Free State Business 2021

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.

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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<strong>2021</strong> EDITION<br />





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

Center yourself in the heart of South Africa

Growing shared value<br />

in our community<br />

Kekeletso and Kedibone Tsiloane founded South Africa’s first<br />

eco-friendly brick manufacturing company in Sasolburg, Ramtsilo<br />

Manufacturing and Construction. Kekeletso attended cohort<br />

of the Sasol-NWU Enterprising Women Programme in 2017 and<br />

was the runner-up in the SAB Foundation Social Innovation 2019<br />

Awards. Above are the ladies with 50 tons of plastic Sasol donated<br />

to them. Ramtsilo is part of Sasol’s sustainability projects SMMEs<br />

and has an enterprise development relationship with Sasol.<br />

Zikhona Ngubentombi is<br />

permanently employed at Rates<br />

and Taxes, Metsimaholo Local<br />

Municipality after completing the<br />

2018 Sasol Youth Development<br />

Programme, a partnership with<br />

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

Public Works and Infrastructure.<br />

It is Sasol’s aim to achieve a<br />

transformed, sustainable, diverse<br />

and high performing supplier base<br />

through simplifying our processes<br />

and accelerating the development of<br />

small and transformed businesses<br />

and giving them enterprise and<br />

funding support. Our economic<br />

transformation and local content<br />

programme is focused to align with<br />

the shared value approach to integrate<br />

all our interventions which deal with<br />

economic inclusion. This includes<br />

a focus on nurturing early stage<br />

entrepreneurial talent to enable a<br />

mindset for development and agility in<br />

our communities.<br />

Since Sasol’s Enterprise Development<br />

relationship started with Kent<br />

Electrical Services in 2015, the<br />

company grew from 24 to 30<br />

employees, increasing their annual<br />

turnover by 2019 by 60%. Kent<br />

provides solutions in the industries of<br />

electrical services, telecommunication,<br />

oil purification plants, and recently<br />

expanded to warehousing and<br />

distribution facilities management.<br />

Apart from securing contracts with<br />

Sasol in Sasolburg, they also do work<br />

for Sasol and other organisations<br />

in Gauteng. Another company that<br />

benefited from Sasol’s Enterprise<br />

Development initiatives is Siyashanela<br />

Services. Founded in 2002, their<br />

relationship with Sasol only started<br />

in 2013. Since then, Siyashanela<br />

increased their annual turnover by<br />

more than 100% in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

Maseleni specialises in indigenous trees, working with the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental<br />

Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Centre for Environmental Management at the<br />

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

They also grew their staff complement from<br />

30 in 2013 to 130 in 2019. They acquired their<br />

first contract with Sasol for plant and office<br />

cleaning, but were able to expand their services<br />

to include load securement that has since become<br />

their primary business. They also do material<br />

distribution and render a material handling<br />

service.<br />

There are a number of other initiatives in<br />

and around Sasolburg through which Sasol<br />

promotes entrepreneurship development. As<br />

part of Sasol’s Social Investment initiatives<br />

training opportunities include the Sasol-NWU<br />

Enterprising Women Programme, the Sasol VUT<br />

Entrepreneurship programme and the Sasol Youth<br />

Development Programme done in partnership<br />

with the Metsimaholo Local Municipality and<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Public Works and<br />

Infrastructure.<br />

“Our aim is to enable<br />

economic inclusion and<br />

access for small businesses,<br />

to contribute to economic<br />

growth, through our<br />

economic transformation<br />

programme.”<br />

Rightwell Laxa, Senior<br />

Vice President, Sasolburg<br />




<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Edition<br />

Introduction<br />

Foreword 4<br />

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

Special features<br />

A regional overview of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> 10<br />

With acquisitions in the chemicals sector, drilling about to start<br />

for natural gas and the bedding down of a new Special Economic<br />

Zone, there are opportunities for growth in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> economy.<br />

Economic sectors<br />

Agriculture 36<br />

An inland fishery has been launched.<br />

Mining 38<br />

Feasibility studies are exploring new gold projects.<br />

Oil and gas 39<br />

Logistics companies are signing up for gas.<br />

Manufacturing 40<br />

The textile sector is recovering.<br />

Tourism 41<br />

Culture and heritage are growth sectors.<br />

Education and training 42<br />

Coding and AI are in the curriculum.<br />

Reference<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> provincial and local government 45<br />

Index 48<br />


Sasolburg Operations is one of five<br />

operating hubs in Southern African.<br />

This photograph shows the Sasol One<br />

Site which was established in 1950,<br />

converted from coal gasification in 2004<br />

and now uses more efficient natural<br />

gas in its production processes. Among<br />

the products produced on this site are<br />

ammonia, ammonium nitrate, catalyst,<br />

ethylene, mining chemicals, phenolics,<br />

solvents and wax. Image: Sasol.<br />

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

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

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The <strong>2021</strong> edition of <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is the 11th issue of this successful<br />

publication that, since its launch, has established itself as the premier<br />

business and investment guide for the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has varied investment and business opportunities<br />

and the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation describes some of these in detail<br />

in these pages.<br />

Drilling for natural gas is a new phenomenon which may spark activity in<br />

other sectors and this journal notes significant new investments and projects in<br />

the chemicals and mining sectors. The official launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

Special Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) was a significant event for the economy<br />

of South Africa’s most centrally located province. Located on the strategically<br />

significant N3 highway that links the economic heartland of South Africa to the<br />

coast, the MAP SEZ has the potential to attract new investors and spark a revival<br />

in the manufacturing sector.<br />

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

information on trends in the mining and tourism sectors, for example.<br />

Regular information about the size and nature of each sector is also included.<br />

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

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

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FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />



Domestic MESSAGE and international<br />

investors are invited to<br />

invest The <strong>Free</strong> in South <strong>State</strong> Africa’s most<br />

centrally welcomes located investors province<br />

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

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<br />

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

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

with lockdown promoting of the investment economy, into <strong>Free</strong> the <strong>State</strong> <strong>Free</strong> enterprises <strong>State</strong> Province, were introduce invited to<br />

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

and support<br />

regular<br />

programmes<br />

description<br />

were for<br />

of the<br />

businesses<br />

economic<br />

in the<br />

environment<br />

formal and<br />

of<br />

informal<br />

our province<br />

sectors<br />

and<br />

and<br />

are<br />

were<br />

pleased<br />

focussed<br />

to contribute<br />

on saving existing<br />

to its pages.<br />

jobs and creating new ones.<br />

A<br />

In<br />

brief<br />

an effort<br />

overview<br />

to improve<br />

of the<br />

the<br />

investment<br />

uptake of<br />

climate<br />

opportunities<br />

in our<br />

presented<br />

province<br />

by<br />

is<br />

government, working with different business chambers in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

provided on the facing page.<br />

<strong>State</strong>, the department has assisted businesses to meet the minimum<br />

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

compliance requirements, like business, tax and other licence<br />

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

registration. We would not like to see anybody left behind.<br />

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

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

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

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

represent<br />

introduce<br />

the<br />

<strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>Free</strong><br />

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

<strong>State</strong>’s<br />

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

response<br />

<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

to<br />

We<br />

President<br />

welcome<br />

Ramaphosa’s<br />

this well-known<br />

clarion<br />

call<br />

publication’s<br />

for increased<br />

regular<br />

long-term<br />

description<br />

investment<br />

of the<br />

necessary<br />

economic<br />

for<br />

environment<br />

inclusive growth<br />

of our<br />

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

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

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

economic initiatives represent development the <strong>Free</strong> strategy <strong>State</strong>’s is response human capital to President formation Ramaphosa’s and development<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

formation Domestic and and development potential investors through from universities around the and world colleges, are<br />

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

services, to name a few. The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is poised to become<br />

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

a laboratory for excellence in education outcomes, research and<br />

innovation, particularly in the fields of health, agriculture, agroprocessing,<br />

manufacturing, water management, ICT, pharmaceuticals<br />

and rural development.<br />

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

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

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


6<br />

MEC for Economic, Small<br />

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

and Environmental Affairs the the<br />

Honourable MP Mohale.<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />


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

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

the<br />

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

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

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

Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ, Head of Department at DESTEA, outlines some of the<br />

unique selling propositions.<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s unique selling propositions.<br />



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

The<br />

shares borders<br />

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

with<br />

Province<br />

Lesotho<br />

is<br />

and<br />

situated<br />

six other<br />

in the<br />

provinces.<br />

heart of South<br />

It provides<br />

Africa<br />

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

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

It provides easy access to the main ports of Durban, East<br />

Port Elizabeth.<br />

London and Port Elizabeth.<br />

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

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

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

destination. The province is at the centre of South Africa and the<br />

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

dominant economic sectors are agriculture, mining, manufacturing<br />

it ideal<br />

and the<br />

for transport<br />

tertiary sectors,<br />

logistics<br />

making<br />

and agro-processing.<br />

it ideal for transport logistics and<br />

agro-processing.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• benefit abundance from of domestic, natural resources regional and international markets for their<br />

• products low factory and rentals services.<br />

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

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

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

parks<br />

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

Tshiame, priority sectors Harrismith. such as agro-processing and manufacturing<br />

• a large<br />

The <strong>Free</strong><br />

labour<br />

<strong>State</strong>’s<br />

pool<br />

strengths for inward investment are boosted by:<br />

•<br />

•<br />

diverse<br />

openness<br />

cultures<br />

to business, trade and foreign investment<br />

• abundance of natural resources<br />

• competitive land and building cost<br />

• low factory rentals<br />

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

• Africa’s leading telecommunications network<br />

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

and industrial parks<br />

7<br />

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

• an Corporation idyllic climate (FDC) support<br />

• recreational services for and priority lifestyle sectors<br />

facilities. such as agro-processing and<br />

manufacturing<br />

Select • a large investment labour pool opportunities<br />

include: • diverse cultures<br />

• • Agriculture competitive and land agroprocessing<br />

costs.<br />

and building<br />

• Tourism Select and property investment<br />

opportunities developmentinclude:<br />

• • Medical Agriculture and and pharmaceutical<br />

agriprocessing<br />

•<br />

production<br />

tourism<br />

and<br />

and<br />

distribution<br />

property<br />

• Manufacturing<br />

development<br />

• medical and pharmaceutical<br />

• Renewable and clean energy<br />

production and distribution<br />

• Medical tourism.<br />

• manufacturing<br />

• renewable and clean energy<br />

and medical tourism. ■<br />


7 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


Working together,<br />

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

Thabo Lebelo, the Chief Executive Officer of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development<br />

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

Corporation gives details on how the FDC is delivering on its mandate to<br />

create a conducive environment for entrepreneurs to thrive and for inward<br />

investment into the provincial economy.<br />

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

Strategy and the mandate of broadening<br />

access to economic opportunities for the <strong>Free</strong><br />

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

Development Corporation (FDC) will continue to<br />

unlock business opportunities for both local and<br />

foreign direct investors.<br />

Thabo Lebelo, CEO of the FDC<br />

The World Bank Group flagship report, June<br />

In line 2020, with the projected <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> a Growth global and GDP Development contraction Strategy and<br />

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

the expected <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>-based to go down business by 7.2% sector, in 2020 the <strong>Free</strong> due <strong>State</strong> to the Development<br />

Corporation economic (FDC) restrictions will continue that were to unlock implemented business opportunities<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both the national and provincial government<br />

have provided some relief to businesses in one<br />

form or another. The FDC has also partnered with<br />

government departments to assist businesses in<br />

distress in order to cushion the blow caused by<br />

the global health crisis.<br />

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a<br />

tremendous blow to our SMMEs. Many have been<br />

forced to shut their operations for months due to<br />

the lockdown regulations. This has had a negative<br />

impact on their survival and sustainability with<br />

some downsizing their operations, while others<br />

have had to cease operations. The FDC continues<br />

to foster partnerships with various stakeholders<br />

from municipalities, government departments<br />

and other state entities with the aim of advancing<br />

SMME development, promoting exports,<br />

attracting investments within the province and<br />

most importantly, saving businesses.<br />

As an organisation, we believe that the best way<br />

to grow the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and the country is through<br />

meaningful collaboration and partnerships which<br />

allows us to pool all our resources together for the<br />

betterment of our entrepreneurs.<br />

This <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2021</strong> publication<br />

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

business and Russia tourism and destination. South Africa Key have opportunities lower<br />

GDP include growth the following: rates compared<br />

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

• A leading to agricultural China and commodities India. The South producer<br />

presents significant African economy opportunities was projected across the<br />

agro-processing to grow value by chain. only 1.7% in 2019.<br />

• Aquaculture The activities FDC is working associated hard within<br />

the<br />

Gariep Dam. this framework to promote and<br />

• Sheep farming advance economic and related development value-chain<br />

processing. in South Africa’s most centrally<br />

• Tourism development located province. potential leveraging off<br />

heritage sites and The assets. FDC continues to foster<br />

FREE STATE FREE STATE BUSINESS BUSINESS 2020 <strong>2021</strong> 8<br />


• Engineering opportunities within the<br />

Lejweleputswa District as a result of excellent<br />

engineering training and capacity-building<br />

within the mining sector.<br />

• Jewellery beneficiation.<br />

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

(MAP SEZ), situated at Tshiame in Harrismith<br />

in the Thabo Mafutsanyane District in the<br />

Eastern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is targeting investments<br />

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

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

the biggest market in Africa, Gauteng.<br />

• The Industrial Parks in Sasolburg, the anchor<br />

town of the Metsimaholo Municipality in the<br />

Fezile Dabi District in the Northern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> are<br />

available for rental to industrial tenants.<br />

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

conducive environment for entrepreneurs to<br />

thrive and unleash the potential of the provincial<br />

economy to grow through our commitment to:<br />

• Relationship building.<br />

• 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<br />

to our customers and investors.<br />

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for Furniture and Equipment, Machinery, Manufacturing and grants where available.<br />

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With the continued support from the provincial<br />

main Quick arterial access routes onto and N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

government, we will indeed grow the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. ■<br />

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9 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


A regional overview<br />

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

By John Young<br />

A regional overview<br />

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

By John Young<br />

With acquisitions in the chemicals sector, drilling about to start for<br />

natural gas and the bedding down of a new Special Economic Zone,<br />

there are opportunities for growth in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> economy.<br />

As of February 2020, nearly 100 new<br />

permanent jobs had been created within<br />

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

Zone (MAP SEZ), the strategically located<br />

area on the N3 highway designed to attract new<br />

investment to the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province.<br />

Sectors prioritised at the MAP SEZ include<br />

logistics, ICT, automotive, pharmaceuticals,<br />

manufacturing and agro-processing. The 1 000ha<br />

site has four zones: agro-processing, light industrial,<br />

heavy industrial and a container terminal. Control<br />

of the project now rests with the provincial<br />

Department of Small <strong>Business</strong> Development,<br />

Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA).<br />

Other areas that are being upgraded to provide<br />

infrastructure to encourage manufacturing are the<br />

Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park and the Botshabelo<br />

Industrial Park. The N3 is South Africa’s busiest<br />

road and the Highway Junction truckstop at the<br />

entrance to Harrismith claims to be Africa’s biggest.<br />

More than 1 500 vehicles pass through every day<br />

and three forecourts cater to three fuel brands.<br />

Refuelling, storage and handling take place here,<br />

highlighting the province’s strengths in logistics as<br />

the country’s most central province.<br />

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

the province. The N3 links the ports of Richards<br />

Bay and Durban with the industrial heartland and<br />

the N1 provides north-south connectivity. The<br />

provincial capital, Bloemfontein, is another logistics<br />

hub. Three other national highways intersect the<br />

province which is also well served by rail and air<br />

links. The Bram Fischer International Airport serves<br />

the provincial capital.<br />

Links to the west (Kimberley and on to<br />

Namibia) and east (to Lesotho) underpin the<br />

planning behind the N8 Corridor concept which<br />

covers Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu.<br />

A plan for the coordinated development of the N8<br />

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

and is being funded by the Development Bank<br />

of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Mangaung<br />

Metropolitan Municipality.<br />

Projects and purchases<br />

The Omnia Group is present in 45 countries,<br />

has more than 4 400 employees and a net asset<br />

value of R9.7-billion (March 2020). The company’s<br />

agricultural and chemicals divisions have a large<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />




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presence in the northern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> town of<br />

Sasolburg and the company has recently acquired<br />

a US-based firm that specialises in patented<br />

agriculture biological products, further expanding<br />

its geographical footprint and product range.<br />

International fuel, gas and chemicals company<br />

Sasol regularly invests in new technologies and in<br />

expanding production of its many products.<br />

Renergen, the owners of the Virginia Gas<br />

Project, announced in March 2020 that their<br />

findings had “radically improved” the company’s<br />

drilling plan. One of the key facts to emerge is<br />

that the gas contains helium of up to 12%, a good<br />

percentage. Despite the drawback associated with<br />

Covid-19, Renergen also announced that it was<br />

going to roll out filling stations across South Africa<br />

to cater to companies in the trucking industry<br />

converting to gas.<br />

Mining is reduced in importance but remains<br />

a significant employer. Harmony Gold has several<br />

assets in the province and Sibanye-Stillwater<br />

has undertaken a feasibility study on a property<br />

adjacent to its existing Beatrix mine.<br />

In agriculture, the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is looking forward<br />

to the implementation of the African Continental<br />

<strong>Free</strong> Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the free trade<br />

agreement that was stalled by the Covid-19<br />

pandemic. The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s agricultural export<br />

basket is well suited to trading with African states<br />

and strategies are being considered to promote<br />

apples, asparagus, cherries, cut flowers, sorghum,<br />

venison and wine.<br />

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

of South Africa’s wheat (30%), sunflowers (45%)<br />

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

to national GDP in agriculture.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> shares borders with six other<br />

provinces, in addition to the Mountain Kingdom<br />

of Lesotho. A summer-rainfall region with a mean<br />

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

soil types and topography vary greatly within the<br />

province, with plains in the west and mountains in<br />

the east.<br />

The western and southern areas are semidesert,<br />

with some Karoo vegetation occurring in<br />

the south. The southernmost region of the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> is a largely dry area with open grasslands<br />

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

Gariep Dam, South Africa’s largest dam.<br />

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

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has one metropolitan municipality<br />

(Mangaung), four district municipalities and 19<br />

local municipalities.<br />

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality<br />

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a Category<br />

A municipality which governs Bloemfontein,<br />

Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. The sixth-largest<br />

city in the country, the Mangaung municipal area<br />

covers more than 6 263km² and has a population<br />

of about 850 000 people. Bloemfontein is<br />

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

11 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


Xhariep District Municipality<br />

Towns: Trompsberg, Zastron, Philipollis, Smithfield,<br />

Wepener<br />

The southernmost region of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

is a largely dry area with open grasslands<br />

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

Gariep Dam, South Africa’s largest dam. The dam is<br />

also the site of small hydro-power and aquaculture<br />

projects. The nearby Tussen die Riviere Nature<br />

Reserve and the Mynhardt Game Reserve are<br />

popular. Crops are produced in the northern parts<br />

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

activity in the south. Diamonds, gravel and clay are<br />

mined at Koffiefontein. Jagersfontein is one of the<br />

first places where diamonds were found.<br />

The Early Childhood Development Centre at Zamdela<br />

in Sasolburg is supported by Sasol. Image: Sasol<br />

Lejweleputswa District Municipality<br />

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

Bultfontein, Bothaville<br />

Mining is the most important economic activity<br />

in this area, also known as the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Goldfields, but it is also the most important<br />

maize-growing area in South Africa. A large natural<br />

gas field has been discovered on what used to be<br />

gold turf. Bothaville hosts the annual NAMPO maize<br />

festival and the headquarters of Grain SA. Welkom<br />

is the major urban centre in the district. The area<br />

has tourist assets such as a holiday resort on<br />

the Allemanskraal Dam, the Goldfields Wine<br />

Cellar in Theunissen and the Willem Pretorius<br />

Game Reserve.<br />

Fezile Dabi District Municipality<br />

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

Heilbron, Viljoenskroon<br />

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the<br />

economic driver in the district, which shares a<br />

border with Gauteng province along the Vaal<br />

River. Kroonstad is the district’s second-largest<br />

town and has a number of engineering works<br />

and a railway junction.<br />

A good proportion of South Africa’s grain crop<br />

is sourced from this district and when the vast fields<br />

of sunflowers and cosmos flowers are in bloom, a<br />

marvellous vista is created. The Vaal River presents<br />

opportunities for yachting, rafting and resort-based<br />

enterprises. Parys is a charming town and Vredefort<br />

is home to a World Heritage site – the Vredefort<br />

Dome where a meteor crashed to earth.<br />

Fezile Dabi District Municipality is the<br />

biggest contributor towards the provincial GDP,<br />

contributing approximately 35%. The Fezile<br />

Dabi area is mostly dominated by the industrial<br />

power of Sasol, with the manufacturing of refined<br />

petroleum, coke and chemical products adding<br />

largely to its GDP.<br />

Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality<br />

Towns: Phuthaditjhaba, Bethlehem, Ladybrand,<br />

Clarens, Harrismith, Ficksburg<br />

Tourism and fruit farming are the two principal<br />

economic activities of this area which is<br />

characterised by beautiful landscapes: the Maluti<br />

and the Drakensberg mountain ranges, wetlands<br />

in the north, well-watered river valleys and the<br />

plains of the north and west. The most famous<br />

asset is the Golden Gate National Park.<br />

Industrial activity is undertaken at Harrismith<br />

and Phuthaditjhaba, where the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Development Corporation is promoting<br />

investment. The Maluti-a-Phofung Special<br />

Economic Zone (SEZ) at Harrismith is a multimodal<br />

transport and logistics hub. The commercial<br />

centre of the district is Bethlehem while Clarens<br />

and Ficksburg have become famous for their<br />

artists and cherries respectively. ■<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />


is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

FDC<br />

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Manufacturing<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

Security Guard House<br />

Well fenced and secured<br />

Ample parking<br />

3 phase power with 100 amps<br />

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

shower<br />

FDC empowers youth<br />

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

FOCUS<br />

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<br />

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

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<br />

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Operation..<br />

main arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on<br />

This factory offers the following:<br />

The<br />

main arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

This factory offers the following:<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

Security Guard House<br />

Well fenced and secured<br />

Ample parking<br />

3 phase power with 100 amps<br />

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

information or to view:<br />

shower<br />

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Occupation<br />



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Images: DESTEA<br />

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

Development Corporation (FDC) is participating<br />

in job creation for unemployed individuals<br />

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

funding agreement with the Unemployment<br />

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

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

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

work experience, training and skills opportunities<br />

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

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

out under the Training and Skills Development<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Unit. The UIF is an agency of the<br />

Department of Labour.<br />

The unit intends to prioritise employment,<br />

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

combating long-term unemployment and poverty<br />

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

the programme will cultivate an entrepreneurial<br />

culture and train participants to increase their<br />

chances of acquiring employment and starting<br />

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

Project Manager.<br />

The programme targeted 1 500 learners<br />

who come from various communities around<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. The beneficiaries, both male and<br />

female, have already completed their theoretical<br />

and practical experience in building and civil<br />

construction (paving), welding and mixed farming.<br />

A total of 819 women completed this training.<br />

Positive feedback received from learners<br />

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

This will create an economy that will result in employment<br />

opportunities for women, youth and many<br />

currently unemployed South Africans who should<br />

be productive participants in the economy. ■<br />

13 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Manufacturing<br />

Operation..<br />

is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

FDC<br />

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Manufacturing<br />

FOCUS<br />

FDC offers affordable rental<br />

rates for businesses<br />

The property management and development unit<br />

of the FDC has a diverse property portfolio.<br />

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<br />

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

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<br />

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

Operation..<br />

main arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

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This factory offers the following:<br />

The<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

main arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

factory offers the following:<br />

Security Guard House<br />

This<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

Well fenced and secured<br />

Ample parking<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

3 phase power with 100 amps<br />

Security Guard House<br />

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

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

oversees and administers a diverse and<br />

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

medium, micro enterprise or a labourintensive<br />

company in search of suitable industrial<br />

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

Property Management Unit offers rental space for<br />

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

through its diverse and substantial property portfolio.<br />

Over the years the unit has provided business<br />

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

and government departments who want to initiate<br />

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

providing warehousing, manufacturing space, offices<br />

and space in various shopping centres across<br />

the province.<br />

Offering you quality services<br />

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

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

• Facilitate commercial and industrial activity<br />

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

suitable premises<br />

• Facilitate SMME development, particularly in rural<br />

areas.<br />

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Our industrial properties are located in:<br />

• Thaba Nchu<br />

• Botshabelo<br />

• Industriqwa, Harrismith<br />

• Phuthaditjhaba.<br />

Our cost structures<br />

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

and compare favourably with similar industrial<br />

and commercial properties elsewhere in the<br />

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

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

for factory space, depending on the features of<br />

the property, and from R30 to R96 per square<br />

metre for commercial premises and are adjusted<br />

from time to time in line with prevailing<br />

economic conditions.<br />

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Incentives<br />

Incentives may be granted in the form<br />

of rental holidays, reduced rental rates<br />

and discounts on utilities for investments<br />

contributing to job creation on a large scale.<br />

Black Economic Empowerment<br />

Concessions which may be granted to<br />

businesses with more than 50% black<br />

ownerships include the following:<br />

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

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

businesses, where women have<br />

more than 50% shareholding in the business<br />

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

entities where more than 50% of<br />

shareholding in the business belongs to<br />

individuals below the age of 35<br />

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

where disabled persons hold 25%<br />

shareholding or more.<br />

These concessions do not apply in instances<br />

of lease renewals or existing leases.<br />

Three easy steps to occupying<br />

your new premises<br />

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

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

your interest in the site in writing with the<br />

corporation.<br />

Within a week of receiving the<br />

confirmation and all legal documentation,<br />

premises will be allocated based on the<br />

availability and the specific requirements<br />

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

agreement and pay the initial costs which<br />

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

legal fees; two month’s rental in advance.<br />

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

after FDC has prepared the building<br />

according to the agreed requirements.<br />

Contact details<br />

For more information regarding factory space<br />

to rent please contact us:<br />

Tel: +27 51 4000 800<br />

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

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Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park<br />

Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park<br />

Phuthaditjhaba IP is strategically located in the<br />

Phuthaditjhaba Eastern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> IP and is 40km strategically away from located the N5 in and the<br />

Eastern N3 highways. <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> The and park 40km is on away the border from the between N5 and<br />

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

the Gauteng The Park and is Kwazulu-Natal situated within provinces. the Thabo<br />

Mofutsanyana The Park is District situated Municipality within the in Thabo the<br />

Mofutsanyana<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

District<br />

Local<br />

Municipality<br />

Municipality.<br />

in<br />

It<br />

the<br />

is<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

owned and managed<br />

Local<br />

by<br />

Municipality.<br />

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

It is<br />

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

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

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

official agency responsible for driving economic<br />

official agency responsible for driving economic<br />

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

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

The Park is divided into Industrial estates<br />

The Park is divided into Industrial estates<br />

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

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

small<br />

small and<br />

and<br />

large<br />

large<br />

units.<br />

units.<br />

Small<br />

Small<br />

units<br />

units<br />

range<br />

range<br />

from<br />

from<br />

50m²<br />

50m²<br />

to<br />

to<br />

499m²<br />

499m²<br />

while<br />

while the<br />

the<br />

large<br />

large<br />

units<br />

units<br />

are<br />

are<br />

500m²<br />

500m²<br />

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

rented for manufacturing and and service service industries industries<br />

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

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

factories in the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park.<br />

The Industrial Park Park occupies a total a total of 257 of<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

businesses located in in the park.<br />

The municipality provides services services such such as<br />

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

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

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

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

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

construction,<br />

snacks. The total<br />

food<br />

number<br />

and snacks.<br />

of jobs<br />

The total<br />

is estimated<br />

number<br />

of<br />

at 7<br />

jobs<br />

300.<br />

is estimated at 7 300.<br />

Botshabelo Industrial Park<br />

Botshabelo Industrial Park<br />

The Botshabelo Industrial Park is situated<br />

The approximately Botshabelo 60km Industrial from the Park economic is situated hub<br />

approximately on the eastern 60km side of from the Mangaung the economic Metro. hub<br />

on The the industrial eastern side area of was the Mangaung developed Metro. in 1985 The<br />

industrial with the area assistance was developed of DBSA. in 1985 with the<br />

assistance The Botshabelo of DBSA. Industrial Park boasts<br />

manufacturing<br />

The Botshabelo<br />

and service<br />

Industrial<br />

companies<br />

Park boasts<br />

in<br />

manufacturing<br />

the textiles, electrical,<br />

and service<br />

plastic<br />

companies<br />

production,<br />

in the<br />

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

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

food and snack sectors. Currently it provides<br />

provides employment to an estimated 7 519<br />

employment to an estimated 7 519 people,<br />

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

of which the majority are women. Mangaung<br />

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

and Maluti-A-Phofung form part of the<br />

of the distressed regions and were declared<br />

distressed regions and were declared as one<br />

of<br />

as<br />

the<br />

one<br />

Presidential<br />

of the Presidential<br />

nodal areas<br />

nodal<br />

that<br />

areas<br />

require<br />

that<br />

development.<br />

require development.<br />

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

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

initiation of of the revitalisation programme programme has has<br />

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

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

has Park 144 has factories 144 factories operating operating with 113 with occupied. 113<br />

The occupied. total capital The total investment capital is investment around R755- is<br />

million. around R755-million.<br />

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

22500m². The Park also has an an incubator centre<br />

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

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is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Fu<br />

FDC<br />

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for Busine<br />

Manufacturing<br />

Office and industrial space available<br />

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

affordable rental space for SMMEs.<br />

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<br />

I<br />

is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furnitu<br />

FDC<br />

Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

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<br />

Operation..<br />

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

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

Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba and Industriqwa.<br />

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

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

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

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

different needs.<br />

arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

main<br />

Commercial portfolio<br />

This portfolio is divided into urban and rural areas<br />

The factory is Situated at Site 2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities<br />

Operation..<br />

This factory offers the following:<br />

2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all ame<br />

Site at Situated is factory The<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

and access N3 main routes onto <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

arterial Quick<br />

Roller 4 Doors<br />

and typically consists of the following: shopping<br />

Guard House<br />

offers the following:<br />

This factory Security<br />

centres, office blocks, market stalls, kiosks and<br />

secured<br />

and fenced Well<br />

System.<br />

Sprinkler<br />

containers.<br />

Industrial incentives<br />

Ample parking<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

3 phase power with 100 amps<br />

Security Guard House<br />

offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions<br />

6 toilets, 8<br />

fenced and secured<br />

Well<br />

shower<br />

parking<br />

Ample<br />

phase power with 100 amps<br />

Rental holiday of up to six months.<br />

3<br />

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

Industrial portfolio<br />

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

buildings designed for manufacturing and/or<br />

warehouse purposes.<br />

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

standard and custom-built factories used for<br />

manufacturing, service industries and warehousing.<br />

Small industrial units (


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

Corporation (FDC)<br />

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

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

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

economic development through four service<br />

delivery pillars:<br />

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

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

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

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

support (facilitating training and mentoring service<br />

providers). The principal loan products offered to<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> entrepreneurs by the FDC are:<br />

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

that are mainly at formative stages.<br />

• Expansion loans offering viable and existing<br />

businesses the capital needed to expand.<br />

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

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

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

problems with contracts or tenders.<br />

Property management<br />

The FDC administers a diverse property portfolio<br />

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

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

some 253 commercial properties, 290 industrial<br />

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

vacant land for development.<br />

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

commercial and industrial activity, while assisting<br />

new investors looking for suitable premises.<br />

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

the following incentives:<br />

• Subsidised rental rates.<br />

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

• Special incentives and discounts for BEE<br />

companies or individuals.<br />

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is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

FDC<br />

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Manufacturing<br />


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<br />

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

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<br />

Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Operation..<br />

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

Operation..<br />

main arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

This factory offers the following:<br />

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

Sprinkler System.<br />

main arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

factory offers the following:<br />

Security Guard House<br />

This<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

Well fenced and secured<br />

Investor services<br />

Export-related services<br />

parking<br />

Ample<br />

Roller Doors<br />

4<br />

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

with 100 amps<br />

3 phase power<br />

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

Security House<br />

Programme, which aims<br />

Guard<br />

to<br />

boardroom, toilets, reception, kitchen separate warehouse with<br />

8 6 offices ablutions and<br />

fenced and secured<br />

include the following:<br />

grow demand for <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> products in global<br />

Well<br />

shower<br />

• Project appraisal and packaging.<br />

Ample parking<br />

markets through capacity-building workshops,<br />

• Promotion and facilitation of investment projects the dissemination of trade leads, networking<br />

phase power with 100 amps<br />

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

3<br />

and facilitation of access to finance.<br />

opportunities with inbound trade missions,<br />

and and separate 6 warehouse boardroom, ablutions toilets, with<br />

reception, information offices or kitchen to 8 view:<br />

• Providing access to business and government product promotion through participation in<br />

networks<br />

shower<br />

and 4000 assistance 800 with Email: business tefo@fdc.co.za retention<br />

www.fdc.co.za<br />

outbound group missions and on national Tel: and<br />

051<br />

and expansion.<br />

international exhibitions, access to national exportincentive<br />

• Information Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

on statutory<br />


requirements,<br />


programmes,<br />


market<br />

AND<br />

access information<br />

investment advice and assistance CORRUPTION with investment<br />

INCIDENTS TO THE and FRAUD technical HOTLINE 0800 advice 212 on 154 exporting procedures ■<br />

view: to or information<br />

incentive applications and business permits.<br />

www.fdc.co.za<br />

tefo@fdc.co.za Email: 800 4000 051 Tel: • Assisting with the development of local<br />

Contact details<br />

and international markets and facilitating<br />

joint ventures/equity partnerships through <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation<br />


identification of local partners.<br />

Tel: +27 51 4000 800<br />


CORRUPTION INCIDENTS TO THE Emails: FRAUD HOTLINE wecare@fdc.co.za 0800 212 154| invest@fdc.co.za<br />

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

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Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

SEZ<br />

SEZ<br />

investment investment opportunities<br />

opportunities<br />

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

Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone SEZ project pipeline<br />

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

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<br />

Some of<br />

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

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

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

Phofung region.<br />

This Special • Agro-processing.<br />

Economic Zone (SEZ) is part of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> leg<br />

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

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

national road, halfway between Johannesburg<br />

corridor<br />

and<br />

between<br />

Rail).<br />

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

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

•<br />

land<br />

Ignite<br />

for<br />

the economy<br />

• Starch<br />

of<br />

chemicals.<br />

the region through industrialisation.<br />

• Attract foreign and direct investment.<br />

industrial development.<br />

• Biogas.<br />

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

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

• Integrate <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> industrial strategy activities into the corridor.<br />

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

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

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

in South MAP Africa SEZ and CEO neighbouring Mpho Mgemane countries such as<br />

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

precinct and its logistics and warehousing sectors<br />

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

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

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

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

Industry after cabinet approval.<br />

• Perimeter fencing and lighting have been<br />

completed.<br />

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

90% complete.<br />

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

promotion pipeline which has attracted<br />

30 potential investors with an estimated<br />

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

Maluti-A-Phofung<br />

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

the traffic pressure Zone the (MAP N3. SEZ) has<br />

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

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

logistics Zones and Act industrial No 16 corridor of 2014. that The is intended<br />

to strengthen programme the logistics intended and transport to corridor<br />

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

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

• Integrate competitiveness <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> industrial the Maluti- strategy activities<br />

into A-Phofung the corridor. region.<br />

Objectives approximately 22 130 permanent and temporary<br />

• 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<br />

within the the busiest region. in the southern<br />

hemisphere, it therefore means<br />

Investor that benefits the N3 carries the majority<br />

manufacturing • opportunities Construction and of top create structures a regional commenced and international<br />

trade environment June with 2019. added value-chain benefits. It has also been<br />

established to simulate social and economic benefits and regional<br />

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

MAP SEZ include:<br />

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

• 15% corporate tax instead of 28% corporate tax. prospective investors. functional trade ecosystem.<br />

• Building allowance.<br />

• Long-term lease periods Finally, which provide to investors encourage<br />

• Employment incentive.<br />

an opportunity to beneficiation recoup investment activities on that<br />

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

infrastructure. promote value-added benefits<br />

• 12i Tax allowance.<br />

• Affordability in the form<br />

and<br />

of<br />

help<br />

concessions<br />

to create a<br />

offered<br />

prosperous<br />

on rentals.<br />

trade city and functional trade<br />

ecosystem.<br />

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Priority sectors<br />

Some of the many MAP SEZ<br />

priority sectors are:<br />

• Automotive<br />

• Agro-processing<br />

• Logistics<br />

• General processing<br />

• ICT<br />

• Pharmaceuticals.<br />

From this pipeline MAP SEZ is proud to<br />

pronounce that it has secured investments<br />

from five investors to the value of R1.1-billion<br />

in various sectors. The operations of<br />

these investors were established in June,<br />

September and November 2020.<br />

These investors are a source of great pride<br />

for the MAP SEZ as they have created 103 jobs since the start of their<br />

operations and are projected to create 466 jobs collectively, once<br />

they are fully operational.<br />

The MAP SEZ is now gaining momentum in terms of attracting<br />

local and foreign investors and is supported by its healthy investment<br />

pipeline of approximately R3.2-billion, which is project-ed to create<br />

12 000 work opportunities. ■<br />

Investor benefits<br />

Some of the many investor<br />

benefits that can be derived<br />

from locating within MAP SEZ<br />

include but are not limited to<br />

the following:<br />

• 15% corporate tax instead of<br />

28% corporate tax.<br />

• Building allowance tax.<br />

• Employment incentive tax.<br />

• 12i tax allowance.<br />

MAP SEZ milestones<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ was<br />

granted an operator permit in<br />

2017 by the Minister of Trade,<br />

Industry and Competition after<br />

cabinet approval. MAP SEZ was<br />

gazetted as a Special Economic<br />

Zone on 2 June 2017 and its tax<br />

incentives were gazetted on 6<br />

July 2018.<br />

SEZ project pipeline<br />

Since inception the MAP<br />

SEZ has engaged numerous<br />

investors and through these<br />

engagements has built a<br />

pipeline of lucrative local and<br />

international investments to the<br />

tune of R2.3-billion.<br />

Contact details<br />

Any investor interested in establishing their business within<br />

the SEZ can contact:<br />

Ms M Setai, Manager in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer<br />

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

Tel: +27 51 4000 800 | Cell: +27 73 210 0935<br />

Email: maphoika@mapsez.co.za | Website: www.mapsez.co.za<br />

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

Liquor and Tourism<br />

Authority<br />

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

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

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

Vision<br />

A transformed economy and a prosperous society with an<br />

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

tourism sector.<br />

Mission<br />

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

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

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

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

Liquor and Tourism Authority,<br />

Mr Kenny Dichabe<br />

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

Liquor and Tourism<br />

Authority (FSGLTA)<br />

is one of the two<br />

entities of the Department<br />

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

Development, Tourism and<br />

Environmental Affairs (DESTEA).<br />

The FSGLTA was established by<br />

the FSGLTA Amendment Act 4<br />

of 2017, which was amended<br />

to incorporate the former <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> Tourism Authority and<br />

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

to form the new entity which is<br />

known as FSGLTA.<br />

Mandate<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

destination of choice.<br />

The gambling industry<br />

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

• Consider, grant or refuse applications<br />

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

approved<br />

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

as determined by the National Gambling Act<br />

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

and controlled<br />

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

The liquor industry<br />

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

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

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

industry in relation to gambling<br />

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

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Image: iStock<br />

The tourism industry<br />

It is important that the FSGLTA intensifies<br />

its efforts to ensure effective marketing<br />

of the province in order to attract<br />

domestic tourists as well as international<br />

tourists. The province continues to<br />

enhance tourism infrastructure, up-skill<br />

the sector, inculcate the culture of service<br />

excellence and enhance the provision<br />

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

Authority has partnered with event<br />

organisers and tour operators to market<br />

and promote the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> as a tourist<br />

destination. These are achieved through<br />

the following:<br />

• Forging strategic partnerships with the<br />

public and private sectors to leverage<br />

from each the capability and capacity<br />

to improve the industry<br />

• Streamlining the impact of events<br />

through partnerships and sponsorships<br />

• Improving on Meetings, Incentives,<br />

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

focused growth area of the market<br />

• Continuous review of the marketing<br />

plans to stay on par with the industry<br />

trends. ■<br />


• Mangaung Metro Abraham Classen<br />

classena@fsglta.gov.za | 051 404 0320 | 079 506 0272<br />

• Thabo Mofutsanyana Peter Moleko<br />

molekop@fsglta.gov.za | 078 309 4178<br />

• Lejweleputswa Thabo Tlake<br />

tlaket@fsglta.gov.za | 057 492 0001 | 072 533 6681<br />

• Fezile Dabi Bongakele Nzunga<br />

nzungab@fsglta.co.za | 056 492 0001 | 082 256 5926<br />

• Gariep Abraham Classen<br />

classena@fsglta.gov.za | 051 404 0320 | 079 506 0272<br />


• Cheetah Route Nthabiseng Methola<br />

cheetah@freestatetourism.org | 073 125 1614<br />

• Eagle Route Bonolo Molefe<br />

eagle@freestatetourism.org | 072 056 6090<br />

• Flamingo Route Dineka Lephowane<br />

flamingo@freestatetourism.org | 073 796 8577<br />

• Lion Route Keakabetse Ramokonopi<br />

lion@freestatetourism.org | 084 951 1564<br />

• Springbok Route Kefiloe Molefe<br />

molefek@fsglta.gov.za | 079 496 2999<br />

23 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


South African<br />

investment incentives<br />

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

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

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

South Africa wishes to diversify its economy<br />

and incentives are an important part<br />

of the strategy to attract investors to<br />

the country.<br />

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

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

incentives programme, which aims to encourage<br />

local and foreign investment into targeted<br />

economic sectors, but the Industrial Development<br />

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

projects across South Africa.<br />

There are a variety of incentives available<br />

and these incentives can broadly be categorised<br />

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

• Conceptualisation of the project – including<br />

feasibility studies and research and develop-<br />

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

THRIP, Stp, etc)<br />

• Capital expenditure – involving the creation<br />

or expansion of the productive capacity of<br />

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

• Competitiveness enhancement – involving the<br />

introduction of efficiencies and whetting the<br />

competitive edge of established companies and<br />

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

CTCIP, etc)<br />

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

example the Aquaculture Development and<br />

Enhancement Programme (ADEP), Clothing<br />

and Textile Competitiveness Improvement<br />

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

Programme (TSP).<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />


is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

FDC<br />

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Manufacturing<br />


Manufacturing<br />

Key components of the incentive<br />

programme are the Manufacturing<br />

Incentive Programme<br />

(MIP) and the Manufacturing<br />

Competitiveness Enhancement<br />

Programme (MCEP). The initial<br />

MCEP, launched in 2012,<br />

was so successful that it was<br />

oversubscribed with almost 890<br />

businesses receiving funding.<br />

A second phase of the programme<br />

was launched in 2016. The grants are<br />

not handouts as the funding covers a maximum<br />

of 50% of the cost of the investment, with the<br />

remainder to be sourced elsewhere.<br />

The Enterprise Investment Programme (EIP)<br />

makes targeted grants to stimulate and promote<br />

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

manufacturing and tourism sectors.<br />

Aimed at smaller companies, the maximum<br />

grant is R30-million. Specific tax deductions are<br />

permissible for larger companies investing in the<br />

manufacturing sector under Section 12i of the<br />

Income Tax Act.<br />

Other incentives<br />

Other incentives that are available to investors as<br />

well as existing businesses in more than one sector<br />

include the following:<br />

• Technology and Human Resources for Industry<br />

Programme (THRIP)<br />

• Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII)<br />

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

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

black-owned small enterprises<br />

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

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

costs of qualifying infrastructure<br />

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

90:10 matching cash grant for registered primary<br />

co-operatives<br />

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

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

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

and industry associations.<br />

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<br />

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H<br />

Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

R P L A I R T S U D N I<br />

Operation..<br />

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

Operation..<br />

arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

main<br />

This factory offers the following:<br />

2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on<br />

Site at Situated is factory The<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

routes arterial main<br />

factory offers the following:<br />

Security Guard House<br />

This<br />

System.<br />

Well fenced and secured<br />

Sprinkler<br />

Ample parking<br />

Doors<br />

Roller 4<br />

3 phase power with 100 amps<br />

House<br />

Guard Security<br />

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

Well secured<br />

and fenced<br />

shower<br />

Ample parking<br />

phase power with 100 amps<br />

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

3<br />

toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

information or to view:<br />

8<br />

shower<br />

4 Roller Doors<br />

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za<br />

available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />


Occupation<br />


information or to view:<br />

Incentives for SMMEs<br />

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za<br />



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

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

job creation and a number of incentives are<br />

designed to promote the growth of these<br />

businesses. These include:<br />

• Small Medium Enterprise Development Programme<br />

(SMEDP)<br />

• Isivande Women’s Fund<br />

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

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

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

Development that exists to promote SMMEs.<br />

Trade-related incentives<br />

The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance<br />

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

businesses that wish to market their businesses<br />

internationally to potential importers and<br />

investors. The scheme offers financial assistance<br />

to South Africans travelling or exhibiting abroad<br />

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

African goods. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

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

www.thedtic.gov.za<br />

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

www.fdc.co.za<br />

Industrial Development Corporation:<br />

www.idc.co.za<br />

Official South African government incentive<br />

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

25 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


Establishing a business<br />

in South Africa<br />

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

international companies and individuals.<br />

new legislation, no new Close Corporations can<br />

be created but CCs can convert to companies.<br />

Registration of company<br />

The company must be registered with the<br />

Companies and Intellectual Properties<br />

Commission, (CPIC) in Pretoria within 21 days of<br />

the company being started. There are a range of<br />

administrative procedures that need to be fulfilled.<br />

Bank account<br />

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

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

South Africa has a sophisticated legal,<br />

regulatory and banking system. Setting<br />

up a business in South Africa is a relatively<br />

straightforward process with assistance<br />

being offered by organisations such as the<br />

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition<br />

and provincial investment agencies like the <strong>Free</strong><br />

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

South African law regulates the establishment<br />

and conduct of businesses throughout the<br />

country. Tax, investment incentives, regulations<br />

governing imports, exports and visas are uniform<br />

throughout the country.<br />

The particular environment varies from<br />

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

of human and natural resources, the infrastructure<br />

and support services, business opportunities and<br />

the quality of life. In this respect, the FDC can offer<br />

specific advice about the business environment in<br />

the province.<br />

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

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

accounting and reporting requirements. Under<br />

Registration with the receiver of revenue<br />

• As a Provisional Taxpayer<br />

• As a VAT vendor<br />

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

money earned by employees<br />

• For Standard Income Tax on Employees<br />

Registration with the Department of Labour<br />

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

Department of Labour regarding mandatory contributions<br />

to the Unemployment Insurance Fund<br />

(UIF). Register with Compensation Commissioner<br />

for Compensation Fund: Files with the Compensation<br />

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

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

Registration with the local authority<br />

Relevant only to businesses dealing in fresh<br />

foodstuffs or health matters.<br />

Other procedures<br />

• Checking exchange control procedures (note<br />

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

exchange controls except for certain categories<br />

of investment).<br />

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is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

FDC<br />

Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

Manufacturing<br />


• Obtaining approval for building plans<br />

• Applying for industry and export incentives<br />

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

duties payable<br />

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

applying for an export permit.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Branches of foreign companies fall under<br />

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

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

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

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

appoint a person resident in South Africa who<br />

is authorised to accept services of process and<br />

any notices served on the company. It must also<br />

appoint a registered local auditor and establish a<br />

registered office in South Africa.<br />

Patents, trademarks and copyrights<br />

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

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

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

granted for 20 years, normally without an option<br />

to renew. The holder of a patent or trademark<br />

must pay an annual fee in order to preserve its<br />

validity. Patents and trademarks may be licensed<br />

but where this involves the payment of royalties<br />

to non-resident licensors, prior approval of the<br />

licensing agreement must be obtained from<br />

the dtic. South Africa is a signatory to the Berne<br />

Copyright Convention.<br />

Permits for foreign nationals<br />

Work permits<br />

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

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

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

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

following:<br />

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

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

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

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

employee prior to hiring a foreigner?<br />

• Is the prospective employee appropriately<br />

qualified and do they have the relevant<br />

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<br />

FDC is renting out 18 850 sqm standalone factory including Furniture<br />

O P E R T Y T O R E N T I N H A R R I S M I T H<br />

Manufacturing Machinery, Equipment, and Furniture for <strong>Business</strong><br />

R P L A I R T S U D N I<br />

Operation..<br />

experience?<br />

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

Operation..<br />

arterial routes and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

main<br />

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

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

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

apart from having sufficient funds to support<br />

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

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


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

transferable to South Africa and belong to the<br />

applicant (ie emanate from the applicant’s own<br />


bank account). The business must also create<br />

jobs for South African citizens. After six months<br />

to a year, proof will have to be submitted that the<br />

business is employing South African citizens or<br />

permanent residents, excluding family members<br />

of the employer.<br />

Applications for work permits for selfemployment<br />

can only be lodged at the South<br />

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

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

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

guarantee with the consulate/embassy equivalent<br />

to the price of a one-way flight from South Africa<br />

back to his or her country of origin.<br />

This guarantee is refundable once the<br />

applicant has either left South Africa permanently<br />

or obtained permanent residence. Any application<br />

for an extension of a business permit may be<br />

lodged locally. The processing fee per passport<br />

holder is R425. Some countries also need to pay<br />

R108 per return visa.<br />

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

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

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

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

This factory offers the following:<br />

2277 in Harrismith and close proximity to all amenities, on<br />

Site at Situated is factory The<br />

Sprinkler System.<br />

and Quick access onto N3 <strong>Free</strong>way.<br />

main arterial routes<br />

Doors<br />

Roller 4<br />

factory offers the following:<br />

Security Guard House<br />

This<br />

System.<br />

Well fenced and secured<br />

Sprinkler<br />

Ample parking<br />

Doors<br />

Roller 4<br />

3 phase power with 100 amps<br />

House<br />

Guard Security<br />

8 toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

Well secured<br />

and fenced<br />

shower<br />

Ample parking<br />

phase power with 100 amps<br />

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

3<br />

toilets, 6 offices and boardroom, reception, kitchen and separate warehouse ablutions with<br />

information or to view:<br />

8<br />

shower<br />

051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za<br />

Tel:<br />

Occupation available immediately. Please contact Mr Tefo Matla for more<br />

information or to view:<br />

Tel: 051 4000 800 Email: tefo@fdc.co.za www.fdc.co.za<br />


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

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

project appraisal and packaging, putting investors<br />

in touch with relevant agencies and government<br />

departments, alerting investors to investment<br />

incentives and setting up joint ventures where<br />

required. ■<br />

27<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>

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

FOCUS<br />

Growing the<br />

tourism sector<br />

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

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

unique selling propositions.<br />

The Tourism Unit of DESTEA is providing market access for local operators.<br />

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

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

easy access grow the tourism sector’s contribution<br />

to <strong>Free</strong> the <strong>State</strong> main economy. ports of In Durban, achieving<br />

East London and<br />

Port Elizabeth.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> this, is various an attractive activities business and functions and investment are destination.<br />

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

are<br />

•<br />

agriculture,<br />

Creating a<br />

mining,<br />

conducive<br />

manufacturing<br />

environment<br />

and<br />

for<br />

the<br />

tourism<br />

tertiary<br />

to<br />

sectors, making<br />

it ideal<br />

thrive<br />

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

• Formulating and implementing a Provincial<br />

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

Tourism Sector Strategy to guide tourism activities<br />

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

in the province<br />

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

• Providing market access opportunities both<br />

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

locally and internationally to provincial tourism • Promotion of tourism safety through among others,<br />

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

enterprises<br />

programmes such as the Provincial Joint<br />

various<br />

• Roll<br />

trade<br />

out programmes<br />

preferences and<br />

to enhance<br />

free-trade<br />

visitor<br />

agreements.<br />

services Operational and Intelligence Structure (Provjoints),<br />

As<br />

and<br />

far<br />

experience<br />

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

with<br />

industrial<br />

law enforcement agencies, and also through<br />

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

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

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

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

The J2SE will focus • recreational nominating and lifestyle a small town<br />

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

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

openness inclusive tourism business, economy, trade and as well foreign as providing investment<br />

abundance support to of youth natural and resources women in tourism<br />

• low Facilitating factory rentals events tourism to reduce seasonality<br />

Africa’s and enhance leading geographic telecommunications spread network<br />

town to develop a service excellence-orientated<br />

culture in their Select organisations investment opportunities<br />

and different<br />

structures with include: strong media attention and focus<br />

during the activation. • Agriculture A town and will agroprocessing<br />

be identified<br />

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

of Service Excellence will be<br />

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

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

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation (FDC) support services been for developed development for the nomination which<br />

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

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

a large labour pool<br />

diverse cultures<br />

competitive land and building cost<br />

stakeholders. production A number of and activities distribution will be<br />

implemented • Manufacturing<br />

anticipation of the big media<br />

event to launch • Renewable J2SE Town. and clean energy<br />

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

bring together<br />

the entire town including restaurants,<br />

accommodation facilities, tourist attractions,<br />

police, banks and petrol attendants, among<br />

7 others, to be informed, FREE trained STATE and BUSINESS exposed 2020 to<br />

the four components of the SANS 1197:2012.<br />

A secondary objective of this programme is<br />

to establish a local Tourism Service Excellence<br />

structure or to link with existing structures to<br />

build a sustainable service culture. ■<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />


Environmental<br />

sustainability<br />

The Environment and Conservation Branch is working to promote a pristine<br />

environment that facilities economic transformation.<br />

FOCUS<br />

Environmental sustainability within the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> Province is conducted within the<br />

prescripts of promoting Section 24 of the<br />

South African Constitution, recognising<br />

and promoting environmental rights as contained<br />

in the Bill of Rights. We also recognise our<br />

responsibility to promote a pristine environment<br />

that facilitates a transformative economic agenda<br />

to create jobs and a just society.<br />

The main focus areas are:<br />

• Environmental Quality and Protection:<br />

environmental education and awareness; waste<br />

and air quality management; environmental<br />

impacts and assessments; EPWP. Also promoting<br />

the circular economy with a particular focus on<br />

waste and recycling.<br />

• Biodiversity Conservation and Research:<br />

maintenance of resorts and reserves;<br />

protected areas maintenance and expansion;<br />

biodiversity research; game culling and<br />

auctions including the transformation<br />

and promotion of Biodiversity Economy;<br />

transformative entrepreneurship; development<br />

and promotion of the wildlife economy.<br />

Current considerations<br />

• Ensuring sustainable environmental<br />

management.<br />

• Improve national and provincial state of<br />

environmental reporting.<br />

• Integration of environmental objectives in<br />

national, provincial and instruments and tools.<br />

• Implementation of Chapter 4 of NEMA provisions<br />

in relation to fair decision-making and conflict<br />

management (conciliation, arbitration and<br />

investigations). Responding to EIA complaints<br />

and appeals without compromising on<br />

economic transformation, job creation and the<br />

promotion of spatial integration.<br />

Conservation priorities<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is 128 000km² in extent, or<br />

12.8-million hectares. This means that it is the<br />

third-largest province in South Africa. Located<br />

in the centre of the country, with ideal soils and<br />

climate, the province is an extremely important<br />

food producer and the environmental health of<br />

the province is therefore vital to the food security<br />

of the country.<br />

The province boasts a strong conservation<br />

mindset, not only from within the DESTEA but<br />

also from land owners generally.<br />

Prior to the adoption of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Protected<br />

Area Expansion Strategy there were already 240<br />

formally declared Nature Reserves in the province.<br />

Since the inception of the Biodiversity Stewardship<br />

programme an additional 53 000 hectares of<br />

private land have been declared and added to<br />

the conservation estate. Priority focus is now<br />

on extending these conservation areas into the<br />

remaining natural areas of the province thereby<br />

conserving wetlands, rivers, terrestrial ecosystems<br />

and species for future generations.<br />

In addition to the formal conservation areas,<br />

there are over 300 000 hectares of game and<br />

mixed-species ranches. The province generates<br />

over R600-million per annum from the local<br />

hunting industry, which maintains many huntingsupport<br />

businesses such as taxidermists, curio<br />

producers, etc. ■<br />

29 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


see money differently<br />





Loderick Lubisi, Nedbank’s Provincial<br />

General Manager for Limpopo and<br />

Mpumalanga, explains how new brand<br />

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

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

now ‘the new normal’.<br />

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

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

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

businesses and communities in which we<br />

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

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

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

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

The Nedbank Contact Centre and advanced<br />

digital innovation, including the awardwinning<br />

Nedbank Money app, enabled the<br />

bank to continue serving clients in the<br />

comfort of their homes. It brought<br />

convenience to clients and helped them to<br />

comply with lockdown regulations.<br />

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

clients, Nedbank continues to<br />

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

dedicated business manager. ‘Our business<br />

managers are supported by a team of<br />

experts across the bank to deliver seamless<br />

‘<br />

Our client-centred strategy<br />

has enabled us to reach out<br />

to our individual and business<br />

clients in times of need …<br />

’<br />

banking solutions. Our bigger-picture<br />

business approach ensures that we are able<br />

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

understanding the vision, cashflow cycle,<br />

and transactional and capital expenditure<br />

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

trusted advisors to the business owners who<br />

strive to grow their business.’<br />

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

with the bigger-picture approach offered<br />

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

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

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

Lubisi says.<br />

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

for more information about Nedbank’s<br />

specialised service offering, email<br />

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

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


see money differently<br />





Nedbank is committed to delivering<br />

easy and innovative banking<br />

solutions to government,<br />

municipalities and state-owned enterprises<br />

throughout South Africa.<br />

Monei Seleho, Nedbank's Provincial<br />

Manager for the Public Sector in Limpopo<br />

and Mpumalanga, says that given the<br />

strategic importance of the public sector to<br />

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

Nedbank has a dedicated public sector team<br />

to provide financial solutions that enable the<br />

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

understand that the various spheres of<br />

government and their agencies face unique<br />

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

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

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

nation.’<br />

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

strong partnerships in facilitating business<br />

growth, effective community development<br />

and environmental conservation, Seleho’s<br />

team boasts extensive experience in<br />

provincial and local government, stateowned<br />

entities and educational institutions.<br />

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

needs of the public sector and include<br />

‘<br />

We understand that<br />

the various spheres of<br />

government and their<br />

agencies face unique<br />

challenges …<br />

’<br />

extensive transactional banking solutions,<br />

short to long term funding, financial<br />

products and services for public servants<br />

and value-added services.’<br />

In addition, Nedbank supports its public<br />

sector clients on their transformation<br />

journey through the implementation of<br />

various enterprise development initiatives.<br />

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

enterprises is a business imperative for<br />

economic sustainability as well as for<br />

ensuring a thriving, vibrant social and<br />

economic future,’ says Seleho.<br />

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

partner with your organisation togrowa<br />

greater South Africa, please email<br />

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

visit www.nedbank.co.za/business


see money differently<br />




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

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

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

professional values.<br />

‘<br />

Based in each community, our teams<br />

have a thorough understanding of the<br />

local economy and a genuine interest<br />

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

our role goes beyond providing banking<br />

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

empowering the communities in which we<br />

operate.’<br />

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

good, Nedbank strives to empower the<br />

workplace employees who drive the<br />

Limpopo & Mpumalanga economy by saving<br />

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

them manage their money better through<br />

the Workplace Banking solution.<br />

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

onsite assistance from our dedicated teams,<br />

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

preferential banking packages and our<br />

award-winning Financial Fitness and<br />

Consumer Education programmes. These<br />

interventions assist clients in managing their<br />

money better by providing budgeting and<br />

money management training, equipping<br />

their staff to better deal with everyday<br />

money management challenges'<br />

And the innovative banking journey<br />

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

‘<br />

We assist clients to save time<br />

by providing onsite assistance<br />

from our dedicated teams …<br />

’<br />

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

to manage accounts and investments, make<br />

payments and set savings goals and<br />

budgets from their smartphone.<br />

Keena adds that working with communities<br />

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

community development, skills development,<br />

education and job creation, as well<br />

as environmental conservation. ‘These play<br />

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

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

presence in communities goes a long<br />

way in enabling greater financial inclusion<br />

while contributing towards economic growth,'<br />

he says.<br />

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

to the next level through our workplace<br />

banking solution and would like more<br />

information about Nedbank’s specialised<br />

service offering, please contact<br />

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

visit www.nedbank.co.za.


see money differently<br />




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

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

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

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

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

recovery in GDP in the sector for<br />

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

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

harvest on record, which means<br />

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

maize and could also export maize beyond<br />

the African continent.<br />

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

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

recession on record, the agriculture value<br />

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

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

global population that is expected to reach<br />

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

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

and innovation are the drivers in the<br />

establishment of more efficient, productive<br />

and sustainable agriculture.<br />

Ivor Meeding, Nedbank Regional Manager<br />

Agriculture for Mpumalanga, says that<br />

Nedbank has created innovative funding<br />

solutions designed to support farmers with<br />

sustainable farming interventions where the<br />

commodity produced or infrastructure itself<br />

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

drought a perpetual threat that South<br />

‘<br />

Nedbank has created innovative<br />

funding solutions designed to<br />

support farmers with sustainable<br />

farming interventions …<br />

’<br />

Africa faces, our funding solutions range<br />

from water-efficiency innovations and<br />

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

which improves the yield of underperforming<br />

crops, protects them from natural hazards<br />

and reduces water use.’<br />

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

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

applying our bigger-picture business<br />

banking approach to understand each<br />

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

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

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

ranging from the innovations mentioned<br />

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

support,’ he says.<br />

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

teams can assist you,orwantmore<br />

information, please send email Ivor Meeding<br />

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

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

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

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



Overviews of the main economic sectors<br />

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

Agriculture 36<br />

Mining 38<br />

Oil and gas 39<br />

Manufacturing 40<br />

Tourism 41<br />

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Education and Training<br />

34<br />


35 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />

Image: Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens.


Agriculture<br />

An inland fishery has been launched.<br />

Oranjeville, on the southern banks of the Wilge River, is<br />

the site of a fisheries project which has created seven<br />

new jobs in its first phase. The river flows into the Vaal<br />

River and the town is located in the Metsimaholo Local<br />

Municipality (under which Sasolburg also falls) within the Fezile Dabi<br />

District Municipality.<br />

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

municipalities. The concept brings together farmers, traders and agroprocessors<br />

at convenient sites. Support for rural smallholders will be<br />

available in terms of equipment hire from a central source, storage<br />

facilities, packaging of produce and getting products to market.<br />

Image: VKB<br />

As part of the agri-parks programme a warehouse is under<br />

construction at Springfontein and the Thaba Nchu abattoir is being<br />

upgraded. In Sediba, Farmer Production Support Units supplied a<br />

tractor and implements to participants. A goat development project<br />

has been launched by the provincial government, intended to create<br />

agriculture opportunities for young people and women.<br />

Key to the growth of these small-scale operations is access to<br />

finance and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is a key roleplayer<br />

in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. The launch of the Maluti-A-Phofung Special<br />

Economic Zone (MAP SEZ) has created another platform to boost the<br />

agro-processing and agro-logistics sectors.<br />

Cannabis is a potential new sector. A Cannabis Expo was held in<br />

November 2019 at which experts, industry leaders and regulators<br />

from met to discuss the economic benefits of medicinal cannabis.<br />

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

Sector Insight<br />

Omnia has bought Oro Agri<br />

Opportunities.<br />

Company news<br />

The Agriculture RSA division<br />

of chemical group Omnia has<br />

bought Oro Agri Opportunities,<br />

a producer of agriculture<br />

biologicals, for a reported<br />

$100-million (Engineering News).<br />

The US-based Oro Agri has<br />

production facilities in the US,<br />

Brazil and South Africa where it<br />

makes crop protection products,<br />

fertilisers and soil conditioners.<br />

Omnia has a big presence<br />

in Sasolburg: its facilities include<br />

an ammonium nitrate/calcium<br />

nitrate plant, two nitric acid/<br />

ammonium nitrate plants, a<br />

porous ammonium nitrate<br />

plant, granulation plants and a<br />

nitrophosphate plant. Research<br />

facilities, the Chemtech group<br />

of laboratories, 185 specialised<br />

ammonia rail tankers and<br />

another production facility at<br />

Wesselsbron (south of Bothaville)<br />

make up the balance of Omnia’s<br />

presence in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The purchase of a 21% stake<br />

in BKB by VKB has given the latter<br />

company extended geographical<br />

reach and opportunities in new<br />

markets. While VKB is strongest<br />

in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and Limpopo<br />

with a grain focus, BKB is wellestablished<br />

in the Eastern Cape,<br />

deals mainly in wool and mohair<br />

and runs many auctions.<br />

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VKB is already a diverse<br />

group, with the capacity to<br />

produce soybean meal and<br />

soybean cake and flour from its<br />

plants, mills and factories. Grain<br />

Field Chickens, a large abattoir<br />

in Reitz, is one of the company’s<br />

biggest facilities in the province.<br />

The Industrial Development<br />

Corporation (IDC), which has a<br />

23% stake in the project, aims to<br />

help develop the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> as<br />

the poultry hub of South Africa.<br />

VKB has six agro-processing<br />

companies including VKB Flour<br />

Mills and <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Oil and is<br />

active in auctioning, storage,<br />

packaging and fuel sales,<br />

among other activities. VKB’s<br />

headquarters are in Reitz in the<br />

eastern part of the province and<br />

the group is one of the province’s<br />

largest employers.<br />

The Imbani Homsek Group<br />

is an integrated dairy-products<br />

producer with one of the biggest<br />

Ayrshire herds in the world. The<br />

head office of Country Bird<br />

Holdings is in Bloemfontein: its<br />

brands are Supreme Chicken,<br />

Nutri Feeds and Ross (breeding).<br />

Country Bird Logistics controls<br />

45 chilled and frozen vans.<br />

Image: Omnia<br />

Image: Agricultural Research Council<br />

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

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

such factory in the country, where ghee and roller dried milk powder<br />

is also made) and in Heilbron (whey, buttermilk, condensed milk<br />

and packaging).<br />

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

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

when it again hosted the country’s largest agricultural festival, NAMPO<br />

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

81 345 visitors.<br />

Bothaville is on the western edge of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> and the town falls<br />

under the North West in the organisational chart of giant agricultural<br />

company Senwes, which has its headquarters in Klerksdorp. The rest of<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is divided into three regions by Senwes, which deals with<br />

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

The province supplies significant proportions of the nation’s<br />

sorghum (53%), sunflowers (45%), maize (45%), potatoes (33%), wheat<br />

(30%), groundnuts (32%), dry beans (26%), wool (24%) and almost all<br />

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

Game hunting is a significant sector, and several large <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> farms<br />

have been converted from stock to game farms. Crop production<br />

represents about two-thirds of the province’s gross agricultural income.<br />

The main crops are maize and wheat. Sunflowers, sunflower seeds,<br />

sorghum and soy beans are other major crops. The Mangaung Fresh<br />

Produce Market plays a vital role in the sector, catering as it does to<br />

householders, bulk buyers, informal traders, agents and farmers. ■<br />

Online Resources<br />

Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agri.za<br />

Bothaville: www.bothaville.info<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:<br />

www.ard.fs.gov.za<br />

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

37 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


Mining<br />

Feasibility studies are exploring new gold projects.<br />

Diamonds, coal and gold are the main minerals found in the<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> but the decline of gold mining is a cause for concern.<br />

Several summits and a Mining Indaba have focussed<br />

on what kind of economic activity can replace gold mining.<br />

However, Sibanye-Stillwater is bucking the trend with the investigation<br />

of a possible new project next to its existing Beatrix mine. Gold prices<br />

rose appreciably during the Covid-19 pandemic. The mining sector<br />

makes up 11% of provincial GDP. A minerals beneficiation strategy has<br />

been developed because this is a key area for potential growth.<br />

Beatrix gold mine. Image: Sibanye Stillwater<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Provincial Government announced in February<br />

2020 the creation of a company that will manufacture mining<br />

equipment, to be called Newco. Small mining companies have been<br />

promised technical support and with health and safety and access to<br />

beneficiation opportunities.<br />

Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix mine, with a life-of-mine projected to<br />

2025, produced 196 698 ounces of gold in 2019. Beatrix also holds<br />

26.97-million pounds of uranium resources. Mining rights to the<br />

Southern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> project adjacent to Beatrix have been approved<br />

and a feasibility study on part of it, the Bloemhoek decline, was done<br />

in 2019. The company reported that the Southern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> property<br />

had surface and underground gold reserves of 2.1-million oz and<br />

mineral resources of 8.2-million oz.<br />

AngloGold Ashanti has sold most of its assets to Harmony Gold.<br />

Most of the mines are in the North West Province, but the Great Noligwa<br />

and Kopanang mines are in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. The complex includes one<br />

uranium plant, four gold plants and one sulphuric acid plant.<br />

Online Resources<br />

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

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

South African Mining Development Association: www.samda.co.za<br />

Sector Insight<br />

A new equipment<br />

manufacturer is planned<br />

for Welkom.<br />

These assets increased<br />

Harmony’s underground<br />

resource base in South Africa by<br />

nearly 40%. The mines include<br />

Tshipong and Phakisa (near<br />

Odendaalsrus), Virginia, Target<br />

(near Allanridge), Masimong<br />

(Riebeeckstad), Joel (near<br />

Theunissen) and Bambanani at<br />

Welkom. Phakisa has mineral<br />

reserves of just over five-million<br />

ounces of gold and Harmony has<br />

invested heavily in the project.<br />

Gold mines in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> also supply a substantial<br />

portion of the total silver<br />

produced in the country, and<br />

large concentrations of uranium<br />

occurring in the gold-bearing<br />

conglomerates of the goldfields<br />

are extracted as a by-product.<br />

Petra Diamonds’ Koffiefontein<br />

mine is on the western edge of<br />

the province, about 80km from<br />

Kimberley. The Voorspoed mine<br />

of De Beers Consolidated Mines<br />

closed in 2018.<br />

Coal is mostly found in the<br />

northern part of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The Sigma-Mookraal mine is<br />

run by Sasol Mining and has<br />

the capacity to supply Sasol<br />

Infrachem in Sasolburg with<br />

two-million tons of coal per year.<br />

Seriti Resources has purchased<br />

the New Vaal Colliery from Anglo<br />

American. ■<br />

FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong><br />


Oil and gas<br />

Logistics companies are signing up for gas.<br />


Sector Insight<br />

Filling stations offering liquified<br />

natural gas are planned.<br />

Image: BHIT Bulk Logistics<br />

The Virginia Gas Project is making good progress. The project<br />

is owned by Tetra4 which is a Renergen company. The<br />

company has invited bids for the allocation of liquefied<br />

natural gas (LNG) and expects to start drilling in 2020. Tetra4<br />

holds the rights for onshore petroleum production, the only such<br />

licence in the country which is issued by the Department of Mineral<br />

Resources and Energy through Petroleum Agency South Africa.<br />

Renergen intends equipping filling stations with LNG at strategic<br />

locations across South Africa to cater for the logistics industry. The<br />

first two such stations will be Total stations in Johannesburg and<br />

Durban that will be rebranded in green. One station is planned for<br />

Harrismith on the busy N3 highway which links these two cities.<br />

Bulk Hauliers International Transport (BHIT) has signed an<br />

agreement to take LNG to fuel 50 of its trucks, which should lead<br />

to lower operating and maintenance costs. South African Breweries<br />

is another client. Tetra4 has a R218-million loan from the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation to build a 107km pipeline network from<br />

Virginia and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an<br />

agency of the US government, will lend Renergen $40-million (more<br />

than R600-million) over 12 years to build a gas plant in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The area around Virginia has proven reserves of 25-billion cubic feet.<br />

The chemical complex at Sasolburg is the economic driver of the<br />

oil and gas sector for the province. One of the Sasol companies at<br />

Online Resources<br />

Petroleum Agency SA: www.petroleumagencysa.com<br />

South African Oil and Gas Alliance: www.saoga.org.za<br />

South African Petroleum Industry Association: www.sapia.co.za<br />

Sasolburg, Sasol New Energy,<br />

is moving the group away<br />

from reliance on fossil fuels. In<br />

2020 Sasol called for bidders to<br />

construct an embedded 10MW<br />

solar PV facility at Sasolburg. The<br />

company’s larger goal across all<br />

its sites is eventually to procure<br />

600MW of renewable energy<br />

and achieve a 10% greenhousegas<br />

(GHG) emission reduction<br />

by 2030.<br />

The regulator and promoter<br />

of oil and gas exploration in<br />

South Africa, Petroleum Agency<br />

South Africa, has awarded<br />

coalbed-methane-gas<br />

exploration rights in KwaZulu-<br />

Natal and natural gas exploration<br />

permits in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>. Early<br />

surveys suggest that the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> has 23-billion cubic feet<br />

of gas underground. If this is<br />

confirmed, then four new power<br />

stations could be built in the<br />

province. Tests have begun in<br />

the Karoo in search of shale gas.<br />

The Natref fuel refinery is<br />

one of only four in South Africa,<br />

and the country’s only inland<br />

refinery. The refinery is a joint<br />

venture between Sasol Oil<br />

(63.6%) and Total SA (36.3%). It<br />

is a technologically advanced<br />

facility, which refines heavy<br />

crude oil into petrol, diesel,<br />

commercial propane, jet fuel<br />

and bitumen. ■<br />

39 FREE STATE BUSINESS <strong>2021</strong>


Manufacturing<br />

The textile sector is recovering.<br />

Seed funding and investment are critical in helping businesses<br />

get started, but sometimes good advice can be just as valuable.<br />

Tehilaa Golden CC, a clothing manufacturer, more than<br />

doubled its annual turnover to R11-million with the support<br />

of the SAB Foundation’s 18-month Tholoana Enterprise Programme.<br />

Tholoana offers skilled mentorship, business development tools<br />

and training, access to peer networks and finance. Founder Cherilyn<br />

Lucena (pictured) also expanded her workforce from 46 to 135.<br />

The SAB Foundation has provided over R8-million in grant<br />

funding and business support to 70 entrepreneurs in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

Collective turnover has grown by 271%.<br />

A 172ha business park in Sasolburg designed to incubate black<br />

industrialists is a joint venture between the National Department<br />

of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) and Sasol. There are<br />

five buildings on the site, training is provided, and companies have<br />

access to Sasol’s diverse supply chains.<br />

In 2018 Kevali Chemicals became the first<br />

beneficiary of the dtic’s Black Industrialists Scheme<br />

(BIS). A grant of R35-million allowed the company to<br />

acquire machinery and equipment to start a new line of<br />

manufacturing in the Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ (MAP SEZ).<br />

Sasolburg in the northern <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is a key asset<br />

in South Africa’s chemicals industry. International giant<br />

Sasol has the biggest presence but companies such as<br />

Omnia and AECI are other major companies which give<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> the lead in this sector which relies on<br />

advanced technology. Sasol in particular is faced with<br />

some tough decisions as its plants must start to comply with stricter<br />

sulphur dioxide emission standards.<br />

Manufacturing makes up 9% of <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> gross domestic<br />

product, and this comprises 4% of South Africa’s total. The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong><br />

Regional Industrialisation Policy is under review to ensure integration<br />

of infrastructure, bulk service provision, industrial sites and export<br />

and tax incentives to attract investment.<br />

The existing manufacturing sector covers chemicals, agroprocessing,<br />

textiles, carpets, engineering, packaging, furniture<br />

and jewellery.<br />

Online Resources<br />

Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association: www.caia.co.za<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation: www.fdc.co.za<br />

South African Textile Federation: www.texfed.co.za<br />

Image: SAB Foundation<br />

Sector Insight<br />

The Sasol complex is<br />

the province’s biggest<br />

enterprise.<br />

About 20% of the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong>’s manufacturing sites are<br />

devoted to food and beverages,<br />

with soft drink giant Coca-<br />

Cola Fortune operating a large<br />

bottling plant in Mangaung.<br />

Landzicht Wine Cellar distributes<br />

2.4-million litres of wine<br />

every year from Jacobsdal.<br />

Harrismith is home to both<br />

Nouwens Carpets and Boxmore<br />

Plastics. Boxmore Packaging’s<br />

new PET beer bottles are the first<br />

PET bottles specifically designed<br />

for beer on the South African<br />

market. Empire Gloves makes<br />

industrial gloves.<br />

Kroonstad-based Octa<br />

Engineering makes specialised<br />

rail carriages for the mining<br />

sector. In Bloemfontein, Transnet<br />

Engineering manufactures new<br />

wagons for the Transnet group,<br />

including iron ore and cement<br />

wagons and fuel tankers. ■<br />

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Tourism<br />

Culture and heritage have potential.<br />


The global pandemic closed down the tourism sector and it Sector Insight<br />

will take some time to recover. The requirements for social Cancelled festivals will<br />

distancing mean that festivals will be one of the last types of mean job losses.<br />

tourism to restart.<br />

This will be a big blow for the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, where festivals such as the Bloemfontein has 151 rooms,<br />

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

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

at the festival. Other festivals that normally attract good crowds are The Rantsoareng Group<br />

the Cherry Festival (Ficksburg), the Rose Festival (Bloemfontein), the operates exclusively in the <strong>Free</strong><br />

Clarens Craft Beer Festival and the Vintage Tractor Fair (Clocolan). <strong>State</strong> and has three properties,<br />

Bloemfontein’s Kunstefees celebrates artistic expression and the the biggest of which is the<br />

connections between cultures.<br />

President Hotel in Bloemfontein.<br />

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

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

Tambo and Fidel Castro. The much-delayed museum<br />

and statue at Brandfort to commemorate Winnie<br />

Madikizela-Mandela will be opened in the course of the<br />

2020/21 financial year.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> is a good destination for water<br />

recreation. The Gariep Dam offers resorts and large<br />

expanses of water on which pleasure crafts can<br />

meander. Forever Resorts runs a popular resort with<br />

chalet accommodation and a caravan park. Overlooking<br />

the dam is the 43-room de Stijl Gariep Hotel. The Vaal<br />

River is another popular place. The town of Parys, which<br />

also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the shape<br />

of the Vredefort Dome, is geared to river sports.<br />

The annual NAMPO Harvest Day is a major event. In<br />

2019 more than 81 000 people descended on the small<br />

town of Bothaville on the banks of the Vals River.<br />

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

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

in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, two in Bloemfontein, one in Harrismith and the Protea<br />

Image:<br />

Casino<br />

Protea Hotel<br />

and<br />

Clarens<br />

Entertainment<br />

Hotel Clarens.<br />

Centre offers slot machines and<br />

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

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

Lodge has 80 rooms. The Naledi<br />

Online Resources<br />

Sun Hotel and Casino is about<br />

Bloemfontein Tourism: www.bloemfonteintourism.co.za<br />

65km from Bloemfontein.<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling, Liquor & Tourism Authority: www.gla.fs.gov.za The Golden Gate Highlands<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong> Development, National Park in the Maluti<br />

Tourism and Environmental Affairs: www.destea.gov.za<br />

Mountains is one of South<br />

Africa’s great parks. ■<br />

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Education and training<br />

Coding and AI are in the curriculum.<br />

Image: UFS<br />

Sector Insight<br />

Flavius Mareka TVET College<br />

is a Centre of Specialisation<br />

for two trades.<br />

Anational policy of promoting training in critical trades has<br />

been adopted. Two of the three campuses of Flavius Mareka<br />

TVET College are designated Centres of Specialisation, for<br />

electrical work at Sasolburg and plumbing at Kroonstad. The<br />

Mphohadi campus of the college is also in Kroonstad.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> has about 14 000 students at four Technical and<br />

Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, taught by 400<br />

lecturers. All of the colleges have multiple sites. Maluti TVET College in<br />

Phuthaditjhaba, for example, offers classes at eight sites. Motheo TVET<br />

College operates in Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu, while Goldfields<br />

TVET College is headquartered in Welkom with some classes offered in<br />

Thabong and a satellite campus at Virginia (Meloding).<br />

In early 2020 the completion of the building of three new schools<br />

was announced by the Premier of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>, Sisi Ntombela. A<br />

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

Coding has been introduced at some schools and the first winner of<br />

the Robotic League was Albert Moroka High School in Thaba Nchu.<br />

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) handed over its 16th<br />

sponsored ICT and Science laboratory in 2020 to Akademia High<br />

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

School” CSI initiative which has seen ATNS sponsor laboratories across<br />

the country to schools from impoverished communities.<br />

The <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Provincial Government is implementing South<br />

Africa’s largest global skills development programme in support of<br />

the National Development Plan (NDP). The free overseas training<br />

programme entails about 905 students studying in leading universities<br />

in China, India, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Turkey and Belarus.<br />

Online Resources<br />

Central University of Technology: www.cut.ac.za<br />

Flavius Mareka TVET College: www.flaviusmareka.net<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Department of Education:<br />

www.education.fs.gov.za<br />

University of the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>: www.ufs.ac.za<br />

Fields of study range from<br />

engineering to computer<br />

science, medicine and<br />

pharmacy. Of the 175 young<br />

people who were awarded<br />

overseas bursaries in the<br />

Department of Agriculture,<br />

46 have graduated and were<br />

placed in the department and<br />

some have been employed in<br />

agro-businesses.<br />

The University of the <strong>Free</strong><br />

<strong>State</strong> has 158 researchers<br />

rated by the National Research<br />

Foundation (NRF), two A-rated<br />

scientists and five tier-one SARChi<br />

research chairs. The university<br />

has 18 international research<br />

partnerships and produces an<br />

average of 240 postgraduate<br />

research degrees every year.<br />

The Central University of<br />

Technology (CUT) has four<br />

faculties: Engineering, Built<br />

Environment and Information<br />

and Technology, Health and<br />

Environmental Sciences,<br />

Humanities and Management<br />

Sciences. Researchers at<br />

units such as the Centre for<br />

Community, Environmental<br />

and Industrial Development<br />

tackle important regional issues.<br />

The CUT has started training<br />

programmes in artificial<br />

intelligence, 3D cloud computing<br />

and data screening. ■<br />

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<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Black<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Chamber<br />

Driving business excellence.<br />

Through business advocacy, the chamber<br />

supports business member organisations<br />

and civil society organisations with an<br />

interest in supporting business to engage<br />

in private-public dialogue and to advocate improvements<br />

in the business environment.<br />

<strong>Business</strong> matchmaking and networking<br />

ensures that businesspeople and entrepreneurs<br />

meet to form business relationships and to<br />

recognise or create business opportunities, share<br />

information and seek potential partners.<br />

We aim to promote investment by introducing<br />

investors to local suppliers, providing useful data<br />

and business information and by managing<br />

investment incentives.<br />

Vision To be the catalytic voice<br />

for economic growth and development<br />

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

Mission To represent and support<br />

the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> business community.<br />

Values Integrity. Results-driven.<br />

Accountability. Agility. Innovation. ■<br />

Contact details<br />

Mr Lucky Motsamai,<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

Physical address: No 7, 107 Zastron Street,<br />

Westdene, Bloemfontein.<br />

Tel: +27 51 430 1525. Fax: +27 51 430 1525<br />

Email: info@fsbbc.co.za. Website: www.fsbbc.co.za<br />

Mangaung Chamber of<br />

Commerce and Industry<br />

The voice of business in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

The Chamber seeks to be the voice of business<br />

in Mangaung and to assist in promoting<br />

economic development and investment<br />

in the province. In these endeavours<br />

the MCCI won the PMI Africa award for the organisation<br />

doing the most for business development as<br />

well as triple-BEE in the province.<br />

Objectives<br />

The MCCI is creating entrepreneurs to transform this<br />

region’s economy. We serve our members and the<br />

community with innovative approaches to establish<br />

a vibrant business network.<br />

We promote and support local businesses<br />

through specific interventions like the “Membersupport-Member”<br />

campaign. Triple-BEE is promoted<br />

by linking big and small businesses through the<br />

chamber’s network.<br />

The MCCI is a strategic vehicle for the<br />

participation of member businesses in social<br />

responsibility programmes and supports renewable<br />

and alternative energy initiatives.<br />

Benefits include networking events, training,<br />

an SMME development and support centre and an<br />

import and export support centre. ■<br />

Contact details<br />

Tel: +27 51 522 1710<br />

Email: President@bcci.co.za<br />

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

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Promoting and developing<br />

small business<br />

The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce<br />

and Industry is active in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>.<br />

NAFCOC’s main objective is to promote,<br />

unite and encourage the development<br />

of small business in South Africa in general<br />

and black entrepreneurs in particular,<br />

thereby drawing the majority from the peripheries<br />

of the consumption-based economy to the frontlines<br />

of production-based economic activity and<br />

decision making processes.<br />

NAFCOC <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> responded in a special way<br />

to address the distress faced by members during<br />

lockdown. In 2020, the chapter:<br />

• Lobbied for localised provincial funding during<br />

the lockdown.<br />

• Campaigned for the regulation of township businesses<br />

(trading permits and adherence to bylaws).<br />

• Assisted small and informal businesses in applying for<br />

Covid-relief funding.<br />

• Worked with government on a programme to assist<br />

people living with disability to gain access to markets<br />

and procurement opportunities.<br />

• Encouraged youth to be more involved in agriculture<br />

and try to find solutions to the lack of access to<br />

funding.<br />

• Worked with Standard Bank to assist small enterprises<br />

to open business accounts.<br />

Vision To be the leading voice of business in<br />

South Africa.<br />

Mission To develop and promote economic growth<br />

among existing and new businesses.<br />

Values Empowerment, dignity, integrity, hard work<br />

and commitment. ■<br />

NAFCOC members applying for permits.<br />

Contact details<br />

Chairperson: Tshepo Matsaba<br />

Tel: 083 485 7883<br />

Email: matsabat@nafcocfs.org.za<br />

National website: www.nafcoc.org.za<br />


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

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

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Youth Chamber of <strong>Business</strong> and Commerce<br />

Contact: Mr Sam Motlogeloa Cell: 081 442 8928 Email: yccifs@gmail.com<br />

Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry<br />

Contact: The President<br />

Tel: +27 51 522 1710 Email: President@bcci.co.za<br />

Phenomenal Women<br />

Contact: Ms Thato Mokhothu Cell: 071 383 4183<br />

Vredefort Tourism Association<br />

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

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Provincial Government<br />


A guide to <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong>’s provincial government departments. Visit: www.freestateonline.fs.gov.za<br />

Office of the Premier<br />

Premier: Mrs Sefora Ntombela<br />

4th Floor, OR Tambo Building, Cnr St Andrews and<br />

Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 5496 | Fax: +27 51 405 4803<br />

Website: www.premier.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Agriculture<br />

and Rural Development<br />

MEC: Mr KW Bulwane<br />

Main Building, Gielie Joubert Street, Glen,<br />

Bloemfontein 9360<br />

Tel: +27 51 861 8509 | Fax: +27 51 861 8452<br />

Website: www.ard.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Cooperative Governance<br />

and Traditional Affairs<br />

MEC: Mr Skully Nxangisa<br />

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr St Andrews<br />

and Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 5719<br />

Website: www.cogta.fs.gov.za<br />

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

Tourism and Environmental Affairs<br />

MEC: Mr Makalo Mohale<br />

Bojanala Building, 113 St Andrews Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 404 9600 | Fax: +27 51 400 4732<br />

Website: www.dedtea.gov.za<br />

Department of Education<br />

MEC: Mr Pule Makgoe<br />

Fidel Castro Building, 55 Miriam Makeba Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 404 8430 | Fax: +27 51 404 8269<br />

Website: www.education.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Health<br />

MEC: Ms Montseng Ts’lu<br />

Cnr Harvey and Charlotte Maxeke Streets,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 408 1108 | Fax: +27 51 408 1950<br />

Website: www.fshealth.gov.za<br />

Department of Human Settlements<br />

MEC: Ms Motshidise Agnes Koloi<br />

7th Floor, Lebohang Building, Cnr Markgraaff and<br />

St Andrews Streets, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 3379 | Fax: +27 51 403 3699<br />

Website: www.humansettlements.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Police, Roads and Transport<br />

MEC: Mr Sam Mashinini<br />

4th Floor, Perm Building, 45 Charlotte Maxeke Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 409 8849 | Fax: +27 51 409 8864<br />

Website: www.policeroadstransport.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Public Works<br />

and Infrastructure<br />

MEC: Ms Motshidise Agnes Koloi<br />

Cnr Markgraaff and St Andrews Streets,<br />

Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 3909 | Fax: +27 51 405 4490<br />

Website: www.publicworks.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

MEC: Ms Mamiki Qabathe<br />

Civilia Building, 14 Miriam Makeba Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 409 0555 | Fax: +27 51 409 0618<br />

Website: www.socdev.fs.gov.za<br />

Department of Sports, Arts,<br />

Culture and Recreation<br />

MEC: Ms Limakatso Mahase<br />

Civilia Building, 14 Miriam Makeba Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 407 3520 | Fax: +27 51 407 3541<br />

Website: www.fssacr.gov.za<br />

Provincial Treasury<br />

MEC: Ms Gadija Brown<br />

Fidel Castro Building, 55 Miriam Makeba Street,<br />

Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 4229 | Fax: +27 51 405 4152<br />

Website: www.treasury.fs.gov.za<br />

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<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Local Government<br />

A guide to metropolitan, district and local municipalities in the <strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Province.<br />


Physical address: Bram Fischer Building, cnr Nelson<br />

Mandela and Markgraaff Streets, Bloemfontein 9301<br />

Postal address: PO Box 3704, Bloemfontein 9300<br />

Tel: +27 51 405 8911 | Fax: +27 51 405 8663<br />

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


Physical address: John Vorster Road, Sasolburg 1947<br />

Postal address: PO Box 10, Sasolburg 1947<br />

Tel: +27 16 970 8600 | Fax: +27 16 970 8747<br />

Website: www.feziledabi.gov.za<br />

Mafube Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 813 1051 | Fax: +27 58 813 3072<br />

Website: www.mafubemunicipality.gov.za<br />

Metsimaholo Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 16 973 8301 | Fax: +27 16 973 2191<br />

Website: www.metsimaholo.gov.za<br />

Moqhaka Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 56 216 9911 | Fax: +27 56 216 9122<br />

Website: www.moqhaka.gov.za<br />

Ngwathe Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 56 816 2700 | Fax: +27 56 817 6343<br />

Website: www.ngwathe.fs.gov.za<br />

Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality offices<br />


Physical address: cnr Jan Hofmeyer and Tempest<br />

Streets, Welkom 9460<br />

Postal address: PO Box 2163, Welkom 9460<br />

Tel: +27 57 353 3094 | Fax: +27 57 353 3382<br />

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

Masilonyana Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 57 733 0105 | Fax: +27 57 733 2217<br />

Website: www.masilonyana.fs.gov.za<br />

Matjhabeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 27 57 391 3611 | Fax: +27 57 357 4393<br />

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

Nala Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 56 514 9200 | Fax: +27 56 515 3922<br />

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

Tokologo Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 541 0014 | Fax: +27 53 541 0360<br />

Website: www.tokologo.fs.gov.za<br />

Tswelopele Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 853 1111 | Fax: +27 51 853 1332<br />

Website: www.tswelopele.gov.za<br />



Physical address: Old Parliament Building,<br />

1 Mamopi Street, Phuthaditjhaba 9870<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X810,<br />

Witsieshoek 9870<br />

Tel: +27 58 718 1000 | Fax: +27 58 713 0940<br />

Website: www.thabomofutsanyana.gov.za<br />

Dihlabeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 303 5732 | Fax: +27 58 303 4703<br />

Website: www.dihlabeng.gov.za<br />

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 718 3700 | Fax: +27 58 718 3777<br />

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Mantsopa Local Municipality<br />

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

Phuthaditjhaba Website: www.mantsopa.fs.gov.za<br />

9870<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X810, Witsieshoek 9870<br />

Tel: Nketoana +27 58 718 Local 1000 Municipality<br />

Fax: Tel: +27 +27 58 58 713863 09402811 | Fax: +27 58 863 2523<br />

Website: www.thabomofutsanyana.gov.za<br />

www.nketoana.fs.gov.za<br />

Dihlabeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 303 5732<br />

Fax: +27 58 303 4703<br />

Website: www.dihlabeng.gov.za<br />

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 718 3700 | Fax: +27 58 718 3777<br />

Website: www.map.fs.gov.za<br />


Phumelela Local Municipality<br />

Tel: Phumelela +27 58 913 8300 Local | Fax: Municipality<br />

+27 58 913 2317<br />

Website: Tel: +27 www.phumelela.gov.za<br />

58 913 8300 | Fax: +27 58 913 2317<br />

Setsoto<br />

Setsoto Local<br />

Local<br />

Municipality<br />

Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 +27 51 51 933 933 9300 9300 | Fax: +27 | Fax: 51 +27 933 9383 51 933 9383<br />

Website: www.setsoto.info<br />


Physical address: address: 20 Louw 20 Street, Louw Trompsburg Street, 9913 Trompsburg 9913<br />

Postal address: address: Private Private Bag X136, Bag Trompsburg X136, 9913 Trompsburg 9913<br />

Tel: +27 +27 51 51 713 713 9300 9300 | Fax: | +27 Fax: 51 +27 713 0461 51 713 0461<br />

Website: www.xhariep.gov.za<br />

Kopanong Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 +27 51 51 713 713 9200 9200 | Fax: | +27 Fax: 51 +27 713 0292 51 713 0292<br />

Website: www.kopanong.gov.za<br />

www.kopanong.gov.za<br />

Mantsopa Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 924 0654 | Fax: +27 51 924 0020<br />

Website: www.mantsopa.fs.gov.za<br />

Nketoana Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 58 863 2811 | Fax: +27 58 863 2523<br />

Website: www.nketoana.fs.gov.za<br />


North West<br />

Gariep Dam<br />

Letsemeng Local Municipality<br />

Tel:<br />

Tel:<br />

+27<br />

+27<br />

53<br />

53<br />

330<br />

330<br />

0200<br />

0200<br />

| Fax: +27<br />

| Fax:<br />

53<br />

+27<br />

205 0144<br />

53 205 0144<br />

Website:<br />

Website:<br />

www.letsemeng.gov.za<br />

www.letsemeng.gov.za<br />

Mohokare Local Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 673 9600 | Fax: +27 51 673 1550<br />

Tel: +27 51 673 9600 | Fax: +27 51 673 1550<br />

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

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

Gauteng<br />

Metsimaholo<br />

Fezile Dabi<br />

Mafube<br />

Ngwathe<br />

Mpumalanga<br />

Nala<br />

Moqhaka<br />

Nketoana<br />

Phumelela<br />

Tswelopele<br />

Matjhabeng<br />

Thabo Mofutsanyana<br />

Northern Cape<br />

Tokologo<br />

Lejweleputswa<br />

Setsoto<br />

Dihlabeng<br />

Maluti-a-Phofung<br />

Masilonyana<br />

KwaZulu-<br />

Natal<br />

Mantsopa<br />

Letsemeng<br />

Mangaung<br />

Xhariep<br />


N<br />

Mohokare<br />

Kopanong<br />

Metropolitan/District<br />

Municipality boundary<br />

Local Municipality Boundary<br />

District Municipality<br />

Local Municipality<br />

Xhariep<br />

Setsoto<br />

Eastern Cape<br />


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INDEX<br />

INDEX<br />

Africa Biomass Company (ABC) ............................................................................................................................3, 11<br />

Airlink.......................................................................................................................................................................................... IBC<br />

Department of Economic, Small <strong>Business</strong> Development, Tourism<br />

and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA)....................................................................................... 6-7, 28-29, OBC<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Black <strong>Business</strong> Chamber.......................................................................................................................... 43<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Development Corporation......................................................................................8-9, 13-19, OBC<br />

<strong>Free</strong> <strong>State</strong> Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority (FSGLTA)......................................... 22-23, OBC<br />

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

Mangaung Chamber of Commerce........................................................................................................................ 43<br />

National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) ......................................................... 44<br />

Nedbank ............................................................................................................................................................................ 30-33<br />

Sasol ............................................................................................................................................................................................ IFC<br />

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