Free State Business 2020 edition

The 2020 edition of Free State Business is the 10th 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 Development Corporation describes its work, including property management and investment support in several articles in this journal. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) was a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Business and industrial parks form part of the economic strategy of the province’s planners and details of these facilities are outlined in this journal. In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the manufacturing and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included. Updated information on the Free State is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title. The printed journal is distributed internationally on outgoing and incoming trade missions, through trade and investment agencies; to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading partners around the world; at top national and international events; through the offices of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as nationally and regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism offices, airport lounges, provincial government departments, municipalities and companies.

The 2020 edition of Free State Business is the 10th 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 Development Corporation describes its work, including property management and investment support in several articles in this journal.

The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) was a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Business and industrial parks form part of the economic strategy of the province’s planners and details of these facilities are outlined in this journal.

In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the manufacturing and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.

Updated information on the Free State is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

The printed journal is distributed internationally on outgoing and incoming trade missions, through trade and investment agencies; to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading partners around the world; at top national and international events; through the offices of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as nationally and regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism offices, airport lounges, provincial government departments, municipalities and companies.


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2019 EDITION<br />

<strong>2020</strong> EDITION<br />











<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province<br />

Center yourself in the heart of South Africa<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province<br />

Center yourself in the heart of South Africa

Because we care<br />

we invest in our community<br />

Upgrade work at the Fezi Ngubentombi District Hospital in Sasolburg is currently in phase 4. Basic<br />

medical and specialist equipment was provided to enhance the efficiency of their healthcare<br />

services. Critical infrastructure requirements were addressed, ranging from leaking roofs and<br />

plumbing pipes to legislative paraplegic requirements, an emergency shower, replacing of<br />

dilapidated roads, facility infrastructure and security upgrades.<br />

Sasol is a global integrated chemicals<br />

and energy company. Through our<br />

talented people, we use selected<br />

technologies to safely and sustainably<br />

source, produce and market chemical<br />

and energy products competitively<br />

to create superior value for our<br />

customers, shareholders and other<br />

stakeholders.<br />

Although the products Sasol produces<br />

bring material benefit to our company<br />

and our shareholders, we never cease<br />

to care about the people who make<br />

this possible – our employees and<br />

service providers, and undoubtedly<br />

also the people in our surrounding<br />

communities.<br />

Our community investment<br />

programmes form part of Sasol’s<br />

commitment to the community in<br />

which we operate.<br />

Because we care, Sasol plays its part<br />

in its neighbouring communities like<br />

Metsimaholo to make them attractive<br />

places where people can stay, work,<br />

play and invest.<br />

Sasol invests in programmes and<br />

projects that deliver social value<br />

in excess of R800 million per year,<br />

surpassing South Africa’s best practice<br />

of 1% of net profit after tax. In the<br />

Metsimaholo community, Sasol invests<br />

more than R50 million per year.

Aligned with Sasol’s postponement application towards compliance with Minimum Emissions<br />

Standards, Sasol’s Sasolburg Operations and Natref implement programmes that reduce air<br />

emissions such as clearing of illegal dump sites to prevent smoke pollution from burning waste.<br />

Our Social Investment programmes<br />

aim to:<br />

• Create a more conducive<br />

environment for people to work,<br />

play and invest;<br />

• Support local skills development<br />

for people to access business<br />

opportunities;<br />

• Strengthen internal and external<br />

partnerships through Public<br />

Private Partnerships; and<br />

• Build capacity in our host<br />

municipalities in the Sasolburg<br />

region.<br />

Our programmes focus on:<br />

• Education;<br />

• Skills Development;<br />

• The environment; and<br />

• Community Development.


Introduction<br />


<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2020</strong> Edition<br />

Foreword4<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is a unique guide to business, investment<br />

and tourism in the province.<br />

Special features<br />

Regional overview of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> 10<br />

Logistics and renewable energy are vital sectors in the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> economy.<br />

Economic sectors<br />

Agriculture30<br />

Grains and dairy farming underpin a diverse and robust sector.<br />

Oil and gas 33<br />

Natural gas projects are powering ahead.<br />

Mining34<br />

Gold mines are changing hands.<br />

Manufacturing40<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> manufacturing is weighted towards<br />

advanced technology.<br />

Tourism42<br />

Dams and rivers offer great holiday experiences.<br />

Education and training 44<br />

Rural schools are being built.<br />

Government<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> provincial and local government 46<br />

A guide to the provincial government departments,<br />

metropolitan, district and local municipalities.<br />

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<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

A unique guide to business and investment in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

Publisher: Chris Whales<br />

Publishing director:<br />

Robert Arendse<br />

Editor: John Young<br />

Online editor: Christoff Scholtz<br />

Art director: Brent Meder<br />

Design: Richard Smith<br />

Production: Lizel Olivier, Phumza<br />

Mbodlana<br />

Ad sales: Gavin van der Merwe,<br />

Sam Oliver, Jeremy Petersen<br />

Gabriel Venter, Vanessa Wallace,<br />

Shiko Diala and Sandile Koni.<br />

Managing director: Clive During<br />

Administration & accounts:<br />

Charlene Steynberg and<br />

Natalie Koopman<br />

Distribution & circulation<br />

manager: Edward MacDonald<br />

Printing: FA Print<br />


<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is distributed internationally on outgoing<br />

and incoming trade missions, through trade and investment<br />

agencies; to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading<br />

partners around the world; at top national and international<br />

events; through the offices of foreign representatives in South<br />

Africa; as well as nationally and regionally via chambers of<br />

commerce, tourism offices, airport lounges, provincial<br />

government departments, municipalities and companies.<br />

Member of the Audit Bureau<br />

of Circulations<br />

The <strong>2020</strong> <strong>edition</strong> of <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is the 10th issue of this<br />

highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has<br />

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

for the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation describes its work,<br />

including property management and investment support in several<br />

articles in this journal.<br />

The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone<br />

(MAP-SEZ) was a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s<br />

most centrally located province. <strong>Business</strong> and industrial parks form<br />

part of the economic strategy of the province’s planners and details of<br />

these facilities are outlined in this journal.<br />

In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide<br />

up-to-date information on trends in the manufacturing and tourism<br />

sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of<br />

each sector is also included.<br />

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

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

at www.freestatebusiness.co.za. Updated information on the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can<br />

subscribe to online at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our<br />

complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces<br />

as well as our flagship South African <strong>Business</strong> title.<br />

Chris Whales<br />

Publisher, Global Africa Network Media | Email: chris@gan.co.za<br />


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Domestic and international<br />

investors are invited to<br />

invest in South Africa’s most<br />

centrally located province<br />

MEC for Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong> Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs,<br />

the Honourable MP Mohale, outlines how human capital formation is at the heart of the<br />

creation of a conducive environment for investment in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province.<br />

It is with pleasure and gratitude that we, as the department charged<br />

with promoting investment into the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province, introduce<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2020</strong>. We welcome this well-known publication’s<br />

regular description of the economic environment of our province<br />

and are pleased to contribute to its pages.<br />

A brief overview of the investment climate in our province is<br />

provided on the facing page.<br />

Our department also published a dedicated investment prospectus.<br />

The purpose of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Investment Opportunities Prospectus is<br />

to provide pertinent information about large-scale investment<br />

opportunities currently available in various sectors. These initiatives<br />

represent the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s response to President Ramaphosa’s clarion<br />

call for increased long-term investment necessary for inclusive growth<br />

and job creation.<br />

While investment is an essential ingredient to economic growth, it<br />

should be pointed out that at the centre of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> government’s<br />

economic development strategy is human capital formation and development<br />

through universities and colleges, and various institutions<br />

pursuing innovation and offering proof-of-concept services, to name a<br />

few. Indeed, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is poised to become a laboratory for excellence<br />

in education outcomes, research and innovation, particularly in<br />

the fields of health, agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, water<br />

management, ICT, pharmaceuticals and rural development.<br />

Domestic and potential investors from around the world are<br />

welcome to contact the DESTEA Head of Department at:<br />

HoD_office@destea.gov.za.<br />

MEC for Economic, Small<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Development, Tourism<br />

and Environmental Affairs the<br />

Honourable MP Mohale.<br />

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Investing in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> Province<br />


Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at<br />

DESTEA, outlines some of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s<br />

unique selling propositions.<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province is situated in the heart of South Africa and<br />

shares borders with Lesotho and six other provinces. It provides<br />

easy access to the main ports of Durban, East London and<br />

Port Elizabeth.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is an attractive business and investment destination.<br />

The province is at the centre of South Africa and the dominant sectors<br />

are agriculture, mining, manufacturing and the tertiary sectors, making<br />

it ideal for transport logistics and agro-processing.<br />

Companies locating to <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> not only enjoy the opportunity to<br />

source inputs at competitive prices, but also to benefit from domestic,<br />

regional and international markets for their products and services.<br />

Because South Africa has been engaging with our economically large<br />

trading partners, access to international markets is facilitated through<br />

various trade preferences and free-trade agreements.<br />

As far as long-term investment is concerned, there are industrial<br />

parks and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) that are supported by the<br />

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. Industrial parks<br />

are situated in Maluti-A-Phofung, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu.<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ is situated in Tshiame.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s strengths for inward investment are boosted by:<br />

• openness to business, trade and foreign investment<br />

• abundance of natural resources<br />

• low factory rentals<br />

• Africa’s leading telecommunications network<br />

• ​incentive packages uniquely developed for Special Economic Zones<br />

• incentives associated with the revitalised industrial parks<br />

• <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation (FDC) support services for<br />

priority sectors such as agro-processing and manufacturing<br />

• a large labour pool<br />

• diverse cultures<br />

• ​competitive land and building cost<br />

• ​world-class transport and telecommunications infrastructure<br />

• an idyllic climate<br />

• recreational and lifestyle<br />

facilities.<br />

Select investment opportunities<br />

include:<br />

• Agriculture and agroprocessing<br />

• Tourism and property<br />

development<br />

• ​Medical and pharmaceutical<br />

production and distribution<br />

• Manufacturing<br />

• Renewable and clean energy<br />

• Medical tourism.<br />

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Working together,<br />

growing the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation unlocks business opportunities.<br />

In line with the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Growth and Development Strategy and<br />

the mandate of broadening access to economic opportunities for<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>-based business sector, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development<br />

Corporation (FDC) will continue to unlock business opportunities<br />

for both local direct and foreign direct investors.<br />

The World Bank projected that the GDP growth for BRICS (Brazil,<br />

Russia, India, China and South Africa) will be 5.4% in 2019 and <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

As the bloc’s powerhouses, India and China are leading the pack in<br />

terms of higher GDP growth rates. The annual economic growth rate<br />

in India was projected to be 7.5% in 2019 while China’s annual growth<br />

rate was projected to decline to 6.3% in 2019 from 6.8% in 2017. Brazil,<br />

Russia and South Africa have lower<br />

GDP growth rates compared<br />

to China and India. The South<br />

African economy was projected<br />

to grow by only 1.7% in 2019.<br />

The FDC is working hard within<br />

this framework to promote and<br />

advance economic development<br />

in South Africa’s most centrally<br />

located province.<br />

The FDC continues to foster<br />

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partnerships with various stakeholders<br />

with the aim of advancing<br />

SMME development, promoting<br />

exports and attracting<br />

investment within the province.<br />

As an organisation, we believe<br />

that the best way to grow the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, and the country, is<br />

through meaningful collaboration<br />

and partnerships which allow<br />

us to pool all our resources<br />

together for the betterment of<br />

our entrepreneurs. This <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> publication<br />

presents the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s value<br />

proposition as a business and<br />

tourism destination. The province<br />

is open for business with the annual<br />

Macufe (Mangaung African<br />

Cultural Festival) that brings up<br />

to 150 000 travellers into the<br />

Mangaung Metro’s City of Roses,<br />

Bloemfontein. The “Tabalaza<br />

Initiative”, which is spearheaded<br />

by the Department of Economic,<br />

Small <strong>Business</strong>, Tourism and<br />

Environmental Affairs (DESTEA),<br />

will continue to link start-up innovative<br />

business initiatives in<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> with funding and<br />

mentoring support from established<br />

businesses.<br />

Key opportunities in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> include the following:<br />

• A leading agricultural<br />

commodities producer<br />

presenting significant<br />

opportunities across the<br />

agro-processing value chain.<br />

• Engineering opportunities within the Lejweleputswa<br />

District as a results of excellent engineering training and<br />

capacity-building resulting from the mining sector.<br />

• The Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone,<br />

situated at Tshiame in Harrismith in the Thabo Mafutsanyane<br />

District which is in the Eastern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, is targeting<br />

investments into the province. The SEZ is situated midway<br />

between the biggest port in Africa, Durban, and the biggest<br />

market in Africa, Gauteng.<br />

• The FDC offers an attractive rental incentive package<br />

for manufacturing entrepreneurs that enter into a minimum fiveyear<br />

lease agreement.<br />

• The FDC and the dti will soon commence with the<br />

second phase of revitalising the industrial parks in Botshabelo,<br />

Mangaung and Phuthaditjhaba in Maluti-A-Phofung.<br />

This will enhance the park’s infrastructure and ensure<br />

improved security.<br />

• The industrial park in the key town of Sasolburg, the anchor<br />

town of the Metsimoholo Municipality in the Fezile Dabi<br />

District in the Northern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, has space available for rental<br />

to industrial tenants.<br />

We will utilise all our resources in creating a conducive<br />

environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and unleash the<br />

potential of the provincial economy to grow through our<br />

commitment to:<br />

• relationship building<br />

• commitment to our customers and investors<br />

• economic transformation for the common good of<br />

all our people<br />

• assisting investors with accessing incentives and grants<br />

where available.<br />

In all of the industrial parks in the province the FDC will<br />

endeavour to grow and sustain the economy of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

www.fdc.co.za<br />

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Regional overview of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Logistics and renewable energy are vital sectors in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> economy.<br />

By John Young<br />

When the leaders of what would become the African National<br />

Congress chose a venue for their first-ever conference, Bloemfontein<br />

was the natural choice because of the centrality of the<br />

town. The city, which has been the judicial capital of South<br />

Africa since the creation of the state in 1910, has continued to leverage<br />

its central location to become a significant factor in the transport and<br />

logistics sector.<br />

The country’s two great highways pass through the province. The<br />

N1 provides north-south connectivity and the N3 is South Africa’s<br />

busiest road, linking the ports of Richards Bay and Durban with the<br />

industrial heartland.<br />

This strategic position lies behind the decision to launch the Maluti-<br />

A-Phofung Special Economic Zone on the N3 at Harrismith. Although<br />

agriculture and mining remain the mainstays of the provincial economy,<br />

diversification and expansion through initiatives such as Special<br />

Economic Zones (SEZs) are key to the economic future of the province.<br />

Sectors prioritised at the MAP-SEZ include logistics, ICT, automotive,<br />

pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and agri-processing. The 1 000ha site<br />

will has four zones: agri-processing, light industrial, heavy industrials and<br />

a container terminal.<br />

Links to the west (Kimberley and on to Namibia) and east (to Lesotho)<br />

underpin the planning behind the N8 Corridor concept which covers<br />

Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. A plan for the coordinated<br />

development of the N8 Corridor has been approved by a range of bodies<br />

and is being funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)<br />

and the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.<br />

Within this are several projects including the ICC Precinct (hotel and<br />

convention centre in Bloemfontein), Bio-Medical Park, Airport Node (logistics<br />

and supply chain, warehouses, residential apartments, hospitals,<br />

schools, hotels and new shopping malls) and tourism infrastructure for<br />

the Naval Hill Development.<br />

Three other national highways<br />

intersect the province which is also<br />

well served by rail and air links. The<br />

Bram Fischer International Airport<br />

serves the provincial capital city of<br />

Bloemfontein.<br />

Another important new sector<br />

is solar energy. The Xhariep,<br />

Lejweleputswa and Mangaung<br />

regions have among the best<br />

direct solar radiation kWh/m² in<br />

the country. Only Upington in the<br />

Northern Cape has a better solarradiation<br />

index. Rezoning for solar<br />

farms has already taken place in<br />

several places.<br />

New opportunities are opening<br />

up in the gas and energy sectors.<br />

Several new licences to explore<br />

have been granted and a R200-<br />

million helium extraction plant is<br />

under construction near Virginia.<br />

Relations have been established<br />

with 35 countries with a<br />

view to promoting exports. Africa<br />

and the BRICS grouping of Brazil,<br />

Russia, India and China are focus<br />

areas. Other partnerships based<br />

on education and trade include<br />

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countries and regions like Portugal,<br />

Turkey and Madeira.<br />

An important pillar of the economy<br />

of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, the chemicals<br />

and fuels hub at Sasolburg,<br />

is modernising and expanding.<br />

International fuel, gas and chemicals<br />

company Sasol regularly invests<br />

in new technologies and in<br />

expanding production of its various<br />

products.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> shares borders<br />

with six other provinces, in addition<br />

to the Mountain Kingdom of<br />

Lesotho. A summer-rainfall region<br />

with a mean annual rainfall of<br />

532mm, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s climate,<br />

soil types and topography vary<br />

greatly within the province, with<br />

plains in the west and mountains<br />

in the east. The western and southern<br />

areas are semi-desert, with<br />

some Karoo vegetation occurring<br />

in the south.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> produces significant<br />

proportions of South Africa’s<br />

wheat (30%), sunflowers (45%)<br />

and maize (45%) and is ranked<br />

third in contribution to national<br />

GDP in agriculture.<br />

Municipalities in <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has one metropolitan municipality (Mangaung), four<br />

district municipalities and 19 local municipalities.<br />

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality<br />

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a Category A municipality<br />

which governs Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. The<br />

sixth-largest city in the country, the Mangaung municipal area covers<br />

more than 6 263km² and has a population of about 850 000 people.<br />

Bloemfontein is responsible for about 25% of provincial GDP.<br />

Xhariep District Municipality<br />

Towns: Trompsberg, Koffiefontein, Zastron, Philipollis, Edenburg,<br />

Fauresmith, Smithfield, Wepener<br />

The southernmost region of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is a largely dry area with<br />

open grasslands predominating, although it is also home to the Gariep<br />

Dam, South Africa’s largest dam. Crops are produced in the northern<br />

parts of the district and sheep farming is the biggest activity in the<br />

south. Trompsberg has the second-biggest sheep-shearing barn in<br />

the country.<br />

Diamonds, gravel and clay are mined at Koffiefontein. Jagersfontein<br />

is one of the first places where diamonds were found, and it has its<br />

own version of the Big Hole to prove it. The town of Bethulie is a good<br />

stopping-over place for tourists wanting to experience the water sports<br />

available on the Gariep Dam.<br />

The dam is also the site of small hydro-power and aquaculture projects<br />

which are intended to create employment and tackle food security.<br />

The nearby Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve and the Mynhardt Game<br />

Reserve have a variety of wildlife in spectacular settings. Jacobsdal’s<br />

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Landzicht winery has proved itself as a worthy producer of wine. San<br />

rock paintings and Anglo-Boer War sites are plentiful.<br />

Lejweleputswa District Municipality<br />

Towns: Welkom, Virginia, Boshof, Christiana, Bultfontein, Bothaville<br />

Mining is the most important economic activity in this area, also known<br />

as the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Goldfields, but it is also the most important maizegrowing<br />

area in South Africa. A large natural gas field has been discovered<br />

on what used to be gold turf. Bothaville is the self-proclaimed<br />

Mielie Capital of South Africa but it is a name that is apt. The town hosts<br />

the annual NAMPO maize festival and the headquarters of Grain SA.<br />

Mining town Welkom is the major urban centre in the district. The<br />

town of Virginia is the site of a jewellery school and it is intended that<br />

this will form the nucleus of a jewellery beneficiation hub and an IT hub.<br />

The area has tourist assets such as a holiday resort on the Allemanskraal<br />

Dam, the Goldfields Wine Cellar in Theunissen and the Willem Pretorius<br />

Game Reserve but there is potential for growth in the heritage sector.<br />

Fezile Dabi District Municipality<br />

Towns: Sasolburg, Parys, Kroonstad, Frankfort, Heilbron, Viljoenskroon<br />

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic driver in the district,<br />

which shares a border with Gauteng province along the Vaal River. The<br />

town of Heilbron is another important industrial centre and Frankfort<br />

does important agricultural processing work. Kroonstad is the district’s<br />

second-largest town and has a number of engineering works and a railway<br />

junction. A new kraft paper factory has been planned for Frankfort.<br />

A good proportion of South Africa’s grain crop is sourced from this<br />

district and when the vast fields of sunflowers and cosmos flowers<br />

are in bloom, a marvellous vista is created. The Vaal River presents opportunities<br />

for yachting, rafting and resort-based enterprises. Parys is a<br />

The Phakisa <strong>Free</strong>way is a popular motor and bike racing track<br />

near Welkom in the Lejweleputswa District.<br />

charming town and Vredefort is<br />

home to a World Heritage Site, the<br />

Vredefort Dome where a meteor<br />

crashed to earth.<br />

Fezile Dabi District Municipality<br />

is the biggest contributor towards<br />

the provincial GDP, contributing<br />

approximately 35%. The Fezile<br />

Dabi area is mostly dominated by<br />

the industrial power of Sasol, with<br />

the manufacturing of refined petroleum,<br />

coke and chemical products<br />

adding largely to its GDP.<br />

Thabo Mofutsanyana District<br />

Municipality<br />

Towns: Tweespruit, Ladybrand,<br />

Clarens, Harrismith, Vrede,<br />

Ficksburg, Phuthaditjhaba,<br />

Bethlehem<br />

Tourism and fruit farming are the<br />

two principal economic activities<br />

of this area which is characterised<br />

by beautiful landscapes:<br />

the Maluti and the Drakensberg<br />

mountain ranges, wetlands in the<br />

north, well-watered river valleys<br />

and the plains of the north and<br />

west. The most famous asset is<br />

the Golden Gate National Park.<br />

Industrial activity is undertaken<br />

at Harrismith and Phuthaditjhaba,<br />

where the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development<br />

Corporation is promoting investment.<br />

The Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at<br />

Harrismith is a multi-modal transport<br />

and logistics hub.<br />

The commercial centre of the<br />

district is Bethlehem while Clarens<br />

and Ficksburg have become famous<br />

for their artists and cherries respectively.<br />

Marquard produces 90%<br />

of South Africa’s cherries. The north<br />

of the district has many sunflower<br />

seed farms. Tweespruit is sunflower<br />

seed production centre.<br />

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FDC empowers youth<br />

Job creation scheme is a multi-agency effort.<br />


In its efforts to empower youth, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Development Corporation (FDC) is participating<br />

in job creation for unemployed individuals in<br />

the province. The FDC has signed a funding<br />

agreement with the Unemployment Insurance<br />

Fund (UIF) under the Labour Activation Programme<br />

(LAP) as an implementing agency.<br />

The LAP is an initiative by the UIF to provide<br />

work experience, training and skills opportunities<br />

to former contributors to the UIF who have lost their<br />

jobs, and unemployed youth. This is carried out under<br />

the Training and Skills Development <strong>Business</strong> Unit.<br />

The UIF is an agency of the Department of Labour.<br />

The unit intends to prioritise employment,<br />

skills and re-skilling of unemployed individuals,<br />

combating long-term unemployment and poverty<br />

alleviation in the province. “The implementation of<br />

the programme will cultivate an entrepreneurial<br />

culture and train participants to increase their<br />

chances of acquiring employment and starting<br />

their own business,” says Thabiso Tshabalala, FDC<br />

Project Manager.<br />

The programme targeted 1 500 learners who<br />

come from various communities around the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong>. The beneficiaries, both male and female, have<br />

already completed their theoretical and practical<br />

experience in building and civil construction<br />

(paving), welding and mixed farming. A total of<br />

819 women completed this training.<br />

Positive feedback received from learners<br />

indicates that the programme is on the right<br />

path. This will create an economy that will<br />

result in employment opportunities for women,<br />

youth and many currently unemployed South<br />

Africans who should be productive participants<br />

in the economy.<br />

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FDC offers affordable rental<br />

rates for businesses<br />

The property management and development unit of the FDC has a diverse property portfolio.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation<br />

oversees and administers a diverse and<br />

substantial portfolio. If you are a small,<br />

medium, micro enterprise or a labourintensive<br />

company in search of suitable industrial<br />

and commercial premises, look no further. FDC’s<br />

Property Management Unit offers rental space<br />

for your small to medium enterprise at affordable<br />

rates through its diverse and substantial property<br />

portfolio. Over the years the unit has provided<br />

business premises to the general public, business<br />

people and government departments who want to<br />

initiate projects. The unit has also been instrumental<br />

in providing warehousing, manufacturing space,<br />

offices and space in various shopping centres across<br />

the province.<br />

Offering you quality services<br />

Overseeing a total of 253 commercial and 290<br />

industrial properties, FDC uses this infrastructure to:<br />

• Facilitate commercial and industrial activity<br />

• Assist new investors who may be looking for<br />

suitable premises<br />

• Facilitate SMME development, particularly in<br />

rural areas.<br />

Our spread<br />

The substantial property portfolio makes<br />

FDC one of the biggest property owners in<br />

the province with industrial, residential and<br />

commercial properties in excess of 900 000m²<br />

situated in the Mangaung Metro and Thabo<br />

Mafutsanyana District.<br />

Our industrial properties are located in:<br />

• Thaba Nchu<br />

• Botshabelo<br />

• Industriqwa, Harrismith<br />

• Phuthaditjhaba.<br />

Our cost structures<br />

FDC’s property rates of leasing are competitive<br />

and compare favourably with similar industrial<br />

and commercial properties elsewhere in<br />

the country. FDC’s industrial property rates<br />

currently range from R9.08 to R16.09 per square<br />

metre for factory space, depending on the<br />

features of the property, and from R30 to R96<br />

per square metre for commercial premises and<br />

are adjusted from time to time in line with<br />

prevailing economic conditions.<br />

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Incentives<br />

Incentives may be granted in the form of rental<br />

holidays, reduced rental rates and discounts on<br />

utilities for investments contributing to job creation<br />

on a large scale.<br />

Black Economic Empowerment<br />

Concessions which may be granted to businesses with<br />

more than 50% black ownerships include the following:<br />

• A discount of 10% on normal rental rates<br />

• An additional discount of 2% for womenowned<br />

businesses, where women have more<br />

than 50% shareholding in the business<br />

• An additional discount of 2% for youth-owned<br />

entities where more than 50% of shareholding<br />

in the business belongs to individuals below<br />

the age of 35<br />

• An additional discount of 2% for businesses<br />

where disabled persons hold 25%<br />

shareholding or more.<br />

The FDC has offices in Harrismith (top), Thaba Nchu<br />

(middle) and Phuthaditjhaba (bottom).<br />

These concessions do not apply in instances of lease<br />

renewals or existing leases.<br />

Three easy steps to occupying<br />

your new premises<br />

Once FDC has identified a suitable site for your<br />

business, you will have to confirm your interest in<br />

the site in writing with the corporation.<br />

Within a week of receiving the confirmation<br />

and all legal documentation, premises will be<br />

allocated based on the availability and the specific<br />

requirements of the prospective tenant. You will<br />

sign the agreement and pay the initial costs which<br />

include the following: deposits; admin and legal fees;<br />

two month’s rental in advance.<br />

You will be able to occupy the premises after FDC<br />

has prepared the building according to the agreed<br />

requirements.<br />

Contact details<br />

For more information regarding factory space to rent<br />

please contact us:<br />

Tel: +27 51 4000 800 • Email: wecare@fdc.co.za<br />

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Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park<br />

Phuthaditjhaba IP is strategically located in the<br />

Eastern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and 40km away from the N5 and<br />

N3 highways. The park is on the border between<br />

the Gauteng and Kwazulu -Natal provinces.<br />

The Park is situated within the Thabo<br />

Mofutsanyana District Municipality in the<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality. It is<br />

owned and managed by the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Development Corporation (FDC), which is the<br />

official agency responsible for driving economic<br />

development in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province.<br />

The Park is divided into Industrial estates<br />

ie factory units, which are further divided into<br />

small and large units. Small units range from<br />

50m² to 499m² while the large units are 500m²<br />

and above in size. These factories are mainly<br />

rented for manufacturing and service industries<br />

and to a lesser extent retail (wholesaling) and<br />

warehousing (storage). There are a total of 296<br />

factories in the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park.<br />

The Industrial Park occupies a total of<br />

257 360m² gross land area, with approximately<br />

62% occupancy rate and 185 companies. It<br />

has one of the biggest local employers in the<br />

CMT sector, employing 1 200 local people, who<br />

comprise more than 90% women. The Park is a<br />

major economic hub of the district, with varied<br />

businesses located in the park.<br />

The municipality provides services such as<br />

water and electricity, and the infrastructure is<br />

owned by the municipality. There is more than<br />

120 000m 2 of vacant land and 112 vacant factories<br />

(large and small). Sectors include textiles, plastic<br />

products, manufacturing, construction, food and<br />

snacks. The total number of jobs is estimated<br />

at 7 300.<br />

Botshabelo Industrial Park<br />

The Botshabelo Industrial Park is situated<br />

approximately 60km from the economic hub<br />

on the eastern side of the Mangaung Metro.<br />

The industrial area was developed in 1985<br />

with the assistance of DBSA.<br />

The Botshabelo Industrial Park boasts<br />

manufacturing and service companies in<br />

the textiles, electrical, plastic production,<br />

poultry, food and snack sectors. Currently it<br />

provides employment to an estimated 7 519<br />

people, of which the majority are women.<br />

Mangaung and Maluti-A-Phofung form part<br />

of the distressed regions and were declared<br />

as one of the Presidential nodal areas that<br />

require development.<br />

The BIP was the first to receive phase 1 and<br />

phase 2 of the revitalisation programme. The<br />

initiation of the revitalisation programme has<br />

had some impact and has seen an increase<br />

in investment within the park. The Industrial<br />

Park has 144 factories operating with 113<br />

occupied. The total capital investment is<br />

around R755-million.<br />

The factory sizes range from 500m² to<br />

2 500m². The Park also has an incubator centre<br />

known as the Small <strong>Business</strong> Park.<br />

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Office and industrial space available<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation (FDC) offers a wide range of spacious and affordable<br />

rental space for SMMEs.<br />

There are opportunities to rent factory space at<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation properties in<br />

Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba and Industriqwa.<br />

The FDC offers affordable rental space, ranging<br />

from massive stand-alone industrial buildings, office<br />

blocks and shopping centres, to loose single-tenant<br />

commercial buildings situated in rural areas to suit<br />

different needs.<br />

Industrial portfolio<br />

Industrial building: Mainly stand-alone industrialtype<br />

buildings designed for manufacturing and/or<br />

warehouse purposes.<br />

Large factories (>500m²): Consists of mainly standard<br />

and custom-built factories used for manufacturing,<br />

service industries and warehousing.<br />

Small industrial units (


<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development<br />

Corporation (FDC)<br />

Driving enterprise development and investment in South Africa’s<br />

most central province, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The FDC contributes to the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s economic<br />

development through four service delivery pillars:<br />

SMME/co-operative funding and support<br />

The FDC provides products and services to SMMEs<br />

and co-operatives in the form of financial support<br />

(business loans) as well as business development<br />

support (facilitating training and mentoring<br />

service providers).<br />

The principal loan products offered to <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

entrepreneurs by the FDC are:<br />

• Start-up loans for recently established businesses<br />

that are mainly at formative stages.<br />

• Expansion loans offering viable and existing<br />

businesses the capital needed to expand.<br />

• <strong>Business</strong> take-over finance to assist potential<br />

clients to acquire a business as a going concern.<br />

• Bridging finance for SMMEs with short-term<br />

cash-flow problems with contracts or tenders.<br />

Property management<br />

The FDC administers a diverse property portfolio<br />

and can offer small to medium enterprises suitable<br />

premises at affordable rates. The corporation has<br />

some 253 commercial properties, 290 industrial<br />

properties and a large number of residential and<br />

vacant land for development.<br />

The corporation aims to use them to facilitate<br />

commercial and industrial activity, while assisting<br />

new investors looking for suitable premises.<br />

The FDC offers advice and guidance in terms of<br />

the following incentives:<br />

• Subsidised rental rates.<br />

• Rental holidays of up to three months.<br />

• Special incentives and discounts for BEE<br />

companies or individuals.<br />

Export-related services<br />

The FDC services to exporters include the Export<br />

Promotion Programme, which aims to grow demand<br />

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for <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> products in global markets through<br />

capacity-building workshops, the dissemination<br />

of trade leads, networking opportunities with<br />

inbound trade missions, product promotion<br />

through participation in outbound group<br />

missions and on national and international<br />

exhibitions, access to national export-incentive<br />

programmes, market access information and<br />

technical advice on exporting procedures.<br />

Investor services<br />

The FDC offers a range of services to investors and<br />

businesses looking to trade in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. These<br />

include the following:<br />

• Project appraisal and packaging.<br />

• Promotion and facilitation of investment<br />

projects and facilitation of access to finance.<br />

• Providing access to business and government<br />

networks and assistance with business<br />

retention and expansion.<br />

• Information on statutory requirements,<br />

investment advice and assistance with<br />

investment incentive applications and<br />

business permits.<br />

• Assisting with the development of local<br />

and international markets and facilitating<br />

joint ventures/equity partnerships through<br />

identification of local partners.<br />


<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation<br />

Tel: +27 51 4000 800<br />

Emails: wecare@fdc.co.za<br />

invest@fdc.co.za<br />

Website: www.fdc.co.za<br />

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Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ<br />

investment opportunities<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone<br />

(MAP SEZ) has been established in terms<br />

of the Special Economic Zones Act No.<br />

16 of 2014. The programme is intended<br />

to deepen industrial development and improve<br />

manufacturing competitiveness in the Maluti-A-<br />

Phofung region.<br />

Situated in Harrismith and Tshiame in the Eastern<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, MAP SEZ is strategically located on the N3<br />

national road, halfway between Johannesburg and<br />

Durban. MAP SEZ offers 1 038 hectares of land for<br />

industrial development.<br />

Since the Durban port is the busiest in the<br />

southern hemisphere, it therefore means that the N3<br />

carries the majority of the traffic to different locations<br />

in South Africa and neighbouring countries such as<br />

Lesotho and Swaziland. Through its cross-docking<br />

precinct and its logistics and warehousing sectors<br />

the MAP SEZ presents itself as a solution to lighten<br />

the traffic pressure on the N3.<br />

This Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is part of the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> leg of the massive Durban-<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>-Gauteng<br />

logistics and industrial corridor that is intended<br />

to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor<br />

between South Africa’s main industrial hubs to:<br />

• Improve access to export and import markets.<br />

• Integrate <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> industrial strategy activities<br />

into the corridor.<br />

• Create job opportunities and grow the economy<br />

within the region.<br />

Investor benefits<br />

Benefits that will be derived from locating within<br />

MAP SEZ include:<br />

• 15% corporate tax instead of 28% corporate tax.<br />

• Building allowance.<br />

• Employment incentive.<br />

• Customs controlled area (CCA).<br />

• 12i Tax allowance.<br />

SEZ project pipeline<br />

There are various companies that have signed<br />

letters of intent to locate in the MAP SEZ. Some of<br />

the sectors targeted for establishment within the<br />

MAP SEZ are as follows:<br />

• Logistics and distribution.<br />

• Agro-processing.<br />

• Food processing.<br />

• Rail-based container terminal (Transnet Freight<br />

Rail).<br />

• Starch chemicals.<br />

• Biogas.<br />

MAP SEZ milestones<br />

• MAP SEZ was launched by President Zuma on 25<br />

April 2017 to operate as a Special Economic Zone.<br />

• Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ was granted an operator<br />

permit in 2017 by the Minister of Trade and<br />

Industry after cabinet approval.<br />

• Perimeter fencing and lighting have been<br />

completed.<br />

• Bulk infrastructure roll-out is in progress and is<br />

90% complete.<br />

• The SEZ has developed a marketing and<br />

promotion pipeline which has attracted<br />

30 potential investors with an estimated<br />

investment value of R 2.6-billion and will create<br />

approximately 22 130 permanent and temporary<br />

job opportunities in the next 5 to 10 years.<br />

• Construction of top structures commenced in<br />

June 2019.<br />

What the MAP SEZ offers<br />

• Lots of space – more than 1000ha available to<br />

prospective investors.<br />

• Long-term lease periods which provide investors<br />

an opportunity to recoup investment on<br />

infrastructure.<br />

• Affordability in the form of concessions offered<br />

on rentals.<br />

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Economic development<br />

As part of its mandate, the MAP SEZ is intended to create decent work,<br />

transfer of skills and other social economic benefits. In line with this<br />

requirement, the MAP SEZ’s robust investment-promotion pipeline<br />

will allow the entity to create an estimated 22 130 permanent and<br />

temporary job opportunities in the Maluti-A-Phofung region over<br />

the next 5 to 10 years.<br />

Key MAP SEZ investment pipeline<br />

Pork abattoir<br />

A Danish investor with more than 30 years’ experience in the pork<br />

processing business will establish a pork abattoir in the MAP SEZ.<br />

Through the establishment of this abattoir, the investor aims to<br />

create jobs, and transfer skills and expertise to the South African job<br />

market, and to develop the growing market for pork in South Africa.<br />

MAP SEZ priority sectors<br />

There are six priority sectors:<br />

• Automotive<br />

• Agro-processing<br />

• Logistics<br />

• General processing<br />

• ICT<br />

• Pharmaceuticals.<br />

Agri-park<br />

This agri-park project involves the building of a world-class,<br />

integrated food processing park which will include food processing,<br />

warehousing, cold storage and manufacturing facilities. The agriparks<br />

project scheme has been created to promote the upskilling<br />

of local farmers and to expose local farmers to the commercial<br />

market space.<br />

Human hair manufacturer<br />

A Chinese hair company has partnered with South African companies<br />

to establish a human hair manufacturing plant. The final product<br />

will be sold to retail facilities in the local and international market.<br />

Inland agri-hub facility<br />

This investor intends to develop an inland agro-logistics facility and<br />

also to create silos for local farmers. Another leg of this business<br />

includes the shipment of grain in and around the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province<br />

and the SADC region.<br />


Ms M Setai<br />

Manager in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer<br />

Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone<br />

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

Website: www.mapsez.co.za<br />

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<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling,<br />

Liquor and Tourism<br />

Authority<br />

Driving economic transformation in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province<br />

Center yourself in the heart of South Africa<br />

effective, well-regulated gambling and liquor industry and a vibrant<br />

tourism sector.<br />

Mission<br />

To be a leading developmental institution that drives economic<br />

transformation, regulation and adaptation to the ever-changing<br />

industry dynamics to benefit the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

CEO of <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling,<br />

Liquor and Tourism Authority<br />

Mr Kenny Dichabe<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling,<br />

Liquor and Tourism Authority<br />

(FSGLTA) is one of the two<br />

entities of the Department<br />

of Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong><br />

Development, Tourism and<br />

Environmental Affairs (DESTEA).<br />

The FSGLTA was established by the<br />

FSGLTA Amendment Act 4 of 2017,<br />

which was amended to incorporate<br />

the former <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Tourism<br />

Authority and <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling<br />

and Liquor to form the new entity<br />

which is known as FSGLTA.<br />

Vision<br />

A transformed economy and<br />

a prosperous society with an<br />

Mandate<br />

The mandate of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling, Liquor and Tourism<br />

Authority is to regulate the gambling and liquor industries within<br />

the province and to market and promote tourism in the province.<br />

The Authority’s purpose is to promote legally compliant, responsible,<br />

sustainable and transformed gaming and liquor industries through<br />

effective licensing, regulating and reporting on the activities of<br />

the industries, and to position the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province as a tourist<br />

destination of choice.<br />

The gambling industry<br />

• Invite applications for licences (gambling)<br />

• Consider, grant or refuse applications<br />

• Cancel, suspend, vary, renew or revoke a licence or registration<br />

approved<br />

• Implementation of norms and standards in the gambling industry<br />

as determined by the National Gambling Act<br />

• Ensure that gambling activities are effectively regulated, licensed<br />

and controlled<br />

• Ensure compliance to the act, rules and regulations<br />

The liquor industry<br />

• Receive applications for registrations (liquor)<br />

• Reduce the socio-economic and other costs of alcohol<br />

• Promote the development of a responsible and sustainable liquor<br />

industry in relation to gambling<br />

• Generate revenue for the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province.<br />

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The tourism industry<br />

It is important that the FSGLTA intensifies its<br />

efforts to ensure effective marketing of the<br />

province in order to attract domestic tourists<br />

as well as international tourists. The province<br />

continues to enhance tourism infrastructure,<br />

up-skill the sector, inculcate the culture of<br />

service excellence and enhance the provision<br />

of world-class visitor experiences. The Authority<br />

has partnered with event organisers and tour<br />

operators to market and promote the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

as a tourist destination. These are achieved<br />

through the following:<br />

• Forging strategic partnership with the public<br />

and private sectors to leverage from each<br />

the capability and capacity to improve the<br />

industry<br />

• Streamlining the impact of events through<br />

partnerships and sponsorships<br />

• Improving on Meetings, Incentives,<br />

Conferencing and Events (MICE) as a focused<br />

growth area of the market<br />

• Continuous review of the marketing plans to<br />

stay on par with the industry trends.<br />

Gambling and Liquor Contact Details<br />

District Contact person Contact details<br />

Mangaung District Metro Abraham Contact Classen person Contact classena@fsglta.gov.za details<br />

051 404 0320<br />

Mangaung Metro<br />

Thabo Mofutsanyana<br />

Abraham Classen<br />

Peter Moleko<br />

classena@fsglta.gov.za<br />

079 506 0272<br />

051 404 0320<br />

079 molekop@fsglta.gov.za<br />

506 0272<br />

078 309 4178<br />

Thabo Mofutsanyana<br />

Lejweleputswa<br />

Peter Moleko<br />

Thabo Tlake<br />

molekop@fsglta.gov.za<br />

078 tlaket@fsglta.gov.za<br />

309 4178<br />

057 492 0001<br />

Lejweleputswa<br />

Fezile Dabi<br />

Thabo Tlake<br />

Bongakele Nzunga<br />

tlaket@fsglta.gov.za<br />

072 533 6681<br />

057 492 0001<br />

072 nzungab@fsglta.co.za<br />

533 6681<br />

056 492 0001<br />

Fezile Dabi<br />

Xhariep<br />

Bongakele Nzunga<br />

Mpakiseng Moloi<br />

nzungab@fsglta.co.za<br />

082 256 5926<br />

056 492 0001<br />

082 moloim@fsglta.gov.za<br />

256 5926<br />

051 492 0167<br />

Xhariep Mpakiseng Moloi moloim@fsglta.gov.za<br />

083 664 9675<br />

051 492 0167<br />

083 664 9675<br />

Tourism Information Contact Details<br />

Tourism route Contact person Contact details<br />

Tourism Cheetah Route route Contact Nthabiseng person Methola Contact cheetah@freestatetourism.org<br />

details<br />

073 125 1614<br />

Cheetah Route<br />

Eagle Route<br />

Nthabiseng Methola<br />

Bonolo Molefe<br />

cheetah@freestatetourism.org<br />

073 eagle@freestatetourism.org<br />

125 1614<br />

072 056 6090<br />

Eagle Route<br />

Flamingo Route<br />

Bonolo Molefe<br />

Dineka Lephowane<br />

eagle@freestatetourism.org<br />

072 flamingo@freestatetourism.org<br />

056 6090<br />

073 796 8577<br />

Flamingo Route Dineka Lephowane flamingo@freestatetourism.org<br />

Lion Route Keakabetse Ramokonopi lion@freestatetourism.org<br />

073 796 8577<br />

084 951 1564<br />

Lion Route Keakabetse Ramokonopi lion@freestatetourism.org<br />

Springbok Route Kefiloe Molefe 084 molefek@fsglta.gov.za<br />

951 1564<br />

079 496 2999<br />

Springbok Route Kefiloe Molefe molefek@fsglta.gov.za<br />

079 496 2999<br />

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Establishing<br />

a business in South Africa<br />

South Africa has eased the barriers to doing business for<br />

locals as well as international companies and individuals.<br />

South Africa has a sophisticated legal, regulatory<br />

and banking system. Setting up a business<br />

in South Africa is a relatively straight-forward<br />

process with assistance being offered by organisations<br />

such as the Department of Trade, Industry<br />

and Competition and provincial investment agencies<br />

like the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation (FDC).<br />

South African law regulates the establishment and<br />

conduct of businesses throughout the country. Tax,<br />

investment incentives, regulations governing imports,<br />

exports and visas are uniform throughout the country.<br />

The particular environment varies from province<br />

to province with regard to the availability of human<br />

and natural resources, the infrastructure and support<br />

services, business opportunities and the quality of life.<br />

In this respect, the FDC can offer specific advice<br />

about the business environment in the province.<br />

<strong>Business</strong> is regulated by the Companies Act and<br />

the Close Corporation Act, which cover accounting<br />

and reporting requirements. Under new legislation,<br />

no new Close Corporations can be created but CCs<br />

can convert to companies.<br />

Registration of company<br />

The company must be registered with the<br />

Comp anies and Intellectual Properties Commission,<br />

(CPIC) in Pretoria within 21 days of the company being<br />

started. There are a range of administrative procedures<br />

that need to be fulfilled.<br />

Bank account<br />

A business bank account must be opened in the<br />

company’s name with a bank in South Africa.<br />

Registration with the receiver of revenue<br />

• As a Provisional Taxpayer<br />

• As a VAT vendor<br />

• For Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income tax payable<br />

on money earned by employees<br />

• For Standard Income Tax on Employees<br />

Registration with the Department of Labour<br />

<strong>Business</strong>es employing staff will have to contact the<br />

Department of Labour regarding mandatory contributions<br />

to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).<br />

Register with Compensation Commissioner for<br />

Compensation Fund: Files with the Compensation<br />

Fund (in the Department of Labour) for accident<br />

insurance (Workmen’s Compensation).<br />

Registration with the local authority<br />

Relevant only to businesses dealing in fresh foodstuffs<br />

or health matters.<br />

Other procedures<br />

• Checking exchange control procedures (note<br />

that non-residents are generally not subject to<br />

exchange controls except for certain categories<br />

of investment)<br />

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• Obtaining approval for building plans<br />

• Applying for industry and export incentives<br />

• Applying for import permits and verifying import<br />

duties payable<br />

• Registering as an exporter if relevant and applying<br />

for an export permit.<br />

<strong>Business</strong> entities<br />

There are a variety of forms which businesses can<br />

take, including private and public companies,<br />

personal liability companies, non-profit companies,<br />

state-owned companies and even branches of<br />

foreign companies (or external companies).<br />

Branches of foreign companies fall under<br />

Section 23 of the Companies Act of 2008 and are<br />

required to register as “external companies” with<br />

the CIPC. An external company is not required to<br />

appoint a local board of directors but must appoint<br />

a person resident in South Africa who is authorised<br />

to accept services of process and any notices<br />

served on the company. It must also appoint a<br />

registered local auditor and establish a registered<br />

office in South Africa.<br />

Patents, trademarks and copyrights<br />

Trademarks (including service marks) are valid for an<br />

initial period of 10 years and are renewable indefinitely<br />

for further 10-year periods. Patents are granted<br />

for 20 years, normally without an option to renew.<br />

The holder of a patent or trademark must pay an annual<br />

fee in order to preserve its validity. Patents and<br />

trademarks may be licensed but where this involves<br />

the payment of royalties to non-resident licensors,<br />

prior approval of the licensing agreement must be<br />

obtained from the dtic. South Africa is a signatory<br />

to the Berne Copyright Convention.<br />

Permits for foreign nationals<br />

Work permits<br />

In considering whether or not to grant a work<br />

permit, the Department of Home Affairs will first<br />

evaluate the validity of the offer of employment<br />

by conducting a number of checks to confirm the<br />

following:<br />

• Has the Department of Labour been contacted?<br />

• Has the position been widely advertised?<br />

• Is the prospective employer able to prove that he<br />

or she has tried to find a suitably qualified local<br />

employee prior to hiring a foreigner?<br />

• Is the prospective employee appropriately qualified<br />

and do they have the relevant experience?<br />

<strong>Business</strong> permits<br />

Foreign nationals who wish to establish their own<br />

business or a partnership in South Africa must,<br />

apart from having sufficient funds to support themselves<br />

and their family, be able to invest at least<br />

R2.5-million in the business.<br />

The funds must originate overseas, be transferable<br />

to South Africa and belong to the applicant (ie emanate<br />

from the applicant’s own bank account). The business<br />

must also create jobs for South African citizens. After<br />

six months to a year, proof will have to be submitted<br />

that the business is employing South African citizens<br />

or permanent residents, excluding family members of<br />

the employer.<br />

Applications for work permits for self-employment<br />

can only be lodged at the South African<br />

Consulate or Embassy in the applicant’s country of<br />

origin. The processing fee is US$186. The applicant<br />

would also have to lodge a repatriation guarantee<br />

with the consulate/embassy equivalent to the price<br />

of a one-way flight from South Africa back to his or<br />

her country of origin.<br />

This guarantee is refundable once the applicant<br />

has either left South Africa permanently or obtained<br />

permanent residence. Any application for an extension<br />

of a business permit may be lodged locally. The<br />

processing fee per passport holder is R425. Some<br />

countries also need to pay R108 per return visa.<br />

A list of countries to which this applies is<br />

available from the Department of Home Affairs.<br />

The FDC assists investors in applying for the<br />

relevant work permits to conduct their business.<br />

What can the FDC do for you?<br />

The FDC will help new businesses by assisting<br />

in project appraisal and packaging, putting<br />

investors in touch with relevant agencies and<br />

government departments, alerting investors to<br />

investment incentives and setting up joint ventures<br />

where required.<br />

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South African<br />

investment incentives<br />

The South African government, particularly the Department of Trade, Industry<br />

and Competition, has a range of incentives available to investors, existing<br />

companies, entrepreneurs and co-operatives across many sectors.<br />

South Africa wishes to diversify its economy<br />

and incentives are an important part of the<br />

strategy to attract investors to the country. The<br />

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition<br />

(the dtic) is the lead agency in the incentives<br />

programme, which aims to encourage local and<br />

foreign investment into targeted economic sectors,<br />

but the Industrial Development Corporation<br />

(IDC) is the most influential funder of projects across<br />

South Africa.<br />

There a variety of incentives available and these<br />

incentives can broadly be categorised according to<br />

the stage of project development:<br />

• Conceptualisation of the project –<br />

including feasibility studies and research<br />

and development (grants for R&D and<br />

feasibility studies, THRIP, Stp, etc)<br />

• Capital expenditure – involving the creation<br />

or expansion of the productive capacity<br />

of businesses (MCEP, EIP, CIP, FIG, etc)<br />

• Competitiveness enhancement –<br />

involving the introduction of efficiencies<br />

and whetting the competitive edge of<br />

established companies and commercial<br />

or industrial sectors (BBSDP, EMIA,<br />

CTCIP, etc)<br />

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• Some of the incentives are sector-specific, for<br />

example the Aquaculture Development and<br />

Enhancement Programme (ADEP), Clothing<br />

and Textile Competitiveness Improvement<br />

Programme (CTCIP) and the Tourism Support<br />

Programme (TSP).<br />

Manufacturing<br />

Key components of the incentive programme are<br />

the Manufacturing Incentive Programme (MIP) and<br />

the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement<br />

Programme (MCEP). The initial MCEP, launched in<br />

2012, was so successful that it was oversubscribed<br />

with almost 890 businesses receiving funding. A<br />

second phase of the programme was launched in<br />

2016. The grants are not handouts as the funding<br />

covers a maximum of 50% of the cost of the investment,<br />

with the remainder to be sourced elsewhere.<br />

The Enterprise Investment Programme (EIP)<br />

makes targeted grants to stimulate and promote<br />

investment, BEE and employment creation in the<br />

manufacturing and tourism sectors. Aimed at smaller<br />

companies, the maximum grant is R30-million.<br />

Specific tax deductions are permissible for larger<br />

companies investing in the manufacturing sector<br />

under Section 12i of the Income Tax Act.<br />

Other incentives<br />

Other incentives available to investors and existing<br />

businesses in more than one sector include the:<br />

• Technology and Human Resources for Industry<br />

Programme (THRIP)<br />

• Support Programme for Industrial Innovation<br />

(SPII)<br />

• Black <strong>Business</strong> Supplier Development Programme<br />

(BBSDP), which is a cost-sharing grant offered to<br />

black-owned small enterprises<br />

• Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) that covers<br />

between 10% and 30% of the total development<br />

costs of qualifying infrastructure<br />

• Co-operative Incentive Scheme, which is a 90:10<br />

matching cash grant for registered primary<br />

co-operatives<br />

• Sector Specific Assistance Scheme, which is a<br />

reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant that can<br />

be applied for by export councils, joint action<br />

groups and industry associations.<br />

Incentives for SMMEs<br />

A lot of emphasis is placed on the potential role of<br />

small, medium and micro enterprises in job creation<br />

and a number of incentives are designed to promote<br />

the growth of these businesses. These include:<br />

• Small Medium Enterprise Development<br />

Programme (SMEDP)<br />

• Isivande Women’s Fund<br />

• Seda Technology Programme (Stp).<br />

• Seda is the Small Enterprise Development Agency,<br />

an agency of the Department of Small <strong>Business</strong><br />

Development that exists to promote SMMEs.<br />

Trade-related incentives<br />

The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance<br />

(EMIA) Scheme includes support for local businesses<br />

that wish to market their businesses internationally<br />

to potential importers and investors. The scheme<br />

offers financial assistance to South Africans travelling<br />

or exhibiting abroad as well as for inbound potential<br />

buyers of South African goods.<br />


Department of Trade, Industry & Competition:<br />

www.thedti.gov.za<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation:<br />

www.fdc.co.za<br />

Industrial Development Corporation:<br />

www.idc.co.za<br />

Official South African government incentive<br />

schemes: www.investmentincentives.co.za<br />

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Making it easier to do business with Nedbank<br />

Whole-view <strong>Business</strong> Banking<br />

Kevin de Beer, Nedbank Provincial General Manager for Retail and<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Banking for <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and Northern Cape, explains how<br />

Nedbank can help business owners in these regions.<br />

on what’s most important to you – running your<br />

business,’ says de Beer.<br />

In line with our new brand proposition encouraging<br />

clients to see money differently, our <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and<br />

Northern Cape agriteams are committed to providing<br />

key support, as well as advisory and business services<br />

to all roleplayers involved in the agrispace in both<br />

provinces. We will share our financial expertise<br />

and play a role in advancing profitable, sustainable<br />

practices throughout the agricultural production and<br />

consumption value chain.<br />

There is good news for <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and<br />

Northern Cape business owners and<br />

entrepreneurs seeking a unique banking<br />

experience. Nedbank <strong>Business</strong> Banking<br />

has business managers, located across<br />

both provinces, specialising in commercial<br />

industries as well as the agricultural sector.<br />

De Beer says his team is ready to assist clients with<br />

professional advice, industry-specific solutions<br />

and a comprehensive range of financial products<br />

and services.<br />

‘At Nedbank <strong>Business</strong> Banking we believe that you<br />

need a financial partner who not only understands<br />

your circumstances and aspirations, but also provides<br />

you with relevant solutions and a banking experience<br />

that is hassle-free. This allows you to concentrate<br />


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We recognise that farmers today face many<br />

challenges, and to remain competitive, they<br />

continually have to improve and adopt best practices<br />

and new technologies.<br />

‘We encourage you to see money differently with<br />

Whole-view <strong>Business</strong> Banking, says de Beer.<br />

‘We are also involved in a number of initiatives with<br />

the public sector, ensuring that such partnerships<br />

support provincial government goals in respect of job<br />

creation and growing the economy,’ de Beer<br />

concludes.<br />

If you are interested in taking your business to the next<br />

level, please call Kevin de Beer on<br />

+27 (0)51 400 5813, send an email to<br />

kevindeb@nedbank.co.za or<br />

visit www.nedbank.co.za.


Nedbank <strong>Business</strong> Bundle is a game changer<br />

with savings and personalised services for<br />

small enterprises<br />

The new <strong>Business</strong> Bundle from Nedbank is a game changer for small<br />

enterprises in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and Northern Cape, offering the best value<br />

for money when compared to rival offerings.<br />


With the country’s challenging economic<br />

environment, the <strong>Business</strong> Bundle not only<br />

offers you personalised banking services,<br />

but also critical tools to save – with up to<br />

40% savings on monthly banking fees –<br />

contributing directly to the bottomline at a<br />

time when every cent counts.<br />

In line with Nedbank’s new brand proposition to see<br />

money differently, the <strong>Business</strong> Bundle resonates with<br />

the bank’s commitment to do good by promoting<br />

small enterprises.<br />

‘As a bank for small businesses we are committed<br />

to partnering with entrepreneurs to help grow their<br />

businesses. As such, Nedbank is always looking at<br />

ways in which we can help unlock the value of our<br />

clients’ businesses. We support their business growth<br />

journeys by providing practical tools to help them<br />

run their businesses,’ says Kevin de Beer, Nedbank<br />

Provincial General Manager, Retail and <strong>Business</strong><br />

Banking for <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and Northern Cape.<br />

‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.<br />

Nedbank has, over the years, instituted various<br />

interventions aimed at giving support to the smallbusiness<br />

sector.’<br />

To see how Nedbank can help your small business reach<br />

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

send an email to kevindeb@nedbank.co.za or<br />

visit www.nedbank.co.za.<br />

Trust us to protect<br />

your business<br />

against everyday<br />

risk<br />

Shareen Gobichund,<br />

Regional Manager of<br />

Broker Channels for<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and Northern<br />

Cape, says Nedbank<br />

Insurance is not a onesize-fits-all<br />

business.<br />

Nedbank Insurance has evolved into a business<br />

that provides integrated insurance to individual<br />

and business clients. Our offering comprises<br />

comprehensive short-term and life insurance<br />

solutions, as well as investments.<br />

Nedbank Insurance provides a comprehensive<br />

offering of short-term products on behalf of<br />

blue-chip insurers. If you are interested in<br />

expert advice on the type of cover that is<br />

right for your business needs, look no further.<br />

Nedbank has a team of specialists ready to provide<br />

you with the information you need to make an<br />

informed decision. For more information call<br />

Shareen Gobichund on +27 (0)31 364 3308, send<br />

an email to shareeng@nedbankinsurance.co.za<br />

or visit www.nedbank.co.za.<br />


Nedbank Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06. Nedbank Ltd Reg Authorised No 1951/000009/06 financial<br />

Authorised services financial services and registered and registered credit credit provider provider (NCRCP16).


Agriculture<br />

Grains and dairy farming underpin a diverse and robust sector.<br />

The purchase of a 21% stake in BKB by VKB has given the latter<br />

company extended geographical reach and opportunities in new<br />

markets. While VKB is strongest in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and Limpopo<br />

with a grain focus, BKB is well-established in the Eastern Cape,<br />

deals mainly in wool and mohair and runs many auctions.<br />

VKB is already a diverse group, with the capacity to produce soybean<br />

meal and soybean cake, flour and even packaging from its plants, mills<br />

and factories. Grain Field Chickens, a large abattoir in Reitz, is one of the<br />

company’s biggest facilities in the province. The Industrial Development<br />

Corporation (IDC), which has a 23% stake in the project, aims to help<br />

develop the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> as the poultry hub of South Africa.<br />

VKB’s headquarters are in Reitz in the eastern part of the province<br />

and the group has nine brands in sectors such as fuel, grains,<br />

animal feed and foods. VKB has development programmes with<br />

51 emerging commercial farmers in the province and data on 140<br />

developing farmers.<br />

Not many rural landing strips have to deal with 376 aeroplanes<br />

and 63 helicopters in a short space of time. But that’s what Bothaville<br />

had to do when it again hosted the country’s largest agricultural<br />


VKB has bought a stake<br />

in BKB.<br />

festival, NAMPO Harvest Day,<br />

in 2019. Grain SA’s big day<br />

had 775 exhibitors catering to<br />

81 345 visitors. The annual Farmer<br />

Patent Competition is sponsored<br />

by Grain SA and Omnia, the<br />

fertiliser company.<br />

Bothaville is located in<br />

the Lejweleputswa District<br />

Municipality on the western<br />

boundary of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

with North West. So far west is<br />

Bothaville that Senwes counts it<br />

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as part of its North West region.<br />

The giant agricultural company,<br />

with its headquarters in the<br />

North West city of Klerksdorp,<br />

has three separate regions for<br />

the rest of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. The<br />

company deals about 20% of<br />

the country’s oilseeds and grain<br />

through its 68 silos.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department<br />

of Agriculture and Rural<br />

Development (DARD) notes that<br />

only 11% of the province’s primary<br />

agricultural production is<br />

processed within the province’s<br />

boundaries. <strong>Business</strong> Times reported<br />

in 2018 that smaller <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> dairy farmers are struggling<br />

to deal with rising costs and lower<br />

prices. With the trend towards<br />

sourcing milk in coastal areas growing, the number of dairy farms in<br />

the province has dropped to 183, from a high of 929 in 2009.<br />

The Imbani Homsek Group is an integrated dairy-products producer<br />

with one of the biggest Ayrshire herds in the world. The farm<br />

north of Bloemfontein encompasses 6 000ha and its factories supply<br />

Woolworths. The long-life milk factory is a three-way partnership between<br />

Imbani Homsek, Woolworths and Nampak, the packaging company.<br />

The head office of Country Bird Holdings is in Bloemfontein: its<br />

brands are Supreme Chicken, Nutri Feeds and Ross (breeding). Country<br />

Bird Logistics controls 45 chilled and frozen vans.<br />

Clover has three factories in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>: Bethlehem (milk powder,<br />

whey mixtures and creamers); Frankfort (butter, the largest such factory<br />

in the country, where ghee and roller dried milk powder are also made)<br />

and in Heilbron (whey, buttermilk, condensed milk and packaging).<br />

In 2017 DARD hosted a summit on “Repositioning the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Province for Agricultural Value Adding and Processing Towards 2030”.<br />

Investors are being encouraged to look at baby vegetables, wholesale<br />

meat production (including poultry) and leather manufacturing.<br />

Key to commercialising these agricultural options is access to finance<br />

and the Industrial Development Corporation has been active in the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> in support of this goal. The official launch of the Maluti-A-<br />

Phofung Special Economic Zone has given another platform to boost<br />

the agri-processing and agri-logistics sectors.<br />

A number of initiatives have taken place in terms of the land reform<br />

process. Some 6 000ha has been allocated to small-scale farmers and<br />

500ha to farm dwellers. A land audit has been done of all land belonging<br />

to state, provincial or municipal authorities with the intention of<br />

providing land for black enterprises. The provincial government wants<br />

to see more black commercial farmers. One way of achieving this is to<br />

increase production volumes of small-scale farmers.<br />

Five agri-parks are planned in each of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s district municipalities.<br />

The concept brings together farmers, traders and agriprocessors<br />

(such as abattoirs) in convenient sites within each district<br />

municipality. Support for rural smallholders will be available in terms<br />

of equipment hire from a central source, storage facilities, packaging of<br />

produce and getting products to market. Training will also be offered.<br />

Provincial assets<br />

Agriculture makes up 4% of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s gross domestic product, but<br />

the province’s efficient farming operations contributed a total of 10%<br />

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of South Africa’s agricultural output.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has 32 000km² of cultivated land<br />

and a further 87 000km² of grazing land and natural<br />

veld. A summer-rainfall region with a mean annual<br />

rainfall of 532mm, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s climate, soil types<br />

and topography vary greatly within the province,<br />

with plains in the west and mountains in the east.<br />

The western and southern areas are semi-desert,<br />

with some Karoo vegetation occurring in the south.<br />

The province supplies significant proportions<br />

of the nation’s sorghum (53%), sunflowers (45%),<br />

potatoes (33%), groundnuts (32%), dry beans<br />

(26%), wool (24%) and almost all of its cherries<br />

(90%). Red meat and dairy are other important<br />

products. Game hunting is a growing sector, and<br />

several large <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> farms have been converted<br />

from stock to game farms. Crop production represents<br />

about two-thirds of the province’s gross<br />

agricultural income. The main crops are maize and<br />

wheat. Sunflowers, sunflower seeds, sorghum and<br />

soybeans are other major crops. The Mangaung<br />

Fresh Produce Market plays a vital role in the sector,<br />

catering as it does to householders, bulk buyers,<br />

informal traders, agents and farmers.<br />

Glen Agricultural Training Institute is a public<br />

institution of the Department of Agriculture and<br />

Rural Development. The Institute, which caters<br />

to students in the higher and further education<br />

bands, is on the Modder River and offers threeyear<br />

diploma courses. A further training centre<br />

offers courses to farmers and farm workers. The<br />

curriculum of the higher education band consists<br />

of two electives in crop and animal production.<br />

These electives are supported by compulsory<br />

subjects in the field of engineering, economics,<br />

pasture science and extension. The curriculum<br />

of the further education band consists of short<br />

courses and learnership programmes.<br />


Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agri.za<br />

Bothaville: www.bothaville.info<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Agriculture and<br />

Rural Development: www.ard.fs.gov.za<br />

Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za<br />

Aiming for sustainability<br />

Managing Director of VKB,<br />

Koos Janse van Rensburg.<br />

VKB originated in a wish to create a sustainable<br />

agricultural company and a sustainable future<br />

for producers. This is still the golden thread that<br />

weaves the strategies of the company together.<br />

This is why VKB relies wholeheartedly on the<br />

support of people who have chosen the most<br />

noble profession to make a difference in our<br />

country and in the world.<br />

The VKB Group’s primary objective is to<br />

exploit the complete value chain of agricultural<br />

production in South Africa for the benefit of<br />

shareholders. VKB wants to economically obtain<br />

their inputs, goods, services and financing on<br />

behalf of its producers by optimally utilising<br />

their collective volumes. This allows producers<br />

to focus on their farming activities.<br />

The VKB Group also wants to add additional<br />

value to the agricultural products produced<br />

in its service area, thereby ensuring that the<br />

producer derives maximum benefit from the<br />

food value chain and obtains a share in it.<br />

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Oil and gas<br />

Natural gas projects are powering ahead.<br />


The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC),<br />

an agency of the US government, will lend Renergen<br />

$40-million (more than R600-million) over 12 years to<br />

build a gas plant in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

Renergen, which is listed on the JSE and has signed an<br />

offtake agreement with Linde to take helium which will be<br />

extracted from the area around Virginia (which has proven<br />

reserves of 25-billion cubic feet). Another agreement was signed<br />

with Megabus (a subsidiary of Unitrans), to take “compressed<br />

natural gas”, which is cheaper than liquid nitrogen gas (LNG).<br />

In 2018, South African Breweries signed up to take LNG for<br />

its truck fleet. Renergen’s natural gas subsidiary, Tetra4, has<br />

secured a R218-million loan from the Industrial Development<br />

Corporation to build a 107km pipeline network from Virginia.<br />

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic driver of<br />

the oil and gas sector for the province. One of the Sasol companies<br />

at Sasolburg, Sasol New Energy, is moving the group away<br />

from reliance on fossil fuels. The resulting savings will improve<br />

Sasol’s profit margins, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and take<br />


Petroleum Agency SA: www.petroleumagencysa.com<br />

South African Oil and Gas Alliance: www.saoga.org.za<br />

South African Petroleum Industry Association:<br />

www.sapia.co.za<br />


A US government agency has lent<br />

more than R600-million for a gas<br />

plant.<br />

pressure of the national electricity grid.<br />

The regulator and promoter of oil<br />

and gas exploration in South Africa,<br />

Petroleum Agency South Africa,<br />

has awarded coalbed-methane-gas<br />

exploration rights in KwaZulu-Natal and<br />

natural-gas exploration permits in the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. Early surveys suggest that the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has 23-billion cubic feet of gas<br />

underground. If this is confirmed, then<br />

four new power stations could be built<br />

in the province. Tests have begun in the<br />

Karoo in search of shale gas.<br />

The Natref fuel refinery is one of only<br />

four in South Africa, and the country’s<br />

only inland refinery. The refinery is a joint<br />

venture between Sasol Oil (63.6%) and<br />

Total SA (36.3%). It is a technologically<br />

advanced facility, which refines heavy<br />

crude oil into petrol, diesel, commercial<br />

propane, jet fuel and bitumen.<br />

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Mining<br />

Gold mines are changing hands.<br />

TThe golden triangle where the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, Gauteng and North<br />

West provinces meet is the site of many gold mines, several of<br />

which have changed hands or are for sale.<br />

Moab Khotsong, which is in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, was purchased<br />

from AngloGold Ashanti by Harmony Gold and the decision has been<br />

justified by production volumes. Harmony is now considering adding<br />

another AngloGold asset to its portfolio, the ultra-deep Mponeng mine.<br />

Sibanye-Stillwater is the other potential buyer although that company’s<br />

focus seems to be more firmly on the platinum sector. Sibanye<br />

Gold came into existence as a result of the unbundling of Gold Fields<br />

but it has now been rebranded as Sibanye Stillwater because of the<br />

purchase of a platinum and palladium mine in the US of that name.<br />

The company is responsible for the Beatrix mine in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> but<br />

most of its gold assets are in Gauteng.<br />

AngloGold Ashanti has sold most of its Vaal River Complex mines<br />

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

the North West Province, but Great Noligwa and Kopanang mines are<br />

in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. The complex includes one uranium plant, four gold<br />

plants and one sulphuric acid plant.<br />

These assets increased Harmony’s underground resource base in<br />

South Africa by nearly 40%. Most of Harmony’s operations, including<br />

a tailings treatment plant, are in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. The other mines<br />

are Tshipong and Phakisa (near Odendaalsrus), Virginia, Target (near<br />

Allanridge), Masimong (Riebeeckstad), Joel (near Theunissen) and<br />

Bambanani at Welkom. Phakisa has mineral reserves of just over fivemillion<br />

ounces of gold and Harmony has invested heavily in the project.<br />

The other buyer from AngloGold Ashanti was Heaven-Sent. The<br />

Chinese company, which controls the Tau Lekoa mine through Village<br />

Main Reef, bought the Kopanang mine and associated assets for<br />


A minerals beneficiation<br />

strategy has been developed.<br />

R100-million. Another Chinese<br />

company, Taung Gold, runs the<br />

Jeanette mine near Welkom.<br />

Gold mines in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

also supply a substantial portion<br />

of the total silver produced in the<br />

country, and large concentrations<br />

of uranium occurring in the<br />

gold-bearing conglomerates of<br />

the goldfields are extracted as a<br />

by-product.<br />

The mining sector makes up<br />

11% of provincial GDP. A minerals<br />

beneficiation strategy has been<br />

developed because this is a key<br />

area for potential growth.<br />

Diamonds<br />

Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein<br />

mine is on the western edge of<br />

the province, about 80km from<br />

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Kimberley. The mine is regarded<br />

as a low-grade deposit, but<br />

the diamonds produced are<br />

of high value. White stones of<br />

excellent quality are produced,<br />

and fancy pink diamond are<br />

sometimes found.<br />

The company’s expansion<br />

plan led to increased production<br />

in the 2018 financial year<br />

of 52 537 carats, up from 51 173<br />

carats in 2017. Expansion will increase,<br />

and the plan is to mine<br />

at Koffiefontein until 2031. Petra<br />

has seven mines in South Africa.<br />

The Star mine, in which Petra is<br />

in partnership with Sedibeng<br />

Mining, is the other <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

asset.<br />

The Voorspoed mine of<br />

De Beers Consolidated Mines<br />

closed in 2018. The National<br />

Department of Mineral<br />

Resources is trying to find a buyer<br />

for the mine, but De Beers has<br />

already run a bidding process<br />

and found no suitable buyer.<br />

The company has started the<br />

complicated business of closing<br />

down the mine, which includes<br />

offering training programmes<br />

for employees for possible future<br />

employment in other industries.<br />

It also continued to get involved<br />

in corporate social investment<br />

projects such as rural school<br />

building and the construction<br />

of an old-age home.<br />

The Lace mine near Kroonstad<br />

went into business rescue in<br />

November 2016 after heavy<br />

rains affected operations. In May<br />

2017 owner DiamondCorp put its listed holding company into<br />

administration. The primary lender was the Industrial Development<br />

Corporation (IDC).<br />

Diamonds, coal and gold are the three main minerals found in<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, but the decline of gold mining is a cause for concern.<br />

Several summits and a Mining Indaba have focussed on what kind<br />

of economic activity can replace gold mining.<br />

In 2016 De Beers, the South African government and the South<br />

African diamond-cutting industry launched a project to encourage<br />

diamond beneficiators. Among the first companies involved are<br />

Thoko’s Diamonds, African Diamonds, Nungu Diamonds and Kwame<br />

Diamonds. In 2017 some of the newly qualified cutters and polishers<br />

attended the Hong Kong Show.<br />

Coal<br />

Coal is mostly found in the northern part of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and the<br />

goldfields, which form part of the Witwatersrand Basin, stretch from<br />

north of Welkom to south of Virginia.<br />

The Sigma-Mookraal mine is run by Sasol Mining and has the<br />

capacity to supply Sasol Infrachem in Sasolburg with two-million<br />

tons of coal per year.<br />

Seriti Resources has purchased the New Vaal Colliery from Anglo<br />

American. Together with two other mines in Mpumalanga Province,<br />

Seriti paid R2.3-billion. New Vaal is in the middle of a triangle of<br />

three towns that play an important part in industrial production:<br />

Vereeniging, Sasolburg and Vanderbijlpark. The mine employs more<br />

than 900 people and supplies about 15-million metric tons of coal<br />

to Eskom’s Lethabo power station annually.<br />


Council for Geoscience: www.geoscience.org.za<br />

Geological Society of South Africa: www.gssa.org.za<br />

Minerals Council South Africa: www.mineralscouncil.org.za<br />

Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za<br />

National Department of Mineral Resources: www.dmr.gov.za<br />

South African Mining Development Association:<br />

www.samda.co.za<br />

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School revamp boosts community<br />

De Beers Group, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Education Department and the Kagiso Shanduka<br />

Trust are partners in a multi-million-rand development.<br />

The construction of Phuleng Primary School is underway in Maokeng, Kroonstad.<br />

De Beers Group has partnered with the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department<br />

of Education and the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) to unveil the<br />

construction of a R27-million school in its labour sending area<br />

community of Maokeng in Kroonstad.<br />

The construction of Phuleng Primary School falls under De<br />

Beers Voorspoed Mine’s Rural School Development Programme,<br />

which aims to address infrastructure needs for local schools,<br />

leave a legacy for communities and develop a working partnership<br />

with the Department of Education.<br />

Through this partnership, the De Beers Fund and the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> Department of Education contributed R17-million and<br />

R10-million respectively to the construction of the primary<br />

school set to benefit over 850 learners. The infrastructure development<br />

and overall project delivery will be managed by KST.<br />

Phuleng Primary School was established in 1928 and forms<br />

part of Voorspoed Mine’s Social and Labour Plan under the<br />

Rural Development Programme. The feasibility studies by KST<br />

revealed large cracks throughout the structures and foundation<br />

walls, including poor water drainage.<br />

The newly built school will comprise a Grade R and primary<br />

section, media centre, nutrition centre, covered walkway and<br />

security fencing. The primary section will boast 20 new classrooms<br />

and 17 ablution facilities which cater for learners with<br />

disabilities. The Grade R section will have three new classrooms,<br />

a play area and ablution facilities.<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Education MEC Dr Tate Makgoe said, “We wish to<br />

express our sincere gratitude to De Beers and KST for choosing<br />

to partner with us in delivering<br />

quality education to our children.<br />

The new state-of-the-art<br />

Phuleng Primary School will<br />

go a long way in improving<br />

learning and teaching in the<br />

school.”<br />

De Beers has also partnered<br />

with KST and other various<br />

organisations in the District<br />

Whole School Development<br />

Programme, which has been<br />

successfully implemented in<br />

schools in the Fezile Dabi and<br />

Motheo Districts in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong>. Currently in its fifth year,<br />

over 60 schools have benefited<br />

through the programme<br />

by receiving infrastructure<br />

projects such as new and<br />

renovated classrooms, ablution<br />

facilities, libraries, media<br />

centres, science laboratories<br />

and kitchens. Over 2 000<br />

teachers are being supported<br />

through the curriculum<br />

development programme.<br />

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Voorspoed Mine partners with<br />

local municipality to provide a<br />

home for the elderly<br />

The town of Parys to have a new and secure place for its senior citizens.<br />

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Voorspoed Mine has partnered<br />

with the Ngwathe<br />

Local Municipality to create<br />

a better future for the elderly<br />

by committing to build a new oldage<br />

facility for Ratang Maqheku<br />

Centre for the Aged in Parys.<br />

Through its Building Forever<br />

strategy, De Beers Group is<br />

helping communities to access<br />

opportunities and thrive with<br />

the aim of leaving a positive<br />

and lasting legacy for mining<br />

communities to enjoy sustainable<br />

livelihoods beyond the life of its<br />

operations.<br />

Malcom Hendrickse,<br />

Voorspoed Mine General<br />

Manager, said, “Our Building<br />

Forever approach unites and<br />

compels us to create a better<br />

future for our people, and we<br />

have continued to select partners<br />

and projects that will help<br />

maximise our positive impact as<br />

an organisation. We are proud of<br />

the positive impact that the new<br />

old-age home will have for elderly<br />

citizens for generations to come.<br />

“While Voorspoed Mine<br />

stopped mining operations in<br />

December 2018, as it reached the<br />

end of its life, we will continue<br />

to implement our Social and<br />

Labour Plan as agreed with our<br />

local municipalities.”<br />

Executive Mayor of Ngwathe Municipality, Cllr Joey Machela, and<br />

Voorspoed Mine General Manager, Malcom Hendrickse at the sodturning<br />

ceremony.<br />

Ratang Maqheku Centre currently operates from three rented<br />

backyard rooms in Tumahole, Parys. The centre caters for 30 elderly<br />

people daily, and provides food, primary healthcare services, physical<br />

exercises, as well as access to the local library to improve their literacy<br />

and writing skills.<br />

The new 470-square-metre facility will comprise two bedrooms, sick<br />

bay, workshop area, rest area, consultation room, three offices, dining<br />

area, kitchen with a pantry and laundry room, two ablution facilities, as<br />

well as a reception and waiting area. Ratang Maqheku will also receive<br />

a brand-new 22-seater vehicle from De Beers Group to transport the<br />

elderly to and from the centre.<br />

Speaking at the sod-turning event of the construction of the new<br />

facility, Executive Mayor of Ngwathe Local Municipality, Cllr Joey<br />

Mochela, said, “We are standing on a construction site of a dream<br />

that will soon become a lasting legacy for our community. This event<br />

is proof that working together in partnership with the private sector<br />

can produce remarkable outcomes.”<br />

In total, Voorspoed Mine spent R31.6-million supporting Socio-<br />

Economic Development projects in 2018.<br />

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Voorspoed Mine donates clinics<br />

Residents of Moqhaka Municipality and surrounding farms to benefit from services.<br />

Municipal Basic Services<br />

In a bold step to contribute<br />

towards quality basic services<br />

in the labour-sending area, De<br />

Beers Voorspoed Mine will, as<br />

part of its Social and Labour Plan,<br />

roll out water and sanitation<br />

projects in the Ngwathe and<br />

Moqhaka Local Municipalities.<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Health MEC Montseng Tsiu and De Beers Managed<br />

Operations Head of Corporate Affairs, Innocent Mabusela.<br />

De Beers Group’s Voorspoed Mine has donated two mobile<br />

clinics in Kroonstad to serve the local communities of Moqhaka<br />

Municipality and surrounding farms in the Fezile Dabi District.<br />

The Boitumelo Regional Hospital was the site of the donation<br />

of the mobile clinics on 26 March 2019. The clinics form part of<br />

Voorspoed Mine’s Social and Labour Plan, specifically its Community<br />

Development Programme, which aims to uplift communities of the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> Province and develop a working partnership with the Department<br />

of Health. In 2018, De Beers Group implemented a Social Performance<br />

Strategy with health and wellness being one of the strategic pillars.<br />

The mobile clinics will provide a comprehensive primary healthcare<br />

service, with a dedicated team consisting of a professional nurse,<br />

nursing assistant and a driver. Health services offered will include<br />

treatment of minor acute ailments, cholesterol, tuberculosis, diabetes<br />

and blood pressure screenings and immunisation for infants.<br />

Montseng Tsiu, <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Health MEC, said, “It is indeed through<br />

companies like De Beers Group, which is demonstrating its commitment<br />

to investing in the healthcare system, that we as a country shall further<br />

improve. The government cannot achieve its objective to maintain the<br />

general welfare of its citizens on its own. We need business to partner<br />

with us in order to enhance a healthy nation.”<br />

De Beers Group has a long-standing relationship with the<br />

communities of Moqhaka and Ngwathe Municipalities. Through<br />

its Social and Labour Plan, Voorspoed Mine spent R5.5-million in<br />

supporting educational projects and healthcare services in 2018.<br />

Ngwathe Laboratory<br />

Ngwathe Water Testing Lab<br />

in Parys will be refurbished<br />

and provided with modern<br />

equipment. This will set the<br />

municipality on a path to achieve<br />

Blue Drop status. This project is<br />

implemented in collaboration<br />

with Ngwathe Municipality and<br />

will result in De Beers Group<br />

contributing nearly R3-million.<br />

Water pipeline<br />

The servicing of 605 erven in<br />

Matlwangtlwang, Steynsrus,<br />

will result in the extension of the<br />

water pipeline and provision of<br />

dry sanitation in a water-scarce<br />

new area, which previously had<br />

no reliable services. This project<br />

is implemented in partnership<br />

with the Moqhaka Municipality<br />

which, working in conjunction<br />

with Rand Water, has already laid<br />

a basic pipeline and standpipes.<br />

The R 7.1-million input will<br />

contribute significantly to quality<br />

service provision.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Voorspoed Mine empowers youth<br />

Training programmes in the Fezile Dabi District Municipality are equipping<br />

young people with skills.<br />

Young people in the area around the Voorspoed Mine have opportunities to train in relevant skills.<br />

De Beers Voorspoed Mine<br />

has partnered with the<br />

Department of Labour<br />

and the National Youth<br />

Development Agency on a community<br />

development programme<br />

in the Fezile Dabi District to equip<br />

the young people in the area with<br />

skills in plumbing, welding and<br />

water treatment with the aim to<br />

strengthen their employability<br />

and boost economic development<br />

in the communities in which<br />

they reside.<br />

Since the programme’s<br />

inception in 2017, 64 trainees<br />

have successfully completed the<br />

programme, 40 of which were<br />

females and 24 males. This year,<br />

the programme intake comprises<br />

22 females out of a total of 28<br />

participants.<br />

In September 2019, Voorspoed<br />

Mine hosted 58 past and present trainees at an event aimed to uplift<br />

and encourage the youth to take the skills that they have acquired<br />

during the programme and put them to economic use.<br />

Thabo Mofokeng and Hope Moleleki, who completed the programme<br />

in 2017, shared their experience with the group and how the<br />

programme has transformed their lives. Both expressed their immense<br />

gratitude towards De Beers Group. Thabo, who started an apprenticeship<br />

in 2019, encouraged the group to work hard and to never give<br />

up. Hope shared that on completion of her programme, she applied<br />

for a job in welding. However, since she was a woman, her skills were<br />

questioned. She then decided to start her own small business instead<br />

and is now running her own steel and wood business.<br />

Upon listening to the trainees share their personal accounts of<br />

how De Beers Group has enriched their lives, an emotional Lungile<br />

Zimu, Voorspoed Mine Human Resource <strong>Business</strong> Partner, said,<br />

“I don’t cry easily, but this is what De Beers Group is all about, this<br />

is what excites me. Listening to these young people share how De<br />

Beers Group has changed their lives just affirms once again that<br />

I joined the right company.”<br />

PJ Jordaan, Voorspoed Mine Closure Manager, stated, “We have<br />

been running these programmes for 10 years and although we closed<br />

the mine in December 2018, we still have a commitment to the community,<br />

and we will not walk away until we are done.”<br />

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Manufacturing<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> manufacturing is weighted towards advanced technology.<br />

Executive Director of Kevali Chemicals, Funeko Khumalo, on the factory floor with members<br />

of the SAB Accelerator team.<br />

Sasolburg in the northern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is a key asset in South Africa’s<br />

highly developed chemicals industry.<br />

International giant Sasol has the biggest presence but companies<br />

such as Omnia and AECI are other major companies which<br />

give the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> the lead in this sector which relies on advanced<br />

technology. Sasol in particular is faced with some tough decisions in<br />

the short term as its plants must start to comply with stricter sulphur<br />

dioxide emission standards.<br />

Manufacturing makes up 9% of <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> gross domestic product,<br />

and this comprises 4% of South Africa’s total. The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Regional<br />

Industrialisation Policy is being reviewed to ensure integration of<br />

infrastructure, bulk service provision, industrial sites and export and<br />

tax incentives to attract investment.<br />

The existing manufacturing sector has capacity in many sectors<br />

including chemicals, agri-processing, textiles, carpets, engineering,<br />

packaging, furniture and jewellery.<br />

About 20% of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s manufacturing sites are devoted to<br />


A new chemicals plant has<br />

been launched in the MAP<br />

Special Economic Zone.<br />

food and beverages, with softdrink<br />

giant Coca-Cola Fortune operating<br />

a large bottling plant in Mangaung.<br />

Landzicht Wine Cellar, an operation<br />

that distributes 2.4-million litres of<br />

wine every year from Jacobsdal, has<br />

recently built a new bottling plant.<br />

Innovation in manufacturing<br />

is encouraged at the Product<br />

Development Technology<br />

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Station at the Central University of<br />

Technology (CUT). The PDTS helps<br />

small businesses with the technology<br />

to design new products,<br />

to test them or to improve existing<br />

products. The PDTS is funded<br />

by the Technology Innovation<br />

Agency (TIA) and works in partnership<br />

with another CUT unit,<br />

the Centre for Rapid Prototyping<br />

and Manufacturing (CRPM). This<br />

innovative thinking is helping the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> look for ways to develop<br />

new kinds of manufacturing.<br />

The Manufacturing and<br />

Competitiveness Enhancement<br />

Programme (MCEP) of the National<br />

Department of Trade, Industry<br />

and Competition (the dtic) has<br />

disbursed grants which have resulted<br />

in 230 000 jobs being sustained.<br />

Because of the Clothing<br />

and Textile Competitiveness<br />

Programme, that sector, a traditional<br />

strength of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

economy, is picking up in terms<br />

of turnover and in jobs created.<br />

Kevali Chemicals is a new entrant<br />

in the chemicals sector and<br />

the result of several public and<br />

private support programmes.<br />

The company is a black-owned<br />

chemical manufacturer, supplying<br />

AB InBev with adhesives, cleaning<br />

and CIP chemicals. Kevali is a<br />

participant in the SAB Accelerator,<br />

AB InBev’s Supplier Development<br />

Programme, where they received<br />

sales and technical coaching.<br />

In 2018 Kevali Chemicals became<br />

the first beneficiary of the<br />

Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS)<br />

of the National Department of<br />

Trade, Industry and Competition.<br />

A grant of R35-million allowed the<br />

company to acquire machinery<br />

and equipment to start a new line<br />

of production and manufacturing at a facility in the Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

(MAP) SEZ.<br />

The plant will create 57 direct and 12 indirect jobs. The Industrial<br />

Development Corporation (IDC), a development financier, is also supporting<br />

the scheme and it has helped workers at the plant become<br />

shareholders in the venture.<br />

Attractive incentives are on offer to manufacturers at the MAP-<br />

SEZ which was officially launched in 2017. The 1 000ha facility at<br />

Harrismith is strategically located on the N3 highway, which runs<br />

between the ports of KwaZulu-Natal and the industrial heartland of<br />

Gauteng province.<br />

Companies from China, Bulgaria and India have expressed interest<br />

in the SEZ proposition. Among the projects in the pipeline are a factory<br />

making transformers and one to make medical equipment. Between<br />

2017 and 2019, investments estimated at about R550-million were<br />

made into the zone. Investments made into infrastructure at the SEZ<br />

have resulted in 250 direct permanent jobs and 420 indirect jobs.<br />

The revitalisation of industrial parks at Botshabelo and Phuthaditjhaba<br />

has contributed to manufacturing increasing its contribution to provincial<br />

gross value add (GVA). The Industrial Park in Botshabelo was<br />

relaunched in June 2016. The R60-million project, part of a scheme<br />

to revitalise industrial parks in the province, hosts 12 manufacturing<br />

companies. A Risk Sharing Funding and Black Industrialist Scheme<br />

aims to support five black industrialists in the manufacturing sector.<br />

Botshabelo has a manufacturing sector which employs more than<br />

10 000 people in textiles, plastics and other sectors. However, the bulk<br />

of the employed population of Botshabelo commute to Bloemfontein.<br />

A number of factory buildings and parcels of publicly owned land in<br />

Botshabelo and along the N8, which are either not used or underutilised,<br />

are being targeted for development.<br />

Phuthaditjhaba is home to several textile operations. The IDC is<br />

supporting the clothing and textile industry with loans and investments.<br />

Harrismith is home to Nouwens Carpets and Boxmore Plastics.<br />

Boxmore Packaging’s new PET beer bottles are the first PET bottles<br />

specifically designed for beer on the SA market. Empire Gloves<br />

makes industrial gloves. Kroonstad-based Octa Engineering makes<br />

specialised rail carriages for the mining sector. In Bloemfontein, Transnet<br />

Engineering manufactures new wagons for the Transnet group,<br />

including iron ore and cement wagons and fuel tankers.<br />


<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation: www.fdc.co.za<br />

Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association: www.caia.co.za<br />

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

South African Textile Federation: www.texfed.co.za<br />

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Tourism<br />

Dams and rivers offer great holiday experiences.<br />

For a relatively dry province, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> offers a surprising<br />

number of places where fun can be had on and alongside water.<br />

South Africa’s biggest dam, the Gariep dam (pictured), offers<br />

several resorts and large expanses of water on which pleasure<br />

crafts can meander. Forever Resorts has a popular resort with chalet<br />

accommodation and a caravan park on the banks of the Gariep Dam.<br />

Overlooking the dam is the 43-room de Stijl Gariep Hotel which has<br />

wedding and conference facilities. Afristay awarded the hotel its “Best<br />

Value Hotel” in 2018.<br />

The Vaal River divides the province from its northern neighbours<br />

and is another popular place for recreation. The town of Parys, which<br />

also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the shape of the Vredefort<br />

Dome, is geared to river recreation in many guises.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has more than its fair share of annual festivals. The<br />

Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) has become a national<br />

and international event. Offerings range from music and craft stalls to<br />

poetry, film and theatre, a soccer tournament and boxing matches.<br />

The festival is probably best known for its varied musical performances,<br />


The Ficksburg Cherry Festival<br />

is famous.<br />

but the annual football tournament<br />

also gets good coverage<br />

and support.<br />

Other festivals to attract good<br />

support are the Cherry Festival<br />

(Ficksburg), the Rose Festival<br />

(Bloemfontein), the Clarens Craft<br />

Beer Festival and the Vintage<br />

Tractor Fair (Clocolan).<br />

NAMPO Harvest Day is strictly<br />

speaking not a tourism event but<br />

in 2019 more than 81 000 people<br />

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descended on the small town of<br />

Bothaville on the banks of the Vals<br />

River, a tributary of the Vaal.<br />

An innovative project put<br />

together by the citizens of this<br />

small town (population 90 000)<br />

is the Bothaville Info Guesthouse<br />

Project. This is a four-tier grading<br />

system for private home accommodation,<br />

from luxurious to more<br />

basic. The names to describe each<br />

grade are very apt: Golden Maize,<br />

White Maize, Yellow Maize and<br />

Green Maize. Guesthouses from<br />

neighbouring towns have joined<br />

the project which has seen fulltime<br />

accommodation options in<br />

Bothaville grow to four (from one)<br />

and the number of private guest<br />

facilities has reached almost 150<br />

(from zero).<br />

The Splendid Inn Bloemfontein<br />

by Premier is expected to open<br />

in Bloemfontein in the course of<br />

2019. The 88-room hotel is part<br />

of the strategy of Premier Hotels<br />

& Resorts to having a presence in<br />

every major South African city.<br />

South Africa’s largest hotel<br />

groups have several brands<br />

that cater to different markets.<br />

Protea Hotels has five properties<br />

in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>: Protea<br />

Hotel Bloemfontein by Marriott<br />

and Protea Hotel Willow Lake<br />

(both four-star), Protea Hotel<br />

Bloemfontein Central (three-star),<br />

Protea Hotel Montrose (Harrismith)<br />

and Protea Hotel Clarens.<br />

The four-star Southern Sun<br />

Bloemfontein, part of the Tsogo<br />

Sun group, has 147 rooms, and<br />

the Goldfields Casino in Welkom<br />

is another Tsogo Sun property.<br />

The City Lodge Bloemfontein<br />

has 151 rooms, and there is a<br />

Road Lodge at the airport.<br />

The Rantsoareng Group operates exclusively in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and<br />

has three properties, the biggest of which is the President Hotel in<br />

Bloemfontein.<br />

Sun International runs the Lesotho Sun and the Maseru Sun in<br />

neighbouring Lesotho. In Bloemfontein, the Windmill Casino and<br />

Entertainment Centre offers slot machines and gaming tables, plus<br />

the ability to host conferences for up to 250 delegates. The four-star<br />

Willow Lodge has 80 rooms. The Naledi Sun Hotel and Casino is about<br />

65km from Bloemfontein.<br />

A Heroes’ Park is to be constructed at Thaba Nchu and Tumahole with<br />

statues of Oliver Tambo and Fidel Castro. The much-delayed construction<br />

of a museum at Brandfort to commemorate Winnie Mandela living<br />

in that town has again been put on the agenda. Mandela endured a<br />

period of internal exile from 1977.<br />

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is one of South Africa’s<br />

great parks. It is administered by SANParks. Located in the Maluti<br />

Mountains, the park offers caving, hiking, horse riding, exploring<br />

caves and bird watching with a difference. The vulture restaurant<br />

gives a special perspective on birds of prey. The Basotho Cultural<br />

Village in the park offers an insight into African traditions and a taste<br />

of sorghum beer.<br />

There are ambitious plans to create a biodiversity corridor between<br />

the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the Royal Natal National<br />

Park and the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve which will involve the<br />

Qwaqwa community living at the base of the Drakensberg mountains.<br />

Near Memel, the Sneeuwberg Protected Environment, a multi-owner<br />

private initiative, has added 17 500ha to the province’s protected<br />

asset base.<br />

Tourism is one of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s fastest-growing economic sectors,<br />

with leisure and business tourism enjoying the best growth<br />

within the industry.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong> Development, Tourism and<br />

Environmental Affairs believes that the R7.7-billion game industry sector<br />

could grow even further across three subsectors, namely:<br />

• auctions and translocations<br />

• game ranching and eco-tourism (including hiking trails, bird<br />

watching, photographic safaris, 4x4 trails, canoeing, abseiling,<br />

lodges and conferences)<br />

• a combination of lodges, game breeding, eco-tourism and hunting.<br />


<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong> Development,<br />

Tourism and Environmental Affairs: www.edtea.fs.gov.za<br />

South African National Parks: www.sanparks.org<br />

South African Tourism: www.southafrica.net<br />

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Education and training<br />

Rural schools are being built.<br />


A commercialisation unit<br />

at UFS turns research into<br />

business.<br />


Central University of Technology: www.cut.ac.za<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Education: www.fsdoe.fs.gov.za<br />

University of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>: www.ufs.ac.za<br />

Phuleng Primary School came into existence in 2018, the result of a<br />

partnership between De Beers Consolidated Mines and the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> Department of Education.<br />

The R25-million school is part of Voorspoed Mine’s Rural Schools<br />

Development Programme and provides five blocks of four classrooms<br />

each for the primary school, a Grade R section and facilities for media<br />

and cooking.<br />

Basic education and training statistics show that access to schooling and<br />

training in the province has increased markedly in recent years. Enrolment<br />

in Grade R (reception year) is increasing rapidly. There are 663 public schools<br />

and 263 other community sites offering schooling in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. School<br />

transport is provided to more than 10 000 pupils.<br />

The University of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has 158 researchers rated by the National<br />

Research Foundation (NRF), two A-rated scientists and five tier-one SARChi<br />

research chairs. The university has 18 international research partnerships<br />

and produces an average of 240 postgraduate research degrees every year.<br />

A commercialisation unit assists researchers to get products to market<br />

either by licensing the intellectual property or by taking royalties and/or<br />

shares in a spin-off company.<br />

The Central University of Technology (CUT) has a main campus in<br />

Bloemfontein and branches in Welkom and Kimberley. There are three faculties:<br />

Engineering and Information and Communication Technology, Health<br />

and Environmental Sciences, and Management Sciences. Researchers at<br />

units such as the Centre for Community, Environmental and Industrial<br />

Development tackle important regional issues.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Provincial Government is implementing South Africa’s<br />

largest global skills development programme in support of implementation<br />

of the National Development Plan (NDP). The free overseas training programme<br />

entails about 905 students<br />

studying in leading universities in<br />

China, India, Germany, Portugal,<br />

Russia, Turkey and Belarus.<br />

Fields of study range from all<br />

kinds of engineering, to computer<br />

science, medicine and pharmacy.<br />

India hosts students in the health<br />

sciences sector. Germany offers<br />

sustainable mining and remediation,<br />

computer engineering, international<br />

trade economics, electrical<br />

chemicals engineering, molecular<br />

biology and genetics, and civil<br />

engineering.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has just over<br />

14 000 students at four Technical<br />

and Vocational Education and<br />

Training (TVET) colleges, taught<br />

by 400 lecturers. The colleges have<br />

multiple sites. Maluti TVET College in<br />

Phuthaditjhaba, for example, offers<br />

classes at seven sites. Flavius Mareka<br />

TVET College has Kroonstad and<br />

Sasolburg venues. Motheo TVET<br />

College operates in Bloemfontein<br />

and Thaba Nchu, while Goldfields<br />

TVET College is in Welkom.<br />

Technical schools are being<br />

upgraded with resources being<br />

allocated to the recapitalisation<br />

programme. A provincial internship<br />

programme gives graduates<br />

a chance to work in provincial<br />

government departments and<br />

municipalities.<br />

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Mangaung Chamber of<br />

Commerce and Industry<br />


The voice of business in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The Bloemfontein Chamber of Commerce and<br />

Industry (BCCI), the oldest chamber in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong>, was expanded in 2013 to include the whole<br />

metropole. We are now known as the Mangaung<br />

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).<br />

With all the experience we have in chamberrelated<br />

matters, we strongly believe that we<br />

have the progressive outlook befitting a chamber<br />

complying with modern-day requirements.<br />

Through our endeavours in the <strong>Business</strong> and<br />

Agricultural sectors, the MCCI won the PRM<br />

African awards – three years in a row – for the<br />

organisation doing the most for business and<br />

entrepreneurial development as well as BBBEE<br />

implementation.<br />

Objectives<br />

• Entrepreneurs are the engines of communitywide<br />

economic development. The MCCI is<br />

creating a sufficient number of entrepreneurs<br />

to transform this region’s economy.<br />

• We serve our members and the community<br />

with innovative approaches to establish a<br />

vibrant business network that will promote all<br />

levels and stages of businesses.<br />

• Signing and implementing MOUs with<br />

stakeholders that can make a difference.<br />

• To give practical credibility to the term “Local<br />

Economic Development” not only in Mangaung,<br />

but in other areas in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> as well.<br />

• To promote and support local businesses through<br />

specific interventions like the “Member-support-<br />

Member” campaign.<br />

• To promote BBBEE by, among other initiatives,<br />

linking big and small businesses through the<br />

Chamber’s network.<br />

• To do advocacy on behalf of our members so that<br />

we can influence and monitor relevant authorities<br />

and role-players.<br />

• To promote the development of the city and<br />

surrounds as a destination of choice for tourists.<br />

• To become a strategic vehicle for the participation<br />

of member businesses in social responsibility<br />

programmes.<br />

• To promote and support initiatives aimed at<br />

renewable and alternative energy sources.<br />

Benefits for members<br />

• Innovative networking events and opportunities<br />

• SMME development and support centre<br />

• Import and export support centre<br />

• Seminars, training, workshops and business<br />

mentoring<br />

• Advertising opportunities for our members<br />

• Lobbying municipalities, local and provincial<br />

government<br />

• Members can participate in the investment<br />

project funded by the United Nations, to develop<br />

emerging farmers in order to equip them to cultivate<br />

agricultural products for food security, not only for<br />

their own regions, but up to exporting products.<br />


Mangaung Chamber of Commerce<br />

and Industry<br />

Tel: +27 51 522 1710<br />

Email: President@bcci.co.za<br />

Website: www.mcci.co.za<br />

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<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Provincial Government<br />

A guide to <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s provincial government departments.<br />

Visit: www.freestateonline.fs.gov.za<br />

Office of the Premier<br />

Premier: Mrs Sefora Ntombela<br />

4th Floor, OR Tambo Building, Cnr St Andrews and Markgraaff Streets,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 5496<br />

Fax: +27 51 405 4803<br />

Website: www.premier.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Agriculture and Rural<br />

Development<br />

MEC: Mr KW Bulwane<br />

Main Building, Gielie Joubert Street, Glen, Bloemfontein 9360<br />

Tel: +27 51 861 8509<br />

Fax: +27 51 861 8452<br />

Website: www.ard.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Cooperative Governance<br />

and Traditional Affairs<br />

MEC: Mr Skully Nxangisa<br />

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr St Andrews and Markgraaff Streets,<br />

Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 5719<br />

Website: www.cogta.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong><br />

Development, Tourism and<br />

Environmental Affairs<br />

MEC: Mr Makalo Mohale<br />

Bojanala Building, 34 Markgraaff Street, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 404 9600 | Fax: +27 51 400 4732<br />

Website: www.edtea.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Education<br />

MEC: Mr Pule Makgoe<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Provincial Government Building, 55 Elizabeth Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 404 8430 | Fax: +27 51 404 8269<br />

Website: www.education.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Health<br />

MEC: Ms Montseng Ts’lu<br />

Cnr Harvey and Charlotte Maxeke Streets, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 408 1108 | Fax: +27 51 408 1950<br />

Website: www.fshealth.gov.za<br />

Department of Human Settlements<br />

MEC: Ms Motshidise Agnes Koloi<br />

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr Markgraaff and St Andrews Streets,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: + 27 51 405 3883 | Fax: + 27 51 403 3699<br />

Website: www.humansettlements.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Police, Roads and Transport<br />

MEC: Mr Sam Mashinini<br />

4th Floor, Perm Building, 45 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 409 8849 | Fax: +27 51 409 8864<br />

Website: www.policeroadstransport.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure<br />

MEC: Ms Motshidise Agnes Koloi<br />

Cnr Markgraaff and St Andrews Streets, Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 3909 | Fax: +27 51 405 4490<br />

Website: www.publicworks.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

MEC: Ms Mamiki Qabathe<br />

Civilia Building, 14 Elizabeth Street, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 409 0555 | Fax: +27 51 409 0618<br />

Website: www.socdev.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Sports, Arts,<br />

Culture and Recreation<br />

MEC: Ms Limakatso Mahase<br />

4th Floor, <strong>Business</strong> Partners Building, Cnr Henry and Eastburger Streets,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 407 3520 | Fax: +27 51 407 3541<br />

Website: www.fssacr.gov.za<br />

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Provincial Treasury<br />

MEC: Ms Gadija Brown<br />

55 Elizabeth Street, Fidel Castro Building, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 4229<br />

Fax: +27 51 405 4152<br />

Website: www.treasury.fs.gov.za<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Local Government<br />

A guide to metropolitan, district and local municipalities in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province.<br />



Physical address: Bram Fischer Building, cnr Nelson Mandela and<br />

Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Postal address: PO Box 3704, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 8911<br />

Fax: +27 51 405 8663<br />

Website: www.mangaung.co.za<br />


Physical address: John Vorster Road, Sasolburg 1947<br />

Postal address: PO Box 10, Sasolburg 1947<br />

Tel: +27 16 970 8600<br />

Fax: +27 16 970 8747<br />

Website: www.feziledabi.gov.za<br />

Mafube Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 813 1051 | Fax: +27 58 813 3072<br />

Website: www.mafubemunicipality.gov.za<br />

Metsimaholo Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 16 973 8301 | Fax: +27 16 973 2191<br />

Website: www.metsimaholo.gov.za<br />

Moqhaka Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 56 216 9111 | Fax: +27 56 216 9122<br />

Website: www.moqhaka.gov.za<br />

Ngwathe Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 56 816 2700 | Fax: +27 56 817 6343<br />

Website: www.ngwathe.fs.gov.za<br />


Physical address: cnr Jan Hofmeyer and Tempest Streets, Welkom 9460<br />

Postal address: PO Box 2163, Welkom 9460<br />

Tel: +27 57 353 3094<br />

Fax: +27 57 353 3382<br />

Website: www.lejwe.co.za<br />

Masilonyana Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 57 733 0105<br />

Fax: +27 57 733 2217<br />

Website: www.masilonyana.fs.gov.za<br />

Matjhabeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 57 391 3359<br />

Fax: +27 57 357 4393<br />

Website: www.matjhabeng.co.za<br />

Nala Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 56 514 9200<br />

Fax: +27 56 515 3922<br />

Website: www.nala.org.za<br />

Tokologo Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 541 0014<br />

Fax: +27 53 541 0360<br />

Website: www.tokologo.fs.gov.za<br />

Tswelopele Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 853 1111<br />

Fax: +27 51 853 1332<br />

Website: www.tswelopele.fs.gov.za<br />

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Physical address: Old Parliament Building, 1 Mamopi Street,<br />

Phuthaditjhaba 9870<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X810, Witsieshoek 9870<br />

Tel: +27 58 718 1000<br />

Fax: +27 58 713 0940<br />

Website: www.thabomofutsanyana.gov.za<br />

Dihlabeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 303 5732<br />

Fax: +27 58 303 4703<br />

Website: www.dihlabeng.gov.za<br />

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 718 3700 | Fax: +27 58 718 3777<br />

Website: www.map.fs.gov.za<br />

Mantsopa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 924 0654 | Fax: +27 51 924 0020<br />

Website: www.mantsopa.fs.gov.za<br />

Nketoana Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 863 2811 | Fax: +27 58 863 2523<br />

Website: www.nketoana.fs.gov.za<br />


North West<br />

Phumelela Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 913 8300 | Fax: +27 58 913 2317<br />

Website: www.phumelela.gov.za<br />

Setsoto Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 933 9300 | Fax: +27 51 933 9383<br />

Website: www.setsoto.info<br />


Physical address: 20 Louw Street, Trompsburg 9913<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X136, Trompsburg 9913<br />

Tel: +27 51 713 9300 | Fax: +27 51 713 0461<br />

Website: www.xhariep.gov.za<br />

Kopanong Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 713 9200 | Fax: +27 51 713 0292<br />

Website: www.kopanong.gov.za<br />

Letsemeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 330 0200 | Fax: +27 53 205 0144<br />

Website: www.letsemeng.gov.za<br />

Mohokare Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 673 9600 | Fax: +27 51 673 1550<br />

Website: www.mohokare.co.za<br />

Gauteng<br />

Fezile Dabi<br />

Ngwathe<br />

Metsimaholo<br />

Mafube<br />

Mpumalanga<br />

Nala<br />

Moqhaka<br />

Nketoana<br />

Phumelela<br />

Tswelopele<br />

Matjhabeng<br />

Thabo Mofutsanyana<br />

Northern Cape<br />

Tokologo<br />

Lejweleputswa<br />

Setsoto<br />

Dihlabeng<br />

Maluti-a-Phofung<br />

Masilonyana<br />

KwaZulu-<br />

Natal<br />

Mantsopa<br />

Letsemeng<br />

Mangaung<br />

Xhariep<br />


N<br />

Mohokare<br />

Kopanong<br />

Metropolitan/District<br />

Municipality boundary<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

District Municipality<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Xhariep<br />

Setsoto<br />

Eastern Cape<br />

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