North West Business 2019 edition

The 2019 edition of North West Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the North West Province. North West Business includes news and analysis of the most important sectors, with a regional overview covering the strategic thinking behind plans to attract investment into the province. Best known for its platinum mines, grain and livestock farming and tourism, the province is making a concerted effort to bolster its manufacturing capacity. Updated information on the North West is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

The 2019 edition of North West Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the North West Province.
North West Business includes news and analysis of the most important sectors, with a regional overview covering the strategic thinking behind plans to attract investment into the province. Best known for its platinum mines, grain and livestock farming and tourism, the province is making a concerted effort to bolster its manufacturing capacity.
Updated information on the North West is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.


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North West

Provincial Government

Women getting a fairer

share in the North West

construction industry

National and provincial initiatives are paying off.

By Kesaobaka Phatudi

The construction industry has for a long time been

perceived as a male-dominated industry. This is

gradually becoming a thing of the past as government

strives to create equal opportunities for both

men and women in the workplace.

Research by MasterCard Index of Women

Entrepreneurs (MIWE) indicates that South Africa

has made progress in reducing gender bias against

women engaging in the early stages of entrepreneurial

activities. This statement can be proved by

those women who have infiltrated the construction

industry despite popular opinion.

The South African Women In Construction

(SAWIC) organisation has also made a significant

impact in developing women to be more involved

in the construction industry. SAWIC is the national

association seeking to empower women to gain

access to business opportunities, training and

networks in the construction industry.

In a meeting with SAWIC, North West MEC for

Public Works and Roads Johanna Maluleke announced

that the department intends to strengthen

relations with women’s organisations. SAWIC has had

a successful partnership with National Department

of Public Works over the years. Maluleke emphasised

that the partnership is necessary to assist women to

fully play their role and contribute in government

as well as society. “My wish is to see more women

participating in the construction industry which is

our core mandate as the department,” said Maluleke.

Dorcas Molefi is a woman contractor currently

working on the construction of a new sub-district

office in Atamelang near Delareyville in Ngaka Modiri

Molema District. She is among the women who are

constantly defeating the odds. Molefi joined the construction

industry in 2012 after she realised that the

number of women in construction was very low. Her

interest was also sparked after government called for

women interested in construction to come forward.

Molefi acknowledges efforts made by government

in involving women in construction. “It is really

encouraging to see government ensuring that more

women participate in the industry." Molefi further

said, “I wish to see more women infiltrating this

space. It is also a call for me to rope in more women."

Director for Project Implementation, Sifiso Diko,

said although the number of women in the industry

is still relatively low, the department is pulling out all

the stops to ensure the participation of women in

the construction industry. “In the 2018/19 financial

year the department intends developing 20 SMMEs

of which 11 will constitute women, people living

with disabilities and youth sectors. The targeted

Construction Development Industry Board (CIDB)

grading for the development is 1CE to 3CE over a

period of 36 months on construction-related projects

such as roads and building maintenance and

grass-cutting,” said Diko.

Pinky Gaobuse from Dihatshwane village is also a

woman contractor who is currently sub-contracted

North West

Provincial Government

to erect a fence at the dual-carriage road

project in Rooigrond near Mahikeng in

Ngaka Modiri Molema district. Gaobuse

is one of the few women who developed

an interest in construction and opened

her own company in 2015 after receiving

training in construction.

Gaobuse acknowledges that starting

her own company was not a walk in the

park but none of the obstacles she came

across were enough to deter her from her

goals. Although she says she is grateful

for the opportunity, she says being in the

construction industry as a new-comer is

very challenging as a woman. “Honestly

doing the actual work is very hard because

it is labour-intensive. I have employed a

couple of men, but I also have to get my

hands dirty,” said Gaobuse.

She indicated that even though the job

is tough, she is determined to work hard

and grow her company. “At the moment

I am not much interested in making so

much money, my main interest is to improve

my CIDB grading. I would also like

to see more women, especially within my

locality, getting involved in construction

and taking part in the economic activities

of the county. I will find ways to involve

them in my projects as well,” she said.



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Special features

Building for the future 6

An interview with the Premier of the North West Province,

Professor Job Mokgoro.

North West Provincial Government projects 10-21

Major projects are underway in agriculture, the arts, health,

construction and training.

Regional overview of North West Province 26

With easy access to South Africa’s biggest urban areas, the

North West hopes to add a thriving manufacturing sector to its

strengths in mining, agriculture and tourism.

Economic sectors


The North West has close to 300 active mines.


Horticulture is in the spotlight.


New uses for platinum are being uncovered.


A new body is helping municipalities deliver services.


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Regaining the trust of communities

The Premier of the North West, Professor Job Mokgoro,

brings a unique perspective to a tough assignment.

In June 2018, a new Premier

was sworn in for the North

West Province. The elevation

of Professor Job Mokgoro to

the key position in the provincial

government brought to an end

a period of uncertainty and

allowed the residents of the

province to look forward to the

leadership of the province being

able to focus on the business of


Professor Mokgoro could be

said to be uniquely qualified

for this appointment, for two

reasons. Firstly, he served as the

Director-General of the North West in the first months after South

Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Among his tasks was to

integrate three government administrations (including homelands)

into one. This hands-on experience gives him vital insight into the

infrastructure (what might be called the “scaffolding”) of the area’s

administrative structures.

Secondly, Professor Mokgoro is both academically highly

qualified and deeply experienced in public administration and

public governance. He has been widely published on a broad

range of topics. Among the long list of titles of his published papers

are “Equity and Efficiency in the Public Service”, “Inter-Provincial

Fiscal Equalisation” and “The role of Leadership in Organisational

Responsiveness to Service Delivery”.

His academic qualifications include Bachelor and Master's

degrees in science and public administration from three universities

and he was a visiting professor at Wits University’s Graduate School

of Public and Development Management. When the ANC called

on him to lead the province, he was the head of the North West

Ikatisong School of Governance. He had been responsible for the

establishment and the curriculum of this school, which forms part

of the North West Administration.

The selection by the African National Congress (ANC) of Professor

Mokgoro to lead the province followed several weeks of sometimes

violent protests within the province by citizens upset by lack of

services. Mokgoro has also worked within the economic policy

unit of the ANC.

Establishing priorities

In one of his first speeches, Premier Mokgoro said that regaining communities’

trust in government was top of the agenda. He said that his




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Provincial Government

administration would purposely prioritise concerns

relating to insufficient and ineffective delivery of

services, waste of public resources, corruption and

poor leadership, among other issues.

“As we recognise the urgent need to develop and

sustain a culture of good ethical and moral values

within the public service, we also acknowledge

that the cost to society associated with unethical

conduct in government is enormously huge. It

therefore remains our collective responsibility to

correct the shortcomings as identified across the

provincial government and commit to working

tirelessly to restore stability and certainty in our

province,” Premier Mokgoro stated on the day of

his inauguration.

“Occupying a position of leadership is no

opportunity for self-enrichment; the needs of

the people of this province are greater than an

individual’s interest,” the new Premier added.

Premier Mokgoro also warned public servants

against all acts of misconduct such as loitering

and not showing up for work, emphatically

stating that “the party is over”. Mokgoro cautioned

those responsible for ensuring consequence

management and consistently failing to do so,

saying they are as guilty as the perpetrators


The Executive Council of the North West

Province met soon after Professor Mokgoro’s

selection as Premier and resolved to make every

effort to improve the service delivery drive in all

spheres of government.

The Executive received a report that analysed

the policies of the current administration and

the extent to which they are in alignment with

national government policies and the Mid-Term

Strategic Framework. The report confirmed

that the content of the provincial policies is in

alignment with national policies but that some

of the wording used is different. The Executive

resolved that the province should align with the

vocabulary of the national framework.

Studying and teaching

After growing up in the Northern Cape town

of Kimberley, Professor Mokgoro began his

university career simultaneously with his political



career. The study of medicine at the University of Natal brought

the young activist into conflict with security policeman and he

spent a year in jail.

A fellow medical student, Steve Biko, was to die at the hands of the

security police. Professor Mokgoro took up his studies at Fort Hare

University where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971.

After a spell teaching biology, mathematics and physical science

at St Boniface High School, Kimberley, Professor Mokgoro took on

a research task with the Chamber of Mines (today the Minerals

Council SA) looking into the implications of mechanisation on

human resources in the mining industry, a topic that is still relevant

today. Three years as a Psychological Assessor at a psychiatric hospital

followed, after which he became a lecturer and academic administrator

at the University of Bophuthatswana. Over the next decade, Professor

Mokgoro would teach public

policy, public finance and policy

reforms. He served as Head of

Department for one year. Prior

to his lecturing responsibilities,

he was involved with the

administration of academic

programmes, examinations and


It was during this time that

Professor Mokgoro studied for

and obtained his Bachelor of Public

Administration (Honours) from the

University of the North West and

a Master of Public Administration

from the University of Toledo, Ohio

(USA). An honorary doctorate

in Public Administration was

awarded to Professor Mokgoro by

Toledo in 2001.

In the early 1990s, Professor

Mokgoro consulted to a large

number of organisations

including the Cape Town City

Council and the World Bank.

Professor Mokgoro moved on

to the University of the Western

Cape where he was responsible

for starting the School of

Government – from inception to

implementation, which takes us

to the year before South Africa

became a democracy, and when

Professor Mokgoro was called to

serve in the North West.

Public service

Professor Mokgoro’s tenure

as Associate Director,

Development Bank of Southern

Africa (DBSA), Centre for Policy




Analysis and Information,

lasted just three months. The

date of March 1994 meant a

new beginning for South

Africa and a new career path

for Mokgoro. He was called

on to be the democratic era’s

first Director-General, North

West Provincial Government,

a position which he held from

April 1994 to October 1999.

The provincial administration

had an annual budget of

R7-billion and covered a

geographical area with over

3.5-million inhabitants.

The next career move saw

Professor Mokgoro retain

the title of Director-General,

but this time it was of the

South African Management

Development Institute,

which he ran until 2003. The

South African Management

Development Institute

(SAMDI) is a government

institute responsible for the

development of managers

in the public service. As the

Director-General, he oversaw

a staff complement of 140


Professor Mokgoro has

done stints as a part-time

lecturer at the University

of the Witwatersrand, the

University of Fort Hare and

the University of Pretoria.

In the years between

2003 and 2007, he did many

consulting tasks. Clients

included the Association

of Vice Chancellors of

Historically Disadvantaged Tertiary Institutions in South Africa

(ASHADI), Commonwealth Association for Public Administration

and Management (CAPAM), Department for International

Development (DFID), Development Policy Management Forum

(DPMF), the Graduate Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and

the European Union.

Looking forward to the future.




Cancer patients receive

comprehensive care

The Oncology Unit at the Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital Complex outlines

what services they offer to patients in the North West Province.

What is oncology?

The term oncology literally means a branch of

science that deals with tumours and cancers. The

word “onco” means bulk, mass or tumour while “-logy”

means study. Oncology is the field of medicine that is

devoted to cancer. Clinical oncology consists of three

primary disciplines: medical oncology (the treatment

of cancer with medicine, including chemotherapy),

surgical oncology (at Tshepong hospital, the surgical

aspects of cancer including biopsy, staging and

surgical resection of tumours), and radiation oncology

(the treatment of cancer with therapeutic radiation).

What are the specialised services of the

Oncology Unit?

This unit renders the following services to the

patients of the whole of North West Province:

• Chemotherapy (out-patient basis and 24hrs)

• Outpatient follow-up clinic

• First-visit clinic

• Symptom management

• Improvement of quality of life

• Pain management

• Palliative care

• Work-up for radiation.

How long has the unit been active?

The unit started functioning in October 1999 with 23

patients on an out-patient basis; services rendered

were chemotherapy. Services were rendered to the

whole NWP as this was the only Oncology Unit in

the province.

How does one get access to the unit?

Patients should be worked-up and diagnosed

with cancer before they are referred to the

Oncology Unit. Usually patients are referred from

hospitals or general practitioners or surgeons.

What are the steps followed to access

the services?

Oncology depends on diagnostic tests like

biopsy or removal of a piece of the tumour

tissue and examining it under the microscope.

Other diagnostic tests include endoscopy for

the gastrointestinal tract, imaging studies like

X-rays, CT scanning, MRI scanning, ultrasound

and other radiological techniques and nuclear

medicine techniques, etc.

When a person suspects that he/she might

have cancer or when that person presents

with symptoms, the nearest primary health

care (PHC) facility or general practitioner

should be consulted. The health care workers

at the PHC facility or the general practitioner

will refer the person for further management

and work-up, if needed. After the person

has been worked-up for cancer, meaning

diagnosed with cancer, the person should

be referred to the Oncology Unit as a first

visit. When coming to the Oncology Unit’s

first-visit clinic for the first time, the patient

should come with the following: referral

letter, histology report, blood results and

X-rays or sonar or scan.




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What type of cancer diagnosis gets

admitted at the unit?

All types of cancer, except some haematology

(blood) cancers.

What do staff specialise in?

There is a qualified and skilled full-time oncologist

at the unit with three medical doctors and interns

running the unit.

How long does it take to give treatment

to patients after diagnosis?

The ideal situation is one to two weeks after

diagnosis, but our biggest challenge is late referrals

and a delay in receiving all the necessary tests and


How are the challenges being dealt with?

We have excellent management support. The

unit services complex cancer patients with stateof-the-art

diagnostic and treatment machines

in the Radiation Unit. We offer chemotherapy

in a very conducive environment. We believe

in teamwork. We strive to deliver high patient

care. Therefore, we try to assist each and every

patient who is referred to our unit. We use our

initiative to overcome most of the problems


What makes the staff in the unit


The oncology team is very dedicated,

knowledgeable and skilled. The staff members

have a positive attitude and there is very good

team cohesion. The staff members are passionate

about the oncology patients.

What challenges are being encountered

with patients and the facilities?

Patient challenges: Late referrals of patients.

Patients coming in the late stage of their disease.

Delays in receiving all the necessary tests and

investigations that are needed at the first visit

to health facilities. Transportation of patients.



Scanner boosts diagnosis

at Tshepong Hospital

A R13-million CT scanner has been acquired by the Radiology Unit.

Dr Magome Masike, MEC for Health, officially opens the

new diagnostic unit at Tshepong Hospital Radiology Unit

on 13 April 2018.

Communities in the North West now have access to the

latest diagnostic technology with the unveiling in 2018 of

a Toshiba 160 slice CT Scan with Canon Aquilion CT system

at the Radiology Unit of the Tshepong Hospital.

The MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike, officially launched the

state-of-the-art CT Scan in April 2018.

“This is part of the plan by management of the Klerksdorp/Tshepong

Hospital Complex, together with the North West Department of Health

authorities, to continually improve hospital services by introducing this

new advanced CT Scan,” said Dr Masike.

This now means easy access to the latest technology has been

made possible for the community and the facility reduces the number

of patient referrals to Gauteng hospitals.

The acquisition of the new Toshiba 160 slice CT Scan, which is valued

at more than R13-million, was made possible through the National

Tertiary Services Grant, and is the first of its kind in the Southern Region.

The Aquilion Prime has a small footprint but a long scan range, a

wide 78cm gantry aperture and can scan patients that weigh up to

205kg. These features make it perfect

for long trauma cases or cancer

(oncology) staging cases.

On the Aquilion prime CT routine,

160-row ultra-helical acquisition is

43% faster than the conventional

128-detector row helical systems.

This increased acquisition speed

results in shorter scan times,

decreased contrast usage and costs,

and improved image quality due to

decreased movement artefacts.

The scan reconstruction rate is

ultra-fast and an insta-view of 0.5mm

or 1mm volume can be scrolled

through immediately after scanning

has been completed.

The machine also boosts with

Sure Subtraction which is standard

on the system and allows true

digital subtraction angiography

where the bone is subtracted and

not segmented and cut away as

on conventional workstations. This

makes angiography of difficult areas

very easy, quick to do and much more


For cardiology patients, Sure

cardio prospective is a huge

benefit when performing cardiac

examinations because this is made

easier even for less experienced

operators. The software assists the


Polaki Mokatsane, CEO of the

Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital




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Provincial Government

Complex, is very pleased with the new technology. “This CT Scan

boosts with AIDR-3D Integrated Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction

works together with Sure Exposure 3D on the system. This ensures that

the best image quality will always be achieved, with the least possible

radiation exposure to the patient according to the ALARA principle.

This CT Scan system not only modulates MA but also boasts Sure KV

and modulates it according to the patient size.”

One of the greatest challenges in computed tomography is the

interpretation of routine scans in patients with metallic implants.

The artefacts caused by the presence of metal can severely obscure

nearby structures, making clinical diagnosis difficult or even impossible.

Toshiba’s innovative SEMAR (Single-Energy Metal Artefact Reduction)

overcomes this. Its high technology employs a sophisticated

reconstruction algorithm to eliminate artefacts caused by metal

while improving visualisation of

the implants, its supporting bone

and adjacent soft tissues for an

accurate diagnosis.

“We are sure this new CT Scan

system will not only improve the

workflow and reduce patient

waiting lists, but also offer additional

examinations like Cardiac CT, CT

Colonography and CT Digital

Subtraction Angiography,” said

Polaki Mokatsane.

By Nico Masiu

The Toshiba 160 slice CT Scan with Canon Aquilion CT system.



Access to tertiary health

services is increasing

Shift to universal coverage underway.

The North West Province has experienced historical

deprivation in terms of specialised tertiary health services.

The apartheid health system put high-tech medical

equipment and resources in predominantly white towns

while the rest of the historically disadvantaged communities had

little or no access to such services. Since the dawn of democracy,

government has been at work ensuring that the majority who are

the poor have access to quality health care services.

The catalyst to health reform has been a new health dispensation

with a shift in policy towards “universal health coverage” as

envisaged by the National Health Insurance (NHI). The phased

implementation of the NHI enables all South Africans to access

quality and comprehensive health services, which will be free at

the point of service. In the North West Province, Dr Kenneth Kaunda

District, which is a pilot district, has seen commendable progress

in specialised tertiary health services since 1994.

In 2016/17 the first-ever heart operation was performed in the

province through a partnership between Klerksdorp/Tshepong

Hospital, Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital and Netcare Ferncrest.

This is a cardiac catherisation and cardiac service. Since then, 20

further patients with heart conditions were successfully operated

on and resumed their normal productive lives. The North West

Department of Health established the Paediatric Surgery unit

whereby children are now operated in the hospital where before

they were referred to Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng.

In 2015/16, the department established cardiothoracic surgery

where patients with different diseases of the lung cavity were

operated on. In 2014/15, the department managed to conduct

operations on cancers in the brain, spine and stomach. The Burns

unit at Klerksdorp-Tshepong operated on patients promptly,

leading to quick recovery without being exposed to infections

Health MEC Dr Magome

Masike addressing doctors

and dentists about National

Health Insurance at a

gathering in Klerksdorp.

from travelling long distances.

In recent times, the province saw

the expansion of chemotherapy

services that was achieved

through renovating Ward 8,

converting it into a chemotherapy

suite with increased capacity

to accommodate demands.

Treatment of various categories of

cancers is now achieved without





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One of the beneficiaries and the first-ever patient to receive a

heart operation in the province is Mr Sarel de Beer who presented

to the surgical department at Tshepong Hospital with a threatened

limb due to an embolic phenomenon. He needed open-heart

surgery for an atrial myxoma, which is a benign growth within one

of the chambers of the heart. The patient was taken to Rustenburg

and successfully operated on.

"This success is testimony to the fact that the province has

managed to recruit and retain the best specialists. We will continue

to work hard to retain them, recruit more and address the chronic

challenge of health professionals especially the specialists," said

North West MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike.

Dr Masike recently said that the province will continue to

improve access to health care

services and ensure that the

historically disadvantaged

population benefit. “Our people

deserve the best. Quality

specialised tertiary services

must reach all our people. We

will continue to work tirelessly

to ensure that all specialised

services which were previously

not available to our province

are accessible to our people,”

said Dr Masike.

Health MEC Dr Magome Masike visits a recovering heart patient.



Training programmes tackle


Social Development MEC calls for action from young people.

Graduates happily show their certificates in building and civil construction, a training

programme for unemployed youth run by the North West Department for Social


Young people should form co-operatives and look for

sponsorship from government departments and businesses

if they are to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty, North

West MEC for Social Development, Hoffman Galeng, told

young people at Wonderkop near Marikana at the end of a training


“Go to your respective communities with the skills that you have

acquired during your 10-month training and make a difference. Register

co-operatives and look for sponsorship from businesses in your area

and various government departments including ours. Sit together,

make plans to advance your goals,” Galeng said to the applause of

50 unemployed youth who received training in building and civil


Since 2011, Galeng said his department has provided accredited

training to 1 200 unemployed youth who were recruited from deprived

wards across the province.

“We are equipping these young people so that they become

future employers and be the change agents in the communities that

they come from,” Galeng said, adding that the skills that the learners

have acquired will increase their

employability and encourage them

to venture into the labour market.

One of the learners, Samuel

Sedu, 23, said he learnt a lot during

a 10-month training course which

was coupled with practical exercise.

During the training, Monamodi said,

R1 780 was paid as a stipend to cover

their daily expenses and household

necessities. “We are so grateful to

government for presenting this

opportunity to us. We know how

to build houses. We wish that

government should not neglect

us. We really need after-care so that

we do not roam around the streets

with the skills that we have acquired,”

Rampuru said.




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Sedu’s sentiments were echoed by MEC Galeng who appealed

to municipalities, the business sector and the community at large

to adopt and extend the support to leverage on the skills acquired

by these young people, so that they contribute meaningfully to the

entrepreneurship programmes in the province.

A convenor on youth developmet in the department, Seitebaleng

Dikole, said that the learners who have undergone training are the first

group to receive full qualification as opposed to statements of results

on the modules passed by learners between 2011 and 2016.

The improved programme, Dikole said, allows participants to progress

towards the professional fields of becoming artisans if they develop their

skills further with additional education and relevant work experience.

Boost for early childhood development

The National Lotteries Commission’s multi-million-rand funding

to Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) will improve infrastructure

and enhance compliance to the norms and standards required

for operating early childhood development centres in the

North West Province, according to MEC for Social Development

Hoffman Galeng.

“The National Lotteries Commission has sponsored the

construction of 12 early childhood education facilities and 10 educontainers

in identified areas across

the province,” Galeng said, adding

that community members should

take care of the new infrastructure

once it is completed.

Mariette van Uyssteen, who

founded Haasbekkie Early

Childhood Development, has

expressed her profound thanks to

the department for helping her to

apply for funding at the National

Lotteries Commission.

“I am so grateful that the

Lotteries Commission installed

an edu-container at Coldridge in

Vryburg.” Uyssteen was operating

a day-care centre in a rented room

for a period of five years. In that time

Uyssteen depended on support

from the Caritas community


Another beneficiary, Constance

Makobea, a committee member

of the Itireleng Tataiso day-care

centre at Itireleng village, said

she is grateful that through the

assistance of the departmental

staff the national lottery would

build a fully-fledged centre worth


Galeng said the construction

of prototype ECDs will go a long

way to eradicating the crèches

which do not meet the norms and

standards that are being enforced

by the Department of Social




Arts and culture to the fore

in North West

Large audiences flock to awards and festivals.

Mmabatho Stadium was packed to capacity for the 2017

Mahika Mahikeng Music and Cultural Festival.

With the success of various high-profile national and

provincial events hosted by the Department of

Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA), the North

West Province is reclaiming its place as one of the key

destinations for arts and culture in the country.

These range from end-of-the-year activities such as the Calabash in

Taung, Mahika Mahikeng in the capital city, the South African Film and

Television Awards (SAFTAs), the South African Music Awards (Samas)

and the South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (Satmas).

Most of these events are beamed to the homes and places of

entertainment of millions of South Africa via television, giving the

province much-needed exposure. They are also events where the

crème de la crème of South African entertainment come together

to honour and celebrate the finest the country has to offer – in

entertainment terms.

CATA views the success of these events as its contribution to tourism

in the province.

“We are proud to say, this year we once again put the province

on the map when it comes to high-profile national arts and culture

events,” says CATA MEC, Ontlametse

Mochware. “The SAMAS, SAFTAs,

SATMAS, the Calabash and Mahika

Mahikeng are national events. As

anticipated, these events brought

thousands of visitors from across the

country including our neighbouring

country Botswana, who enjoyed the

warmth and splendour of the North

West Province.”

The events turn the province into

a hive of activity when they take

place, bringing a welcome buzz

from revellers and stars, ranging from

movie and television personalities, to

jazz legends and traditional music


Libraries among the best

When it comes to technology and

accessibility, all the libraries built

by CATA in recent years are geared

to be in touch with modern times

– especially when it comes to


An overwhelming number of

these library facilities are in rural

areas, in line with the developmental

thrusts of the Provincial Government.

In a boost to service delivery, not

only are these libraries equipped

with good-quality furniture, but

they also boast modern services

such as the Internet and facilities for

the visually-impaired. Students can




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Provincial Government

access books and the Internet to enhance the quality of their projects

while entrepreneurs can get onto the web to access tenders and other

business opportunities. Toy libraries, which are a section of the bigger

building, help the young ones to learn as they play.

This development closes the technological gap between rural

and urban communities. One example is that of 17-year-old Boineelo

Moema from Itsoseng, who is a shining example to her peers at high

school on the value of our community libraries.

“Whatever information I need for my school projects I go to the

local library and get whatever information I need either through books

or Internet,” she says. “I am happy about the services the local library

offers and my vocabulary has improved.”

To date, CATA has built more than a hundred libraries spread across the

length and breadth of the province.

The department has committed

itself to supporting the ideals

of the Library and Information

Association of South Africa (LIASA)

when it says: “By providing access

to information, libraries support

communities in their exploring and

challenging of barriers, values and

behaviours as these relate to social

inclusion. Furthermore, libraries

engage communities on matters

of social importance.”



Black farmers benefit

Fifty more producers earmarked

for commercialisation programme.

North West

Provincial Government

Improving market access for black small-holder

producers will lead to improvements in income and food

security and promote poverty alleviation.

In a quest to ensure that producers and farmers participate meaningfully

in the economy of the province through the food production

value chain, the North West Department of Rural, Environment and

Agricultural Development (READ) has earmarked 50 more black

producers for the commercialisation programme.

The purpose of the Black Producers Commercialisation Programme

(BPCP) is to support commercialisation of black producers’ farming

enterprises, boost investment that will unlock and enhance production

by these black producers while ensuring inclusive growth and

facilitating sustainable job and wealth creation. The programme

further promotes rural development and sector transformation in

the agriculture and fisheries sectors.

The agriculture sector has been identified as a key platform for

both transformation and economic growth and job creation. MEC

Manketsi Tlhape says the programme is a great step towards allowing

emerging farmers to have a bigger platform to grow and contribute

to the economy of the province and the country.

“The agricultural sector plays a crucial role in the economy. We value

our agricultural sector immensely

because it contributes to economic

development as well as food security

and job creation for our people,” said

MEC Tlhape.

Tlhape also highlighted the fact

that the productive agriculture

sector has the potential to transform

rural areas into sustainable economic

centres. The support by government

will see previously disadvantaged

farmers having a platform to

produce quality goods and services

for consumers.

Working with various stakeholders

under the umbrella of Operation

Phakisa, the National Department

of Agriculture, Fisheries and

Forestry, together with the National

Department of Rural Development

and Land Reform are collectively

addressing challenges of improved

access to markets by emerging


Such collective action yields

big and swift results. Through

a combination of farmers’ own

initiative and motivation, favourable

conditions to interact have been

created. Through the inclusion of

social activities, positive results have

been achieved.

The Black Producers

Commercialisation Programme will

provide comprehensive support to

producers and increase access to

finance and markets.





North West Agricultural Fund (NWAF) assists farmers with

loans charged at an interest rate of South African prime rate

Collateral will be needed of 50% of loan amount

Farmers need to have registered a company

Government employees can apply for the loan provided

they produce permission granted by employer to perform

remunerative work


Requirements for loan:

Come visit us at our offices:

AgriCentre Building Cnr. Dr. James Moroka

& Stadium Road

Private Bag X2039



Come visit us at our offices:

Tel: (018) 389 5111/5919

NWAF: Leading North West financial intermediary

for radical socio-economic transformation

“Together we move Bokone Bophirima forward’

• A Viable Business Plan

• Access to land: Permission to Occupy / Tribal lease

agreement / Property ownership

• Market contracts / Letter of intent

• Company Registration Certificates

• Tax Clearance Certificate

• 6 month bank statement

• Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) documentation

Required Documents:

Identity Document (Owner’s ID), Marriage Certificate or

Divorce Decree where applicable, Proof of address


Standard Bank’s

new strategy

By Ben Pretorius, Provincial Head Retail and Business

Banking for Standard Bank in the North West.

Ben Pretorius


Ben has been appointed as the

new Head: Retail and Business

Bank Executive, North West.

He holds a B Degree: Business

Administration and Accounting,

post-graduate Operational

Management qualifications, is a

registered Mun. Accountant and

a qualified equity trader (SAIFM).

With over 15 years banking

experience, Ben has extensive

expertise in restructuring of debt

portfolios, enhanced financial

management of municipalities

and consulting on special

projects to enhance the financial

position of public institutions. He

was instrumental in developing,

setting credit and policies within

the Financial Institutions' unit.

What is your strategy regarding the North West?

Standard bank’s aspiration is to become the Leading Financial Institution in

North West though our Purpose Africa is our Home we drive her Growth.

We are more than just a bank as our value proportion to our clientele

overshadows the traditional bank offerings. Our delivery model is centralised

around service to customers both current and new, supported by a dedicated

relationship that will find a solution for the unique needs of our clientele. The

main focus for 2019/20 is underpinned by an enhanced focused approach.

Included herein will be public sector, mining, agriculture and manufacturing,

construction and tourism. Mainly due to our decentralised structure we are

now able to respond to customers need promptly, effectively and efficiently.

Your passion for business?

We have a strong belief that by supporting Enterprise Development via

appropriate funding solutions, we will be able to support local economic

development. The ripple effect of this “instrument”, by providing funding

to entrepreneurs, should yield positive results in job creation and support

community growth for the enhanced overall well-being of the region. In the

light of this, we have established a dedicated team to support the entrepreneur.

Your approach to the North West market?

Our partnership approach to business has proven to be successful, allowing

business to tap into our skilled workforce and product specialists. This will

allow businesses to benefit from our product specialisation within the focus

areas of our business. Our well-resourced local team, in collaboration with our

enablement champions, will consequently offer the suitable solution for the

appropriate need. We have constructed industry specialisation champions

including Public Sector and Mining and Agricultural, combined with product

expertise. We’re looking forward to lead 2019 in areas of Business Banking and

structured lending, Vehicle and Asset Finance, Home Loans and Personal Loans.

Apart from the traditional offerings, we have superior cashless solutions in order

to mitigate on-site risks.

Regional overview of

North West Province

With easy access to South Africa’s biggest urban areas, the North

West hopes to add a thriving manufacturing sector to its strengths

in mining, agriculture and tourism.

John Young

The North West province makes up 6.8% of

the population of South Africa (3.6-million),

8.7% of the land mass (105 076km²) and

accounts for 5.8% of economic output in

terms of gross value added.

The North West is bordered on the west by the

Republic of Botswana and on the east by Gauteng

province, the engine of the South African economy.

The Vaal River runs along the province’s southeastern

border with the Free State, and the province

also shares borders with the Northern Cape to the

south and Limpopo in the north.

The province's strategic location goes beyond its

proximity to Gauteng: the major roads linking trade

on an east-west axis pass through the province, as

does the major railway line which runs from Cape

Town in the south to Zimbabwe and beyond in

the north.

The mineral reserves that still lie beneath the

ground in the province are enormous. Platinum

group metals (PGMs) predominate but there are

significant deposits of gold, uranium, diamonds,

copper, vanadium, fluorspar and nickel. Stone and

limestone are also found in rich quantities.

Mining beneficiation takes place at many

places, with Rustenburg being particularly strong

in this sector. The economy of the town is closely

linked to the fortunes of platinum mining, with the

sector contributing about 70% of the city’s gross

geographic product.

The North West is a major producer of maize

and sunflower seeds and many other agricultural

products. About 20% of South Africa’s maize comes

from the province, as does 15% of its wheat.

The dry western part of the province is home

to beef cattle, game ranching and hunting. The

normally well-watered eastern and north-eastern

regions can carry many kinds of crops, many of which

find themselves on the tables of the citizens of the

nearby urban centres of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The agricultural sector also generates largescale

storage and logistics operations, particularly



in Klerksdorp, Vryburg and Brits, together with a

number of agri-processing plants.

The province's three Technical and Vocational

Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the wellrespected

North-West University all have several

campuses catering to a wide range of educational

disciplines. The university has a strong reputation as

a research institution.

Future growth

Manufacturing capacity is concentrated in the

larger towns in the north-east and eastern parts

of the province but there are plans to expand

this capacity. Automotive components firms are

clustered in Brits, which in turn is very close to the

automotive manufacturing hub in Rosslyn (Pretoria)

in Gauteng. Towns like Klerksdorp (agri-processing

and engineering) and Potchefstroom (food and

beverages) also have manufacturing capacity.

All of the big agricultural companies have

storage and logistics operations and many of them

are involved in agri-processing. Senwes is one of

the biggest with extensive silo infrastructure while

Suidwes has 17 retail outlets and MGK makes full-fat

soy at its manufacturing plant.

Lichtenburg-based NWK makes liquid fertiliser

and animal feed, processes sunflower seeds and runs

37 silos and three grain mills. Another subsidiary, Opti

Chicks, has a capacity of 600 000 chicks per week.

There are several milling facilities in the province.

A provincial Integrated Manufacturing Strategy

has found that chemical processing holds great

potential because of the province’s proximity to

Gauteng’s markets and the availability of the ingredients

needed for the manufacture of phosphate

and nitrogen-based fertilisers.

A sector strategy for boosting clothing and textile

manufacturing is also being developed.

There is also a possibility that a totally new sector,

renewable energy, will help to transform the lives



of previously excluded communities. This is already

taking place to a small extent in that the province's

first solar plant is partly owned by the community

in which it operates. There is much more scope

for this kind of partnership, but there is also scope

for the development of a manufacturing sector to

support the renewable energy sector. A start has

been made to attract solar panel manufacturers to

the Platinum Special Economic Zone in the Bojanala

District Municipality.

The province’s other manufacturing strategy –

boosting agriprocessing – is in better shape now

that the worst of a prolonged drought is over. The

creation of district agri-parks is intended to boost

primary production which in turn will increase the

amount of raw material that can be processed.

Companies making car seats within the province’s

active automotive parts sector would be a ready

market for treated hides from the huge provincial

cattle herd.

An amount of R110-million has been set aside

for the establishment of a Special Economic Zone

(SEZ) in the province. The project is intended to

make investment more attractive by clustering

infrastructure and related industries in one location.

The SEZ planners hope to attract R4-billion in

investment over a five-year timeframe.

The City of Rustenburg has started a planning

process which looks forward to a time when

mining’s role in the economy will be reduced,

and sectors such as health and education might

become more important. Renewable energy is

another area where some preliminary work has

been done.

The fact that Rustenburg’s plans also include

the creation of a Mining Supply Park point to the

fact that mining’s influence is likely to continue for

many years to come. This is also true of some of the

plans to diversify the province’s manufacturing base

– they often rely on the base mineral that comes

from mining anyway. Platinum prices may not be

as strong as they were, but platinum group metals

have enormous potential in the energy field, and

North West researchers and businesses are working

on possibilities to exploit this.


The Provincial Government of the North West has

two main economic strategies:

• The development of Villages, Townships and

Small Dorpies (VTSD)

• A focus on three key sectors: agriculture, culture

and tourism (ACT).

Other areas of focus are: mineral beneficiation;

renewable energy; retail and wholesale; ICT and

the development of economic infrastructure.

Tourism has been identified as an important

driver of future growth and the investment by Sun

International of more than R1-billion in the Sun City

complex is helping to create momentum in a sector

which has a proven track record of creating jobs.

Two events took place in 2018 which placed

North West tourism in the spotlight. The 2018

National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) took place at

Sun City and was attended by about 7 000 school

pupils and university graduates from around the

country. At a Tourism Imbizo in Potchefstroom, more

than 1 000 young people were encouraged to study

in that sector. Tourism has grown steadily in the

North West and has been a reliable creator of jobs.

The province's other great assets include Sun City,

the Pilanesberg National Park, private game lodges

and the Hartbeespoort Dam. Two UNESCO World

Heritage Sites are located at the Vredefort Dome

(where a meteorite hit the earth about two-million

years ago) and Taung, where the discovery by an

archaeologist of a skull in 1924 is regarded as one

of the most significant of all time.

Principal towns


The capital city of the North West Province lies on

the banks of the Molopo River. Situated in the northwest

sector of the province near the Botswana

border, the city has a strong services sector and a

population of approximately 300 000.







Northern Cape





North West





Free State











Bela-Bela Bela-Bela

Sun Sun City/Lost City/Lost City City

Eastern Cape




Western Cape































Sannieshof Coligny



Carletonville N3






R 49

R 49



Klerksdorp N12






Orkney Parys





R59 N1




R59 N1















R82 Heilbron





Taung Taung

Reivilo Reivilo

Kathu Kathu




N12 Bloemhof


Free State



Motorway Reitz

Northern Cape

Motorway Reitz


Main Road


Main Road



Railway Railway






The Mahikeng International Airport is served by SA

Express. The city’s main sectors are financial services,

Municipalities in North West Province

services, transport and trade. The Garona District houses

the North West parliament and government buildings.

The administrative headquarters of the BaRolong tribe


are located in the city. The arts are promoted by the

Mmabana Cultural Centre, while the North West Institute

of Hotel and Tourism Management is one of three tertiary


institutions in the city. North-West University’s Graduate

School of Business and Government Leadership is


located in Mahikeng, and Unisa has a presence. Other

institutions are the Taletso KagisanoTVET College and the

International School of South Africa.

Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati

The town is well served by hotels such as the

Mmabatho Palms, Hotel and Casino Convention


Resort. Mahikeng Game Reserve has white rhino


and giraffe among its fauna.

Tlokwe Northern (Potchefstroom)


Greater Taung


The city of Potchefstroom is administered by the

Tlokwe Local Municipality. A large campus of North-

West University and its business school is located

in the city, as is the Vuselela TVET College and the

Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. More than 120

000 people attend the Aardklop Festival every year.


The city has a population of about 173 000.

The sports facilities of North-West University are

world class and have been the base for Spain's soccer

Moses Kotane

team Ramotshere and Australia's cricket team in world cups.




Tlokwe is a hub for the strong Bojanala commercial agriculture

of the region and has several Rustenburg food and beverage


Mafikeng manufacturers. Nestlé has recently invested. Some

of the bigger enterprises include fertiliser companies

such as Kynoch, munitions manufacturers, and food



processors like King Food. JB An Marksarmy base contributes

to the economy, and the airfield formerly used by the


Dr Kenneth Kaunda

military is now run by the municipality.


The N12 Treasure Route passes through the city

and holds potential for further development of tourist

highlights such as Boskop Dam and the Mooi River

Maquassi Hills

on which the town is located. Free State

Ngaka Modiri Molema


Metropolitan/District Municipality


Local Municipality Boundary

Rustenburg is close to platinum mines and Sun City,

District Municipality


two of the economic





in the crown of North

West Province. The town is also near beautiful parts

29 11 NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2019 2018


of the bushveld, the Magaliesberg Mountains and

the Pilanesberg National Park.

Rustenburg has a varied manufacturing sector,

although most of it is mine-related. Large-scale

platinum smelters operate in Rustenburg.

One of Orbit TVET College’s campuses is in

Rustenburg, Unisa has a regional office, and the

Agricultural Research Institute’s industrial crops unit

and the Seda Platinum Incubator are located in the

city. Health facilities are good in the city, with Netcare

and Life Healthcare having a presence, in addition

to the provincial hospital. Rustenburg's population

is about 596 000.

Klerksdorp (City of Matlosana)

With a population of over 400 000, Klerksdorp is

an important regional centre and the town where

several important companies' headquarters are

located. These include Senwes, through whose silos

a large proportion of South Africa's grains move

every year, and a number of engineering enterprises

which serve the mining industry.

Matlosana is situated on the N12 Treasure Route

and is marketing itself as a potential logistics hub.

An intermodal facility based in the town’s airport

has been developed. The city council has set aside

land for the development of industrial and commercial

enterprises. Break-bulk facilities, storage

space and distribution centres are needed, offering

concrete opportunities for investors in those fields.


Bloemhof is a centre of maize growing and

cattle raising on the southern boundary of

the province, and DairyBelle has a large milkproduction

facility in the town. The Bloemhof

Dam is one of the three large dams on the Vaal

River that supply bulk water to surrounding

areas. The Bloemhof Bonanza is the biggest and

most lucrative inland-angling event in South

Africa, with more than 2 000 anglers trying to

win R1.5-million in prize money. The nearby SA

Lombard Nature Reserve has a fine herd of black


Municipalities in North West Province





Moses Kotane










Ngaka Modiri Molema


JB Marks


Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati


Dr Kenneth Kaunda




Maquassi Hills

Northern Cape

Greater Taung


Free State

Metropolitan/District Municipality


Local Municipality Boundary

District Municipality

Local Municipality





Modi Mining


Modi offers differentiated contract mining services in a

variety of fields across three provinces.

About Modi Mining

Modi Mining is a 100% black South African owned company

founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur Mr

Samuel Molefi and a female entrepreneur, Christina Motlapele

Molefi. Modi Mining started operations in 2011 and has grown to

be operational in three provinces.

In the North West Province, Modi Mining serves corporate mining

houses in the platinum sector (RBPlats, Impala Platinum and Lonmin).

In Mpumalanga Province, Modi works with South32 in the coal sector.

The company also manufactures and supplies products for mines

such as Sibanye Gold, Gold 1 and Harmony Gold, all of which are

based in Gauteng Province.


To be the preferred service provider and supplier in the mining



Modi Mining is a multi-faceted company within the mining industry

focusing on contract mining services (surface and underground),

civil and bulk earth works, crushing and screening, load and haul,

mine rehabilitation, manufacture and supply of blasting barricades.

A detailed breakdown of services is as follows:

Underground mining services

• Conventional mining method:

stoping; developing; vamping and


• Equipping and reclamation

• Mechanised mining method: capital

development (TMM); board and


• Hybrid mining method

Open cast mining services

• Top soil and overburden stripping

• Coal seam mining

• Rehabilitation, dump/stockpile management

Manufacturer and supplier of:

• LDPE blasting barricades and pipes

Civil services

• Civil and bulk earth works

• Screening and crushing

• Load and haul




Overviews of the main economic

sectors of the North West

Mining 34

Agriculture 38

Energy 40

Water 41

Manufacturing 42

Education and training 43

Tourism 44



The North West has close to 300 active mines.


Impala Refinery Services

is now a division of Impala,

not a subsidiary.

The price of platinum has been as high as $2 000/oz but since

2017 it has been less than half of that for most of the time. In

August 2018 the mineral was trading at $815/oz. This trend

has had a major impact on the large mines in the Rustenburg

area. Some assets have been sold, others have undergone major


There are nearly 300 active mines in the North West and the

sector still makes a big contribution to provincial GDP although

that percentage is now below 30%. About 18% of total employment

in the province is in mining, with many support industries relying

on the primary sector.

Impala Platinum (one of whose operations is pictured), will spend

R2.7-billion over two years to scale down production from 11 shafts

to six lower-cost, profitable, shafts. In FY 2016, Impala produced

629 900 ounces of platinum. The company has also made Impala

Refinery Services (IRS) a division, where it used to be a subsidiary.

The change related to licences. IRS smelts and refines concentrate

and matte and recycles auto catalysts.

During 2018, Sibanye-Stillwater ticked two important boxes in

its quest to merge with Lonmin, which would make it the secondbiggest

platinum producer in the

world. Both the Reserve Bank and

the Competition Commission

gave their approval for the deal.

The Competition Commission

wants Sibanye-Stillwater to create

an agri-industrial programme

in Rustenburg to compensate for

job losses that will occur.

This is Sibanye-Stillwater’s second

major purchase of platinum assets

at Rustenburg. The company

earlier bought Anglo American’s

Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited

(including three mine shafts, two

concentrating plants and an on-site

chrome recovery plant).

The Evraz Group has sold its

78.8% in Brits-based Vametco, a

mine and plant that produces vanadium.

Bushveld Minerals, which is

listed on the Alternative Investment

Market in London, is the buyer.

Manngwe Mining has

developed a new iron-ore mine

near Brits. The Assen mine,

which has a measured resource

of about 20-million tons, will

sell its product to ArcelorMittal

South Africa. Anglo American

Sefa Mining Fund supported

Manngwe Mining’s exploration

phase. The black-owned company

wants to purchase iron-ore assets

in neighbouring Limpopo.




Mineral resources

The North West Province is aligned with the Western Limb of the

Bushveld Igneous Complex, a remarkably rich minerals formation.

Mines in the province produce 50% of the platinum produced in the

world, and 65% of South Africa's platinum group metals.

Chromite is the other major mineral mined throughout the

province, and there are several ferrochrome smelters and other

processing plants. The province’s 20 mines are on a reef running

from Brits to Rustenburg. South Africa produces about 70% of the

world’s chrome.

Gold and uranium are found along the border of the province

with Gauteng and the Free State (in Klerksdorp and Orkney).

Diamonds are mined at Christiana, Bloemhof and Lichtenburg.

Other minerals found in the North West include fluorspar, vanadium,

rhodium, uranium, copper, limestone, slate, phosphate,

manganese, coal and nickel. Limestone quarries run by G&W Base

and Industrial Minerals in the Marico District are located next to a

PPC cement factory.

One of the last economically viable limestone deposits in South

Africa is mined and processed by Sephaku Cement. Sephaku runs

a 6 000-ton-per-day clinker plant near Lichtenburg.

AfriSam, PPC and Lafarge are active in the Mahikeng/Lichtenburg

area, but Sephaku is confident that its clinker and cement-production

facilities will be supported by raw materials for at least 30 years.

Granite and slate are found in good quantities in the province,

as is dimension stone. There are more than 20 quarry operations in

the province, with Rustenburg being the centre of granite mining.


The Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is to be established

at Mogwase in the Bojanala District, north of Rustenburg

and east of Sun City. When fully developed, 200ha of land will be


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

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

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

North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za

South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy:


given over to three infrastructure

facilities comprising Logistics,

Light Manufacturing and Heavy

Manufacturing. Areas of investment

that are expected to grow

fastest include fuel cell technology

(in which platinum is a vital

component), machinery for

mining, energy generation and

renewable energy component


A range of incentives will be

available to potential investors

via the National Department of

Trade and Industry (dti). For example,

the 121 Tax Allowance

Incentive offers capital investment

allowances and training

support up to R900-million for

new or existing industrial projects.

There are several other

incentives specific to investors

in an SEZ.

The Seda Platinum Incubator

(SPI) is an initiative of the

Platinum Trust of South Africa

and is funded by the Small

Enterprise Development

Agency (Seda) through its Seda

Technology Programme (Stp)

with the support of the North

West Provincial Government

and private companies.

Located in Rustenburg, the

SPI trains people through the

making of jewellery, chiefly

the design and manufacture

of platinum group metal

(PGM) jewellery. Small PGM

jewellery-manufacturing enterprises

and individuals are

located at the centre or supported

by email correspondence.

A three-year period of

incubation is offered to small




Delivering opportunities

Implats spent nearly R3-billion on

procurement from local businesses.

Implats’ enterprise and supplier development activities focus primarily

on supporting local and black businesses and are designed to ensure

compliance with regulatory expectations, contribute to socioeconomic

development in neighbouring communities and build a

more robust and competitive supply chain for the group. Enhancing

procurement opportunities is important in creating sustainable

communities, improving community relations and advancing the

economic development of these areas.

Our preferential procurement practices and enterprise and supplier

development activities make a tangible difference to the

lives and families of emerging black entrepreneurs and stimulate

economic development in our host communities. To this end we

spent R2.9-billion on procurement from local businesses (all >25%

BEE), within the Bojanala district for Impala Rustenburg operations

and the Greater Sekhukhune district at Marula, constituting 32% of

total procurement discretionary spend (2017: R2.6-billion or 29%).

Supporting local and black-owned businesses through

preferential procurement is an important part of promoting

transformation and Implats undertakes the following activities to

develop entrepreneurial skills:

• Seeking, identifying, supporting and promoting appropriate

historically disadvantaged suppliers through sustainable procurement.

• Leveraging the existing supplier base to unlock local employment

opportunities, mentorship and investment in the value chain.

• Nurturing an environment for partnerships and joint ventures

between the existing supplier base and local entrepreneurs.

• Striving to improve year-on-year BEE spend performance relative

to the requirements of the Mining Charter.

Some key initiatives at Implats

• A Supplier Development Programme that seeks to enhance the

competitiveness of local small, medium and micro enterprises and

black-owned businesses.

• A Business Advisory and Development Service that helps local black

entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses and become

part of the supply chain.

• Supporting local and black-owned businesses through preferential

procurement through seeking, identifying, supporting and

promoting appropriate

historically disadvantaged

suppliers through sustainable

procurement practices.

• Leveraging the existing supplier

base to unlock local employment

opportunities, mentorship and


• Nurturing an environment for

partnerships and joint ventures

between the existing supplier

base and local entrepreneurs.

• Striving to improve year-on-year

BEE spend performance relative

to the requirements of the Mining

Charter, and reporting in parallel

on B-BBEE performance as per

the Department of Trade and

Industry’s Codes of Good Practice.

• Enhancing procurement

opportunities, specifically in

neighbouring communities,

is important in creating

sustainable communities,

improving community relations

and advancing local economic


Further, our investment in the

accommodation and living

conditions of employees is one

pillar of Implats’ contribution to the

well-being of its host communities.

Our social investment strategy

complements this by providing

schools, clinics and other amenities.

Social programmes and investments

are identified in collaboration with

stakeholders in the areas in which

we operate.




Building sustainable communities


homes in local

Investing communities

in skills


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health and

wellness to


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Investing in

government and




Implats has invested over R4 billion in

local communities since 2009, enriching

the lives of 100 000 South Africans.

We are building stronger, sustainable communities.

Coole Adv 17082



Horticulture is in the spotlight.


Agricultural company Senwes

listed on the JSE in 2017.


maiden horticulture expo was held in the Bojanala District in

2018. The North West is sometimes called the "Texas of South

Africa” because of its superb cattle herds but the province

also produces good crops of onions and other vegetables.

In September 2018 the North West Department of Rural,

Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) teamed up

with the Madibeng Local Municipality to host the event called

“Horticulture growth through exposure”. Apart from displaying a

range of flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees, the exhibition provided

producers of indigenous herbs a showcase for their products.

The Bojanala District, and particularly the Madibeng Local

Municipality, was chosen as the site for the expo because of its good

rainfall patterns and its location near to the large urban concentrations

of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The expo is a part of a broader

effort to help small-scale farmers get exposure to the market. Four

district agri-parks will help to establish sustainable agri-processing,

promote food security and bring black businesses into the mainstream

economy. Each of the agri-parks has a specific focus:

• Springbokpan, grain (Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality)

• Vryburg: livestock, red meat (Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District


• Moretele/Makapanstadt: red meat and horticulture (Bojanala District


• Maquassi Hills: pork and poultry (Dr Kenneth Kaunda District


Various agri-processing plants are

under consideration for the city of

Mahikeng: a feedlot and a meat

processing plant, including an abattoir

and packaging facilities. In

Taung the plan is to establish an

animal feed-manufacturing plant.

A 10ha vineyard in Ventersdorp,

which forms part of the Local

Economic Development plan for

the area, is to be expanded to

40ha and a black-owned logistics

co-operative has been signed to

distribute products from the farm.

The Provincial Government of

North West wants to expand an

existing programme to promote

farming across all districts in the

province. The Kgora Agricultural

Institute in Ramatlabama, some

25km north of Mahikeng, trains

small-scale farmers in raising animals

and crop farming, and works

with young people.

A weakness identified in the

land claims process has been the

absence of support for new farmers.

For the beneficiaries of a successful

4 500ha land claim on the

De Paarl farm near Lichtenburg,

things have been different. They

have received tractors and equipment

worth R6-million from the

National Department of Rural

Development and Land Reform.




Support has also been given by Omnia Fertilisers. In the early stages

of the project, a group of commercial farmers leased the land from

the De Paarl Communal Property Association (CPA) and passed on

agricultural skills to the beneficiaries. The farm has created 20 permanent

job opportunities while 40 locals are employed seasonally.

Major agricultural companies

When South Africa’s first alternative stock exchange in South Africa

started trading in February 2017, the first listing was agricultural company

Senwes and its holding company. Senwes has a strong grain

division and it controls 68 silos. Its headquarters are in Klerksdorp.

Suidwes is based south of Klerksdorp in Leeudoringstad. More

than 90% of the shares in the company are held by farmers. Grain

handling is the main business and there are divisions for retail

(17 outlets and one animal-feed depot), mechanisation, finance

and research and agricultural economics (Terratek).

South Africa's largest agricultural company, Afgri, is active in

the province. Brits is the location of the headquarters of the MGK

Group. The company runs five divisions and a plant that makes fullfat

soy, a component in animal feed. NWK is another company with

manufacturing capacity. The Lichtenburg-based enterprise makes

liquid fertiliser (up to 10 tons per month), animal feed (Opti Feeds),

processes sunflower seeds (Epko), and runs three grain mills. Another

subsidiary, Opti Chicks, has a capacity of 600 000 chicks per week.

NWK also deals in grain, runs several retail outlets and has a halfshare

(with Senwes) in CertiSure Brokers. The company has 37 silos

with a capacity of 2.5-million tons.


The dry western region is home to large beef-cattle herds, and this is

where the growing game-ranching and hunting industry has its base.

The eastern and north-eastern parts of the province receive relatively

good rainfall and are suitable for the cultivation of crops.

The North West has approximately 1.6-million beef cattle,


Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za

North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation,

Environment and Rural Development:


Seedling Growers Association of South Africa:


representing 12% of South

Africa’s herd. Major breeds

include Simmental, Brahman,

Bonsmara and Simbra, pictured,

a cross between the Brahman

and Simmental breeds. Kalahari

Red and Boerbok goats are

found in large numbers in the

dry west. The number of goats

for the province is estimated at

701 587 which is 12% of South

Africa’s total. There are estimated

to be 318 843 pigs, which is 20%

of South Africa’s total drove.

Nearly two-million hectares

is planted with summer cereals,

with about 50 000 hectares

given over to winter cereals. The

North West produces about

20% of South Africa’s maize

and about 15% of its wheat. The

central and southern sections

of the province are dominated

by maize and wheat farming.

When it comes to sunflower

seed, North West is responsible

for 33% of South Africa's stock,

and 23% of the nation's groundnuts.

The North West supplies

5.4% of South Africa’s potatoes,

but parts of the Kalahari are ideally

suited to the cultivation of

seed potatoes.




New uses for platinum are being uncovered.

The head office of the Minerals Council South Africa is powered

by 40 ounces of platinum and natural gas. A fuel cell at the

Johannesburg site of the national mine owners’ association is

South Africa and Africa’s first base load installation.

Finding new uses for platinum provides good news for the North

West which has huge numbers of people employed on mines which

have been struggling to make ends meet in recent years.

Anglo Platinum, one of the province’s biggest companies, launched

its first underground mining locomotive powered by a fuel cell in 2012

(pictured). Platinum coating greatly enhances the hydrogen absorption

capacity of fuel cells. Amplats intends using a fuel cell dozer in an

underground mine in 2019, which will use hydrogen in liquid.

Most of South Africa’s energy requirements are met by Eskom’s

coal-fired power stations but the drive to start producing renewable

energy is growing, and researchers and companies in the North West

are investigating several options.

Bioethanol, biodiesel and methane gas from waste and renewable

resources are among the types of biofuels being investigated.

Sunflower seeds and sweet sorghum are suitable for converting

into biofuel and bioethanol. The South African Energy Resource

Institute (Saneri) Chair in biofuel research is held by a professor on

the Potchefstroom campus.

Silversands Energy is a North West company that produces ethanol

fuel for an ethanol-powered bus made by Scania South Africa for the

City of Johannesburg.

The North West normally has about 300 days of sunshine per year,

so solar power has great potential, and there is a programme aimed

at converting bush that is encroaching onto arable land into biomass

in the form of biocoal (TOR) or briquettes.

The Engineering Department of North-West University regularly

competes in an international solar car challenge. In 2017 the Bridgestone


National Department of Energy: www.energy.gov.za

South African Energy Resource Institute: www.saneri.org.za

South African Renewable Energy Council: www.sarec.org.za

Southern African Alternative Energy Association:



North-West University

competes annually in a

solar car challenge.

World Solar Challenge started in

Darwin and finished 3 000km away

in Adelaide.

The mines and smelters

around Rustenburg and the

industrial plants in Brits use a

lot of energy. They are served

by Transnet Pipelines, which has

recently made a big investment in

the New Multi-Product Pipeline.

The NMPP is built to pump threemillion

litres of product per hour

over a distance of 715km, from

Durban to the industrial hub of

the country.

South Africa’s nuclear-research

centre is located at Pelindaba

near Hartbeespoort Dam and is

run by the South African Nuclear

Energy Corporation. The Nuclear

Engineering Department at

North-West University (NWU)

is the only one of its kind in

the country, and the National

Department of Science and

Technology granted a chair in

Nuclear Engineering to NWU.





A new body is helping municipalities deliver services.


JB Marks Municipality

regularly wins Green

Drop awards.

South Africa is a water-scarce country and water management

is critical to economic planning. The western part of

North West Province is particularly dry. In the eastern part

of the province, national government has sent water tanks

to some parts, and has upgraded the treatment plants upstream from

the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Municipalities are charged with delivering water and waste-water

but many of these municipalities have not been equal to the task. A

new body has been formed to help municipalities deliver services. The

Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) falls under the National

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and will

assist municipalities to plan for, provide and maintain infrastructure. The

first action of MISA was to commission 81 engineers and town planners

to get to work in areas that need the most help.

A partnership between the National Departments of Water and

Sanitation and Public Works and the Provincial Government of the North

West has delivered training in solar geyser installation and plumbing to

140 young people in Madibeng.

Maintenance of water works is one of the most serious challenges

facing municipalities in South Africa, with 71% of waste-water treatment

plants being non-compliant. Infrastructure in some cases has not been

serviced for some time, and leaks and skills shortages are problems.

In response to the long-term drought, water tankers organised by

the National Department of Water and Sanitation and the provincial


Blue Drop Awards: www.ewisa.co.za

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

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

Water Research Commission: www.wrc.org.za

government dug several boreholes

to supplement supply.

Three of South Africa’s six major

catchment areas are located in the

province: the Limpopo, the Orange

and the Vaal. Within these catchment

areas, only the Vaal River has

a strong-enough flow to allow for

significant amounts of water to be

taken from it directly to support irrigation

or industry. There are four

water-management areas in the

province, three of which are linked

to the Vaal River. Water is imported

into the provincial system through

transfers between water basins.

The province has 83 sewagetreatment

plants, and the national

Blue Drop award system has found

most of them need a lot of improvement.

JB Marks Local Municipality,

which has Potchefstroom as its main

town, is one of only three municipalities

in the country that acts as

a water-service authority and as a

service provider. It has won awards

for its levels of service. For two consecutive

years to 2016/17, the municipality’s

waste-water works won

Green Drop awards.

The biggest service providers

active in the North West are:

• Rand Water

• Magalies Water

• Sedibeng Water

• Midvaal Water Company supplies

water to Matlosana (Klerksdorp).




Chemical processing could be a new sector.

TA provincial Integrated Manufacturing Strategy has been

compiled. One of the report's findings was that because of

North West’s strategic location near to the industrial hub of

Gauteng and its low input costs and easy access to busy trade

routes, it should make the development of the chemical processing

sector a good proposition for investors. The province also has easy

access to natural resources, especially with regard to the ingredients

necessary for the manufacture of phosphate and nitrogen-based

fertilisers. A sector strategy for clothing and textile manufacturing is

also being developed. Manufacturing’s share of the Growth Value Add

(GVA) of the province is 5%.

The province already has a strong suite in automotive components

and tyres (Brits), mining equipment and engineering (Klerksdorp) and

food and beverages (Potchefstroom).

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is doing pilot

projects in two villages to find out if there are commercial opportunities

for the growing and making of Motlopi coffee. Motlopi coffee is made

from roasting the roots of a Shepherd’s tree (or Motlopi). Land has been

set aside for the project.

Rustenburg has a mixture of enterprises, the biggest of which are

mining-related smelters. Production of non-metallic mineral products

is concentrated around Lichtenburg and Mahikeng (cement), and

Rustenburg (stone). Tough Metals Toys factory and Totpak are located

in Ventersdorp.

As one of the country’s biggest producers of livestock, hides for

car seats for the province’s automotive industry could profitably be

sourced locally.

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) sometimes gives

loans to help businesses weather bad times; at other times it extends

loans (sometimes in exchange for equity) to new enterprises in new

sectors. It is active in the North West in a wide range of sectors, including



Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC):


Centre for Advanced Manufacturing: www.cfam.co.za

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

North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za


Bridgestone’s Brits

factory employs more

than 850 people.

SOS Tie & Die is a manufacturer

of precision pressings, components

and press tools, based in

Brits close to Tshwane's Rosslyn

automotive hub. Also in Brits are

wire-harness manufacturer Pasdec

Automotive Technologies, Bosch,

and Dubigeon Body and Coach.

Bridgestone’s factory is one of only

four in the world that produces

‘"unflat" tyres. About 850 people

are employed at the plant.

The Centre for Advanced

Manufacturing (CFAM) at North

West University specialises in

extruder technology.

RCL Foods (previously

Rainbow Chickens) has a large

processing plant at Rustenburg.

Dairybelle (Bloemhof ) and Clover

(Lichtenburg) have cheese factories

in the province. Water from the

Schoonspruit Eye near Ventersdorp

supplied South Africa’s first bottled

water. Nestlé has purchased the

rights to this water source. Nestlé’s

soy-creamer processing plant is

located in Potchefstroom.

About 30% of the country’s

grain and oil-seed crop pass

through Senwes silos every year.

Sasko operates a white-maize mill

in Klerksdorp. The SAB Rosslyn

Brewery supplies the North West

with most of its beer.



Education and training


A new programme is training plumbers.

South Africa’s educational institutions are being encouraged

to focus on artisan skills. At the moment, artisans are

trained in the country every year: the National Department

of Higher Education and Training (DHET) wants that figure

to be 30 000 by 2026.

The first 164 graduates of a joint programme of the North

West Department of Economy and Enterprise Development and

the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) have

received their certificates in plumbing. The three-year apprenticeship

is focussed on women and youth.

Technical Vocational and Educational Training colleges teach

skills that are relevant to the workplace. North West has three TVET

colleges with several campuses each. Vuselela TVET College has its

headquarters in Klerksdorp, where there is also an accredited trade

test centre. There are a further four campuses: Jouberton Centre for

Engineering Studies; Matlosana Campus; Potchefstroom Centre for

ICT and Taung Campus.

Orbit TVET College has three sites, Rustenburg, Mankwe and Brits

with about 15 000 students overall. The Rustenburg campus of Orbit

College hosts a Microsoft IT Academy while the Mankwe campus

offers automotive training, the result of a partnership between the

Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MerSETA),

Lelethu Training and Ford South Africa.

Orbit TVET College also hosts an electronics academy courtesy

of sponsor Samsung Electronics. Located on the Mankwe campus,

and in partnership with MerSETA, the academy has everything a

trainee technician might want.

The Taung Agricultural College is accredited by the Council

on Higher Education (CHE) to offer the NQF level 6 Diploma in

Agriculture specialising in Irrigation Technology.


Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za

North West Department of Education and Sport Development:


North-West University: www.nwu.ac.za


North West has three

TVET colleges.

The North-West University and its

researchers are leaders in many

fields, including astrophysics,

tourism, solar energy and extruder


Among the research entities

at NWU, there are five chairs

allocated by the South African

Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI):

Astrophysics and Space Physics,

Coal Research, Biofuels and other

clean alternative fuels, Nuclear

Engineering and Early Detection

and Prevention of Cardiovascular

Disease in Africa. The Engineering

Faculty’s partnerships include

Sasol, Eskom, Denel Aviation,

Telkom and Sappi.

North-West University (NWU)

has more than 65 000 students,

with about 26 000 studying by

correspondence. The university's

main campus is at Potchefstroom

with satellite campuses at

Mmabatho and Vanderbijlpark.

The pharmaceutical faculty at

the Potchefstroom campus of the

North-West University is regarded

as a national leader.

The University of South Africa

(Unisa) has three branches in

North West, at Rustenburg,

Potchefstroom and Mmabatho.




Sun City’s revamp is paying off.


North West hosted the

2018 National Tourism

Careers Expo.

In 2019 Sun City will celebrate its 40th birthday. A recent upgrade,

which cost in the region of R1-billion, is paying off with increased

conference bookings for the resort destination which lies next to the

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. Venues available for hire range from a

12-seater Council Room to the Superbowl which can accommodate

6 000, and just about everything in between.

Another big event for Sun City and the events industry in the

North West province was the holding of the SAFTAs, the South

African Film and Television Awards, for the first time in 2017.

With six kinds of accommodation, two outstanding golf courses,

casinos and a choice-filled entertainment complex, the Sun City

Resort is a major tourism asset and significant employer in the

province. In 2017, Sun International honoured 50 employees who

had worked at Sun City for 25 years or more.

Sun City also was the venue

for the 2018 National Tourism

Careers Expo (NTCE), jointly

organised by the National

Department of Tourism, the

Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality

and Sport Sector Education and

Training Authority (CATHSSETA)

and North West Tourism. The

theme was Tourism and Digital

Transformation and more than

7 000 pupils and graduates

attended the three-day event.

The North West Parks and

Tourism Board is unique in

South Africa in that it is the only

provincial government entity that

runs a hotel school. The Institute

of Hotel and Tourism Management

(IHTM) has two campuses, one

in Mafikeng and one at Ga-

Rankuwa outside Pretoria. The

courses offered are approved by

the Council for Higher Education

and accredited with the relevant

sector authority, THETA.

The Faculty of Economic and

Management Sciences at the

North-West University offers

Tourism Management and the

professors and researchers are at

the top of their profession.

In 2018, the North West

Department of Economy and




Enterprise Development supported four small tourism businesses

in attending the 40th International Tourism Fair in Belgrade, Serbia.

The business owners of TK Afrofist, Thuto Jewellery Workshop,

Borobalo Diamonds and Polishing Centre, and A Re Bopeng

Ceramics rubbed shoulders with participants from more than 20

countries including Russia and Turkey. All four made sales.

Sun City is far from being the province’s only conference venue.

Tourism North West lists on its website a range of venues from small

guesthouses with conference facilities in towns such as Rustenburg

and Brits to lodges on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam.

In the provincial capital, Mahikeng, there are several options:

among them are the Mmbatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention

Resort, part of the Peermont group, which has hotels and casinos

in six of South Africa's provinces. The Mmabatho Palms offers eight

gaming tables and slot machines. Gaming is controlled in South

Africa and licences are restricted to certain operators.

Mahikeng also hosts the Protea Hotel and the Mmbatho

Convention Centre (the main auditorium of which can seat 3 000

people). The Hotel School can accommodate up to 200 people.

Most of the luxury lodges in the province can accommodate

conferences, albeit on a smaller scale.

Tourism strategies

In keeping with an emphasis on developing the economies of small

towns and rural areas, a Rural and Social Tourism strategy is being


Among other provincial plans is a publication to be produced

by the National Department of Tourism to market the province,

particularly to attract potential tourists in SADC countries, in other

parts of Africa and in BRICS countries China, India, Russia and Brazil.

Related to the SADC theme, is a scheme to develop trans-national

routes that would include sites such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Direct flights are being contemplated to BRICS countries.

The Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Festival continues to grow in

popularity. Arts and culture development centres (Mmabana


Aardklop National Festival: www.aardklop.co.za

Marico Tourism: www.marico.co.za

North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za

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

Tourism North West: www.tourismnorthwest.co.za

Centres) are found in three of

the province's districts. Twelve

public museums have been

identified together with 400

heritage sites as part of a census

on the province's cultural assets.

Taung is the site of the

first discovered fossil of

Australopithecus africanus.

The North West Development

Corporation has an investment

plan linked to this famous site,

involving a museum, hotel and

spa resort. The Vredefort Dome

is a UNESCO World Heritage

Site for its significance as the

landing site of a meteorite many

millions of years ago.

Adventure sports is a growing

section of the tourism sector.

Hot-air ballooning over the

Pilanesberg mountains is a popular

pursuit, as is quad-biking

among the foothills. Canopy

tours in the Magaliesberg are

on offer and there are ample

opportunities for water lovers

at Hartbeespoort Dam,

Bloemhof Dam, Boskop Dam

and Vaalkop Dam.

The strategy of the North

West Parks and Tourism Board

(NWPTB) includes ramping up

investment in the province’s

12 smaller parks with a view

to creating jobs in the second

economy. An investment of

R43-million has been made in

the Manyane Game Lodge in

Mahikeng in partnership with

the National Department of

Tourism. Another project

plans to create a mega-park

in the north-western sector

of the North West, the

Heritage Park.



North West Provincial Government

A guide to North West Province’s government departments. Visit: www.nwpg.gov.za

Office of the Premier

Premier: Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro

3rd Floor, Garona Building, Dr James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 3040 | Fax: +27 18 388 3008

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za

Department of Community Safety and

Transport Management

MEC: Dr Mpho Motlhabane

Safety House 31-34, Molopo Road, Mahikeng 2735

Tel: +27 18 381 9187

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/public-safety/new

Department of Culture, Arts and

Traditional Affairs

MEC: Ontlametse Mochware

2nd Floor, Gabomotho Building, James Maroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 2753 | Fax: +27 18 388 1909

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/dcata

Department of Education and Sport


MEC: Sello Lehari

2nd Floor, Garona Building, Dr James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 2562/2564 | Fax: +27 18 384 5016

Website: www.nwdesd.gov.za

Department of Economy and Enterprise


MEC: Wendy Nelson

2nd Floor, Garona Building,Dr James Moroka Drive,

Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 7700 | Fax: +27 18 388 9440

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/EED

Department of Finance

MEC: Wendy Nelson

2nd Floor, Garona Building,Dr James Moroka Drive,

Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 4441 | Fax: +27 18 388 1901

Website: www.treasury.nwpg.gov.za

Department of Health

MEC: Dr Magome Masike

National Health Office Park, Cnr 1st Street and Sekome Road,

Mahikeng 2745

Tel: +27 18 391 400/1 | Fax: 086 692 9553

Website: www.nwhealth.gov.za/dohnw

Department of Local Government and

Human Settlements

MEC: Fenny Gaolaolwe

3366 Bessemer Street, Telkom Building, Industrial Site, Mahikeng 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 2890 | Fax: 086 586 9597

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/home.html

Department of Public Works and Roads

MEC: Mmule Johanna Maleluke

Ngaka Modiri Molema Road, Old Parliament Complex,

Provincial Head Office, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 14535 | Fax: +27 18 388 4021

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/Public%20Works

Department of Rural, Environment and

Agricultural Development

MEC: Manketsi Tlhape

Ground Floor, Agricentre Building, Cnr Dr James Moroka Drive and

Stadium Road, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 389 5056 | Fax: +27 18 384 2679

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/agriculture

Department of Social Development

MEC: Hoffman Galeng

Provident House Building, University Drive,

Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 1426 | Fax: 086 243 7786

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/dsdwcpd

Department of Tourism

MEC: Desbo Mohono

1st Floor, NWDC Building, Cnr Provident Street and University Drive,

Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 387 2081 | Fax: +27 384 1026

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za/Tourism



North West Local


An overview of the North West municipalities.

North West

Provincial Government



Tel: +27 14 590 4500 | Fax: +27 14 592 6085

Website: www.bojanala.gov.za

Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality

Tel: +27 14 543 2004 | Fax: +27 14 543 2480

Website: www.kgetlengrivier.gov.za

Madibeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 12 318 9203 | Fax: +27 12 318 9203

Website: www.madibeng.gov.za

Moretele Local Municipality

Tel: +27 12 716 1000 | Fax: +27 12 716 9999

Website: www.moretele.org.za

Moses Kotane Local Municipality

Tel: +27 14 555 1300 | Fax: +27 14 555 6368

Website: www.moseskotane.gov.za

Rustenburg Local Municipality

Tel: +27 14 590 3111 | Fax: +27 14 590 3006

Website: www.rustenburg.gov.za



Tel: +27 18 473 8000 | Fax: +27 18 473 2523

Website: www.kaundadistrict.gov.za

City of Matlosana Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 487 8000 | Fax: +27 18 464 2318

Website: www.matlosana.gov.za

JB Marks Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 299 5111

Website: www.jbmarks.co.za

Maquassi Hills Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 596 1067 | Fax: +27 18 596 1555

Website: www.maquassihills.gov.za



Tel: +27 53 928 4700 | Fax: +27 53 927 2401

Website: www.rsmompatidm.gov.za



Greater Taung Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 994 9400 | Fax: +27 53 994 3917

Website: www.gtlm.gov.za

Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 998 4455 | Fax: +27 53 933 0035

Website: www.kmlm.gov.za

Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 441 2206 | Fax: +27 53 441 3735

Website: www.lekwateemane.co.za

Mamusa Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 963 1331 | Fax: +27 53 963 2474

Website: www.mamusa.gov.za

Naledi Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 928 2200 | Fax: +27 53 927 3482

Website www.naledilocal.co.za



Tel: +27 18 381 940 | Fax: +27 18 381 0561

Website: www.nmmdm.gov.za

Ditsobotla Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 633 3800 | Fax: +27 18 632 5247

Website: www.ditsobotla.co.za

Mahikeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 389 0111 | Fax: +27 18 384 4830

Website: www.mahikeng.gov.za

Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 642 1081 | Fax: +27 18 642 3586

Website: www.ramotshere.gov.za

Ratlou Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 330 7000 | Fax: +27 18 330 7019

Website: www.ratlou.gov.za

Tswaing Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 948 0900 | Fax: +27 53 948 1500

Website: www.tswaing.gov.za





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