Free State Business 2021

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The 2021 edition of Free State Business is the 11th issue of this successful publication that, since its launch, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Free State. The Free State has varied investment and business opportunities and the Free State Development Corporation describes some of these in detail in these pages. Drilling for natural gas is a new phenomenon which may spark activity in other sectors and this journal notes significant new investments and projects in the chemicals and mining sectors. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) was a significant event for the economy of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Located on the strategically significant N3 highway that links the economic heartland of South Africa to the coast, the MAP SEZ has the potential to attract new investors and spark a revival in the manufacturing sector. In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide up-to-date information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example. Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.

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Growing shared value

in our community

Kekeletso and Kedibone Tsiloane founded South Africa’s first

eco-friendly brick manufacturing company in Sasolburg, Ramtsilo

Manufacturing and Construction. Kekeletso attended cohort

of the Sasol-NWU Enterprising Women Programme in 2017 and

was the runner-up in the SAB Foundation Social Innovation 2019

Awards. Above are the ladies with 50 tons of plastic Sasol donated

to them. Ramtsilo is part of Sasol’s sustainability projects SMMEs

and has an enterprise development relationship with Sasol.

Zikhona Ngubentombi is

permanently employed at Rates

and Taxes, Metsimaholo Local

Municipality after completing the

2018 Sasol Youth Development

Programme, a partnership with

the Free State Department of

Public Works and Infrastructure.

It is Sasol’s aim to achieve a

transformed, sustainable, diverse

and high performing supplier base

through simplifying our processes

and accelerating the development of

small and transformed businesses

and giving them enterprise and

funding support. Our economic

transformation and local content

programme is focused to align with

the shared value approach to integrate

all our interventions which deal with

economic inclusion. This includes

a focus on nurturing early stage

entrepreneurial talent to enable a

mindset for development and agility in

our communities.

Since Sasol’s Enterprise Development

relationship started with Kent

Electrical Services in 2015, the

company grew from 24 to 30

employees, increasing their annual

turnover by 2019 by 60%. Kent

provides solutions in the industries of

electrical services, telecommunication,

oil purification plants, and recently

expanded to warehousing and

distribution facilities management.

Apart from securing contracts with

Sasol in Sasolburg, they also do work

for Sasol and other organisations

in Gauteng. Another company that

benefited from Sasol’s Enterprise

Development initiatives is Siyashanela

Services. Founded in 2002, their

relationship with Sasol only started

in 2013. Since then, Siyashanela

increased their annual turnover by

more than 100% in 2019.


Green Eden Nursery is another local SMME assisted by Sasol’s Enterprise and Supplier Development

Programme. Their relationship with Sasol started in 2013, having 16 employees. They increased their

staff complement to 50 employees while also growing their annual turnover by more than 100%. Green

Eden renders a number of services to Sasol, from tending to gardens, to weed control and supplying

of indigenous trees, in particular during Arbor Day. The owner of Green Eden Nursery, Khathutshelo

Maseleni specialises in indigenous trees, working with the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental

Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Centre for Environmental Management at the

North-West University. This work relates to the planting of indigenous trees and furthering biodiversity.

They also grew their staff complement from

30 in 2013 to 130 in 2019. They acquired their

first contract with Sasol for plant and office

cleaning, but were able to expand their services

to include load securement that has since become

their primary business. They also do material

distribution and render a material handling

service.

There are a number of other initiatives in

and around Sasolburg through which Sasol

promotes entrepreneurship development. As

part of Sasol’s Social Investment initiatives

training opportunities include the Sasol-NWU

Enterprising Women Programme, the Sasol VUT

Entrepreneurship programme and the Sasol Youth

Development Programme done in partnership

with the Metsimaholo Local Municipality and

the Free State Department of Public Works and

Infrastructure.

“Our aim is to enable

economic inclusion and

access for small businesses,

to contribute to economic

growth, through our

economic transformation

programme.”

Rightwell Laxa, Senior

Vice President, Sasolburg

Operations.


CONTENTS

CONTENTS

Free State Business 2021 Edition

Introduction

Foreword 4

A unique guide to business and investment in the Free State.

Special features

A regional overview of the Free State 10

With acquisitions in the chemicals sector, drilling about to start

for natural gas and the bedding down of a new Special Economic

Zone, there are opportunities for growth in the Free State economy.

Economic sectors

Agriculture 36

An inland fishery has been launched.

Mining 38

Feasibility studies are exploring new gold projects.

Oil and gas 39

Logistics companies are signing up for gas.

Manufacturing 40

The textile sector is recovering.

Tourism 41

Culture and heritage are growth sectors.

Education and training 42

Coding and AI are in the curriculum.

Reference

Free State provincial and local government 45

Index 48

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Sasolburg Operations is one of five

operating hubs in Southern African.

This photograph shows the Sasol One

Site which was established in 1950,

converted from coal gasification in 2004

and now uses more efficient natural

gas in its production processes. Among

the products produced on this site are

ammonia, ammonium nitrate, catalyst,

ethylene, mining chemicals, phenolics,

solvents and wax. Image: Sasol.

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FOREWORD

Free State Business

A unique guide to business and investment in the Free State.

Credits

Publishing director:

Chris Whales

Editor: John Young

Managing director:

Clive During

Online editor:

Christoff Scholtz

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Simon Lewis

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Lizel Olivier

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Gavin van der Merwe

Sam Oliver

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Charlene Steynberg

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written permission of Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd.

The 2021 edition of Free State Business is the 11th issue of this successful

publication that, since its launch, has established itself as the premier

business and investment guide for the Free State.

The Free State has varied investment and business opportunities

and the Free State Development Corporation describes some of these in detail

in these pages.

Drilling for natural gas is a new phenomenon which may spark activity in

other sectors and this journal notes significant new investments and projects in

the chemicals and mining sectors. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung

Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) was a significant event for the economy

of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Located on the strategically

significant N3 highway that links the economic heartland of South Africa to the

coast, the MAP SEZ has the potential to attract new investors and spark a revival

in the manufacturing sector.

In addition, overviews on each of the key economic sectors provide upto-date

information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example.

Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.

To complement the extensive local, national and international

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

www.freestatebusiness.co.za. Updated information on the Free State is also

available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online

at www.globalafricanetwork.com, in addition to our complementary businessto-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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MESSAGE

Domestic MESSAGE and international

investors are invited to

invest The Free in South State Africa’s most

centrally welcomes located investors province

MEC MEC for for Economic, Economic, Small Small Business Business Development, Development, Tourism Tourism and and Environmental Environmental Affairs, Affairs,

the the Honourable MP MP Mohale, Mohale, outlines relates how how human the province capital formation has supported is at the business heart of the in the

creation Covid-19 of crisis a conducive and how environment investment for can investment spark further in Free development. State Province.

It In is with response pleasure to and the gratitude effects of that Covid-19 we, as the and department the subsequent charged

with lockdown promoting of the investment economy, into Free the State Free enterprises State Province, were introduce invited to

Free apply State for Business economic 2020. recovery We welcome incentives. this well-known Incentives publication’s

and support

regular

programmes

description

were for

of the

businesses

economic

in the

environment

formal and

of

informal

our province

sectors

and

and

are

were

pleased

focussed

to contribute

on saving existing

to its pages.

jobs and creating new ones.

A

In

brief

an effort

overview

to improve

of the

the

investment

uptake of

climate

opportunities

in our

presented

province

by

is

government, working with different business chambers in the Free

provided on the facing page.

State, the department has assisted businesses to meet the minimum

Our department also published a dedicated investment prospectus.

compliance requirements, like business, tax and other licence

The purpose of the Free State Investment Opportunities Prospectus is

registration. We would not like to see anybody left behind.

to provide pertinent information about large-scale investment

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

opportunities currently available in various sectors. These initiatives

charged with promoting investment into the Free State Province,

represent

introduce

the

Free

Free

State

State’s

Business

response

2021.

to

We

President

welcome

Ramaphosa’s

this well-known

clarion

call

publication’s

for increased

regular

long-term

description

investment

of the

necessary

economic

for

environment

inclusive growth

of our

and province job creation. and are pleased to contribute to its pages.

While Our department investment is has an essential also published ingredient a dedicated to economic investment growth, it

should prospectus, be pointed the Free out State that at Investment the centre Opportunities of the Free State Prospectus. government’s These

economic initiatives represent development the Free strategy State’s is response human capital to President formation Ramaphosa’s and development

clarion call through for increased universities long-term and investment colleges, and necessary various for institutions inclusive

pursuing growth and innovation job creation. and offering proof-of-concept services, to name a

few. While Indeed, investment the Free State is is an poised essential to become ingredient a laboratory economic for excellence

growth, in education it should outcomes, be pointed research out that and at innovation, the centre particularly of the Free in

the State fields government’s of health, agriculture, economic agro-processing, development strategy, manufacturing, as well as water the

management, Value Chains Economic ICT, pharmaceuticals Transformation and rural Approach, development. is human capital

formation Domestic and and development potential investors through from universities around the and world colleges, are

welcome and various to contact institutions the DESTEA pursuing Head innovation of Department and offering at: proof-ofconcept

services, to name a few. The Free State is poised to become

HoD_office@destea.gov.za.

a laboratory for excellence in education outcomes, research and

innovation, particularly in the fields of health, agriculture, agroprocessing,

manufacturing, water management, ICT, pharmaceuticals

and rural development.

Domestic and potential investors from around the world are

welcome to contact the DESTEA Head of Department at:

HoD_office@destea.gov.za.

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MEC for Economic, Small

Business Development, Tourism

and Environmental Affairs the the

Honourable MP Mohale.

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Investing in the Free

State Investing Province

the

Free State Province

Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at

DESTEA, outlines some of the Free State’s

Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at DESTEA, outlines some of the

unique selling propositions.

Free State’s unique selling propositions.

MESSAGE

MESSAGE

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

The

shares borders

Free State

with

Province

Lesotho

is

and

situated

six other

in the

provinces.

heart of South

It provides

Africa

and shares borders with Lesotho and six other provinces.

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

It provides easy access to the main ports of Durban, East

Port Elizabeth.

London and Port Elizabeth.

The Free State is an attractive business and investment destination.

The Free State is an attractive business and investment

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

destination. The province is at the centre of South Africa and the

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

dominant economic sectors are agriculture, mining, manufacturing

it ideal

and the

for transport

tertiary sectors,

logistics

making

and agro-processing.

it ideal for transport logistics and

agro-processing.

Companies locating to Free State not only enjoy the opportunity to

source The inputs Department at competitive has prices, developed but also a to Value benefit Chains from domestic, Economic

regional Transformation and international Approach, markets which aims for their to place products the economy and services. on a

Because path of South reconstruction, Africa has recovery been engaging and development with our economically post the Covid-19 large

trading pandemic. partners, Maintaining access to sound international relationships markets with is facilitated the private through sector

various ensures trade that preferences government’s and free-trade economic agreements. transformation agenda

remains As far as on long-term track. The investment department is is concerned, engaging with there sectors are industrial such as

parks property and a developers Special Economic issues Zone such (SEZ) as bulk that services are supported and the approval by the

Department of plans. A of development Trade, Industry committee and Competition. made up Industrial of government, parks

are developers, situated in financing Maluti-A-Phofung, institution Botshabelo and municipalities and Thaba will Nchu. soon

Maluti-A-Phofung be established. SEZ is situated in Tshiame.

The Companies Free State’s relocating strengths for to inward Free investment State not are only boosted enjoy by: the

• opportunity openness to to business, source trade inputs and at foreign competitive investment prices, but also to

• benefit abundance from of domestic, natural resources regional and international markets for their

• products low factory and rentals services.

• Africa’s There leading are industrial telecommunications parks and a Special network Economic Zone (SEZ)

• that incentive are supported packages uniquely by the developed Department for Special of Trade, Economic Industry Zones and

• Competition. incentives associated Industrial with parks the revitalised are situated industrial Maluti-A-Phofung,

parks

• Botshabelo Free State and Development Thaba Nchu. Corporation The Maluti-A-Phofung (FDC) support SEZ services is situated for in

Tshiame, priority sectors Harrismith. such as agro-processing and manufacturing

• a large

The Free

labour

State’s

pool

strengths for inward investment are boosted by:



diverse

openness

cultures

to business, trade and foreign investment

• abundance of natural resources

• competitive land and building cost

• low factory rentals

• world-class transport and telecommunications infrastructure

• Africa’s leading telecommunications network

• incentive packages uniquely developed for Special Economic Zones

and industrial parks

7

Free State Development

• an Corporation idyllic climate (FDC) support

• recreational services for and priority lifestyle sectors

facilities. such as agro-processing and

manufacturing

Select • a large investment labour pool opportunities

include: • diverse cultures

• • Agriculture competitive and land agroprocessing

costs.

and building

• Tourism Select and property investment

opportunities developmentinclude:

• • Medical Agriculture and and pharmaceutical

agriprocessing


production

tourism

and

and

distribution

property

• Manufacturing

development

• medical and pharmaceutical

• Renewable and clean energy

production and distribution

• Medical tourism.

• manufacturing

• renewable and clean energy

and medical tourism. ■

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MESSAGE

Working together,

growing the the Free Free State State

Thabo Lebelo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Free State Development

The Free State Development Corporation unlocks business opportunities.

Corporation gives details on how the FDC is delivering on its mandate to

create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and for inward

investment into the provincial economy.

In line with Free State Growth and Development

Strategy and the mandate of broadening

access to economic opportunities for the Free

State-based business sector, the Free State

Development Corporation (FDC) will continue to

unlock business opportunities for both local and

foreign direct investors.

Thabo Lebelo, CEO of the FDC

The World Bank Group flagship report, June

In line 2020, with the projected Free State a Growth global and GDP Development contraction Strategy and

the of mandate 5.2%.The of broadening South African access real to economic GDP is also opportunities for

the expected Free State-based to go down business by 7.2% sector, in 2020 the Free due State to the Development

Corporation economic (FDC) restrictions will continue that were to unlock implemented business opportunities

for both by local government direct and through foreign direct its risk-adjusted investors. alert

The levels World in Bank response projected to the that Covid-19 the GDP pandemic. growth The for BRICS (Brazil,

Russia, rand India, has China depreciated and South significantly Africa) will against be 5.4% the in US 2019 and 2020.

As the dollar bloc’s since powerhouses, the beginning India of and the China year. All are of leading these the pack in

terms challenges of higher GDP present growth a very rates. difficult The annual road ahead. economic The growth rate

in India economic was projected recovery to be will 7.5% need in all 2019 the while social China’s partners annual growth

rate was to hold projected hands to and decline work to together. 6.3% in 2019 from 6.8% in 2017. Brazil,

Both the national and provincial government

have provided some relief to businesses in one

form or another. The FDC has also partnered with

government departments to assist businesses in

distress in order to cushion the blow caused by

the global health crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a

tremendous blow to our SMMEs. Many have been

forced to shut their operations for months due to

the lockdown regulations. This has had a negative

impact on their survival and sustainability with

some downsizing their operations, while others

have had to cease operations. The FDC continues

to foster partnerships with various stakeholders

from municipalities, government departments

and other state entities with the aim of advancing

SMME development, promoting exports,

attracting investments within the province and

most importantly, saving businesses.

As an organisation, we believe that the best way

to grow the Free State and the country is through

meaningful collaboration and partnerships which

allows us to pool all our resources together for the

betterment of our entrepreneurs.

This Free State Business 2021 publication

presents the Free State’s value proposition as a

business and Russia tourism and destination. South Africa Key have opportunities lower

GDP include growth the following: rates compared

in the Free State

• A leading to agricultural China and commodities India. The South producer

presents significant African economy opportunities was projected across the

agro-processing to grow value by chain. only 1.7% in 2019.

• Aquaculture The activities FDC is working associated hard within

the

Gariep Dam. this framework to promote and

• Sheep farming advance economic and related development value-chain

processing. in South Africa’s most centrally

• Tourism development located province. potential leveraging off

heritage sites and The assets. FDC continues to foster

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• Engineering opportunities within the

Lejweleputswa District as a result of excellent

engineering training and capacity-building

within the mining sector.

• Jewellery beneficiation.

• The Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone

(MAP SEZ), situated at Tshiame in Harrismith

in the Thabo Mafutsanyane District in the

Eastern Free State is targeting investments

into the province. This SEZ is situated midway

between the biggest port in Africa, Durban, and

the biggest market in Africa, Gauteng.

• The Industrial Parks in Sasolburg, the anchor

town of the Metsimaholo Municipality in the

Fezile Dabi District in the Northern Free State are

available for rental to industrial tenants.

We will utilise all our resources in creating a

conducive environment for entrepreneurs to

thrive and unleash the potential of the provincial

economy to grow through our commitment to:

• Relationship building.

• Commitment I N D U S T R I A L P R O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H

to our customers and investors.

renting out • 18 Economic 850 transformation sqm FDC standalone for factory is including the Furniture

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good of all our people.

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Business

for Furniture and Equipment, Machinery, Manufacturing and grants where available.

Operation..

With the continued support from the provincial

main Quick arterial access routes onto and N3 Freeway.

government, we will indeed grow the Free State. ■

The factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on

factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all ameni

This factory offers the following:

The

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arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 Freeway.

Sprinkler System.

main

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factory offers the following:

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This

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Ample parking

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8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with

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SPECIAL FEATURE

A regional overview

of Free State

By John Young

A regional overview

of the Free State

By John Young

With acquisitions in the chemicals sector, drilling about to start for

natural gas and the bedding down of a new Special Economic Zone,

there are opportunities for growth in the Free State economy.

As of February 2020, nearly 100 new

permanent jobs had been created within

the Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic

Zone (MAP SEZ), the strategically located

area on the N3 highway designed to attract new

investment to the Free State Province.

Sectors prioritised at the MAP SEZ include

logistics, ICT, automotive, pharmaceuticals,

manufacturing and agro-processing. The 1 000ha

site has four zones: agro-processing, light industrial,

heavy industrial and a container terminal. Control

of the project now rests with the provincial

Department of Small Business Development,

Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA).

Other areas that are being upgraded to provide

infrastructure to encourage manufacturing are the

Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park and the Botshabelo

Industrial Park. The N3 is South Africa’s busiest

road and the Highway Junction truckstop at the

entrance to Harrismith claims to be Africa’s biggest.

More than 1 500 vehicles pass through every day

and three forecourts cater to three fuel brands.

Refuelling, storage and handling take place here,

highlighting the province’s strengths in logistics as

the country’s most central province.

The country’s two great highways pass through

the province. The N3 links the ports of Richards

Bay and Durban with the industrial heartland and

the N1 provides north-south connectivity. The

provincial capital, Bloemfontein, is another logistics

hub. Three other national highways intersect the

province which is also well served by rail and air

links. The Bram Fischer International Airport serves

the provincial capital.

Links to the west (Kimberley and on to

Namibia) and east (to Lesotho) underpin the

planning behind the N8 Corridor concept which

covers Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu.

A plan for the coordinated development of the N8

Corridor has been approved by a range of bodies

and is being funded by the Development Bank

of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Mangaung

Metropolitan Municipality.

Projects and purchases

The Omnia Group is present in 45 countries,

has more than 4 400 employees and a net asset

value of R9.7-billion (March 2020). The company’s

agricultural and chemicals divisions have a large

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Sasolburg and the company has recently acquired

a US-based firm that specialises in patented

agriculture biological products, further expanding

its geographical footprint and product range.

International fuel, gas and chemicals company

Sasol regularly invests in new technologies and in

expanding production of its many products.

Renergen, the owners of the Virginia Gas

Project, announced in March 2020 that their

findings had “radically improved” the company’s

drilling plan. One of the key facts to emerge is

that the gas contains helium of up to 12%, a good

percentage. Despite the drawback associated with

Covid-19, Renergen also announced that it was

going to roll out filling stations across South Africa

to cater to companies in the trucking industry

converting to gas.

Mining is reduced in importance but remains

a significant employer. Harmony Gold has several

assets in the province and Sibanye-Stillwater

has undertaken a feasibility study on a property

adjacent to its existing Beatrix mine.

In agriculture, the Free State is looking forward

to the implementation of the African Continental

Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the free trade

agreement that was stalled by the Covid-19

pandemic. The Free State’s agricultural export

basket is well suited to trading with African states

and strategies are being considered to promote

apples, asparagus, cherries, cut flowers, sorghum,

venison and wine.

The Free State produces significant proportions

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

and maize (45%) and is ranked third in contribution

to national GDP in agriculture.

The Free State shares borders with six other

provinces, in addition to the Mountain Kingdom

of Lesotho. A summer-rainfall region with a mean

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

soil types and topography vary greatly within the

province, with plains in the west and mountains in

the east.

The western and southern areas are semidesert,

with some Karoo vegetation occurring in

the south. The southernmost region of the Free

State is a largely dry area with open grasslands

predominating, although it is also home to the

Gariep Dam, South Africa’s largest dam.

Municipalities in Free State

The Free State has one metropolitan municipality

(Mangaung), four district municipalities and 19

local municipalities.

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a Category

A municipality which governs Bloemfontein,

Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. The sixth-largest

city in the country, the Mangaung municipal area

covers more than 6 263km² and has a population

of about 850 000 people. Bloemfontein is

responsible for about 25% of provincial GDP.

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Xhariep District Municipality

Towns: Trompsberg, Zastron, Philipollis, Smithfield,

Wepener

The southernmost region of the Free State

is a largely dry area with open grasslands

predominating, although it is also home to the

Gariep Dam, South Africa’s largest dam. The dam is

also the site of small hydro-power and aquaculture

projects. The nearby Tussen die Riviere Nature

Reserve and the Mynhardt Game Reserve are

popular. Crops are produced in the northern parts

of the district and sheep farming is the biggest

activity in the south. Diamonds, gravel and clay are

mined at Koffiefontein. Jagersfontein is one of the

first places where diamonds were found.

The Early Childhood Development Centre at Zamdela

in Sasolburg is supported by Sasol. Image: Sasol

Lejweleputswa District Municipality

Towns: Welkom, Virginia, Boshof, Christiana,

Bultfontein, Bothaville

Mining is the most important economic activity

in this area, also known as the Free State

Goldfields, but it is also the most important

maize-growing area in South Africa. A large natural

gas field has been discovered on what used to be

gold turf. Bothaville hosts the annual NAMPO maize

festival and the headquarters of Grain SA. Welkom

is the major urban centre in the district. The area

has tourist assets such as a holiday resort on

the Allemanskraal Dam, the Goldfields Wine

Cellar in Theunissen and the Willem Pretorius

Game Reserve.

Fezile Dabi District Municipality

Towns: Sasolburg, Parys, Kroonstad, Frankfort,

Heilbron, Viljoenskroon

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the

economic driver in the district, which shares a

border with Gauteng province along the Vaal

River. Kroonstad is the district’s second-largest

town and has a number of engineering works

and a railway junction.

A good proportion of South Africa’s grain crop

is sourced from this district and when the vast fields

of sunflowers and cosmos flowers are in bloom, a

marvellous vista is created. The Vaal River presents

opportunities for yachting, rafting and resort-based

enterprises. Parys is a charming town and Vredefort

is home to a World Heritage site – the Vredefort

Dome where a meteor crashed to earth.

Fezile Dabi District Municipality is the

biggest contributor towards the provincial GDP,

contributing approximately 35%. The Fezile

Dabi area is mostly dominated by the industrial

power of Sasol, with the manufacturing of refined

petroleum, coke and chemical products adding

largely to its GDP.

Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality

Towns: Phuthaditjhaba, Bethlehem, Ladybrand,

Clarens, Harrismith, Ficksburg

Tourism and fruit farming are the two principal

economic activities of this area which is

characterised by beautiful landscapes: the Maluti

and the Drakensberg mountain ranges, wetlands

in the north, well-watered river valleys and the

plains of the north and west. The most famous

asset is the Golden Gate National Park.

Industrial activity is undertaken at Harrismith

and Phuthaditjhaba, where the Free State

Development Corporation is promoting

investment. The Maluti-a-Phofung Special

Economic Zone (SEZ) at Harrismith is a multimodal

transport and logistics hub. The commercial

centre of the district is Bethlehem while Clarens

and Ficksburg have become famous for their

artists and cherries respectively. ■

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CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154

information or to view:

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za

FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND

CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154

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In its efforts to empower youth, the Free State

Development Corporation (FDC) is participating

in job creation for unemployed individuals

in the province. The FDC has signed a

funding agreement with the Unemployment

Insurance Fund (UIF) under the Labour Activation

Programme (LAP) as an implementing agency.

The LAP is an initiative by the UIF to provide

work experience, training and skills opportunities

to former contributors to the UIF who have lost

their jobs, and unemployed youth. This is carried

out under the Training and Skills Development

Business Unit. The UIF is an agency of the

Department of Labour.

The unit intends to prioritise employment,

skills and re-skilling of unemployed individuals,

combating long-term unemployment and poverty

alleviation in the province. “The implementation of

the programme will cultivate an entrepreneurial

culture and train participants to increase their

chances of acquiring employment and starting

their own business,” says Thabiso Tshabalala, FDC

Project Manager.

The programme targeted 1 500 learners

who come from various communities around

the Free State. The beneficiaries, both male and

female, have already completed their theoretical

and practical experience in building and civil

construction (paving), welding and mixed farming.

A total of 819 women completed this training.

Positive feedback received from learners

indicates that the programme is on the right path.

This will create an economy that will result in employment

opportunities for women, youth and many

currently unemployed South Africans who should

be productive participants in the economy. ■

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The property management and development unit

of the FDC has a diverse property portfolio.

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The Free State Development Corporation

oversees and administers a diverse and

substantial portfolio. If you are a small,

medium, micro enterprise or a labourintensive

company in search of suitable industrial

and commercial premises, look no further. FDC’s

Property Management Unit offers rental space for

your small to medium enterprise at affordable rates

through its diverse and substantial property portfolio.

Over the years the unit has provided business

premises to the general public, business people

and government departments who want to initiate

projects. The unit has also been instrumental in

providing warehousing, manufacturing space, offices

and space in various shopping centres across

the province.

Offering you quality services

Overseeing a total of 253 commercial and 290

industrial properties, FDC uses this infrastructure to:

• Facilitate commercial and industrial activity

• Assist new investors who may be looking for

suitable premises

• Facilitate SMME development, particularly in rural

areas.

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Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za

FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND

CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154

Our industrial properties are located in:

• Thaba Nchu

• Botshabelo

• Industriqwa, Harrismith

• Phuthaditjhaba.

Our cost structures

FDC’s property rates of leasing are competitive

and compare favourably with similar industrial

and commercial properties elsewhere in the

country. FDC’s industrial property rates currently

range from R9.08 to R16.09 per square metre

for factory space, depending on the features of

the property, and from R30 to R96 per square

metre for commercial premises and are adjusted

from time to time in line with prevailing

economic conditions.

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Incentives

Incentives may be granted in the form

of rental holidays, reduced rental rates

and discounts on utilities for investments

contributing to job creation on a large scale.

Black Economic Empowerment

Concessions which may be granted to

businesses with more than 50% black

ownerships include the following:

• A discount of 10% on normal rental rates

• An additional discount of 2% for womenowned

businesses, where women have

more than 50% shareholding in the business

• An additional discount of 2% for youthowned

entities where more than 50% of

shareholding in the business belongs to

individuals below the age of 35

• An additional discount of 2% for businesses

where disabled persons hold 25%

shareholding or more.

These concessions do not apply in instances

of lease renewals or existing leases.

Three easy steps to occupying

your new premises

Once FDC has identified a suitable site for

your business, you will have to confirm

your interest in the site in writing with the

corporation.

Within a week of receiving the

confirmation and all legal documentation,

premises will be allocated based on the

availability and the specific requirements

of the prospective tenant. You will sign the

agreement and pay the initial costs which

include the following: deposits; admin and

legal fees; two month’s rental in advance.

You will be able to occupy the premises

after FDC has prepared the building

according to the agreed requirements.

Contact details

For more information regarding factory space

to rent please contact us:

Tel: +27 51 4000 800

Email: wecare@fdc.co.za

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Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park

Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park

Phuthaditjhaba IP is strategically located in the

Phuthaditjhaba Eastern Free State IP and is 40km strategically away from located the N5 in and the

Eastern N3 highways. Free State The and park 40km is on away the border from the between N5 and

N3 the highways. Gauteng and The Kwazulu park is on -Natal the provinces. border between

the Gauteng The Park and is Kwazulu-Natal situated within provinces. the Thabo

Mofutsanyana The Park is District situated Municipality within the in Thabo the

Mofutsanyana

Maluti-A-Phofung

District

Local

Municipality

Municipality.

in

It

the

is

Maluti-A-Phofung

owned and managed

Local

by

Municipality.

the Free State

It is

owned and managed by the Free State

Development Corporation (FDC), which is the

Development Corporation (FDC), which is the

official agency responsible for driving economic

official agency responsible for driving economic

development in the Free State Province.

development in the Free State Province.

The Park is divided into Industrial estates

The Park is divided into Industrial estates

ie factory units, which are further divided into

ie factory units, which are further divided into

small

small and

and

large

large

units.

units.

Small

Small

units

units

range

range

from

from

50m²

50m²

to

to

499m²

499m²

while

while the

the

large

large

units

units

are

are

500m²

500m²

and and above in in size. size. These These factories factories are are mainly mainly

rented for manufacturing and and service service industries industries

and to a lesser extent retail (wholesaling) and and

warehousing (storage). There are are a total of of 296 296

factories in the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park.

The Industrial Park Park occupies a total a total of 257 of

360m² 257 360m² gross gross land land area, area, with approximately

62% occupancy rate and 185 companies. It It

has one of the biggest local employers in in the

CMT sector, employing 1 200 local people, who

comprise more than 90% women. The Park is is a a

major economic hub of the district, with varied

businesses located in in the park.

The municipality provides services services such such as

as water water and and electricity, electricity, and and the the infrastructure is

is owned owned by by the the municipality. municipality. There There is more is more than

than 120 000m 120 2 000m of vacant 2 of land vacant and land 112 and vacant 112 factories vacant

factories (large and (large small). Sectors and small). include Sectors textiles, include plastic

textiles, products, manufacturing, plastic products, construction, manufacturing, food and

construction,

snacks. The total

food

number

and snacks.

of jobs

The total

is estimated

number

of

at 7

jobs

300.

is estimated at 7 300.

Botshabelo Industrial Park

Botshabelo Industrial Park

The Botshabelo Industrial Park is situated

The approximately Botshabelo 60km Industrial from the Park economic is situated hub

approximately on the eastern 60km side of from the Mangaung the economic Metro. hub

on The the industrial eastern side area of was the Mangaung developed Metro. in 1985 The

industrial with the area assistance was developed of DBSA. in 1985 with the

assistance The Botshabelo of DBSA. Industrial Park boasts

manufacturing

The Botshabelo

and service

Industrial

companies

Park boasts

in

manufacturing

the textiles, electrical,

and service

plastic

companies

production,

in the

textiles, electrical, plastic production, poultry,

poultry, food and snack sectors. Currently it

food and snack sectors. Currently it provides

provides employment to an estimated 7 519

employment to an estimated 7 519 people,

people, of which the majority are women.

of which the majority are women. Mangaung

Mangaung and Maluti-A-Phofung form part

and Maluti-A-Phofung form part of the

of the distressed regions and were declared

distressed regions and were declared as one

of

as

the

one

Presidential

of the Presidential

nodal areas

nodal

that

areas

require

that

development.

require development.

The The BIP BIP was was the first first to to receive receive phase phase 1 and 1 and

phase phase 2 of of the revitalisation programme. programme. The The

initiation of of the revitalisation programme programme has has

had had some impact and and has has seen an an increase in

investment investment within within the the park. park. The The Industrial Industrial Park

has Park 144 has factories 144 factories operating operating with 113 with occupied. 113

The occupied. total capital The total investment capital is investment around R755- is

million. around R755-million.

The factory sizes range from 500m² to to

22500m². The Park also has an an incubator centre

known as as the Small Business Park.

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Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba and Industriqwa.

The FDC offers affordable rental space, ranging

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blocks and shopping centres, to loose single-tenant

commercial buildings situated in rural areas to suit

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PROFILE

Free State Development

Corporation (FDC)

Driving enterprise development and investment in South Africa’s

most central province, the Free State.

The FDC contributes to the Free State’s

economic development through four service

delivery pillars:

SMME/co-operative funding and support

The FDC provides products and services to SMMEs

and co-operatives in the form of financial support

(business loans) as well as business development

support (facilitating training and mentoring service

providers). The principal loan products offered to

Free State entrepreneurs by the FDC are:

• Start-up loans for recently established businesses

that are mainly at formative stages.

• Expansion loans offering viable and existing

businesses the capital needed to expand.

Business take-over finance to assist potential

clients to acquire a business as a going concern.

• Bridging finance for SMMEs with short-term cashflow

problems with contracts or tenders.

Property management

The FDC administers a diverse property portfolio

and can offer small to medium enterprises suitable

premises at affordable rates. The corporation has

some 253 commercial properties, 290 industrial

properties and a large number of residential and

vacant land for development.

The corporation aims to use them to facilitate

commercial and industrial activity, while assisting

new investors looking for suitable premises.

The FDC offers advice and guidance in terms of

the following incentives:

• Subsidised rental rates.

• Rental holidays of up to three months.

• Special incentives and discounts for BEE

companies or individuals.

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PROFILE

Maluti-A-Phofung

Maluti-A-Phofung

SEZ

SEZ

investment investment opportunities

opportunities

The SEZ is booming with investment to the tune of R1.1-billon for 2020.

Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone SEZ project pipeline

(MAP SEZ) has been established in terms There are various companies that have signed

of the Special Economic Zones of Act the No. traffic letters to different of intent locations to locate in South in the Africa MAP and SEZ. neighbouring

Some of

16 of 2014. The programme is intended countries such the as sectors Lesotho targeted and Swaziland. for establishment Through its within cross-docking the

to deepen industrial development and precinct improve and MAP its logistics SEZ are as and follows: warehousing sectors the MAP SEZ

manufacturing competitiveness in the Maluti-A- presents itself • as Logistics a solution and to lighten distribution. the traffic pressure on the N3.

Phofung region.

This Special • Agro-processing.

Economic Zone (SEZ) is part of the Free State leg

Situated in Harrismith and Tshiame in the of Eastern the massive • Durban-Free Food processing. State-Gauteng logistics and industrial

Free State, MAP SEZ is strategically located on corridor the N3 that • is Rail-based intended to container strengthen terminal the logistics (Transnet and Freight transport

national road, halfway between Johannesburg

corridor

and

between

Rail).

South Africa’s main industrial hubs to:

Durban. MAP SEZ offers 1 038 hectares of


land

Ignite

for

the economy

• Starch

of

chemicals.

the region through industrialisation.

• Attract foreign and direct investment.

industrial development.

• Biogas.

• Create access to export and import markets.

Since the Durban port is the busiest in the

• Integrate Free State industrial strategy activities into the corridor.

southern hemisphere, it therefore means that the N3 MAP SEZ milestones

• Create job opportunities and grow the economy within the region.

carries the majority of the traffic to different locations

in South MAP Africa SEZ and CEO neighbouring Mpho Mgemane countries such as

Lesotho and Swaziland. Through its cross-docking

precinct and its logistics and warehousing sectors

• MAP SEZ was launched by President Zuma on 25

April 2017 to operate as a Special Economic Zone.

• Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ was granted an operator

permit in 2017 by the Minister of Trade and

Industry after cabinet approval.

• Perimeter fencing and lighting have been

completed.

• Bulk infrastructure roll-out is in progress and is

90% complete.

• The SEZ has developed a marketing and

promotion pipeline which has attracted

30 potential investors with an estimated

investment value of R 2.6-billion and will create

Maluti-A-Phofung

the MAP SEZ presents Special itself Economic as a solution to lighten

the traffic pressure Zone the (MAP N3. SEZ) has

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

State leg terms of the of massive the Special Durban-Free Economic State-Gauteng

logistics Zones and Act industrial No 16 corridor of 2014. that The is intended

to strengthen programme the logistics intended and transport to corridor

between deepen South industrial Africa’s main development industrial hubs to:

• Improve and access improve to export manufacturing and import markets.

• Integrate competitiveness Free State industrial the Maluti- strategy activities

into A-Phofung the corridor. region.

Objectives approximately 22 130 permanent and temporary

• Create job Since opportunities the Durban and port grow is the economy As part of its mandate, job opportunities the MAP in the SEZ next is intended 5 to 10 years. to establish

within the the busiest region. in the southern

hemisphere, it therefore means

Investor that benefits the N3 carries the majority

manufacturing • opportunities Construction and of top create structures a regional commenced and international

trade environment June with 2019. added value-chain benefits. It has also been

established to simulate social and economic benefits and regional

Benefits that will be derived from locating within What the MAP SEZ offers development and to create

MAP SEZ include:

• Lots of space – more a than prosperous 1000ha available trade city to and

• 15% corporate tax instead of 28% corporate tax. prospective investors. functional trade ecosystem.

• Building allowance.

• Long-term lease periods Finally, which provide to investors encourage

• Employment incentive.

an opportunity to beneficiation recoup investment activities on that

• Customs controlled area (CCA).

infrastructure. promote value-added benefits

• 12i Tax allowance.

• Affordability in the form

and

of

help

concessions

to create a

offered

prosperous

on rentals.

trade city and functional trade

ecosystem.

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PROFILE

Priority sectors

Some of the many MAP SEZ

priority sectors are:

• Automotive

• Agro-processing

• Logistics

• General processing

• ICT

• Pharmaceuticals.

From this pipeline MAP SEZ is proud to

pronounce that it has secured investments

from five investors to the value of R1.1-billion

in various sectors. The operations of

these investors were established in June,

September and November 2020.

These investors are a source of great pride

for the MAP SEZ as they have created 103 jobs since the start of their

operations and are projected to create 466 jobs collectively, once

they are fully operational.

The MAP SEZ is now gaining momentum in terms of attracting

local and foreign investors and is supported by its healthy investment

pipeline of approximately R3.2-billion, which is project-ed to create

12 000 work opportunities. ■

Investor benefits

Some of the many investor

benefits that can be derived

from locating within MAP SEZ

include but are not limited to

the following:

• 15% corporate tax instead of

28% corporate tax.

• Building allowance tax.

• Employment incentive tax.

• 12i tax allowance.

MAP SEZ milestones

Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ was

granted an operator permit in

2017 by the Minister of Trade,

Industry and Competition after

cabinet approval. MAP SEZ was

gazetted as a Special Economic

Zone on 2 June 2017 and its tax

incentives were gazetted on 6

July 2018.

SEZ project pipeline

Since inception the MAP

SEZ has engaged numerous

investors and through these

engagements has built a

pipeline of lucrative local and

international investments to the

tune of R2.3-billion.

Contact details

Any investor interested in establishing their business within

the SEZ can contact:

Ms M Setai, Manager in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer

Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone

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

Email: maphoika@mapsez.co.za | Website: www.mapsez.co.za

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Free State Gambling,

Liquor and Tourism

Authority

Driving economic transformation in the Free State.

Free State Province

Center yourself in the heart of South Africa

Vision

A transformed economy and a prosperous society with an

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

tourism sector.

Mission

To be a leading developmental institution that drives economic

transformation, regulation and adaptation to the ever-changing

industry dynamics to benefit the Free State.

CEO of Free State Gambling,

Liquor and Tourism Authority,

Mr Kenny Dichabe

The Free State Gambling,

Liquor and Tourism

Authority (FSGLTA)

is one of the two

entities of the Department

of Economic, Small Business

Development, Tourism and

Environmental Affairs (DESTEA).

The FSGLTA was established by

the FSGLTA Amendment Act 4

of 2017, which was amended

to incorporate the former Free

State Tourism Authority and

Free State Gambling and Liquor

to form the new entity which is

known as FSGLTA.

Mandate

The mandate of the Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism

Authority is to regulate the gambling and liquor industries within

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

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

sustainable and transformed gaming and liquor industries through

effective licensing, regulating and reporting on the activities of

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

destination of choice.

The gambling industry

• Invite applications for licences (gambling)

• Consider, grant or refuse applications

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

approved

• Implementation of norms and standards in the gambling industry

as determined by the National Gambling Act

• Ensure that gambling activities are effectively regulated, licensed

and controlled

• Ensure compliance to the act, rules and regulations

The liquor industry

• Receive applications for registrations (liquor)

• Reduce the socio-economic and other costs of alcohol

• Promote the development of a responsible and sustainable liquor

industry in relation to gambling

• Generate revenue for the Free State Province

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Image: iStock

The tourism industry

It is important that the FSGLTA intensifies

its efforts to ensure effective marketing

of the province in order to attract

domestic tourists as well as international

tourists. The province continues to

enhance tourism infrastructure, up-skill

the sector, inculcate the culture of service

excellence and enhance the provision

of world-class visitor experiences. The

Authority has partnered with event

organisers and tour operators to market

and promote the Free State as a tourist

destination. These are achieved through

the following:

• Forging strategic partnerships with the

public and private sectors to leverage

from each the capability and capacity

to improve the industry

• Streamlining the impact of events

through partnerships and sponsorships

• Improving on Meetings, Incentives,

Conferencing and Events (MICE) as a

focused growth area of the market

• Continuous review of the marketing

plans to stay on par with the industry

trends. ■

GAMBLING AND LIQUOR CONTACT DETAILS

• Mangaung Metro Abraham Classen

classena@fsglta.gov.za | 051 404 0320 | 079 506 0272

• Thabo Mofutsanyana Peter Moleko

molekop@fsglta.gov.za | 078 309 4178

• Lejweleputswa Thabo Tlake

tlaket@fsglta.gov.za | 057 492 0001 | 072 533 6681

• Fezile Dabi Bongakele Nzunga

nzungab@fsglta.co.za | 056 492 0001 | 082 256 5926

• Gariep Abraham Classen

classena@fsglta.gov.za | 051 404 0320 | 079 506 0272

TOURISM ROUTE CONTACT DETAILS

• Cheetah Route Nthabiseng Methola

cheetah@freestatetourism.org | 073 125 1614

• Eagle Route Bonolo Molefe

eagle@freestatetourism.org | 072 056 6090

• Flamingo Route Dineka Lephowane

flamingo@freestatetourism.org | 073 796 8577

• Lion Route Keakabetse Ramokonopi

lion@freestatetourism.org | 084 951 1564

• Springbok Route Kefiloe Molefe

molefek@fsglta.gov.za | 079 496 2999

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SPECIAL FEATURE

South African

investment incentives

The South African government, particularly the Department of Trade, Industry

and Competition, has a range of incentives available to investors, existing

companies, entrepreneurs and co-operatives across many sectors.

South Africa wishes to diversify its economy

and incentives are an important part

of the strategy to attract investors to

the country.

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

(the dtic) is the lead agency in the

incentives programme, which aims to encourage

local and foreign investment into targeted

economic sectors, but the Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC) is the most influential funder of

projects across South Africa.

There are a variety of incentives available

and these incentives can broadly be categorised

according to the stage of project development:

• Conceptualisation of the project – including

feasibility studies and research and develop-

ment (grants for R&D and feasibility studies,

THRIP, Stp, etc)

• Capital expenditure – involving the creation

or expansion of the productive capacity of

businesses (MCEP, EIP, CIP, FIG, etc)

• Competitiveness enhancement – involving the

introduction of efficiencies and whetting the

competitive edge of established companies and

commercial or industrial sectors (BBSDP, EMIA,

CTCIP, etc)

• Some of the incentives are sector-specific, for

example the Aquaculture Development and

Enhancement Programme (ADEP), Clothing

and Textile Competitiveness Improvement

Programme (CTCIP) and the Tourism Support

Programme (TSP).

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is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture

FDC

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Business

Manufacturing

SPECIAL FEATURE

Manufacturing

Key components of the incentive

programme are the Manufacturing

Incentive Programme

(MIP) and the Manufacturing

Competitiveness Enhancement

Programme (MCEP). The initial

MCEP, launched in 2012,

was so successful that it was

oversubscribed with almost 890

businesses receiving funding.

A second phase of the programme

was launched in 2016. The grants are

not handouts as the funding covers a maximum

of 50% of the cost of the investment, with the

remainder to be sourced elsewhere.

The Enterprise Investment Programme (EIP)

makes targeted grants to stimulate and promote

investment, BEE and employment creation in the

manufacturing and tourism sectors.

Aimed at smaller companies, the maximum

grant is R30-million. Specific tax deductions are

permissible for larger companies investing in the

manufacturing sector under Section 12i of the

Income Tax Act.

Other incentives

Other incentives that are available to investors as

well as existing businesses in more than one sector

include the following:

• Technology and Human Resources for Industry

Programme (THRIP)

• Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII)

• Black Business Supplier Development Programme

(BBSDP), which is a cost-sharing grant offered to

black-owned small enterprises

• Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) that covers

between 10% and 30% of the total development

costs of qualifying infrastructure

• Co-operative Incentive Scheme, which is a

90:10 matching cash grant for registered primary

co-operatives

• Sector Specific Assistance Scheme, which is a

reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant that can be

applied for by export councils, joint action groups

and industry associations.

I N D U S T R I A L P R O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture

O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H

Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Business

R P L A I R T S U D N I

Operation..

The factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on

Operation..

arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 Freeway.

main

This factory offers the following:

2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on

Site at Situated is factory The

Sprinkler System.

and Quick access onto N3 Freeway.

routes arterial main

factory offers the following:

Security Guard House

This

System.

Well fenced and secured

Sprinkler

Ample parking

Doors

Roller 4

3 phase power with 100 amps

House

Guard Security

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with

Well secured

and fenced

shower

Ample parking

phase power with 100 amps

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more

3

toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with

information or to view:

8

shower

4 Roller Doors

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za

available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more

FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND

Occupation

CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154

information or to view:

Incentives for SMMEs

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za

FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND

CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154

A lot of emphasis is placed on the potential

role of small, medium and micro enterprises in

job creation and a number of incentives are

designed to promote the growth of these

businesses. These include:

• Small Medium Enterprise Development Programme

(SMEDP)

• Isivande Women’s Fund

• Seda Technology Programme (Stp).

• Seda is the Small Enterprise Development Agency,

an agency of the Department of Small Business

Development that exists to promote SMMEs.

Trade-related incentives

The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance

(EMIA) Scheme includes support for local

businesses that wish to market their businesses

internationally to potential importers and

investors. The scheme offers financial assistance

to South Africans travelling or exhibiting abroad

as well as for inbound potential buyers of South

African goods. ■

Online Resources

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition:

www.thedtic.gov.za

Free State Development Corporation:

www.fdc.co.za

Industrial Development Corporation:

www.idc.co.za

Official South African government incentive

schemes: www.investmentincentives.co.za

25 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021


SPECIAL FEATURE

Establishing a business

in South Africa

South Africa has eased the barriers to doing business for locals as well as

international companies and individuals.

new legislation, no new Close Corporations can

be created but CCs can convert to companies.

Registration of company

The company must be registered with the

Companies and Intellectual Properties

Commission, (CPIC) in Pretoria within 21 days of

the company being started. There are a range of

administrative procedures that need to be fulfilled.

Bank account

A business bank account must be opened in the

company’s name with a bank in South Africa.

South Africa has a sophisticated legal,

regulatory and banking system. Setting

up a business in South Africa is a relatively

straightforward process with assistance

being offered by organisations such as the

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

and provincial investment agencies like the Free

State Development Corporation (FDC).

South African law regulates the establishment

and conduct of businesses throughout the

country. Tax, investment incentives, regulations

governing imports, exports and visas are uniform

throughout the country.

The particular environment varies from

province to province with regard to the availability

of human and natural resources, the infrastructure

and support services, business opportunities and

the quality of life. In this respect, the FDC can offer

specific advice about the business environment in

the province.

Business is regulated by the Companies Act

and the Close Corporation Act, which cover

accounting and reporting requirements. Under

Registration with the receiver of revenue

• As a Provisional Taxpayer

• As a VAT vendor

• For Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income tax payable on

money earned by employees

• For Standard Income Tax on Employees

Registration with the Department of Labour

Businesses employing staff will have to contact the

Department of Labour regarding mandatory contributions

to the Unemployment Insurance Fund

(UIF). Register with Compensation Commissioner

for Compensation Fund: Files with the Compensation

Fund (in the Department of Labour) for

accident insurance (Workmen’s Compensation).

Registration with the local authority

Relevant only to businesses dealing in fresh

foodstuffs or health matters.

Other procedures

• Checking exchange control procedures (note

that non-residents are generally not subject to

exchange controls except for certain categories

of investment).

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is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture

FDC

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Business

Manufacturing

SPECIAL FEATURE

• Obtaining approval for building plans

• Applying for industry and export incentives

• Applying for import permits and verifying import

duties payable

• Registering as an exporter if relevant and

applying for an export permit.

Business entities

There are a variety of forms which businesses can

take, including private and public companies,

personal liability companies, non-profit companies,

state-owned companies and even branches of

foreign companies (or external companies).

Branches of foreign companies fall under

Section 23 of the Companies Act of 2008 and are

required to register as “external companies” with

the CIPC. An external company is not required

to appoint a local board of directors but must

appoint a person resident in South Africa who

is authorised to accept services of process and

any notices served on the company. It must also

appoint a registered local auditor and establish a

registered office in South Africa.

Patents, trademarks and copyrights

Trademarks (including service marks) are valid for

an initial period of 10 years and are renewable

indefinitely for further 10-year periods. Patents are

granted for 20 years, normally without an option

to renew. The holder of a patent or trademark

must pay an annual fee in order to preserve its

validity. Patents and trademarks may be licensed

but where this involves the payment of royalties

to non-resident licensors, prior approval of the

licensing agreement must be obtained from

the dtic. South Africa is a signatory to the Berne

Copyright Convention.

Permits for foreign nationals

Work permits

In considering whether or not to grant a work

permit, the Department of Home Affairs will first

evaluate the validity of the offer of employment

by conducting a number of checks to confirm the

following:

• Has the Department of Labour been contacted?

• Has the position been widely advertised?

• Is the prospective employer able to prove that he

or she has tried to find a suitably qualified local

employee prior to hiring a foreigner?

• Is the prospective employee appropriately

qualified and do they have the relevant

I N D U S T R I A L P R O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture

O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H

Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Business

R P L A I R T S U D N I

Operation..

experience?

The factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on

Operation..

arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 Freeway.

main

Business permits

Foreign nationals who wish to establish their own

business or a partnership in South Africa must,

apart from having sufficient funds to support

themselves and their family, be able to invest at

least R2.5-million in the business.

FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND

CORRUPTION The INCIDENTS funds TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE must 0800 212 154 originate overseas, be

transferable to South Africa and belong to the

applicant (ie emanate from the applicant’s own

CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE FRAUD HOTLINE 0800 212 154

bank account). The business must also create

jobs for South African citizens. After six months

to a year, proof will have to be submitted that the

business is employing South African citizens or

permanent residents, excluding family members

of the employer.

Applications for work permits for selfemployment

can only be lodged at the South

African Consulate or Embassy in the applicant’s

country of origin. The processing fee is US$186. The

applicant would also have to lodge a repatriation

guarantee with the consulate/embassy equivalent

to the price of a one-way flight from South Africa

back to his or her country of origin.

This guarantee is refundable once the

applicant has either left South Africa permanently

or obtained permanent residence. Any application

for an extension of a business permit may be

lodged locally. The processing fee per passport

holder is R425. Some countries also need to pay

R108 per return visa.

A list of countries to which this applies is

available from the Department of Home Affairs.

The FDC assists investors in applying for the

relevant work permits to conduct their business.

This factory offers the following:

2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on

Site at Situated is factory The

Sprinkler System.

and Quick access onto N3 Freeway.

main arterial routes

Doors

Roller 4

factory offers the following:

Security Guard House

This

System.

Well fenced and secured

Sprinkler

Ample parking

Doors

Roller 4

3 phase power with 100 amps

House

Guard Security

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with

Well secured

and fenced

shower

Ample parking

phase power with 100 amps

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more

3

toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with

information or to view:

8

shower

051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za

Tel:

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more

information or to view:

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za

FDC IS ZERO TOLERANCE TO FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.PLEASE REPORT FRAUD AND

What can the FDC do for you?

The FDC will help new businesses by assisting in

project appraisal and packaging, putting investors

in touch with relevant agencies and government

departments, alerting investors to investment

incentives and setting up joint ventures where

required. ■

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State Province

FOCUS

Growing the

tourism sector

Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at

DESTEA, outlines some of the Free State’s

unique selling propositions.

The Tourism Unit of DESTEA is providing market access for local operators.

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

DESTEA’s shares borders with Tourism Lesotho Unit’s and objective six other provinces. is to It provides

easy access grow the tourism sector’s contribution

to Free the State main economy. ports of In Durban, achieving

East London and

Port Elizabeth.

The Free State this, is various an attractive activities business and functions and investment are destination.

The performed, province is which at the include: centre of South Africa and the dominant sectors

are


agriculture,

Creating a

mining,

conducive

manufacturing

environment

and

for

the

tourism

tertiary

to

sectors, making

it ideal

thrive

for transport logistics and agro-processing.

• Formulating and implementing a Provincial

Companies locating to Free State not only enjoy the opportunity to

Tourism Sector Strategy to guide tourism activities

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

in the province

regional and international markets for their products and services.

• Providing market access opportunities both

Because South Africa has been engaging with our economically large

locally and internationally to provincial tourism • Promotion of tourism safety through among others,

trading partners, access to international markets is facilitated through

enterprises

programmes such as the Provincial Joint

various

• Roll

trade

out programmes

preferences and

to enhance

free-trade

visitor

agreements.

services Operational and Intelligence Structure (Provjoints),

As

and

far

experience

as long-term investment is concerned, there are

with

industrial

law enforcement agencies, and also through

parks • Facilitate and a Special and promote Economic tourism Zone (SEZ) education that are and supported implementing by the the Tourism Monitors Programme.

Department capacity-building of Trade, for Industry the tourism and sector Competition. Industrial parks

are • Promote situated in the Maluti-A-Phofung, culture tourism Botshabelo and service and Thaba Journey Nchu. to Service • an Excellence idyllic climate

Maluti-A-Phofung excellence SEZ is situated in Tshiame.

The J2SE will focus • recreational nominating and lifestyle a small town

• The Promote Free State’s transformation strengths of for the inward tourism investment sector for are boosted in the rural by: tourism facilities. nodes and assisting the





openness inclusive tourism business, economy, trade and as well foreign as providing investment

abundance support to of youth natural and resources women in tourism

• low Facilitating factory rentals events tourism to reduce seasonality

Africa’s and enhance leading geographic telecommunications spread network

town to develop a service excellence-orientated

culture in their Select organisations investment opportunities

and different

structures with include: strong media attention and focus

during the activation. • Agriculture A town and will agroprocessing

be identified




of Service Excellence will be

• incentive Facilitate packages funding uniquely for initiatives developed that for Special seek to Economic and the Zones principles

incentives develop and associated grow tourism with the in the revitalised province industrial parks communicated • to all Tourism organisations. and property A criterion has

Free State Development Corporation (FDC) support services been for developed development for the nomination which

priority sectors such as agro-processing and manufacturing has been shared • Medical and discussed and pharmaceutical with relevant




a large labour pool

diverse cultures

competitive land and building cost

stakeholders. production A number of and activities distribution will be

implemented • Manufacturing

anticipation of the big media

event to launch • Renewable J2SE Town. and clean energy

• world-class transport and telecommunications infrastructure At its core, • the Medical J2SE aims tourism.

bring together

the entire town including restaurants,

accommodation facilities, tourist attractions,

police, banks and petrol attendants, among

7 others, to be informed, FREE trained STATE and BUSINESS exposed 2020 to

the four components of the SANS 1197:2012.

A secondary objective of this programme is

to establish a local Tourism Service Excellence

structure or to link with existing structures to

build a sustainable service culture. ■

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Environmental

sustainability

The Environment and Conservation Branch is working to promote a pristine

environment that facilities economic transformation.

FOCUS

Environmental sustainability within the Free

State Province is conducted within the

prescripts of promoting Section 24 of the

South African Constitution, recognising

and promoting environmental rights as contained

in the Bill of Rights. We also recognise our

responsibility to promote a pristine environment

that facilitates a transformative economic agenda

to create jobs and a just society.

The main focus areas are:

• Environmental Quality and Protection:

environmental education and awareness; waste

and air quality management; environmental

impacts and assessments; EPWP. Also promoting

the circular economy with a particular focus on

waste and recycling.

• Biodiversity Conservation and Research:

maintenance of resorts and reserves;

protected areas maintenance and expansion;

biodiversity research; game culling and

auctions including the transformation

and promotion of Biodiversity Economy;

transformative entrepreneurship; development

and promotion of the wildlife economy.

Current considerations

• Ensuring sustainable environmental

management.

• Improve national and provincial state of

environmental reporting.

• Integration of environmental objectives in

national, provincial and instruments and tools.

• Implementation of Chapter 4 of NEMA provisions

in relation to fair decision-making and conflict

management (conciliation, arbitration and

investigations). Responding to EIA complaints

and appeals without compromising on

economic transformation, job creation and the

promotion of spatial integration.

Conservation priorities

The Free State is 128 000km² in extent, or

12.8-million hectares. This means that it is the

third-largest province in South Africa. Located

in the centre of the country, with ideal soils and

climate, the province is an extremely important

food producer and the environmental health of

the province is therefore vital to the food security

of the country.

The province boasts a strong conservation

mindset, not only from within the DESTEA but

also from land owners generally.

Prior to the adoption of the Free State Protected

Area Expansion Strategy there were already 240

formally declared Nature Reserves in the province.

Since the inception of the Biodiversity Stewardship

programme an additional 53 000 hectares of

private land have been declared and added to

the conservation estate. Priority focus is now

on extending these conservation areas into the

remaining natural areas of the province thereby

conserving wetlands, rivers, terrestrial ecosystems

and species for future generations.

In addition to the formal conservation areas,

there are over 300 000 hectares of game and

mixed-species ranches. The province generates

over R600-million per annum from the local

hunting industry, which maintains many huntingsupport

businesses such as taxidermists, curio

producers, etc. ■

29 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021


ADVERTORIAL

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RELATIONSHIPS AND

UNDERSTANDING

CLIENT NEEDS ARE KEY,

SAYS EXPERT

Loderick Lubisi, Nedbank’s Provincial

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Mpumalanga, explains how new brand

values built on the bank’s expertise can

benefit Nedbank clients, especially in what is

now ‘the new normal’.

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NEDBANK BUSINESS

BANKING HELPS PUBLIC

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and Mpumalanga, says that given the

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the economy and the country at large,

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Based in each community, our teams

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he says.

If you are interested in taking your business

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AGRIBUSINESSES

According to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz),

South Africa’s agricultural sector is not expected to be hit as

hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as the global agricultural sector.

In fact, thanks to bumper grain and fruit

harvests, we could see a 10% year-onyear

recovery in GDP in the sector for

2020. The current maize harvest is up 38%

from the 2018/19 harvest, and is the secondlargest

harvest on record, which means

that South Africa remain a net exporter of

maize and could also export maize beyond

the African continent.

While this is good news for an economy

entering what’s expected to be the deepest

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chain faces a daunting task: to increase food

production by 70% to meet the demands of a

global population that is expected to reach

nine billion by 2050. As with many economic

sectors, it is becoming clear that technology

and innovation are the drivers in the

establishment of more efficient, productive

and sustainable agriculture.

Ivor Meeding, Nedbank Regional Manager

Agriculture for Mpumalanga, says that

Nedbank has created innovative funding

solutions designed to support farmers with

sustainable farming interventions where the

commodity produced or infrastructure itself

is used as security. ‘For example, with

drought a perpetual threat that South


Nedbank has created innovative

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support farmers with sustainable

farming interventions …


Africa faces, our funding solutions range

from water-efficiency innovations and

cutting-edge irrigation to shade-netting,

which improves the yield of underperforming

crops, protects them from natural hazards

and reduces water use.’

Nedbank's purpose is to help clients 'see

money differently' and we do this by

applying our bigger-picture business

banking approach to understand each

client’s business and the specific challenges

and opportunities they face. This enables us

to provide the banking solutions they need,

ranging from the innovations mentioned

above to short- and long-term financial

support,’ he says.

If you would like to see how our specialist

teams can assist you,orwantmore

information, please send email Ivor Meeding

at ivorm@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).

SPO6014


KEY SECTORS

Overviews of the main economic sectors

of the Free State

Agriculture 36

Mining 38

Oil and gas 39

Manufacturing 40

Tourism 41

FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

Education and Training

34

42


35 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

Image: Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens.


OVERVIEW

Agriculture

An inland fishery has been launched.

Oranjeville, on the southern banks of the Wilge River, is

the site of a fisheries project which has created seven

new jobs in its first phase. The river flows into the Vaal

River and the town is located in the Metsimaholo Local

Municipality (under which Sasolburg also falls) within the Fezile Dabi

District Municipality.

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

municipalities. The concept brings together farmers, traders and agroprocessors

at convenient sites. Support for rural smallholders will be

available in terms of equipment hire from a central source, storage

facilities, packaging of produce and getting products to market.

Image: VKB

As part of the agri-parks programme a warehouse is under

construction at Springfontein and the Thaba Nchu abattoir is being

upgraded. In Sediba, Farmer Production Support Units supplied a

tractor and implements to participants. A goat development project

has been launched by the provincial government, intended to create

agriculture opportunities for young people and women.

Key to the growth of these small-scale operations is access to

finance and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is a key roleplayer

in the Free State. The launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special

Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) has created another platform to boost the

agro-processing and agro-logistics sectors.

Cannabis is a potential new sector. A Cannabis Expo was held in

November 2019 at which experts, industry leaders and regulators

from met to discuss the economic benefits of medicinal cannabis.

A provincial strategy will be developed in the course of 2020/21.

Sector Insight

Omnia has bought Oro Agri

Opportunities.

Company news

The Agriculture RSA division

of chemical group Omnia has

bought Oro Agri Opportunities,

a producer of agriculture

biologicals, for a reported

$100-million (Engineering News).

The US-based Oro Agri has

production facilities in the US,

Brazil and South Africa where it

makes crop protection products,

fertilisers and soil conditioners.

Omnia has a big presence

in Sasolburg: its facilities include

an ammonium nitrate/calcium

nitrate plant, two nitric acid/

ammonium nitrate plants, a

porous ammonium nitrate

plant, granulation plants and a

nitrophosphate plant. Research

facilities, the Chemtech group

of laboratories, 185 specialised

ammonia rail tankers and

another production facility at

Wesselsbron (south of Bothaville)

make up the balance of Omnia’s

presence in the Free State.

The purchase of a 21% stake

in BKB by VKB has given the latter

company extended geographical

reach and opportunities in new

markets. While VKB is strongest

in the Free State and Limpopo

with a grain focus, BKB is wellestablished

in the Eastern Cape,

deals mainly in wool and mohair

and runs many auctions.

FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

36


OVERVIEW

VKB is already a diverse

group, with the capacity to

produce soybean meal and

soybean cake and flour from its

plants, mills and factories. Grain

Field Chickens, a large abattoir

in Reitz, is one of the company’s

biggest facilities in the province.

The Industrial Development

Corporation (IDC), which has a

23% stake in the project, aims to

help develop the Free State as

the poultry hub of South Africa.

VKB has six agro-processing

companies including VKB Flour

Mills and Free State Oil and is

active in auctioning, storage,

packaging and fuel sales,

among other activities. VKB’s

headquarters are in Reitz in the

eastern part of the province and

the group is one of the province’s

largest employers.

The Imbani Homsek Group

is an integrated dairy-products

producer with one of the biggest

Ayrshire herds in the world. The

head office of Country Bird

Holdings is in Bloemfontein: its

brands are Supreme Chicken,

Nutri Feeds and Ross (breeding).

Country Bird Logistics controls

45 chilled and frozen vans.

Image: Omnia

Image: Agricultural Research Council

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

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

such factory in the country, where ghee and roller dried milk powder

is also made) and in Heilbron (whey, buttermilk, condensed milk

and packaging).

Not many rural landing strips have to deal with 376 aeroplanes and

63 helicopters in a short space of time. That’s what Bothaville had to do

when it again hosted the country’s largest agricultural festival, NAMPO

Harvest Day, in 2019. Grain SA’s big day had 775 exhibitors catering to

81 345 visitors.

Bothaville is on the western edge of the Free State and the town falls

under the North West in the organisational chart of giant agricultural

company Senwes, which has its headquarters in Klerksdorp. The rest of

the Free State is divided into three regions by Senwes, which deals with

about 20% of the country’s oilseeds and grain through its 68 silos.

The province supplies significant proportions of the nation’s

sorghum (53%), sunflowers (45%), maize (45%), potatoes (33%), wheat

(30%), groundnuts (32%), dry beans (26%), wool (24%) and almost all

of its cherries (90%). Red meat and dairy are other important products.

Game hunting is a significant sector, and several large Free State farms

have been converted from stock to game farms. Crop production

represents about two-thirds of the province’s gross agricultural income.

The main crops are maize and wheat. Sunflowers, sunflower seeds,

sorghum and soy beans are other major crops. The Mangaung Fresh

Produce Market plays a vital role in the sector, catering as it does to

householders, bulk buyers, informal traders, agents and farmers. ■

Online Resources

Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agri.za

Bothaville: www.bothaville.info

Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:

www.ard.fs.gov.za

Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za

37 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021


OVERVIEW

Mining

Feasibility studies are exploring new gold projects.

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

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

Several summits and a Mining Indaba have focussed

on what kind of economic activity can replace gold mining.

However, Sibanye-Stillwater is bucking the trend with the investigation

of a possible new project next to its existing Beatrix mine. Gold prices

rose appreciably during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mining sector

makes up 11% of provincial GDP. A minerals beneficiation strategy has

been developed because this is a key area for potential growth.

Beatrix gold mine. Image: Sibanye Stillwater

The Free State Provincial Government announced in February

2020 the creation of a company that will manufacture mining

equipment, to be called Newco. Small mining companies have been

promised technical support and with health and safety and access to

beneficiation opportunities.

Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix mine, with a life-of-mine projected to

2025, produced 196 698 ounces of gold in 2019. Beatrix also holds

26.97-million pounds of uranium resources. Mining rights to the

Southern Free State project adjacent to Beatrix have been approved

and a feasibility study on part of it, the Bloemhoek decline, was done

in 2019. The company reported that the Southern Free State property

had surface and underground gold reserves of 2.1-million oz and

mineral resources of 8.2-million oz.

AngloGold Ashanti has sold most of its assets to Harmony Gold.

Most of the mines are in the North West Province, but the Great Noligwa

and Kopanang mines are in the Free State. The complex includes one

uranium plant, four gold plants and one sulphuric acid plant.

Online Resources

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

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

South African Mining Development Association: www.samda.co.za

Sector Insight

A new equipment

manufacturer is planned

for Welkom.

These assets increased

Harmony’s underground

resource base in South Africa by

nearly 40%. The mines include

Tshipong and Phakisa (near

Odendaalsrus), Virginia, Target

(near Allanridge), Masimong

(Riebeeckstad), Joel (near

Theunissen) and Bambanani at

Welkom. Phakisa has mineral

reserves of just over five-million

ounces of gold and Harmony has

invested heavily in the project.

Gold mines in the Free

State also supply a substantial

portion of the total silver

produced in the country, and

large concentrations of uranium

occurring in the gold-bearing

conglomerates of the goldfields

are extracted as a by-product.

Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein

mine is on the western edge of

the province, about 80km from

Kimberley. The Voorspoed mine

of De Beers Consolidated Mines

closed in 2018.

Coal is mostly found in the

northern part of the Free State.

The Sigma-Mookraal mine is

run by Sasol Mining and has

the capacity to supply Sasol

Infrachem in Sasolburg with

two-million tons of coal per year.

Seriti Resources has purchased

the New Vaal Colliery from Anglo

American. ■

FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

38


Oil and gas

Logistics companies are signing up for gas.

OVERVIEW

Sector Insight

Filling stations offering liquified

natural gas are planned.

Image: BHIT Bulk Logistics

The Virginia Gas Project is making good progress. The project

is owned by Tetra4 which is a Renergen company. The

company has invited bids for the allocation of liquefied

natural gas (LNG) and expects to start drilling in 2020. Tetra4

holds the rights for onshore petroleum production, the only such

licence in the country which is issued by the Department of Mineral

Resources and Energy through Petroleum Agency South Africa.

Renergen intends equipping filling stations with LNG at strategic

locations across South Africa to cater for the logistics industry. The

first two such stations will be Total stations in Johannesburg and

Durban that will be rebranded in green. One station is planned for

Harrismith on the busy N3 highway which links these two cities.

Bulk Hauliers International Transport (BHIT) has signed an

agreement to take LNG to fuel 50 of its trucks, which should lead

to lower operating and maintenance costs. South African Breweries

is another client. Tetra4 has a R218-million loan from the Industrial

Development Corporation to build a 107km pipeline network from

Virginia and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an

agency of the US government, will lend Renergen $40-million (more

than R600-million) over 12 years to build a gas plant in the Free State.

The area around Virginia has proven reserves of 25-billion cubic feet.

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic driver of the

oil and gas sector for the province. One of the Sasol companies at

Online Resources

Petroleum Agency SA: www.petroleumagencysa.com

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

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

Sasolburg, Sasol New Energy,

is moving the group away

from reliance on fossil fuels. In

2020 Sasol called for bidders to

construct an embedded 10MW

solar PV facility at Sasolburg. The

company’s larger goal across all

its sites is eventually to procure

600MW of renewable energy

and achieve a 10% greenhousegas

(GHG) emission reduction

by 2030.

The regulator and promoter

of oil and gas exploration in

South Africa, Petroleum Agency

South Africa, has awarded

coalbed-methane-gas

exploration rights in KwaZulu-

Natal and natural gas exploration

permits in the Free State. Early

surveys suggest that the Free

State has 23-billion cubic feet

of gas underground. If this is

confirmed, then four new power

stations could be built in the

province. Tests have begun in

the Karoo in search of shale gas.

The Natref fuel refinery is

one of only four in South Africa,

and the country’s only inland

refinery. The refinery is a joint

venture between Sasol Oil

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

is a technologically advanced

facility, which refines heavy

crude oil into petrol, diesel,

commercial propane, jet fuel

and bitumen. ■

39 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021


OVERVIEW

Manufacturing

The textile sector is recovering.

Seed funding and investment are critical in helping businesses

get started, but sometimes good advice can be just as valuable.

Tehilaa Golden CC, a clothing manufacturer, more than

doubled its annual turnover to R11-million with the support

of the SAB Foundation’s 18-month Tholoana Enterprise Programme.

Tholoana offers skilled mentorship, business development tools

and training, access to peer networks and finance. Founder Cherilyn

Lucena (pictured) also expanded her workforce from 46 to 135.

The SAB Foundation has provided over R8-million in grant

funding and business support to 70 entrepreneurs in the Free State.

Collective turnover has grown by 271%.

A 172ha business park in Sasolburg designed to incubate black

industrialists is a joint venture between the National Department

of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) and Sasol. There are

five buildings on the site, training is provided, and companies have

access to Sasol’s diverse supply chains.

In 2018 Kevali Chemicals became the first

beneficiary of the dtic’s Black Industrialists Scheme

(BIS). A grant of R35-million allowed the company to

acquire machinery and equipment to start a new line of

manufacturing in the Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ (MAP SEZ).

Sasolburg in the northern Free State is a key asset

in South Africa’s chemicals industry. International giant

Sasol has the biggest presence but companies such as

Omnia and AECI are other major companies which give

the Free State the lead in this sector which relies on

advanced technology. Sasol in particular is faced with

some tough decisions as its plants must start to comply with stricter

sulphur dioxide emission standards.

Manufacturing makes up 9% of Free State gross domestic

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

Regional Industrialisation Policy is under review to ensure integration

of infrastructure, bulk service provision, industrial sites and export

and tax incentives to attract investment.

The existing manufacturing sector covers chemicals, agroprocessing,

textiles, carpets, engineering, packaging, furniture

and jewellery.

Online Resources

Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association: www.caia.co.za

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

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

Image: SAB Foundation

Sector Insight

The Sasol complex is

the province’s biggest

enterprise.

About 20% of the Free

State’s manufacturing sites are

devoted to food and beverages,

with soft drink giant Coca-

Cola Fortune operating a large

bottling plant in Mangaung.

Landzicht Wine Cellar distributes

2.4-million litres of wine

every year from Jacobsdal.

Harrismith is home to both

Nouwens Carpets and Boxmore

Plastics. Boxmore Packaging’s

new PET beer bottles are the first

PET bottles specifically designed

for beer on the South African

market. Empire Gloves makes

industrial gloves.

Kroonstad-based Octa

Engineering makes specialised

rail carriages for the mining

sector. In Bloemfontein, Transnet

Engineering manufactures new

wagons for the Transnet group,

including iron ore and cement

wagons and fuel tankers. ■

FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021

40


Tourism

Culture and heritage have potential.

OVERVIEW

The global pandemic closed down the tourism sector and it Sector Insight

will take some time to recover. The requirements for social Cancelled festivals will

distancing mean that festivals will be one of the last types of mean job losses.

tourism to restart.

This will be a big blow for the Free State, where festivals such as the Bloemfontein has 151 rooms,

Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) have become a fixture on and there is a Road Lodge at

many calendars. In 2019, a total of 921 temporary jobs were created the airport.

at the festival. Other festivals that normally attract good crowds are The Rantsoareng Group

the Cherry Festival (Ficksburg), the Rose Festival (Bloemfontein), the operates exclusively in the Free

Clarens Craft Beer Festival and the Vintage Tractor Fair (Clocolan). State and has three properties,

Bloemfontein’s Kunstefees celebrates artistic expression and the the biggest of which is the

connections between cultures.

President Hotel in Bloemfontein.

Heritage is seen as a sector with growth potential. A Heroes’ Park is Sun International runs the

to be constructed at Thaba Nchu and Tumahole with statues of Oliver Lesotho Sun and the Maseru

Tambo and Fidel Castro. The much-delayed museum

and statue at Brandfort to commemorate Winnie

Madikizela-Mandela will be opened in the course of the

2020/21 financial year.

The Free State is a good destination for water

recreation. The Gariep Dam offers resorts and large

expanses of water on which pleasure crafts can

meander. Forever Resorts runs a popular resort with

chalet accommodation and a caravan park. Overlooking

the dam is the 43-room de Stijl Gariep Hotel. The Vaal

River is another popular place. The town of Parys, which

also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the shape

of the Vredefort Dome, is geared to river sports.

The annual NAMPO Harvest Day is a major event. In

2019 more than 81 000 people descended on the small

town of Bothaville on the banks of the Vals River.

In 2019 the 88-room Splendid Inn Bloemfontein (pictured) was Sun in neighbouring Lesotho.

opened by Premier Hotels & Resorts. Protea Hotels has four properties In Bloemfontein, the Windmill

in the Free State, two in Bloemfontein, one in Harrismith and the Protea

Image:

Casino

Protea Hotel

and

Clarens

Entertainment

Hotel Clarens.

Centre offers slot machines and

The Tsogo Group’s properties include the four-star Southern Sun gaming tables, plus conference

Bloemfontein and the Goldfields Casino in Welkom. The City Lodge facilities. The four-star Willow

Lodge has 80 rooms. The Naledi

Online Resources

Sun Hotel and Casino is about

Bloemfontein Tourism: www.bloemfonteintourism.co.za

65km from Bloemfontein.

Free State Gambling, Liquor & Tourism Authority: www.gla.fs.gov.za The Golden Gate Highlands

Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, National Park in the Maluti

Tourism and Environmental Affairs: www.destea.gov.za

Mountains is one of South

Africa’s great parks. ■

41 FREE STATE BUSINESS 2021


OVERVIEW

Education and training

Coding and AI are in the curriculum.

Image: UFS

Sector Insight

Flavius Mareka TVET College

is a Centre of Specialisation

for two trades.

Anational policy of promoting training in critical trades has

been adopted. Two of the three campuses of Flavius Mareka

TVET College are designated Centres of Specialisation, for

electrical work at Sasolburg and plumbing at Kroonstad. The

Mphohadi campus of the college is also in Kroonstad.

The Free State has about 14 000 students at four Technical and

Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, taught by 400

lecturers. All of the colleges have multiple sites. Maluti TVET College in

Phuthaditjhaba, for example, offers classes at eight sites. Motheo TVET

College operates in Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu, while Goldfields

TVET College is headquartered in Welkom with some classes offered in

Thabong and a satellite campus at Virginia (Meloding).

In early 2020 the completion of the building of three new schools

was announced by the Premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela. A

further six new schools will be built in the 2020/21 financial year.

Coding has been introduced at some schools and the first winner of

the Robotic League was Albert Moroka High School in Thaba Nchu.

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) handed over its 16th

sponsored ICT and Science laboratory in 2020 to Akademia High

School, Brandfort. The donation forms part of a five-year “Back to

School” CSI initiative which has seen ATNS sponsor laboratories across

the country to schools from impoverished communities.

The Free State Provincial Government is implementing South

Africa’s largest global skills development programme in support of

the National Development Plan (NDP). The free overseas training

programme entails about 905 students studying in leading universities

in China, India, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Turkey and Belarus.

Online Resources

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

Flavius Mareka TVET College: www.flaviusmareka.net

Free State Department of Education:

www.education.fs.gov.za

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

Fields of study range from

engineering to computer

science, medicine and

pharmacy. Of the 175 young

people who were awarded

overseas bursaries in the

Department of Agriculture,

46 have graduated and were

placed in the department and

some have been employed in

agro-businesses.

The University of the Free

State has 158 researchers

rated by the National Research

Foundation (NRF), two A-rated

scientists and five tier-one SARChi

research chairs. The university

has 18 international research

partnerships and produces an

average of 240 postgraduate

research degrees every year.

The Central University of

Technology (CUT) has four

faculties: Engineering, Built

Environment and Information

and Technology, Health and

Environmental Sciences,

Humanities and Management

Sciences. Researchers at

units such as the Centre for

Community, Environmental

and Industrial Development

tackle important regional issues.

The CUT has started training

programmes in artificial

intelligence, 3D cloud computing

and data screening. ■

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Free State Black

Business Chamber

Driving business excellence.

Through business advocacy, the chamber

supports business member organisations

and civil society organisations with an

interest in supporting business to engage

in private-public dialogue and to advocate improvements

in the business environment.

Business matchmaking and networking

ensures that businesspeople and entrepreneurs

meet to form business relationships and to

recognise or create business opportunities, share

information and seek potential partners.

We aim to promote investment by introducing

investors to local suppliers, providing useful data

and business information and by managing

investment incentives.

Vision To be the catalytic voice

for economic growth and development

in the Free State Province.

Mission To represent and support

the Free State business community.

Values Integrity. Results-driven.

Accountability. Agility. Innovation. ■

Contact details

Mr Lucky Motsamai,

Chief Executive Officer

Physical address: No 7, 107 Zastron Street,

Westdene, Bloemfontein.

Tel: +27 51 430 1525. Fax: +27 51 430 1525

Email: info@fsbbc.co.za. Website: www.fsbbc.co.za

Mangaung Chamber of

Commerce and Industry

The voice of business in the Free State.

The Chamber seeks to be the voice of business

in Mangaung and to assist in promoting

economic development and investment

in the province. In these endeavours

the MCCI won the PMI Africa award for the organisation

doing the most for business development as

well as triple-BEE in the province.

Objectives

The MCCI is creating entrepreneurs to transform this

region’s economy. We serve our members and the

community with innovative approaches to establish

a vibrant business network.

We promote and support local businesses

through specific interventions like the “Membersupport-Member”

campaign. Triple-BEE is promoted

by linking big and small businesses through the

chamber’s network.

The MCCI is a strategic vehicle for the

participation of member businesses in social

responsibility programmes and supports renewable

and alternative energy initiatives.

Benefits include networking events, training,

an SMME development and support centre and an

import and export support centre. ■

Contact details

Tel: +27 51 522 1710

Email: President@bcci.co.za

Website: www.mcci.co.za

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Promoting and developing

small business

The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce

and Industry is active in the Free State.

NAFCOC’s main objective is to promote,

unite and encourage the development

of small business in South Africa in general

and black entrepreneurs in particular,

thereby drawing the majority from the peripheries

of the consumption-based economy to the frontlines

of production-based economic activity and

decision making processes.

NAFCOC Free State responded in a special way

to address the distress faced by members during

lockdown. In 2020, the chapter:

• Lobbied for localised provincial funding during

the lockdown.

• Campaigned for the regulation of township businesses

(trading permits and adherence to bylaws).

• Assisted small and informal businesses in applying for

Covid-relief funding.

• Worked with government on a programme to assist

people living with disability to gain access to markets

and procurement opportunities.

• Encouraged youth to be more involved in agriculture

and try to find solutions to the lack of access to

funding.

• Worked with Standard Bank to assist small enterprises

to open business accounts.

Vision To be the leading voice of business in

South Africa.

Mission To develop and promote economic growth

among existing and new businesses.

Values Empowerment, dignity, integrity, hard work

and commitment. ■

NAFCOC members applying for permits.

Contact details

Chairperson: Tshepo Matsaba

Tel: 083 485 7883

Email: matsabat@nafcocfs.org.za

National website: www.nafcoc.org.za

BUSINESS CHAMBERS IN THE FREE STATE

Free State Black Business Chamber

Contact: Mr Lucky Motsamai Cell: 066 204 5295 Email: info@fsbbc.co.za

Free State Youth Chamber of Business and Commerce

Contact: Mr Sam Motlogeloa Cell: 081 442 8928 Email: yccifs@gmail.com

Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Contact: The President

Tel: +27 51 522 1710 Email: President@bcci.co.za

Phenomenal Women

Contact: Ms Thato Mokhothu Cell: 071 383 4183

Vredefort Tourism Association

Contact: Ms Renee de Jong Cell: 071 448 4332 Email: vredefortinfo@gmail.com


Free State Provincial Government

LISTING

A guide to Free State’s provincial government departments. Visit: www.freestateonline.fs.gov.za

Office of the Premier

Premier: Mrs Sefora Ntombela

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

Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 5496 | Fax: +27 51 405 4803

Website: www.premier.fs.gov.za

Department of Agriculture

and Rural Development

MEC: Mr KW Bulwane

Main Building, Gielie Joubert Street, Glen,

Bloemfontein 9360

Tel: +27 51 861 8509 | Fax: +27 51 861 8452

Website: www.ard.fs.gov.za

Department of Cooperative Governance

and Traditional Affairs

MEC: Mr Skully Nxangisa

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr St Andrews

and Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9301

Tel: +27 51 405 5719

Website: www.cogta.fs.gov.za

Dept of Economic, Small Business Development,

Tourism and Environmental Affairs

MEC: Mr Makalo Mohale

Bojanala Building, 113 St Andrews Street,

Bloemfontein 9301

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

Website: www.dedtea.gov.za

Department of Education

MEC: Mr Pule Makgoe

Fidel Castro Building, 55 Miriam Makeba Street,

Bloemfontein 9300

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

Website: www.education.fs.gov.za

Department of Health

MEC: Ms Montseng Ts’lu

Cnr Harvey and Charlotte Maxeke Streets,

Bloemfontein 9300

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

Website: www.fshealth.gov.za

Department of Human Settlements

MEC: Ms Motshidise Agnes Koloi

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr Markgraaff and

St Andrews Streets, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 3379 | Fax: +27 51 403 3699

Website: www.humansettlements.fs.gov.za

Department of Police, Roads and Transport

MEC: Mr Sam Mashinini

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

Bloemfontein 9301

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

Website: www.policeroadstransport.fs.gov.za

Department of Public Works

and Infrastructure

MEC: Ms Motshidise Agnes Koloi

Cnr Markgraaff and St Andrews Streets,

Bloemfontein 9301

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

Website: www.publicworks.fs.gov.za

Department of Social Development

MEC: Ms Mamiki Qabathe

Civilia Building, 14 Miriam Makeba Street,

Bloemfontein 9300

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

Website: www.socdev.fs.gov.za

Department of Sports, Arts,

Culture and Recreation

MEC: Ms Limakatso Mahase

Civilia Building, 14 Miriam Makeba Street,

Bloemfontein 9300

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

Website: www.fssacr.gov.za

Provincial Treasury

MEC: Ms Gadija Brown

Fidel Castro Building, 55 Miriam Makeba Street,

Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 4229 | Fax: +27 51 405 4152

Website: www.treasury.fs.gov.za

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LISTING

Free State Local Government

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

METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

Physical address: Bram Fischer Building, cnr Nelson

Mandela and Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9301

Postal address: PO Box 3704, Bloemfontein 9300

Tel: +27 51 405 8911 | Fax: +27 51 405 8663

Website: www.mangaung.co.za

FEZILE DABI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Physical address: John Vorster Road, Sasolburg 1947

Postal address: PO Box 10, Sasolburg 1947

Tel: +27 16 970 8600 | Fax: +27 16 970 8747

Website: www.feziledabi.gov.za

Mafube Local Municipality

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

Website: www.mafubemunicipality.gov.za

Metsimaholo Local Municipality

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

Website: www.metsimaholo.gov.za

Moqhaka Local Municipality

Tel: +27 56 216 9911 | Fax: +27 56 216 9122

Website: www.moqhaka.gov.za

Ngwathe Local Municipality

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

Website: www.ngwathe.fs.gov.za

Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality offices

LEJWELEPUTSWA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Physical address: cnr Jan Hofmeyer and Tempest

Streets, Welkom 9460

Postal address: PO Box 2163, Welkom 9460

Tel: +27 57 353 3094 | Fax: +27 57 353 3382

Website: www.lejwe.co.za

Masilonyana Local Municipality

Tel: +27 57 733 0105 | Fax: +27 57 733 2217

Website: www.masilonyana.fs.gov.za

Matjhabeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 27 57 391 3611 | Fax: +27 57 357 4393

Website: www.matjhabeng.co.za

Nala Local Municipality

Tel: +27 56 514 9200 | Fax: +27 56 515 3922

Website: www.nala.org.za

Tokologo Local Municipality

Tel: +27 53 541 0014 | Fax: +27 53 541 0360

Website: www.tokologo.fs.gov.za

Tswelopele Local Municipality

Tel: +27 51 853 1111 | Fax: +27 51 853 1332

Website: www.tswelopele.gov.za

THABO MOFUTSANYANA

DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Physical address: Old Parliament Building,

1 Mamopi Street, Phuthaditjhaba 9870

Postal address: Private Bag X810,

Witsieshoek 9870

Tel: +27 58 718 1000 | Fax: +27 58 713 0940

Website: www.thabomofutsanyana.gov.za

Dihlabeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 303 5732 | Fax: +27 58 303 4703

Website: www.dihlabeng.gov.za

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality

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

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LISTING

THABO MOFUTSANYANA DISTRICT

MUNICIPALITY

Mantsopa Local Municipality

Physical Tel: +27 address: 51 924 Old Parliament 0654 | Fax: Building, +27 151 Mamopi 924 0020 Street,

Phuthaditjhaba Website: www.mantsopa.fs.gov.za

9870

Postal address: Private Bag X810, Witsieshoek 9870

Tel: Nketoana +27 58 718 Local 1000 Municipality

Fax: Tel: +27 +27 58 58 713863 09402811 | Fax: +27 58 863 2523

Website: www.thabomofutsanyana.gov.za

www.nketoana.fs.gov.za

Dihlabeng Local Municipality

Tel: +27 58 303 5732

Fax: +27 58 303 4703

Website: www.dihlabeng.gov.za

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality

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

Website: www.map.fs.gov.za

LISTING

Phumelela Local Municipality

Tel: Phumelela +27 58 913 8300 Local | Fax: Municipality

+27 58 913 2317

Website: Tel: +27 www.phumelela.gov.za

58 913 8300 | Fax: +27 58 913 2317

Setsoto

Setsoto Local

Local

Municipality

Municipality

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

Website: www.setsoto.info

XHARIEP DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Physical address: address: 20 Louw 20 Street, Louw Trompsburg Street, 9913 Trompsburg 9913

Postal address: address: Private Private Bag X136, Bag Trompsburg X136, 9913 Trompsburg 9913

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

Website: www.xhariep.gov.za

Kopanong Local Municipality

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

Website: www.kopanong.gov.za

www.kopanong.gov.za

Mantsopa Local Municipality

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

Website: www.mantsopa.fs.gov.za

Nketoana Local Municipality

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

Website: www.nketoana.fs.gov.za

MUNICIPALITIES IN THE FREE STATE

North West

Gariep Dam

Letsemeng Local Municipality

Tel:

Tel:

+27

+27

53

53

330

330

0200

0200

| Fax: +27

| Fax:

53

+27

205 0144

53 205 0144

Website:

Website:

www.letsemeng.gov.za

www.letsemeng.gov.za

Mohokare Local Municipality

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

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

Website: www.mohokare.co.za

Website: www.mohokare.co.za

Gauteng

Metsimaholo

Fezile Dabi

Mafube

Ngwathe

Mpumalanga

Nala

Moqhaka

Nketoana

Phumelela

Tswelopele

Matjhabeng

Thabo Mofutsanyana

Northern Cape

Tokologo

Lejweleputswa

Setsoto

Dihlabeng

Maluti-a-Phofung

Masilonyana

KwaZulu-

Natal

Mantsopa

Letsemeng

Mangaung

Xhariep

LESOTHO

N

Mohokare

Kopanong

Metropolitan/District

Municipality boundary

Local Municipality Boundary

District Municipality

Local Municipality

Xhariep

Setsoto

Eastern Cape

FREE STATE BUSINESS 2020

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INDEX

INDEX

Africa Biomass Company (ABC) ............................................................................................................................3, 11

Airlink.......................................................................................................................................................................................... IBC

Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism

and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA)....................................................................................... 6-7, 28-29, OBC

Free State Black Business Chamber.......................................................................................................................... 43

Free State Development Corporation......................................................................................8-9, 13-19, OBC

Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority (FSGLTA)......................................... 22-23, OBC

Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) ........................................................ 20-21, OBC

Mangaung Chamber of Commerce........................................................................................................................ 43

National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) ......................................................... 44

Nedbank ............................................................................................................................................................................ 30-33

Sasol ............................................................................................................................................................................................ IFC

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