North West Business 2020-21 Edition

The guide to business and investment in the North West Province, South Africa. The 2020/21 edition of North West Business marks the 10th publication of this highly successful journal that, since its launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the North West Province. North West Business includes news and analysis of the most important sectors, with a regional overview covering the strategic thinking behind plans to attract investment into the province. Best known for its platinum mines, grain and livestock farming and tourism, the province is making a concerted effort to bolster its manufacturing capacity. Corridor development, agri-parks and the creation of a Special Economic Zone are among the economic stimulus plans covered in this edition.

The guide to business and investment in the North West Province, South Africa.
The 2020/21 edition of North West Business marks the 10th publication of this highly successful journal that, since its launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the North West Province.

North West Business includes news and analysis of the most important sectors, with a regional overview covering the strategic thinking behind plans to attract investment into the province.

Best known for its platinum mines, grain and livestock farming and tourism, the province is making a concerted effort to bolster its manufacturing capacity. Corridor development, agri-parks and the creation of a Special Economic Zone are among the economic stimulus plans covered in this edition.


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<strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong> EDITION<br />











<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong> <strong>Edition</strong><br />

Introduction<br />

Foreword 3<br />

A unique guide to business and investment in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

Special features<br />

Regional overview 6<br />

Spatial planning is at the heart of plans to expand<br />

the economy of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

Putting <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> on the road to growth 10<br />

SANRAL and Rustenburg Rapid Transport are investing<br />

in infrastructure.<br />

Economic sectors<br />

Mining 22<br />

Vanadium is finding new value in batteries.<br />

Agriculture 28<br />

New abattoirs will benefit farmers.<br />

Water 30<br />

Providing water to schools is a priority.<br />

Manufacturing 31<br />

New technology makes new tyres at Bridgestone.<br />

Tourism 32<br />

Sport and heritage tourism are new strategic sectors.<br />

NORTH WEST BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />


<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Business</strong><br />

A unique guide to business and investment in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

Credits<br />

Publishing director:<br />

Chris Whales<br />

Editor: John Young<br />

Managing director:<br />

Clive During<br />

Online editor:<br />

Christoff Scholtz<br />

Designer: Simon Lewis<br />

Production: Lizel Olivier<br />

Ad sales:<br />

Gavin van der Merwe<br />

Sam Oliver<br />

Jeremy Petersen<br />

Gabriel Venter<br />

Vanessa Wallace<br />

Shiko Diala<br />

Administration & accounts:<br />

Charlene Steynberg<br />

Kathy Wootton<br />

Printing: FA Print<br />


<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is distributed internationally on outgoing<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

government departments, municipalities and companies.<br />


The <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong> edition of <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Business</strong> marks the 10th<br />

publication of this highly successful journal that, since its<br />

launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business<br />

and investment guide for the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province.<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Business</strong> includes news and analysis of the most<br />

important sectors, with a regional overview covering the strategic<br />

thinking behind plans to attract investment into the province.<br />

Best known for its platinum mines, grain and livestock farming<br />

and tourism, the province is making a concerted effort to bolster<br />

its manufacturing capacity. Corridor development, agri-parks and<br />

the creation of a Special Economic Zone are among the economic<br />

stimulus plans covered in this edition.<br />

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

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

online at www.globalafricanetwork.co.za. Updated information on<br />

the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> is also available through our monthly e-newsletter,<br />

which you can subscribe to online at www.gan.co.za, in addition<br />

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

nine provinces, our flagship South African <strong>Business</strong> title and the<br />

new addition to our list of publications, African <strong>Business</strong>, which was<br />

launched in <strong>2020</strong>. ■<br />

Chris Whales<br />

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


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Education and training 34<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University now offers Mechatronic Engineering.<br />

Banking and financial services 36<br />

All the major banks have agricultural divisions.<br />

Development finance and SMME support 37<br />

Banks are running training courses for business owners.<br />

Energy 38<br />

Fuel cells are in the spotlight.<br />

Reference<br />

Sector contents 20<br />

Provincial government listings 39<br />

Index 40<br />


Impala Platinum (Implats) is a long-time<br />

investor in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province.<br />

The operations in Rustenburg include<br />

a multi-shaft mining complex and<br />

concentrating and smelting plants. The<br />

base and precious metal refineries are in<br />

Springs, east of Johannesburg. Implats is<br />

one of the world’s largest producers of<br />

platinum and palladium. Image: Implats.<br />

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Regional overview<br />

of <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Province<br />

By John Young<br />

Spatial planning is at the heart of plans to<br />

expand the economy of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

Development corridors, a proposed<br />

Special Economic Zone (SEZ), industrial<br />

parks and agri-parks with differentiated<br />

focus areas are among the interventions<br />

planned to stimulate the regional economy and<br />

create employment opportunities.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department of Economic<br />

Development, Environment, Conservation and<br />

Tourism (DEDECT) has committed to entering<br />

partnerships with the Automobile Industry<br />

Development Council (AIDC) and the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation (IDC) to revive industrial<br />

parks in the province and create industries that will<br />

target niche markets.<br />

The creation of district agri-parks is intended<br />

to boost primary production which in turn will<br />

increase the amount of raw material that can be<br />

processed. Companies making car seats within the<br />

province’s active automotive parts sector would<br />

be a ready market for treated hides from the huge<br />

provincial cattle herd.<br />

The province’s strategic location goes beyond<br />

the obvious benefit of its proximity to the<br />

province of Gauteng: the major roads linking<br />

trade on an east-west axis pass through the<br />

province, as does the major railway line which<br />

runs from Cape Town in the south to Zimbabwe<br />

and beyond in the north. These advantages<br />

will be enhanced by four Provincial Strategic<br />

Development Corridors, two of which are:<br />

• The Eco-Tourism Corridor, Bojanala District. This<br />

corridor extends beyond the tourism sector<br />

(which includes the Hartbeespoort Dam to<br />

Sun City, game lodges and game reserves)<br />

and will be supported by the Platinum Valley<br />

Special Economic Zone, the automotive<br />

industry in the Madibeng area and the mining<br />

opportunities that occur throughout the district.<br />

The proposed PVSEZ in the Mogwase Industrial<br />

Area will be designed to create space for<br />

enterprises which supply the mining industry.<br />

Other targeted sectors are capital equipment<br />

manufacturing, renewable energy, agro-processing<br />

and general manufacturing. Discussions are<br />

underway with the National Department of Trade,<br />

Industry and Competition (dtic) for the licensing and<br />

commissioning of the SEZ.<br />

• The N12 corridor in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District.<br />

By promoting residential and commercial activity<br />

along this route, it is intended to integrate the<br />

economies of the towns of Matlosana and Tlokwe.<br />

Private developers are thinking of regional<br />

links for their new development in Vryburg,<br />

which is at the intersection of the N14 highway<br />

(Johannesburg-Upington) and the N18 highway<br />

which connects Kimberley to Mahikeng. Twin<br />

City Development and Vuno Developments are<br />

spending R290-million on the town’s first retail<br />

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mall, which will serve as a regional attraction.<br />

Twin City Development is partnering with the<br />

Moolman Group in the construction of the new<br />

Rustenburg Mall.<br />

Spatial thinking requires infrastructure to<br />

underpin it. In <strong>2020</strong> the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department<br />

of Public Works and Roads was busy with 13 road<br />

construction projects valued at R900-million.<br />

Geography and economy<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> is bordered on the west by the<br />

Republic of Botswana and on the east by Gauteng,<br />

the engine of the South African economy.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> province makes up 6.8% of the<br />

population of South Africa (3.6-million), 8.7% of the<br />

land mass (105 076km²) and accounts for 5.8% of<br />

economic output in terms of gross value added.<br />

The Vaal River runs along the province’s<br />

south-eastern border with the Free State, and the<br />

province also shares borders with the <strong>North</strong>ern<br />

Cape to the south and Limpopo in the north.<br />

The mineral reserves in the province are<br />

enormous. Platinum group metals (PGMs)<br />

predominate but there are significant deposits<br />

of gold, uranium, diamonds, copper, vanadium,<br />

fluorspar and nickel. Stone and limestone are also<br />

found in large quantities. Mining beneficiation<br />

takes place at many places, with Rustenburg being<br />

particularly strong in this sector. The economy<br />

of the town is closely linked to the fortunes of<br />

platinum mining, with the sector contributing<br />

about 70% of the city’s gross geographic product.<br />

Automotive components firms are clustered<br />

in Brits, which in turn is close to the automotive<br />

manufacturing hub of Rosslyn (Pretoria) in<br />

Gauteng. Towns like Klerksdorp (agro-processing<br />

and engineering) and Potchefstroom (food and<br />

beverages) also have manufacturing capacity.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> is a major producer of maize<br />

and sunflower seeds and many other agricultural<br />

products. About 20% of South Africa’s maize<br />

comes from the province, as does 15% of its wheat.<br />

The dry western part of the province is home to<br />

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beef cattle, game ranching and hunting. The<br />

normally well-watered eastern and north-eastern<br />

regions carry varied crops, many of which are sold<br />

in Johannesburg and Pretoria.<br />

The agricultural sector also generates largescale<br />

storage and logistics operations, particularly<br />

in Klerksdorp, Vryburg and Brits, together with a<br />

number of agro-processing plants. Senwes is one<br />

of the biggest with extensive silo infrastructure<br />

while Suidwes has 17 retail outlets and MGK makes<br />

full-fat soy at its manufacturing plant. Lichtenburgbased<br />

NWK makes liquid fertiliser and animal feed,<br />

processes sunflower seeds and runs 37 silos and<br />

three grain mills.<br />

The province’s three Technical and Vocational<br />

Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the<br />

well-respected <strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University all have<br />

several campuses catering to a wide range of<br />

educational disciplines. The university has a strong<br />

reputation as a research institution.<br />

Major towns<br />

The capital city of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province,<br />

Mahikeng, lies on the banks of the Molopo River.<br />

Situated in the north-west sector of the province<br />

near the Botswana border, the city has a strong<br />

services sector and a population of approximately<br />

300 000.<br />

The city’s main sectors are financial services,<br />

services, transport and trade. The Garona<br />

District houses the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> parliament and<br />

government buildings. The arts are promoted by<br />

the Mmabana Cultural Centre, while the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management<br />

is one of three tertiary institutions in the city.<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University’s Graduate School of<br />

<strong>Business</strong> and Government Leadership is located<br />

in the city, and Unisa has a presence. Other<br />

institutions are the Taletso TVET College and the<br />

International School of South Africa.<br />

The town is well served by hotels such as the<br />

Mmabatho Palms, Hotel and Casino Convention<br />

Resort. White rhino and giraffe can be found at the<br />

Mahikeng Game Reserve.<br />

The city of Potchefstroom is administered by<br />

the Tlokwe Local Municipality. A large campus of<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University and its business school is<br />

located in the city, as is the Vuselela TVET College<br />

and the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture.<br />

More than 120 000 people regularly attend the<br />

annual Aardklop Festival. The city has a population<br />

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the base for Spain’s soccer team and Australia’s<br />

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and has several food and beverage manufacturers<br />

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Some of the bigger enterprises include<br />

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manufacturers, and food processors like King Food.<br />

An army base contributes to the economy, and the<br />

airfield formerly used by the military is now run by<br />

the municipality.<br />

The N12 Treasure Route passes through the<br />

city and holds potential for further<br />

development of tourist highlights<br />

such as Boskop Dam and the Mooi<br />

River on which the town is located.<br />

Rustenburg is a local<br />

municipality within the Bojanala<br />

Platinum District Municipality and<br />

the headquarters of both bodies<br />

are in the city of about 625 000<br />

residents.<br />

Rustenburg straddles the<br />

N4 “Platinum Highway” about<br />

120km west of the cities of<br />

Pretoria and Johannesburg in the<br />

Gauteng Province, the economic<br />

hub of South Africa. The N4<br />

stretches across South Africa from<br />

Mozambique in the east, to the<br />

Botswana border in the west and, as the Trans<br />

Kalahari Route, ultimately to Namibia.<br />

At the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain<br />

Range, Rustenburg is only 50km from one of the<br />

country’s premier tourist resorts, Sun City, which in<br />

turn is adjacent to the 550km² Pilanesberg National<br />

Park and Game Reserve which has a small airport.<br />

Orbit TVET College has a campus in<br />

Rustenburg, Unisa has a regional office and the<br />

Agricultural Research Institute’s Industrial Crops<br />

Division is also located in the city.<br />

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace hosted five<br />

group matches in the 2010 World Cup. Platinum<br />

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Putting <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

on the road to growth<br />

SANRAL and Rustenburg Rapid Transport are investing in infrastructure.<br />

Two major transport projects in the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> will create conditions for<br />

better mobility to and from the province<br />

and within its principal city. The South<br />

African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)<br />

opened the R512 Pampoennek road in September<br />

<strong>2020</strong> and the elements of the Rustenburg Rapid<br />

Transport scheme are coming together to promise<br />

enhanced movement around the province’s most<br />

populated urban centre.<br />

The R512 connects the towns of Brits in<br />

the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> and Randburg in Gauteng via<br />

Hartbeespoort, providing a good connection to the<br />

N4 highway. The cost of the road project through<br />

Pampoennek was R377-million and the road was<br />

opened by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.<br />

“This road gives expression to the notion that<br />

transport is the heartbeat of the South African<br />

economy, playing an integral part in the country’s<br />

economic growth. Roads are an essential part of<br />

South Africa’s transport system and are important<br />

infrastructure to enable economic activity<br />

and access to social amenities,” said Mbalula at<br />

the ceremony.<br />

Skhumbuzo Macozoma, CEO of SANRAL (left), and<br />

Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Transport, celebrate the<br />

opening of the Pampoennek Road in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

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SANRAL is currently working on other roads<br />

in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>, including the N14 and N12<br />

highways. SANRAL’s Horizon 2030 strategy aims<br />

to ensure that local communities benefit when<br />

roads are built in their areas. Construction of the<br />

Pampoennek route generated 209 permanent<br />

jobs for locals with R27.4-million spent by August<br />

<strong>2020</strong>. About 180 people were offered training and<br />

12 subcontractors were employed on the project.<br />

Moving Rustenburg<br />

Rustenburg is one of the fastest-growing cities<br />

in South Africa. With a population of more than<br />

500 000, city planners have turned their attention<br />

to improving the quality of life for commuters<br />

through an integrated and intelligent public<br />

transport system.<br />

Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) aims to<br />

manage and allocate road space more efficiently,<br />

to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and<br />

ultimately to provide a better user experience<br />

for people using public transport and for people<br />

working and walking in the inner city.<br />

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the elements<br />

of the RRT system. There are two main BRT<br />

corridors where passenger volumes are high.<br />

The corridors will have dedicated bus lanes with<br />

In June <strong>2020</strong>, the Rustenburg Local Municipality<br />

welcomed the first Yarona Bus at a session<br />

held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The RRT<br />

project will begin with a testing and training<br />

phase and the first bus will be used by the<br />

Rustenburg Rapid Transport team to train drivers,<br />

and test various infrastructure components<br />

including stations and priority traffic lights in a<br />

build-up to the main launch.<br />

The Rustenburg Rapid Transport programme<br />

forms part of the road-based component of the<br />

national Bus Rapid Transport Strategy, overseen<br />

by the National Department of Transport. Its goal<br />

is to ensure swift movement of large numbers<br />

of people between parts of a city in a quick and<br />

safer way.<br />

The local taxi industry has been working<br />

closely on the programme and affected taxi<br />

operators will create and run a bus-operating<br />

company (BOC). Several milestones have already<br />

been reached in this sphere, namely the creation<br />

of Taxi Negotiating Forum and the signing of a<br />

Memorandum of Agreement.<br />

There are further plans for public transport to<br />

become more integrated in the future. This might<br />

involve co-branding and a single fare system.<br />

On the topic of regulation, Executive Mayor Mpho<br />

walkways and stations which allow for easy access.<br />

The RRT system is designed to cater for up to<br />

75 000 commuters daily when operating at full<br />

capacity. Construction of the RRT project’s road<br />

network has begun and various other projects have<br />

been undertaken related to the project, including<br />

traffic lane upgrades and the installation of<br />

dedicated traffic lights and signals. Cycle lanes and<br />

walkways for cyclists and pedestrians have been<br />

constructed to complement the RRT system.<br />

Khunou says that a “fully-fledged transport entity”<br />

is being discussed for the future. “As things stand,<br />

the only people who will participate in this new<br />

system are going to be those who are affected,”<br />

says Khunou.<br />

“The idea moving forward is to involve other<br />

parts of the industry, then you can then regulate<br />

all forms of transport in the city. That is something<br />

we are looking in to that will happen a bit further<br />

into the future.” ■<br />

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Rustenburg Rapid<br />

Transport explained<br />

The Yarona Bus service will improve connectivity and access.<br />

The Rustenburg Local Municipality is getting<br />

closer to its vision of turning Rustenburg<br />

into a “world-class city”. With the Rustenburg<br />

Rapid Transport project, the city has<br />

invested heavily in public transport infrastructure,<br />

resulting in job creation and small business development.<br />

The project will improve efficiency in public<br />

transport by introducing the Yarona Bus, an Integrated<br />

Public Transport System that will soon ferry<br />

commuters from their places of work or homes to<br />

their destinations.<br />

The launch of Yarona Bus service will commence<br />

with a mixed fleet of 10 standard buses and up<br />

to 200 minibus taxis with the entire mixed fleet<br />

managed by the bus operating company (BOC)<br />

formed by the affected minibus taxi and bus<br />

operators. RRT is engaging these affected minibus<br />

taxis and bus operators thoroughly and they are<br />

expected to enter into various agreements with<br />

the municipality to implement an integrated public<br />

transport system in the City of Rustenburg. Over the<br />

next three years, the services are expected to be<br />

increased to cover more areas and commuters, with<br />

Contact details<br />

Theron Rapoo<br />

Tel: +27 14 590 37<strong>21</strong><br />

Email: trapoo@rustenburg.gov.za<br />

more buses to be purchased to replace and in some<br />

areas, to integrate with the minibus taxis on some of<br />

the routes.<br />

Rustenburg aims to be one of the cities to<br />

integrate the minibus taxi system with buses, which<br />

will operate under the company management.<br />

Affected drivers from the minibus taxi industry will<br />

also be afforded an opportunity to be trained to<br />

drive buses should they qualify and be employed<br />

by the company. Other affected employees of<br />

the minibus taxi industry will be trained for other<br />

employment opportunities within the company, as<br />

will all residents of the area, who will be given the<br />

opportunity to apply for any career.<br />

The Rustenburg Local Municipality has been<br />

working closely with the local and affected taxi<br />

industry, who are supportive and have become<br />

a part of the transformative agenda of the RRT<br />

project. Some of the key milestones achieved with<br />

the local taxi industry include the establishment<br />

of the Taxi Negotiating Forum, the conclusion<br />

of a Memorandum of Agreement, and the<br />

establishment of the BOC which affected taxi<br />

operators will transition into.<br />

The municipality plans to roll out 10 buses for<br />

Phase 1A of the system before the end of <strong>2020</strong><br />

with a further 30 buses planned in the following<br />

24 months. In total, 45 buses and 150 taxis will<br />

form the first phase of the system. The municipality<br />

is further undertaking construction of 18 stations<br />

on two trunk roads and in the central business<br />

district (CBD).<br />

Once complete, the Yarona<br />

Bus service is envisaged to<br />

do up to 100 000 passenger<br />

trips daily on two corridors,<br />

with 18 stations, 450 bus stops,<br />

one depot and one operations<br />

control centre to manage<br />

the services. ■<br />

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FOCUS<br />

A world-class public<br />

transport network<br />

Frequently asked questions answered.<br />

What is the IRPTN?<br />

Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network refers to<br />

the integration of the various modes of transport<br />

which seeks to provide a safer, reliable, accessible,<br />

affordable, transport system that gives priority to<br />

public over private transport. The plan is to provide<br />

integration of public transport with the emphasis<br />

being on the delivery of a Rapid Transit (RT) system.<br />

This includes the integration of the system with<br />

other services, including local and long-distance<br />

bus services, feeder vehicles, taxis, pedestrian<br />

passageways, bicycles and private cars.<br />

owners of private vehicles and in doing so, ease<br />

congestion, reduce the impact on the environment<br />

and support the development of a sustainable city;<br />

to achieve this objective by placing 85% of the<br />

municipality’s population within 500m of an IRPTN<br />

road, or feeder corridor; to improve and integrate<br />

the municipality’s urban transport system and<br />

attract more investment and tourism and ultimately<br />

stimulate the economy and job creation.<br />

Which areas will be covered?<br />

• Phase 1A: <strong>North</strong>-western areas of the CBD<br />

including Tlhabane, Tlhabane <strong>West</strong>, Rustenburg<br />

<strong>North</strong> and Geelhout Park.<br />

• Phase 1B: Meriting, Freedom Park, Sunrise Park,<br />

Ramochana and Boitekong Extensions 4 and 7.<br />

• Phase 1C: Protea Park, Cashan and part of<br />

Rustenburg CBD.<br />

• Phase 2: Kanana. This will have six feeder routes.<br />

What is RRT?<br />

Rustenburg Rapid Transit is the municipality’s<br />

IRPTN project management office responsible for<br />

planning, managing and implementing services for<br />

a high-quality public transport system that runs on<br />

an exclusive dedicated lane with coordinated and<br />

prioritised signalling. The people of Rustenburg,<br />

the municipality and the RRT department have<br />

named the bus service Yarona Bus.<br />

Why is the Yarona Bus being introduced<br />

in Rustenburg?<br />

To transform existing public transport<br />

conditions by providing a high-quality,<br />

cost-effective, car-competitive public<br />

transport system that will serve the<br />

mobility needs of all segments of the<br />

municipality’s population, even current<br />

What kind of jobs will be created?<br />

General labourers, drivers and operators, artisans<br />

and technical skilled persons, supervisors, managers,<br />

cleaners, security, cashiers, retailers, mechanics, etc.<br />

Will people living with disabilities<br />

be able to commute on the<br />

Yarona system?<br />

The Yarona system is designed to<br />

accommodate people with special<br />

needs. Buses will be designed to<br />

ensure easy boarding and descending<br />

for people with special needs. ■


Mpho Khunou, Executive Mayor,<br />

Rustenburg Local Municipality<br />

An efficient transport<br />

system will help<br />

Rustenburg achieve<br />

its vision<br />

Rustenburg’s Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou explains<br />

how the Rustenburg Rapid Transport system will ease<br />

congestion, improve commuters’ experiences and<br />

revitalise the city’s central business district.<br />

How does the Rustenburg Rapid Transport scheme fit into<br />

the city’s broader planning?<br />

We are very pleased to have been chosen to participate in this national<br />

programme of 13 municipalities countrywide. It is a programme<br />

initiated by the National Department of Transport to tackle transport<br />

challenges in major cities. The plan fits in well with our long-term vision<br />

of becoming a world-class city. In order achieve this, the City must have<br />

an efficient transport system which is universally accessible, reliable<br />

and provides a linkage with other modes of transport. With this new<br />

transport network, we aim to facilitate a more efficient economy.<br />

Biography<br />

Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou<br />

grew up in Rustenburg where<br />

his father was a mineworker<br />

and attended school in<br />

Mahikeng. Active in ANC<br />

Youth League politics from the<br />

early 1990s, Mayor Khunou<br />

served as a Rustenburg city<br />

councillor between 1995 and<br />

2000, during which time he<br />

was Chief Whip. After a period<br />

as an entrepreneur, he worked<br />

in various capacities within<br />

the municipality’s executive<br />

management. Elected to his<br />

current position in 2011, he was<br />

re-elected in 2016.<br />

How will the dedicated bus lanes help to improve the<br />

commuter experience?<br />

Feeder routes and walkways will link commuters with major trunk roads<br />

which have dedicated bus lanes to ensure a faster service and promote<br />

easier access to various parts of the City, which is currently a major<br />

challenge to residents. Furthermore, the trunk routes have stations which<br />

have incorporated green building principles such as natural light. Phase<br />

1 to 4 of the integrated public transport network is envisaged to place up<br />

to 60% of the City’s residents within 500 metres of a service.<br />

Will conditions for pedestrians and cyclists improve?<br />

The City constructed infrastructure for non-motorised transport<br />

(NMT) which is already being used in some parts of the city. On the<br />

R510 and R104 roads there is dedicated infrastructure for cyclists and<br />

pedestrians which a lot of people are using to cycle into the city, as<br />

well as on the feeder routes. We will focus on signage and safety once<br />

the system comes into operation and this will ensure that transport<br />

service will be attractive to private motor users.<br />

What are the key achievements you want the RRT to reach?<br />

The RRT is designed to reduce congestion by having fewer taxis on<br />

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the road. The infrastructure built in the Central<br />

<strong>Business</strong> District (CBD) has already done a lot in<br />

improving access and the quality of mixed traffic<br />

lanes. The entire functionality of the CBD will be<br />

improved, and we envisage the CBD to be more<br />

liveable and friendlier for the business community<br />

and residents. The project fits in with the objective<br />

of the municipality to rejuvenate the CBD and will<br />

assist to create spatial integration and thus bring<br />

more opportunities.<br />

What is the budget of the RRT?<br />

The project is funded through a grant from the<br />

National Department of Transport. Since inception<br />

of the project in 2012, about R3.1-billion has been<br />

spent. There is about R200-million in the current<br />

budget to complete the stations, increase the<br />

bus fleet, start with the bus depot and deal with<br />

the issues concerning transition of the current<br />

informal taxi industry. The Municipality will be<br />

implementing the system in phases – the first<br />

phase will come into operation in January 20<strong>21</strong>. We<br />

estimate that the system will be fully operational<br />

in about five years. When it is fully operational,<br />

we expect to be able to transport about 60% of<br />

commuters. In October busses will be delivered,<br />

testing will take place and the training of drivers<br />

will start. Final touches for an interim depot will be<br />

done and the stages that follow will depend on<br />

allocations from national government.<br />

How many jobs has the RRT created?<br />

The project has created about 1 200 jobs and<br />

about 105 SMMEs have been involved. As we<br />

implement more infrastructure projects including<br />

the main depot, feeder roads and the completion<br />

of stations, there will be more jobs created<br />

and more opportunities for local SMMEs. Our<br />

projection is that there will be opportunities for 50<br />

to 60 more SMMEs to be involved and overall, a<br />

total of 2 300 jobs will be created by RRT.<br />

How important is the integration of public<br />

transport?<br />

You can’t talk about an economic revival of an<br />

economy that functions optimally without an<br />

efficient public transport system. You have to be<br />

able to move people in and out of the CBD in<br />

an efficient manner. What is exciting about this<br />

project is that it will also go a long way towards<br />

promoting spatial transformation so that the CBD<br />

becomes lot more vibrant and liveable.<br />

How will Yarona’s operations be managed?<br />

In terms of the national Public Transport Act, this<br />

is an empowerment scheme for existing public<br />

transporter operators. We have to conclude an<br />

agreement with existing public transport operators<br />

who have formed an entity called the Taxi<br />

Negotiating Forum. They are envisaged to run the<br />

system through a bus operating company (BOC) for<br />

a maximum of 12 years.<br />

We have been in discussion<br />

since 2011. We are at a<br />

critical stage now in terms<br />

of our interaction with them<br />

and are discussing the<br />

participation agreement<br />

and how we subsidise<br />

them. Those involved are<br />

the existing public transport<br />

operators who are trading<br />

along the routes such as<br />

Swartruggens, the R510<br />

and all of the feeder roads.<br />

In other words, only those<br />

affected by the new system,<br />

or those who will be<br />

incorporated. ■<br />

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Nedbank’s Provincial Manager of Retail Relationship Banking for<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province, Pieter Naudé, says that small businesses are<br />

the mainstay of the economy and Nedbank provides small-business<br />

owners with support that goes beyond banking.<br />

‘<br />

‘<br />

Nedbank offers simple,<br />

affordable banking solutions<br />

and value-added services<br />

to get and keep your<br />

business going …<br />

Covid-19 has dealt entrepreneurs a<br />

major blow and, naturally, they are<br />

overwhelmed and anxious about the<br />

future of their businesses. Nedbank is proud<br />

to be involved in various ways to help<br />

mitigate the economic impact of the crisis<br />

on this vital sector. For example,<br />

Backa<strong>Business</strong> is an innovative and relevant<br />

way in which people can show their support<br />

for small businesses to ensure their survival.<br />

Loyal customers, family and friends, and<br />

society at large can join the movement to<br />

pay now and redeem a reward from the<br />

business owner once trading resumes.’<br />

‘Beyond this Covid-19 relief, our experts are<br />

available to provide all the support you<br />

need. Nedbank offers simple, affordable<br />

banking solutions and value-added services<br />

to get and keep your business going,’ says<br />

Naudé.<br />

Initiatives such as the free-to-join<br />

networking portal, SimplyBiz.co.za, The<br />

Essential Guide for Small-business Owners,<br />

business registration services and free<br />

small-business seminars are all geared to<br />

support small and medium-sized<br />

enterprises.<br />

’<br />

Naudé adds that Nedbank’s Professional<br />

Banking solution is built on five pillars. ‘We<br />

provide our professional clients with banking<br />

at their fingertips, benefits that matter,<br />

expert savings and investment advice and a<br />

unique household banking approach, which<br />

allows them and their families to finance<br />

their dreams and growth.’<br />

‘With dedicated relationship bankers,<br />

tailored financing options and 24/7 service,<br />

the banking experience we offer is<br />

seamless, enables our clients’ financial<br />

aspirations and is flexible to grow as your<br />

needs grow,’ says Naudé.<br />

Ifyouwanttotap into our small-business<br />

expertise to reach your business goals,<br />

please email Pieter Naudé at<br />

PieterN@Nedbank.co.za or visit<br />



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Johann Swanepoel, Provincial Manager for <strong>Business</strong> Banking in the<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> Province, says Nedbank <strong>Business</strong> Banking’s business<br />

managers are specialists in the commercial, agriculture, professional,<br />

wholesale and retail industries and services, as well as the public sector.<br />

‘<br />

At Nedbank <strong>Business</strong> Banking we<br />

believe that you need a flexible,<br />

…<br />

resilient financial partner who not<br />

only understands your circumstances and<br />

aspirations, but also provides you with<br />

relevant solutions and a banking experience<br />

that is hassle-free, allowing you to<br />

concentrate on what’s most important to you<br />

– running your business,’ says Swanepoel.<br />

Our bigger-picture banking approach<br />

enables us not only to provide you with the<br />

banking solutions you need, but also to give<br />

you a holistic view of how our products are<br />

connected to create a framework that<br />

yields maximum impact across every facet<br />

of your business and beyond. We know that<br />

success in business is about partnerships,<br />

and that is why we put the building of deep,<br />

lasting, value-adding relationships at the<br />

centre of everything we do. This means your<br />

goals are our goals, your vision is our vision,<br />

and your success is our success – while you<br />

rely on our additional support that is most<br />

needed in times of change and uncertainty.<br />

In the agricultural sector particularly,<br />

Nedbank understands that if the various<br />

challenges it faces are not addressed, it will<br />

threaten economic growth, food security,<br />

‘<br />

Nedbank has developed innovative<br />

funding solutions designed to support<br />

farmers with sustainable farming<br />

interventions …<br />

’<br />

employment and investment. ‘By using our<br />

financial expertise to do good, we partner<br />

with our agricultural clients to contribute to<br />

a growing, competitive, transformed and<br />

climate-resilient agricultural sector.’<br />

To this end Nedbank has developed<br />

innovative funding solutions designed to<br />

support farmers with sustainable farming<br />

interventions, ranging from water efficiency<br />

mechanisms and cutting-edge irrigation to<br />

renewable-energy financing. Swanepoel<br />

says that Nedbank’s leadership position in<br />

renewable-energy finance is helping many<br />

farmers and agribusinesses to benefit from<br />

cleaner, more reliable and affordable power<br />

generation than the national grid can provide.<br />

If you are interested in taking your<br />

business to the next level, please email<br />

Johann Swanepoel at<br />

JohannEu@nedbank.co.za or visit<br />



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At the heart of Nedbank’s business<br />

strategy is its belief that its<br />

sustainability depends on its ability to<br />

integrate into the communities in which it<br />

operates..<br />

Daniel Makinita, Regional Manager for Retail<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Banking in the <strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong><br />

Province explains: ‘Nedbank has continued<br />

to deliver on its brand promise, which is to<br />

use our financial expertise to do good for<br />

individuals, families, businesses and<br />

communities in which we operate. Our<br />

client-centred strategy has enabled us to<br />

reach out to our clients in time of need<br />

during the Covid-19 national lockdown.’<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 />

Makinita 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 />

‘<br />

Our client-centred<br />

strategy has enabled us<br />

to reach out to our clients<br />

in time of need during<br />

the Covid-19 national<br />

lockdown.<br />

’<br />

experts across the bank to deliver seamless<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 />

strives to grow their business.’<br />

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

to its next level or need information about<br />

Nedbank’s specialised service offering,<br />

please email Daniel Makinita at<br />

DanielMak@Nedbank.co.za or visit<br />



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‘<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 the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Province, says that given the strategic<br />

importance of the public sector to the<br />

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

has a dedicated public sector team to<br />

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 />

But the bank's role goes beyond providing<br />

banking solutions to these vital entities. As<br />

money experts who do good, Nedbank<br />

strives to empower the people behind the<br />

public sector by saving them time, money<br />

and helping them to manage their money<br />

better.<br />

'We help them save time by providing onsite<br />

help from our dedicated teams and through<br />

‘<br />

Nedbank strives to<br />

empower the people behind<br />

the public sector by saving<br />

them time, money and<br />

helping them to manage<br />

their money better.<br />

’<br />

our market-leading Nedbank Money app<br />

and other digital solutions. We also help<br />

them save money through our preferential<br />

banking solutions and our award-winning<br />

Financial Fitness and Consumer Education<br />

Programme. The programme helps them<br />

manage their money better by providing<br />

budgeting and money management<br />

training, equipping their staff members to<br />

deal with everyday money management<br />

challenges better,' 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.<br />

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

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


The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway is a privatelyrun<br />

amenity that is located north of the town of<br />

Hartbeespoort, offering views of the Magliesberg<br />

mountain range and the Hartbeespoort Dam.<br />

Erected in 1973, the 1.2km cableway was<br />

upgraded in 2010. The venue has won awards<br />

for its conference facilities. Hiking, paragliding<br />

and other adventure sports take place nearby.<br />

Image: SA Tourism<br />

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Overviews of the main economic sectors<br />

of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Mining 22<br />

Agriculture 28<br />

Water 30<br />

Manufacturing 31<br />

Tourism 32<br />

Education and training 34<br />

Banking and financial services 36<br />

Development finance<br />

and SMME support 37<br />

Energy 38


Mining<br />

Vanadium is finding new value in batteries.<br />

Pilanesberg Platinum Mines created Community Crusher as a<br />

non-profit enterprise but with 14 employees and a steady set<br />

of orders for building projects run by the company, the small<br />

business is showing the potential to become a bigger business.<br />

Many mines run similar programmes, sourcing goods and<br />

services from local community-based companies and sometimes<br />

providing mentoring and advice on how to improve as businesses.<br />

Impala Platinum (Implats) has a programme of procurement in which<br />

it supports local business and black-owned businesses through<br />

enterprise and supplier development programmes.<br />

Pilanesberg Platinum Mines has been active 80km north-west of<br />

Rustenburg for just over ten years. Mining operations are conducted by<br />

contractors while PPM manages the concentrator (screen, crush, mill,<br />

float, thicken and dry). The operation has annually achieved an average<br />

of about 150 000 ounces of platinum group metal (PGM) concentrate.<br />

The Provincial Government of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> is in talks with several<br />

mining companies in the Matlosana Local Municipality area (which<br />

includes Klerksdorp and Orkney) as some mines are being closed<br />

down. One of the initiatives to extract more value from mining is the<br />

proposed Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone. Creating a base<br />

for companies to supply the mining industry is one of the key drivers<br />

behind the scheme.<br />

The SEZ is intended for Mogwase in the Bojanala District, north of<br />

Rustenburg and east of Sun City. When fully developed, 200ha of land<br />

will be taken up by three infrastructure facilities comprising Logistics,<br />

Light Manufacturing and Heavy Manufacturing.<br />

The Seda Platinum Incubator (SPI) is an initiative of the<br />

Platinum Trust of South Africa and is funded by the Small Enterprise<br />

Development Agency (Seda) through its Seda Technology Programme<br />

(Stp) with the support of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Provincial Government and<br />

private companies.<br />

Mining news<br />

Several mining companies are investigating energy – both in order to<br />

power their own operations because of the risk of the national utility<br />

failing to supply electricity, and to find new uses for platinum.<br />

Image: Bushveld Minerals<br />

Sector Insight<br />

A CSI project is turning<br />

into a viable business.<br />

Bushveld Minerals has<br />

two arms; Bushveld Vanadium<br />

and Bushveld Energy which is<br />

working on Vanadium Redox<br />

Flow Batteries (VRFB). Energy<br />

storage is the focus of much<br />

research across the globe and<br />

Bushveld Energy intends its solar<br />

installation at its Vametco mine,<br />

supported by VRFB, to answer<br />

many questions. Bushveld<br />

Vanadium is one of three<br />

vanadium producers in the world.<br />

Sibanye-Stillwater has<br />

renamed the mining operation<br />

it bought from Lonmin in 2019,<br />

Marikana. The sale was completed<br />

in June 2019. This is Sibanye-<br />

Stillwater’s second major<br />

purchase of platinum assets in<br />

the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>, after buying<br />

Anglo American’s Rustenburg<br />

Platinum Mines Limited.<br />

Between the fourth quarter<br />

of 2018 and the fourth quarter<br />

of 2019 the global price of<br />

platinum slumped, but a later<br />

surge in the price of other<br />

PGMs such as palladium and<br />

rhodium offset this downturn.<br />

The fact that the mining<br />

industry continued to operate<br />

through most of the lockdown<br />

that accompanied the Covid-19<br />

outbreak helped to bring some<br />

stability back to the sector.<br />

In early <strong>2020</strong> rhodium rose<br />

to its highest price since 2008,<br />

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Selected as one of the “Top 100 Global Inspirational<br />

Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK in 2018,<br />

Thabile Makgala was recently appointed to the position<br />

of Chairperson of Women in Mining South<br />

Africa (WiMSA). Thabile holds the position of Executive:<br />

Mining at Impala Platinum but getting to the<br />

top was no easy journey. Thabile recalls “numerous<br />

obstacles while navigating my mining career path”.<br />

Her qualifications include a Master’s degree<br />

in <strong>Business</strong> Administration from the University of<br />

Stellenbosch <strong>Business</strong> School and a Bachelor of<br />

Science degree in Mining Engineering (Cum laude),<br />

from the University of the Witwatersrand. But as the<br />

first female mining engineer graduate at Goldfields<br />

Kloof and Driefontein division (now Sibanye Gold),<br />

it soon became clear that, as she recalls, “the industry<br />

had not adequately prepared itself to accept<br />

women in mining”.<br />

“The response to women’s needs (infrastructure,<br />

personal protective clothing<br />

and policies) was slow and very little was<br />

in place to address women’s issues.”<br />

Her extensive experience has given<br />

Thabile insight into what is needed.<br />

“Women and men should hold equal<br />

representation in the workplace,” she<br />

says, “and mining companies should prioritise and<br />

advocate for diversity, inclusion, parity and for<br />

greater recognition of female leadership within<br />

their organisations.”<br />

Thabile is encouraged by progress made by<br />

women in mining but wants to see “more deliberate<br />

and proactive action”. Her hope is that in 10 years, “the<br />

fundamental elements such as empowering, caring,<br />

showing respect, connecting and growing our female<br />

talent, would have been achieved”.<br />

$8 200/oz, and palladium achieved<br />

a new record high of nearly<br />

$2 150/oz. Some mining companies<br />

discovered that several<br />

of the other minerals that are<br />

present in their mines (gold,<br />

copper and nickel) were surging<br />

in price, causing them to investigate<br />

ramping up operations.<br />

Some companies chose to<br />

sell assets while others have<br />

undergone major restructuring.<br />

Impala Platinum will spend R2.7-<br />

billion over two years to scale<br />

down production from 11 shafts<br />

to six lower-cost, profitable,<br />

shafts. In FY2018 Impala<br />

produced 580 800 ounces<br />

of refined platinum. Impala<br />

Refinery Services (IRS) smelts and<br />

refines concentrate and matte<br />

and recycles auto catalysts.<br />

The mining sector still makes<br />

a big contribution to provincial<br />

GDP although that percentage<br />

is now below 30%. About 18%<br />

of total employment in the<br />

province is in mining.<br />

Mineral resources<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province is aligned with the <strong>West</strong>ern Limb of the<br />

Bushveld Igneous Complex, a remarkably rich minerals formation. Mines<br />

in the province produce 50% of the platinum produced in the world, and<br />

65% of South Africa’s PGMs. Chromite is the other major mineral mined<br />

throughout the province, and there are several ferrochrome smelters and<br />

other processing plants. South Africa produces about 70% of the world’s<br />

chrome. Gold and uranium are found along the border of the province<br />

with Gauteng and the Free State (in Klerksdorp and Orkney). Diamonds<br />

are mined at Christiana, Bloemhof and Lichtenburg. Other minerals<br />

include fluorspar, vanadium, rhodium, uranium, copper, limestone, slate,<br />

phosphate, manganese, coal and nickel. Limestone quarries run by G&W<br />

Base and Industrial Minerals in the Marico District are located next to a<br />

PPC cement factory.<br />

One of the last economically viable limestone deposits in South<br />

Africa is mined and processed by Sephaku Cement. Sephaku runs a<br />

6 000-ton-per-day clinker plant near Lichtenburg. AfriSam, PPC and<br />

Lafarge are active in the Mahikeng/Lichtenburg area, but Sephaku<br />

is confident that its clinker and cement-production facilities will be<br />

supported by raw materials for at least 30 years. AfriSam has taken<br />

measures to reduce carbon emissions at its Dudfield cement plant. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Geological Society of South Africa: www.gssa.org.za<br />

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

National Department of Mineral Resources: www.dmr.gov.za<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Delivering opportunities<br />

in local communities<br />

Implats spent R1.6-billion supporting local businesses in 2019.<br />

Implats’ enterprise and supplier development activities<br />

focus on supporting local and black businesses and are<br />

designed to contribute to socio-economic development<br />

in neighbouring communities, build a more robust and<br />

competitive supply chain for the Implats Group, and ensure<br />

compliance with regulatory expectations.<br />

Enhancing procurement opportunities is important to<br />

create sustainable communities, improve community relations<br />

and advance the economic development of these areas.<br />

Implats’ preferential procurement practices and<br />

enterprise and supplier development activities make a<br />

tangible difference to the lives and families of emerging black<br />

entrepreneurs and stimulate economic development in our<br />

host communities.<br />

In 2019, Implats’ South African operations made good<br />

progress on increasing levels of localised and preferential<br />

procurement. Local-to-site procurement increased to 23% of<br />

total spend, amounting to R1.6-billion. Implats strives, as far as<br />

possible, to source all goods and services within South Africa,<br />

with an emphasis on local businesses.<br />

Since 2013, Implats has provided support to 41 local<br />

black-owned businesses through two principal initiatives<br />

– Aurik and Raizcorp – and helped grow its monthly spend<br />

with 28 of these businesses by more than 60%. Supporting local and<br />

black-owned businesses through preferential procurement is an<br />

important part of promoting transformation and Implats undertakes<br />

the following activities to develop entrepreneurial skills:<br />

• Seeking, identifying, supporting and promoting appropriate<br />

historically disadvantaged suppliers through sustainable<br />

procurement practices.<br />

• Leveraging the existing supplier base to unlock local employment<br />

opportunities, mentorship and investment in the greater value chain.<br />

• Nurturing an environment for partnerships and joint ventures<br />

between the existing supplier base and local entrepreneurs.<br />

• Striving to improve year-on-year BEE spend relative to the<br />

requirements of the Mining Charter and reporting in parallel on<br />

B-BBEE performance as per the Department of Trade, Industry and<br />

Competition’s Codes of Good Practice.<br />

In <strong>2020</strong> Implats aims to increase the scale of working partnerships<br />

between the South African government and large and small suppliers.<br />

Further, our investment in<br />

the accommodation and living<br />

conditions of employees is one<br />

pillar of Implats’ contribution<br />

to the wellbeing of its<br />

host communities. Our social<br />

investment strategy complements<br />

this by providing schools,<br />

clinics and other amenities.<br />

Social programmes and<br />

investments are identified in<br />

collaboration with stakeholders<br />

in the areas in which we operate<br />

and seek to address identified<br />

community needs by focusing on<br />

infrastructure, health, education,<br />

community employment and<br />

empowerment initiatives. ■<br />

NORTH WEST BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />



By Empowering our People.<br />

People are the foundation on which exceptional<br />

performance is built and Implats are committed<br />

to developing and empowering these people.<br />

Investment<br />

and<br />

development<br />

of clinics<br />

Promote<br />

access to<br />

affordable and<br />

effective<br />

healthcare<br />

FOCUS<br />


HIV/Aids<br />

counselling, testing<br />

and wellness<br />

programme<br />


R60<br />

million<br />

spent on adult<br />

literacy programmes<br />

in the last 5 years<br />

Apprenticeships<br />

and learnership<br />

programmes &<br />

investment in the<br />

development of<br />

schools<br />

Recognised<br />

leaders in the<br />

mining industry in<br />

improving living<br />

conditions<br />

Joint ventures<br />

with local<br />

entrepreneurs<br />


R9.2<br />

billion<br />

discretionary<br />

procurement spend<br />

in 2019<br />

Local SMMEs<br />

and black-owned<br />

businesses supported<br />

by development<br />

and advisory<br />

programmes<br />


We are committed<br />

to ensuring our<br />

people contribute<br />

to and benefit from<br />

our success<br />

Over<br />

R4 billion<br />

invested in<br />

improving housing<br />

since 2007<br />

R465<br />

million<br />

invested in skills<br />

development in<br />

2019<br />

R33 million<br />

spent in the last<br />

3 years improving<br />

learning environments<br />

through school support<br />

programme<br />


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Coole Adv 18362

Committed to socio-economic<br />

development in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to contributing towards the socio-economic<br />

development of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province.<br />

Above (left to right): Dr Zweli Mkhize (Minister of Health), Gwede Mantashe (Minister of Mineral Resources<br />

and Energy) and Job Mokgoro (<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Premier) receiving the donation of PPE for frontline health workers.<br />

Sibanye-Stillwater is a leading international<br />

precious metal mining company, with a<br />

diverse portfolio of platinum group metal<br />

(PGM) and gold operations and projects.<br />

It is the world’s largest primary producer of platinum<br />

and rhodium, the second- largest primary producer<br />

of palladium and the third-largest producer of gold<br />

(on a gold-equivalent basis). Sibanye-Stillwater is also<br />

the leading global recycler and processor of spent<br />

PGM catalytic converter materials.<br />

With its Rustenburg and Marikana mining operations<br />

in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> providing employment<br />

to 44 000 workers in the region, Sibanye-Stillwater<br />

is a significant contributor to the socio-economic<br />

development of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province.<br />

In addition to taxes, royalties and wages, the<br />

company contributes to the development of small<br />

and medium enterprises through its inclusive<br />

procurement and enterprise development programme.<br />

It also contributes to micro enterprises<br />

Boikagong Primary School in Paardekraal<br />

Piggery in Boitekong

Above: Deputy Minister of Health Joe Phaahla and MEC of Health of <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>, Madoda Sambatha, receiving<br />

the completed Forensic Pathology Mortuary delivered by Sibanye-Stillwater.<br />

and social infrastructure through the delivery of<br />

social and labour plans; projects based on the<br />

municipal integrated development plans and<br />

community needs.<br />

Above: Delivery of sanitisers to Job Shimankana<br />

Tabane Hospital CEO Mr A Mvula (centre) in Rustenburg<br />

as part of the 100 000 litres of sanitisers donated<br />

to help in the fight against COVID-19.<br />

May, adopting a gradual, phased return to work<br />

programme to protect the health and safety of its<br />

employees as much as possible.<br />

Notwithstanding the operational and financial<br />

challenges posed by Covid-19, the Group<br />

has continued to provide support to employees,<br />

the government and the communities to cushion<br />

the impact of Covid-19.<br />

The Group has invested R50-million in various<br />

initiatives in our doorstep communities and the<br />

Eastern Cape to assist communities and government<br />

to deal with the impact of Covid-19 in the areas of<br />

health, social relief, education and SMME support.<br />

Supporting stakeholders is a natural step given that<br />

the company already contributes, in addition to the<br />

investment towards Covid-19, over R290-million to<br />

socio-economic development in line with our vision<br />

of creating superior value for all stakeholders. ■<br />

For additional information, please refer to<br />

www.sibanyestillwater.com<br />

The Group was, like all industries in South Africa,<br />

severely impacted by Covid-19. Its operations were<br />

halted during the last week of March <strong>2020</strong> and limited<br />

underground production only resumed from<br />

May <strong>2020</strong>. The Group has focused its efforts on the<br />

safe ramp-up of production from its operations since


Agriculture<br />

New abattoirs will benefit farmers.<br />

As part of a drive to help more farmers get connected to the<br />

more profitable end of the value chain, a beef beneficiation<br />

project is under consideration. To be located in the Dr Ruth<br />

Segomotsi Mompati District, a feasibility study is investigating<br />

whether a public-private partnership for constructing abattoirs and<br />

other relevant infrastructure would work.<br />

Another initiative to assist emerging farmers is taking place in<br />

the wildlife sector. Although the sector is no longer delivering the<br />

spectacular returns of just a few years ago, it is still a potentially very<br />

profitable enterprise. To that end, the Provincial Government of the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> is to take excess game from its provincial nature reserves<br />

and make them available to emerging farmers. The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Parks<br />

Board will oversee the process and the first donations will be in the<br />

order of 600 game animals.<br />

Four district agri-parks are intended to establish sustainable agroprocessing,<br />

promote food security and bring black businesses into the<br />

mainstream economy. Each of the agri-parks has a specific focus:<br />

• Springbokpan: grain (Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality).<br />

• Vryburg: livestock, red meat (Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District<br />

Municipality).<br />

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

Municipality).<br />

• Maquassi Hills: pork and poultry (Dr Kenneth Kaunda District<br />

Municipality).<br />

Various agro-processing plants are under consideration for the<br />

city of Mahikeng: a feedlot and a meat-processing plant, including an<br />

abattoir and packaging facilities. In Taung the plan is to establish an<br />

animal feed-manufacturing plant. A 10ha vineyard in Ventersdorp is<br />

to be expanded to 40ha and a black-owned logistics co-operative has<br />

been signed to distribute products from the farm.<br />

Kalahari Red goats. Credit: SA Boerbok<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Emerging game farmers are<br />

to be given a headstart.<br />

The Kgora Agricultural<br />

Institute in Ramatlabama, about<br />

25km north of Mahikeng, trains<br />

small-scale farmers in raising<br />

animals and crop farming and<br />

works with young people.<br />

Regional variety<br />

The dry western region of the<br />

province is home to large beefcattle<br />

herds, and this is where<br />

the growing game-ranching and<br />

hunting industry has its base. The<br />

eastern and north-eastern parts<br />

of the province receive relatively<br />

good rainfall and are suitable for<br />

the cultivation of crops.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> has<br />

approximately 1.6-million beef<br />

cattle, representing 12% of<br />

South Africa’s herd. Major breeds<br />

include Simmental, Brahman,<br />

Bonsmara and Simbra (pictured),<br />

a cross between the Brahman<br />

and Simmental breeds. Kalahari<br />

Red and Boerbok goats are<br />

found in large numbers in the<br />

dry west. The number of goats<br />

for the province is estimated at<br />

701 587 which is 12% of South<br />

Africa’s total. There are estimated<br />

to be 318 843 pigs, which is 20%<br />

of South Africa’s total drove.<br />

Nearly two-million hectares<br />

is planted with summer cereals,<br />

with about 50 000 hectares given<br />

over to winter cereals. The <strong>North</strong><br />

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Credit: Simbra SA<br />

<strong>West</strong> produces about 20% of<br />

South Africa’s maize and about<br />

15% of its wheat. The central and<br />

southern sections of the province<br />

are dominated by maize and<br />

wheat farming. When it comes<br />

to sunflower seed, <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

is responsible for 33% of South<br />

Africa’s stock, and 23% of the<br />

nation’s groundnuts. The <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> supplies 5.4% of South<br />

Africa’s potatoes, but parts of the<br />

Kalahari are ideally suited to the<br />

cultivation of seed potatoes.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> is sometimes<br />

called “The Texas of South Africa”<br />

for its superb cattle herds, but<br />

it also produces good crops of<br />

onions and other vegetables.<br />

Proximity to the large urban<br />

concentrations of Pretoria and<br />

Johannesburg are advantages<br />

for the horticulture subsector.<br />

Companies<br />

When South Africa’s first<br />

alternative stock exchange in<br />

South Africa started trading in<br />

February 2017, the first listing<br />

was agricultural company<br />

Senwes and its holding<br />

company. Senwes has a strong grain division and it controls 68 silos.<br />

Its headquarters are in Klerksdorp and in 2019 it increased its stake<br />

in KLK so that it now controls 57.44% of the company most strongly<br />

associated with the <strong>North</strong>ern Cape.<br />

Suidwes is based south of Klerksdorp in Leeudoringstad. More than<br />

90% of the shares in the company are held by farmers. Grain handling<br />

is the main business and there are divisions for retail (17 outlets and<br />

one animal-feed depot), mechanisation, finance and research and<br />

agricultural economics (Terratek).<br />

Brits is the location of the headquarters of the MGK Group.<br />

The company runs five divisions and a plant that makes full-fat<br />

soy, a component in animal feed. NWK is another company with<br />

manufacturing capacity. The Lichtenburg-based enterprise makes<br />

liquid fertiliser (up to 10 tons per month), animal feed (Opti Feeds),<br />

processes sunflower seeds (Epko), and runs three grain mills. Another<br />

subsidiary, Opti Chicks, has a capacity of 600 000 chicks per week.<br />

NWK also deals in grain, runs several retail outlets and has a halfshare<br />

(with Senwes) in CertiSure Brokers. The company has 37 silos with<br />

a capacity of 2.5-million tons.<br />

AgriNW is the mouthpiece of its affiliated farmers and keeps an<br />

eye on policy and laws affecting the sector. It also acts as a supportive<br />

network to help its members achieve optimal results. Agri NW is one of<br />

the partners in an annual seminar on farming, the Senwes Future Focus,<br />

which takes place at Nampo Park, south of Klerksdorp in Bothaville in<br />

the neighbouring Free State Province. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Agri NW: www.agrinw.co.za<br />

Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:<br />

www.dard.nwpg.gov.za<br />

Red Meat Producers Organisation: www.rpo.co.za,<br />

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Water<br />

Providing water to schools is a priority.<br />

Good progress has been made towards supplying water to<br />

the 79 schools in the province which were identified as<br />

having inadequate water facilities. This includes the drilling<br />

of boreholes and construction of storage tanks.<br />

All new schools built in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> are supplied with kitchens<br />

in line with the National Schools Nutrition Programme.<br />

South Africa is a waterscarce<br />

country and<br />

water management<br />

is critical to economic<br />

planning. The western<br />

part of <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Province is particularly<br />

Image: Sedibeng Water<br />

dry. In the eastern<br />

part of the province,<br />

national government<br />

has sent water tanks to some parts, and has upgraded the treatment<br />

plants upstream from the Hartbeespoort Dam.<br />

Large infrastructure has been the focus of national and provincial<br />

initiatives in recent years. In his State of the Province address in <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

Premier Dr Zamani Saul announced that priority projects are currently<br />

at between 80% and 95% completion and he pledged that they would<br />

be completed in the course of the year. The following projects have<br />

been completed:<br />

• Dinokana Water Augmentation.<br />

• Ganalaagte Boreholes and Sewer Pump Station refurbishment.<br />

• Naledi Water Augmentation phase 1 and 2.<br />

• Tshing Cent Fall Sewer Line.<br />

Municipalities are charged with delivering water and handling<br />

waste-water but many municipalities have not been equal to the task.<br />

A new body has been formed to help municipalities deliver services.<br />

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) falls under the<br />

National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional<br />

Affairs and will assist municipalities to plan for, provide and maintain<br />

infrastructure. The first action of MISA was to commission 81 engineers<br />

and town planners.<br />

Online Resources<br />

Blue Drop Awards: www.ewisa.co.za<br />

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

South African Association of Water Utilities: www.saawu.org.za<br />

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

Sector Insight<br />

A new agency has been set<br />

up to assist municipalities.<br />

The province has 83<br />

sewage-treatment plants, and<br />

the national Blue Drop award<br />

system has found most of them<br />

need improvement. JB Marks<br />

Local Municipality, which has<br />

Potchefstroom as its main town, is<br />

one of only three municipalities in<br />

the country that acts as a waterservice<br />

authority and as a service<br />

provider. It has won awards for<br />

its levels of service. The biggest<br />

service providers active in the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> are:<br />

• Rand Water.<br />

• Magalies Water.<br />

• Sedibeng Water (which has<br />

taken over the service area of<br />

Botshelo Water).<br />

• Midvaal Water Company<br />

supplies water to Matlosana<br />

(Klerksdorp).<br />

Three of South Africa’s six<br />

major catchment areas are<br />

located in the province: the<br />

Limpopo, the Orange and the<br />

Vaal. Within these catchment<br />

areas, only the Vaal River has a<br />

strong enough flow to allow for<br />

significant amounts of water to be<br />

taken from it directly to support<br />

irrigation or industry. There are<br />

four water-management areas<br />

in the province, three of which<br />

are linked to the Vaal River. Water<br />

is imported into the provincial<br />

system through transfers<br />

between water basins. ■<br />

NORTH WEST BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />


Manufacturing<br />

New technology makes new tyres at Bridgestone.<br />

Bridgestone South Africa’s investment in new technology at<br />

its plant in Brits is allowing the company to produce 19-inch<br />

tyres for the BMW X3 being assembled in Pretoria. These tyres<br />

would otherwise have to be imported.<br />

Bridgestone’s factory is one of only four in the world that<br />

produces runflat tyres. About 850 people are employed at the plant.<br />

Also in Brits are wire-harness manufacturer Pasdec Automotive<br />

Technologies, Bosch, and Dubigeon Body and Coach. SOS Tie & Die is<br />

a manufacturer of precision pressings, components and press tools,<br />

based in Brits close<br />

to Tshwane’s Rosslyn<br />

automotive hub.<br />

AVMY Steel Science<br />

is the largest supplier<br />

of small-quantity steel<br />

in the SADC region.<br />

Chassis manufacturer<br />

KLT Group announced<br />

in 2019 the acquisition<br />

of the Brits plant which<br />

comprises a pressing,<br />

Coil prepared for slitting.<br />

Image: AVMY Steel Science<br />

welding, assembly and<br />

e-coating facility. The<br />

KLT Group has four<br />

plants in South Africa and employs more than 1 000 people.<br />

A provincial Integrated Manufacturing Strategy has been<br />

compiled. The strategy notes the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>’s strategic location near<br />

to the industrial hub of Gauteng and its low input costs and easy<br />

access to busy trade routes. These factors make the development<br />

of the chemical processing sector a good proposition for investors.<br />

The province also has easy access to natural resources, especially<br />

with regard to the ingredients necessary for the manufacture of<br />

phosphate and nitrogen-based fertilisers.<br />

In addition to Brits (automotive components and tyres), other<br />

concentrations include mining equipment and engineering<br />

(Klerksdorp) and food and beverages (Potchefstroom).<br />

Online Resources<br />

Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC): www.aidc.co.za<br />

Centre for Advanced Manufacturing: www.cfam.co.za<br />

National Department Trade, Industry & Competition: www.dtic.gov.za<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za<br />


Sector Insight<br />

AVMY Steel Science has a<br />

new owner.<br />

Rustenburg has a mixture of<br />

enterprises, the biggest of which<br />

are mining-related smelters.<br />

Production of non-metallic<br />

mineral products is concentrated<br />

around Lichtenburg and<br />

Mahikeng (cement), and<br />

Rustenburg (stone). Tough<br />

Metals Toys factory and Totpak<br />

are located in Ventersdorp.<br />

As one of the country’s<br />

biggest producers of livestock,<br />

hides for car seats for the<br />

province’s automotive industry<br />

could profitably be sourced<br />

locally. The Centre for Advanced<br />

Manufacturing (CFAM) at <strong>North</strong>-<br />

<strong>West</strong> University specialises in<br />

extruder technology.<br />

RCL Foods has a large processing<br />

plant at Rustenburg.<br />

Dairybelle (Bloemhof ) and<br />

Clover (Lichtenburg) have<br />

cheese factories in the province.<br />

Water from the Schoonspruit<br />

Eye near Ventersdorp supplied<br />

South Africa’s first bottled water.<br />

Nestlé has purchased the rights<br />

to this water source. Nestlé’s<br />

soy-creamer processing plant is<br />

located in Potchefstroom.<br />

About 30% of the country’s<br />

grain and oil-seed crop pass<br />

through Senwes silos every year.<br />

Sasko operates a white-maize<br />

mill in Klerksdorp. SAB’s Rosslyn<br />

Brewery supplies the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> with most of its beer. ■<br />

31 NORTH WEST BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Tourism<br />

Sport and heritage tourism are new strategic sectors.<br />

Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Image: <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Tourism<br />

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt for many months to come,<br />

and the tourism sector of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province will be<br />

affected by the travel restrictions put in place in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

A saving grace for the province is the extremely wide range<br />

of activities that are offered to a high standard. This makes it more<br />

likely that one or more of these subsectors will be in a position to<br />

lead a recovery. In almost any sector one can think of, <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> has<br />

outstanding representatives. For example, Sun City (golf, conferencing<br />

and hotels) and several game lodges within both the Pilanesberg and<br />

Madikwe game reserves are internationally renowned. Birding, fishing,<br />

hunting and hot-air ballooning are among other popular pursuits and<br />

Potchefstroom has outstanding sporting facilities for a range of sports.<br />

Australia and Spain won the cricket and soccer world cups from their<br />

base in Potchefstroom and international athletes often visit the city for<br />

training camps.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Parks and Tourism Board (NWPTB) is investing in<br />

the province’s 12 smaller parks with the intention of creating jobs. In<br />

partnership with the National Department of Tourism, work has begun<br />

on the Manyane Game Lodge in Mahikeng, with a budget allocation<br />

of R43-million. Another project envisages a mega-park in the northwestern<br />

sector of the province, the Heritage Park.<br />

The Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Festival continues to grow in<br />

popularity. Arts and culture development centres (Mmabana Centres)<br />

are found in three of the province’s districts. Twelve public museums<br />

have been identified together with 400 heritage sites as part of a<br />

census on the province’s cultural assets.<br />

The NWPTB is unique in South Africa in that it is the only provincial<br />

government entity that runs a hotel school. The Institute of Hotel<br />

Sector Insight<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Parks and<br />

Tourism Board is investing<br />

in its 12 smaller parks.<br />

and Tourism Management<br />

(IHTM) has two campuses, one<br />

in Mahikeng and one at Ga-<br />

Rankuwa outside Pretoria. The<br />

courses offered are approved by<br />

the Council for Higher Education<br />

and accredited with the relevant<br />

sector authority, THETA.<br />

In addition to the provincial<br />

tourism authority, there are<br />

regional tourism organisations<br />

which market special attractions:<br />

• Harties Tourism Association.<br />

• Matlosana Tourism Association.<br />

• Mooinooi: Buffelspoort Valley.<br />

• N12 Treasure Route Association.<br />

• Potch Tourism Association.<br />

• Vredefort Dome Tourism<br />

Association.<br />

Taung is the site of the<br />

first discovered fossil of<br />

Australopithecus africanus.<br />

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The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Development<br />

Corporation (NWDC) has an<br />

investment plan linked to<br />

this famous site, involving<br />

a museum, hotel and spa<br />

resort. The Vredefort Dome is a<br />

UNESCO World Heritage Site for<br />

its significance as the landing site<br />

of a meteorite many millions of<br />

years ago.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Cricket<br />

Association hosted the Under-19<br />

T20 Cricket World Cup. This is the<br />

sort of event that the province<br />

wants to attract to the province.<br />

The Hockey Junior World Cup<br />

is next, the first to be held on<br />

African soil. There is apparently<br />

interest among owners of<br />

Premier Soccer League teams<br />

to bring fixtures to the province.<br />

To prepare for this, work will be<br />

done on the Mmabatho Stadium<br />

in Mahikeng.<br />

Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Tourism. The theme<br />

was Tourism and Digital Transformation and more than 7 000 pupils<br />

and graduates attended the three-day event.<br />

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the <strong>North</strong>-<br />

<strong>West</strong> University offers Tourism Management and the professors and<br />

researchers are at the top of their profession.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department of Economy and Enterprise<br />

Development has supported small tourism businesses in attending the<br />

international tourism events, such as the 40th International Tourism Fair<br />

in Belgrade, Serbia. The business owners of TK Afrofist, Thuto Jewellery<br />

Workshop, Borobalo Diamonds and Polishing Centre and A Re Bopeng<br />

Ceramics rubbed shoulders with participants from more than 20<br />

countries including Russia and Turkey and made sales.<br />

Sun City is far from being the province’s only conference venue.<br />

Tourism <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> lists on its website a range of venues from small<br />

guesthouses with conference facilities in towns such as Rustenburg<br />

and Brits to lodges on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam.<br />

In the provincial capital, Mahikeng, there are several options:<br />

among them are the Mmbatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention Resort,<br />

part of the Peermont group, which has hotels and casinos in six of<br />

South Africa’s provinces. The Mmabatho Palms offers eight gaming<br />

tables and slot machines. Gaming is controlled in South Africa and<br />

licences are restricted to certain operators.<br />

Hotels and conferences<br />

Sun City celebrated its 40th<br />

birthday in 2019. Venues<br />

available for hire range from<br />

a 12-seater Council Room to<br />

the Superbowl which can<br />

accommodate 6 000, and just<br />

about everything in between.<br />

With six kinds of<br />

accommodation, two outstanding<br />

golf courses, casinos and<br />

a choice-filled entertainment<br />

complex, the Sun City Resort is a<br />

major tourism asset and significant<br />

employer in the province.<br />

Sun City was the venue<br />

for the 2018 National Tourism<br />

Careers Expo (NTCE), jointly<br />

organised by the National<br />

Department of Tourism, the<br />

Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality<br />

and Sport Sector Education and<br />

Madikwe Game Reserve. Image:Tourism <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Mahikeng also hosts the Protea Hotel and the Mmbatho Convention<br />

Centre (the main auditorium can seat 3 000 people). The Hotel School<br />

can accommodate up to 200 people. Most of the luxury lodges in the<br />

province can accommodate conferences, albeit on a smaller scale. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Aardklop National Festival: www.aardklop.co.za<br />

Marico Tourism: www.marico.co.za<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Tourism: www.tourismnorthwest.co.za<br />

South African National Parks: www.sanparks.co.za<br />

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Education and training<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University now offers Mechatronic Engineering.<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Civil servants are getting<br />

extra training.<br />

The Tebogo Nokwana Foundation donates shoes and<br />

sanitary towels to Matlhare Mokautu Secondary School.<br />

Image: <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department of Education<br />

Ubank and Royal Bafokeng Holdings have established the<br />

Thutopele Learnership which provides young people with<br />

working experience while they study towards a National<br />

Banking Certificate NQF level 5.<br />

Of the first 15 trainees who went through the learnership, 13 were<br />

employed by Ubank within the province or in neighbouring Gauteng.<br />

The programme prepares students for positions as tellers, sales<br />

consultants and in-service consultancy.<br />

A Provincial Government three-year programme has placed 120<br />

unemployed graduates in the agricultural sector on farms as part of<br />

experiential training and learning. The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Office of the Premier<br />

disburses bursaries to the Ikatisong School of Governance (located at<br />

the University of Pretoria) for civil servants or prospective civil servants.<br />

Studies can be undertaken in seven faculties.<br />

The <strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University <strong>Business</strong> School has agreed to<br />

collaborate with the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Provincial Government in building the<br />

relevant skills of officials. The school offers an MBA and a Postgraduate<br />

Diploma in Management at three sites.<br />

A specific initiative to tackle unemployment was planned for <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

a Provincial Skills Development Lekgotla. Participants were to be the<br />

National Skills Authority (NSA) and various SETAs and their brief was<br />

to develop a provincial intervention strategy relating to young people<br />

who are neither employed nor in education and training.<br />

South Africa’s educational<br />

institutions are being<br />

encouraged to focus on artisan<br />

skills. At the moment, about<br />

13 000 artisans are trained in the<br />

country every year; the National<br />

Department of Higher Education<br />

and Training (DHET) wants that<br />

figure to be 30 000 by 2026.<br />

The first 164 graduates of a<br />

joint programme of the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Department of Economy<br />

and Enterprise Development and<br />

the Construction Education and<br />

Training Authority (CETA) have<br />

received certificates in plumbing.<br />

The three-year apprenticeship is<br />

focussed on women and youth.<br />

Technical Vocational and<br />

Educational Training colleges<br />

teach skills that are relevant to<br />

the work place. <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> has<br />

three TVET colleges with several<br />

campuses each. Vuselela TVET<br />

College has its headquarters<br />

in Klerksdorp, where there is<br />

also an accredited trade test<br />

centre. There are a further four<br />

campuses: Jouberton Centre for<br />

Engineering Studies; Matlosana<br />

Campus; Potchefstroom Centre<br />

for ICT and Taung Campus.<br />

Orbit TVET College has three<br />

sites, Rustenburg, Mankwe<br />

and Brits, with about 15 000<br />

students overall. The Rustenburg<br />

campus of Orbit College hosts<br />

a Microsoft IT Academy while<br />

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the Mankwe campus offers<br />

automotive training, the result<br />

of a partnership between the<br />

Manufacturing, Engineering and<br />

Related SETA (MerSETA), Lelethu<br />

Training and Ford South Africa.<br />

Orbit TVET College hosts an<br />

electronics academy courtesy of<br />

sponsors Samsung Electronics<br />

on the Mankwe campus, and<br />

in partnership with the<br />

MerSETA. Mankwe also offers<br />

Automotive Repair, Maintenance<br />

and Transport and Logistics and<br />

is a Centre of Specialisation in<br />

Diesel Trade.<br />

The Taung Agricultural<br />

College is accredited by the<br />

Council on Higher Education<br />

(CHE) to offer the NQF level 6<br />

Diploma in Agriculture<br />

specialising in Irrigation<br />

Technology.<br />

Two teachers from the<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>, pictured right, were<br />

among the top achievers in the<br />

2019 National Teachers Awards,<br />

Constance Kgomotso Pilane<br />

from Mafenya Primary School<br />

and Genevieve Classen of Fields<br />

College. As of the start of the<br />

school year in <strong>2020</strong>, 27.5% of<br />

pupils at schools in the <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> had access to information<br />

through connectivity.<br />

University news<br />

The CHE has announced that<br />

the <strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University<br />

(NWU) Bachelor of Laws (LLB)<br />

programme has received full<br />

accreditation.<br />

A new qualification,<br />

Mechatronic Engineering, has<br />

been added to the courses<br />

offered by the Faculty of<br />

Engineering. The Bachelor of<br />

Mechatronic Engineering programme has been approved by the<br />

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), enabling graduates to<br />

compete internationally. This programme will be offered in 20<strong>21</strong>.<br />

The faculty now offers eight specialities, including industrial and<br />

electromechanical and chemical engineering (minerals processing).<br />

Partnerships include Sasol, Eskom, Denel Aviation, Telkom and Sappi.<br />

The Faculty of Engineering is a leading department in terms of<br />

innovations and plays a role, together with the NWU Technology<br />

Transfer and Innovation Support Office, in commercialising ideas by<br />

creating companies.<br />

The university and its researchers are leaders in many fields,<br />

including astrophysics, tourism, solar energy and extruder technology.<br />

Among the research entities at NWU, there are five chairs<br />

allocated by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI):<br />

Astrophysics and Space<br />

Physics, Coal Research,<br />

Biofuels and other clean<br />

alternative fuels, Nuclear<br />

Engineering and Early<br />

Detection and Prevention<br />

of Cardiovascular Disease<br />

in Africa.<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University<br />

has more than 65 000<br />

students, with about<br />

26 000 of studying by<br />

correspondence. The<br />

university’s main campus<br />

is at Potchefstroom with<br />

satellite campuses at<br />

Mmabatho and Vanderbijlpark.<br />

The pharmaceutical<br />

faculty at the Potchefstroom<br />

campus of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

University is regarded as a<br />

national leader.<br />

The University of South<br />

Africa (Unisa) has three<br />

branches in <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>, at<br />

Rustenburg, Potchefstroom<br />

and Mmabatho. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Image: <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department<br />

of Education<br />

Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Department of Education: www.desd.nwpg.gov.za<br />

<strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University: www.nwu.ac.za<br />

NWU <strong>Business</strong> School: www.commerce.nwu.ac.za<br />

Thutopele Learnership: www.bafokengholdings.com/careers<br />

35 NAME BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>


Banking and financial services<br />

All of the major banks have agricultural divisions.<br />

All of the country’s major banks and financial institutions<br />

are represented in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>. Financial services are<br />

available in small towns, although the bigger cities like<br />

Potchefstroom, Rustenburg and Klerksdorp have a greater<br />

concentration and diversity. Financial services extend beyond<br />

advising rich people on how to invest their assets or balance their<br />

portfolio. In a province where there has been some real financial distress,<br />

programmes are in place to assist people.<br />

Long strikes, volatile global markets and layoffs have created<br />

tough conditions for some workers in the platinum sector. Anglo<br />

American Platinum has teamed up with Summit Financial Partners<br />

to help miners manage their debt and plan their finances better<br />

through a scheme called Nkululeko. Garnishee orders went down<br />

among the Nkululeko group by<br />

80% in a five-year period. In 2016,<br />

Summit won a Constitutional<br />

Court judgement to the<br />

effect that the judiciary must<br />

keep an eye on emolument<br />

attachment orders (garnishees)<br />

to make sure they are fair. It had<br />

earlier been found by a High Court<br />

that some orders were grossly<br />

Financial literacy workshops.<br />

unfair and exploitative. Summit<br />

Image: ASISA<br />

has an office in Hartbeespoort.<br />

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa is behind<br />

another initiative called Project Qaphela, a financial literacy programme<br />

aimed at workers in the mining sector (pictured). The curriculum<br />

covers budgeting, saving, borrowing, understanding documents such<br />

as payslips and benefit statements and preparations for retirement.<br />

Partners in the programme include the National Union of Mineworkers,<br />

Sanlam and Coronation. Ubank is owned by a trust that is managed<br />

by the Minerals Council South Africa and the National Union of<br />

Mineworkers (NUM). It has several branches in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

With agriculture being such an important part of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

economy, all of the big banks have dedicated units such as Nedbank<br />

Online Resources<br />

Association for Savings and Investment South Africa: www.asisa.org.za<br />

Auditor-General of South Africa: www.agsa.co.za<br />

Chartered Institute for Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers:<br />

www.cigfaro.co<br />

Financial Sector Conduct Authority: www.fsca.co.za<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Debt management and<br />

financial planning are<br />

available to mine workers.<br />

Agribusiness. Focus areas for<br />

this unit are agronomy (grain,<br />

oil seeds, sugar and cotton),<br />

livestock (including game<br />

farming), horticulture and<br />

secondary agriculture which<br />

covers agricultural processing<br />

and storage.<br />

The large agricultural<br />

companies have finance<br />

divisions. CertiSure is a joint<br />

venture between NWK and<br />

Senwes that offers short-term<br />

insurance, crop insurance,<br />

financial planning, medical<br />

funds and funeral policies.<br />

Senwes Credit is a registered<br />

credit provider which offers<br />

asset financing in collaboration<br />

with Wesbank.<br />

Brits-based Temo Agri<br />

and Noordwes Korporasie<br />

(Lichtenburg) has received<br />

the backing of the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation (IDC)<br />

to enable it to roll out agricultural<br />

credits to emerging farmers.<br />

The Royal Bafokeng Nation,<br />

a community of about 150 000<br />

people living on platinumrich<br />

land north-west of<br />

Rustenburg, is a shareholder<br />

in a large banking group<br />

and several of South Africa’s<br />

insurance companies through<br />

its investment company, Royal<br />

Bafokeng Holdings (RBH). ■<br />

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Development finance<br />

and SMME support<br />

Banks are running training courses for business owners.<br />

Monakaladi Gardens Wedding and Conference Venue<br />

expanded its turnover by more than 700% and created two<br />

new jobs, with a little help from a programme designed<br />

to support entrepreneurs and increase employment.<br />

The SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme has provided more than<br />

R1.6-million in grant funding and business support in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong>.<br />

The programme invests in entrepreneurs, particularly women,<br />

youth, people in rural areas and persons with disabilities. The 18-month<br />

programme provides mentorship, business development tools<br />

and workshops, access to peer<br />

networks finance, and support<br />

throughout the time spent on the<br />

programme. Monakaladi Gardens<br />

was a provincial winner in the<br />

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2019.<br />

In November 2019<br />

Nedbank and the Department<br />

of Economic Development,<br />

Environment, Conservation and<br />

Tourism ran a five-day training course for 25 women-led enterprises<br />

with the focus on financial management, marketing and business<br />

planning. Wendy Atahwo, the owner of events management company<br />

Cherry Homes, said that the networking was valuable, as was learning<br />

new skills and about new marketing trends.<br />

Standard Bank and Black Cherrie Management offered a series of<br />

seminars for small business in 2019, the first of which was related to<br />

financial solutions for SMMEs. The theme was “Up your entrepreneurial<br />

skills and increase your bottom line”.<br />

The Provincial Government has announced that in the <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />

financial year it will roll out two digital incubators jointly valued at R16-<br />

million, at the Mafikeng Innovation Hub and in Mogwase, at the Leema<br />

Township Incubator.<br />

Most of the Cooke’s Lake Information Centre in Mahikeng<br />

(excluding the existing office block) is to become a permanent flea<br />

Online Resources<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za<br />

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.org.za<br />

Tholoana Enterprise Programme: www.sabfoundation.co.za<br />


Sector Insight<br />

Cooke’s Lake Information<br />

Centre is to become a<br />

flea market.<br />

market. A budget of R8-million<br />

has been approved by the<br />

National Department of Small<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Development (DSBD).<br />

The DSBD has several<br />

programmes to assist SMMEs and<br />

co-operatives. These include the<br />

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

Programme and the<br />

Co-operative Incentive Scheme,<br />

a 100% grant. The Small Enterprise<br />

Development Agency<br />

(Seda) is an agency of the<br />

DSBD and gives non-financial<br />

support to entrepreneurs<br />

through training, assistance with<br />

filling in forms, marketing and<br />

creating business plans.<br />

A provincial policy framework<br />

is to be adopted to ensure<br />

that the maintenance of certain<br />

rural roads is set aside for job<br />

creation, small contractor<br />

development and local<br />

participation.<br />

The South African National<br />

Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)<br />

currently has nine contracts<br />

covering more than 2 300km<br />

in the province. A set of subcontracts<br />

is being negotiated for<br />

routine maintenance such as the<br />

patching of potholes, fencing<br />

and the cutting of grass verges.<br />

The Seda Technology Programme<br />

helps potential businesses<br />

become trading entities.<br />

The Industrial Development<br />

Corporation (IDC) is a strategic<br />

lender and plays a strong role in<br />

supporting small and emerging<br />

enterprises. ■<br />

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Energy<br />

Fuel cells are in the spotlight.<br />

Sector Insight<br />

The Platinum Valley Special<br />

Economic Zone will encourage<br />

renewable energy.<br />

Image: <strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University<br />

One of the key focus areas for the planned Platinum Valley<br />

Special Economic Zone (PVSEZ) is the promotion of renewable<br />

energy. The PVSEZ is in the Mogwase industrial area in<br />

the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality and has already<br />

attracted the interest of nine investor companies. Five companies are<br />

currently operating on the site.<br />

Most of South Africa’s energy requirements are met by Eskom’s<br />

coal-fired power stations but the drive to start producing renewable<br />

energy is growing, and researchers and companies in the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

are investigating several options. Big mining companies are among<br />

the biggest users of energy and many belong to the Energy Intensive<br />

Users of Southern Africa.<br />

Bioethanol, biodiesel and methane gas from waste and renewable<br />

resources are among the types of biofuels under discussion. Sunflower<br />

seeds and sweet sorghum are suitable for converting into biofuel and<br />

bioethanol. The South African Energy Resource Institute (Saneri) Chair<br />

in biofuel research is held by a professor on the Potchefstroom campus<br />

of <strong>North</strong>-<strong>West</strong> University (NWU).<br />

Silversands Energy is a <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> company that produces<br />

ethanol fuel for an ethanol-powered bus made by Scania South<br />

Africa for the City of Johannesburg.<br />

The <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> normally has about 300 days of sunshine per year,<br />

so solar power has great potential, and there is a programme aimed at<br />

converting bush that is encroaching onto arable land into biomass in<br />

the form of biocoal (TOR) or briquettes. The Engineering Department<br />

of NWU regularly competes in an international solar car challenge.<br />

South Africa’s nuclear-research centre is located at Pelindaba<br />

Online Resources<br />

Energy Intensive Users of Southern Africa: www.eiug.org.za<br />

South African Renewable Energy Council: www.sarec.org.za<br />

Southern African Alternative Energy Association: www.saaea.org<br />

Southern African Bioenergy Association: www.saba.za.org<br />

near Hartbeespoort Dam and<br />

is run by the South African<br />

Nuclear Energy Corporation.<br />

The NWU Nuclear Engineering<br />

Department is the only one of<br />

its kind in the country, and the<br />

National Department of Science<br />

and Technology has allocated a<br />

chair in Nuclear Engineering to<br />

the university.<br />

The head office of the<br />

Minerals Council South Africa<br />

is powered by 40 ounces of<br />

platinum and natural gas. A fuel<br />

cell at the Johannesburg site<br />

of the national mine owners’<br />

association is South Africa and<br />

Africa’s first base load installation.<br />

Finding new uses for<br />

platinum provides good news for<br />

the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> which has huge<br />

numbers of people employed<br />

on mines. Several companies are<br />

working on fuel cell technology.<br />

The mines and smelters<br />

around Rustenburg and the<br />

industrial plants in Brits use a<br />

lot of energy. They are served<br />

by Transnet Pipelines, which has<br />

recently made a big investment<br />

in the New Multi-Product<br />

Pipeline.<br />

The NMPP is built to pump<br />

three-million litres of product<br />

per hour over a distance of<br />

715km, from Durban to the<br />

industrial hub of the country. ■<br />

NORTH WEST BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong><br />



<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Provincial Government<br />

A guide to <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province’s government departments. Visit www.nwpg.gov.za<br />

Office of the Premier<br />

Premier: Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro<br />

Garona Building, South Wing, 3rd Floor,<br />

Dr James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 3040 | Fax: +27 18 388 3008<br />

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za<br />

Department of Agriculture and<br />

Rural Development<br />

MEC: Desbo Mohono<br />

Agricentre Building, Cnr Dr James Moroka Drive<br />

and Stadium Road, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 389 5111 | Fax: +27 18 392 4377<br />

Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and<br />

Recreation<br />

MEC: Tsotso Tlhapi<br />

House No 1, Lowe Complex, Modiri Molema Road,<br />

Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 4494 | Fax: 086 651 7885<br />

Department of Community Safety and<br />

Transport Management<br />

MEC: Sello Lehari<br />

Tirelo Building, Albert Lithuli Drive, Mahikeng 2745<br />

Tel: +27 18 200 8401<br />

Department of Cooperative Governance,<br />

Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs<br />

HOD: Phihadu Ephraim Motoko<br />

NWDC Building, cnr Provident House and<br />

University Drive, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 2891 | Fax: 086 620 7825<br />

Department of Economic Development,<br />

Environment, Conservation and Tourism<br />

MEC: Keneitswe Mosenogi<br />

NWDC Building, 1st Floor, Cnr Provident Street and<br />

University Drive, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 387 7700 | Fax: +27 18 384 9440<br />

Department of Education<br />

MEC: Mmaphefo Lucy Matsemela<br />

2nd Floor, Garona Building, Dr James Moroka Drive,<br />

Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 2970 | Fax: +27 18 384 5016<br />

Department of Health<br />

MEC: Madoda Sambatha<br />

Cnr 1st Street and Sekame Road, Mahikeng 2745<br />

Tel: +27 18 391 4000<br />

Department of Public Works and Roads<br />

MEC: Gaoage Oageng Molapisi<br />

Ngaka Modiri Molema Road, Old Parliament<br />

Complex, Provincial Head Office, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 1435 | Fax: +27 18 388 40<strong>21</strong><br />

Department of Social Development<br />

MEC: Boitumelo Theodora Moiloa<br />

Provident House, University Drive, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 2000 | Fax: +27 18 494 1<strong>21</strong>3<br />

Provincial Treasury<br />

MEC: Motlalepula Rosho<br />

Garona Building, East Wing, 2nd Floor, Cnr James<br />

Moroka and University Drive, Mmabatho 2735<br />

Tel: +27 18 388 4441 | Fax: +27 18 388 1901<br />

39 NORTH WEST BUSINESS <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong>

INDEX<br />

INDEX<br />

Africa Biomass Company (ABC)................................................................................................................................5, 9<br />

Implats...................................................................................................................................................................................24-25<br />

Nedbank...............................................................................................................................................................................16-19<br />

Pilanesberg Platinum Mines.........................................................................................................................................IFC<br />

Rustenburg Rapid Transit (RRT)...............................................................................................................12-15, OBC<br />

Sibanye-Stillwater..........................................................................................................................................................26-27<br />




Sishen Sishen<br />

<strong>North</strong>ern Cape<br />

<strong>West</strong>ern Cape<br />

Vorstershoop<br />

Hotazel Hotazel<br />

R31<br />

R31<br />

Kuruman Kuruman<br />

Kathu Kathu<br />


Postmasburg<br />

KwaZulu-<br />

Natal<br />

Mpumalanga<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Gauteng<br />


SWAZI-<br />

LAND<br />

Free State<br />


Limpopo<br />


Sun Sun City/Lost City/Lost City City<br />

Eastern Cape<br />

N4<br />

N4<br />

Zeerust Zeerust<br />

Moloporivier<br />

Swartruggens<br />

Brits<br />

Brits<br />

Groot-Marico<br />

Mmabatho<br />

Rustenburg<br />

Hartbeespoort<br />

Koster<br />

Mooinooi<br />

N1<br />

MAHIKENG Koster<br />

Mooinooi<br />

N1<br />

Magaliesburg<br />

Gauteng<br />

R49<br />

Lichtenburg<br />

R49<br />

R30<br />

R30<br />

R52<br />

R52<br />


N14<br />

N14<br />

<strong>West</strong>onaria<br />

Coligny<br />

Sannieshof Coligny<br />

Ventersdorp<br />

N3<br />

Stella<br />

Carletonville<br />

N3<br />

Stella<br />

Delareyville<br />

Potchefstroom<br />

Vereeniging<br />

R 49<br />

R 49<br />

N12<br />

Ottosdal<br />

Klerksdorp N12<br />

Vryburg<br />

Ottosdal<br />

Vryburg<br />

Sasolburg<br />

Parys<br />

Orkney Parys<br />

R34<br />

Orkney<br />

R34<br />

R59<br />

N1<br />

R57<br />

Wolmaransstad<br />

R59<br />

N1<br />

R57<br />

Lykso<br />

N18<br />

Lykso<br />

N18<br />

R30<br />

N14<br />

R30<br />

Schweizer-<br />

R82<br />

N14<br />

R82 Heilbron<br />

Reneke<br />

Heilbron<br />

Reneke<br />

Taung Taung<br />

Reivilo Reivilo<br />

<strong>North</strong>ern Cape<br />

Ulco Ulco<br />


N<br />


Warrenton<br />

N12<br />

N12<br />

Christiana<br />

Bloemhof Bloemhof<br />

Wesselsbron<br />

Bultfontein<br />

R49<br />

R49<br />

Welkom Welkom<br />

Kroonstad<br />

Thabazimbi<br />

Ventersburg<br />

Free State<br />

Vaalwater<br />

Limpopo<br />

Motorway Motorway<br />

Main Main Road Road<br />

Railway Railway<br />

Bela-Bela Bela-Bela<br />


Reitz Reitz<br />

NORTH The Mahikeng WEST BUSINESS International <strong>2020</strong>/<strong>21</strong> Airport is served by SA 40Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. More than 120<br />

Express. The city’s main sectors are financial services, 000 people attend the Aardklop Festival every year.<br />

Municipalities in <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Province<br />

Limpopo<br />

services, transport and trade. The Garona District houses The city has a population of about 173 000.


<strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> Local Government<br />

An overview of the <strong>North</strong> <strong>West</strong> municipalities.<br />



Tel: +27 14 590 4500 | Fax: +27 14 592 6085<br />

Website: www.bojanala.gov.za<br />

Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 543 2004 | Fax: +27 14 543 2480<br />

Website: www.kgetlengrivier.gov.za<br />

Madibeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 12 318 9203 | Fax: +27 12 318 9203<br />

Website: www.madibeng.gov.za<br />

Moretele Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 12 716 1000 | Fax: +27 12 716 9999<br />

Website: www.moretele.gov.za<br />

Moses Kotane Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 555 1300 | Fax: +27 14 555 6368<br />

Website: www.moseskotane.gov.za<br />

Rustenburg Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 14 590 3111 | Fax: +27 14 590 3006<br />

Website: www.rustenburg.gov.za<br />



Tel: +27 18 473 8000 | Fax: +27 18 473 2523<br />

Website: www.kaundadistrict.gov.za<br />

City of Matlosana Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 487 8000 | Fax: +27 18 464 2318<br />

Website: www.matlosana.gov.za<br />

JB Marks Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 299 5111<br />

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

Maquassi Hills Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 596 1067 | Fax: +27 18 596 1555<br />

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



Tel: +27 53 928 4700 | Fax: +27 53 927 2401<br />

Website: www.rsmompatidm.gov.za<br />

Greater Taung Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 994 9400 | Fax: +27 53 994 3917<br />

Website: www.gtlm.gov.za<br />

Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 998 4455 | Fax: +27 53 933 0035<br />

Website: www.kmlm.gov.za<br />

Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 441 2206 | Fax: +27 53 441 3735<br />

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

Mamusa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 963 1331 | Fax: +27 53 963 2474<br />

Website: www.mamusa.gov.za<br />

Naledi Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 928 2200 | Fax: +27 53 927 3482<br />



Tel: +27 18 381 9400 | Fax: +27 18 381 0561<br />

Website: www.nmmdm.gov.za<br />

Ditsobotla Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 633 3800 | Fax: +27 18 632 5247<br />

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

Mahikeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 389 0111 | Fax: +27 18 384 4830<br />

Website: www.mahikeng.gov.za<br />

Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 642 1081 | Fax: +27 18 642 3586<br />

Website: www.ramotshere.gov.za<br />

Ratlou Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 18 330 7000 | Fax: +27 18 330 7019<br />

Website: www.ratlou.gov.za<br />

Tswaing Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 948 0900 | Fax: +27 53 948 1500<br />

Website: www.tswaing.gov.za

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