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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2020/21 EDITION











North West Business 2020/21 Edition


Foreword 3

A unique guide to business and investment in the North West.

Special features

Regional overview 6

Spatial planning is at the heart of plans to expand

the economy of the North West.

Putting North West on the road to growth 10

SANRAL and Rustenburg Rapid Transport are investing

in infrastructure.

Economic sectors

Mining 22

Vanadium is finding new value in batteries.

Agriculture 28

New abattoirs will benefit farmers.

Water 30

Providing water to schools is a priority.

Manufacturing 31

New technology makes new tyres at Bridgestone.

Tourism 32

Sport and heritage tourism are new strategic sectors.



North West Business

A unique guide to business and investment in the North West.


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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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to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all

nine provinces, our flagship South African Business title and the

new addition to our list of publications, African Business, which was

launched in 2020. ■

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Education and training 34

North-West University now offers Mechatronic Engineering.

Banking and financial services 36

All the major banks have agricultural divisions.

Development finance and SMME support 37

Banks are running training courses for business owners.

Energy 38

Fuel cells are in the spotlight.


Sector contents 20

Provincial government listings 39

Index 40


Impala Platinum (Implats) is a long-time

investor in the North West Province.

The operations in Rustenburg include

a multi-shaft mining complex and

concentrating and smelting plants. The

base and precious metal refineries are in

Springs, east of Johannesburg. Implats is

one of the world’s largest producers of

platinum and palladium. Image: Implats.



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Regional overview

of North West


By John Young

Spatial planning is at the heart of plans to

expand the economy of the North West.

Development corridors, a proposed

Special Economic Zone (SEZ), industrial

parks and agri-parks with differentiated

focus areas are among the interventions

planned to stimulate the regional economy and

create employment opportunities.

The North West Department of Economic

Development, Environment, Conservation and

Tourism (DEDECT) has committed to entering

partnerships with the Automobile Industry

Development Council (AIDC) and the Industrial

Development Corporation (IDC) to revive industrial

parks in the province and create industries that will

target niche markets.

The creation of district agri-parks is intended

to boost primary production which in turn will

increase the amount of raw material that can be

processed. Companies making car seats within the

province’s active automotive parts sector would

be a ready market for treated hides from the huge

provincial cattle herd.

The province’s strategic location goes beyond

the obvious benefit of its proximity to the

province of Gauteng: the major roads linking

trade on an east-west axis pass through the

province, as does the major railway line which

runs from Cape Town in the south to Zimbabwe

and beyond in the north. These advantages

will be enhanced by four Provincial Strategic

Development Corridors, two of which are:

• The Eco-Tourism Corridor, Bojanala District. This

corridor extends beyond the tourism sector

(which includes the Hartbeespoort Dam to

Sun City, game lodges and game reserves)

and will be supported by the Platinum Valley

Special Economic Zone, the automotive

industry in the Madibeng area and the mining

opportunities that occur throughout the district.

The proposed PVSEZ in the Mogwase Industrial

Area will be designed to create space for

enterprises which supply the mining industry.

Other targeted sectors are capital equipment

manufacturing, renewable energy, agro-processing

and general manufacturing. Discussions are

underway with the National Department of Trade,

Industry and Competition (dtic) for the licensing and

commissioning of the SEZ.

• The N12 corridor in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District.

By promoting residential and commercial activity

along this route, it is intended to integrate the

economies of the towns of Matlosana and Tlokwe.

Private developers are thinking of regional

links for their new development in Vryburg,

which is at the intersection of the N14 highway

(Johannesburg-Upington) and the N18 highway

which connects Kimberley to Mahikeng. Twin

City Development and Vuno Developments are

spending R290-million on the town’s first retail




mall, which will serve as a regional attraction.

Twin City Development is partnering with the

Moolman Group in the construction of the new

Rustenburg Mall.

Spatial thinking requires infrastructure to

underpin it. In 2020 the North West Department

of Public Works and Roads was busy with 13 road

construction projects valued at R900-million.

Geography and economy

The North West is bordered on the west by the

Republic of Botswana and on the east by Gauteng,

the engine of the South African economy.

The North West province makes up 6.8% of the

population of South Africa (3.6-million), 8.7% of the

land mass (105 076km²) and accounts for 5.8% of

economic output in terms of gross value added.

The Vaal River runs along the province’s

south-eastern border with the Free State, and the

province also shares borders with the Northern

Cape to the south and Limpopo in the north.

The mineral reserves in the province are

enormous. Platinum group metals (PGMs)

predominate but there are significant deposits

of gold, uranium, diamonds, copper, vanadium,

fluorspar and nickel. Stone and limestone are also

found in large quantities. Mining beneficiation

takes place at many places, with Rustenburg being

particularly strong in this sector. The economy

of the town is closely linked to the fortunes of

platinum mining, with the sector contributing

about 70% of the city’s gross geographic product.

Automotive components firms are clustered

in Brits, which in turn is close to the automotive

manufacturing hub of Rosslyn (Pretoria) in

Gauteng. Towns like Klerksdorp (agro-processing

and engineering) and Potchefstroom (food and

beverages) also have manufacturing capacity.

The North West is a major producer of maize

and sunflower seeds and many other agricultural

products. About 20% of South Africa’s maize

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

The dry western part of the province is home to



beef cattle, game ranching and hunting. The

normally well-watered eastern and north-eastern

regions carry varied crops, many of which are sold

in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The agricultural sector also generates largescale

storage and logistics operations, particularly

in Klerksdorp, Vryburg and Brits, together with a

number of agro-processing plants. Senwes is one

of the biggest with extensive silo infrastructure

while Suidwes has 17 retail outlets and MGK makes

full-fat soy at its manufacturing plant. Lichtenburgbased

NWK makes liquid fertiliser and animal feed,

processes sunflower seeds and runs 37 silos and

three grain mills.

The province’s three Technical and Vocational

Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the

well-respected North-West University all have

several campuses catering to a wide range of

educational disciplines. The university has a strong

reputation as a research institution.

Major towns

The capital city of the North West Province,

Mahikeng, lies on the banks of the Molopo River.

Situated in the north-west sector of the province

near the Botswana border, the city has a strong

services sector and a population of approximately

300 000.

The city’s main sectors are financial services,

services, transport and trade. The Garona

District houses the North West parliament and

government buildings. The arts are promoted by

the Mmabana Cultural Centre, while the North

West Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management

is one of three tertiary institutions in the city.

North-West University’s Graduate School of

Business and Government Leadership is located

in the city, and Unisa has a presence. Other

institutions are the Taletso TVET College and the

International School of South Africa.

The town is well served by hotels such as the

Mmabatho Palms, Hotel and Casino Convention

Resort. White rhino and giraffe can be found at the

Mahikeng Game Reserve.

The city of Potchefstroom is administered by

the Tlokwe Local Municipality. A large campus of

North-West University and its business school is

located in the city, as is the Vuselela TVET College

and the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture.

More than 120 000 people regularly attend the

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of about 173 000. The sports facilities of North-

West University are world class and have been

the base for Spain’s soccer team and Australia’s

cricket team in world cups. Tlokwe is a hub for

the strong commercial agriculture of the region

and has several food and beverage manufacturers

including Nestlé.

Some of the bigger enterprises include

fertiliser companies such as Kynoch, munitions

manufacturers, and food processors like King Food.

An army base contributes to the economy, and the

airfield formerly used by the military is now run by

the municipality.

The N12 Treasure Route passes through the

city and holds potential for further

development of tourist highlights

such as Boskop Dam and the Mooi

River on which the town is located.

Rustenburg is a local

municipality within the Bojanala

Platinum District Municipality and

the headquarters of both bodies

are in the city of about 625 000


Rustenburg straddles the

N4 “Platinum Highway” about

120km west of the cities of

Pretoria and Johannesburg in the

Gauteng Province, the economic

hub of South Africa. The N4

stretches across South Africa from

Mozambique in the east, to the

Botswana border in the west and, as the Trans

Kalahari Route, ultimately to Namibia.

At the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain

Range, Rustenburg is only 50km from one of the

country’s premier tourist resorts, Sun City, which in

turn is adjacent to the 550km² Pilanesberg National

Park and Game Reserve which has a small airport.

Orbit TVET College has a campus in

Rustenburg, Unisa has a regional office and the

Agricultural Research Institute’s Industrial Crops

Division is also located in the city.

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace hosted five

group matches in the 2010 World Cup. Platinum

mining began in 1929 and has driven the city’s

growth ever since. ■



Putting North West

on the road to growth

SANRAL and Rustenburg Rapid Transport are investing in infrastructure.

Two major transport projects in the

North West will create conditions for

better mobility to and from the province

and within its principal city. The South

African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)

opened the R512 Pampoennek road in September

2020 and the elements of the Rustenburg Rapid

Transport scheme are coming together to promise

enhanced movement around the province’s most

populated urban centre.

The R512 connects the towns of Brits in

the North West and Randburg in Gauteng via

Hartbeespoort, providing a good connection to the

N4 highway. The cost of the road project through

Pampoennek was R377-million and the road was

opened by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

“This road gives expression to the notion that

transport is the heartbeat of the South African

economy, playing an integral part in the country’s

economic growth. Roads are an essential part of

South Africa’s transport system and are important

infrastructure to enable economic activity

and access to social amenities,” said Mbalula at

the ceremony.

Skhumbuzo Macozoma, CEO of SANRAL (left), and

Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Transport, celebrate the

opening of the Pampoennek Road in the North West.




SANRAL is currently working on other roads

in the North West, including the N14 and N12

highways. SANRAL’s Horizon 2030 strategy aims

to ensure that local communities benefit when

roads are built in their areas. Construction of the

Pampoennek route generated 209 permanent

jobs for locals with R27.4-million spent by August

2020. About 180 people were offered training and

12 subcontractors were employed on the project.

Moving Rustenburg

Rustenburg is one of the fastest-growing cities

in South Africa. With a population of more than

500 000, city planners have turned their attention

to improving the quality of life for commuters

through an integrated and intelligent public

transport system.

Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) aims to

manage and allocate road space more efficiently,

to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and

ultimately to provide a better user experience

for people using public transport and for people

working and walking in the inner city.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the elements

of the RRT system. There are two main BRT

corridors where passenger volumes are high.

The corridors will have dedicated bus lanes with

In June 2020, the Rustenburg Local Municipality

welcomed the first Yarona Bus at a session

held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The RRT

project will begin with a testing and training

phase and the first bus will be used by the

Rustenburg Rapid Transport team to train drivers,

and test various infrastructure components

including stations and priority traffic lights in a

build-up to the main launch.

The Rustenburg Rapid Transport programme

forms part of the road-based component of the

national Bus Rapid Transport Strategy, overseen

by the National Department of Transport. Its goal

is to ensure swift movement of large numbers

of people between parts of a city in a quick and

safer way.

The local taxi industry has been working

closely on the programme and affected taxi

operators will create and run a bus-operating

company (BOC). Several milestones have already

been reached in this sphere, namely the creation

of Taxi Negotiating Forum and the signing of a

Memorandum of Agreement.

There are further plans for public transport to

become more integrated in the future. This might

involve co-branding and a single fare system.

On the topic of regulation, Executive Mayor Mpho

walkways and stations which allow for easy access.

The RRT system is designed to cater for up to

75 000 commuters daily when operating at full

capacity. Construction of the RRT project’s road

network has begun and various other projects have

been undertaken related to the project, including

traffic lane upgrades and the installation of

dedicated traffic lights and signals. Cycle lanes and

walkways for cyclists and pedestrians have been

constructed to complement the RRT system.

Khunou says that a “fully-fledged transport entity”

is being discussed for the future. “As things stand,

the only people who will participate in this new

system are going to be those who are affected,”

says Khunou.

“The idea moving forward is to involve other

parts of the industry, then you can then regulate

all forms of transport in the city. That is something

we are looking in to that will happen a bit further

into the future.” ■



Rustenburg Rapid

Transport explained

The Yarona Bus service will improve connectivity and access.

The Rustenburg Local Municipality is getting

closer to its vision of turning Rustenburg

into a “world-class city”. With the Rustenburg

Rapid Transport project, the city has

invested heavily in public transport infrastructure,

resulting in job creation and small business development.

The project will improve efficiency in public

transport by introducing the Yarona Bus, an Integrated

Public Transport System that will soon ferry

commuters from their places of work or homes to

their destinations.

The launch of Yarona Bus service will commence

with a mixed fleet of 10 standard buses and up

to 200 minibus taxis with the entire mixed fleet

managed by the bus operating company (BOC)

formed by the affected minibus taxi and bus

operators. RRT is engaging these affected minibus

taxis and bus operators thoroughly and they are

expected to enter into various agreements with

the municipality to implement an integrated public

transport system in the City of Rustenburg. Over the

next three years, the services are expected to be

increased to cover more areas and commuters, with

Contact details

Theron Rapoo

Tel: +27 14 590 3721

Email: trapoo@rustenburg.gov.za

more buses to be purchased to replace and in some

areas, to integrate with the minibus taxis on some of

the routes.

Rustenburg aims to be one of the cities to

integrate the minibus taxi system with buses, which

will operate under the company management.

Affected drivers from the minibus taxi industry will

also be afforded an opportunity to be trained to

drive buses should they qualify and be employed

by the company. Other affected employees of

the minibus taxi industry will be trained for other

employment opportunities within the company, as

will all residents of the area, who will be given the

opportunity to apply for any career.

The Rustenburg Local Municipality has been

working closely with the local and affected taxi

industry, who are supportive and have become

a part of the transformative agenda of the RRT

project. Some of the key milestones achieved with

the local taxi industry include the establishment

of the Taxi Negotiating Forum, the conclusion

of a Memorandum of Agreement, and the

establishment of the BOC which affected taxi

operators will transition into.

The municipality plans to roll out 10 buses for

Phase 1A of the system before the end of 2020

with a further 30 buses planned in the following

24 months. In total, 45 buses and 150 taxis will

form the first phase of the system. The municipality

is further undertaking construction of 18 stations

on two trunk roads and in the central business

district (CBD).

Once complete, the Yarona

Bus service is envisaged to

do up to 100 000 passenger

trips daily on two corridors,

with 18 stations, 450 bus stops,

one depot and one operations

control centre to manage

the services. ■



A world-class public

transport network

Frequently asked questions answered.

What is the IRPTN?

Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network refers to

the integration of the various modes of transport

which seeks to provide a safer, reliable, accessible,

affordable, transport system that gives priority to

public over private transport. The plan is to provide

integration of public transport with the emphasis

being on the delivery of a Rapid Transit (RT) system.

This includes the integration of the system with

other services, including local and long-distance

bus services, feeder vehicles, taxis, pedestrian

passageways, bicycles and private cars.

owners of private vehicles and in doing so, ease

congestion, reduce the impact on the environment

and support the development of a sustainable city;

to achieve this objective by placing 85% of the

municipality’s population within 500m of an IRPTN

road, or feeder corridor; to improve and integrate

the municipality’s urban transport system and

attract more investment and tourism and ultimately

stimulate the economy and job creation.

Which areas will be covered?

• Phase 1A: North-western areas of the CBD

including Tlhabane, Tlhabane West, Rustenburg

North and Geelhout Park.

• Phase 1B: Meriting, Freedom Park, Sunrise Park,

Ramochana and Boitekong Extensions 4 and 7.

• Phase 1C: Protea Park, Cashan and part of

Rustenburg CBD.

• Phase 2: Kanana. This will have six feeder routes.

What is RRT?

Rustenburg Rapid Transit is the municipality’s

IRPTN project management office responsible for

planning, managing and implementing services for

a high-quality public transport system that runs on

an exclusive dedicated lane with coordinated and

prioritised signalling. The people of Rustenburg,

the municipality and the RRT department have

named the bus service Yarona Bus.

Why is the Yarona Bus being introduced

in Rustenburg?

To transform existing public transport

conditions by providing a high-quality,

cost-effective, car-competitive public

transport system that will serve the

mobility needs of all segments of the

municipality’s population, even current

What kind of jobs will be created?

General labourers, drivers and operators, artisans

and technical skilled persons, supervisors, managers,

cleaners, security, cashiers, retailers, mechanics, etc.

Will people living with disabilities

be able to commute on the

Yarona system?

The Yarona system is designed to

accommodate people with special

needs. Buses will be designed to

ensure easy boarding and descending

for people with special needs. ■


Mpho Khunou, Executive Mayor,

Rustenburg Local Municipality

An efficient transport

system will help

Rustenburg achieve

its vision

Rustenburg’s Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou explains

how the Rustenburg Rapid Transport system will ease

congestion, improve commuters’ experiences and

revitalise the city’s central business district.

How does the Rustenburg Rapid Transport scheme fit into

the city’s broader planning?

We are very pleased to have been chosen to participate in this national

programme of 13 municipalities countrywide. It is a programme

initiated by the National Department of Transport to tackle transport

challenges in major cities. The plan fits in well with our long-term vision

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

an efficient transport system which is universally accessible, reliable

and provides a linkage with other modes of transport. With this new

transport network, we aim to facilitate a more efficient economy.


Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou

grew up in Rustenburg where

his father was a mineworker

and attended school in

Mahikeng. Active in ANC

Youth League politics from the

early 1990s, Mayor Khunou

served as a Rustenburg city

councillor between 1995 and

2000, during which time he

was Chief Whip. After a period

as an entrepreneur, he worked

in various capacities within

the municipality’s executive

management. Elected to his

current position in 2011, he was

re-elected in 2016.

How will the dedicated bus lanes help to improve the

commuter experience?

Feeder routes and walkways will link commuters with major trunk roads

which have dedicated bus lanes to ensure a faster service and promote

easier access to various parts of the City, which is currently a major

challenge to residents. Furthermore, the trunk routes have stations which

have incorporated green building principles such as natural light. Phase

1 to 4 of the integrated public transport network is envisaged to place up

to 60% of the City’s residents within 500 metres of a service.

Will conditions for pedestrians and cyclists improve?

The City constructed infrastructure for non-motorised transport

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

R510 and R104 roads there is dedicated infrastructure for cyclists and

pedestrians which a lot of people are using to cycle into the city, as

well as on the feeder routes. We will focus on signage and safety once

the system comes into operation and this will ensure that transport

service will be attractive to private motor users.

What are the key achievements you want the RRT to reach?

The RRT is designed to reduce congestion by having fewer taxis on



the road. The infrastructure built in the Central

Business District (CBD) has already done a lot in

improving access and the quality of mixed traffic

lanes. The entire functionality of the CBD will be

improved, and we envisage the CBD to be more

liveable and friendlier for the business community

and residents. The project fits in with the objective

of the municipality to rejuvenate the CBD and will

assist to create spatial integration and thus bring

more opportunities.

What is the budget of the RRT?

The project is funded through a grant from the

National Department of Transport. Since inception

of the project in 2012, about R3.1-billion has been

spent. There is about R200-million in the current

budget to complete the stations, increase the

bus fleet, start with the bus depot and deal with

the issues concerning transition of the current

informal taxi industry. The Municipality will be

implementing the system in phases – the first

phase will come into operation in January 2021. We

estimate that the system will be fully operational

in about five years. When it is fully operational,

we expect to be able to transport about 60% of

commuters. In October busses will be delivered,

testing will take place and the training of drivers

will start. Final touches for an interim depot will be

done and the stages that follow will depend on

allocations from national government.

How many jobs has the RRT created?

The project has created about 1 200 jobs and

about 105 SMMEs have been involved. As we

implement more infrastructure projects including

the main depot, feeder roads and the completion

of stations, there will be more jobs created

and more opportunities for local SMMEs. Our

projection is that there will be opportunities for 50

to 60 more SMMEs to be involved and overall, a

total of 2 300 jobs will be created by RRT.

How important is the integration of public


You can’t talk about an economic revival of an

economy that functions optimally without an

efficient public transport system. You have to be

able to move people in and out of the CBD in

an efficient manner. What is exciting about this

project is that it will also go a long way towards

promoting spatial transformation so that the CBD

becomes lot more vibrant and liveable.

How will Yarona’s operations be managed?

In terms of the national Public Transport Act, this

is an empowerment scheme for existing public

transporter operators. We have to conclude an

agreement with existing public transport operators

who have formed an entity called the Taxi

Negotiating Forum. They are envisaged to run the

system through a bus operating company (BOC) for

a maximum of 12 years.

We have been in discussion

since 2011. We are at a

critical stage now in terms

of our interaction with them

and are discussing the

participation agreement

and how we subsidise

them. Those involved are

the existing public transport

operators who are trading

along the routes such as

Swartruggens, the R510

and all of the feeder roads.

In other words, only those

affected by the new system,

or those who will be

incorporated. ■



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Nedbank’s Provincial Manager of Retail Relationship Banking for

North West Province, Pieter Naudé, says that small businesses are

the mainstay of the economy and Nedbank provides small-business

owners with support that goes beyond banking.

Nedbank offers simple,

affordable banking solutions

and value-added services

to get and keep your

business going …

Covid-19 has dealt entrepreneurs a

major blow and, naturally, they are

overwhelmed and anxious about the

future of their businesses. Nedbank is proud

to be involved in various ways to help

mitigate the economic impact of the crisis

on this vital sector. For example,

BackaBusiness is an innovative and relevant

way in which people can show their support

for small businesses to ensure their survival.

Loyal customers, family and friends, and

society at large can join the movement to

pay now and redeem a reward from the

business owner once trading resumes.’

‘Beyond this Covid-19 relief, our experts are

available to provide all the support you

need. Nedbank offers simple, affordable

banking solutions and value-added services

to get and keep your business going,’ says


Initiatives such as the free-to-join

networking portal, SimplyBiz.co.za, The

Essential Guide for Small-business Owners,

business registration services and free

small-business seminars are all geared to

support small and medium-sized


Naudé adds that Nedbank’s Professional

Banking solution is built on five pillars. ‘We

provide our professional clients with banking

at their fingertips, benefits that matter,

expert savings and investment advice and a

unique household banking approach, which

allows them and their families to finance

their dreams and growth.’

‘With dedicated relationship bankers,

tailored financing options and 24/7 service,

the banking experience we offer is

seamless, enables our clients’ financial

aspirations and is flexible to grow as your

needs grow,’ says Naudé.

Ifyouwanttotap into our small-business

expertise to reach your business goals,

please email Pieter Naudé at

PieterN@Nedbank.co.za or visit



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Johann Swanepoel, Provincial Manager for Business Banking in the

North-West Province, says Nedbank Business Banking’s business

managers are specialists in the commercial, agriculture, professional,

wholesale and retail industries and services, as well as the public sector.

At Nedbank Business Banking we

believe that you need a flexible,

resilient financial partner who not

only understands your circumstances and

aspirations, but also provides you with

relevant solutions and a banking experience

that is hassle-free, allowing you to

concentrate on what’s most important to you

– running your business,’ says Swanepoel.

Our bigger-picture banking approach

enables us not only to provide you with the

banking solutions you need, but also to give

you a holistic view of how our products are

connected to create a framework that

yields maximum impact across every facet

of your business and beyond. We know that

success in business is about partnerships,

and that is why we put the building of deep,

lasting, value-adding relationships at the

centre of everything we do. This means your

goals are our goals, your vision is our vision,

and your success is our success – while you

rely on our additional support that is most

needed in times of change and uncertainty.

In the agricultural sector particularly,

Nedbank understands that if the various

challenges it faces are not addressed, it will

threaten economic growth, food security,

Nedbank has developed innovative

funding solutions designed to support

farmers with sustainable farming

interventions …

employment and investment. ‘By using our

financial expertise to do good, we partner

with our agricultural clients to contribute to

a growing, competitive, transformed and

climate-resilient agricultural sector.’

To this end Nedbank has developed

innovative funding solutions designed to

support farmers with sustainable farming

interventions, ranging from water efficiency

mechanisms and cutting-edge irrigation to

renewable-energy financing. Swanepoel

says that Nedbank’s leadership position in

renewable-energy finance is helping many

farmers and agribusinesses to benefit from

cleaner, more reliable and affordable power

generation than the national grid can provide.

If you are interested in taking your

business to the next level, please email

Johann Swanepoel at

JohannEu@nedbank.co.za or visit



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At the heart of Nedbank’s business

strategy is its belief that its

sustainability depends on its ability to

integrate into the communities in which it


Daniel Makinita, Regional Manager for Retail

Business Banking in the North-West

Province explains: ‘Nedbank has continued

to deliver on its brand promise, which is to

use our financial expertise to do good for

individuals, families, businesses and

communities in which we operate. Our

client-centred strategy has enabled us to

reach out to our clients in time of need

during the Covid-19 national lockdown.’

The Nedbank Contact Centre and advanced

digital innovation, including the awardwinning

Nedbank Money app, enabled the

bank to continue serving clients in the

comfort of their homes. It brought

convenience to clients and helped them to

comply with lockdown regulations.

Makinita says that for small- and mediumbusiness

clients, Nedbank continues to

deliver end-to-end solutions through a

dedicated business manager. ‘Our business

managers are supported by a team of

Our client-centred

strategy has enabled us

to reach out to our clients

in time of need during

the Covid-19 national


experts across the bank to deliver seamless

banking solutions. Our bigger-picture

business approach ensures that we are able

to take a holistic view of the business by

understanding the vision, cashflow cycle,

and transactional and capital expenditure

needs of the business. This way, we become

trusted advisors to the business owners who

strives to grow their business.’

If you are interested in taking your business

to its next level or need information about

Nedbank’s specialised service offering,

please email Daniel Makinita at

DanielMak@Nedbank.co.za or visit



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Nedbank is committed to delivering

easy and innovative banking

solutions to government,

municipalities and state-owned enterprises

throughout South Africa.

Monei Seleho, Nedbank's Provincial

Manager for the Public Sector in the North

West Province, says that given the strategic

importance of the public sector to the

economy and the country at large, Nedbank

has a dedicated public sector team to

provide financial solutions that enable the

broader mandate of service delivery. ‘We

understand that the various spheres of

government and their agencies face unique

challenges, and are ready and able to draw

on the bank’s innovative, seamless and

hassle-free products to help build a greater


But the bank's role goes beyond providing

banking solutions to these vital entities. As

money experts who do good, Nedbank

strives to empower the people behind the

public sector by saving them time, money

and helping them to manage their money


'We help them save time by providing onsite

help from our dedicated teams and through

Nedbank strives to

empower the people behind

the public sector by saving

them time, money and

helping them to manage

their money better.

our market-leading Nedbank Money app

and other digital solutions. We also help

them save money through our preferential

banking solutions and our award-winning

Financial Fitness and Consumer Education

Programme. The programme helps them

manage their money better by providing

budgeting and money management

training, equipping their staff members to

deal with everyday money management

challenges better,' says Seleho.

To find out more about how Nedbank can

partner with your organisation togrowa

greater South Africa, please email

Monei Seleho at MoneiS@Nedbank.co.za or

visit www.nedbank.co.za/business.

Nedbank Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06. Authorised financial

services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).


The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway is a privatelyrun

amenity that is located north of the town of

Hartbeespoort, offering views of the Magliesberg

mountain range and the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Erected in 1973, the 1.2km cableway was

upgraded in 2010. The venue has won awards

for its conference facilities. Hiking, paragliding

and other adventure sports take place nearby.

Image: SA Tourism




Overviews of the main economic sectors

of the North West

Mining 22

Agriculture 28

Water 30

Manufacturing 31

Tourism 32

Education and training 34

Banking and financial services 36

Development finance

and SMME support 37

Energy 38



Vanadium is finding new value in batteries.

Pilanesberg Platinum Mines created Community Crusher as a

non-profit enterprise but with 14 employees and a steady set

of orders for building projects run by the company, the small

business is showing the potential to become a bigger business.

Many mines run similar programmes, sourcing goods and

services from local community-based companies and sometimes

providing mentoring and advice on how to improve as businesses.

Impala Platinum (Implats) has a programme of procurement in which

it supports local business and black-owned businesses through

enterprise and supplier development programmes.

Pilanesberg Platinum Mines has been active 80km north-west of

Rustenburg for just over ten years. Mining operations are conducted by

contractors while PPM manages the concentrator (screen, crush, mill,

float, thicken and dry). The operation has annually achieved an average

of about 150 000 ounces of platinum group metal (PGM) concentrate.

The Provincial Government of the North West is in talks with several

mining companies in the Matlosana Local Municipality area (which

includes Klerksdorp and Orkney) as some mines are being closed

down. One of the initiatives to extract more value from mining is the

proposed Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone. Creating a base

for companies to supply the mining industry is one of the key drivers

behind the scheme.

The SEZ is intended for Mogwase in the Bojanala District, north of

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

will be taken up by three infrastructure facilities comprising Logistics,

Light Manufacturing and Heavy Manufacturing.

The Seda Platinum Incubator (SPI) is an initiative of the

Platinum Trust of South Africa and is funded by the Small Enterprise

Development Agency (Seda) through its Seda Technology Programme

(Stp) with the support of the North West Provincial Government and

private companies.

Mining news

Several mining companies are investigating energy – both in order to

power their own operations because of the risk of the national utility

failing to supply electricity, and to find new uses for platinum.

Image: Bushveld Minerals

Sector Insight

A CSI project is turning

into a viable business.

Bushveld Minerals has

two arms; Bushveld Vanadium

and Bushveld Energy which is

working on Vanadium Redox

Flow Batteries (VRFB). Energy

storage is the focus of much

research across the globe and

Bushveld Energy intends its solar

installation at its Vametco mine,

supported by VRFB, to answer

many questions. Bushveld

Vanadium is one of three

vanadium producers in the world.

Sibanye-Stillwater has

renamed the mining operation

it bought from Lonmin in 2019,

Marikana. The sale was completed

in June 2019. This is Sibanye-

Stillwater’s second major

purchase of platinum assets in

the North West, after buying

Anglo American’s Rustenburg

Platinum Mines Limited.

Between the fourth quarter

of 2018 and the fourth quarter

of 2019 the global price of

platinum slumped, but a later

surge in the price of other

PGMs such as palladium and

rhodium offset this downturn.

The fact that the mining

industry continued to operate

through most of the lockdown

that accompanied the Covid-19

outbreak helped to bring some

stability back to the sector.

In early 2020 rhodium rose

to its highest price since 2008,





Selected as one of the “Top 100 Global Inspirational

Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK in 2018,

Thabile Makgala was recently appointed to the position

of Chairperson of Women in Mining South

Africa (WiMSA). Thabile holds the position of Executive:

Mining at Impala Platinum but getting to the

top was no easy journey. Thabile recalls “numerous

obstacles while navigating my mining career path”.

Her qualifications include a Master’s degree

in Business Administration from the University of

Stellenbosch Business School and a Bachelor of

Science degree in Mining Engineering (Cum laude),

from the University of the Witwatersrand. But as the

first female mining engineer graduate at Goldfields

Kloof and Driefontein division (now Sibanye Gold),

it soon became clear that, as she recalls, “the industry

had not adequately prepared itself to accept

women in mining”.

“The response to women’s needs (infrastructure,

personal protective clothing

and policies) was slow and very little was

in place to address women’s issues.”

Her extensive experience has given

Thabile insight into what is needed.

“Women and men should hold equal

representation in the workplace,” she

says, “and mining companies should prioritise and

advocate for diversity, inclusion, parity and for

greater recognition of female leadership within

their organisations.”

Thabile is encouraged by progress made by

women in mining but wants to see “more deliberate

and proactive action”. Her hope is that in 10 years, “the

fundamental elements such as empowering, caring,

showing respect, connecting and growing our female

talent, would have been achieved”.

$8 200/oz, and palladium achieved

a new record high of nearly

$2 150/oz. Some mining companies

discovered that several

of the other minerals that are

present in their mines (gold,

copper and nickel) were surging

in price, causing them to investigate

ramping up operations.

Some companies chose to

sell assets while others have

undergone major restructuring.

Impala Platinum will spend R2.7-

billion over two years to scale

down production from 11 shafts

to six lower-cost, profitable,

shafts. In FY2018 Impala

produced 580 800 ounces

of refined platinum. Impala

Refinery Services (IRS) smelts and

refines concentrate and matte

and recycles auto catalysts.

The mining sector still makes

a big contribution to provincial

GDP although that percentage

is now below 30%. About 18%

of total employment in the

province is in mining.

Mineral resources

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

Bushveld Igneous Complex, a remarkably rich minerals formation. Mines

in the province produce 50% of the platinum produced in the world, and

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

throughout the province, and there are several ferrochrome smelters and

other processing plants. South Africa produces about 70% of the world’s

chrome. Gold and uranium are found along the border of the province

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

are mined at Christiana, Bloemhof and Lichtenburg. Other minerals

include fluorspar, vanadium, rhodium, uranium, copper, limestone, slate,

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

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

PPC cement factory.

One of the last economically viable limestone deposits in South

Africa is mined and processed by Sephaku Cement. Sephaku runs a

6 000-ton-per-day clinker plant near Lichtenburg. AfriSam, PPC and

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

is confident that its clinker and cement-production facilities will be

supported by raw materials for at least 30 years. AfriSam has taken

measures to reduce carbon emissions at its Dudfield cement plant. ■

Online Resources

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

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

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

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



Delivering opportunities

in local communities

Implats spent R1.6-billion supporting local businesses in 2019.

Implats’ enterprise and supplier development activities

focus on supporting local and black businesses and are

designed to contribute to socio-economic development

in neighbouring communities, build a more robust and

competitive supply chain for the Implats Group, and ensure

compliance with regulatory expectations.

Enhancing procurement opportunities is important to

create sustainable communities, improve community relations

and advance the economic development of these areas.

Implats’ preferential procurement practices and

enterprise and supplier development activities make a

tangible difference to the lives and families of emerging black

entrepreneurs and stimulate economic development in our

host communities.

In 2019, Implats’ South African operations made good

progress on increasing levels of localised and preferential

procurement. Local-to-site procurement increased to 23% of

total spend, amounting to R1.6-billion. Implats strives, as far as

possible, to source all goods and services within South Africa,

with an emphasis on local businesses.

Since 2013, Implats has provided support to 41 local

black-owned businesses through two principal initiatives

– Aurik and Raizcorp – and helped grow its monthly spend

with 28 of these businesses by more than 60%. Supporting local and

black-owned businesses through preferential procurement is an

important part of promoting transformation and Implats undertakes

the following activities to develop entrepreneurial skills:

• Seeking, identifying, supporting and promoting appropriate

historically disadvantaged suppliers through sustainable

procurement practices.

• Leveraging the existing supplier base to unlock local employment

opportunities, mentorship and investment in the greater value chain.

• Nurturing an environment for partnerships and joint ventures

between the existing supplier base and local entrepreneurs.

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

requirements of the Mining Charter and reporting in parallel on

B-BBEE performance as per the Department of Trade, Industry and

Competition’s Codes of Good Practice.

In 2020 Implats aims to increase the scale of working partnerships

between the South African government and large and small suppliers.

Further, our investment in

the accommodation and living

conditions of employees is one

pillar of Implats’ contribution

to the wellbeing of its

host communities. Our social

investment strategy complements

this by providing schools,

clinics and other amenities.

Social programmes and

investments are identified in

collaboration with stakeholders

in the areas in which we operate

and seek to address identified

community needs by focusing on

infrastructure, health, education,

community employment and

empowerment initiatives. ■




By Empowering our People.

People are the foundation on which exceptional

performance is built and Implats are committed

to developing and empowering these people.




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Committed to socio-economic

development in the North West

Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to contributing towards the socio-economic

development of the North West Province.

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

and Energy) and Job Mokgoro (North West Premier) receiving the donation of PPE for frontline health workers.

Sibanye-Stillwater is a leading international

precious metal mining company, with a

diverse portfolio of platinum group metal

(PGM) and gold operations and projects.

It is the world’s largest primary producer of platinum

and rhodium, the second- largest primary producer

of palladium and the third-largest producer of gold

(on a gold-equivalent basis). Sibanye-Stillwater is also

the leading global recycler and processor of spent

PGM catalytic converter materials.

With its Rustenburg and Marikana mining operations

in the North West providing employment

to 44 000 workers in the region, Sibanye-Stillwater

is a significant contributor to the socio-economic

development of the North West Province.

In addition to taxes, royalties and wages, the

company contributes to the development of small

and medium enterprises through its inclusive

procurement and enterprise development programme.

It also contributes to micro enterprises

Boikagong Primary School in Paardekraal

Piggery in Boitekong

Above: Deputy Minister of Health Joe Phaahla and MEC of Health of North West, Madoda Sambatha, receiving

the completed Forensic Pathology Mortuary delivered by Sibanye-Stillwater.

and social infrastructure through the delivery of

social and labour plans; projects based on the

municipal integrated development plans and

community needs.

Above: Delivery of sanitisers to Job Shimankana

Tabane Hospital CEO Mr A Mvula (centre) in Rustenburg

as part of the 100 000 litres of sanitisers donated

to help in the fight against COVID-19.

May, adopting a gradual, phased return to work

programme to protect the health and safety of its

employees as much as possible.

Notwithstanding the operational and financial

challenges posed by Covid-19, the Group

has continued to provide support to employees,

the government and the communities to cushion

the impact of Covid-19.

The Group has invested R50-million in various

initiatives in our doorstep communities and the

Eastern Cape to assist communities and government

to deal with the impact of Covid-19 in the areas of

health, social relief, education and SMME support.

Supporting stakeholders is a natural step given that

the company already contributes, in addition to the

investment towards Covid-19, over R290-million to

socio-economic development in line with our vision

of creating superior value for all stakeholders. ■

For additional information, please refer to


The Group was, like all industries in South Africa,

severely impacted by Covid-19. Its operations were

halted during the last week of March 2020 and limited

underground production only resumed from

May 2020. The Group has focused its efforts on the

safe ramp-up of production from its operations since



New abattoirs will benefit farmers.

As part of a drive to help more farmers get connected to the

more profitable end of the value chain, a beef beneficiation

project is under consideration. To be located in the Dr Ruth

Segomotsi Mompati District, a feasibility study is investigating

whether a public-private partnership for constructing abattoirs and

other relevant infrastructure would work.

Another initiative to assist emerging farmers is taking place in

the wildlife sector. Although the sector is no longer delivering the

spectacular returns of just a few years ago, it is still a potentially very

profitable enterprise. To that end, the Provincial Government of the

North West is to take excess game from its provincial nature reserves

and make them available to emerging farmers. The North West Parks

Board will oversee the process and the first donations will be in the

order of 600 game animals.

Four district agri-parks are intended to establish sustainable agroprocessing,

promote food security and bring black businesses into the

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

• Springbokpan: grain (Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality).

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


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


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


Various agro-processing plants are under consideration for the

city of Mahikeng: a feedlot and a meat-processing plant, including an

abattoir and packaging facilities. In Taung the plan is to establish an

animal feed-manufacturing plant. A 10ha vineyard in Ventersdorp is

to be expanded to 40ha and a black-owned logistics co-operative has

been signed to distribute products from the farm.

Kalahari Red goats. Credit: SA Boerbok

Sector Insight

Emerging game farmers are

to be given a headstart.

The Kgora Agricultural

Institute in Ramatlabama, about

25km north of Mahikeng, trains

small-scale farmers in raising

animals and crop farming and

works with young people.

Regional variety

The dry western region of the

province is home to large beefcattle

herds, and this is where

the growing game-ranching and

hunting industry has its base. The

eastern and north-eastern parts

of the province receive relatively

good rainfall and are suitable for

the cultivation of crops.

The North West has

approximately 1.6-million beef

cattle, representing 12% of

South Africa’s herd. Major breeds

include Simmental, Brahman,

Bonsmara and Simbra (pictured),

a cross between the Brahman

and Simmental breeds. Kalahari

Red and Boerbok goats are

found in large numbers in the

dry west. The number of goats

for the province is estimated at

701 587 which is 12% of South

Africa’s total. There are estimated

to be 318 843 pigs, which is 20%

of South Africa’s total drove.

Nearly two-million hectares

is planted with summer cereals,

with about 50 000 hectares given

over to winter cereals. The North



Credit: Simbra SA

West produces about 20% of

South Africa’s maize and about

15% of its wheat. The central and

southern sections of the province

are dominated by maize and

wheat farming. When it comes

to sunflower seed, North West

is responsible for 33% of South

Africa’s stock, and 23% of the

nation’s groundnuts. The North

West supplies 5.4% of South

Africa’s potatoes, but parts of the

Kalahari are ideally suited to the

cultivation of seed potatoes.

The North West is sometimes

called “The Texas of South Africa”

for its superb cattle herds, but

it also produces good crops of

onions and other vegetables.

Proximity to the large urban

concentrations of Pretoria and

Johannesburg are advantages

for the horticulture subsector.


When South Africa’s first

alternative stock exchange in

South Africa started trading in

February 2017, the first listing

was agricultural company

Senwes and its holding

company. Senwes has a strong grain division and it controls 68 silos.

Its headquarters are in Klerksdorp and in 2019 it increased its stake

in KLK so that it now controls 57.44% of the company most strongly

associated with the Northern Cape.

Suidwes is based south of Klerksdorp in Leeudoringstad. More than

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

is the main business and there are divisions for retail (17 outlets and

one animal-feed depot), mechanisation, finance and research and

agricultural economics (Terratek).

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

The company runs five divisions and a plant that makes full-fat

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

manufacturing capacity. The Lichtenburg-based enterprise makes

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

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

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

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

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

a capacity of 2.5-million tons.

AgriNW is the mouthpiece of its affiliated farmers and keeps an

eye on policy and laws affecting the sector. It also acts as a supportive

network to help its members achieve optimal results. Agri NW is one of

the partners in an annual seminar on farming, the Senwes Future Focus,

which takes place at Nampo Park, south of Klerksdorp in Bothaville in

the neighbouring Free State Province. ■

Online Resources

Agri NW: www.agrinw.co.za

Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za

North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:


Red Meat Producers Organisation: www.rpo.co.za,




Providing water to schools is a priority.

Good progress has been made towards supplying water to

the 79 schools in the province which were identified as

having inadequate water facilities. This includes the drilling

of boreholes and construction of storage tanks.

All new schools built in the North West are supplied with kitchens

in line with the National Schools Nutrition Programme.

South Africa is a waterscarce

country and

water management

is critical to economic

planning. The western

part of North West

Province is particularly

Image: Sedibeng Water

dry. In the eastern

part of the province,

national government

has sent water tanks to some parts, and has upgraded the treatment

plants upstream from the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Large infrastructure has been the focus of national and provincial

initiatives in recent years. In his State of the Province address in 2020,

Premier Dr Zamani Saul announced that priority projects are currently

at between 80% and 95% completion and he pledged that they would

be completed in the course of the year. The following projects have

been completed:

• Dinokana Water Augmentation.

• Ganalaagte Boreholes and Sewer Pump Station refurbishment.

• Naledi Water Augmentation phase 1 and 2.

• Tshing Cent Fall Sewer Line.

Municipalities are charged with delivering water and handling

waste-water but many municipalities have not been equal to the task.

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

The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) falls under the

National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional

Affairs and will assist municipalities to plan for, provide and maintain

infrastructure. The first action of MISA was to commission 81 engineers

and town planners.

Online Resources

Blue Drop Awards: www.ewisa.co.za

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

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

Water Research Commission: www.wrc.org.za

Sector Insight

A new agency has been set

up to assist municipalities.

The province has 83

sewage-treatment plants, and

the national Blue Drop award

system has found most of them

need improvement. JB Marks

Local Municipality, which has

Potchefstroom as its main town, is

one of only three municipalities in

the country that acts as a waterservice

authority and as a service

provider. It has won awards for

its levels of service. The biggest

service providers active in the

North West are:

• Rand Water.

• Magalies Water.

• Sedibeng Water (which has

taken over the service area of

Botshelo Water).

• Midvaal Water Company

supplies water to Matlosana


Three of South Africa’s six

major catchment areas are

located in the province: the

Limpopo, the Orange and the

Vaal. Within these catchment

areas, only the Vaal River has a

strong enough flow to allow for

significant amounts of water to be

taken from it directly to support

irrigation or industry. There are

four water-management areas

in the province, three of which

are linked to the Vaal River. Water

is imported into the provincial

system through transfers

between water basins. ■




New technology makes new tyres at Bridgestone.

Bridgestone South Africa’s investment in new technology at

its plant in Brits is allowing the company to produce 19-inch

tyres for the BMW X3 being assembled in Pretoria. These tyres

would otherwise have to be imported.

Bridgestone’s factory is one of only four in the world that

produces runflat tyres. About 850 people are employed at the plant.

Also in Brits are wire-harness manufacturer Pasdec Automotive

Technologies, Bosch, and Dubigeon Body and Coach. SOS Tie & Die is

a manufacturer of precision pressings, components and press tools,

based in Brits close

to Tshwane’s Rosslyn

automotive hub.

AVMY Steel Science

is the largest supplier

of small-quantity steel

in the SADC region.

Chassis manufacturer

KLT Group announced

in 2019 the acquisition

of the Brits plant which

comprises a pressing,

Coil prepared for slitting.

Image: AVMY Steel Science

welding, assembly and

e-coating facility. The

KLT Group has four

plants in South Africa and employs more than 1 000 people.

A provincial Integrated Manufacturing Strategy has been

compiled. The strategy notes the North West’s strategic location near

to the industrial hub of Gauteng and its low input costs and easy

access to busy trade routes. These factors make the development

of the chemical processing sector a good proposition for investors.

The province also has easy access to natural resources, especially

with regard to the ingredients necessary for the manufacture of

phosphate and nitrogen-based fertilisers.

In addition to Brits (automotive components and tyres), other

concentrations include mining equipment and engineering

(Klerksdorp) and food and beverages (Potchefstroom).

Online Resources

Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC): www.aidc.co.za

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

National Department Trade, Industry & Competition: www.dtic.gov.za

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


Sector Insight

AVMY Steel Science has a

new owner.

Rustenburg has a mixture of

enterprises, the biggest of which

are mining-related smelters.

Production of non-metallic

mineral products is concentrated

around Lichtenburg and

Mahikeng (cement), and

Rustenburg (stone). Tough

Metals Toys factory and Totpak

are located in Ventersdorp.

As one of the country’s

biggest producers of livestock,

hides for car seats for the

province’s automotive industry

could profitably be sourced

locally. The Centre for Advanced

Manufacturing (CFAM) at North-

West University specialises in

extruder technology.

RCL Foods has a large processing

plant at Rustenburg.

Dairybelle (Bloemhof ) and

Clover (Lichtenburg) have

cheese factories in the province.

Water from the Schoonspruit

Eye near Ventersdorp supplied

South Africa’s first bottled water.

Nestlé has purchased the rights

to this water source. Nestlé’s

soy-creamer processing plant is

located in Potchefstroom.

About 30% of the country’s

grain and oil-seed crop pass

through Senwes silos every year.

Sasko operates a white-maize

mill in Klerksdorp. SAB’s Rosslyn

Brewery supplies the North

West with most of its beer. ■




Sport and heritage tourism are new strategic sectors.

Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Image: North West Tourism

The impact of Covid-19 will be felt for many months to come,

and the tourism sector of the North West Province will be

affected by the travel restrictions put in place in 2020.

A saving grace for the province is the extremely wide range

of activities that are offered to a high standard. This makes it more

likely that one or more of these subsectors will be in a position to

lead a recovery. In almost any sector one can think of, North West has

outstanding representatives. For example, Sun City (golf, conferencing

and hotels) and several game lodges within both the Pilanesberg and

Madikwe game reserves are internationally renowned. Birding, fishing,

hunting and hot-air ballooning are among other popular pursuits and

Potchefstroom has outstanding sporting facilities for a range of sports.

Australia and Spain won the cricket and soccer world cups from their

base in Potchefstroom and international athletes often visit the city for

training camps.

The North West Parks and Tourism Board (NWPTB) is investing in

the province’s 12 smaller parks with the intention of creating jobs. In

partnership with the National Department of Tourism, work has begun

on the Manyane Game Lodge in Mahikeng, with a budget allocation

of R43-million. Another project envisages a mega-park in the northwestern

sector of the province, the Heritage Park.

The Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Festival continues to grow in

popularity. Arts and culture development centres (Mmabana Centres)

are found in three of the province’s districts. Twelve public museums

have been identified together with 400 heritage sites as part of a

census on the province’s cultural assets.

The NWPTB is unique in South Africa in that it is the only provincial

government entity that runs a hotel school. The Institute of Hotel

Sector Insight

The North West Parks and

Tourism Board is investing

in its 12 smaller parks.

and Tourism Management

(IHTM) has two campuses, one

in Mahikeng and one at Ga-

Rankuwa outside Pretoria. The

courses offered are approved by

the Council for Higher Education

and accredited with the relevant

sector authority, THETA.

In addition to the provincial

tourism authority, there are

regional tourism organisations

which market special attractions:

• Harties Tourism Association.

• Matlosana Tourism Association.

• Mooinooi: Buffelspoort Valley.

• N12 Treasure Route Association.

• Potch Tourism Association.

• Vredefort Dome Tourism


Taung is the site of the

first discovered fossil of

Australopithecus africanus.




The North West Development

Corporation (NWDC) has an

investment plan linked to

this famous site, involving

a museum, hotel and spa

resort. The Vredefort Dome is a

UNESCO World Heritage Site for

its significance as the landing site

of a meteorite many millions of

years ago.

The North West Cricket

Association hosted the Under-19

T20 Cricket World Cup. This is the

sort of event that the province

wants to attract to the province.

The Hockey Junior World Cup

is next, the first to be held on

African soil. There is apparently

interest among owners of

Premier Soccer League teams

to bring fixtures to the province.

To prepare for this, work will be

done on the Mmabatho Stadium

in Mahikeng.

Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and North West Tourism. The theme

was Tourism and Digital Transformation and more than 7 000 pupils

and graduates attended the three-day event.

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the North-

West University offers Tourism Management and the professors and

researchers are at the top of their profession.

The North West Department of Economy and Enterprise

Development has supported small tourism businesses in attending the

international tourism events, such as the 40th International Tourism Fair

in Belgrade, Serbia. The business owners of TK Afrofist, Thuto Jewellery

Workshop, Borobalo Diamonds and Polishing Centre and A Re Bopeng

Ceramics rubbed shoulders with participants from more than 20

countries including Russia and Turkey and made sales.

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

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

guesthouses with conference facilities in towns such as Rustenburg

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

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

among them are the Mmbatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention Resort,

part of the Peermont group, which has hotels and casinos in six of

South Africa’s provinces. The Mmabatho Palms offers eight gaming

tables and slot machines. Gaming is controlled in South Africa and

licences are restricted to certain operators.

Hotels and conferences

Sun City celebrated its 40th

birthday in 2019. Venues

available for hire range from

a 12-seater Council Room to

the Superbowl which can

accommodate 6 000, and just

about everything in between.

With six kinds of

accommodation, two outstanding

golf courses, casinos and

a choice-filled entertainment

complex, the Sun City Resort is a

major tourism asset and significant

employer in the province.

Sun City was the venue

for the 2018 National Tourism

Careers Expo (NTCE), jointly

organised by the National

Department of Tourism, the

Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality

and Sport Sector Education and

Madikwe Game Reserve. Image:Tourism North West

Mahikeng also hosts the Protea Hotel and the Mmbatho Convention

Centre (the main auditorium can seat 3 000 people). The Hotel School

can accommodate up to 200 people. Most of the luxury lodges in the

province can accommodate conferences, albeit on a smaller scale. ■

Online Resources

Aardklop National Festival: www.aardklop.co.za

Marico Tourism: www.marico.co.za

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

North West Tourism: www.tourismnorthwest.co.za

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



Education and training

North-West University now offers Mechatronic Engineering.

Sector Insight

Civil servants are getting

extra training.

The Tebogo Nokwana Foundation donates shoes and

sanitary towels to Matlhare Mokautu Secondary School.

Image: North West Department of Education

Ubank and Royal Bafokeng Holdings have established the

Thutopele Learnership which provides young people with

working experience while they study towards a National

Banking Certificate NQF level 5.

Of the first 15 trainees who went through the learnership, 13 were

employed by Ubank within the province or in neighbouring Gauteng.

The programme prepares students for positions as tellers, sales

consultants and in-service consultancy.

A Provincial Government three-year programme has placed 120

unemployed graduates in the agricultural sector on farms as part of

experiential training and learning. The North West Office of the Premier

disburses bursaries to the Ikatisong School of Governance (located at

the University of Pretoria) for civil servants or prospective civil servants.

Studies can be undertaken in seven faculties.

The North-West University Business School has agreed to

collaborate with the North West Provincial Government in building the

relevant skills of officials. The school offers an MBA and a Postgraduate

Diploma in Management at three sites.

A specific initiative to tackle unemployment was planned for 2020,

a Provincial Skills Development Lekgotla. Participants were to be the

National Skills Authority (NSA) and various SETAs and their brief was

to develop a provincial intervention strategy relating to young people

who are neither employed nor in education and training.

South Africa’s educational

institutions are being

encouraged to focus on artisan

skills. At the moment, about

13 000 artisans are trained in the

country every year; the National

Department of Higher Education

and Training (DHET) wants that

figure to be 30 000 by 2026.

The first 164 graduates of a

joint programme of the North

West Department of Economy

and Enterprise Development and

the Construction Education and

Training Authority (CETA) have

received certificates in plumbing.

The three-year apprenticeship is

focussed on women and youth.

Technical Vocational and

Educational Training colleges

teach skills that are relevant to

the work place. North West has

three TVET colleges with several

campuses each. Vuselela TVET

College has its headquarters

in Klerksdorp, where there is

also an accredited trade test

centre. There are a further four

campuses: Jouberton Centre for

Engineering Studies; Matlosana

Campus; Potchefstroom Centre

for ICT and Taung Campus.

Orbit TVET College has three

sites, Rustenburg, Mankwe

and Brits, with about 15 000

students overall. The Rustenburg

campus of Orbit College hosts

a Microsoft IT Academy while




the Mankwe campus offers

automotive training, the result

of a partnership between the

Manufacturing, Engineering and

Related SETA (MerSETA), Lelethu

Training and Ford South Africa.

Orbit TVET College hosts an

electronics academy courtesy of

sponsors Samsung Electronics

on the Mankwe campus, and

in partnership with the

MerSETA. Mankwe also offers

Automotive Repair, Maintenance

and Transport and Logistics and

is a Centre of Specialisation in

Diesel Trade.

The Taung Agricultural

College is accredited by the

Council on Higher Education

(CHE) to offer the NQF level 6

Diploma in Agriculture

specialising in Irrigation


Two teachers from the

North West, pictured right, were

among the top achievers in the

2019 National Teachers Awards,

Constance Kgomotso Pilane

from Mafenya Primary School

and Genevieve Classen of Fields

College. As of the start of the

school year in 2020, 27.5% of

pupils at schools in the North

West had access to information

through connectivity.

University news

The CHE has announced that

the North-West University

(NWU) Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

programme has received full


A new qualification,

Mechatronic Engineering, has

been added to the courses

offered by the Faculty of

Engineering. The Bachelor of

Mechatronic Engineering programme has been approved by the

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), enabling graduates to

compete internationally. This programme will be offered in 2021.

The faculty now offers eight specialities, including industrial and

electromechanical and chemical engineering (minerals processing).

Partnerships include Sasol, Eskom, Denel Aviation, Telkom and Sappi.

The Faculty of Engineering is a leading department in terms of

innovations and plays a role, together with the NWU Technology

Transfer and Innovation Support Office, in commercialising ideas by

creating companies.

The university and its researchers are leaders in many fields,

including astrophysics, tourism, solar energy and extruder technology.

Among the research entities at NWU, there are five chairs

allocated by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI):

Astrophysics and Space

Physics, Coal Research,

Biofuels and other clean

alternative fuels, Nuclear

Engineering and Early

Detection and Prevention

of Cardiovascular Disease

in Africa.

North-West University

has more than 65 000

students, with about

26 000 of studying by

correspondence. The

university’s main campus

is at Potchefstroom with

satellite campuses at

Mmabatho and Vanderbijlpark.

The pharmaceutical

faculty at the Potchefstroom

campus of the North West

University is regarded as a

national leader.

The University of South

Africa (Unisa) has three

branches in North West, at

Rustenburg, Potchefstroom

and Mmabatho. ■

Online Resources

Image: North West Department

of Education

Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za

North West Department of Education: www.desd.nwpg.gov.za

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

NWU Business School: www.commerce.nwu.ac.za

Thutopele Learnership: www.bafokengholdings.com/careers

35 NAME BUSINESS 2020/21


Banking and financial services

All of the major banks have agricultural divisions.

All of the country’s major banks and financial institutions

are represented in the North West. Financial services are

available in small towns, although the bigger cities like

Potchefstroom, Rustenburg and Klerksdorp have a greater

concentration and diversity. Financial services extend beyond

advising rich people on how to invest their assets or balance their

portfolio. In a province where there has been some real financial distress,

programmes are in place to assist people.

Long strikes, volatile global markets and layoffs have created

tough conditions for some workers in the platinum sector. Anglo

American Platinum has teamed up with Summit Financial Partners

to help miners manage their debt and plan their finances better

through a scheme called Nkululeko. Garnishee orders went down

among the Nkululeko group by

80% in a five-year period. In 2016,

Summit won a Constitutional

Court judgement to the

effect that the judiciary must

keep an eye on emolument

attachment orders (garnishees)

to make sure they are fair. It had

earlier been found by a High Court

that some orders were grossly

Financial literacy workshops.

unfair and exploitative. Summit

Image: ASISA

has an office in Hartbeespoort.

The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa is behind

another initiative called Project Qaphela, a financial literacy programme

aimed at workers in the mining sector (pictured). The curriculum

covers budgeting, saving, borrowing, understanding documents such

as payslips and benefit statements and preparations for retirement.

Partners in the programme include the National Union of Mineworkers,

Sanlam and Coronation. Ubank is owned by a trust that is managed

by the Minerals Council South Africa and the National Union of

Mineworkers (NUM). It has several branches in the North West.

With agriculture being such an important part of the North West

economy, all of the big banks have dedicated units such as Nedbank

Online Resources

Association for Savings and Investment South Africa: www.asisa.org.za

Auditor-General of South Africa: www.agsa.co.za

Chartered Institute for Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers:


Financial Sector Conduct Authority: www.fsca.co.za

Sector Insight

Debt management and

financial planning are

available to mine workers.

Agribusiness. Focus areas for

this unit are agronomy (grain,

oil seeds, sugar and cotton),

livestock (including game

farming), horticulture and

secondary agriculture which

covers agricultural processing

and storage.

The large agricultural

companies have finance

divisions. CertiSure is a joint

venture between NWK and

Senwes that offers short-term

insurance, crop insurance,

financial planning, medical

funds and funeral policies.

Senwes Credit is a registered

credit provider which offers

asset financing in collaboration

with Wesbank.

Brits-based Temo Agri

and Noordwes Korporasie

(Lichtenburg) has received

the backing of the Industrial

Development Corporation (IDC)

to enable it to roll out agricultural

credits to emerging farmers.

The Royal Bafokeng Nation,

a community of about 150 000

people living on platinumrich

land north-west of

Rustenburg, is a shareholder

in a large banking group

and several of South Africa’s

insurance companies through

its investment company, Royal

Bafokeng Holdings (RBH). ■



Development finance

and SMME support

Banks are running training courses for business owners.

Monakaladi Gardens Wedding and Conference Venue

expanded its turnover by more than 700% and created two

new jobs, with a little help from a programme designed

to support entrepreneurs and increase employment.

The SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme has provided more than

R1.6-million in grant funding and business support in the North West.

The programme invests in entrepreneurs, particularly women,

youth, people in rural areas and persons with disabilities. The 18-month

programme provides mentorship, business development tools

and workshops, access to peer

networks finance, and support

throughout the time spent on the

programme. Monakaladi Gardens

was a provincial winner in the

Lilizela Tourism Awards 2019.

In November 2019

Nedbank and the Department

of Economic Development,

Environment, Conservation and

Tourism ran a five-day training course for 25 women-led enterprises

with the focus on financial management, marketing and business

planning. Wendy Atahwo, the owner of events management company

Cherry Homes, said that the networking was valuable, as was learning

new skills and about new marketing trends.

Standard Bank and Black Cherrie Management offered a series of

seminars for small business in 2019, the first of which was related to

financial solutions for SMMEs. The theme was “Up your entrepreneurial

skills and increase your bottom line”.

The Provincial Government has announced that in the 2020/21

financial year it will roll out two digital incubators jointly valued at R16-

million, at the Mafikeng Innovation Hub and in Mogwase, at the Leema

Township Incubator.

Most of the Cooke’s Lake Information Centre in Mahikeng

(excluding the existing office block) is to become a permanent flea

Online Resources

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

Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.org.za

Tholoana Enterprise Programme: www.sabfoundation.co.za


Sector Insight

Cooke’s Lake Information

Centre is to become a

flea market.

market. A budget of R8-million

has been approved by the

National Department of Small

Business Development (DSBD).

The DSBD has several

programmes to assist SMMEs and

co-operatives. These include the

Black Business Supplier Development

Programme and the

Co-operative Incentive Scheme,

a 100% grant. The Small Enterprise

Development Agency

(Seda) is an agency of the

DSBD and gives non-financial

support to entrepreneurs

through training, assistance with

filling in forms, marketing and

creating business plans.

A provincial policy framework

is to be adopted to ensure

that the maintenance of certain

rural roads is set aside for job

creation, small contractor

development and local


The South African National

Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL)

currently has nine contracts

covering more than 2 300km

in the province. A set of subcontracts

is being negotiated for

routine maintenance such as the

patching of potholes, fencing

and the cutting of grass verges.

The Seda Technology Programme

helps potential businesses

become trading entities.

The Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC) is a strategic

lender and plays a strong role in

supporting small and emerging

enterprises. ■




Fuel cells are in the spotlight.

Sector Insight

The Platinum Valley Special

Economic Zone will encourage

renewable energy.

Image: North-West University

One of the key focus areas for the planned Platinum Valley

Special Economic Zone (PVSEZ) is the promotion of renewable

energy. The PVSEZ is in the Mogwase industrial area in

the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality and has already

attracted the interest of nine investor companies. Five companies are

currently operating on the site.

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

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

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

are investigating several options. Big mining companies are among

the biggest users of energy and many belong to the Energy Intensive

Users of Southern Africa.

Bioethanol, biodiesel and methane gas from waste and renewable

resources are among the types of biofuels under discussion. Sunflower

seeds and sweet sorghum are suitable for converting into biofuel and

bioethanol. The South African Energy Resource Institute (Saneri) Chair

in biofuel research is held by a professor on the Potchefstroom campus

of North-West University (NWU).

Silversands Energy is a North West company that produces

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

Africa for the City of Johannesburg.

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

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

converting bush that is encroaching onto arable land into biomass in

the form of biocoal (TOR) or briquettes. The Engineering Department

of NWU regularly competes in an international solar car challenge.

South Africa’s nuclear-research centre is located at Pelindaba

Online Resources

Energy Intensive Users of Southern Africa: www.eiug.org.za

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

Southern African Alternative Energy Association: www.saaea.org

Southern African Bioenergy Association: www.saba.za.org

near Hartbeespoort Dam and

is run by the South African

Nuclear Energy Corporation.

The NWU Nuclear Engineering

Department is the only one of

its kind in the country, and the

National Department of Science

and Technology has allocated a

chair in Nuclear Engineering to

the university.

The head office of the

Minerals Council South Africa

is powered by 40 ounces of

platinum and natural gas. A fuel

cell at the Johannesburg site

of the national mine owners’

association is South Africa and

Africa’s first base load installation.

Finding new uses for

platinum provides good news for

the North West which has huge

numbers of people employed

on mines. Several companies are

working on fuel cell technology.

The mines and smelters

around Rustenburg and the

industrial plants in Brits use a

lot of energy. They are served

by Transnet Pipelines, which has

recently made a big investment

in the New Multi-Product


The NMPP is built to pump

three-million litres of product

per hour over a distance of

715km, from Durban to the

industrial hub of the country. ■




North West

Provincial Government

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

Office of the Premier

Premier: Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro

Garona Building, South Wing, 3rd Floor,

Dr James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735

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

Website: www.nwpg.gov.za

Department of Agriculture and

Rural Development

MEC: Desbo Mohono

Agricentre Building, Cnr Dr James Moroka Drive

and Stadium Road, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 389 5111 | Fax: +27 18 392 4377

Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and


MEC: Tsotso Tlhapi

House No 1, Lowe Complex, Modiri Molema Road,

Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 4494 | Fax: 086 651 7885

Department of Community Safety and

Transport Management

MEC: Sello Lehari

Tirelo Building, Albert Lithuli Drive, Mahikeng 2745

Tel: +27 18 200 8401

Department of Cooperative Governance,

Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

HOD: Phihadu Ephraim Motoko

NWDC Building, cnr Provident House and

University Drive, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 2891 | Fax: 086 620 7825

Department of Economic Development,

Environment, Conservation and Tourism

MEC: Keneitswe Mosenogi

NWDC Building, 1st Floor, Cnr Provident Street and

University Drive, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 387 7700 | Fax: +27 18 384 9440

Department of Education

MEC: Mmaphefo Lucy Matsemela

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

Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 2970 | Fax: +27 18 384 5016

Department of Health

MEC: Madoda Sambatha

Cnr 1st Street and Sekame Road, Mahikeng 2745

Tel: +27 18 391 4000

Department of Public Works and Roads

MEC: Gaoage Oageng Molapisi

Ngaka Modiri Molema Road, Old Parliament

Complex, Provincial Head Office, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 1435 | Fax: +27 18 388 4021

Department of Social Development

MEC: Boitumelo Theodora Moiloa

Provident House, University Drive, Mmabatho 2735

Tel: +27 18 388 2000 | Fax: +27 18 494 1213

Provincial Treasury

MEC: Motlalepula Rosho

Garona Building, East Wing, 2nd Floor, Cnr James

Moroka and University Drive, Mmabatho 2735

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




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Main Main Road Road

Railway Railway

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NORTH The Mahikeng WEST BUSINESS International 2020/21 Airport is served by SA 40Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. More than 120

Express. The city’s main sectors are financial services, 000 people attend the Aardklop Festival every year.

Municipalities in North West Province


services, transport and trade. The Garona District houses The city has a population of about 173 000.


North West Local Government

An overview of the North West municipalities.



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

Website: www.bojanala.gov.za

Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality

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

Website: www.kgetlengrivier.gov.za

Madibeng Local Municipality

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

Website: www.madibeng.gov.za

Moretele Local Municipality

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

Website: www.moretele.gov.za

Moses Kotane Local Municipality

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

Website: www.moseskotane.gov.za

Rustenburg Local Municipality

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

Website: www.rustenburg.gov.za



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

Website: www.kaundadistrict.gov.za

City of Matlosana Local Municipality

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

Website: www.matlosana.gov.za

JB Marks Local Municipality

Tel: +27 18 299 5111

Website: www.jbmarks.co.za

Maquassi Hills Local Municipality

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

Website: www.maquassihills.co.za



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

Website: www.rsmompatidm.gov.za

Greater Taung Local Municipality

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

Website: www.gtlm.gov.za

Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality

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

Website: www.kmlm.gov.za

Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality

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

Website: www.lekwateemane.co.za

Mamusa Local Municipality

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

Website: www.mamusa.gov.za

Naledi Local Municipality

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



Tel: +27 18 381 9400 | Fax: +27 18 381 0561

Website: www.nmmdm.gov.za

Ditsobotla Local Municipality

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

Website: www.ditsobotla.co.za

Mahikeng Local Municipality

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

Website: www.mahikeng.gov.za

Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality

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

Website: www.ramotshere.gov.za

Ratlou Local Municipality

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

Website: www.ratlou.gov.za

Tswaing Local Municipality

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

Website: www.tswaing.gov.za

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