Mpumalanga Business 2020-21 edition

The 2020/21 edition of Mpumalanga Business is the 11th issue of this essential publication that since its launch in 2008 has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the province. Updated overviews of each of the key economic sectors of the province are included, with references to the latest investments by companies across multiple sectors. These include Sappi, Sasol and Sonae Arauco, which is expanding its White River factory. Afrimat is considering investment in the mining sector, while Exxaro Resources, South32 and Pan African Resources are among the mining companies spending on extending the life of existing mines. A useful article on what incentives are available to investors from various departments and agencies is provided. Mpumalanga has several investment and business opportunities in a wide range of sectors.

The 2020/21 edition of Mpumalanga Business is the 11th issue of this essential publication that since its launch in 2008 has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the province. Updated overviews of each of the key economic sectors of the province are included, with references to the latest investments by companies across multiple sectors. These include Sappi, Sasol and Sonae Arauco, which is expanding its White River factory. Afrimat is considering investment in the mining sector, while Exxaro Resources, South32 and Pan African Resources are among the mining companies spending on extending the life of existing mines. A useful article on what incentives are available to investors from various departments and agencies is provided. Mpumalanga has several investment and business opportunities in a wide range of sectors.


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Introduction<br />

Foreword 4<br />

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

Special features<br />

A regional overview of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> 6<br />

New technologies and new priorities are set to<br />

reshape the economy of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>.<br />

Investment incentives 10<br />

A range of incentives are available to investors,<br />

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

Economic sectors<br />

Agriculture and agri-processing 18<br />

New agricultural sites are planned for defunct mines.<br />

Forestry and paper 20<br />

Sonae Arauco has expanded its White River factory.<br />

Oil and gas 22<br />

Gas finds off the coast of Mozambique could be significant.<br />

Water 23<br />

National department steps in with tanks and trucks.<br />

Mining 26<br />

Afrimat is looking to expand into <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>.<br />

Manufacturing 28<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s natural resources support<br />

a diverse manufacturing sector.<br />

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Transport and logistics 32<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> is the country’s busiest rail province.<br />

Tourism 34<br />

Tourism makes up 7% of provincial GDP.<br />

Banking and financial services 36<br />

Banking customers are being offered more choice.<br />

Education and training 37<br />

Robotics and Coding are now part of teacher training.<br />

Development finance and SMME support 38<br />

Entrepreneurship training is offered at new youth centres.<br />

Reference<br />

Sector contents 16<br />

Local government listings 39<br />

Index 40<br />


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The <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong> <strong>edition</strong> of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is the 11th issue<br />

of this successful publication that since its launch in 2008<br />

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

guide for the province.<br />

Updated overviews of each of the key economic sectors of the<br />

province are included, with references to the latest investments by<br />

companies across multiple sectors. These include Sappi, Sasol and<br />

Sonae Arauco, which is expanding its White River factory. Afrimat is<br />

considering investment in the mining sector, while Exxaro Resources,<br />

South32 and Pan African Resources are among the mining<br />

companies spending on extending the life of existing mines. A useful<br />

article on what incentives are available to investors from various<br />

departments and agencies is provided. <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> has several<br />

investment and business opportunities in a wide range of sectors.<br />

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publications, African <strong>Business</strong>, which was launched in <strong>2020</strong>. ■<br />

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A regional overview<br />

of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

By John Young<br />

New technologies and new priorities are set to reshape<br />

the economy of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>.<br />

Coal has been the engine of the<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> economy for many years.<br />

Most of South Africa’s power comes from<br />

coal, and most of those power stations are<br />

in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>. More than 80% of South Africa’s<br />

coal is currently sourced in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, with the<br />

town of eMalahleni (Witbank) being the centre of<br />

the industry. Other minerals found in the province<br />

include gold, platinum-group minerals, chromite,<br />

zinc, cobalt, copper, iron and manganese.<br />

Confronting South Africa’s reliance on coal is<br />

not something that seems to be on the agenda<br />

at the moment, with a good deal of thought<br />

and effort going into find ways to get coal to<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s power stations from the next big<br />

coal region, the Waterberg. A new railway line is<br />

mooted. The lives of a number of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

coal mines are being extended and Sasol launched<br />

the third of its replacement mines in 2019.<br />

The most popular renewable energy<br />

technologies, wind and solar, have little purchase<br />

in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> but a game-changer could come<br />

to the provincial economy in the form of gas. This<br />

would allow the province to retain its position<br />

as an energy provider and to start moving away<br />

from coal. Vast new fields of natural gas have been<br />

found off the coast of Mozambique and the large<br />

and sophisticated infrastructure that Sasol has<br />

built up over the years make it well-placed to fire<br />

up a gas-based economy.<br />

Sasol (pictured above), an integrated oil, gas<br />

and chemicals company with more than 30 000<br />

employees and operations in 31 countries, runs<br />

several plants at Secunda. Products manufactured<br />

at the complex include synthetic fuel, petroleum,<br />

paraffin, jet fuel, creosote, bitumen, diesel and<br />

lubricants. The primary feedstock for synthetic-fuel<br />

production is coal, and the plant is in the heart of<br />

MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />



<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s coalfields. Sasol regularly spends<br />

tens of millions on upgrades and improvements at<br />

the Secunda complex. The Sasol Synfuels refinery<br />

is the only commercial coal-to-liquid fuel plant<br />

in the world and constitutes a key component in<br />

South Africa’s oil and gas sector.<br />

On a smaller scale, the provincial government is<br />

looking beyond coal towards a renewable energy<br />

future, especially where projects can be tackled by<br />

small businesses. There might be opportunities in<br />

micro-hydro or rooftop solar projects that will help<br />

to reduce dependence on the national grid while<br />

simultaneously promoting SMMEs.<br />

The other big new reality that <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

has to face is the fact that travel and tourism will<br />

not be a priority for people around the world any<br />

time soon. The effect of the Covid-19 epidemic is<br />

likely to be keenly felt by the hotels, lodges and<br />

game reserves of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>. It is possible that<br />

visits to game reserves and nature reserves will be<br />

allowed (even encouraged perhaps) sooner than<br />

other sectors of the tourism sector because of the<br />

big distances between cars and people that can<br />

be achieved. But the turnover from restaurants<br />

will be absent for some considerable time and in a<br />

province where 7% of GDP is derived from tourism,<br />

this is bad news.<br />

In 2018, tourists spent R13.1-billion in the<br />

province. Numbers were rising for both international<br />

tourist arrivals and domestic tourists as<br />

a result of a strong marketing campaign by the<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA).<br />

The Kruger National Park remains the province’s<br />

most visited asset but the decision by UNESCO to<br />

afford World Heritage Site status to the Makhonjwa<br />

Mountains near Barberton will boost geological<br />

tourism to the province and supports the efforts<br />

of the province to diversify its offering.<br />

Major projects to improve tourist experiences<br />

are underway at the Graskop Gorge (where a<br />

transparent lift takes tourists into the depths of the<br />

gorge), a skywalk is to be built at God’s Window<br />

and a cable car is planned for Three Rondavels.<br />

The international body’s decision has also<br />

had the effect of expanding the curriculum at the<br />

relatively new University of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>. On the<br />

basis of the UNESCO ruling, UMP is offering geology<br />

as part of a BSc degree, to supplement existing<br />

courses in education, agriculture and hospitality.<br />

Several infrastructure investment projects in<br />

the tourism sector have been put forward by the<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth Agency (MEGA).<br />

There is a special focus on BRICS countries and<br />

provincial authorities are investigating a tourism airlift<br />

route between Moscow and <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>.<br />

The TRILAND partnership with Eswatini<br />

and Mozambique is another avenue, as is the<br />

collaboration with KwaZulu-Natal, Eswatini,<br />

Mozambique and the Seychelles. The latter project<br />

is called east3ROUTE Tourism Initiative and proclaims<br />

“Experience, Adventure, Scenery and Trade” between<br />

the participating provinces and countries.<br />

A major concern for provincial planners<br />

is to diversify the economy and to grow the<br />

manufacturing sector. The <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic<br />

Growth and Development Path (MEGDP)<br />

identifies beneficiation, agri-processing and the<br />

development of value chains as priorities.<br />

Various industrial parks are planned which<br />

will focus on agriculture and forestry, mining<br />

and metals and petrochemicals. An International<br />

Fresh Produce Market in Nelspruit and the planned<br />

Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ) are<br />

other priorities.<br />

Steel and associated manufacturing remains<br />

one of the province’s strong suits and <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

has rich and varied mineral resources and fertile<br />

soil that support diverse farming operations, agriprocessing<br />

and forestry.<br />

The province also hosts large companies in<br />

the manufacturing sector. Columbus Stainless in<br />

Middelburg is a major producer of stainless steel,<br />

while Middelburg Ferrochrome, Thos Begbie and<br />

the Nelspruit-based Manganese Metal Company are<br />

among other important heavy industrial companies.<br />

The province’s rich agricultural produce is used<br />

by companies such as McCain, Nestlé and PepsiCo<br />

and there are also pulp and paper plants (Sappi and<br />

Mondi), fertiliser facilities and textile manufacturing<br />

concerns. The decision by Sappi to start producing<br />

dissolving wood pulp at its Ngodwana Mill has<br />

significantly increased the manufacturing capacity<br />

of the province. York Timbers is a leading forestry<br />

company and the sugar mills and refinery of RCL<br />

Foods (formerly TSB Sugar) are large contributors to<br />

the provincial economy.<br />

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The southern half of the eastern limb of the<br />

platinum-rich Bushveld Igneous Complex runs<br />

south towards the towns of Lydenburg and<br />

Machadodorp. Deposits of chromite, magnetite<br />

and vanadium in this area are the basis of the<br />

ferro-alloy complex in Witbank-Middelburg and<br />

Lydenburg.<br />

Geography<br />

The Drakensberg escarpment sharply divides the<br />

western grasslands at high altitude (Highveld)<br />

and the subtropical component to the east,<br />

the Lowveld. The central region of the province<br />

is mountainous, with dramatic landscapes<br />

presenting exciting vistas for visitors. The Lebombo<br />

Mountains rise in the east.<br />

The southern and northern Highveld regions<br />

produce large quantities of field crops such as<br />

barley, soybeans, maize, grain and sorghum.<br />

Potatoes also flourish in this area.<br />

Most of the province receives summer rainfall,<br />

often via thunderstorms. Frost is common on the<br />

Highveld but is almost absent in the subtropical<br />

regions where fruit, nuts and citrus thrive.<br />

Differences in temperature and rainfall between<br />

the Highveld and Lowveld can be considerable.<br />

One of the fastest-growing agricultural sectors<br />

is macadamia nuts. These are cultivated in the<br />

Lowveld and are exported in ever-growing<br />

volumes. The Nelspruit district in the Lowveld is<br />

South Africa’s second-biggest producer of citrus<br />

fruit, while vegetables of all sorts do well in this<br />

area too.<br />

Large parts of the province are in the so-called<br />

Middleveld comprising high-plateau grasslands.<br />

Forestry operations are found in central and<br />

south-eastern <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, but the heart of this<br />

important industry is around Sabie in the east. The<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> forestry sector is one of the most<br />

important in the country: 11% of the total land area<br />

of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> is covered either by plantations or<br />

natural forests. Large sugar operations are found in<br />

the south-east of the province.<br />

The province has excellent roads and railway<br />

connections and is well served by airports,<br />

airstrips and heliports. The Kruger <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

International Airport and Hoedspruit Airport are<br />

the province’s two main airports. The Maputo<br />

Development Corridor is a transportation corridor<br />

comprising road, rail, border posts, port and<br />

terminal facilities, running from Pretoria in Gauteng<br />

through <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> to the Port of Maputo<br />

in Mozambique. This international initiative<br />

emphasises <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s excellent location as a<br />

logistics and transport hub.<br />

Ehlanzeni District Municipality<br />

Towns: Mbombela, Malelane, Hazyview, White<br />

River, Sabie, Lydenburg, Barberton<br />

Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit) is the<br />

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InniBos Arts Festival are major events<br />

that showcase Mbombela’s diversity and<br />

importance as a regional hub.<br />

The fertile Crocodile River Valley<br />

ensures good fruit crops in a typically<br />

subtropical climate. Mangoes, litchis and<br />

avocados are among the crops grown<br />

most profitably and the town is at the<br />

centre of the regional citrus sector. The<br />

Lowveld Botanical Gardens contain<br />

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712 9600 | and<br />

Fax: +27 17 17712 6808<br />

Towns: Middelburg,<br />

Tel: Website: +27 13 13<br />

www.emakhazeni.gov.za<br />

253 Delmas,<br />

7600<br />

Kriel, eMalahleni<br />

Website: Mkhondo www.lekwalm.gov.za<br />

Local Municipality<br />

eMalahleni Fax: +27 13 13253 Local 2440<br />

Municipality<br />

forestry are the major agricultural Tel: products, +27 17 826 8100 | Fax: all +27 17 826 3129 (Witbank), eMakhazeni Website: Tel: +27 13 www.emakhazeni.gov.za<br />

690 6911 (Belfast), | Fax: +27 13 690 6207 Dullstroom,<br />

Mkhondo being major contributors to export Website: earnings. www.mkhondo.gov.za<br />

Local Municipality<br />

eMalahleni The eMgwenya (Waterval Website: www.emalahleni.gov.za<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Boven)<br />

Tel: +27 17 17826 8100 | Fax: +27 17 17826 3129<br />

Tel: +27 13 13690 6911 | Fax: +27 13 13690 6207<br />

Sappi paper mill at Ngodwana is one Website: Msukaligwa of the www.mkhondo.gov.za<br />

Local biggest Municipality This area straddles Website: Steve Tshwete www.emalahleni.gov.za<br />

the Local north-west. Municipality Rural and<br />

of its kind while RCL Foods operates Tel: two 086 116 large 7852 | Fax: mills +27 17 801 3851 traditional in the north-west Tel: +27 13 249 7000 where the King of the<br />

Msukaligwa Website: www.msukaligwa.gov.za<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Steve Fax: +27 Tshwete 13 243 2550 Local Municipality<br />

in the east. The population is about 1.7-million.<br />

Tel: 086 116 7852 | Fax: +27 17 801 3851<br />

Ndebele is still revered,<br />

Tel:<br />

there is a concentration<br />

Website: +27 13 13<br />

www.stlm.gov.za<br />

249 7000<br />

Website: Pixley Ka www.msukaligwa.gov.za<br />

Isaka Seme Local Municipality of coal mining Fax: and +27 13 13243 steel 2550<br />

production in the<br />

Tel: +27 17 734 6100 | Fax: 086 630 2209<br />

Website: Thembisile www.stlm.gov.za<br />

Hani Local Municipality<br />

Gert Sibande District Municipality Pixley industrial centre. Proximity to Gauteng brings<br />

Website: Ka www.pixleykaseme.gov.za<br />

Isaka Seme Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 986 9100 | Fax: +27 13 986 0995<br />

Towns: Bethal, Secunda, Standerton, 17 Ermelo,<br />

Tel: +27 17 734 6100 | Fax: 086 630 2209 economic opportunity Thembisile Website: www.thembisilehanilm.gov.za<br />

Hani and Local Municipality the area is rich in<br />

Website: NKANGALA www.pixleykaseme.gov.za<br />


Tel: +27 13 13986 9100 | Fax: +27 13 13986 0995<br />

Volksrust, Mkhondo (Piet Retief ), Carolina<br />

minerals. The District Municipality’s headquarters<br />

Physical address: 2A Walter Sisulu Street, Middleburg 1055<br />

Website: Victor Khanye www.thembisilehanilm.gov.za<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Power stations abound in this NKANGALA region Postal address: PO which<br />

Box DISTRICT 437, Middleburg MUNICIPALITY<br />

1050 are in Middelburg. Tel: +27 The 13 665 6000 north-east | Fax: +27 13 665 2913 hosts a lively<br />

stretches across the southern half of Tel: the +27 13 249 province<br />

2000 | Fax: +27 13 249 2056<br />

Physical address: 2A Walter Sisulu Street, Middleburg 1055<br />

Victor<br />

trout-fishing sector Email: munadmin@delmasmuni.co.za<br />

Khanye Local Municipality<br />

that includes hatcheries<br />

Postal Website: address: www.nkangaladm.org.za<br />

PO Box 437, Middleburg 1050<br />

Tel: Website: +27 13 13<br />

www.victorkhanyelm.gov.za<br />

665 6000 | Fax: +27 13 13665 2913<br />

and it is the home of the giant Sasol Tel: +27 facilities 13 13249 2000 | Fax: at +27 13 13249 2056<br />

and accommodation Email: munadmin@delmasmuni.co.za<br />

for tourists. Approximately<br />

Secunda. The area makes up the northern<br />

Website: www.nkangaladm.org.za<br />

tip of 1.4-million people<br />

Website:<br />

live<br />

www.victorkhanyelm.gov.za<br />

in the district. ■<br />


South Africa’s maize triangle.<br />

Agriculture and food processing MUNICIPALITIES IN MPUMALANGA Limpopo<br />

Bushbuckridge<br />

are well-developed sectors.<br />

Dr JS Moroka<br />

Bushbuckridge<br />

Limpopo<br />

Bushbuckridge<br />

Thaba Chweu<br />

North West<br />

Sheep, chicken, sunflower and<br />

Ehlanzeni<br />

Dr JS Moroka<br />

Dr JS Thembisile Moroka<br />

Thaba Chweu<br />

sorghum are among the area’s<br />

Thaba Chweu<br />

North West<br />

Ehlanzeni<br />

Ehlanzeni<br />

Thembisile<br />

Thembisile Nkangala Emakhazeni<br />

Mbombela<br />

many agricultural products.<br />

Nkomazi<br />

Nkangala<br />

Steve Tshwete Emakhazeni<br />

eMalahleni Nkangala Emakhazeni<br />

Mbombela<br />

Nestlé has a processing<br />

Mbombela<br />

Nkomazi<br />

Gauteng<br />

Nkomazi<br />

Victor Khanye<br />

Chief Albert Luthuli<br />

Steve Tshwete<br />

plant at Standerton, as does<br />

eMalahleni Steve Tshwete<br />

N<br />

eMalahleni<br />

Gauteng<br />

Victor Khanye<br />

Victor Khanye<br />

Chief Albert Luthuli<br />

Govan Mbeki<br />

Chief Albert Luthuli<br />

Astral Foods. Mondi runs a<br />

Msukaligwa<br />

N<br />

pulp and paper facility in the<br />

Swaziland<br />

Dipaleseng Govan Mbeki<br />

Govan Mbeki Gert Sibande Msukaligwa<br />

Msukaligwa<br />

Lekwa<br />

south-east. Major highways<br />

Swaziland<br />

Dipaleseng<br />

Gert Sibande<br />

Dipaleseng<br />

Gert Sibande Mkhondo<br />

Metropolitan/District Municipality Boundary<br />

Pixley Ka Seme<br />

connecting Gauteng with the<br />

Lekwa<br />

Lekwa<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

Free State<br />

Mkhondo<br />

District Municipality<br />

Amajuba<br />

Mkhondo Metropolitan/District Municipality Boundary<br />

Metropolitan/District Local Municipality Municipality Boundary uMlalazi<br />

coastal regions pass through<br />

Pixley Ka Seme<br />

Pixley Ka Seme<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

Free State<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

District Municipality<br />

District Municipality<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Mozambique<br />

Amajuba<br />

Amajuba<br />

uMlalazi<br />

uMlalazi<br />

63 MPMALANGA BUSINESS 2017/18<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 />

Zindoga Trading and Projects.<br />

Image: Seda<br />

South Africa wishes to diversify its economy<br />

and incentives are an important part<br />

of the strategy to attract investors to<br />

the country.<br />

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition<br />

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

incentives programme, which aims to encourage<br />

local and foreign investment into targeted<br />

economic sectors, but the Industrial Development<br />

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

projects across South Africa.<br />

There a variety of incentives available and<br />

these incentives can broadly be categorised<br />

according to the stage of project development:<br />

• Conceptualisation of the project – including<br />

feasibility studies and research and develop-<br />

ment (grants for R&D and feasibility studies,<br />

THRIP, Stp, etc)<br />

• Capital expenditure – involving the creation<br />

or expansion of the productive capacity of<br />

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

• Competitiveness enhancement – involving the<br />

introduction of efficiencies and whetting the<br />

competitive edge of established companies and<br />

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

CTCIP, etc)<br />

• 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 />

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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.<br />

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

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

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

of the investment, with the remainder to be<br />

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<br />

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

million. Specific tax deductions are permissible for<br />

larger companies investing in the manufacturing<br />

sector 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 (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<br />

90:10 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 be<br />

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

and industry associations.<br />

Incentives for SMMEs<br />

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

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

creation and a number of incentives are design-<br />

Gladtidings Interiors CC. Image: Seda<br />

ed to promote the growth of these businesses.<br />

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<br />

businesses that wish to market their businesses<br />

internationally to potential importers and<br />

investors. The scheme offers financial assistance<br />

to South Africans travelling or exhibiting abroad<br />

as well as for inbound potential buyers of South<br />

African goods. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

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

www.thedtic.gov.za<br />

Industrial Development Corporation:<br />

www.idc.co.za<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth Agency:<br />

www.mega.gov.za<br />

Official South African government incentive<br />

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

11 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


see money differently<br />





Loderick Lubisi, Nedbank’s Provincial<br />

General Manager for Limpopo and<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, explains how new brand<br />

values built on the bank’s expertise can<br />

benefit Nedbank clients, especially in what is<br />

now ‘the new normal’.<br />

'Nedbank has continued to deliver on its<br />

brand promise, which is to use our financial<br />

expertise to do good for individuals, families,<br />

businesses and communities in which we<br />

operate. Our client-centred strategy has<br />

enabled us to reach out to our individual and<br />

business clients in times of need during the<br />

Covid-19 national lockdown,' he says.<br />

The Nedbank Contact Centre and advanced<br />

digital innovation, including the awardwinning<br />

Nedbank Money app, enabled the<br />

bank to continue serving clients in the<br />

comfort of their homes. It brought<br />

convenience to clients and helped them to<br />

comply with lockdown regulations.<br />

Lubisi says that for small- and mediumbusiness<br />

clients, Nedbank continues to<br />

deliver end-to-end solutions through a<br />

dedicated business manager. ‘Our business<br />

managers are supported by a team of<br />

experts across the bank to deliver seamless<br />

‘<br />

Our client-centred strategy<br />

has enabled us to reach out<br />

to our individual and business<br />

clients in times of need …<br />

’<br />

banking solutions. Our bigger-picture<br />

business approach ensures that we are able<br />

to take a holistic view of the business by<br />

understanding the vision, cashflow cycle,<br />

and transactional and capital expenditure<br />

needs of the business. This way, we become<br />

trusted advisors to the business owners who<br />

strive to grow their business.’<br />

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

with the bigger-picture approach offered<br />

by Nedbank <strong>Business</strong> Banking, and to take<br />

advantage of our one-stop banking service<br />

in Limpopo, <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> and beyond,’<br />

Lubisi says.<br />

To take your business to the next level or<br />

for more information about Nedbank’s<br />

specialised service offering, email<br />

Loderick Lubisi at loderickl@nedbank.co.za<br />

or visit www.nedbank.co.za/business.


see money differently<br />





Nedbank is committed to delivering<br />

easy and innovative banking<br />

solutions to government,<br />

municipalities and state-owned enterprises<br />

throughout South Africa.<br />

Monei Seleho, Nedbank's Provincial<br />

Manager for the Public Sector in Limpopo<br />

and <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, says that given the<br />

strategic importance of the public sector to<br />

the economy and the country at large,<br />

Nedbank has a dedicated public sector team<br />

to provide financial solutions that enable the<br />

broader mandate of service delivery. ‘We<br />

understand that the various spheres of<br />

government and their agencies face unique<br />

challenges, and are ready and able to draw<br />

on the bank’s innovative, seamless and<br />

hassle-free products to help build a greater<br />

nation.’<br />

With an enduring belief in the value of<br />

strong partnerships in facilitating business<br />

growth, effective community development<br />

and environmental conservation, Seleho’s<br />

team boasts extensive experience in<br />

provincial and local government, stateowned<br />

entities and educational institutions.<br />

‘Our services are tailored specifically for the<br />

needs of the public sector and include<br />

‘<br />

We understand that<br />

the various spheres of<br />

government and their<br />

agencies face unique<br />

challenges …<br />

’<br />

extensive transactional banking solutions,<br />

short to long term funding, financial<br />

products and services for public servants<br />

and value-added services.’<br />

In addition, Nedbank supports its public<br />

sector clients on their transformation<br />

journey through the implementation of<br />

various enterprise development initiatives.<br />

‘The focus to grow small and medium<br />

enterprises is a business imperative for<br />

economic sustainability as well as for<br />

ensuring a thriving, vibrant social and<br />

economic future,’ says Seleho.<br />

To find out more about how Nedbank can<br />

partner with your organisation togrowa<br />

greater South Africa, please email<br />

Monei Seleho at moneis@nedbank.co.za or<br />

visit www.nedbank.co.za/business


see money differently<br />


<strong>21</strong>ST-CENTURY BANKING TO<br />


Claude Keena, Nedbank Provincial Sales Manager for Limpopo<br />

and <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, says that a deep connection with the<br />

community is what underlies his team's personal and<br />

professional values.<br />

‘<br />

Based in each community, our teams<br />

have a thorough understanding of the<br />

local economy and a genuine interest<br />

in the success of each client. We believe that<br />

our role goes beyond providing banking<br />

solutions and we play an active role in<br />

empowering the communities in which we<br />

operate.’<br />

Keena says that, as money experts who do<br />

good, Nedbank strives to empower the<br />

workplace employees who drive the<br />

Limpopo & <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> economy by saving<br />

them time and money, as well as helping<br />

them manage their money better through<br />

the Workplace Banking solution.<br />

'We assist clients to save time by providing<br />

onsite assistance from our dedicated teams,<br />

and we help them save money through our<br />

preferential banking packages and our<br />

award-winning Financial Fitness and<br />

Consumer Education programmes. These<br />

interventions assist clients in managing their<br />

money better by providing budgeting and<br />

money management training, equipping<br />

their staff to better deal with everyday<br />

money management challenges'<br />

And the innovative banking journey<br />

continues, ensuring greater value for clients.<br />

‘<br />

We assist clients to save time<br />

by providing onsite assistance<br />

from our dedicated teams …<br />

’<br />

Our market-leading Money app allows clients<br />

to manage accounts and investments, make<br />

payments and set savings goals and<br />

budgets from their smartphone.<br />

Keena adds that working with communities<br />

is entrenched in the bank’s values through<br />

community development, skills development,<br />

education and job creation, as well<br />

as environmental conservation. ‘These play<br />

a vital role in building a sustainable economy<br />

and vibrant society. We believe our fastgrowing<br />

presence in communities goes a long<br />

way in enabling greater financial inclusion<br />

while contributing towards economic growth,'<br />

he says.<br />

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

to the next level through our workplace<br />

banking solution and would like more<br />

information about Nedbank’s specialised<br />

service offering, please contact<br />

Claude Keena at claudek@nedbank.co.za or<br />

visit www.nedbank.co.za.


see money differently<br />




According to the Agricultural <strong>Business</strong> Chamber (Agbiz),<br />

South Africa’s agricultural sector is not expected to be hit as<br />

hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as the global agricultural sector.<br />

In fact, thanks to bumper grain and fruit<br />

harvests, we could see a 10% year-onyear<br />

recovery in GDP in the sector for<br />

<strong>2020</strong>. The current maize harvest is up 38%<br />

from the 2018/19 harvest, and is the secondlargest<br />

harvest on record, which means<br />

that South Africa remain a net exporter of<br />

maize and could also export maize beyond<br />

the African continent.<br />

While this is good news for an economy<br />

entering what’s expected to be the deepest<br />

recession on record, the agriculture value<br />

chain faces a daunting task: to increase food<br />

production by 70% to meet the demands of a<br />

global population that is expected to reach<br />

nine billion by 2050. As with many economic<br />

sectors, it is becoming clear that technology<br />

and innovation are the drivers in the<br />

establishment of more efficient, productive<br />

and sustainable agriculture.<br />

Ivor Meeding, Nedbank Regional Manager<br />

Agriculture for <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, says that<br />

Nedbank has created innovative funding<br />

solutions designed to support farmers with<br />

sustainable farming interventions where the<br />

commodity produced or infrastructure itself<br />

is used as security. ‘For example, with<br />

drought a perpetual threat that South<br />

‘<br />

Nedbank has created innovative<br />

funding solutions designed to<br />

support farmers with sustainable<br />

farming interventions …<br />

’<br />

Africa faces, our funding solutions range<br />

from water-efficiency innovations and<br />

cutting-edge irrigation to shade-netting,<br />

which improves the yield of underperforming<br />

crops, protects them from natural hazards<br />

and reduces water use.’<br />

Nedbank's purpose is to help clients 'see<br />

money differently' and we do this by<br />

applying our bigger-picture business<br />

banking approach to understand each<br />

client’s business and the specific challenges<br />

and opportunities they face. This enables us<br />

to provide the banking solutions they need,<br />

ranging from the innovations mentioned<br />

above to short- and long-term financial<br />

support,’ he says.<br />

If you would like to see how our specialist<br />

teams can assist you,orwantmore<br />

information, please send email Ivor Meeding<br />

at ivorm@nedbank.co.za or visit<br />

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

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

services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).<br />


Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit. Pic: Wikipedia<br />



Overviews of the main economic sectors of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

Agriculture 18<br />

Forestry and paper 20<br />

Oil and gas 22<br />

Water 23<br />

Mining 26<br />

Manufacturing 28<br />

Transport and logistics 32<br />

Tourism 34<br />

Banking and financial services 36<br />

Education and training 37<br />

Development finance<br />

and SMME support 38<br />

17 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Agriculture and agri-processing<br />

New agricultural sites are planned for defunct mines.<br />

With several coal mines reaching the end of their lives,<br />

steps are being taken to convert the land to useful agricultural<br />

land. Safety and health concerns will have to be<br />

addressed, but there is potential to improve food security<br />

for poorer families in the province. A number of off-take agreements<br />

have been signed between commercial and emerging farmers and<br />

wholesalers and distributers in Oman.<br />

A provincial programme called Phezukomkhono Mlimi is providing<br />

mechanisation and input support to subsistence and emerging famers<br />

and households which are engaged in agriculture. Farmers receiving<br />

support from government are expected to enrol on courses offered<br />

by the AgriSETA. The Fortune 40 programme has a specific focus on<br />

developing young entrepreneurs in farming. Twelve of the Fortune 40<br />

farms have been linked to retailers such as Spar, Shoprite and Boxer<br />

and with wholesalers and agri-hubs.<br />

The goal is to have an agri-hub in each of the province’s three<br />

districts. Small-scale farmers and co-operatives are being given<br />

a chance to connect to the formal economy via the hubs which<br />

will also provide advice and equipment. The Mkhuhlu agri-hub in<br />

Bushbuckridge, which forms part of the Provincial Government<br />

Nutrition Programme, is operational.<br />

The Mkhondo agri-hub in Gert Sibande District is completed and<br />

partially operational. The plan is for it become fully operational in<br />

the next financial year. A feasibility study is underway relating to the<br />

establishment of a hub in the Nkomazi Municipality. A budget of R15-<br />

million has been agreed for the first phase and the creation of a packhouse.<br />

An International Fresh Produce Market is planned as a means of<br />

stimulating agricultural production, but the project has stalled.<br />

Other interventions include the re-commissioning of<br />

the Bushbuckridge poultry abattoir and support for soya and maize<br />

farmers to supply the Lekwa Oilseed Crushing Plant in Standerton.<br />

Agriculture is responsible for about 3.4% of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s Gross<br />

Domestic Product (GDP).<br />

Sector Insight<br />

The Sultanate of Oman<br />

will purchase <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

produce.<br />

Crops<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> accounts for about<br />

<strong>21</strong>% of South Africa’s citrus<br />

production and a third of its<br />

export volumes, with Valencias<br />

being the province’s most<br />

popular varietal and Nelspruit<br />

being the centre of the sector.<br />

Avocados, litchis, mangoes<br />

and bananas thrive in the<br />

province. Hazyview is an<br />

important source of bananas,<br />

with 20% of South Africa’s<br />

production originating there.<br />

Deciduous fruits are<br />

cultivated in smaller quantities.<br />

About 15 000 tons of table<br />

grapes are produced in the<br />

province annually and <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

produces its own wine.<br />

A specialist fruit that does<br />

well in the province is the<br />

marula. The marula fruit makes<br />

a popular beer and is used in<br />

the production of a liqueur that<br />

has done well on the international<br />

market.<br />

Macadamia nuts have grown<br />

in popularity exponentially.<br />

About 4 000 hectares of new<br />

trees is added each year across<br />

Macadamia orchard.<br />

Image: Likweti Bushveld<br />

Farm Estate<br />

MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />



Credit: Laeveld Agrochem<br />

South Africa, with most of that in<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> and neighbouring<br />

Limpopo. The vast majority<br />

of the nuts are exported, with<br />

about 40% going to China.<br />

There are about 450 farmers<br />

growing the nuts and there are<br />

14 cracking factories in South<br />

Africa. The sector employs about<br />

4 500 people, of which 1 500<br />

are permanent employees.<br />

Barberton and Hazyview are two<br />

prime areas for the nut.<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> produces<br />

one-million tons of maize from<br />

291 788ha. About 53 000 tons<br />

of wheat and 33 000 tons of<br />

sorghum are produced annually.<br />

Soya bean is another major crop:<br />

more than half of South Africa’s<br />

soya bean crop is produced in<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s Highveld areas.<br />

Cotton is grown mostly<br />

under dryland conditions in<br />

Marble Hall. The province has<br />

1 500ha of dryland under<br />

cotton. Much of South Africa’s<br />

total annual production of<br />

about 34-million kilograms<br />

of tobacco, especially Virginia<br />

tobacco, takes place in the<br />

north-western parts of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>,<br />

and in neighbouring<br />

Limpopo. Other crops produced for export in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> include<br />

cut flowers, pot plants and nursery plants.<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> has the second-biggest sugar industry in South<br />

Africa, after KwaZulu-Natal. TSB Sugar runs three mills in the Lowveld<br />

region, two of which have refining capacity, and employs about 4 700<br />

people. More than 1 400 farmers (commercial and small-scale) deliver<br />

sugar cane to the company. TSB brands are Selati (sugar) and Molatek<br />

(animal feed).<br />

Companies<br />

Astral Foods runs a poultry processing plant in Standerton which has<br />

2 425 employees. Fresh fruit and nut supplier Halls cultivates 375ha of<br />

its own land and has another 1 400ha under management. Its crops<br />

include avocados and litchis.<br />

Westfalia is a diversified agricultural group which runs extensive<br />

operations in the province. Umbhaba Estates is one of the biggest<br />

banana growers in the province. The drier Highveld region with its<br />

cold winters supports crops such as cereals, legumes and nuts. There<br />

is extensive irrigation in the Loskop Dam area. Ermelo is one of South<br />

Africa’s main centres of sheep farming and wool production.<br />

Subtropical fruit flourishes in the Lowveld with the town of<br />

Nelspruit being a major citrus producer. Mixed farming and potatoes,<br />

sweet potatoes and beans are mostly found in the southern and<br />

western parts of the province. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Citrus Growers Association: www.cga.co.za<br />

Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum: www.fpef.co.za<br />

Macadamias South Africa: www.samac.org.za<br />

South African Cane Growers’ Association: www.sacanegrowers.co.za<br />

South African Subtropical Growers’ Association: www.subtrop.net<br />

19 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Forestry and paper<br />

Sonae Arauco has expanded its White River factory.<br />

Timber frame house. Image: Eco Log Homes<br />

The White River plant of Sonae Arauco now offers more decorative<br />

solutions because of the installation in 2019 of a Dieffenbacher<br />

melamine press. The company’s aim is to make the site<br />

a uniquely integrated facility.<br />

Among the new offerings as a result of the R200-million expansion<br />

are a woodgrain named for and inspired by the Chobe River and Grigio,<br />

a “marbled fantasy décor”. The company produces particleboard and<br />

fibreboard, melamine-faced boards and finishes. The invitation to the<br />

launch of the factory extension claimed that the factory is the “most<br />

efficient in Africa”. The company has another plant at Panbult between<br />

Ermelo and Mkhondo (Piet Retief ).<br />

Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) and the Institute for Timber<br />

Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) made an offer during the Covid-19<br />

lockdown to share with the South African government their skills and<br />

expertise. Sawmilling South Africa is an industry association which<br />

represents the majority of sawmillers in South Africa. By building<br />

alternative housing (with wood), it was felt that this could contribute<br />

to thinning out densely populated informal settlements to slow the<br />

spread of the virus.<br />

Sector Insight<br />

An Agriculture and Forestry<br />

Technology Park is planned.<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> has the ideal<br />

climate and topography for<br />

forests. Sabie and Graskop<br />

represent the hub of the industry,<br />

but commercial forests are also<br />

found to the east and south<br />

along the Swaziland border.<br />

About 11% of the land mass is<br />

forested, with 4% of that being<br />

natural forest. The province is the<br />

national leader in total hectares<br />

under forest (514 000ha) and in<br />

export earnings.<br />

Forestry accounts for about<br />

8% of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s gross<br />

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domestic product. The sector<br />

comprises logging, saw-milling,<br />

wood product and pulp and<br />

paper manufacture. Pulp and<br />

paper are the main exports,<br />

along with sawn lumber, wood<br />

chips and wattle extract. Most<br />

sawn timber in South Africa is<br />

used in the construction sector.<br />

The Provincial Government<br />

of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> plans to<br />

develop an Agriculture and<br />

Forestry Technology Park. The<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth<br />

and Development Path (MEGDP)<br />

intends to expand the industrial<br />

base of the provincial economy<br />

with a focus on beneficiation,<br />

agri-processing and the<br />

development of value chains.<br />

Companies<br />

Sustainability is the modern<br />

watchword but finding a way to<br />

use resources for people is also<br />

popular. The MTO Group, which<br />

has 39 900ha of plantation under<br />

management in the Lowveld,<br />

has teamed up with mountainbike<br />

enthusiasts of White River<br />

and Nelspruit to develop a set of<br />

trails through the hilly landscape<br />

of the area.<br />

One of the biggest<br />

operations in the forestry and<br />

paper sector in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> is<br />

Sappi’s Ngodwana Mill. The mill<br />

produces 330 000 tons of paper<br />

pulp for its own consumption,<br />

250 000 tons of dissolving wood<br />

pulp (DWP) and 380 000 tons<br />

of paper (newsprint and kraft<br />

linerboard used for packaging)<br />

annually. Exports account for<br />

70% of the mill’s product.<br />

Ongoing investment at<br />

Ngodwana Mill will contribute<br />

R13-billion to the provincial economy over 20 years. Sappi’s other<br />

large facility in the province, the Lomati Sawmill in Barberton, produces<br />

kiln-dried Southern African pine lumber from sawlogs supplied by<br />

Sappi Forests.<br />

The mill generates its own energy through co-generation<br />

(steam and electricity from renewable and other sources). Sappi has<br />

recently built a sugar-extraction demonstration plant at Ngodwana.<br />

Findings from the experiment will help to improve the process of<br />

extracting bio-renewable chemicals. Sappi is partnering with Valmet,<br />

a Finnish company.<br />

Other forestry companies are looking into energy generation,<br />

including AFCOL. <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> has 40% of South Africa’s forestry<br />

resources. This fact presents an opportunity to exploit the sector’s<br />

byproducts in the biomass-to-energy field.<br />

The Zebra Pellets plant in Sabie is to be converted by national utility<br />

Eskom into a torrified pellet plant. The wood will be provided to the<br />

plant (owned by the Industrial Development Corporation) and then<br />

heated without the use of oxygen (torrified) which creates a coal-like<br />

product without the carbon.<br />

York Timbers owns and operates five processing plants, including<br />

the including the largest sawmill and plywood plants in South Africa<br />

and it has 60 470 planted hectares. The company is considering<br />

investing in biomass energy generation. The Industrial Development<br />

Corporation (IDC) has a stake in York Timbers and a 42.6% share in Hans<br />

Merensky Holdings, a company with timber and processing interests in<br />

three provinces. Merensky is responsible for 20% of South Africa’s sawn<br />

pine lumber.<br />

The Mondi Group has extensive forestry holdings in the province<br />

and has been working on introducing a higher degree of mechanisation<br />

in its operations. Mondi has also instituted an ecosystem management<br />

plan throughout its forestry operations with the intention of better<br />

managing the impact its work has on the environment.<br />

Although local demand is dwindling, the export market for pulp<br />

and paper is strong. Pulp production figures have been on the rise for<br />

several years and companies like Mondi are increasingly focusing on<br />

pulp export because of better margins.<br />

PG Bison has a board plant in Piet Retief. Komatiland Forests, a<br />

100% owned subsidiary of state company SAFCOL, has big plantations<br />

in several districts. TWK is a R6-billion agricultural company with its<br />

headquarters in Mkhondo. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Forestry South Africa: www.forestry.co.za<br />

Institute for Timber Construction South Africa:<br />

www. itc-sa.org<br />

Sawmilling South Africa: www.timber.co.za<br />

Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of<br />

South Africa: www.tappi.org<br />

<strong>21</strong> MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Oil and gas<br />

Gas finds off the coast of Mozambique could be significant.<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Gas-to-power forms part of<br />

a national masterplan.<br />

Sasol at night. Image: Sasol<br />

Massive natural gas finds in Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin<br />

could have a big impact on <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s economy.<br />

The province is already equipped with energy and fuel<br />

infrastructure and expertise.<br />

The Liquefied Natural Gas Independent Power Producer Procurement<br />

Programme (LNG IPPPP) is part of the broader programme of<br />

the National Department of Mineral Resources and Energy which<br />

encourages private investment in renewable energy, namely the<br />

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement<br />

Programme (REIPPPP). The total allocated to gas-to-power in the<br />

national power plan is 3 726MW, of which 3 000MW is for LNG.<br />

The new gas from Mozambique could be shipped as liquefied<br />

natural gas (LNG) to Maputo and continue from there to the Sasol<br />

plant at Secunda via the existing Rompco pipeline.<br />

The promoters of the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone believe<br />

that the fact that the pipeline passes through the SEZ is a big selling<br />

point. An alternative would be for the LNG to be shipped to Richards<br />

Bay before being piped north.<br />

Many of the big mining and manufacturing concerns in<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> have long-term contracts for the supply of gas with big<br />

gas companies. Afrox and Air Liquide are two of the biggest, with the<br />

latter having 3 500 national customers, which include Sappi and Sasol.<br />

International chemicals and energy company Sasol has several large<br />

plants in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> and plays a major role in the economy of<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>. Sasol Gas is one of the four Sasol operations at Secunda,<br />

Online Resources<br />

Independent Power Producers Programme: www.ipp-projects.co.za<br />

Petroleum Agency SA: www.petroleumagency.co.za<br />

PetroSA: www.petrosa.co.za<br />

supplying natural gas to Sasol<br />

Synfuels and buying Sasol<br />

Synfuels’ methane-rich pipeline<br />

gas to sell to customers in<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> and KwaZulu-Natal.<br />

Sasol and the provincial government<br />

have commissioned a<br />

technical feasibility study for a<br />

Petrochemical Technology Park<br />

to be located in the province.<br />

Sasol will be a key player<br />

when national government<br />

finalises policy on biofuels. Sasol<br />

is already making 285 000kl of<br />

absolute alcohol in ethanol from<br />

sugar fermentation annually.<br />

About 60-million litres of liquid<br />

fuel is produced each day at<br />

the coal-to-liquid plant run at<br />

Secunda. Sasol has finished its<br />

mine replacement programme<br />

and feedstock is secure until the<br />

year 2050.<br />

Another part of the REIPPPP<br />

covers the conversion of<br />

biomass to energy. At Sappi’s<br />

Ngodwana mill, a 25MW project<br />

is underway.<br />

Transnet Pipelines runs a<br />

3 800km network of underground,<br />

high-pressure petroleum<br />

and gas pipelines<br />

throughout the eastern parts<br />

of South Africa. The company’s<br />

sophisticated multi-product<br />

pipeline (NMPP) between the<br />

coast and Gauteng transports a<br />

range of liquid products. ■<br />

MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />


Water<br />

National department steps in with tanks and trucks.<br />


In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the National Department of Water<br />

and Sanitation (DWS) delivered 500 water tanks and 56 water trucks to<br />

several <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> municipalities. This was to ensure that residents<br />

had a reliable supply of water to wash their hands and for drinking.<br />

The Operations and Maintenance Division of Nafasi Water is<br />

responsible for large water treatments plants at Middelburg and<br />

eMalahleni. Nafasi is a rebranding of Aveng Water which was purchased<br />

by Infinity Partners for R95-million in 2019. Infinity is owned by the<br />

former Aveng Water CEO Suzie Nkambule and E-Squared Investments.<br />

The Middelburg Water Reclamation Plant (MWRP) produces no<br />

brine and avoids energy-intensive methods, a world first for a mine<br />

water treatment plant. Phase 2 of the eMalahleni project produces<br />

drinking water after treating mine water from one of the<br />

collieries of Anglo American Thermal Coal. Rapid growth<br />

in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality has persuaded the<br />

Provincial Government of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> to build a new<br />

dam on the Crocodile River in the City of Mbombela.<br />

Citizens of the Thembisile Hani Municipality will get<br />

more immediate relief from water shortages with the<br />

construction of a treatment plant on the Moses River.<br />

Acting on a disturbing report published by the Centre<br />

for Environmental Rights on the way some mining<br />

companies are using water, a provincial Environmental<br />

Management Committee has been appointed to<br />

conduct environmental impact analysis and assess<br />

climate change threats.<br />

NuWater was contracted to reduce waste at the<br />

water treatment plant for eMalahleni Municipality. An<br />

ultra-filtration technology was used to reduce waste from 20Ml/day.<br />

A total of 327 water infrastructure projects benefiting 350 259<br />

households have been completed, with a further 165 sanitation<br />

projects finalised. A bulk water supply system connecting villages<br />

within the Bushbuckridge area has been completed. Rand Water has<br />

taken over the operations of the Bushbuckridge Water Board.<br />

A joint project with Eskom related to rain-water harvesting will<br />

also create jobs. The Siyasebenza Job Creation Initiative is intended to<br />

Online Resources<br />

Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency:<br />

www.iucma.co.za<br />

Komati Basin Water Authority: www.kobwa.co.za<br />

National Department of Water and Sanitation: www.dwa.gov.za<br />

Water Research Commission: www.wrc.org.za<br />

Image: Nafasi Water<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Nafasi Water is a recent<br />

purchase for Infinity<br />

Partners.<br />

create 900 jobs in the Nkangala<br />

District Municipality.<br />

The Imkomati-Usuthu Catchment<br />

Management Agency<br />

covers <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, parts<br />

of Limpopo and part of the<br />

Kingdom of Swaziland and is<br />

responsible for water usage<br />

issues relating to the following<br />

river catchment areas: Sabie-<br />

Sand, Crocodile, Komati,<br />

Nwaswitsontso and Nwanedzi.<br />

The Komati Basin Water<br />

Authority (KOBWA) is an<br />

important agency in controlling<br />

water resources in the region.<br />

Formed out of a cooperation<br />

agreement between South<br />

African and Swaziland, the<br />

agency has built two large<br />

dams and is responsible for their<br />

upkeep. ■<br />

23 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>

FOCUS<br />

Ensuring water for all<br />

in Inkomati-Usuthu<br />

The Green Scorpions protect the environment.<br />

The Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management<br />

Agency is responsible for several<br />

functions related to water resources in the<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Province.<br />

These include:<br />

• Water resource planning<br />

and operations.<br />

• Real-time river operations.<br />

• Adaptive operational<br />

water resource management<br />

framework.<br />

• Water resource protection.<br />

• Water resource utilisation. DR Thomas Gyedu-<br />

• Public participation.<br />

Ababio, CEO<br />

The Green Scorpions explained<br />

The Environmental Management Inspectorate<br />

(EMI), commonly known to the public as the Green<br />

Scorpions, are government officials (from national,<br />

provincial and local government, including<br />

the parks authorities and relevant government<br />

entities) who are responsible for compliance<br />

and enforcement activities with environmental<br />

legislation. Simply put, the Green Scorpions<br />

represent the environmental compliance and<br />

enforcement capacity in respect of the National<br />

Environment Management Act (NEMA) and<br />

the Specific Environmental Management Acts.<br />

According to the Department of Environment,<br />

Forestry and Fisheries, the EMI must see to it that<br />

environmental legislation is followed and enforced.<br />

The EMIs have the powers to:<br />

Investigate: question witnesses, inspect and<br />

remove articles, take photographs and audiovisual<br />

recordings, take samples and remove waste.<br />

Inspect: enter premises to ascertain whether<br />

legislation is being followed and seize evidence of<br />

criminal activity.<br />

Enforce: search premises, containers, vessels,<br />

vehicles, aircraft and pack animals; seize evidence<br />

and contraband; establish roadblocks and make<br />

arrests.<br />

Administer: issue compliance notices and<br />

admission of guilt fines.<br />

The EMIs are not empowered to prosecute cases<br />

in court. All cases continue to be handed over<br />

to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for<br />

prosecution. The EMIs therefore work closely with<br />

prosecutors country-wide to ensure the successful<br />

prosecution of offenders.<br />

The South African Police Service<br />

The South African Police Service continues to<br />

play a crucial role in enforcing environmental<br />

legislation and EMIs work closely with the SAPS in<br />

the investigation of environmental crimes. In terms<br />

of the National Environment Management Act, all<br />

police officers have the powers of an EMI.<br />

MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />


Companies and the EMI<br />

The biggest exposure most companies have is<br />

from technical non-compliances with conditions<br />

imposed in an Environmental Authorisation<br />

(often called RoDs) issued in terms of NEMA or<br />

similar permit conditions, such as the conditions<br />

contained in a Waste Management Licence<br />

issued in terms of the National Environmental<br />

Management, Waste Act, 2008 and others.<br />

For this reason, it is important to carefully<br />

design an environmental management<br />

programme to ensure awareness and ongoing<br />

compliance with each of the conditions in any<br />

authorisation which the company has. A further<br />

exposure is undertaking a listed activity without an<br />

environmental authorisation.<br />

There have been a number of changes to the<br />

activities which are listed over the years and it is<br />

important for companies to keep up to date with<br />

these changes and re-examine their operations<br />

from time to time, especially when undertaking<br />

any sort of expansion of an existing activity.<br />

Issue of a Directive<br />

The DEA also has empowered EMIs to issue<br />

directives. Unlike a compliance notice, the<br />

authorities may only issue a directive if they<br />

believe that actions by the company are causing<br />

pollution or other damage or degradation to the<br />

environment. The obligation in the statutes is to<br />

take reasonable measures to avoid such pollution<br />

or damage. ■<br />

Issue of a Compliance Notice<br />

Where a company is failing to comply with a<br />

permit condition or with some other provisions<br />

of an environmental statute, a non-compliance<br />

notice may be issued by the DEA. When issuing<br />

a non-compliance notice, the DEA does not<br />

have to believe there is any actual harm to the<br />

environment from the transgression but simply<br />

that there is non-compliance with a technical,<br />

legally-binding requirement.<br />

Contact details<br />

Postal address: PO Box X11<strong>21</strong>4, Nelspruit 1200<br />

Physical address: MAXSA Building, 13 Streak<br />

Street, Nelspruit. Tel: +27 13 753 9000<br />

Email: information@iucma.co.za<br />

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

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Mining<br />

Afrimat is looking to expand into <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>.<br />

Sector Insight<br />

New investor Menar<br />

has two coal mines<br />

in the province.<br />

Image: Anglo American Plc<br />

Afrimat is listed on the JSE in the “Construction and Building<br />

Materials” section, but the company has shown an appetite<br />

for acquiring mines in order to diversify. In May <strong>2020</strong> Afrimat<br />

made a bid for control of Unicorn Capital Partners (previously<br />

Sentula Mining) which controls the Nkomati anthracite mine in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>.<br />

The mine, which is in the south-eastern corner of the province,<br />

has proven resources of 8.7-million tons and upwards of 400 jobs<br />

were created over the last two years. Local communities have a 16.1%<br />

stake in the relaunched mine and the <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth<br />

Agency (MEGA) holds 34%.<br />

The private investment and management company Menar, which<br />

is headquartered in Luxembourg, controls and manages two assets<br />

in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> through Canyon Coal and Sitatunga Resources.<br />

Extension projects are underway or planned at Phalanndwa colliery<br />

and De Wittekrans.<br />

Other companies engaged in expansion of life-of-mine projects are<br />

Pan African Resources and Evander (Elikhulu tailings), Exxaro Resources<br />

(Leeuwpan) and South32, which is spending about R4.3-billion<br />

at Klipspruit.<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> accounts for 83% of South Africa’s coal production<br />

and is the third-largest coal-exporting region in the world. Although<br />

renewable energy is catching<br />

on in South Africa, there is no<br />

prospect of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s<br />

coal-fired power stations being<br />

mothballed soon.<br />

Mining’s contribution to<br />

provincial GDP is 25.9% and the<br />

sector employs 53 000 people.<br />

Most of the province’s mining<br />

companies are involved in<br />

training. The Colliery Training<br />

College (CTC) in Emalahleni<br />

is owned by a consortium of<br />

companies: Exxaro, Glencore,<br />

Kanga Coal, South32 and<br />

Izimbiwa Coal. The centre offers<br />

a broad range of artisan training,<br />

including auto electrician, fitting<br />

and turning and millwrights. CTC<br />

has been recognised as a leader<br />

in artisan training by the National<br />

Skills Authority.<br />

Coal giant Exxaro, which<br />

runs five mines in the province,<br />

has committed R3.8-billion to<br />

its Belfast project, an investment<br />

that will create 1 160 jobs<br />

and have an impact on the GDP<br />

(over the life of the mine) of<br />

R39-billion.<br />

After Exxaro Coal <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s<br />

transfer of its 50% stake<br />

in the Arnot coal mine to<br />

mineworkers at no cost, the<br />

workers received a further 5%<br />

“free-carry” because of the specifications<br />

of Mining Charter III.<br />

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The mine thus becomes South<br />

Africa’s first majority workerowned<br />

mine. Wescoal is the<br />

other shareholder and operator<br />

of the mine.<br />

The opening in 2019 of<br />

Sasol’s Impumelelo Colliery<br />

south-west of Secunda was the<br />

final phase of an investment in<br />

new coal mines to replace three<br />

coal mines that had reached the<br />

end of their lives. Sasol produces<br />

40-million tons of coal annually.<br />

Impumelelo, which will produce<br />

8.5-million tons per year, cost<br />

R5.6-billion to build.<br />

Anglo American has sold its<br />

thermal coal operations to Seriti,<br />

which is therefore the secondlargest<br />

provider of thermal coal<br />

to Eskom, supplying almost a<br />

quarter of the utility’s annual coal<br />

requirements.<br />

State coal company AEMFC<br />

(African Exploration Mining &<br />

Finance Corporation) runs a<br />

colliery at Vlakfontein near Ogies<br />

and is planning to develop<br />

other projects. South32 has four<br />

collieries and three processing<br />

plants in the province. The<br />

company has 4 860 full-time<br />

employees and 4 400 contractors.<br />

ArmCoal is a black-owned coal<br />

company that arose out of a<br />

deal between Xstrata Coal SA<br />

and African Rainbow Minerals<br />

Limited (51%).<br />

Rich resources<br />

Coal, platinum, gold and nickel<br />

are the province’s major mineral<br />

resources and all are still in<br />

demand. South Africa produces<br />

75% of the world’s platinum,<br />

80% of its manganese, 73% of its<br />

chrome and 45% of its vanadium.<br />

Deposits of chromite, magnetite and vanadium are the basis of the<br />

ferro-alloy complex in Witbank-Middelburg (in the District Municipality<br />

of Nkangala) and Lydenburg (Mashishing).<br />

Nkomati Mine was South Africa’s only pure-nickel operation before<br />

it was decided to place it on care and maintenance in preparation of<br />

closure. The underground mine was closed in 2015 and the open-pit<br />

operation will close in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Stillwater Sibanye is the new owner of the Burnstone gold mine<br />

near Balfour. Stonewall Resources runs the TGME Project, near the<br />

towns of Pilgrim’s Rest and Sabie. Stonewall has ambitious targets of<br />

going beyond production of 40 000 ounces from this and other historic<br />

mines in the area.<br />

Having taken full control of its Barberton mines, Pan African<br />

improved its BEE position (Shanduka Gold is a 23.8% shareholder) and<br />

set about increasing its annual gold output to 100 000 ounces. Platinum<br />

is an important mineral for the modern economy. Two Rivers is a joint<br />

venture between Implats (46%) and African Rainbow Minerals.<br />

Northam Platinum, which<br />

has assets on both limbs of the<br />

Bushveld Igneous Complex, has<br />

purchased the Everest mine<br />

from Aquarius Platinum. Everest<br />

is adjacent to Northam’s existing<br />

Booysendal mine.<br />

Jubilee Platinum has sold its<br />

Smelting and Refining business<br />

in Middelburg to Siyanda<br />

Resources. Sylvania Platinum<br />

now has seven PGM recovery<br />

plants that extract chrome from<br />

tailings on both sides of the<br />

Bushveld Igneous Complex.<br />

Lydenburg is home to the Lion ferrochrome smelter that is a joint<br />

venture between Glencore and Merafe Resources. Assmang, the joint<br />

venture between ARM Ferrous and the JSE-listed Assore, operates a<br />

chrome mine (Dwarsrivier) and a ferrochrome plant where chrome<br />

alloys are made.<br />

The Manganese Metal Company (MMC) in Nelspruit is the largest<br />

producer of pure electrolytic manganese in the world. MMC is owned<br />

by Samancor (51%) and Bilston Investments owns the balance. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Colliery Training College: www.ctctraining.org<br />

Minerals Council South Africa: www.mineralscouncil.org.za<br />

National Department of Mineral Resources and Energy:<br />

www.dmr.gov.za<br />

South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy:<br />

www.saimm.co.za<br />

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Manufacturing<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s natural resources support a diverse manufacturing sector.<br />

Columbus Stainless’ factory. Image: Columbus Stainless<br />

F<br />

rom steel to chemicals, petroleum and stainless steel to paper<br />

and fruit juice, <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> makes a wide variety of products.<br />

There is a distinct geographical divide. Fuel, petroleum and<br />

chemical production occurs in the southern Highveld region<br />

clustered around Sasol’s plants. The Sasol chemicals and liquid fluids<br />

complex at Secunda is a vital component of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s manufacturing<br />

sector. The company has two propylene manufacturing plants<br />

and recently completed two major investments aimed at improving<br />

flows and expanding production.<br />

Propylene is an input for polypropylene which is used in packaging,<br />

automotive components and textiles. The market is growing in South<br />

Africa at 4% per annum, roughly the same rate as the global market.<br />

The northern Highveld area, including Middleburg and eMalahleni<br />

(Witbank), is home to ferro alloy, steel and stainless-steel concerns.<br />

In the Lowveld, agricultural and forestry products are processed<br />

while Sappi’s giant mill is close to the company’s forests south-west of<br />

the provincial capital, Mbombela.<br />

Standerton has textile-manufacturing capacity in the form of<br />

Standerton Mills. It is also home to several plants that use local raw<br />

materials: Nestlé has an infant-cereal manufacturing plant, RCL runs<br />

farms in the Carolina district and Early Bird is prominent. McCain and<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Food and forestry provide<br />

the most jobs in the<br />

manufacturing sector.<br />

PepsiCo (Simba) have plants<br />

that use the province’s plentiful<br />

potato crop.<br />

TSB Sugar runs two large<br />

mills and produces fruit juices<br />

through a subsidiary company.<br />

Nelspruit is the centre of the<br />

province’s food-processing<br />

cluster. Approximately 70% of<br />

jobs in the manufacturing sector<br />

are in food and forestry.<br />

A Social Enterprise Development<br />

Programme has been<br />

designed by the Provincial<br />

Government of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

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to assist township and rural<br />

manufacturing businesses in<br />

the steel fabrication sector. This<br />

will include manufacturers of<br />

finished products such as door<br />

frames, window frames and<br />

concrete products like paving<br />

bricks, building bricks and blocks.<br />

A key objective of the provincial<br />

government’s <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

Economic Growth and Development<br />

Path (MEGDP) is to<br />

expand the industrial base of the<br />

provincial economy. To do this,<br />

policy-makers are focusing on<br />

beneficiation, agri-processing<br />

and value chain development.<br />

A large agri-processing fruit<br />

hub is planned for the province.<br />

Located in the Nkomazi Special<br />

Economic Zone, the proposed<br />

hub, with an estimated value of<br />

R10-billion, would deal with the<br />

whole value chain from growing<br />

fruit through to processing,<br />

marketing and logistics. Having<br />

manufacturing facilities at the<br />

core of the hub will enable<br />

a variety of businesses to be<br />

established, both upstream<br />

(to supply the plant) and<br />

downstream (to deal with the<br />

products of the plant).<br />

Steel<br />

Middelburg-based Columbus<br />

Stainless is a major supplier of<br />

stainless-steel products to the<br />

domestic and international<br />

market. About 25% of the<br />

company’s production is sold<br />

domestically. The South African<br />

steel industry has endured tough<br />

times. According to the South<br />

African Iron and Steel Institute<br />

(SAISI), the sector has shown<br />

virtually no growth since 2013.<br />

The country produces about six-million tons annually, but costs are<br />

high and domestic demand is low. The industry has important strategic<br />

value and has about 190 000 employees. Creative thinking kicked in<br />

when Highveld Steel’s troubles reached a tipping point in 2015. Aside<br />

from the business rescue process, the 1 000ha property has been repurposed<br />

as a multi-purpose site for industry and commerce. Called<br />

the Highveld Industrial Park, the project promotes a wide range of<br />

manufacturing enterprises.<br />

Stockpiles of coal and vanadium are being sold off, but two iron<br />

plants and a steel plant offer fully-equipped metallurgical and steelmaking<br />

facilities, supported by environmental monitoring services and<br />

metallurgical and chemical laboratories.<br />

The structural mill of Evraz Highveld Steel in Witbank was officially<br />

relaunched in June 2017 after ArcelorMittal South Africa signed a<br />

contract to supply blooms and slabs for the mill to make into heavy<br />

structural steel. The two-year contract had an option to renew<br />

but ArcelorMittal took the alternative option in July 2019 when it<br />

announced its intention to buy the mill.<br />

Samancor Chrome (which runs Ferrometals) is the second-largest<br />

ferrochrome producer in the world with three plants, two of which are<br />

in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>: eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middelburg.<br />

Metals and machinery<br />

The presence of Ferrometals (a Samancor company) in eMalahleni<br />

means that <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> is an important place for metals and<br />

machinery manufacturing. It produces charge chrome and is one<br />

of the largest ferrochome plants in the world. Joint ventures such as<br />

Crometals, Poschrome and Elkem Ferroveld operate from the site.<br />

In the course of an upgrade, FLSmidth has also doubled the size of<br />

its Delmas Supercentre to 10 500m². The company makes equipment<br />

for materials handling and mineral processing. The centre also hosts a<br />

training facility and handles repairs for customers.<br />

In Middelburg, Thos Begbie makes a variety of products at its<br />

heavy engineering works. Graphite Freezeline Solutions opened a new<br />

graphite facility within the Begbie property in 2018. Thos Begbie has<br />

announced an expansion into Zambia, where it will service and repair<br />

furnace components.<br />

The Manganese Metal Company in Nelspruit is the largest producer<br />

of pure electrolytic manganese metal in the world. Delta EMD, in the<br />

same town, is one of the biggest producers of electrolytic manganese<br />

dioxide, a material used in the manufacture of alkaline batteries. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Highveld Industrial Park: www.highveldindustrialpark.co.za<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth Agency: www.mega.gov.za<br />

South African Iron and Steel Institute: www.saisi.co.za<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Columbus Stainless<br />

The future of manufacturing.<br />

Columbus Stainless, a member of the Spanish<br />

based Acerinox SA Group of Companies,<br />

is South Africa’s and Africa’s only<br />

producer of stainless-steel flat products.<br />

Founded in 1966, Columbus Stainless is the only<br />

fully integrated, technologically advanced, single<br />

site stainless-steel producer in Africa. The plant<br />

based in Middelburg, <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, produces a<br />

wide range of Austenitic, Ferritic, Utility and Duplex<br />

grades of stainless steel suitable for most applications<br />

and has melting capacity of 1 000 000 tons<br />

per annum to supply stainless-steel flat products<br />

(coils, plates and sheets) to various final customers,<br />

distributors, engineering shops and mines globally<br />

(in Africa, Europe, the United States, Asia, etc).<br />

The company supports the livelihoods of<br />

1 300 employees and 600 contractors. Through its<br />

BBBEE programme, Columbus Stainless actively<br />

promotes doing business with small, medium and<br />

micro enterprises (SMMEs) owned or controlled by<br />

black entrepreneurs who are able to supply quality<br />

products and services in a timely and competitive<br />

manner. These businesses have created more than<br />

100 sustainable jobs in the last five years.<br />

Columbus produces many grades of stainless<br />

steel, which include the three main families of<br />

stainless-steel grades:<br />

Columbus Stainless’ factory.<br />

• Austenitic Grades: Popular grades include<br />

304 and 316 which are used in applications<br />

demanding high hygienic and cleanability<br />

properties such as equipment used in dairy<br />

processing and meat-handling, water storage<br />

tanks; catering and hospitality (cooking utensils,<br />

food processing equipment, cold storage) and<br />

healthcare industries.<br />

• Duplex Grades: These include 2304 and 2205<br />

which are used in the chemical, petrochemical<br />

and mining industries due to their excellent<br />

corrosion resistance properties in very harsh<br />

conditions for various types of processing<br />

equipment and holding tanks.<br />

• Ferritic Grades: Popular grades include 430<br />

and 441 which are used in general kitchenware<br />

and catering applications as well as automotive<br />

applications, ranging from exhaust systems to<br />

highly visible trim. The ferritic grades also include<br />

the very versatile and popular 3CR12®.<br />

3CR12® is a low-cost utility ferritic stainless<br />

steel developed by Columbus Stainless and<br />

used widely throughout the South African<br />

mining industry as a cost-effective solution to<br />

mild corrosion environments in a wide range<br />

of structural applications. It offers excellent<br />

properties in sliding wet-abrasion conditions due<br />

to its superior corrosion resistance and slideability<br />

characteristics when compared to carbon steels.<br />

Applications are widespread and include materials<br />

handling environments in mines and coal wash<br />

plants. It is used for applications such as ore cars<br />

and wagons, chutes and launders as well as shaft<br />

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steel work, chimney stacks, ducting, roofing and<br />

cladding (most commonly poultry and piggery<br />

buildings), walkways including grating, hand rails,<br />

stairs, electrical boxes and security fencing. It is<br />

also widely used in sewage processing plants and<br />

municipal water storage tanks.<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> boasts a wide variety of large<br />

industries, including power generation, mining,<br />

farming and manufacturing. To support these<br />

diverse industries throughout South Africa, the<br />

steel industry lies at the helm. Stainless steel has<br />

proven itself as a multi-functional and adaptable<br />

metal of choice and has proven successful and<br />

offers great value to the manufacturing industry.<br />

The manufacturing industry as a whole is under<br />

great strain, especially in this tough economic<br />

climate. With this in mind, one has to consider the<br />

financial attributes of any project, structure or<br />

equipment. Life-cycle costing is therefore an<br />

invaluable tool that takes into consideration the<br />

initial material cost, fabrication costs, maintenance<br />

and refurbishment costs, lost production costs<br />

due to downtime and possible replacement cost<br />

over a defined product’s lifespan. Stainless steels<br />

generally have higher input cost compared to<br />

some competing materials, yet they are proving to<br />

be the most cost-effective long-term choice. The<br />

case study related to coal rail wagons in the South<br />

African market clearly illustrates these principles.<br />

Case study: coal wagons<br />

In 1985, trial coal wagons were manufactured out<br />

of 3CR12 material in the hot rolled and annealed<br />

(HRA) surface finish. These wagons are used to<br />

transport coal between Ermelo and Richards<br />

Bay. They have a payload of 80 tons and make<br />

the journey roughly five times a week. Before<br />

3CR12, the wagons were made from Cor-Ten,<br />

but these only lasted 8-12 years, with refurbishment<br />

required after five years.<br />

Over the years, inspections of these coal wagons<br />

have been conducted after 27 years of service.<br />

Such a study was done in 2012. The wall thickness<br />

of these coal wagons was measured using accurate<br />

ultrasonic measurement equipment. The mild-steel<br />

wagons recorded corrosion-abrasion wear loss of<br />

160 micrometres per annum (160μ/yr). This is<br />

attributed to the surface rust or iron oxide being<br />

removed, exposing fresh steel. The fresh steel in an<br />

oxidising environment reverts back to its natural<br />

iron-oxide state, forming a continuous corrosion<br />

cycle. Compared to mild steel, stainless steel forms<br />

a very thin, tenacious oxide layer which gives it its<br />

characteristic corrosion resistance. The metal loss<br />

of 10μ/yr was recorded for 3CR12 wagons in this<br />

application. From these measurements, 3CR12 coal<br />

wagons in this environment have a predicted total<br />

life of 65 years. Mild-steel wagons would have to be<br />

replaced eight times in this time period, increasing<br />

costs and potential lost production time.<br />

As the country grapples for sustainable<br />

infrastructure development for the future in<br />

energy, water and sanitation, transport, digital<br />

infrastructure, human settlements, agriculture and<br />

agroprocessing, stainless steel is the material of<br />

choice due to its durability, low maintenance and<br />

sustainability.<br />

Columbus Stainless is proud to have contributed<br />

to the development of this material over five<br />

decades and will continue to do so as Africa and<br />

the world continues to grow. Indeed, the future of<br />

manufacturing is Stainless. ■<br />

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Transport and logistics<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> is the country’s busiest rail province.<br />

There is more freight rail traffic in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> than in any<br />

other province. This is principally because of the transport of<br />

coal, but there are also large volumes of chrome, ferrochrome,<br />

forestry products, chemicals, liquid fuels and general freight.<br />

The Balfour North to Volksrust section of the Gauteng to Durban<br />

mainline carries the largest volumes, most of which is long-haul<br />

freight passing through the province. The busiest internal provincial<br />

Transnet Freight Rail section is the Maputo Corridor which runs west<br />

to east from Pretoria to Maputo.<br />

Despite these high rail volumes, a huge amount of mineral<br />

product (mainly coal) is transported by truck around and out of<br />

the province. This puts immense pressure on <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s roads<br />

network, particularly in the Gert Sibande District and the Nkangala<br />

District. Road improvement plans aim to simultaneously fix rural<br />

roads and make better connections between rural and urban areas.<br />

The statistics relating to coal haulage in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> are<br />

stupendous. In one 12-hour period, 34 198 tons of general freight<br />

were recorded for the section of the N4 highway between Nelspruit<br />

and Komatipoort. On the R50, Leandra to Standerton, the volume<br />

was 25 615 tons (<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Department of Public Works, Roads<br />

and Transport). Mactransco’s website states that its trucks serving<br />

Tshikondeni Coal Mine travel 3.7-million kilometres per year, working<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Coal haulage companies<br />

truck vast quantities<br />

every day.<br />

all day for six days a week.<br />

The fleet of ABF Legend Logistics,<br />

a Super Group company,<br />

contains more than 200 superlink<br />

coal haulage trucks while<br />

another company in the group,<br />

SG Coal, claims to have one<br />

of the biggest fleets of coal<br />

haulage trucks in Africa. Coal<br />

Tipper Resources operates out<br />

of Bethal.<br />

The South African National<br />

Roads Agency (Sanral) has<br />

presented its long-term vision,<br />

Horizon 2030, as part of its<br />

contribution to the National<br />

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Development Plan 2030.<br />

Road improvements which<br />

have boosted the transport<br />

infrastructure of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

include the upgrades to the<br />

R570 (linking Malelane on<br />

the N4 to Swaziland), the N11<br />

(Hendrina-Middelburg) and part<br />

of the vital R573 Moloto Road,<br />

which carries huge volumes of<br />

traffic to Gauteng and Limpopo.<br />

Sanral’s three-year plan for the<br />

R573 allocates R1-billion to<br />

the project.<br />

A clause in Sanral’s contract<br />

ensures that small companies<br />

are involved. Raubex Construction<br />

has formed a joint venture<br />

with Biz Afrika, Khuluphala<br />

Tradings and Themolo <strong>Business</strong><br />

Enterprise.<br />

The R573 forms part of<br />

the Moloto Corridor, which<br />

connects the province with<br />

Gauteng Province. The longterm<br />

aim is to create a coordinated<br />

road and rail corridor<br />

including rapid rail facilities. With<br />

about 50 000 motor vehicles<br />

using the route every day, it is<br />

one of the busiest parts of South<br />

Africa’s road network. The plan to<br />

upgrade the corridor is one of 18<br />

national Strategic Infrastructure<br />

Projects (SIPs).<br />

The first phase of the<br />

Moloto Corridor Development<br />

Programme, which involves the<br />

upgrading of road infrastructure<br />

is nearly complete. Accidents<br />

have been reduced as a result of<br />

the R3.7-billion first phase.<br />

A new flight has been<br />

added to SA Airlink’s connections<br />

between Limpopo and<br />

Cape Town. In addition to<br />

the regular early-morning<br />

flights out of Nelspruit Kruger<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> International Airport (KMIA) with a late-afternoon<br />

return flight, an early morning Saturday flight has been added. This<br />

leaves Nelspruit KMIA at 7h40 and arrives in Cape Town at 10h05<br />

and is targeted at the leisure traveller.<br />

Nelspruit KMIA is the province’s main airport, serving both<br />

the capital and being a convenient entry point to the southern<br />

part of Kruger National Park. Airlink has direct flights to and from<br />

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Livingstone in Zimbabwe.<br />

Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport is a popular destination for travellers<br />

on their way to private game lodges and is also near the Orpen Gate of<br />

Kruger Park. Middelburg Airfield is one of the larger alternate airports in<br />

the province, boasting a 1.9km runway that can accommodate a 737.<br />

The annual Middelburg Air Show is held in June. Many game lodges<br />

have airstrips and helipads. SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service operates<br />

out of the old Nelspruit airport just south of the city.<br />

The Maputo Development Corridor is Africa’s most advanced<br />

spatial development initiative (SDI) comprising road and rail<br />

infrastructure, border posts, and port and terminal facilities. Run<br />

by the Maputo Development Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI),<br />

the corridor runs from just outside Pretoria in Gauteng, through<br />

Witbank, Middelburg and Nelspruit in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>, and on to<br />

Maputo in Mozambique.<br />

Rail<br />

An infrastructural development that should boost trade is Transnet’s<br />

planned Swaziland Rail Link (SwaziLink) project. A 146km railway line<br />

between Lothair in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> and Sidvokodvo in Swaziland will<br />

allow for better movement of freight between the countries and<br />

provide an alternative route for freight to Richards Bay.<br />

Transnet Freight Rail is the main operator and the chief freight<br />

movements are coal, fuel, chemicals, timber, iron and chrome ore,<br />

fruit, maize, animal feed, wholesale and retail goods, steel, building<br />

supplies, fertiliser and consumer goods. The port of Maputo in<br />

Mozambique is an attractive option for freight. The coal terminal at<br />

Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal receives the majority of the coal that is<br />

mined in the province.<br />

Private rail operators Sheltam service the coal mining and<br />

ferrochrome-metal industries from regional headquarters in Witbank.<br />

The company runs systems, hauls raw materials and rebuilds and<br />

refurbishes locomotives. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Kruger <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> International Airport: www.kmiairport.co.za<br />

Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative: www.mcli.co.za<br />

Middelburg Airfield: http://middelburgaeroclub.com<br />

Railroad Association of South Africa: www.rra.co.za<br />

South African National Roads Agency Ltd: www.sanral.co.za<br />

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Tourism<br />

Tourism makes up 7% of provincial GDP.<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Andover Nature Reserve<br />

is at the centre of a Game<br />

Triangle.<br />

Kruger National Park. Image: Wikipedia<br />

The importance of tourism to the economy of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

cannot be overstated. It makes up approximately 7% of provincial<br />

gross domestic product (GDP) and is a major source<br />

of employment. The effect of the Covid-19 epidemic will be<br />

strongly felt. The total number of international tourists increased by<br />

about 100 000 between 2017 and 2018 (to 1.6-million). The key source<br />

countries were Mozambique, eSwatini, the USA, Germany and the<br />

United Kingdom. Domestic tourism did even better in 2018, rising to<br />

2.9-million, compared to 2.2-million in 2017.<br />

The Kruger National Park is <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s most famous tourism<br />

asset and it falls under South African National Parks (SANParks).<br />

Other notable landmarks include God’s Window and the Blyde<br />

River Canyon but there are several noteworthy sites run by the<br />

provincial government.<br />

Among these provincial assets is Andover Nature Reserve, which is<br />

tucked into a game triangle with Timbavati and Thornybush reserves<br />

nearby to the north, Sabi Sands to the south and the Orpen Gate to the<br />

east leading to the mid-section of the Kruger Park. The Manyeleti Game<br />

Reserve, another provincial park, is 15km away within the Kruger Park.<br />

Andover Nature Reserve is a bushveld conservancy. It has all the<br />

plains game but no elephants or<br />

big cats. Self-catering lodges and<br />

caravan sites are available.<br />

The province’s newest asset<br />

is in fact ancient. A three-billionyear-old<br />

micro-fossil found in<br />

the Makhonjwa Mountains near<br />

Barberton and the border with<br />

Swaziland is thought to be the<br />

oldest sign of life on the planet.<br />

The Makhonjwa Mountains,<br />

themselves somewhere between<br />

3.2-billion and 3.6-billion years<br />

old, have been declared a World<br />

Heritage Site by the United<br />

Nations Educational‚ Scientific<br />

and Cultural Organisation<br />

(UNESCO). The tourist area in<br />

the vicinity of Barberton is now<br />

the Genesis Route.<br />

This brings to 10 the number<br />

of World Heritage Sites in<br />

South Africa and opens up the<br />

possibility of a new type of niche<br />

tourism for <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>. Funds<br />

for conservation of the area will<br />

be made available from the<br />

World Heritage Fund.<br />

Although the province<br />

already caters for motor-rally<br />

enthusiasts, cyclists, runners,<br />

walkers, fishers, horse-riders, treegliders,<br />

abseilers, white-water<br />

rafters and rock climbers, there is<br />

still potential for more investment<br />

in the ecotourism and adventure<br />

tourism subsectors.<br />

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Thebe Tourism has three<br />

projects in the province, the<br />

Kruger Shalati (a luxury train<br />

on the Selati Bridge), the Blyde<br />

Canyon Community Project and<br />

a proposed development for<br />

Lisbon Estate which is adjacent<br />

to Kruger Park. The Lisbon<br />

development will comprise two<br />

hotels, retail, hospitality and<br />

dining facilities and staff housing.<br />

At Blyde Canyon, Thebe has<br />

signed an agreement with local<br />

communities with land claims in<br />

the Blyde River Canyon Nature<br />

Reserve which will involve them<br />

as shareholders in the new<br />

developments. God’s Window is<br />

to receive a Skywalk, the facilities<br />

at Bourke’s Luck Potholes will be<br />

rejuvenated, a cable car project<br />

is planned for Three Rondavels<br />

and another hotel is planned to<br />

boost accommodation options<br />

in the area.<br />

The Provincial Government<br />

of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> is looking for<br />

more private partners to invest<br />

in a range of ambitious projects<br />

to boost an already active<br />

sector that has several superb<br />

tourism assets, ranging from<br />

Kudu at Andover NR<br />

about 70 parks and reserves to bird-watching, music festivals,<br />

motor-car rallies and casinos.<br />

The provincial investment agency, MEGA, has packaged many<br />

tourism investment opportunities. The underlying principle is a form<br />

of public-private partnership where the agency would assist in getting<br />

land-use and other legal requirements, and perhaps in seeing that<br />

basic infrastructure was laid on, then the developer would build and<br />

manage a tourism facility.<br />

Protea Hotels by Marriott has three properties in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>,<br />

including Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Nelspruit and Hazyview. At White<br />

River, Premier Hotel The Winkler is 20 minutes’ drive from the Numbi<br />

Gate of the Kruger National Park.<br />

Tsogo Sun has six hotels in the province, ranging from two<br />

StayEasys to Southern Sun The Ridge, which is attached to the Ridge<br />

Casino in Witbank (eMalahleni). Tsogo runs a further two resorts in<br />

Hazyview (Sabi River Sun Resort) and White River (Pine Lake Resort).<br />

Forever Resorts has a big presence in the province, catering to many<br />

caravans and campers and holiday-makers wanting to stay in chalets.<br />

There is also a four-star Forever Resorts Mount Sheba. The Graceland<br />

Hotel Casino and Country Club is a Peermont resort in Secunda.<br />

Training<br />

A graduation ceremony in early <strong>2020</strong> saw 289 young people complete<br />

a year-long hospitality learnership with an NQF Level 3 CATHSSETAaccredited<br />

National Certificate in Fast Food Services.<br />

These were members of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Hospitality Youth Training<br />

Programme (HYTP), a programme that opens up career opportunities<br />

within the local tourism sector in fields such as catering, hotel<br />

and accommodation management, restaurateur and other food<br />

services, general tourism and guide services, adventure and leisure<br />

facilities and local cultural and heritage tours.<br />

The Hazyview Project is an offshoot of the Travel and Tourism<br />

Excellence Academy. The programme is jointly sponsored by Amadeus,<br />

a travel technology company, Economic Development Solutions and<br />

the Thebe Tourism Group.<br />

Hazyview is near the Kruger National Park and the students<br />

are expected to be employed at a new hotel at Skukuza when they<br />

graduate. The Good Work Foundation (GWF) is running the programme<br />

at its Hazyview Digital Campus, in partnership with the South Africa<br />

College of Tourism. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Gaming Board: www.mgb.org.za<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Tourism and Parks Agency: www.mtpa.co.za<br />

South African National Parks: www.sanparks.co.za<br />

South African Tourism: www.southafrica.net<br />

South African Tourism Services Association: www.satsa.com<br />

35 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Banking and financial services<br />

Banking customers are being offered more choice.<br />

All of the big retail banks (Nedbank, Absa, Standard Bank, Capitec<br />

and First National Bank) are present in the province’s major<br />

towns. Agriculture is an important focus area for banks, and<br />

most have specialised divisions such as Nedbank Agribusiness.<br />

TWK Agri offers financing and insurance together with the usual<br />

suite of agricultural services. Afgri, one of the country’s biggest<br />

agricultural companies, offers financial services (financing and<br />

insurance) under the brand Unigro.<br />

Another source of funding for farmers is the Land and Agricultural<br />

Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank), a development-finance<br />

institution that falls under the Ministry of Finance.<br />

In 2017 Tyme Digital received a licence to run a bank. By early 2019,<br />

TymeBank was available in 500 Pick n Pay and Boxer stores and more<br />

than 50 000 customers around South Africa had an account. Tyme<br />

stands for Take Your Money Everywhere and refers to the fact that the<br />

bank does not have a branch network. The bank is targeting the lowerincome<br />

segment and promises speedy transaction and approval times.<br />

Second to market among the country’s new banks was Discovery<br />

Bank, which officially launched in March 2019. Discovery Bank applies<br />

the behavioural model it uses in its health business to reward good<br />

financial behaviour.<br />

The revitalised African Bank, which was put under curatorship in<br />

2014 by the Reserve Bank, is making a play for new customers with an<br />

interesting offering that does not rely so much on digital wizardry as<br />

on presenting the customer with enhanced banking facilities.<br />

African Bank has created an account that allows up to five<br />

additional accounts to be set up in the name of the main account. Fees<br />

are only charged for drawing cash or at the time of a transaction. There<br />

are no monthly fees for any of the accounts which can be either for<br />

saving or transactional. Each user has his or her own card and monies<br />

can be moved between accounts, ideal for families.<br />

Sanlam has entered two partnerships in the insurance market.<br />

African Rainbow Life has launched life cover policies in the lowand<br />

middle-income market, in association with Sanlam and African<br />

Rainbow Capital. Sanlam is also in a venture with Capitec. In 2019<br />

Financial Mail quoted Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie saying that the bank<br />

was selling 3 000 funeral policies a day.<br />

Online Resources<br />

Financial Sector Conduct Authority: www.fsca.co.za<br />

Public Investment Corporation: www.pic.gov.za<br />

South African Reserve Bank: www.resbank.co.za<br />

Sector Insight<br />

African Bank is competing<br />

for new customers.<br />

eMbalenhle has a new<br />

Ubank branch. Situated at the<br />

Mall@Emba, the branch will<br />

serve customers from Secunda<br />

and other areas such as those<br />

that used to bank at a branch<br />

at the Kinross mine, which has<br />

been closed.<br />

Ubank, eMbalenhle<br />

In line with modern trends<br />

towards digital banking, the new<br />

Ubank branch has internal and<br />

external facing digital walls. The<br />

screens promote new products<br />

and campaigns, give customers<br />

information and provide<br />

financial education. A feature<br />

that is designed to support local<br />

artists is the Feature Wall.<br />

Banks are working hard to<br />

offer products to the previously<br />

unbanked. Nedbank has<br />

partnerships with shops such<br />

as Boxer Stores and Pick n Pay<br />

where customers can have<br />

access to financial services in<br />

previously unserviced areas. ■<br />

MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />


Education and training<br />

Robotics and Coding are now part of teacher training.<br />


Image: Sasol Foundation<br />

Agroup of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> teachers has had the opportunity to<br />

train as master teachers for Robotics and Coding, courtesy<br />

of Sasol. The Sasol Foundation has also donated multimedia<br />

resources for teachers and pupils in Science, Technology,<br />

Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).<br />

An amount of R40-million was allocated by the <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

Provincial Government for the <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong> financial year in support of the<br />

Youth Development Fund, which was seeded the previous year with<br />

funding of R10-million.<br />

The <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Regional Training Trust (MRTT) is a Section <strong>21</strong><br />

company with several sites in the province, including a Hospitality and<br />

Tourism Academy at Karino outside Nelspruit. The trust’s constructiontraining<br />

facility is accredited as a Construction Centre of Excellence. The<br />

Southern African Wildlife College is located near the Orpen Gate on the<br />

edge of the Kruger National Park.<br />

A public-private partnership, MRTT intends increasing graduate<br />

numbers and is aiming for 50 000 young people to be trained<br />

in courses such as plumbing, painting, electrical, bricklaying and<br />

plastering in the three years to 2023.<br />

A provincial bursary scheme has assisted more than 3 334 students<br />

who are studying in fields such as medicine, veterinary science,<br />

information technology, aviation, education and engineering. The<br />

artisan development programme in partnership with Hydra Arc is<br />

progressing well, with Sasol having committed to taking on all qualified<br />

Online Resources<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Department of Education:<br />

www.mpumalanga.gov.za/education<br />

Sasol bursaries: www.sasolbursaries.com<br />

Southern African Wildlife College: www.wildlifecollege.org.za<br />

University of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>: www.ump.ac.za<br />

Sector Insight<br />

R40-million has been<br />

allocated to the Youth<br />

Development Fund.<br />

apprentices from the academy<br />

in Secunda.<br />

The University of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong><br />

enrolled 3 220 students<br />

in 2019, a marked increase on<br />

quiet beginnings in 2014 when<br />

the university started life with<br />

167 students. The university has<br />

added bachelor’s degrees in<br />

arts and commerce to its initial<br />

offering of academic courses<br />

in education and agriculture<br />

and a diploma in hospitality.<br />

Geology will soon be offered as<br />

part of a BSc. The main campus<br />

is at Mbombela with satellites at<br />

Siyabuswa (a former education<br />

college) and KaNyamazane,<br />

which hosts hospitality studies.<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> has three<br />

Technical and Vocational<br />

Education and Training (TVET)<br />

Colleges, with an enrolment of<br />

over 36 000. UNISA, the Tshwane<br />

University of Technology and the<br />

Vaal University of Technology<br />

also have satellite campuses in<br />

the province.<br />

A sixth rural boarding school,<br />

Thaba Chweu Boarding School<br />

in the Ehlanzeni District, has<br />

opened and a further six are due<br />

for construction. These schools<br />

make access to education easier<br />

for rural children who would<br />

otherwise have to travel long<br />

distances. ■<br />

37 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Development finance<br />

and SMME support<br />

Entrepreneurship training is offered at new youth centres.<br />

Entrepreneurship Development is one of the subjects on offer<br />

at 90 Youth Development Centres which are being established<br />

throughout <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>. Other courses include accredited training<br />

in computer skills and life skills, with workshops on job preparedness<br />

and career guidance. The centres are part of <strong>Mpumalanga</strong>’s response<br />

to the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention Programme.<br />

The <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) is the<br />

implementing agent of the provincial government’s SMME support<br />

Image: Seda<br />

policy. An agreement has been<br />

signed by Standard Bank and<br />

MEGA to launch an SME Fund<br />

with a capitalisation of R500-<br />

million. MEGA has also overseen<br />

the rehabilitation of industrial<br />

premises in former homelands<br />

and formed partnerships with<br />

financial institutions for funding.<br />

Examples of township businesses<br />

supported by the Department of Economic Development<br />

and Tourism (DEDET) are an agreement with Sumitomo Rubber<br />

SA to promote local tyre enterprises and financial support for the<br />

commissioning of a sanitary towel plant by the Ntirhisano Sanitary<br />

Worker Co-operative in Bushbuckridge (and support for business<br />

development and access to market).<br />

Research done by the Small Enterprise Development Agency<br />

(Seda) shows that a high percentage of SMMEs in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> are in<br />

the trade and accommodation sector. Whereas the national figure is<br />

about 43%, in <strong>Mpumalanga</strong> it is closer to 50%.<br />

Seda supports several incubators in the province: Furntech,<br />

furniture manufacturing, White River; Mobile Agri-Skills Development<br />

& Training (MASDT), agricultural training, Nelspruit;<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Stainless Initiative (MSI), stainless steel processing,<br />

Middelburg (with Columbus Stainless); Timbali, floriculture,<br />

Online Resources<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Economic Growth Agency: www.mega.gov.za<br />

<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Stainless Initiative: www.mpstainless.co.za<br />

National Department of Small <strong>Business</strong> Development:<br />

www.dsbd.gov.za<br />

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.org.za<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Trade and accommodation<br />

are leaders in SMME<br />

employment.<br />

Nelspruit; Ehlanzeni TVET College<br />

Rapid Incubator Renewable<br />

Technologies, Nelspruit.<br />

Seda is a subsidiary of<br />

the National Department of<br />

Small <strong>Business</strong> Development<br />

(DSBD). Seda is not a financial<br />

agency, focussing rather on<br />

training and administrative<br />

support, although the agency<br />

will help SMMEs get in touch<br />

with financial bodies. Assistance<br />

by Seda with a business plan<br />

was the spur that helped Renabo<br />

Plastics Moulders and Furniture<br />

(pictured) get access to financing<br />

which led to growth in turnover<br />

and the addition of three new<br />

staff members.<br />

Sappi’s long-term Ngodwana<br />

mill project will spend more than<br />

R600-million on procuring goods<br />

and supplies from broad-basedblack-economic-empowered<br />

companies, of which R51-million<br />

will go to SMMEs.<br />

Other companies supporting<br />

SMMEs through their buying<br />

chain include Woolworths and<br />

Anglo American. Woolworths<br />

funds TechnoServe to ensure<br />

that small tomato growers can<br />

grow produce that will meet<br />

the demanding standards of the<br />

retailer, and to help them expand<br />

production.<br />

Anglo American’s Zimele<br />

runs four enterprise development<br />

and investment funds.<br />

Zimele runs hubs related<br />

to the supply chains of platinum,<br />

thermal coal and, with<br />

Mondi, forestry. ■<br />

MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />


<strong>Mpumalanga</strong> Local<br />

Government<br />

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



Physical address: 8 Van Niekerk Street,<br />

Nelspruit 1201<br />

Postal address: PO Box 3333, Nelspruit 1200<br />

Tel: +27 13 004 0291 | Fax: +27 13 759 8539<br />

Website: www.ehlanzeni.gov.za<br />

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 004 0291 | Fax: +27 13 799 1865<br />

Website: www.bushbuckridge.gov.za<br />

City of Mbombela Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 759 9111 | Fax: +27 13 759 2070<br />

Website: www.mbombela.gov.za<br />

Nkomazi Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 790 0245 | Fax: +27 13 790 0886<br />

Website: www.nkomazi.gov.za<br />

Thaba Chweu Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 235 7300 | Fax: +27 13 235 1108<br />

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


Physical address: Cnr Joubert and Oosthuise<br />

streets, Ermelo 2350<br />

Postal address: PO Box 1748, Ermelo 2350<br />

Tel: +27 17 801 7000 | Fax: +27 17 811 1207<br />

Website: www.gsibande.gov.za<br />

Chief Albert Luthuli Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 17 843 4000 | Fax: +27 17 843 4001<br />

Website: www.albertluthuli.gov.za<br />

Dipaleseng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 17 773 0055 | Fax: +27 17 773 0169<br />

Website: www.dipaleseng.gov.za<br />

Govan Mbeki Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 17 620 6000 | Fax: +27 17 634 8019<br />

Website: www.govanmbeki.gov.za<br />

Lekwa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 17 712 9600 | Fax: +27 17 712 6808<br />

Website: www.lekwalm.gov.za<br />

Mkhondo Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 87 630 0180 | Fax: +27 17 826 3129<br />

Website: www.mkhondo.gov.za<br />

Msukaligwa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 17 801 3500 | Fax: +27 17 801 3851<br />

Website: www.msukaligwa.gov.za<br />

Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 17 734 6100 | Fax: 086 630 2209<br />


Physical address: 2A Walter Sisulu Street,<br />

Middelburg 1055<br />

Postal address: PO Box 437, Middelburg 1050<br />

Tel: +27 13 249 2000 | Fax: +27 13 249 2056<br />

Website: www.nkangala.gov.za<br />

Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 973 1101 | Fax: +27 13 973 0974<br />

Website: www.moroka.gov.za<br />

Emakhazeni Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 253 7600 | Fax: +27 13 253 2440<br />

Website: www.emakhazeni.gov.za<br />

eMalahleni Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 690 6911 | Fax: +27 13 690 6207<br />

Website: www.emalahleni.gov.za<br />

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 249 7000 | Fax: +27 13 243 2550<br />

Website: www.stlm.gov.za<br />

Thembisile Hani Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 986 9100 | Fax: +27 13 986 0995<br />

Website: www.thembisilehanilm.gov.za<br />

Victor Khanye Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 13 665 6000 | Fax: +27 13 665 2913<br />

Website: www.victorkhanyelm.gov.za<br />

39 MPUMALANGA BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>

INDEX<br />

INDEX<br />

Africa Biomass Company (ABC) ...................................................................................................................... 3, 9<br />

Columbus Stainless ..............................................................................................................................................5, 30<br />

Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency ….....................................................................24<br />

Kruger Lowveld Chamber of <strong>Business</strong> and Tourism (KLCBT) …..................................................IBC<br />

MTN....................................................................................................................................................................................IFC<br />

Nedbank .................................................................................................................................................................. 12-15<br />

SA Airlink...................................................................................................................................................................... OBC<br />

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