programmes in two <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

districts, Vhembe and Waterberg. The two areas comprise 1 499 schools,<br />


<strong>Limpopo</strong> Department of Education: www.edu.limpopo.gov.za<br />

National Education Collaboration Trust: www.nect.org.za<br />

Turfloof Graduate School of Leadership: www.ul.ac.za<br />

University of <strong>Limpopo</strong>: www.ul.ac.za<br />

University of South Africa: www.unisa.ac.za<br />

University of Venda for Science and Technology:<br />

www.univen.ac.za<br />

<strong>19</strong> 058 teachers and 601 053 pupils.<br />

A number of schools have been<br />

selected as Fresh Start Schools<br />

(FSS) where NECT will test various<br />

methods and interventions. NECT<br />

is a registered trust with an impressive<br />

array of corporate funders, including<br />

First Rand Foundation, the<br />

Douglas Murray Trust, Nedbank,<br />

the Sishen Iron Ore Community<br />

Development Trust, the JSE and<br />

Old Mutual. The NCET wants 90%<br />

of South African school pupils to<br />

pass mathematics, science and<br />

languages with 50% by 2030. The<br />

board of trustees is chaired by former<br />

FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana.<br />

There is a plan to establish a<br />

Manufacturing Support Centre to<br />

make sure that the right skills are<br />

being taught to support industry.<br />

Participants include the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Tooling Initiative Advisory Board,<br />

the Technology Information<br />

Agency and universities.<br />

The Medupi Power Station<br />

Joint Venture (Grinaker-LTA,<br />

Murray & Roberts and Concor)<br />

has a training facility where about<br />

1 300 local people have been<br />

trained to qualify for jobs on this<br />

complex building site.<br />

De Beers has established a Skills<br />

Development Centre, linked to its<br />

Venetia Mine. The centre caters not<br />

only to mine employees, but also<br />

for local school pupils and adults<br />

from the community of Alldays.<br />

Impala Platinum, with<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> subsidiary Marula<br />

Platinum, has a partnership with<br />

the National Department of<br />

Mineral Resources and the Da<br />

Vinci Institute for Technology<br />

Management, which focuses on<br />

the training of black women in<br />

the mining industry.<br />

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<strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Provincial Government<br />

A guide to <strong>Limpopo</strong>’s provincial government departments.<br />

Visit: www.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Office of the Premier<br />

Premier: Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha<br />

Mowaneng Building, 40 Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 287 6515 | Fax: +27 15 291 3911<br />

Website: www.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Agriculture<br />

MEC: Ms Joyce Mashaba<br />

Temo Towers, 69 Biccard Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Tel: +27 15 294 3147 | Fax: +27 15 294 4506<br />

Website: www.lda.gov.za<br />

Department of Co-operative Governance,<br />

Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs<br />

MEC: Ms Makoma Makhurupetje<br />

20 Rabe Street, Hensa Building, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 284 5060 | Fax: +27 15 291 3988/086 576 4784<br />

Website: www.coghsta.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Economic Development,<br />

Environment and Tourism<br />

MEC: Mr Charles Seaparo Sekoah<br />

Evridiki Towers, 20 Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Tel: +27 15 293 8300 | Fax: +27 15 293 83<strong>19</strong><br />

Website: www.ledet.gov.za<br />

Department of Education<br />

MEC: Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe<br />

Department of Education Building, cnr Biccard and Excelsior Streets,<br />

Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 290 9301 | Fax: +27 15 297 0885/086 531 0539<br />

Website: www.edu.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Health<br />

MEC: Dr Phophi Ramathuba<br />

18 College Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Tel: +27 15 293 6000 | Fax: +27 15 293 2836<br />

Website: www.doh.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Public Works, Roads and<br />

Infrastructure<br />

MEC: Ms Nandi Madalane<br />

43 Church Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Tel: +27 15 284 7000<br />

Website: www.dpw.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Safety, Security and Liaison<br />

MEC: Ms Nandi Ndalane<br />

32 Schoeman Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Tel: +27 15 290 2900 | Fax: +27 15 295 8979<br />

Website: www.dssl.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

MEC: Ms Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana<br />

18 College Street, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 293 6027/04 | Fax: +27 15 293 6170/50<br />

Website: www.dsd.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture<br />

MEC: Ms Oniccah Moloi<br />

Olympic Towers, 21 Biccard Street, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 284 4009/8 | Fax: +27 15 284 4500<br />

Website: www.sac.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Department of Transport<br />

MEC: Ms Nandi Ndalane<br />

Pomoko Towers, cnr Bodenstein and Church Streets, Polokwane<br />

Tel: +27 15 295 1000 | Fax: +27 15 295 1163<br />

Website: www.ldot.gov.za<br />

Provincial Treasury<br />

MEC: Mr Rob Tooley<br />

Ismini Towers, 46 Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X9486, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 298 7000<br />

Fax: +27 15 295 7010<br />

Website: www.limtreasury.gov.za<br />

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<strong>Limpopo</strong> Local Government<br />

A guide to the district and local municipalities in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />



Physical address: 41 Biccard Street, Polokwane 0699<br />

Postal address: PO Box 4100, Polokwane 0700<br />

Tel: +27 15 294 1000<br />

Fax: +27 15 294 1292<br />

Website: www.cdm.org.za<br />

Blouberg Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 505 7100 | Fax: +27 15 505 0296<br />

Website: www.blouberg.gov.za<br />

Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 633 4500 | Fax: +27 15 633 6896<br />

Website: www.lepelle-nkumpi.gov.za<br />

Molemole Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 501 0243 | Fax: +27 15 501 04<strong>19</strong><br />

Website: www.molemole.gov.za<br />

Polokwane Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 290 2100 | Fax: +27 15 290 2106 or<br />

086 608 0290 (SA only)<br />

Website: www.polokwane.gov.za<br />


Physical address: Government Building, Main Road, Giyani 0826<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X9687, Giyani 0826<br />

Tel: +27 15 811 6300<br />

Fax: +27 15 812 4301<br />

Website: www.mopani.gov.za<br />

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 780 6300<br />

Fax: +27 15 781 0726<br />

Website: www.ba-phalaborwa.gov.za<br />

Greater Giyani Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 811 5500<br />

Fax: +27 15 812 2068/1683<br />

Website: www.greatergiyani.gov.za<br />

Greater Letaba Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 309 9246<br />

Fax: +27 15 309 94<strong>19</strong><br />

Website: www.greaterletaba.gov.za<br />

Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 307 8000<br />

Fax: +27 15 307 8049/48<br />

Website: www.tzaneen.gov.za<br />

Maruleng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 793 2409<br />

Fax: +27 15 793 2341<br />

Website: www.maruleng.gov.za<br />


Physical address: 3 Wes Street, Groblersdal 0470<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X8611, Groblersdal 0470<br />

Tel: +27 13 262 7300<br />

Fax: +27 13 262 5849<br />

Website: www.sekhukhune.gov.za<br />

Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 262 3056 | Fax: +27 13 262 2547/4530<br />

Website: www.eliasmotsoaledi.gov.za<br />

Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 261 8400 | Fax: +27 13 261 2985<br />

Website: www.ephraimmogalelm.gov.za<br />

Fetakgomo-Greater Tubatse Local<br />

Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 622 8000 | Fax: +27 15 622 8026<br />

Website: www.fetakgomo.gov.za<br />

Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 265 1177/1262 | Fax: +27 13 265 1076<br />

Website: www.makhuduthamaga.gov.za<br />

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Physical address: Old Parliament, Government Complex,<br />

Tusk Venda Street, Thohoyandou 0950<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X5006, Thohoyandou 0950<br />

Tel: +27 15 960 2000/2008 | Fax: +27 15 962 0904<br />

Website: www.vhembe.gov.za<br />

Collins Chabane Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 851 0110 | Fax: +27 15 851 0097<br />

Website: www.lim345.gov.za<br />

Makhado Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 5<strong>19</strong> 3000 | Fax: +27 15 516 1<strong>19</strong>5<br />

Website: www.makhado.gov.za<br />

Musina Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 534 6100 | Fax: +27 15 534 2513<br />

Website: www.musina.gov.za<br />

Thulamela Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 962 7500 | Fax: +27 15 962 4020<br />

Website: www.thulamela.gov.za<br />


Physical address: Harry Gwala Street, Modimolle 0510<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X1018, Modimolle 0510<br />

Tel: +27 14 718 3300<br />

Fax: +27 14 717 2931<br />

Website: www.waterberg.gov.za<br />

Bela-Bela Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 736 8000 | Fax: +27 14 736 3288<br />

Website: www.belabela.gov.za<br />

Lephalale Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 763 2<strong>19</strong>3<br />

Fax: +27 14 763 5662/086 534 3440<br />

Website: www.lephalale.com<br />

Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 718 2000 | Fax: +27 14 717 4077<br />

Website: www.modimolle.gov.za<br />

Mogalakwena Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 15 491 9600<br />

Fax: +27 15 491 9755<br />

Website: www.mogalakwena.gov.za<br />

Thabazimbi Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 777 1525<br />

Fax: +27 14 777 1531<br />

Website: www.thabazimbi.gov.za<br />


Musina<br />

Musina<br />


Metropolitan/District Municipality<br />

Boundary<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

District Municipality<br />

Local Municipality<br />


Thabazimbi<br />

Lephalale<br />

Thabazimbi<br />

Waterberg<br />

Lephalale<br />

Lephalale<br />

Waterberg<br />

Bele-Bela<br />

N11<br />

Mogalakwena<br />

Mookgophong<br />

Bela-Bela<br />

Mokopane<br />

N1<br />

Modimolle-Mookgophong<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Modimolle<br />

Alldays<br />

Blouberg<br />

N11<br />

Capricorn<br />

Molemole<br />

R81<br />

Makhado<br />

N1<br />


Polokwane<br />

Ephraim<br />

Mogale<br />

Makhado<br />

Lepele-Nkumpi<br />

Makhuduthamaga<br />

Vhembe<br />

Tshipise<br />

Greater Letaba<br />

Tzaneen<br />

Greater Tzaneen<br />

Fetakgomo-Greater<br />

Tubatse<br />

Sekhukhune<br />

Thohoyandou<br />

Thulamela<br />

R81<br />

Greater<br />

Giyani<br />

Mopani<br />

Ba-Phalaborwa<br />

R40<br />

Maruleng<br />

Kruger<br />

National<br />

Park<br />

Kruger National<br />

Park District<br />

Management<br />

Area<br />

Phalaborwa<br />


Kruger National<br />

Park District<br />

Management<br />

Area<br />

North West<br />

Greater Groblersdal<br />

Mpumalanga<br />

Gauteng<br />

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SALGA <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Supporting municipalities for better financial management<br />

and service delivery.<br />


The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has<br />

introduced the Municipal Audit Support Programme (MASP),<br />

which focusses on four pillars: institutional capacity; financial<br />

management; leadership; governance.<br />

During the 2017/18 financial year, SALGA <strong>Limpopo</strong> provided support<br />

to municipalities with the aim of improving financial management and<br />

decent service delivery. SALGA <strong>Limpopo</strong> implemented the following:<br />

Institutional capacity<br />

SALGA has over the past two years been at the forefront of lobbying and<br />

advocating for the development of Spatial Development Frameworks<br />

that relate to the implementation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs).<br />

As a result, an estimated amount of R1.2-million has been allocated for<br />

this purpose and land-use schemes in the Musina-Makhado area in the<br />

Vhembe District Municipality. SALGA <strong>Limpopo</strong> also:<br />

• coordinated a workshop for best practice on mega-project implementation<br />

(Medupi Eskom project in Lephalale Local Municipality)<br />

• facilitated best-practice session on Municipal Planning Tribunal<br />

• partnered with Vodacom for the establishment of SMMEs in the<br />

telecoms industry and placement of interns<br />

• supported municipalities on the functionality of their Local Labour<br />

Forum<br />

• municipalities were supported on the implementation of Integrated<br />

Human Resource Management Strategy for local government<br />

• facilitated gender mainstreaming summit in partnership with Gender<br />

Links and Capricorn District Municipality<br />

• coordinated Competency Assessments for five municipalities.<br />

Financial management<br />

Compiled detailed diagnostic reports to four municipalities, to improve<br />

audit outcomes. Provided Vhembe District Municipality with provision<br />

for doubtful debts formula. Training was offered on tariffs modelling<br />

and mSCOA budgeting. Training was offered on innovative revenue<br />

enhancement strategies and revenue conversion.<br />

SALGA, in partnership with DBSA, Sebata, UMS and Vodacom,<br />

convened a revenue management, debt and credit management<br />

workshop for our municipalities. The Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality<br />

was assisted with resolving of infrastructure audit findings.<br />

SALGA <strong>Limpopo</strong> has appointed a<br />

new Acting Provincial Executive<br />

Officer, Ledile Molope.<br />

Leadership<br />

All councillors serving on finance<br />

committees were given induction<br />

training.<br />

Facilitated a project of engaging<br />

all Executive Mayors with various<br />

media houses.<br />

Organised Medupi ESKOM<br />

excursion for best practice on<br />

mega-project implementation.<br />

Partnered with the <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

Department of Economic<br />

Development, Environment and<br />

Tourism (LEDET) for an accredited<br />

certificate in local economic development<br />

(LED) with the University of<br />

Johannesburg.<br />

Governance<br />

All members of public accounts<br />

committees received portfoliobased<br />

training during September<br />

2017. Over 200 councillors benefitted<br />

from this programme, which<br />

sought to strengthen oversight<br />

and accountability for effective,<br />

leadership practices, and to build<br />

on the Integrated Councillors’<br />

Development Programme.<br />

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INDEX<br />

INDEX<br />

Black Management Forum (BMF).................................................................................................... 88<br />

<strong>Business</strong>women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) ................................................... 89<br />

De Beers Group of Companies - Venetia Mine............................................. 18, 58, 82, OBC<br />

Implats.............................................................................................................................................................. 60<br />

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)....................................................................... 30, 80<br />

Leeto la Polokwane ...........................................................................................................................43-47<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Economic Development Agency (LEDA) .................................................9, 22-27<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Office of the Premier ............................................................................................................6<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> Tourism Agency .............................................................................................................35-37<br />

MTN.......................................................................................................................................................................5<br />

Nedbank............................................................................................................................................. 3, 15, 48<br />

Palabora Mining Company (PMC).................................................................................... 28, 56, 78<br />

Roads Agency <strong>Limpopo</strong>........................................................................................................ IFC, 40-42<br />

SA Airlink......................................................................................................................................................... 33<br />

Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)................................................................84-87<br />

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)..................................................... 95<br />

Superfecta Trading................................................................................................................................... 62<br />

TD Steel and Aluminium Products ................................................................................................. 65<br />

Vodacom........................................................................................................................................ 70-75, IBC<br />

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Imran Imran Khan Khan<br />

Vodacom is is<br />

aggressively driving<br />

network investment in<br />

in<br />

<strong>Limpopo</strong> region<br />

Imran Imran Khan, Khan, Managing Managing Executive, Executive, Vodacom Vodacom <strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Limpopo</strong> region, region,<br />

outlines outlines how how a focus a focus on network on network expansion, expansion, focus focus on 4G on 4G and and<br />

investment investment rural in rural areas areas is yielding is yielding positive positive results. results.<br />

Please Please give give us a us brief a brief overview overview of Vodacom’s of Vodacom’s operations.<br />

operations.<br />

Vodacom Vodacom runs runs an end-to-end an end-to-end business business the in the region, region, bringing bringing world-class<br />

world-clas<br />

communication communication solutions solutions to consumers to consumers and and business business customers customers in <strong>Limpopo</strong><br />

in Limpop<br />

province. province. We provide We provide our our customers customers with with a wide a wide range range of communication<br />

of services, services, including including mobile mobile voice, voice, messaging, messaging, data data and and converged converged services<br />

service<br />

to more to more than than 4.5-million 4.5-million customers customers in <strong>Limpopo</strong> in <strong>Limpopo</strong> province.<br />

province.<br />

How How is network is network expansion expansion progressing?<br />

progressing?<br />

We have We have always always maintained maintained that that our key our differentiator key differentiator is the is quality, the quality, strength<br />

strengt<br />

and and reliability reliability of our of our networks. networks. In this In this regard, regard, we expanded we expanded our our 3G sites 3G sites to<br />

t<br />

more more than than 300 300 and and deployed deployed 36 sites 36 sites in deep in deep rural rural areas areas of <strong>Limpopo</strong> of <strong>Limpopo</strong> during<br />

durin<br />

the the 2017/<strong>2018</strong> 2017/<strong>2018</strong> financial financial period. period. The The upgrades upgrades increased increased network network capacity<br />

capacit<br />

and and enhanced enhanced mobile mobile data data speed speed across across the the province.<br />

province.<br />

Are Are <strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Limpopo</strong> customers customers experiencing experiencing 4G 4G network?<br />

network?<br />

During During the the 2017/<strong>2018</strong> 2017/<strong>2018</strong> financial financial year year we invested we invested a lot a of lot money of money in rolling<br />

rollin<br />

out out 4G sites 4G sites to provide to provide our our customers customers with with faster faster data data speeds. speeds. As a As result,<br />

a resul<br />

76% 76% of the of the population population in <strong>Limpopo</strong> in <strong>Limpopo</strong> now now has has access access to our to our 4G network. 4G network.<br />

Please Please tell tell us about us about the the Open Open Access Access Network. Network.<br />

•<br />

The<br />

•<br />

The region region has has signed signed a memorandum a memorandum of understanding of understanding with with other other net-nework<br />


•<br />

•<br />

work providers providers to leverage to leverage on their on their existing existing fibre fibre network network infrastructure infrastructure i<br />

Imran • Imran grew<br />

• grew up up in in the the region. region. As a As result, a result, the the region region has has built built fibre fibre to 15% to 15% of its of base its base stations station<br />

Pietermaritzburg • Pietermaritzburg and<br />

•<br />

and graduated graduated across across the the province. province.<br />

from from the the University University of KwaZulu- of KwaZulu-<br />

Natal. Natal. He He is a is family a family man man with with a a<br />

What What is Vodacom is Vodacom <strong>Limpopo</strong> <strong>Limpopo</strong> doing doing youth in youth and and education? education?<br />

passion passion for for soccer soccer and and travel. travel. At the At the heart heart of our of our CSI programmes CSI programmes is the is the belief belief that that our our existing existing technology<br />

ogy can can be an be enabler an enabler of quality of quality education. education. Vodacom Vodacom in partnership in partnership with wit<br />

techno<br />

With CONTACT With a background<br />

CONTACT a DETAILS: background in finance<br />

DETAILS:<br />

finance<br />

and and economics, economics, he he has has held held the the Department Department of Basic of Basic Education Education has has connected connected 92 teacher 92 teacher centres centre<br />

several several positions positions in Vodacom in Vodacom across across the the country. country.<br />

in in Gauteng, Gauteng, KZN, KZN, Western Western<br />

Cape Cape and and <strong>Limpopo</strong>. <strong>Limpopo</strong>. Having Having<br />

What What is Vodacom is Vodacom e-school? e-school?<br />

transitioned transitioned from from accounting accounting to to Vodacom Vodacom e-school e-school is a free, is a free, unlimited unlimited online online education education portal portal that that provides provide<br />

sales, sales, Imran’s Imran’s ethos ethos on business on business content content material material for grades for grades R-12. R-12. The The platform platform provides provides online online CAPS CAPS aligned aligne<br />

is that is that you you can can never never go wrong go wrong content content and and is designed is designed to bridge to bridge the the digital digital divide divide and and making making learning learnin<br />

if “you if “you keep<br />

@RoadsAgency keep the the customer customer at the at the exciting exciting using using technology. technology. The The e-school e-school portal portal has has reached reached over over 439 439 00000<br />

RoadsAgency<strong>Limpopo</strong> Website: Website: ral.co.za<br />

centre ral.co.za<br />

centre of your of your universe”. universe”. learners learners across across the the country. country.

<strong>2018</strong>/<strong>19</strong><br />




De Beers De Beers Group Group and and United United Nations Nations The two The two municipalities municipalities were were selected selected as as<br />

(UN) (UN) Women Women have have collaborated collaborated in a in a the initial the initial focus focus due due to the to strong the strong potential potential<br />

three-year three-year capacity-building programme programme to deliver to deliver tangible, tangible, positive positive outcomes outcomes that that<br />

to support to support 500 500 women women microentrepreneurentrepreneurs<br />

in communities in communities near near Venetia Venetia increased increased economic economic empowerment empowerment of of<br />

micro-<br />

support support entire entire communities communities through through the the<br />

mine mine <strong>Limpopo</strong>. in <strong>Limpopo</strong>.<br />

women women micro-entrepreneurs.<br />

The programme The programme will equip will equip women women microentrepreneurentrepreneurs<br />

in the in local the local communities communities year year global global partnership partnership with with UN UN Women Women<br />

micro-The programme The programme is part is part of De of Beers’ De Beers’ three-<br />

three-<br />

of Blouberg of Blouberg and and Musina Musina with with business business and and its commitment its commitment to stand to stand with with women women<br />

management management skills, skills, an understanding<br />

understanding around around the world. the world. De Beers De Beers is investing is investing<br />

of access of access to markets to markets and and marketing, marketing, US$3 US$3 million million to advance to advance women women microentrepreneurentrepreneurs<br />

and and STEM STEM students students in its in its<br />

micro-<br />

sustaining sustaining income, income, and and creating creating jobs. jobs.<br />

In addition, In addition, the programme the programme will help will help diamond diamond producing producing countries countries of Canada, of Canada,<br />

build build life skills life skills and and confidence confidence to support to support Botswana, Botswana, Namibia Namibia and and South South Africa. Africa.<br />

effective effective decision-making, communication communication<br />

and and negotiation. negotiation.<br />


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