Free State Business 2019 edition

Free State Business is a unique guide to business and investment in the Free State Province of South Africa. The Free State has several investment and business opportunities. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone is a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.

Free State Business is a unique guide to business and investment in the Free State Province of South Africa. The Free State has several investment and business opportunities.
The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone is a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.


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Center yourself in the heart of South Africa

Regular maintenance ensures

safe and reliable operations

Sasol is most grateful to every employee and the 2 486 contract workers employed by Service

Providers who worked 178 941 labour hours to successfully complete the shutdowns.

68 years ago the first sod was turned

in Sasolburg in the Free State to mark

what was to become Sasol, a global

integrated chemicals and energy

company. Through our talented

people, we use selected technologies

to safely and sustainably source,

produce and market chemical and

energy products competitively

to create superior value for our

customers, shareholders and other

stakeholders. We develop and

commercialise technologies, and build

and operate world-scale facilities

to produce a range of high value

product streams, including liquid fuels,

chemicals and lower-carbon electricity.

We employ more than 31 000 people

working in 32 countries. The original

Sasol facility in Sasolburg forms part

of Sasol’s Operations that consists of

our core chemical and energy product

manufacturing assets. In Southern

Africa these are Secunda Synfuels,

Secunda Chemicals, Mozambique,

Sasolburg, Satellite and Natref

Operations. Internationally they

include facilities in the US, Europe and


The value proposition of these

operation hubs lies in our ability

to integrate and operate complex

technologies at scale, with world-class

product quality and cost advantages.

During the previous financial year,

Sasol’s Sasolburg Operations

increased production volumes by

2%, supported by our expanded

wax facilities that were officially

During September 2018 alone, 27 054 shutdown activities were performed safely by contractors

and Sasol employees at seven Sasol plants in Sasolburg.

inaugurated on 6 February 2018. In

line with our aim of ensuring safe,

reliable and environmentally compliant

facilities, our operations focus on

optimising their processes, improving

efficiency and promoting safety in the

workplace. This is achieved through

activities such as regular inspections

and maintenance work performed

during plant shutdowns to ensure the

safety and integrity of our operations.

our shareholders, employees and

stakeholders. Sasolburg Operations

therefore holds substantial longterm

value that requires continuous

investment to enhance the efficiency

and reliability of our facilities,” said

Sasolburg Operations Senior Vice

President, Louis Fourie.

During September 2018, seven plants

conducted shutdowns in Sasolburg,

while a further 11 plants will perform

shutdowns during the first quarter

of 2019 as part of our four-yearly

shutdown cycle. “Our common goal

is to make Sasol a great company

that delivers long-term value to




Free State Business 2019 Edition


Free State Business is a unique guide to business, investment

and tourism in the province.

Special features

Regional overview of the Free State 8

Gas and hydropower projects are powering ahead in South

Africa’s most centrally located province.

Investing in the Free State 12

Opportunities for investors are presented by the Department

of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and

Environmental Affairs and the Free State Development


Economic sectors


Investors in agri-processing are sought.


Harmony Gold has bought several Free State mines.


New chemicals plant opens in Special Economic Zone.

Oil and gas 38

Natural gas and helium are attracting investment.


Bloemfontein has a new hotel.

Education and training 42

The University of the Free State is a research leader.

About the cover

Harmony, a major gold producer which has been

active in the Free State for many years, recently

acquired new mines.




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Free State Business

A unique guide to business and investment in the Free State

The 2019 edition of Free State Business is the ninth issue of this

highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008,

has established itself as the premier business and investment

guide for the Free State.

The Free State has several investment and business opportunities.

The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone

is a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally

located province. Overviews on each of the key economic sectors

provide up-to-date information on trends in the mining and tourism

sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature

of each sector is also included.

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distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed

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Free State is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which

you can subscribe to online at www.gan.co.za, 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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Economic strategy is focussed

on human capital formation

The Free State Department of Economic, Small

Business Development, Tourism and Environmental

Affairs makes the case for the Free State Province as an

attractive investment destination.

It is with pleasure and gratitude that we, as the department charged

with promoting investment into the Free State Province, introduce

Free State Business 2019. We welcome this well-known publication’s

regular description of the economic environment of our province

and are pleased to contribute to its pages.

A brief overview of the investment climate in our province is

provided on the facing page.

Our department will also be publishing a dedicated investment

booklet. The purpose of the Free State Investment Opportunities Booklet

is to provide pertinent information about large-scale investment

opportunities currently available in various sectors. These initiatives

represent the Free State’s response to President Ramaphosa’s clarion

call for increased long-term investment necessary for inclusive growth

and job creation.

While investment is an essential ingredient to economic growth, it

should be pointed out that at the centre of Free State government’s

economic development strategy is human capital formation and development

through universities and

colleges, and various institutions

pursuing innovation and offering

proof-of-concept services, to name

a few. Indeed, Free State is poised

to become a laboratory for excellence

in education outcomes, research

and innovation, particularly

in the fields of health, agriculture,

agro-processing, manufacturing,

water management, ICT, pharmaceuticals

and rural development.

Domestic and potential investors

from around the world are

welcome to contact the DESTEA

Head of Department at:





Investing in the Free

State Province

Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at

DESTEA, outlines some of the Free State’s

unique selling propositions.

Free State Province is situated in the heart of South Africa and

shares borders with Lesotho and six other provinces. It provides

easy access to the main ports of Durban, East London and

Port Elizabeth.

The Free State is an attractive business and investment destination.

The province is at the centre of South Africa and the dominant sectors

are agriculture, mining, manufacturing and the tertiary sectors, making

it ideal for transport logistics and agro-processing.

Companies locating to Free State not only enjoy the opportunity to

source inputs at competitive prices, but also to benefit from domestic,

regional and international markets for their products and services.

Because South Africa has been engaging with our economically large

trading partners, access to international markets is facilitated through

various trade preferences and free-trade agreements.

As far as long-term investment is concerned, there are industrial

parks and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) that are supported by the

Department of Trade and Industry. Industrial parks are situated in

Maluti-a-Phofung, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. Maluti-a-Phofung

SEZ is situated in Tshiame.

The Free State’s strengths for inward investment are boosted by:

• openess to business, trade and foreign investment

• abundance of natural resources

• low factory rentals

• Africa’s leading telecommunications network

• ​incentive packages uniquely developed for Special Economic Zones

• incentives associated with the revitalised industrial parks

Free State Development Corporation (FDC) support services for

priority sectors such as agro-processing and manufacturing

• a large labour pool

• diverse cultures

• ​competitive land and building cost

• ​world-class transport and telecommunications infrastructure

• an idyllic climate

• recreational and lifestyle


Select investment opportunities


• Agriculture and agro-processing

• Tourism and property


• ​Medical and pharmaceutical

production and distribution

• Manufacturing

• Renewable and clean energy

• Medical tourism.




Working together,

growing the Free State

Ikhraam Osman, CEO of the FDC, invites business people

to explore the opportunities on offer in the Free State.


CEO, Free State Development


The World Bank projected that

the GDP growth for BRICS

(Brazil, Russia, India, China and

South Africa) will increase to

5.3% in 2018, followed by 5.4% in 2019

and 2020. As the bloc’s powerhouses,

India and China are leading the pack

in terms of higher GDP growth rates.

The annual economic growth rate in

India is projected to be 7.5% in 2019

while China’s annual growth rate is

projected to decline to 6.3% in 2019

from 6.8% in 2017. Brazil, Russia and

South Africa have lower GDP growth

rates compared to China and India. The

South African economy is projected to

grow by only 1.7% in 2019.

In line with the Free State Growth

and Development Strategy and the

mandate of broadening access to

economic opportunities for the Free

State-based business sector, the Free

State Development Corporation (FDC)

will continue to unlock business opportunities

for both local direct and

foreign direct investors.

The FDC continues to foster

partnerships with various

stakeholders with the aim of

advancing SMME development,

promoting exports and attracting investment within the province. As an

organisation, we believe that the best way to grow the Free State, and the

country, is through meaningful collaboration and partnerships which allows us

to pool all our resources together for the betterment of our entrepreneurs. This

2019 Free State Business publication presents the Free State’s value proposition

as a business and tourism destination. The province is open for business with

the annual Macufe (Mangaung African Cultural) Festival that brings up to 150

000 travellers into the Mangaung Metro’s City of Roses as Bloemfontein, the

capital, is commonly known. The “Tabalaza Initiative”, which is spearheaded

by the Department of Economic, Small Business, Tourism and Environmental

Affairs (DESTEA), will continue to link start-up innovative business initiatives in

the Free State with funding and mentoring support from established business.

Key opportunities in the Free State include the following:

• A leading agricultural commodities producer presenting significant opportunities

across the agro-processing value chain.

• Engineering opportunities within the Lejweleputswa District as a result

of excellent engineering training and capacity-building resulting from

the mining sector.

• The Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone, situated at Tshiame in

Harrismith in the Thabo Mafutsanyane District in the Eastern Free State,

is targeting investments into the province. This SEZ is situated midway

between the biggest port in Africa, Durban, and the biggest market in

Africa, Gauteng.

• FDC offers an attractive rental incentive package for manufacturing entrepreneurs

that enter into a minimum five-year lease agreement with it.

• The FDC and the dti will soon commence with the second phase of revitalising

its industrial parks in Botshabelo, Mangaung and Phuthaditjhaba

in Maluti-A-Phofung.

• The industrial park in the key town of Sasolburg, the anchor town of the

Metsimoholo Municipality, in the Fezile Dabi District in the Northern Free

State, has space available for rental to industrial tenants.

We will utilise all our resources in creating a conducive environment for

entrepreneurs to thrive and unleash the potential of the provincial economy

to grow through our commitment to:

• relationship building

• commitment to our customers and investors

• economic transformation for the common good of all our people

• assisting investors with accessing incentives and grants where available.

With the support from the provincial government, we will indeed grow

the Free State.


Free State Development

Corporation (FDC)

Driving enterprise development and investment in South Africa’s

most central province, the Free State.

The FDC contributes to the Free State’s economic

development through four service delivery


SMME/co-operative funding and support

The FDC provides products and services to SMMEs

and co-operatives in the form of financial support

(business loans) as well as business development

support (facilitating training and mentoring service


The principal loan products offered to Free State

entrepreneurs by the FDC are:

• Start-up loans for recently established businesses

that are mainly at formative stages.

• Expansion loans offering viable and existing

businesses the capital needed to expand.

Business take-over finance to assist potential

clients to acquire a business as a going concern.

• Bridging finance for SMMEs with short-term cashflow

problems with contracts or tenders.

Property management

The FDC administers a diverse property portfolio

and can offer small to medium enterprises suitable

premises at affordable rates. The corporation has

some 253 commercial properties, 290 industrial

properties and a large number of residential and

vacant land for development.

The corporation aims to use them to facilitate

commercial and industrial activity, while assisting

new investors looking for suitable premises.

The FDC offers advice and guidance in terms of

the following incentives:

• Subsidised rental rates.

• Rental holidays of up to three months.

• Special incentives and discounts for BEE

companies or individuals.

Export-related services

FDC services to exporters include the Export

Promotion Programme, which aims to grow

demand for Free State products in global markets

through capacity-building workshops, the

dissemination of trade leads, networking opportunities

with inbound trade missions, product

promotion through participation in outbound

group missions and on national and international

exhibitions, access to national export-incentive

programmes, market access information and

technical advice on exporting procedures.

Investor services

The FDC offers a range of services to investors and

businesses looking to trade in the Free State. These

include the following:

• Project appraisal and packaging.

• Promotion and facilitation of investment projects

and facilitation of access to finance.

• Providing access to business and government

networks and assistance with business retention

and expansion.

• Information on statutory requirements, investment

advice and assistance with investment

incentive applications and business permits.

• Assisting with the development of local and international

markets and facilitating joint ventures/

equity partnerships through identification of

local partners.

For additional information please contact

the Free State Development Corporation on +27 51 400 0800.





Gas and hydropower projects are powering ahead in South Africa’s

most centrally located province.

By John Young

New opportunities are opening up in the

Free State in the gas and energy sectors.

Several new licences to explore for gas have

been granted and a R200-million helium

extraction plant is under construction near Virginia.

With proven reserves of 25-billion cubic feet, the

rights to the field are owned by Renergen and they will

be worked by Afrox, a subsidiary of the Linde Group

of Germany.

The Stortemelk Hydropower Project (pictured)

was built as part of the national Renewable

Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement

Programme (REIPPPP). The collaboration of Renewable

Energy Holdings (REH), Aurecon and Earthworld

Architects delivered a facility with installed capacity

of 4.5MW on the As River. Unusually for a power plant,

the project won the 2017 Award for Architecture from

the South African Institute of Architects for the Free

State region.

Another emerging sector is solar energy. The

Xhariep, Lejweleputswa and Mangaung regions

have among the best direct solar radiation kWh/m²

in the country. Only Upington in the Northern Cape

has a better solar-radiation index. Rezoning for

solar farms has already taken place in Theunissen,

Bloemfontein, Fauresmith and Hoopstad.


Foreign investments into the Free State totalled

R8.4-billion in 2017 and the province has now

achieved the status of being a net exporter of


Relations have been established with 35 countries.

Africa and the BRICS grouping of Brazil, Russia,

India and China are focus areas. Other partnerships

based on education and trade include countries and




regions like Portugal, Turkey

and Madeira.

An annual Global

Investors Trade Bridge is held

to promote investment into

the province. In November

2016 the first Free State/

Madeira Flower Festival took

place in Parys. This is a first

step in creating links to export

markets in floriculture

and horticulture.

The official launch in April

2017 of the Maluti-A-Phofung

Special Economic Zone was

a significant event for the

economy of the Free State.

Although agriculture and

mining remain the mainstays

of the provincial economy,

diversification and expansion

through initiatives such

as Special Economic Zones

(SEZs) are key to the economic

future of the province.

Sectors prioritised at

the Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ

(which is located on South Africa’s busiest highway,

the N3) include logistics, ICT, automotive, pharmaceuticals,

manufacturing and agri-processing. The

1 000ha site will have four zones: agri-processing,

light industrial, heavy industrials and a container

terminal. A chemicals factory opened in the zone

in 2018.

The idea of clustering developments is also

behind the N8 Corridor concept which covers

Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. Within

this are several projects including the ICC Precinct

(hotel and convention centre in Bloemfontein), Bio-

Medical Park, Airport Node (logistics and supply

chain, warehouses, residential apartments, hospitals,

schools, hotels and new shopping malls), and tourism

infrastructure for the Naval Hill Development.

Another important pillar of the economy of the

Free State, the chemicals and fuels hub at Sasolburg,

is modernising and expanding. International fuel,

gas and chemicals company Sasol regularly invests

in new technologies and in expanding production

of its various products.

A new water pipeline from the Xhariep Dam is

being built to serve the Xhariep District and the

Mangaung Metro. A steady and reliable water source

is an important component in attracting investment.

Five major national highways intersect the centrally-located

province which is also well served

by rail and air links. The Bram Fischer International

Airport in the provincial capital city of Bloemfontein

is the site of a multi-phase industrial and commercial

development. Two universities (the University of

Free State and the Central University of Technology)

have several campuses across the province.

The Free State shares borders with six other

provinces, in addition to the Mountain Kingdom

of Lesotho. A summer-rainfall region with a mean

annual rainfall of 532mm, the Free State’s climate,

soil types and topography vary greatly within the

province, with plains in the west and mountains in

the east. The western and southern areas are semidesert,

with some Karoo vegetation occurring in

the south.

The Free State produces significant proportions

of South Africa’s wheat (30%), sunflowers (45%) and

maize (45%). As such, it is ranked third in contribution

to national GDP in agriculture.

Municipalities in the Free State

The Free State has one metropolitan municipality

(Mangaung), four district municipalities and 19 local


Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a Category

A municipality which governs Bloemfontein,

Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. The sixth-largest city

in the country, the Mangaung municipal area covers

more than 6 263km² and has a population of about

850 000 people. The languages spoken in the area

are mainly Sesotho, Afrikaans, English and Setswana.

Bloemfontein, which is responsible for about 25%

of provincial GDP, is at the centre of a development

node known as the N8 Corridor which is intended to

boost development along the road from Lesotho to




Kimberley and Upington in the Northern Cape province.

Several projects are underway in and around

the provincial capital, including an Airport Node

(logistics, supply chain, flats, shopping malls), Naval

Hill (projected new hotel in the nature reserve), and

the expansion of Hamilton Business Park.

The city’s Fresh Produce Market is an important

cog in the distribution of agricultural produce in the

region while it is connected to all other centres by

good rail and road links. There is a marshalling yard,

a petroleum depot and two airports (one military).

The national Supreme Court of Appeal is located in

Bloemfontein and the National Museum has superb

rock art exhibits.

Xhariep District Municipality

Towns: Trompsberg, Koffiefontein, Zastron,

Philipollis, Edenburg, Fauresmith, Smithfield,


The southernmost region of the Free State is a largely

dry area with open grasslands predominating, although

it is also home to the Gariep Dam, South

Africa’s largest dam. Crops are produced in the

northern parts of the district whereas sheep farming

predominates in the south. Trompsberg has the

second-biggest sheep-shearing barn in the country.

Diamonds, gravel and clay are mined at

Koffiefontein. Jagersfontein is one of the first places

where diamonds were found, and it has its own

version of the Big Hole to prove it. The town of

Bethulie is a good stopping-over place for tourists

wanting to experience the water sports available

on the Gariep Dam.

The dam is also the site of small hydro-power

and aquaculture projects which are intended to

create employment and tackle food security. The

nearby Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve and the

Mynhardt Game Reserve have a variety of wildlife

in spectacular settings. Jacobsdal’s Landzicht

winery has proved itself as a worthy producer

of wine. San rock paintings and Anglo-Boer War

sites are plentiful.

Fauresmith hosts an annual horse endurance

race and Smithfield is the venue for a “Chill” festival

every winter, the “Bibber Fees”. The steel

bridge over the Caledon River at Wepener is a

national monument.

Lejweleputswa District Municipality

Towns: Welkom, Virginia, Boshof, Christiana,

Bultfontein, Bothaville

Mining is the most important economic activity in this

area, also known as the Free State Goldfields, but it is

also the most important maize-growing area in South

Africa. A large natural gas field has been discovered

on what used to be gold turf. Bothaville is the selfproclaimed

Mielie Capital of South Africa but it is a

name that is apt. The town hosts the annual NAMPO

maize festival and the headquarters of Grain SA.

Mining town Welkom is the major urban centre

in the district. The town of Virginia is the site of

a jewellery school and it is intended that this will

form the nucleus of a jewellery beneficiation hub

and an IT hub.

The area has tourist assets such as a holiday

resort on the Allemanskraal Dam, the Goldfields

Wine Cellar in Theunissen and the Willem Pretorius

Game Reserve but there is potential for growth in

the heritage sector.

Fezile Dabi District Municipality

Towns: Sasolburg, Parys, Kroonstad, Frankfort,

Heilbron, Viljoenskroon

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic

driver in the district, which shares a border with

Gauteng province along the Vaal River. The town

of Heilbron is another important industrial centre

and Frankfort does important agricultural processing

work. Kroonstad is the district’s second-largest

town and has a number of engineering works and

a railway junction. A new kraft paper factory has

been planned for Frankfort.

A good proportion of South Africa’s grain crop is

sourced from this district and when the vast fields

of sunflowers and cosmos flowers are in bloom, a

marvellous vista is created. The Vaal River presents

opportunities for yachting, rafting and resort-based

enterprises. Parys is a charming town and Vredefort

is home to a World Heritage Site – the Vredefort

Dome where a meteor crashed to earth.








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Fezile Dabi District Municipality is the biggest

contributor towards the provincial GDP,

contributing approximately 35%. The Fezile

Dabi area is mostly dominated by the industrial

power of Sasol, with the manufacturing

of refined petroleum, coke and chemical products

adding largely to its GDP.

The establishment of ChemCity, a wholly

owned subsidiary of Sasol, has also added a

business incubator that allows SMMEs to feed

off and diversify from the opportunities that

prevail due to the energy consortium operating

in the area.

Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality

Towns: Phuthaditjhaba, Bethlehem,

Tweespruit, Ladybrand, Clarens, Harrismith,

Vrede, Ficksburg

Tourism and fruit farming are the two principal

economic activities of this area which is characterised

by beautiful landscapes: the Maluti

and the Drakensberg mountain ranges, wetlands

in the north, well-watered river valleys

and the plains of the north and west. The most

famous asset is the Golden Gate National Park.

Industrial activity is undertaken at

Harrismith and Phuthaditjhaba, where the

Free State Development Corporation is promoting

investment. The Maluti-a-Phofung

Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Harrismith

is a multi-modal transport and logistics hub.

The commercial centre of the district is

Bethlehem while Clarens and Ficksburg have

become famous for their artists and cherries

respectively. Marquard produces 90% of South

Africa’s cherries. The north of the district has

many sunflower seed farms. Tweespruit is a

major sunflower seed production centre.

The Basuto cultural village in Qwa Qwa offers

beautifully made crafts, and rock paintings

can be seen as illustrations of the artistic skills

of much earlier inhabitants of the area.




Free State Development Corporation

investment opportunities

The Free State Development Corporation is driving a number of exciting

investment opportunities in the Free State Province.


Mabele Fuels (Pty) Ltd is a company registered

in the Republic of South Africa whose business

is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from

grain sorghum for sale to the South African

biofuels market. The company was founded

and incorporated in 2005 and resolves to build

a bio-ethanol-from-sorghum plant in Bothaville

in the Free State Province, South Africa.


Sector: Renewable energy

Value: R2.5-billion

Job creation: 5 000 jobs


The establishment of a sorghum-based bioethanol

refinery in Bothaville. The plant will have

the capacity to produce 153-million litres of fuelgrade

bio-ethanol per year.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Marlan Mouton, Project Coordinator

Email: Marlan@mabelefuels.com

Philip Bouwer, Project Manager

Email: phil@mabelefuels.com

National Department of Energy:

Tel: +27 57 391 1326 / 1300

Fax: +27 57 352 2673

Free State Development Corporation:

Peterson Molukanelo

(Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800

Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za


The project will be funded by a combination

of equity funding (shareholders) and financial

institutions. The full suite of project and finance

documents are available.






Quirinus (Pty) Ltd intends to establish a

manufacturing plant in Harrismith, Free

State province. The plant will make male

and female latex condoms for both the

private and public sector markets

Sector: Manufacturing

Value: R220-million

Job creation: 198 jobs


The establishment of male and female latex

condoms manufacturing plant for both private

and public sector markets.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Parma Naik, Project Promoter

Email: parma.naik@gmail.com

Free State Development Corporation:

Peterson Molukanelo

(Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800

Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za


This project is currently in

the phase of business and

contract negotiations. The

project will be financed

by shareholder and bank

loans. Partnerships exist

with V-Worldwide Group,

HLL and Prometheum

Investments (Pty) Ltd.





Gap Holdings’ vision is to be at the forefront

of geyser innovation and new technologies

in the industry. A manufacturing plant for

solar and electric geysers is envisaged for the

town of Welkom in the Lejweleputswa District



The establishment of a solar and electric

geyser manufacturing plant.


Sector: Manufacturing

Value: R20-million

Job creation: 80 jobs


The project is currently in the business

plan phase.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Eric Van Dieman, Project Promoter

Email: eric@csiza.co.za

Free State Development Corporation:

Peterson Molukanelo

(Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800

Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za





The company intends to manufacture

steel and iron with scrap metal sourced

from all over South Africa. The plant

will be located in the industrial area

of Botshabelo, Bloemfontein, which is

already a manufacturing hub with a

skilled workforce.

The project will be financed by shareholder and

bank loans. EIA approvals have been obtained and

SMME Scrap Metal Suppliers has been established.

Investigate an opportunity for a metal fabrication

plant to supply construction, building and

infrastructure sector.


The company will source scrap metal across South

Africa and process it into steel and iron.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Jacqui Gao, Project Promoter

Email: gaofujiaqi@163.com

Free State Development Corporation:

Peterson Molukanelo

(Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800

Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za


Sector: Manufacturing

Value: R300-million

Job creation: 500 jobs






Tetra4 is a vertically integrated gas producer

operating in South Africa. Tetra4 is a natural gas

producer that provides sustainable, clean energy

solutions to large-scale users in the Free State

mining region around Welkom. The company

has 13 operational wells producing methane-rich

natural gas and uniquely occurring helium. The

methane-rich natural gas is a clean substitute for

transport fuel and thermal fuel.

The project is currently in the project

packaging and development phase.


Tetra4 will produce the country’s first

liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally and

sell it to transport companies for use in

trucks to reduce reliance on imported

diesel. The company will also export

helium, which will make South Africa the

eighth country in the world with proven

helium reserves.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Stefano Marani,Project Promoter

Email: Stefano@renergen.co.za

Free State Development Corporation:

Peterson Molukanelo

(Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800

Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za


Sector: Renewable energy

Value: R450-million

Job creation: 405 jobs






The FDC is keen to facilitate the production of

roofsheets made from corrugated iron, IRB and



Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

Investment Required

R25-million in capital expenditure is needed.



Investment is required to add 2 000ha of apple

orchards on agricultural land in the Eastern

Free State.


Maluti Fruit, a pack house in Bethlehem, Free State,

has launched Remmoho, a BEE project that will focus

on increasing apple production in the province.

One of the advantages of growing apples in the

Free State is that the fruit from the region is the first

to be harvested during the Southern Hemisphere

growing season – a full two to three weeks before

fruit from the more traditional growing areas in the

Western Cape.

A business plan has been completed and would be

available to prospective investors.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Peterson Molukanelo (Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800 | Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za




Convert an old, unused mining shaft into a tourist

attraction that will enable people to experience

life below the surface.


Virginia (Matjhabeng).

Investment Required



An opportunity exists to set up a jewellery design

and manufacturing operation adjacent to an

existing jewellery school.


Virginia (Matjhabeng).

Investment Required


To discuss these opportunities, contact

Mpolokeng Mokalobe, Tel: +27 51 400 9585

Email: mokalobem@detea.fs.gov.za







There are plans to establish a Cut, Make and Trim

(CMT) factory in order to manufacture clothing

in the Free State.


Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality (QwaQwa).

Investment Required

Finance is sought for purchase of machinery

and working capital for 12 months.


The establishment of a plant for waste recycling

and conversion into usable products as well as the

generation of energy from waste.


Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

(Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu).

Investment Required


A business plan has been completed and would

be available to prospective investors.





Manufacturing of metal, steel and plastic products

for automotive, rail, aviation, mining and other

similar industries.



Investment Required

R15.1-million in capital expenditure is needed.


The manufacture and retail of light-emitting

diodes (LEDs).


Anywhere within the Free State.

Investment Required




To establish a textile manufacturing facility producing

spun yarn and woven cloth for supply to

Cut, Make and Trim (CMT) facilities in the Free State

and the rest of South Africa.


Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality (QwaQwa).

Investment Required

R76-million is required.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Peterson Molukanelo (Acting) GM: Marketing, Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800 | Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za






The intention is to build 10 x 40

000 broiler houses, 10 x 220 000

broiler hatcheries and 8 x 20 000

layer houses.


These facilities could be located

in the following municipalities:

Lejweleputswa, Fezile Dabi,

Thabo Mofutsanyana.

Investment Required

R6.5-billion is required to

increase the size of the

poultry production market in

the Free State.



The FDC is promoting an

opportunity to increase the

production of sunflower, soya

beans, dry beans and lucerne.

If investment is forthcoming

448 981ha could be put into

production by 2030.


Various agricultural areas in

the Free State.

Investment Required

An estimated R585.8-million

is needed.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Dr Tankiso Masiteng

Email: masiteng@agric.fs.gov.za




Why invest in solar generation

plants in South Africa

• South Africa’s solar irradiation levels are among

the best in the world (>2 000kWh/m²).

• Transition to a cleaner energy mix (low carbon


• Strong local content from government (glass,


• Strong, established local construction


• Experience in building power stations and mines.

• Current steel and pipes production meeting CSP


• A target to generate 45% of all new electricity

from renewable sources by 2030.

• The ongoing success of the renewables procurement

programme and the growing interest of international

developers and funders are helping South

Africa to improve its ranking from nowhere to top

10 investment destinations in the world (Renewable

Energy Country Attractiveness Index 2014).

• South Africa is the region’s clear leader for clean

energy development with record investments of

over US$10-billion in 2012 and 2013.

Drivers for PV and CSP investments

• Environmental issues such as pollution and

exploitation of natural resources.

• Climate change due to CO2 emissions from

fossil fuels.

• Energy security through diversification of supply.

• Sustainable development.



























Tokologo LM


Letsemeng LM

May 2014 64MW Operational Solar Reserve

Aug 2016





Green Power

3.8-billion, 1-billion cost

of financing


Tokologo LM Nov 2014 64MW Operational Sun Edison 1.8-billion USA


Bethulie LM





develop ment

and project


Tokologo LM Planned 75MW Planned

Matjhabeng LM







Solar Power




FRV Energy

South Africa



Project occupies 180ha

of the Farm Beyers 186










Matjhabeng LM






FRV Energy

South Africa

Project will occupy 180ha

of the Farm

Beyers 186 (393ha)





The project aim is to recruit a private investor to

set up a solar park in the Xhariep, Lejweleputswa

and Mangaung regions, as these offer some of the

best direct solar radiation (kWh/m²).


Investors may participate in both off-grid and

on-grid supply solutions. Off-grid is where the

solar generation plant is directly supplying an

independent user or seller, for example a mine

or an industrial estate. On-grid is where investors

participate in South Africa’s successful

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer

Procurement (REIPPP) Programme managed by

the Department of Energy (DOE) and finally supply

the grid.

Projects Location

Xhariep District, Mangaung Metro as well as

Lejwele putswa.

Conversion Technologies

Both photovoltaic modules and concentrated

solar power (CSP) plant conversion technologies

can be implemented.


A private investor is required to set up a solar

water heaters manufacturing plant in Botshabelo

Industrial Area. The manufacturing process may

involve the following:

• Fabrication of panel storage tanks.

• Assembly of tank, panel coil and other


• Inspection and commissioning.

• Required raw materials for the manufacturing

of solar water heaters are copper aluminium MS

sheet, pipe, glass fibre, GI sheets, thermostat

and insulation material.

Why Solar Water Heaters

• Eskom electricity demand management


• Strong local content on SWH procurement by

DOE and Eskom.

• Financial and technology capabilities to manufacture

and supply locally produced systems.

• Construction Sector Education Training

Authority (CETA) and Energy Sector Education

Training Authority offers accredited Level 4

plumbing qualification.

• Availability of plumbing skills currently serv ing

the mining, gas and petroleum industries.


Botshabelo within the N8 Corridor.

Investment Required

To be determined at feasibility.

To discuss these opportunities, contact

Peterson Molukanelo (Acting) GM: Marketing,

Trade and Investment

Tel: + 27 51 4000 800 | Email: petersonm@fdc.co.za




Bringing services

to the people

The Free State Development Corporation is bringing services

closer to the people through its strategic partnership programme.

CIPC Commissioner Adv Rory Voller (left) and FDC CEO Ikhraam Osman (right)

at the SST official launch at Rent-A-Desk.

The strategic partnership between FDC (Free State Development

Corporation) and CIPC (Companies & Intellectual Property

Commission) brings relief to SMMEs (small, medium and

micro-enterprises) by bringing services to their doorstep.

The CEO of FDC, Ikhraam Osman, and CIPC Commissioner,

advocate Rory Voller, launched an Electronic Self Service Terminal

(SST) at Rent-A-Desk on 2 June 2017. This initiative assists aspirant Free

State entrepreneurs and SMMEs as they are now able to register their

companies with CIPC at a minimal cost of R175. In addition to cutting

the transport cost of having to travel to Pretoria for registering their

business, they receive their registration certificate within two days

after registering.

According to CIPC, the facility is a government response to meet

the needs of emerging businesspeople by bringing services at low

cost to their doorstep.

FDC CEO Ikhraam Osman indicated that Rent-A-Desk is a co-working

space of affordable shared services that provides SMMEs and other

businesses an opportunity for collaboration and networking, secure

parking facilities, boardroom, full reception services and high-speed

Internet. Other advantages include housekeeping services, access to a

fully equipped kitchen, printing and email facilities.

Botshabelo Industrial Area

In November 2017, the Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, and his

delegation conducted site visits to Botshabelo Industrial Area to



assess the state of development

of manufacturing entrepreneurs.

Companies visited included CMT

operators, tyre manufacturers,

roofsheet manufacturing, LSF

frames, trusses and hall panel

manufacturers, PVC ceiling

manufacturers and suppliers,

household electric goods

manufacturers and broiler


The purpose of the visit

was to assess for himself the

state of the development of

manufacturing entrepreneurs

and the conditions under which

they operate. This was intended

to ensure that government

enterprise development support

programmes respond to specific

needs of manufacturers such

as ensuring that provincial

government and municipalities

source from local manufacturers

to help to sustain their business

and generate much-needed jobs.


(Department of Economics,

Small Business, Tourism and

Environmental Affairs) were

directed by the Premier to

implement targeted market

access and product development

interventions to enable the

Botshabelo SMMEs to grow their

business and facilitate access

for them to the incentives that

are available for their business

expansion projects.

Free State trade opportunities


The Free State province offers a wide range of trading opportunities

The Free State’s main exports are:

• Mineral products.

• Plastics and articles thereof.

• Chemical products.

• Vehicle and transport equipment.

• Agricultural equipment.

• Semi-precious stones, metals, imitation jewellery.

• Base metals and articles thereof.

• Textile and textile articles.

• Vegetable and fruit products.

• Wood and articles of wood.

• Raw hides and skins, leather and articles thereof.

• Medical or surgical instruments and apparatus.

• Live animals.

Additional breakdown of products:

• Minerals (gold, coal, diamonds, clay, limestone,

salt, gypsum, granite, sand stone aggregates).

• Agriculture (maize, wheat, sorghum, potatoes,

sunflower, red meat, vegetables, dry beans, fruit,

peanuts, wool, poultry, dairy, cherries).

• Floriculture (cut flowers).

• Chemicals (fuels, waxes, synthetic fuel, liquid


• Agricultural machinery and equipment.

• Vehicles (trailers).

• Arts and crafts.



FDC House, 33 Kellner Street, cnr of Markgraaff

Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 4000 800 | Fax: +27 51 447 0929


Botshabelo Office

35 Orange Str, Industrial, Botshabelo 9781

Tel: +27 51 534 1101/02/03 | Fax: +27 51 534 1104

Thabo-Nchu/Motheo Office

102 Manyane High Way, Selosesha, Thaba Nchu 7983

Tel: +27 51 873 3901 2476 | Fax: +27 51 873 3402


Xhariep Office

Cnr Van Riebeeck and Voortrekker, Khoisan

Building, Trompsburg 9913

Tel: +27 51 713 0342/3 | Fax: +27 51 713 0342


Thabo Mofutsanyana Office

357K Clubview, Phuthditjhaba

Tel: +27 58 714 0060/64

Fax: +27 58 714 0071

Industriqwa/Harrismith Office

Ms M Setai

Manager in the Office of the CEO

Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone

Tel: +27 51 4000 800 | Cell: +27 73 210 0935

Email: maphoka@mapsez.co.za

Website: www.mapsez.co.za


Fezile Dabi Office

31 NJ Van der Merwe Crescent, Sasolburg 1942

Tel: +27 51 400 0800

For additional information on trading opportunities please contact

the Free State Development Corporation on +27 51 400 0800.





Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ

investment opportunities

Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic

Zone (MAP SEZ) has been established

in terms of the Special Economic Zones

Act No. 16 of 2014. The programme is

intended to deepen industrial development and

improve manufacturing competitiveness in the

Maluti-A-Phofung region.

Situated in Harrismith and Tshiame in the Eastern

Free State, MAP SEZ is strategically located on the N3

national road, halfway between Johannesburg and

Durban. MAP SEZ offers 1 038 hectares of land for

industrial development.

Since the Durban port is the busiest in the

southern hemisphere, it therefore means that the N3

carries the majority of the traffic to different locations

in South Africa and neighbouring countries such as

Lesotho and Swaziland. Through its cross-docking

precinct and its logistics and warehousing sectors

the MAP SEZ presents itself as a solution to lighten

the traffic pressure on the N3.

This Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is part of the Free

State leg of the massive Durban-Free State-Gauteng

logistics and industrial corridor that is intended to

strengthen the logistics and transport corridor

between South Africa’s main industrial hubs to:

• Improve access to export and import markets.

• Integrate Free State industrial strategy activities

into the corridor.

• Create job opportunities and grow the economy

within the region.

Investor benefits

Benefits that will be derived from locating within

MAP SEZ include:

• 15% corporate tax instead of 28% corporate tax.

• Building allowance.

• Employment incentive.

• Customs controlled area (CCA).

• 12i Tax allowance.

SEZ project pipeline

There are various companies that have signed

letters of intent to locate in the MAP SEZ. Some of

the sectors targeted for establishment within the

MAP SEZ are as follows:

• Logistics and distribution.

• Agro-processing.

• Food processing.

• Rail-based container terminal (Transnet Freight


• Starch chemicals.

• Biogas.

MAP SEZ milestones

• MAP SEZ was launched by President Zuma on 25

April 2017 to operate as a Special Economic Zone.

• Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ was granted an operator

permit in 2017 by the Minister of Trade and

Industry after cabinet approval.

• Perimeter fencing and lighting have been


• Bulk infrastructure roll-out is in progress and is

80% complete.

• The SEZ has developed a marketing and

promotion pipeline which has attracted

24 potential investors with an estimated

investment value of R 2.6-billion and will create

approximately 22 130 permanent and temporary

job opportunities in the next 5 to 10 years.

• Construction of top structures to commence

in June 2019.

What the MAP SEZ offers

• Lots of space – more than 1000ha available to

prospective investors.

• Long-term lease periods which provide investors

an opportunity to recoup investment on


• Affordability in the form of concessions offered

on rentals.




Economic development

As part of its mandate, the MAP SEZ is intended to create decent work,

transfer of skills and other social economic benefits. In line with this

requirement, the MAP SEZ’s robust investment-promotion pipeline

will allow the entity to create an estimated 22 130 permanent and

temporary job opportunities in the Maluti-A-Phofung region over

the next 5 to 10 years.


Key MAP SEZ investment pipeline

Beverage processing plant Investments

One of the MAP SEZ’s flagship investors is a 100% black, independentlyowned

business, which manufactures, imports, distributes and



markets some of the world’s premuim beverage brands.

One of the MAPSEZ’s flagship investors is a 100%

This investor will be establishing black, a beverage independently owned processing business, which and imports, bottling

plant at the MAP SEZ. The finished

distributes and markets some of the world’s most




will be sold at retail

facilities domestically and internationally.

This investor will be establishing a beverage

processing and bottling plant at the MAPSEZ, the

finished products will be sold at the retail facilities

domestically and internationally.


This agri-park project involves MAP the SEZ building AGRI-PARK of PROJECT a world-class,

integrated food processing park which

This Agri-Park

will include

project involves




building of a

warehousing, cold storage and manufacturing world-class, integrated food facilities. processing The park which agriparks

project scheme has been created storage and manufacturing to promote facilities. the upskilling

will include food processing, warehousing, cold

of local farmers and to expose local The Agri-parks farmers project to scheme the has commercial

been created to

promote the upskilling of local farmers and to expose

market space.

local farmers to the commercial market space.


Human hair manufacturer

A Chinese hair company has partnered with in South

A Chinese hair company has partnered Africa with companies South to African establish a companies

human hair

manufacturing plant.

to establish a human hair The final product

The final product will be sold to retail facilities in the

will be sold to retail facilities in the local local and international and international market. market.


Inland agri-hub facility

This investor intends to develop an inland Agro

This investor intends to develop an logistics inland facility agro-logistics and also to create facility silos for local and


also to create silos for local farmers. Another leg of this business

Another leg of this business includes the shipment of

includes the shipment of grain in and grain around in and around the the Free State Provinceandthe

SADC region.

and the SADC region.


MAP SEZ priority sectors

There are six priority sectors:

• Automotive

• Agro-processing

• Logistics

• General processing


• Pharmaceuticals.

As part of its mandate, the MAPSEZ is intended to

create decent work and other economic social

benefits in the region in which it is located.

In line with this requirement, the MAPSEZ’s robust

investment promotion pipeline will allow the entity

to create an estimated 22 130 permanent and


temporary job opportunities in the Maluti-A-Phofung

Region over the next five years.

Ms M Setai

Manager in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer

Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone

Tel: +27 51 4000 800 | Cell: +27 73 210 0935 | Email: maphoka@mapsez.co.za

Website: www.mapsez.co.za




Free State Gambling,

Liquor and Tourism


Driving economic transformation in the Free State.

Free State Province

Center yourself in the heart of South Africa

effective, well-regulated gambling and liquor industry and a vibrant

tourism sector.


To be a leading developmental institution that drives economic

transformation, regulation and adaptation to the ever-changing

industry dynamics to benefit the Free State.

CEO of Free State Gambling,

Liquor and Tourism Authority

Mr Kenny Dichabe

The Free State Gambling,

Liquor and Tourism

Authority (FSGLTA) is one

of the two entities of the

Department of Economic, Small

Business Development, Tourism

and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA).

The FSGLTA was established by the

FSGLTA Amendment Act 4 of 2017,

which was amended to incorporate

the former Free State Tourism

Authority to Free State Gambling

and Liquor to form the now know

entity which is known as FSGLTA.


A transformed economy and

a prosperous society with an


The mandate of the Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism

Authority is to regulate the gambling and liquor industries within

the province and to market and promote tourism in the province.

The Authority’s purpose is to promote legally compliant, responsible,

sustainable and transformed gaming and liquor industries through

effective licensing, regulating and reporting on the activities of

the industries, and to position the Free State Province as a tourist

destination of choice.

The gambling industry

• Invite applications for licences (gambling)

• Consider, grant or refuse applications

• Cancel, suspend, vary, renew or revoke a licence or registration


• Implementation of norms and standards in the gambling industry

as determined by the National Gambling Act

• Ensure that gambling activities are effectively regulated, licensed

and controlled

• Ensure compliance to the act, rules and regulations

The liquor industry

• Receive applications for registrations (liquor)

• Reduce the socio-economic and other costs of alcohol

• Promote the development of a responsible and sustainable liquor

industry in relation to gambling

• Generate revenue for the Free State Province.



The tourism industry

It is important that the FSGLTA intensifies its

efforts to ensure effective marketing of the

province in order to attract domestic tourists

as well as international tourists. The province

continues to enhance tourism infrastructure,

up-skill the sector, inculcate the culture of

service excellence and enhance the provision

of world-class visitor experiences. The Authority

has partnered with event organisers and tour

operators to market and promote the Free State

as a tourist destination. These are achieved

through the following:

• Forging strategic partnership with the public

and private sectors to leverage from each

the capability and capacity to improve the


• Streamlining the impact of events through

partnerships and sponsorships

• Improving on Meetings, Incentives,

Conferencing and Events (MICE) as a focused

growth area of the market

• Continuous review of the marketing plans to

stay on par with the industry trends.


Reduce the socio-economic and other costs of alcohol

Promote the development of a responsible and sustainable liquor industry in

relation to gambling

Implementation of norms and standards in the gambling industry as determined

by the National Gambling Act

Ensure that gambling activities are effectively regulated, licensed, and


Generate revenue for the Free State Province.

Gambling and Liquor Contact Details

Gambling and Liquor Contact Details

District Contact Person Contact Detail

Mangaung Metro Abraham Classen classena@fsglta.gov.za

051 404 0320

079 506 0272

Thabo Mofutsanyana Peter Moleko molekop@fsglta.gov.za

078 309 4178

Lejweleputswa Thabo Tlake tlaket@fsglta.gov.za

057 492 0001

072 533 6681

FezileDabi Bonakele Nzunga nzungab@fsglta.gov.za

056 492 0001

082 256 5926

Xhariep Mpakiseng Moloi moloim@fsglta.gov.za

051 492 0167

083 664 9675

The tourism industry

Tourism It important that Information the FSGLTA intensifies Contact its efforts to ensure Details effective

Tourism Information Contacts

marketing of the province in order to attract domestic tourists as well as

international Tourism Route tourists. The Contact province Person continues to enhance Contact tourism Detail infrastructure,

Cheetah Route Nthabiseng Methola cheetah@freestatetourism.org

073 125 1614

Eagle Route Bonolo Molefe eagle@freestatetourism.org

072 056 6090

Flamingo Route Dineka Lephowane flamingo@freestatetourism.org

073 796 8577

Lion Route Keakabetse Ramokonopi lion@freestatetourism.org

084 951 1564

Springbok Route Kefiloe Molefe molefek@fsglta.gov.za

079 496 2999




Making it easier to do business with Nedbank

Whole-view Business Banking

Kevin de Beer, Nedbank Provincial General Manager for Retail and

Business Banking for Free State and Northern Cape, explains how

Nedbank can help business owners in these regions.

on what’s most important to you – running your

business,’ says de Beer.

In line with our new brand proposition encouraging

clients to see money differently, our Free State and

Northern Cape agriteams are committed to providing

key support, as well as advisory and business services

to all roleplayers involved in the agrispace in both

provinces. We will share our financial expertise

and play a role in advancing profitable, sustainable

practices throughout the agricultural production and

consumption value chain.

There is good news for Free State and

Northern Cape business owners and

entrepreneurs seeking a unique banking

experience. Nedbank Business Banking

has business managers, located across

both provinces, specialising in commercial

industries as well as the agricultural sector.

De Beer says his team is ready to assist clients with

professional advice, industry-specific solutions

and a comprehensive range of financial products

and services.

‘At Nedbank Business Banking we believe that you

need a financial partner who not only understands

your circumstances and aspirations, but also provides

you with relevant solutions and a banking experience

that is hassle-free. This allows you to concentrate

We recognise that farmers today face many

challenges, and to remain competitive, they

continually have to improve and adopt best practices

and new technologies.

‘We encourage you to see money differently with

Whole-view Business Banking, says de Beer.

‘We are also involved in a number of initiatives with

the public sector, ensuring that such partnerships

support provincial government goals in respect of job

creation and growing the economy,’ de Beer


If you are interested in taking your business to the next

level, please call Kevin de Beer on

+27 (0)51 400 5813, send an email to

kevindeb@nedbank.co.za or

visit www.nedbank.co.za.


Nedbank Business Bundle is a game changer

with savings and personalised services for

small enterprises

The new Business Bundle from Nedbank is a game changer for small

enterprises in the Free State and Northern Cape, offering the best value

for money when compared to rival offerings.

With the country’s challenging economic

environment, the Business Bundle not only

offers you personalised banking services,

but also critical tools to save – with up to

40% savings on monthly banking fees –

contributing directly to the bottomline at a

time when every cent counts.

In line with Nedbank’s new brand proposition to see

money differently, the Business Bundle resonates with

the bank’s commitment to do good by promoting

small enterprises.

‘As a bank for small businesses we are committed

to partnering with entrepreneurs to help grow their

businesses. As such, Nedbank is always looking at

ways in which we can help unlock the value of our

clients’ businesses. We support their business growth

journeys by providing practical tools to help them

run their businesses,’ says Kevin de Beer, Nedbank

Provincial General Manager, Retail and Business

Banking for Free State and Northern Cape.

‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.

Nedbank has, over the years, instituted various

interventions aimed at giving support to the smallbusiness


To see how Nedbank can help your small business reach

its goals, call Kevin de Beer on +27 (0)51 400 5813,

send an email to kevindeb@nedbank.co.za or

visit www.nedbank.co.za.

Trust us to protect

your business

against everyday


Shareen Gobichund,

Regional Manager of

Broker Channels for

Free State and Northern

Cape, says Nedbank

Insurance is not a onesize-fits-all


Nedbank Insurance has evolved into a business

that provides integrated insurance to individual

and business clients. Our offering comprises

comprehensive short-term and life insurance

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Investors in agri-processing are sought.

The Imbani Homsek Group (pictured) is an integrated dairyproducts

producer with one of the biggest Ayrshire herds

in the world. The farm north of Bloemfontein encompasses

6 000ha and its factories supply Woolworths. The long-life

milk factory is a three-way partnership between Imbani Homsek,

Woolworths and Nampak, the packaging company. The head office

of Country Bird Holdings is in Bloemfontein: its brands are Supreme

Chicken, Nutri Feeds and Ross (breeding). Country Bird Logistics

controls 45 chilled and frozen vans.

Clover has three factories in the Free State: Bethlehem (milk powder,

whey mixtures and creamers); Frankfort (butter, the largest such factory

in the country, where ghee and roller dried milk powder is also made)

and in Heilbron (whey, buttermilk, condensed milk and packaging).

Despite these large operations, the Free State Department of

Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) notes that only 11% of

the province’s primary agricultural production is processed within the

province’s boundaries. Business Times reported in 2018 that smaller

Free State dairy farmers are struggling to deal with rising costs and

lower prices. With the trend towards sourcing milk in coastal areas

growing, the number of dairy farms in the province has dropped to

183, from a high of 929 in 2009.

In 2017 DARD hosted a summit on “Repositioning the Free State

Province for Agricultural Value Adding and Processing Towards 2030”.


New Special Economic Zone

will support commercial


Investors are being encouraged

to look at baby vegetables,

wholesale meat production

(including poultry) and leather


Key to commercialising these

agricultural options is access

to finance and the Industrial

Development Corporation (IDC)

has been active in the Free State

in support of this goal. The official

launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung

Special Economic Zone should

be a further boost to the agri-processing

and agri-logistics sectors.

A number of initiatives have

taken place in terms of the land




reform process in recent months. Some 6 000ha has been allocated

to small-scale farmers and 500ha to farm dwellers. A land audit has

been done of all land belonging to state, provincial or municipal

authorities with the intention of providing land for black enterprises.

The provincial government wants to see more black commercial

farmers. One way of achieving this is to increase production volumes

of small-scale farmers.

Five agri-parks are planned in each of the Free State’s district municipalities.

The concept brings together farmers, traders and agriprocessors

(such as abattoirs) in convenient sites within each district

municipality. Support for rural smallholders will be available in terms

of equipment hire from a central source, storage facilities, packaging of

produce and getting products to market. Training will also be offered.

Agricultural assets

Agriculture makes up 4% of the Free State’s gross domestic product,

but the province’s efficient farming operations contributed a total of

10% of South Africa’s agricultural output.

The Free State has 32 000km² of cultivated land and a further

87 000km² of grazing land and natural veld. A summer-rainfall

region with a mean annual rainfall of 532mm, the Free State’s climate,

soil types and topography vary greatly within the province,

with plains in the west and mountains in the east. The western

and southern areas are semi-desert, with some Karoo vegetation

occurring in the south.

The province supplies significant proportions of the nation’s sorghum

(53%), sunflowers (45%), potatoes (33%), groundnuts (32%), dry

beans (26%), wool (24%) and almost all of its cherries (90%). Red meat

and dairy are other important products. Game hunting is a growing

sector, and several large Free State farms have been converted from

stock to game farms. Crop production represents about two thirds of

the province’s gross agricultural income. The main crops are maize

and wheat. Sunflowers, sunflower seeds, sorghum and soy beans

are other major crops. The Mangaung Fresh Produce Market plays

a vital role in the sector, catering as it does to householders, bulk


Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agri.za

Bothaville: www.bothaville.info

Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:


Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za

National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:


buyers, informal traders, agents

and farmers.

The NAMPO Harvest Day

held in Bothaville every year is

one of the biggest agricultural

festivals and exhibitions of its

kind in the world. The annual

Farmer Patent Competition

is sponsored by Grain SA and

Omnia, the fertiliser company.

Bothaville is located in

the Lejweleputswa District

Municipality on the western

boundary of the Free State

with North West. So far west is

Bothaville that Senwes counts

it as part of its North West

region. The giant agricultural

company, with its headquarters

in the North West city of

Klerksdorp, has three separate

regions for the rest of the Free

State. The company deals with

no less than 20% of the country’s

oilseeds and grain through

its 68 silos.

VKB Agriculture, another of

the provinces large agricultural

companies, has invested heavily

in the Grain Field Chicken abattoir

in Reitz (together with the

broiler houses in Tweeling). The

IDC, which has a 23% stake in the

project, intends to help develop

the Free State as the poultry hub

of South Africa.

VKB’s headquarters are in

Reitz in the north-eastern part

of the province and the group

has nine brands in sectors such

as fuel, grains, animal feed and

foods. VKB has development

programmes with 51 emerging

commercial farmers in the province

and data on 140 developing





One diamond mine closes while another expands.

Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein mine is on the western edge

of the province, about 80km from Kimberley. The mine is

regarded as a low-grade deposit, but the diamonds produced

are of high value. White stones of excellent quality are

produced, and fancy pink diamonds (pictured) are sometimes found.

The company’s expansion plan led to increased production in

the 2018 financial year of 52 537 carats, up from 51 173 carats in

2017. Expansion will increase, and the plan is to mine at Koffiefontein

until 2031. Petra has seven mines in South Africa. The Star mine, in

which Petra is in partnership with Sedibeng Mining, is the other

Free State asset.

The Voorspoed mine of De Beers Consolidated Mines will close

at the end of 2018. The National Department of Mineral Resources

is trying to find a buyer for the mine, but De Beers has already run

a bidding process and found no suitable buyer. The company has

started the complicated business of closing down the mine, which

includes offering training programmes for employees for possible

future employment in other industries.

The Lace mine near Kroonstad went into business rescue in

November 2016 after heavy rains affected operations. In May 2017

owner DiamondCorp put its listed holding company into administration.

The primary lender was the Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC).

Diamonds, coal and gold are the three main minerals found in

the Free State, but the decline of gold mining is a cause for concern.

Several summits and a Mining Indaba have focussed on what kind


Harmony Gold has bought

several Free State mines.

of economic activity can replace

gold mining.

The mining sector makes up

11% of provincial GDP. A minerals

beneficiation strategy has been

developed because this is a key

area for potential growth.

In 2016, De Beers, the South

African government and the

South African diamond cutting

industry launched a project to

encourage diamond beneficiators.

Among the first companies

involved are Thoko’s Diamonds,

African Diamonds, Nungu

Diamonds and Kwame Diamonds.

In 2017 some of the newly qualified

cutters and polishers attended

the Hong Kong Show.





AngloGold Ashanti has sold most of its Vaal River Complex mines

to Harmony Gold Mining for $300-million. Most of the mines are in

the North West Province, but Great Noligwa and Kopanang mines

are in the Free State. The complex includes one uranium plant, four

gold plants and one sulphuric acid plant.

These assets will increase Harmony’s underground resource base

in South Africa by nearly 40%. Most of Harmony’s operations, including

a tailings treatment plant, are in the Free State. The other mines

are Tshipong and Phakisa (near Odendaalsrus), Virginia, Target (near

Allanridge), Masimong (Riebeeckstad), Joel (near Theunissen) and

Bambanani at Welkom. Phakisa has mineral reserves of just over

five-million ounces of gold and Harmony has invested heavily in

the project.

The other buyer from AngloGold Ashanti was Heaven-Sent. The

Chinese company, which controls the Tau Lekoa mine through

Village Main Reef, bought the Kopanang mine and associated assets

for R100-million. Another Chinese company, Taung Gold, runs

the Jeanette mine near Welkom.

Sibanye Gold came into existence as a result of the unbundling

of Gold Fields, but it has now been rebranded as Sibanye Stillwater

because of the purchase of a platinum and palladium mine in the

US of that name. The company is responsible for the Beatrix mine in

the Free State but most of its gold assets are in Gauteng.

Gold mines in the Free State also supply a substantial portion of

the total silver produced in the country, and large concentrations

of uranium occurring in the gold-bearing conglomerates of the

goldfields are extracted as a by-product.


Coal is mostly found in the northern part of the Free State and the

gold fields, which form part of the Witwatersrand Basin, stretch

from north of Welkom to south of Virginia.


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

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

Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za

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

South African Mining Development Association:


The Sigma-Mookraal mine

is run by Sasol Mining and has

the capacity to supply Sasol

Infrachem in Sasolburg with

two-million tons of coal per


Seriti Resources has purchased

the New Vaal Colliery

from Anglo American. Together

with two other mines in

Mpumalanga Province, Seriti

paid R2.3-billion. New Vaal is in

the middle of a triangle of three

towns that play an important

part in industrial production:

Vereeniging, Sasolburg and

Vanderbijlpark. The mine employs

more than 900 people and

supplies about 15-million metric

tons of coal to Eskom’s Lethabo

power station annually.

Other minerals

By-products of gold operations

(uranium, silver, platinum group

metals and sulphuric acid) and

bentonite are also found in the


Among the companies running

large quarries in the Free

State are Lafarge, Raumix and

Corobrik. Sand, stone aggregate,

gypsum and granite are found

at various sites throughout the

province. Limestone and calcrete

occur in the western Free

State where salt is also panned.

Production is concentrated

around the Florisbad salt pan,

north-west of Bloemfontein.

The Ocean Bentonite mine near

Koppies in the north-west Free

State is one of only two in the





Superfecta Trading

Electro-mechanical specialists.

Superfecta Trading is an electro-mechanical engineering

company with a national footprint and a record of successful

delivery of projects in all nine provinces. The company was

founded in 2002 and has extensive experience in mediumand

high-voltage products and related services. In 2018, after 16

years of trading as a close corporation with the Registration Number:

2002/024381/23, Superfecta Trading 209 (Pty) Ltd was founded with

its new Registration Number: 2018/231813/07.

Superfecta manufactures high-tension products under the TMA

Dynamics brand and related services. TMA Dynamics products

include transformers, mini-substations and switchgear. Superfecta also

employs a team of mechanical experts. The company prides itself on

the supply, installation and maintenance of electrical and mechanical

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

Superfecta has strategically partnered with three internationally

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

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

have enhanced our performance and enabled us to be the providers

of the latest technology.

Ownership Status

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

by women.

Our Vision

To be the leading electro-mechanical specialist in energy solutions

across Southern Africa. Superfecta aspires to excellence, innovation

and transparency; three prominent

features that distinguish us in the

marketplace and uphold our vision.

Our Mission

To enable our clients to ensure

reliable energy supply through costeffective

and quality manufacturing,

supply, installation and maintenance

of infrastructure. Superfecta strives

to deliver the best solutions

which are achieved with strong

partnerships and joint ventures with

local and international entities that

share our values and objectives. We

have a full complement of highly

skilled engineers, technical and

administrative staff. All efforts are

geared towards compliance with

health and safety standards.


Superfecta works in a variety of

sectors, including but not limited to:

• mining

• provincial and local government

• utilities

• energy

• oil and gas.

Professional Services

Superfecta is a one-stop shop for

all transformer and transformerrelated

work and we pride ourselves

on delivering a comprehensive and

complete service, including the

supply of transformers for:

• The mining industry

• Dry-type mining

• Distribution transformers

• Power transformers.

All our transformers are SABS and

IEC compliant and operate at




higher efficiencies than any other on the market. Our turnaround

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

What gives Superfecta a

competitive edge in the industry is

investment in the latest systems and

technologies. The company invested

millions of rands in an integrated

maintenance software called Archibus.

Our maintenance system goes above

and beyond the management of the maintenance process and asset

control by recognising that these processes are just a small part of a

full life cycle. The intellectual capability of the system enables us to

ensure that our customers are well taken care of by indicating when the

following maintenance schedules should take place. We also provide

our clients with 24/7/365 support.

Transformer oils undergo electrical

stresses while the transformer is in

operation. This, combined with the

contamination caused by the chemical

interactions with windings and other

solid insulations, gradually render it

ineffective. Regular purification is

paramount. We periodically test for electrical and chemical properties

to make sure that the oil is suitable for further use and provide the

purification services needed to extend the life of your transformer oil.

This can be done online or offline.

Superfecta has played a significant role in the economic

development of South Africa, not only through employment, but

also through infrastructure development both in rural and urban

areas. We pride ourselves on having installed electricity in over 5 000

households in rural parts of South Africa. The company has not only

done an outstanding job but raised the bar in successfully electrifying

villages in the geographically challenging landscape of KwaZulu-Natal.

With a professional team of mechanical technologists, Superfecta

prides itself on the supply, installation and maintenance of mechanical

work. Our services include, but are not limited to:

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

steam pipes and primary air heater


Physical address: 23 Catalunya Raceway Industrial Park,

Gosforth Park, Germiston, Johannesburg 1419

Telephone: +27 11 869 3607

Fax: +27 11 825 0086

Email: info@superfectatrading.co.za

Website: www.superfectatrading.co.za

• Supply and replacement of pipe

works (ash, sluice lines, etc)

• Replacement and new

installation of steel pipe works

• Supply and installation of


• Supply and hire of tubetesting

machine, tube cleaners,

vacuum leak dictator, tube

cutters, expanding machine

• Mechanical engineering (pipe

fitting and rigging)

• Steel pipe jacking and fitting,

supply and install concrete jacks,

jacks under roads and gas lines.

All industrial concerns require

a complex system of electrical

networks to function efficiently

and successfully. Superfecta both

installs and conducts repairs to

high-tension electrical circuits.

We also oversee electrical

reticulation (urban and rural),

electricity meters (prepaid and smart

meters) and electricity works.


Superfecta is an ISO 9001:2015

certified company that fully

embraces a Total Quality

Management philosophy in

streamlining all its business

processes. Clients include Rand

Water, FNB, MTN, Airports Company

South Africa, Total, Transnet,

Passenger Rail Agency of South

Africa and Eskom. Superfecta has

done work for the public works

departments of three provinces,

the City of Johannesburg and

several other municipalities.




New chemicals plant opens in Special Economic Zone.


Textiles and shoes are a Free

State speciality.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe, at the launch of

Kevali Chemicals’ new plant.

Attractive incentives are on offer to manufacturers at the

Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ)

which was officially launched in 2017. The 1 000ha facility

at Harrismith is strategically located on the N3 highway,

which runs between the ports of KwaZulu-Natal and the industrial

heartland of Gauteng province.

In 2018 Kevali Chemicals became the first beneficiary of the Black

Industrialists Scheme (BIS) of the National Department of Trade and

Industry (dti). A grant of R35-million allowed the company to acquire

machinery and equipment to start a new line of production and

manufacturing at a facility in the MAP SEZ. Kevali is the first company in

the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and plastics sector to receive support

in this programme.

The plant, which will manufacture cleaning and disinfecting solutions

and water-treatment chemicals, will create 57 direct and 12

indirect jobs. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a development

financier, is also supporting the scheme and it has helped

workers at the plant become shareholders in the venture.

Companies from China, Bulgaria and India have expressed interest

in the SEZ proposition. Among the projects in the pipeline are a

factory making transformers and one to make medical equipment.

Between 2017 and 2019, investments valued at about R550-million

will be made into the zone.

Investments made into infrastructure

at the SEZ will result in

250 direct permanent jobs and 420

indirect jobs in 2018/19.

The revitalisation of industrial

parks at Botshabelo and

Phuthaditjhaba has contributed

to manufacturing increasing its

contribution to provincial gross

value add (GVA). The Industrial Park

in Botshabelo was relaunched in

June 2016. The R60-million project,

part of a scheme to revitalise

industrial parks in the province,

hosts 12 manufacturing companies.

A Risk Sharing Funding and

Black Industrialist Scheme aims to

support five black industrialists in

the manufacturing sector.

Botshabelo has a manufacturing

sector which employs more

than 10 000 people in textiles, plastics

and other sectors. However,

the bulk of the employed population

of Botshabelo commute to

Bloemfontein. A number of factory

buildings and parcels of publicly

owned land in Botshabelo and

along the N8, which are either not

used or under-utilised, are being

targeted for development.

Phuthaditjhaba is home to

several textile operations. Shoemakers

like Tirisano Holdings

make a varied range of products




and provide employment opportunities. The IDC is supporting the

clothing and textile industry with loans and investments.

Manufacturing makes up 9% of Free State gross domestic product,

and this comprises 4% of South Africa’s total. The Free State Regional

Industrialisation Policy is being reviewed to ensure integration of

infrastructure, bulk service provision, industrial sites and export and

tax incentives to attract investment.

Innovation in manufacturing is encouraged at the Product

Development Technology Station (PDTS) at the Central University of

Technology (CUT). The PDTS helps small businesses with the technology

to design new products, to test them or to improve existing

products. The PDTS is funded by the Technology Innovation Agency

(TIA) and works in partnership with another CUT unit, the Centre for

Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM). This innovative thinking


Free State Development Corporation: www.fdc.co.za

Manufacturing Circle: www.manufacturingcircle.co.za

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

Product Development Technology Station: www.cut.ac.za/pdts

South African Textile Federation: www.texfed.co.za

is helping the Free State look for

ways to develop new kinds of


The existing manufacturing

sector has capacity in many

sectors including chemicals,

agri-processing (covered in

the overview on agriculture),

textiles, carpets, engineering,

packaging, furniture and


Harrismith is home to

Nouwens Carpets and

Boxmore Plastics. Boxmore

Packaging’s new PET beer

bottles are the first PET bottles

specifically designed for

beer on the SA market. Empire

Gloves makes industrial

gloves. Kroonstad-based Octa

Engineering makes specialised

rail carriages for the mining

sector. In Bloemfontein,

Transnet Engineering manufactures

new wagons for the

Transnet group, including iron

ore and cement wagons and

fuel tankers.

About 20% of the Free

State’s manufacturing sites

are devoted to food and beverages,

with soft drink giant

Coca-Cola Fortune operating

a large bottling plant in

Mangaung. Landzicht Wine

Cellar, an operation that

distributes 2.4-million litres

of wine every year from

Jacobsdal, has a new bottling


Chemicals are a major

sector within the Free State

manufacturing basket. Sasol,

Omnia and AECI are the major





Oil and gas

Natural gas and helium are attracting investment.

In announcing its new corporate strategy, integrated chemicals and

energy company Sasol noted that it wanted to leverage its “core

strengths”, one of which is in specialty chemicals. This is good news for

the Free State, because Sasolburg in the northern part of the province

is where most of Sasol’s chemicals work gets done.

Sasol One and Sasol Midland comprise an integrated manufacturing

facility which makes base and performance chemicals. It also produces

electricity and other utilities and provide site support services for onsite


What Sasol calls the “benefit of the scale and cost advantage” that

derives from investments in commodity chemicals in South Africa and

North America will allow it to scale up production. The intention is to

expand the specialty chemicals portfolio.

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic driver of the oil

and gas sector for the province. Sasol initially converted coal into liquid

fuel, fuel components, wax and chemicals through Sasol’s proprietary

technology processes. Since 2004, however, the Sasol One Site has

been using natural gas from the gas fields in Mozambique as feedstock.

Natural gas is reformed into synthesis gas to produce a variety of

chemical products. During 2013, Sasol also started to produce electricity

from natural gas to supplement its existing capacity and energy

sourced from Eskom.

Afrox operates a CO2 liquefier at Sasolburg which supplies the

bottling and hospitality markets, where demand is strong.

Renewable energy company Renergen owns the right to the natural

gas and helium field around Virginia (which has proven reserves of

25-billion cubic feet). In 2016 an offtake agreement was signed with

Linde to take helium. Afrox (a member of the Linde group) is spending

R200-million on a plant to extract helium near Virginia. In the same year,

another agreement was signed with Megabus (a subsidiary of Unitrans),

to take “compressed natural gas”, which is cheaper than LNG.

In 2018, South African Breweries trucks signed up to take LNG as well.

Renergen’s natural gas subsidiary, Tetra4, has secured a R218-million loan

from the Industrial Development Corporation to build a 107km pipeline

network from Virginia.


National Energy Regulator of South Africa: www.nersa.org.za

Petroleum Agency SA: www.petroleumagencysa.com

South African Oil and Gas Alliance: www.saoga.org.za

South African Petroleum Industry Association: www.sapia.co.za


The regulator and promoter of

oil and gas exploration in South

Africa, Petroleum Agency South

Africa, has awarded coalbedmethane-gas

exploration rights in

KwaZulu-Natal and natural gas exploration

permits in the Free State.

Early surveys suggest that the Free

State has 23-billion cubic feet of gas



Afrox is extracting helium.

The Natref fuel refinery is one of only

four in South Africa, and the country’s

only inland refinery. The refinery

is a joint venture between Sasol

Oil (63.6%) and Total SA (36.3%). It is

a technologically advanced facility,

which refines heavy crude oil into

petrol, diesel, commercial propane,

jet fuel and bitumen. The capacity

is 92 000 barrels per day.

One of the Sasol companies

at Sasolburg, Sasol New Energy,

is moving the group away from

reliance on fossil fuels.

An energy-from-methane power

plant now running at the Beatrix

Gold mine neatly encapsulates

a shift from the old economy to

the new. Although the Sibanyeowned

gold mine still has significant

reserves of the mineral, it is the

shift to this new technology that is

sparking interest and showing the

way to creative energy solutions.





Bloemfontein has a new hotel.


The Macufe is a 10-day cultural


Premier Hotels & Resorts is a step closer to having a presence

in every major South African city with the development of

an 88-bedroom hotel in Bloemfontein.

The Splendid Inn Bloemfontein by Premier, expected to

cost R110-million, will also be able to accommodate 150 conference

delegates. The first phase of the project will see the existing Stanville

Hotel refurbished and expanded. Phase two will begin in 2019.

South Africa’s largest hotel groups have several brands that cater

to different markets. Protea Hotels has five properties in the Free State:

Protea Hotel Bloemfontein by Marriott and Protea Hotel Willow Lake

(both four-star), Protea Hotel Bloemfontein Central (three-star), Protea

Hotel Montrose (Harrismith) and Protea Hotel Clarens.

The four-star Southern Sun Bloemfontein, part of the Tsogo Sun

group, has 147 rooms, and the Goldfields Casino in Welkom is another

Tsogo Sun property. The City Lodge Bloemfontein has 151 rooms, and

there is a Road Lodge at the airport.

The Rantsoareng Group operates exclusively in the Free State and

has three properties, the biggest of which is the President Hotel in


Sun International runs the

Lesotho Sun and the Maseru

Sun in neighbouring Lesotho. In

Bloemfontein, the Windmill Casino

and Entertainment Centre offers

slot machines and gaming tables,

plus the ability to host conferences

for up to 250 delegates. The fourstar

Willow Lodge has 80 rooms.

The Naledi Sun Hotel and Casino

is about 65km from Bloemfontein.

Forever Resorts has a popular

facility with chalet accommodation

and a caravan park on the banks

of the Gariep Dam. Overlooking

the dam is the 43-room de Stijl

Gariep Hotel which has wedding

and conference facilities. Afristay

awarded the hotel its “Best value

hotel” in 2018.

The Mangaung African Cultural

Festival (Macufe) has become a

national and international event.

Offerings range from music and

craft stalls to poetry, film and

theatre, a soccer tournament and

boxing matches. The festival is

probably best known for its varied

musical performances, but the annual

football tournament also gets

good coverage and support.

A Heroes’ Park is to be constructed

at Thaba Nchu and

Tumahole with statues of Oliver

Tambo and Fidel Castro. The muchdelayed

construction of a museum




at Brandfort to commemorate Winnie Mandela living in that town has

again been put on the agenda. Mandela endured a period of internal

exile from 1977.

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park (pictured) is one of South

Africa’s great parks. It is administered by SANParks. Located in the Maluti

Mountains, the park offers caving, hiking, horse riding, exploring caves

and bird watching with a difference. The vulture restaurant gives a

special perspective on birds of prey. The Basotho Cultural Village in the

park offers an insight into African traditions and a taste of sorghum beer.

There are ambitious plans to create a biodiversity corridor between

the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the Royal Natal National Park

and the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve which will involve the Qwaqwa

community living at the base of the Drakensberg mountains. Near Memel,

the Sneeuwberg Protected Environment, a multi-owner private initiative,

has added 17 500ha to the province’s protected asset base. When the

Ingula Nature Reserve is declared in 2017, another 8 000ha will be added.

Tourism is one of the Free State’s fastest-growing economic sectors,

with leisure and business tourism enjoying the best growth within

the industry.

The Free State Department of Economic, Small Business

Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs believes that the

R7.7-billion game industry sector could grow even further across three

subsectors, namely:

• auctions and translocations

• game ranching and eco-tourism (including hiking trails, bird

watching, photographic safaris, 4x4 trails, canoeing, abseiling,

lodges and conferences)

• a combination of lodges, game breeding, eco-tourism and hunting.


Each of the province’s district municipality has its own tourism brand

or route:

Cheetah Route (Mangaung Metro and surrounds): Bloemfontein

has a host of historical and cultural sites, including the Naval Hill


Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development,

Tourism and Environmental Affairs: www.edtea.fs.gov.za

Free State Tourism: www.freestatetourism.org

South African National Parks: www.sanparks.org

South African Tourism: www.southafrica.net

Precinct (home to the Digital

Planetarium), the Anglo-Boer

War Museum, the National

Museum, the Choet Visser

Rugby Museum, the SA

Armour Museum and the Fire

Station Museum.

Springbok Route (Xhariep

District): Travellers can start

their journey at a diamond

mine, visit a wine farm and finish

on the top of the Xhariep

Dam. Several Anglo-Boer War

battles sites and superb San

rock engravings can be found

dotted around the district.

Flamingo Route

(Lejweleputswa District): One

of the biggest agricultural

expos in the world takes

place at Bothaville. Phakisa

race track in Welkom attracts

large crowds. The district has

several game farms, game

reserves and resorts.

Lion Route (Fezile Dabi

District): The banks of the Vaal

River provide for boating,

yachting and camping. Parys

is a popular destination and

the Vredefort Dome, site of a

meteorite strike in the distant

past, is a World Heritage Site.

Eagle Route (Thabo

Mofutsanyane District): This

route encompasses the Golden

Gate Highlands National Park.

Ficksburg has claims to be the

world’s Cherry Capital and

nearby Clarens is popular with

weekenders looking for art in

a rustic village atmosphere.

Bethlehem hosts an annual

Bethlehem Air Show and the

Maize Fair in October.




Education and training

The University of the Free State is a research leader.

That the University of the Free State (UFS) should have increased

its research output since 2010 should not be a surprise, but

the percentage by which it has upped its work-rate is an

eye-opener – 221%.

The UFS has 158 researchers rated by the National Research

Foundation (NRF), two A-rated scientists and five tier-one SARChi

research chairs. The university has 18 international research partnerships

and produces an average of 240 postgraduate research

degrees every year.

Twelve new buildings have appeared on one of the university’s

three campuses (or satellites) since 2012 and a further 157 have been

renovated. The Faculty of Health Sciences building is pictured. Others

include a high-performance gymnasium and new buildings for the

Education and Health faculties. On the Qwaqwa campus, a new Physics

and Geography complex has been constructed. A total of 40 000

students study under 2 521 permanent staff members in 114 departments

in seven faculties.

Central University of Technology (CUT) has a main campus in

Bloemfontein and branches in Welkom and Kimberley. There are

three faculties: Engineering and Information and Communication

Technology, Health and Environmental Sciences, and Management

Sciences. Researchers at units such as the Centre for Community,

Environmental and Industrial Development tackle important

regional issues.

The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM)

does research into manufacturing processes. It specialises in Additive

Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing. CRPM works in the

commercial field as well as doing research in Rapid Prototyping, Rapid

Manufacturing, Rapid Tooling and Medical Product Development

technologies. Manufacturers can make prototypes more easily (in

sand, metal or plastic) with the support of the CRPM.

Basic education and training statistics show that access to schooling

and training has increased markedly in recent years. Enrolment in Grade

R (reception year) is increasing rapidly. There are 663 public schools and

263 other community sites offering schooling in the Free State. The

number of hostels has increased from 12 in 2009 to 33 in 2016. School

transport is provided to more than 10 000 pupils.

Mamello Secondary School in the Lejweleputswa Municipality

received a maths laboratory in 2017 from Sibanye-Stillwater mining

company. Education is central to many corporate social investment

initiatives in the Free State. The school has more than 1 300 pupils.


Sasol needs 16 artisans for

every engineer it employs.

The lab is fitted with an electronic

board and laptops (for teachers)

and tablets have also been


The Free State Provincial

Government is implementing

South Africa’s largest global skills

development programme in support

of implementation of the

National Development Plan (NDP).

The free overseas training programme

entails about 905 students

studying in leading universities in

China, India, Germany, Portugal,

Russia, Turkey and Belarus.

Fields of study range from all

kinds of engineering, to computer

science, medicine and pharmacy.

India is hosting 32 students in the

health sciences sector. Germany is

hosting 68 students in sustainable

mining and remediation, computer

engineering, international trade

economics, electrical chemicals

engineering, molecular biology

and genetics, and civil engineering.

Belarus has 17 students in the field

of informatics, applied chemistry

and radio electronics. Turkey hosts

206 students.

Russia is hosting 230 students

in the fields of medicine, agriprocessing,

veterinary medicine,

agronomy and agriculture. Portugal

is hosting 119 students in tourism




and hospitality management, civil engineering, medicine, veterinary

science, agronomy and aeronautics, and 17 students are doing internships

in information technology at Acin IT company in Portugal. Domestically,

there are 8 232 students at tertiary institutions on provincial bursaries.


More practical training is being encouraged by the National

Department of Higher Education and Training. South Africa currently

produces about 13 000 skilled artisans every year. The aim is to increase

this to 30 000.

Sasol runs an annual Science, Technology, Engineering and

Mathematics (STEM) career guidance exhibition which attracts

20 000 visitors from all over South Africa. Sasol Techno X 2018

featured a dedicated section on artisan training for tertiary level.

Sasol needs 16 artisans for every engineer that it employs.

A STEM Academy at Qelo School in Botshabelo is a joint undertaking

of the Free State Department of Education and Central University of

Technology. This pilot project is testing the idea of specialist skills schools.

UFS, CUT and the Free State Provincial Government have launched


Central University of Technology: www.cut.ac.za

Council of Higher Education: www.che.ac.za

Education Association of South Africa: www.easa.ac.za

Free State Department of Education: www.fsdoe.fs.gov.za

University of the Free State: www.ufs.ac.za

AHA Bokamoso:

Joining Minds for Skills

Development. The

main thrust of this

project is to foreground

skills development in

information technology

(IT). Key points are the

establishment of a

Regional Innovation

Centre on the main

campus in Bloemfontein

(with an IT Hub on

the Welkom campus),

together with Saturday School

(focussing on mathematics

and science) and training

programmes for Department

of Education officials.

The Free State has just

over 14 000 students at four

Technical and Vocational

Education and Training (TVET)

colleges, taught by 400 lecturers.

The colleges have multiple

sites. Maluti TVET College in

Phuthaditjhaba, for example,

offers classes at seven sites.

Flavius Mareka TVET College

has Kroonstad and Sasolburg

venues. Motheo TVET College

operates in Bloemfontein and

Thaba Nchu, while Goldfields

TVET College is in Welkom.

Technical schools are being

upgraded by the provincial

government with resources being

allocated to the recapitalisation

programme. A provincial

internship programme gives

graduates a chance to work in

provincial government departments

and municipalities.




Mangaung Chamber of

Commerce and Industry

The voice of business in the Free State.

The Chamber seeks to be the voice of business in

Mangaung and to assist in promoting economic

development and investment in the province.

The new Chamber of Commerce and Industry was

constituted in 2003. In 2013 we reregistered as the

Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry

in order to include the whole metropole.

Although the MCCI is the oldest business

chamber in the Free State, we strongly believe

that we have the progressive outlook befitting

a chamber complying with the modern-day

requirements of the business world.

In these endeavours the MCCI won the PMR

Africa award for the organisation doing the most

for business development as well as BBBEE in

the province three years in a row.


• Entrepreneurs are the engines of communitywide

economic development. The MCCI is

creating a sufficient number of entrepreneurs

to transform this region’s economy.

• We serve our members and the community

with innovative approaches to establish a

vibrant business network that will promote all

levels and stages of businesses.

• Signing and implementing MOUs with

stakeholders that can make a difference.

• To give practical credibility to the term “Local

Economic Development” not only in Mangaung,

but in other areas in the Free State as well.

• To promote and support local businesses through

specific interventions like the “Member-support-

Member” campaign.

• To promote BBBEE by, among other initiatives,

linking big and small businesses through the

Chamber’s network.

• To do advocacy on behalf of our members so that

we can influence and monitor relevant authorities

and role-players.

• To promote the development of the city and

surrounds as a destination of choice for tourists.

• To become a strategic vehicle for the participation

of member businesses in social responsibility


• To promote and support initiatives aimed at

renewable and alternative energy sources.

Benefits for members

• Innovative networking events and opportunities

• SMME development and support centre

• Import and export support centre

• Seminars, training, workshops and business


• Advertising opportunities for our members

• Lobbying municipalities, local and provincial


• A new innovative emerging farmers development

and financial support programme with the

support of the United Nations


Mangaung Chamber of Commerce

and Industry

Tel: +27 51 522 1710

Email: President@bcci.co.za

Website: www.mcci.co.za










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Free State Provincial Government

A guide to Free State’s provincial government departments.

Visit: www.freestateonline.fs.gov.za

Office of the Premier

Premier: Mrs Sefora Ntombela

4th Floor, OR Tambo Building, Cnr St Andrews and Markgraaff Streets,

Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 5496

Fax: +27 51 405 4803

Website: www.premier.fs.gov.za

Department of Agriculture and Rural


MEC: Dr Benny Malakoane

Main Building, Gielie Joubert Street, Glen, Bloemfontein 9360

Tel: +27 51 861 8509

Fax: +27 51 861 8452

Website: www.ard.fs.gov.za

Department of Cooperative Governance

and Traditional Affairs

MEC: Mr Motete Daniel Khoabane

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr St Andrews and Markgraaff Streets,

Bloemfontein 9301

Tel: +27 51 405 5719

Website: www.cogta.fs.gov.za

Department of Economic, Small Business

Development, Tourism and

Environmental Affairs

MEC: Ms Limakatso Mahasa

Bojanala Building, 34 Markgraaff Street, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 404 9600 | Fax: +27 51 400 4732

Website: www.edtea.fs.gov.za

Department of Education

MEC: Mr Pule Makgoe

Free State Provincial Government Building, 55 Elizabeth Street,

Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 404 8430 | Fax: +27 51 404 8269

Website: www.education.fs.gov.za

Department of Health

MEC: Ms Montseng Ts’lu

Cnr Harvey and Charlotte Maxeke Streets, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 408 1108 | Fax: +27 51 408 1950

Website: www.fshealth.gov.za

Department of Human Settlements

MEC: Ms Dora Kotzee

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr Markgraaff and St Andrews Streets,

Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: + 27 51 405 3883 | Fax: + 27 51 403 3699

Web: www.humansettlements.fs.gov.za

Department of Police, Roads and Transport

MEC: Mr Sam Mashinini

4th Floor, Perm Building, 45 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Bloemfontein 9301

Tel: +27 51 409 8849 | Fax: +27 51 409 8864

Website: www.policeroadstransport.fs.gov.za

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

MEC: Ms Dora Kotzee

Cnr Markgraaff and St Andrews Streets, Bloemfontein 9301

Tel: +27 51 405 3909 | Fax: +27 51 405 4490

Website: www.publicworks.fs.gov.za

Department of Social Development

MEC: Mr Butana Komphela

Civilia Building, 14 Elizabeth Street, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 409 0555 | Fax: +27 51 409 0618

Website: www.socdev.fs.gov.za

Department of Sports, Arts,

Culture and Recreation

MEC: Mrs NS Leeto

4th Floor, Business Partners Building, Cnr Henry and Eastburger Streets,

Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 407 3520 | Fax: +27 51 407 3541

Website: www.fssacr.gov.za




Provincial Treasury

MEC: Ms Elzabe Rockman

55 Elizabeth Street, Fidel Castro Building, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 4229

Fax: +27 51 405 4152

Website: www.treasury.fs.gov.za

Free State Local Government

A guide to metropolitan, district and local municipalities in the Free State Province.



Physical address: Bram Fischer Building, cnr Nelson Mandela and

Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9301

Postal address: PO Box 3704, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 8911

Fax: +27 51 405 8663

Website: www.mangaung.co.za


Physical address: John Vorster Road, Sasolburg 1947

Postal address: PO Box 10, Sasolburg 1947

Tel: +27 16 970 8600

Fax: +27 16 970 8747

Website: www.feziledabi.gov.za

Mafube Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 813 1051 | Fax: +27 58 813 3072

Website: www.mafubemunicipality.gov.za

Metsimaholo Local Municipality

Tel: +27 16 973 8301 | Fax: +27 16 973 2191

Website: www.metsimaholo.gov.za

Moqhaka Local Municipality

Tel: +27 56 216 9111 | Fax: +27 56 216 9122

Website: www.moqhaka.gov.za

Ngwathe Local Municipality

Tel: +27 56 816 2700 | Fax: +27 56 817 6343

Website: www.ngwathe.fs.gov.za


Physical address: cnr Jan Hofmeyer and Tempest Streets, Welkom 9460

Postal address: PO Box 2163, Welkom 9460

Tel: +27 57 353 3094

Fax: +27 57 353 3382

Website: www.lejwe.co.za

Masilonyana Local Municipality

Tel: +27 57 733 0105

Fax: +27 57 733 2217

Website: www.masilonyana.fs.gov.za

Matjhabeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 57 391 3359

Fax: +27 57 357 4393

Website: www.matjhabeng.co.za

Nala Local Municipality

Tel: +27 56 514 9200

Fax: +27 56 515 3922

Website: www.nala.org.za

Tokologo Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 541 0014

Fax: +27 53 541 0360

Website: www.tokologo.fs.gov.za

Tswelopele Local Municipality

Tel: +27 51 853 1111

Fax: +27 51 853 1332

Website: www.tswelopele.fs.gov.za






Physical address: Old Parliament Building, 1 Mamopi Street,

Phuthaditjhaba 9870

Postal address: Private Bag X810, Witsieshoek 9870

Tel: +27 58 718 1000

Fax: +27 58 713 0940

Website: www.thabomofutsanyana.gov.za

Dihlabeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 303 5732

Fax: +27 58 303 4703

Website: www.dihlabeng.gov.za

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 718 3700 | Fax: +27 58 718 3777

Website: www.map.fs.gov.za

Mantsopa Local Municipality

Tel: +27 51 924 0654 | Fax: +27 51 924 0020

Website: www.mantsopa.fs.gov.za

Nketoana Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 863 2811 | Fax: +27 58 863 2523

Website: www.nketoana.fs.gov.za


North West

Phumelela Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 913 8300 | Fax: +27 58 913 2317

Website: www.phumelela.gov.za

Setsoto Local Municipality

Tel: +27 51 933 9300 | Fax: +27 51 933 9383

Website: www.setsoto.info


Physical address: 20 Louw Street, Trompsburg 9913

Postal address: Private Bag X136, Trompsburg 9913

Tel: +27 51 713 9300 | Fax: +27 51 713 0461

Website: www.xhariep.gov.za

Kopanong Local Municipality

Tel: +27 51 713 9200 | Fax: +27 51 713 0292

Website: www.kopanong.gov.za

Letsemeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 330 0200 | Fax: +27 53 205 0144

Website: www.letsemeng.gov.za

Mohokare Local Municipality

Tel: +27 51 673 9600 | Fax: +27 51 673 1550

Website: www.mohokare.co.za


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