Northern Cape Business 2023/24

The 2023/24 edition of Northern Cape Business is the 13th issue of this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Northern Cape Province. Officially supported and used by the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northern Cape Business is unique as a business and investment guide that focuses exclusively on the province. Specific investment opportunities are treated in detail in this journal, with a focus on geographic hotspots that are due to become the focus of sector-focused infrastructure development. Green hydrogen is the subject of a special feature in the early pages of the journal, but the subject comes up again in the Energy Overview.

The 2023/24 edition of Northern Cape Business is the 13th issue of this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Northern Cape Province. Officially supported and used by the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northern Cape Business is unique as a business and investment guide that focuses exclusively on the province. Specific investment opportunities are treated in detail in this journal, with a focus on geographic hotspots that are due to become the focus of sector-focused infrastructure development. Green hydrogen is the subject of a special feature in the early pages of the journal, but the subject comes up again in the Energy Overview.


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Destination<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

An extraordinary South African holiday experience.<br />

Kayak on the Orange River, follow in the footsteps<br />

of dinosaurs in Fraserburg. Discover<br />

the dark skies sanctuary in Kgalagadi, be<br />

enchanted by the sky lore of the Khomani<br />

San – or be fascinated by glimmering constellations<br />

at Sutherland. This is the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

where you can experience Real Culture, Real Nature<br />

and Real Adventure. Create your own “bucket list”<br />

experiences and make family memories to last a<br />

lifetime! Visit: www.experiencenortherncape.com<br />

Six “must do” reasons to choose the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> as your family holiday destination:<br />

Rewarding cultural adventures<br />

The distinct cultural groups that make up the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> are as rich as the country’s history.<br />

Unlock the secrets of the African bush in the<br />

company of the oldest human inhabitants of the<br />

region, the ‡Khomani San near the Kgalagadi<br />

Transfrontier Park, our newest World Heritage<br />

Site. Swim in the hot pools of Riemvasmaak,<br />

discover the ancient wisdom of the Nama of<br />

the Richtersveld, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />

Explore living villages, shop at craft markets,<br />

indulge in regional authentic cuisine at local<br />

eateries and be transported to the world of our<br />

ancestors through campfire storytelling and<br />

dancing. It’s the best way to experience the<br />

heartbeat of the province and to take some of the<br />

soul of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> with you on your return<br />

journey home.<br />

Adventure off the beaten track<br />

For the active, it’s an ideal environment for<br />

exploration and adventure. We have an aweinspiring<br />

setting for any enthusiast. Whether you<br />

are stargazing in Sutherland, hunting for fossils<br />

in the Karoo or searching for San rock art deep<br />

in the caves of the Diamond Fields, experiencing<br />

the world’s richest floral offering in Namakwa,<br />

camping deep in the bush surrounded by<br />

wildlife and the famed black-maned lion of the<br />

Green Kalahari, or kayaking down the mighty<br />

Orange River, the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is more than an<br />

adventure, it’s an enriching life experience.

Family adventure experiences<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> has always been a familyfriendly<br />

destination. Its mix of culture, adventure,<br />

wildlife and wide accommodation choices<br />

offers family fun that is both entertaining<br />

and educational. The province is home to six<br />

national parks and two of the country’s largest<br />

rivers, which makes it perfect for fun activities<br />

the entire family can enjoy. These include game<br />

safaris, bird-watching, dune-surfing, leisure<br />

hikes and walks to winery tours, museum visits<br />

and archaeological discoveries.<br />

Natural beauty and wildlife adventures<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is arguably South Africa’s most<br />

beautiful and naturally real province. Visitors are<br />

hard-pressed to choose between our two UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Sites, two Transfrontier Parks, the<br />

Kgalagadi and the |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld with its<br />

red and golden sand dunes or the Augrabies Falls<br />

National Park with the mighty Augrabies Falls<br />

thundering down an 18km abyss. Not to forget<br />

the Mokala National Park near Kimberley and<br />

Namaqua and Tankwa Karoo National Parks in the<br />

Namakwa region. Alternatively explore any one the<br />

six Provincial Nature Reserves, Goegap, Witsand,<br />

Oorlogskloof or one of our many private game and<br />

nature reserves. Share the intimate bush knowledge<br />

of a Nama or San Bushman guide/tracker. The<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s natural beauty is enhanced by<br />

its enigmatic wildlife. From the small five to the<br />

big five, watching wild animals at close range is<br />

something truly unforgettable. There are walking,<br />

horseback, 4x4, little five, glamping and many more<br />

wildlife experiences to incorporate in your trip.<br />

A floral adventure<br />

Each spring, the dormant and arid winter plains<br />

of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s Namakwa region are<br />

transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour with the<br />

arrival of the flower season. The wildflowers of the<br />

Namakwa are a remarkable natural phenomenon<br />

and best discovered on foot, which makes it<br />

ultimately appealing to hikers and outdoor<br />

enthusiasts. The best time to visit for the floral<br />

splendour is from end July to early October.

Explore the Battlefields Route<br />

The Battlefields Route allows visitors to relive<br />

the war between Great Britain and the Boer<br />

Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange<br />

Free State from 1899 to 1902. The <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> played a decisive role in the war with<br />

the famous Kimberley siege and you can<br />

relive the siege, its victories and the setbacks<br />

suffered by both sides at the Magersfontein<br />

and McGregor Museums.<br />

Explore the routes of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> Namibia Route<br />

The route meanders away from <strong>Cape</strong> Town<br />

along the N7 and includes small towns, each<br />

with its own local flavour and a story to tell.<br />

Visitors will encounter towns which capture<br />

the Nama heritage of the province. Slow down<br />

and appreciate the unique stories of the people<br />

of Garies, Kamieskroon, Springbok, Okiep,<br />

Steinkopf and Vioolsdrift. During spring time,<br />

this route takes visitors into the core of the floral<br />

kaleidoscope that is the Namakwa floral season.<br />

Don’t miss: River-rafting along the mighty<br />

Orange River.<br />

Namaqua Coastal Route<br />

The route includes hidden gems like Garies,<br />

Kamieskroon, Hondeklip Bay, Koiingnaas and<br />

Kleinzee. Dozens of adventure and leisure<br />

options are available: Namaqua National<br />

Park, nature reserves, some of the most<br />

remote hiking and 4x4 trails imaginable.<br />

Go succulent sleuthing with a botanical<br />

guide, hike the Springbok Klipkoppie for a<br />

dose of Anglo-Boer War history, explore the<br />

countless shipwrecks along the coastline.<br />

Breathtaking scenes of the Atlantic Ocean<br />

with sightings of dolphins and whales<br />

combined with great vistas of mountains and<br />

veld with endemic wildlife makes travelling<br />

in this area remarkable.<br />

Don’t miss: Slow-packing through the Namaqua<br />

National Park in early Spring (September) when<br />

the usually dusty plains are transformed into<br />

kaleidoscopic flower carpets of colour.<br />

Richtersveld Route<br />

The Richtersveld is South Africa’s only<br />

mountain desert and the route travels along<br />

rugged gravel roads to quaint towns such as<br />

Eksteensfontein, Sendelingsdrift, Lekkersing,<br />

Kuboes and Sandrift. The Orange River presents a<br />

more leisurely pace with river-rafting and the best<br />

wilderness fly-fishing in South Africa, while the<br />

entire Richtersveld is a mountain biker’s dream.<br />

Don’t miss: Learn about the lives of the nomads, be<br />

transported through dancing and storytelling.<br />

Quiver Tree Route<br />

Named after the indigenous quiver tree, the Quiver<br />

Tree Route stretches along the mighty Orange River.<br />

It features the quaint towns of Upington, Kakamas,<br />

Keimoes, Augrabies, Marchand, Kanoneiland,<br />

Kenhardt and Riemvasmaak. The route will appeal<br />

greatly to families, adventure and adrenaline seekers.<br />

Experience the hot springs at Riemvasmaak, riverrafting,<br />

fly-fishing, kayaking, river cruises, 4x4, hiking<br />

and MTB trails and excellent bird-watching. With<br />

the longest wine-producing area in the Southern<br />

Hemisphere there are many opportunities for worldclass<br />

wine and brandy tasting along the route.<br />

Don’t miss: A visit to the Augrabies National Park and<br />

the world’s sixth-largest waterfall.

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Relive the Anglo-Tswana and Anglo-Boer Wars,<br />

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and Danielskuil. Rediscover the Khoisan history in<br />

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The route traverses the towns of Warrenton,<br />

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War enthusiasts can relive the tribulations of war at<br />

the McGregor and Magersfontein Museums and<br />

at Hopetown. Beautiful arts and crafts are for sale<br />

throughout the route and there are opportunities to<br />

meet local artists.<br />

Don’t miss: Hanover has South Africa’s largest<br />

privately-owned Karoo nature reserve, the Karoo<br />

Gariep Nature Reserve. Olive Schreiner, the author of<br />

The Story of an African Farm, lived in Hanover and<br />

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Kalahari Red Dune Route<br />

Discover the essence of the province in the heart<br />

of the Kalahari. Golden dunes, wide-open skies and<br />

flat-topped acacia trees epitomise the Kalahari Red<br />

Dune Route. Enjoy dune hikes at dawn, eagle-owl<br />

encounters, sand-duning and surfing in the red<br />

sand and close encounters with meerkats. Explore<br />

the Khomani San Cultural Landscape and join a<br />

guided walk with the San Khomani to rediscover the<br />

wisdom, customs and folklore of this ancient tribe.<br />

Don’t miss: In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park,<br />

magnificent oryx hold sway and you can discover the<br />

mighty Kalahari male lion. The largest conservation<br />

area within Africa, it is also one of only 10 Dark Skies<br />


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Go Ghaap Route<br />

Explore famous archaeological sites, historic towns,<br />

amazing architecture and a selection of nature and<br />

game reserves. Visitors can trace the early geological<br />

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Karoo Highlands Route<br />

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Karoo with its<br />

wide-open plains. The area was named by the Khoi and<br />

San people, who left their legacy as art on the rocks.<br />

Explore many unique experiences such as dinosaur<br />

hunting in Richmond, the SKA radio telescopes in<br />

Carnarvon, Karoo architecture and corbelled houses,<br />

Anglo-Boer War sites, rock art, ancient Palaeo Surfaces,<br />

farm stays and great Karoo cuisine and hospitality. This<br />

route includes several charming small towns – the<br />

heart of the Great Karoo. Nieuwoudtsville is your last<br />

stop before crossing the majestic Van Rhyns Pass en<br />

route to <strong>Cape</strong> Town.<br />

Don’t miss: Sutherland is famous for snowy winters,<br />

excellent stargazing and dramatic landscapes. It is<br />

home to the South African Large Telescope, the largest<br />

single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.<br />

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<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> Edition<br />

Introduction<br />

Foreword 7<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s unique guide to business and investment.<br />

Special features<br />

Kathu Industrial Park 5<br />

Proximity to mining operations is this project’s selling point.<br />

Regional overview 8<br />

Green hydrogen is expected to drive the creation of a deepwater<br />

port at Boegoebaai and stimulate investment in the province’s<br />

Special Economic Zones.<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> takes the lead in green<br />

hydrogen. 10<br />

A dedicated Special Economic Zone seems imminent.<br />

Namakwa Special Economic Zone 14<br />

The catalyst for economic growth and integration in the<br />

western SADC.<br />

Boegoeberg Special Economic Zone 15<br />

The GH2 hub of the western SADC.<br />

Three commercialisation lanes 16<br />

Underpinning the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s green hydrogen strategy.<br />

The green hydrogen value chain 17<br />

The competitive advantages of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

Upington Industrial Park 18<br />

Location is key.<br />

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Economic sectors<br />

Agriculture 22<br />

Climate change is presenting new challenges.<br />

Water 25<br />

Infrastructure is under pressure from multiple sources.<br />

Grapes and wine 26<br />

Extra measures are producing high-quality fruit for select markets.<br />

Mining 30<br />

Copper and zinc are fuelling increased investment.<br />

Energy 38<br />

Green hydrogen is the next big thing.<br />

Tourism 42<br />

Dark skies make for great star gazing.<br />

Engineering 44<br />

The country’s first CSP power plant presents engineering challenges.<br />

Development finance and SMME support 47<br />

Small businesses are getting a head start in renewable energy.<br />

Education and training 48<br />

Birthday gift boosts university access.<br />

Banking and financial services 54<br />

Retail banking has taken on a new meaning.<br />

ICT 55<br />

Radio astronomy is driving demand for data analysts.<br />

References<br />

Fast-tracking projects<br />

Key sector contents 20<br />

Overviews of the main economic sectors of the <strong>Northern</strong> of doing business <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

he <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency (NCEDA) is the host of the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> InvestSA One Stop Shop.<br />

T The InvestSA One Stop Shop initiative (the dtic)<br />

is geared towards providing investors with services<br />

to fast-track projects and reduce government red<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Provincial Government tape when establishing a business. It is part of the 58<br />

government’s drive to become investor friendly by<br />

A guide to the provincial government departments<br />

process easier.<br />

of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

and lowering the cost<br />

improving the business environment by lowering<br />

the cost of doing business as well as making the<br />

One Stop Shops house government entities<br />

such as the South African Revenue Service (to help<br />

with customs and tax), Home Affairs, Environmental<br />

Affairs, Eskom and the Companies and Intellectual<br />

Properties Commission under one roof.<br />

An investor can make an appointment, meet a<br />

government representative and be guided by the<br />

representative through the process of setting up a<br />

business. The One Stop Shops simplify administrative<br />

procedures for issuing business approvals, permits and<br />

licences and thereby remove bottlenecks that investors<br />

may face in establishing and running businesses.<br />

The offering includes, but is not limited to:<br />

Participating national government entities<br />

• InvestSA is a division of the South African<br />

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition<br />

• <strong>Business</strong> registry: Companies and Intellectual<br />

Property Commission (CIPC)<br />

• Tax authority: South African Revenue Service (SARS)<br />

• International Trade Administration Commission<br />

(ITAC)<br />

• National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications<br />

(NRCS)<br />

• Public electricity utility: Eskom<br />

• Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA)<br />

Visa facilitation<br />

Visa and permit applications can be made at Visa and<br />

Permit Facilitation Centres. Applications are then assessed<br />

by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Non-South<br />

Africans with a legal residency permit in South Africa can<br />

apply for a visa or permit at these centres.<br />

There are centres in every province. In the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> there is a facility in Kimberley. The<br />

South African government is reviewing its critical<br />

skills list as well as taking steps to make it easier for<br />

people who qualify to apply.<br />

• Providing an accessible entry point for investors<br />

in need of regulatory compliance.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> invitation<br />


• Enhancing regulatory and legal processes. The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> InvestSA One Stop Shop and NCEDA<br />

• Improving approval turnaround timeframes. team advise you on investment opportunities and<br />

• Providing information on incentives (tax, land, assist investment and trade opportunities from the<br />

Solar power, SCATEC; wind power, BTE Renewables; hydrogen training, power, free trade zones, Anglo etc). American. same offices. The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Bottom<br />

team is committed<br />

• Providing pre-approval information (market and qualified to assist and guide you from concept to<br />

data, costs, incentives, project approval, local investment phase.<br />

left and far right: Wärtsilä is a leader in efficient power solutions partners, on etc). land and sea; We a look wind forward to hearing from turbine<br />

you and partnering<br />

• Providing post-approval information (facilitation<br />

of permit approvals, information relating to<br />

with you to make your investment a success! ■<br />

import of equipment and raw materials, central<br />

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bank profit repatriation, etc) to investors.<br />

Contact details<br />

Mr Hendrik Louw, Acting CEO, NCEDA<br />

Address: DCS Office Block, Floor 1, 69 Memorial Road Kimberley, 8301<br />

Tel: +27 87 086 0350 | +27 53 833 1503<br />

Email: ceo@nceda.co.za | info@investsanc.co.za<br />

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

“The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>: A Modern, Growing and Successful Province”<br />


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A unique guide to business and investment in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

Credits<br />

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Online editor: Christoff Scholtz<br />

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Ad sales:<br />

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Charlene Steynberg<br />

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manager: Edward MacDonald<br />

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<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is distributed internationally on outgoing and<br />

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

to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading partners around the<br />

world; at top national and international events; through the offices<br />

of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as nationally and<br />

regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism offices, airport lounges,<br />

provincial government departments, municipalities and companies.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> edition of <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is the 13th issue of<br />

this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2009,<br />

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

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Province.<br />

Officially supported and used by the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of<br />

Economic Development and Tourism, <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> <strong>Business</strong> is unique as a<br />

business and investment guide that focuses exclusively on the province.<br />

Specific investment opportunities are treated in detail in this journal,<br />

with a focus on geographic hotspots that are due to become the focus of<br />

sector-focused infrastructure development. Green hydrogen is the subject of<br />

a special feature in the early pages of the journal, but the subject comes up<br />

again in the Energy Overview. This is a subject that is increasingly going to<br />

play a larger role in the regional and national economy. The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

is almost uniquely qualified to play a lead role in the development of the<br />

country’s green hydrogen economy, given its bountiful resources of land,<br />

wind and sun. The blending together of an earlier idea to develop a deepwater<br />

port at Boegoebaai with the creation of a Special Economic Zone devoted<br />

to green hydrogen production is particularly exciting. To complement the<br />

extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition,<br />

the full content can also be viewed online at www.globalafricanetwork.com<br />

under e-books. Updated information on the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is also available<br />

through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at<br />

www.gan.co.za, in addition to our complementary business-to-business<br />

titles that cover all nine provinces as well our flagship South African <strong>Business</strong><br />

title. In 2020, the inaugural Journal of African <strong>Business</strong> joined the Global Africa<br />

Network stable of publications. ■<br />

Chris Whales<br />

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



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The main courtyard of Sol Plaatje University, which celebrates a 10th birthday in <strong>2023</strong>. Credit: Savage + Dodds Architects<br />

Green hydrogen is expected to drive the creation of a deepwater port<br />

at Boegoebaai and stimulate investment in the province’s Special<br />

Economic Zones.<br />

By John Young<br />

Sol Plaatje University will celebrate its<br />

10-year anniversary in <strong>2023</strong>. For the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> academic year a total of 28 454<br />

applications were received. This is an<br />

increase of just under 9 000 compared to 2022.<br />

The university intends increasing the number of<br />

students enrolling in Natural and Applied Sciences<br />

and Economic and Management Sciences.<br />

The university excels in teacher training, but an<br />

expanding curriculum speaks both to being able to<br />

exploit the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope<br />

link through subjects such as ICT and data science<br />

and an appreciation of the past via heritage studies<br />

and paleo-sciences. The university’s location in an<br />

arid region gives it a locational advantage in studies<br />

of agriculture in water-stressed conditions.<br />

Building on the campus, which will eventually<br />

cover 190 000m², is expected to continue for<br />

another decade. The fine buildings which have<br />

been created so far were the result of a series<br />

of architectural competitions. Some of the<br />

completed buildings went on to win national<br />

and international awards. Expenditure on the<br />

university’s infrastructure since 2013 has amounted<br />

to R2.2-billion. In 2022, R350-million was spent.<br />

“Infrastructure investment is the backbone of a<br />

thriving economy,” says <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Premier Dr<br />

Zamani Saul. Provincial priorities are schools, health<br />

facilities, roads, housing, energy, water and sanitation.<br />

Over the three years to February <strong>2023</strong>, R10-billion was<br />

spent by the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Provincial Government,<br />

R4.2-billion of it on social infrastructure. Invest SA,<br />

through the National Department of Trade, Industry<br />

and Competition (dtic), has established a provincial One<br />

Stop Shop for investors, lowering the cost of investing<br />

and helping to iron out any bureaucratic delays. Another<br />

angle for attracting investors to the province is to be part<br />

of the drive to improve infrastructure.<br />

Special Economic Zones<br />

One of the most important types of infrastructure in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is Special Economic Zones.<br />

Various articles in this journal highlight the<br />

special focus of each of the Namakwa Special<br />

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Economic Zone (with Vedanta Zinc International as<br />

the core tenant), the Upington Industrial Park, the<br />

Kathu Industrial Park, the De Aar Logistics Hub and<br />

the Boegoebaai Port and Green Hydrogen Cluster.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, as a dry province that<br />

relies heavily on agriculture, has adopted a<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Climate Change Adaptation<br />

Response Strategy. This allows for a framework<br />

to tackle climate change issues. Floods, droughts<br />

and fires are becoming more frequent and more<br />

severe; planning can at least mitigate the negative<br />

outcomes to some extent.<br />

Other support for agriculture will come in the<br />

form of infrastructure at the Upington Industrial<br />

Park, which will act as a services centre for road, rail<br />

and air transport, agriculture, agro-processing and<br />

manufacturing.<br />

Farmers and agro-processors are increasingly<br />

drawing attention to the need for good roads for<br />

the delivery of their products to market and they<br />

will be hoping that these parks will help to provide<br />

the necessary infrastructure.<br />

In a similar vein, the Namakwa SEZ in<br />

Aggeneys will become an industrial cluster for<br />

mining and agriculture services, beneficiation and<br />

manufacturing.<br />

The Boegoebaai Port and Green Hydrogen<br />

Cluster has the potential to be transformative,<br />

especially as it might signal a real and significant<br />

step towards the establishment of a green hydrogen<br />

market in South Africa, and therefore a step towards<br />

a cleaner, greener energy environment.<br />

Bid Window 6 of South Africa’s Renewable<br />

Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement<br />

Programme (REIPPPP) was launched in April 2022,<br />

promising to bring a further 2 600MW to the<br />

national grid. However, it has been found that<br />

the national grid, especially in provinces like the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> where many projects have already<br />

been rolled out, lacks capacity to accommodate<br />

new projects. In the short term, this means<br />

that provinces like Mpumalanga will receive<br />

proportionally more projects while grid constraints<br />

are sorted out.<br />

Since the first bid was finalised, a total of 66 756GWh<br />

of renewable energy has been procured, much of it in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> which has a particularly strong suit<br />

in solar power projects.<br />

Mining<br />

The single biggest mining investment in South Africa<br />

is moving ahead smoothly near Aggeneys where<br />

Vedanta Zinc International has been extracting zinc<br />

since 2018.<br />

The impact of large mining projects was made<br />

clear by Premier Dr Zamani Saul in his <strong>2023</strong> State<br />

of the Province Address. He highlighted the social<br />

and community efforts being made by Vedanta<br />

Zinc International over and above the investments<br />

in the two phases of the Vedanta Mine. The mining<br />

investment amounts themselves are considerable:<br />

phase one, R6-billion (2 700 permanent jobs) and<br />

phase two (R7-billion; about 3 500 jobs and many<br />

opportunities for SMMES). The company has also<br />

contributed to the construction of an oncology<br />

treatment centre in Springbok. The centre is designed<br />

to strengthen support for cancer patients on the way<br />

to referral pathway to the tertiary hospital in Kimberley.<br />

New manganese projects are being undertaken<br />

in the eastern part of the province with the new mine<br />

near Hotazel, Mokala, one of the most prominent.<br />

Interest in copper mining (and retreatment) is<br />

growing, not least because copper has a role to<br />

play in the green economy. Electric vehicles are<br />

dependent on copper and it can transmit and help<br />

store energy.<br />

The province’s vast iron-ore mines continue<br />

to produce huge quantities of material, subject<br />

only to the capacity of the rail network run by<br />

Transnet to deliver what is produced to the<br />

country’s ports. Minerals Council South Africa, the<br />

industry’s employer organisation, estimates that<br />

the opportunity cost to the minerals sector of bad<br />

transport logistics in 2022 was about R50-billion. ■<br />

Credit: DEDAT<br />

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<strong>Northern</strong><br />


<strong>Cape</strong> takes the<br />

lead in green hydrogen<br />

With provincial and national plans in place and the support of Sasol,<br />

a dedicated Special Economic Zone seems imminent.<br />

One of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s biggest companies, Anglo American, is pioneering hydrogen-powered<br />

trucks. Credit: Anglo American<br />

Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can be made<br />

from any number of sources. The prospect<br />

of producing hydrogen from clean,<br />

renewable sources is exciting scientists,<br />

investors and governments all over the world.<br />

Electrolysers split water into oxygen and<br />

hydrogen. If the power that is used to run the<br />

electrolyser is clean, then the resulting hydrogen is<br />

said to be “green hydrogen”.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> has everything that is needed<br />

to make green hydrogen in large quantities: great<br />

solar and wind resources, lots of land and provincial<br />

and national governments eager to harness the<br />

energies of the private and public sectors.<br />

The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell<br />

Technologies Research, Development and<br />

Innovation strategy (Hydrogen South Africa) was<br />

established in 2008. South Africa currently uses fossil<br />

fuels to make two types of hydrogen: “brown” (coal)<br />

and “blue” (gasification with carbon capture).<br />

Studies have started to appear about the<br />

creation of hydrogen valleys in parts of South<br />

Africa and there has been an understandable<br />

focus on areas that produce platinum group<br />

metals. Platinum is a vital part of hydrogen fuelcell<br />

technology because of its ability to tolerate<br />

high temperatures and to act as a catalyst for<br />

generating electricity.<br />

However, one of South Africa’s key points of<br />

difference in the competition to become a global<br />

green hydrogen hub – and there will be lots of<br />

competition – is access to renewable energy<br />

resources (a <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> strength) and Sasol.<br />

Sasol is a chemicals and energy company with<br />

a large global footprint and a history of innovation.<br />

One of the key projects that Sasol is putting its<br />

weight behind is in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

The company has signed a Memorandum<br />

of Agreement (MOA) with the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Development Agency (NCEDA) to lead the feasibility<br />

study to explore the potential of Boegoebaai as<br />

an export hub for green hydrogen and ammonia.<br />

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is<br />

involved in funding the study.<br />

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One of the province’s biggest investors,<br />

Anglo American, is running a project to power<br />

its trucks with green hydrogen and rolled out the<br />

first massive truck at one of its mines in another<br />

province. Its intention is to get its truck fleet<br />

running on hydrogen at all mines, including in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Green Hydrogen strategy<br />

was announced in 2021 at COP26. A master plan<br />

for a green hydrogen Special Economic Zone (SEZ)<br />

is being developed, which aims to support 40GW<br />

of electrolyser capacity by 2050.<br />

The Boegoebaai project is one of several<br />

green hydrogen, ammonia and power-to-X (P2X)<br />

potential projects which Sasol is assessing as part of<br />

a new strategy. The process of pre-qualification has<br />

begun, with consortiums entering bids to develop<br />

the port. One such grouping includes logistics<br />

operator Newyln Group, who are teaming up with<br />

international partners.<br />

As Priscillah Mabelane, Executive Vice President<br />

for Energy at Sasol, says, “We believe that Southern<br />

Africa is well positioned to play in the global<br />

green hydrogen economy due to key structural<br />

advantages. In particular, our proprietary Fischer-<br />

Tropsch technologies and renewable endowments<br />

are some of the best in the world.”<br />

Fischer-Tropsch refers to the technology<br />

that creates synthetic oils and fuels from coal,<br />

natural gas or biomass through<br />

gasification. Sasol has decades<br />

of experience in this field.<br />

wind resources and the expected cost reductions<br />

over time in solar PV, wind and electrolyser<br />

equipment allows green ammonia produced<br />

in South Africa to be delivered to Japan in 2030,<br />

meeting the Japanese cost target.”<br />

Germany will only generate 14% of the green<br />

hydrogen it will need to meet its decarbonisation<br />

targets. Namibia and South Africa are in its sights.<br />

Three German federal ministries are funding<br />

projects that involve the CSIR to develop the green<br />

hydrogen economy in South Africa.<br />

Local partnerships were to the fore at the<br />

signing of a Memorandum of Understanding<br />

between the provincial governments of the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> and the Western <strong>Cape</strong> in 2022.<br />

The aim is to develop a green hydrogen corridor<br />

stretching along the west coast.<br />

Four of the nine projects published as part<br />

of the Green Hydrogen National Programme<br />

(GHNP) are in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>: the Prieska<br />

Power Reserve, the Ubuntu Green Energy<br />

Hydrogen Project, the Upilanga Solar and Green<br />

H2 Park and the Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen<br />

Development Programme.<br />

The national Just Energy Transition<br />

Investment Plan has committed R1.6-billion<br />

over five years to pilot Skills Development Zones<br />

SDZs in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, Mpumalanga and<br />

the Eastern <strong>Cape</strong>. ■<br />

Foreign and local partnerships<br />

Council for Scientific and Industrial<br />

Research (CSIR) research into<br />

green hydrogen shows that from<br />

2030 Japan intends importing<br />

about 300 000 tons of hydrogen<br />

per year (at a target price of $3<br />

per kilogram), rising to between<br />

five-million and 10-million tons of<br />

hydrogen per year by 2050.<br />

As the Principal Research<br />

Engineer of CSIR, Thomas Roos,<br />

states: “CSIR modelling has<br />

shown that the combination of<br />

South Africa’s excellent solar and<br />

The renewable energy sector will require a lot of training in new<br />

skills. Credit: Future Africa/Nepoworx

FOCUS<br />

Green hydrogen: Driving the energy<br />

transition and decarbonisation<br />

Green hydrogen is a game-changer in the global pursuit of<br />

decarbonisation and renewable energy adoption.<br />

Thomas Roos, CSIR Senior Researcher.<br />

The global shift towards renewable energy<br />

sources and decarbonsation is gaining<br />

momentum, and one of the key players<br />

in this transition is green hydrogen. Green<br />

hydrogen, produced through the electrolysis of<br />

water using renewable electricity, has emerged<br />

as a promising solution for achieving the goals<br />

set by international agreements like the Paris<br />

Agreement and the European Green Deal. In this<br />

thought leadership article, we will delve into the<br />

significance of green hydrogen and its potential to<br />

revolutionise the energy landscape.<br />

The power of green hydrogen<br />

Green hydrogen offers a sustainable alternative to<br />

traditional fossil fuel-based energy sources. While<br />

the term “green hydrogen” is often used broadly to<br />

describe hydrogen produced from any non-fossil fuelbased<br />

source, its strict definition pertains to hydrogen<br />

produced through electrolysis using renewable<br />

electricity. Essentially, green hydrogen represents<br />

renewable electricity stored in chemical form,<br />

enabling long-term energy storage and facilitating<br />

decarbonisation efforts.<br />

Addressing global decarbonisation goals<br />

The importance of green hydrogen lies in its ability<br />

to support the decarbonisation goals outlined in the<br />

Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal. While<br />

direct renewable electrification is the most efficient<br />

and cost-effective decarbonisation approach in many<br />

cases, there are scenarios where it is not always feasible.<br />

One such scenario involves regions with high energy<br />

demand but limited renewable electricity supply, as<br />

exemplified by Japan. Japan, facing energy constraints<br />

and limited natural resources, plans to transition its<br />

economy towards hydrogen-based solutions, including<br />

fuel-cell vehicles, fuel-cell-powered homes, and<br />

combined-cycle power stations fuelled by green ammonia.<br />

South Africa, with its abundant solar and wind<br />

resources, can seize the opportunity to export green<br />

ammonia to Japan, thus supporting both countries’<br />

decarbonisation efforts.<br />

Decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors<br />

Green hydrogen also holds immense potential in<br />

decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors, particularly<br />

heavy-duty, long-range transportation and carbonintensive<br />

industrial processes. Battery-powered<br />

solutions face limitations in terms of range, power<br />

density, weight and charging time, making green<br />

hydrogen itself a viable option for long-distance<br />

trucking. Green hydrogen is used to make sustainable<br />

aviation fuel (e-kerosene) for commercial aviation and<br />

green ammonia or green methanol as sustainable<br />

bunker fuel for maritime shipping. Additionally,<br />

carbon-intensive industries like iron and steelmaking,<br />

cement production, ammonia manufacturing and<br />

plastics production can benefit from green hydrogen<br />

and its derivatives, including green ammonia and<br />

green methanol, to decarbonise their operations.<br />

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FOCUS<br />

CSIR: Driving renewable energy in South Africa.<br />

Germany’s green hydrogen journey<br />

Germany, in pursuit of its decarbonisation targets,<br />

acknowledges the crucial role of green hydrogen.<br />

The National Hydrogen Strategy of the German<br />

Government highlights the need for 2.7-million to<br />

3.3-million tons of green hydrogen annually by 2030,<br />

with only a fraction of this amount producible domestically.<br />

Germany will rely on imports, including from<br />

renewable-rich countries like South Africa, to meet its<br />

demand. Multiple German Federal Ministries are actively<br />

funding projects to develop the green hydrogen<br />

economy in South Africa, creating a symbiotic development<br />

relationship. The oversubscription of recent<br />

funding initiatives demonstrates the growing market<br />

appetite for green hydrogen projects.<br />

The CSIR’s role in the energy transition<br />

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)<br />

is well-positioned to support the energy transition and<br />

the development of green hydrogen. Leveraging its<br />

extensive capabilities, the CSIR plays a crucial role in<br />

various projects and collaborations, driving research,<br />

implementation and policy development related to<br />

green hydrogen.<br />

Green hydrogen is a game-changer in the<br />

global pursuit of decarbonisation and renewable<br />

energy adoption. With its ability to store renewable<br />

electricity in chemical form, green hydrogen offers<br />

solutions to address challenges in energy demand,<br />

hard-to-abate sectors, and international decarbonisation<br />

targets. ■<br />

This thought leadership article was written by Thomas Roos, M Eng (Mech), 1995, Stellenbosch, a senior<br />

researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa.<br />

Invest in green hydrogen and drive the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable world. Together, we can<br />

make a difference, one hydrogen molecule at a time.<br />

Email: THroos@csir.co.za



Overviews of the main economic<br />

sectors of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Agriculture 22<br />

Water 25<br />

Grapes and wine 26<br />

Mining 30<br />

Energy 38<br />

Tourism 42<br />

Engineering 44<br />

Development finance and SMME support 47<br />

Education and training 48<br />

Banking and financial services 54<br />

ICT 55<br />

Everything about the Sishen mine near Kathu is big. The open-pit mine is 14km long and the jig plant<br />

is the largest in the world. In 2022, the mine produced 22-million tons of iron ore. Together with its<br />

other mines, Kumba Iron Ore is the largest iron-ore producer in Africa. Credit: Anglo American


Agriculture<br />

Climate change is presenting new challenges.<br />


Upington Industrial Park will be<br />

a services centre for the sector.<br />

Mosplaas Citrus at Keimoes on the Orange River produces earlyseason<br />

fruit for the Karsten Group. Credit: The Karsten Group.<br />

After many years of drought, <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> farmers have<br />

been battered by floods.<br />

For livestock farmers whose infrastructure has not been<br />

destroyed by overflowing rivers, the rain at least has the<br />

effect of reviving the veld to the point where sheep can graze again.<br />

Farmers dependent on irrigation, of whom there are many in the<br />

Vaalharts region and along the banks of the Orange River, face the<br />

additional uncertainty of the supply of electricity being unreliable<br />

as Eskom struggles to keep its power stations functioning optimally.<br />

And then the locusts swarmed, a regular occurrence.<br />

The fact that charities have been created with names such as<br />

“Save a Farm” and “Save the Sheep” is indicative of tough times. Both<br />

provincial and national government have reacted to the severity of<br />

the situation<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> MEC of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs,<br />

Rural Development and Land Reform, Mase Manopole, told the<br />

website Food For Mzansi that she<br />

was working around the clock<br />

together with the provincial<br />

government to ensure that the<br />

province remains food secure.<br />

Farmers’ concerns on a range of<br />

issues would be addressed.<br />

The MEC has met with<br />

farmers and representatives of<br />

Eskom to find ways to mitigate<br />

the power supply issue. A task<br />

team has been established by<br />

the National Department of<br />

Agriculture, Land Reform and<br />

Rural Development (DALRD),<br />

where four sub-committees will<br />

report to the minister.<br />

In response to the death<br />

of several farm workers from<br />

what appeared to be heatstroke<br />

in January <strong>2023</strong>, another<br />

national minister, the Minister of<br />

Employment and Labour Thulas<br />

Nxesi, joined the MEC on a tour<br />

of three farms in the Kakamas<br />

area. He warned that food<br />

security would be affected if the<br />

preservation of the livelihood of<br />

farmworkers was not prioritised.<br />

The Provincial Government of<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> has announced<br />

that the Upington Industrial Park will<br />

act as a services centre for road, rail<br />

and air transport, agriculture, agroprocessing<br />

and manufacturing.<br />

In a similar vein, the Namakwa<br />

SEZ in Aggeneys will become<br />

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an industrial cluster for mining and agriculture services,<br />

beneficiation and manufacturing.<br />

Farmers and agro-processors are increasingly drawing<br />

attention to the need for good roads for the delivery of<br />

their products to market and they will be hoping that these<br />

parks will help to provide the necessary infrastructure.<br />

Premier Dr Zamani Saul referenced all of these<br />

problems in his <strong>2023</strong> State of the Province Address but<br />

added sinkholes and severe fires to the list. As he said in his<br />

speech, “The effects of climate change have been felt very<br />

close to home.”<br />

Dr Saul went on to list dealing with the effects of<br />

climate change as one of the priorities of the provincial<br />

administration for the <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> period. In attempting to<br />

improve food security, the provincial government has<br />

pledged to help recipients of farms in terms of the land<br />

reform process to increase production and to supply<br />

technical and advisory services. Subsistence farmers<br />

receive garden starter packs and equipment.<br />

The Unemployed Agriculture Graduate Programme<br />

places candidates in a commercial business for a two-year<br />

period. The next intake will be in <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> when about 80 graduates<br />

will be placed.<br />

Agricultural assets<br />

Occupying 36-million hectares, the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is the largest<br />

province in the country, almost a third of South Africa’s total land<br />

area. Although the province is a predominantly semi-arid region,<br />

agriculture is a major component of the regional economy and the<br />

province’s farmers contribute 6.8% to South African agriculture.<br />

The agricultural sector also plays a vital role in the broader<br />

economy of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, employing about 45 000 people.<br />

This represents about 16% of employment, a much higher figure<br />

than the national figure of 5.5%<br />

Agricultural development takes place along defined corridors<br />

within the province. In the Orange River Valley, especially at Upington,<br />

Kakamas and Keimoes, grapes and fruit are cultivated intensively.<br />

High-value horticultural products such as table grapes, sultanas<br />

and wine grapes, dates, nuts, cotton, fodder and cereal crops are<br />

grown along the Orange River. Wheat, fruit, groundnuts, maize and<br />

cotton are grown in the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme in the vicinity<br />

of Hartswater and Jan Kempdorp. The Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> MEC of Agriculture,<br />

Environmental Affairs, Rural Development<br />

and Land Reform, Mase Manopole, has<br />

vowed to help farmers and farmworkers.<br />

is one of the biggest systems of<br />

its kind in the world. Ranging<br />

over more than 30 000ha, it<br />

has transformed a semi-desert<br />

zone into a productive area that<br />

sustains cotton, wheat, maize,<br />

lucerne, citrus, peanuts, fruit,<br />

grapes, olives and pecan nuts.<br />

Vegetables and cereal crops<br />

are farmed at the confluence of<br />

the Vaal River and the Orange<br />

River in the vicinity of Douglas.<br />

Of the nearly 40-million<br />

10kg bags of onions produced<br />

in South Africa (outside of<br />

linked production chains set<br />

up by supermarkets), about<br />

10-million 10kg bags come<br />

from the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

Wool, mohair, karakul,<br />

Karoo lamb, venison, ostrich<br />

meat and leather are farmed<br />

throughout most of the<br />

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province. The province is second only to the Eastern <strong>Cape</strong> in terms<br />

of the number of sheep farmed and it is the fourth-largest woolproducing<br />

province based on annual sale of producer lots. The<br />

Beefmaster abattoir in Kimberley is one of three abattoirs in South<br />

Africa to export frozen beef to China. The company processes and<br />

packages about 30 000 tons at the abattoir.<br />

Niche markets<br />

Rooibos has not yet made a big dent in the 200 000 tons of tea<br />

consumed by Japan every year, but sales are growing steadily.<br />

Introducing a new variety to a country of tea aficionados is easier<br />

than tackling a nation of coffee drinkers. A total of 2 000 tons was<br />

shipped to Japan from South Africa in 2018.<br />

Rooibos is competing in the “Healthy Tea” segment and a<br />

popular restaurant chain’s decision to use the tea as a complement<br />

to its pork bone broth has helped to promote the product. Brazil is<br />

being explored as a potential market.<br />

About 6 000 tons of tea is exported to more than 30 countries<br />

and domestic consumption is about 8 000 tons. The South African<br />

Rooibos Council states that more than 5 000 people are employed<br />

in the rooibos industry.<br />

Another niche product of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is karakul pelt,<br />

which is a speciality of the Gordonia district of Upington. Agricompany<br />

KLK is the only organisation that handles these pelts in<br />

South Africa. Glove-makers in Milan are among the international<br />

clients to whom farmers of the dorper sheep breed sell the<br />

wrinkle-free skins of their sheep, at good prices. Horse stud<br />

breeding provides yet another exclusive niche. This is a speciality<br />

of the area around Colesberg, where the cold evenings and warm<br />

days combine to drive out disease and promote strong growth.<br />

Companies<br />

KLK is based in Upington and does much more than karakul pelts.<br />

The company’s interests include 19 retail outlets, 12 petrol stations,<br />

four Build it franchises and a<br />

strong auction division.<br />

KLK runs three abattoirs<br />

in Calvinia, Carnarvon and<br />

Upington that slaughter lamb<br />

and beef carcasses. SA Dorper<br />

manages the production and<br />

export of dorper skins and the<br />

production of cattle hides.<br />

GWK is another company<br />

with its headquarters in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, in this<br />

case the town of Douglas.<br />

Senwes is one of the country’s<br />

biggest agri-companies and<br />

its <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> area of<br />

operation is mostly around the<br />

Vaalharts irrigation area, which<br />

is close to the headquarters<br />

just over the provincial border<br />

in North West, at Klerksdorp.<br />

Storage and handling of grains<br />

and oilseeds are the speciality<br />

of Senwes.<br />

OVK controls the large<br />

Gariep abattoir at Strydenburg,<br />

which has a daily capacity of<br />

1 300 sheep, 100 cattle and<br />

either 250 ostriches or 750<br />

small game animals. OVK also<br />

has trade branches, vehicle<br />

dealerships, a finance division<br />

and manufacturing facilities for<br />

maize meal and wheat meal.<br />

Kaap Agri, a Western <strong>Cape</strong><br />

company, has a significant<br />

presence in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

and Namibia. ■<br />


Agricultural Research Council: www.arc.agric.za<br />

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

South African Pecan Nut Producers Association: www.sappa.za.org<br />

South African Rooibos Council: www.sarooibos.co.za<br />

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Water<br />

Infrastructure is under pressure from multiple sources.<br />

The small town of Danielskuil was in the news in October<br />

2022 – for running out of water because it had rained<br />

too much.<br />

Huge thunderstorms overwhelmed the town’s systems,<br />

already under pressure because of electrical outages and theft.<br />

The story, by Keamogetswe Thomas, appeared<br />

on the IOL website and had its own interesting<br />

backstory: it was produced through the Youth<br />

Citizen Journalism Fellowship, an initiative of<br />

the Rural Action for Climate Resilience project,<br />

which is co-funded by the EU and the Heinrich<br />

Boll Foundation.<br />

Places like the normally dry <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

will increasingly be the focus of attention as the<br />

earth warms and extreme events become more<br />

common. Municipalities in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

have consistently struggled to supply good<br />

services to citizens. With the declaration of the<br />

entire province as a Priority Human Settlements<br />

Development Area by the National Department of Human<br />

Settlements, this situation could improve.<br />

Progress has been made in terms of fixing leaking and burst water<br />

pipes and dealing with major blockages in the sewerage system. Six<br />

municipalities have been identified for the eradication of informal<br />

settlements. Land has been purchased on the N12 near Kimberley where<br />

houses will be built once provision for bulk capacity has been made.<br />

In <strong>2023</strong> it was announced that National Treasury had allocated<br />

R1.9-billion to the Sol Plaatje Municipality to improve water and<br />

sanitation services. Phase one of the important Vaal-Gamagara Bulk<br />

Water Scheme (pictured) has been completed. The scheme supplies<br />

water to several towns and mines in the province’s mining corridor.<br />

Two of South Africa’s great rivers meet in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> at a<br />

point south-west of Kimberley. After absorbing the Vaal River, the Orange<br />

River continues westwards to the Atlantic Ocean and provides the basis<br />

for agriculture along its path.<br />

North of Kimberley, the confluence of the Vaal and the Harts rivers<br />

encompasses one of South Africa’s most intensely irrigated areas. The<br />


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

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

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


Nearly R2-billion has been<br />

allocated to fix Kimberley’s<br />

water systems.<br />

Credit: Department of Water and Sanitation<br />

Vaalharts irrigation system is<br />

one of the most productive in<br />

the country, covering about<br />

38 000 hectares with a variety<br />

of crops. Two of South Africa’s<br />

biggest dams, the Gariep and<br />

Vanderkloof, also provide water<br />

for irrigation and hydro-electric<br />

power. Many parts of the province<br />

are dry with sections of the north<br />

and north-west classified as<br />

semi-arid and arid. The southern<br />

Kalahari Desert receives rain but<br />

the fact that mining is a primary<br />

economic activity in the dry<br />

regions of the province presents<br />

many challenges. The town of<br />

Kuruman is an exception in that<br />

it has a natural and prolific spring,<br />

the Eye of Kuruman.<br />

One of the major private<br />

suppliers of water in the province<br />

is Sedibeng Water. ■<br />

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Grapes and wine<br />

Extra measures are producing high-quality fruit for select markets.<br />


Raisin production in the<br />

region is into its<br />

second century.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> has just 3% of South Africa’s vineyards but<br />

18% of the nation’s white wine grapes are cultivated along<br />

the Orange River. Within the region, about 64% of grapes are<br />

white seedless and about 21% are red seedless (SATI).<br />

A final table grape crop national estimate for the 2022/23<br />

season estimated that volumes would be significantly down on the<br />

previous season.<br />

Although volumes were expected to be as much as 18% down on<br />

the 2021/22 figure, the country would still export about 63.6-million<br />

4.5kg equivalent cartons in the 2022/23 shipping season.<br />

The final production figure for the Orange River Region for<br />

2022/23, where the season finished slightly earlier than other areas,<br />

was 16.4-million cartons produced, down from the 22.3-million cartons<br />

packed the year before.<br />

Exports of South African grapes and wine to China have been on<br />

an upward trend for several years but South Africa’s wine exports are<br />

still subject to tariffs on entering China, despite both countries being<br />

members of BRICS.<br />

Dippenaar Choice Fruit, an Orange River region grape producer<br />

which is headquarted in Kakamas, already exports to seven countries<br />

in South-East Asia and the Far East, including China and Singapore.<br />

The region as a whole has 5 688ha of vines and the Orange<br />

River Producer Alliance represents its farmers. According to the<br />

Credit: Carpe Diem Raisins<br />

SATI, the grape industry in the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> employs 1 215<br />

people permanently, with a<br />

further 12 415 people finding<br />

seasonal work. Harvesting<br />

happens from early November<br />

to early February.<br />

Almost a third of South Africa’s<br />

table grape crop is produced<br />

in the fertile region. The South<br />

African table grape industry has<br />

been investing in hardier varietals<br />

which produce a better yield.<br />

Raisins<br />

About a quarter of raisins<br />

exported by South Africa go to<br />

Germany, and in the 2022/23<br />

season, extra attention was paid<br />

to that market in terms of the<br />

quality of fruit, with the aim being<br />

to produce fruit with few residues.<br />

Industry body Raisins SA<br />

is leading efforts to improve<br />

farming practices with a view to<br />

improved products. Specific areas<br />

of focus include improved soil<br />

preparation, drying infrastructure<br />

and trellis systems and using<br />

water more efficiently.<br />

The recent adoption of SA-<br />

GAP (derived from the Global<br />

Good Agricultural Practices)<br />

will help to raise and maintain<br />

standards with the sector. The<br />

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is geared for growth. In 2022 the<br />

total marketable volume of raisins<br />

produced was 67 000 metric tons.<br />

Wine<br />

Groblershoop Cellars is one of five facilities owned and run<br />

by Orange River Cellars. Credit: Orange River Cellars<br />

SA-GAP Certification Programme is a set of practices that address<br />

environmental, economic and social sustainability for on-farm<br />

processes and results in safer and higher quality food and non-food<br />

agricultural products.<br />

With certification, small growers and producers are more easily able<br />

to have to access to international markets.<br />

One of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s and the country’s biggest producers is<br />

Carpe Diem Raisins which processes and markets about 25% of South<br />

Africa’s total raisin production annually. The company farms 400ha of<br />

organic grapes for producing raisins and there are plans to develop a<br />

further 400ha by the end of 2025.<br />

Most of the raisins produced by the company are these varietals:<br />

Thompson Seedless, Golden Sultanas, SA Sultanas and Flame Seedless.<br />

About 5% of production is sold into the domestic market with<br />

the balance exported to buyers in Europe, the UK, North America,<br />

Scandinavia, Australasia, the Middle East and Asia.<br />

Carpe Diem uses an interesting variation on drying techniques, the<br />

dried-on-vine method (pictured). Grape clusters and their shoots stay<br />

attached to the trellis system despite being cut loose from the vine.<br />

This helps to protect the fruit from rain, reduces contaminants and the<br />

amount of handling of the fruit.<br />

In the centenary year of the raisin sector in the Orange River region,<br />

2019, a record 74 830 tons was harvested from 13 085ha (Western <strong>Cape</strong><br />

and <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> combined). Hopes of reaching more than 81 000 tons<br />

were dashed in 2020 by too much rain at the wrong time, but the industry<br />


<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs,<br />

Rural Development and Land Reform: www.agrinc.gov.za<br />

Raisins South Africa: www.raisinsa.co.za<br />

SA Wine Industry Information & Systems: www.sawis.co.za<br />

South African Table Grape Industry: www.satgi.co.za<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s Orange<br />

River wine region accounts for<br />

25.6% of South Africa’s Colombard<br />

vines and 10% of Chenin blanc.<br />

The focus is on Colombard and<br />

Hanepoot grapes. Orange River<br />

Cellars (ORC) is the region’s biggest<br />

producer, sourcing its grapes from<br />

850 grape producers in the area<br />

known as the Green Kalahari. ORC<br />

has a winery at its head office in<br />

Upington and a further four at<br />

Keimoes, Groblershoop, Kakamas<br />

and Grootdrink.<br />

Orange River Concentrate<br />

Producers (part of the ORC<br />

group) produces about<br />

7.5-million litres of white grape<br />

juice concentrate, a percentage<br />

of which is exported to Japan<br />

where the Itochu Corporation<br />

uses it in soft drinks and food.<br />

The Douglas Wine Cellar<br />

produces about 6 000 cases per<br />

year. Together with the Landzicht<br />

cellar (just over the border in the<br />

Free State), the Douglas Wine<br />

Cellars is a GWK company. The<br />

Douglas cellar crushes 7 000<br />

tons of grapes every year and<br />

produces 5.6-million litres of<br />

wine. Hartswater Wine Cellar is<br />

a part of the region’s other big<br />

agricultural company, Senwes.<br />

Two wine brands (Overvaal<br />

and Elements) are produced<br />

in the Hartswater irrigation<br />

area north of Kimberley. Vinpro<br />

represents 2 500 South African<br />

wine grape producers, wineries<br />

and wine-related businesses. ■<br />

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Supporting transformation and raising<br />

the quality bar<br />

New funds for new growers, a new training academy and improved standards<br />

are all on the agenda of this dynamic sector, reports Raisins SA’s Chief Executive<br />

Officer, Ferdie Botha.<br />

How many members does Raisins SA represent?<br />

Raisins SA represents approximately 700 growers. The main<br />

areas for raisin production are in the Orange River Valley<br />

(<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>) and Olifants River Valley (Western <strong>Cape</strong>). The<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> produces 84% of South African raisins: the<br />

climate is hot and dry, with ample water and land to grow the<br />

finest raisins globally.<br />

Ferdie Botha, Chief<br />

Executive Officer<br />


Ferdie is an experienced agricultural<br />

economist with 16 years’ experience<br />

in the agri-sector. He joined the driedfruit<br />

industry in 2017 to concentrate<br />

on his career as an agricultural<br />

economist and expand his skills set.<br />

He has played an instrumental role<br />

in the restructuring of the driedfruit<br />

industry. Once this reform<br />

was successfully implemented, he<br />

was tasked to refocus the national<br />

raisin industry association, Raisins<br />

SA, setting a new vision and driving<br />

strategic priorities.<br />

Do farmers specialise, or do they have both table grapes<br />

and raisins?<br />

Most farmers are diversified, growing various crops such as<br />

raisin, table and wine grapes. Dedicated grape cultivars are<br />

used for the production of the aforesaid product categories.<br />

Raisin production comprises different product types which<br />

include Thompson raisins (dark brown), goldens (bright<br />

golden, pictured), OR raisins (light brown to greenish) and<br />

currants (small berries, primarily used for baking).<br />

How is the sector improving sustainability?<br />

Sustainability addresses how a sector or industry positions<br />

itself in terms of People, Profit and Plant (PPP), hence<br />

following a balanced approach in its quest to grow and<br />

develop over time.<br />

Raisins SA’s strategy addresses all three spheres<br />

of sustainability. Firstly, understanding that its natural<br />

resources water and land are key production factors that<br />

should be preserved and used efficiently. Research on water<br />

quality and soil health are among the industry’s priorities.<br />

From a people perspective, industry comprehends the<br />

importance of the social wellbeing of its community.<br />

Various enterprise, skills and socio-economic development<br />

activities are performed by the organisation. Importantly,<br />

economic viability is key to having a thriving local economy<br />

that can support both job and wealth creation. Strong<br />

research and a market-orientated approach is fundamental<br />

to ensuring that the South African raisin value chain<br />

remains competitive internationally.<br />

NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong><br />


What are the areas where quality is being<br />

improved?<br />

Quality starts at farm level, where emphasis is<br />

placed on best practices to ensure vineyards are<br />

healthy and free of pests and diseases. Pruning<br />

and harvesting techniques are world class<br />

to ensure that optimal production levels are<br />

achieved, coupled with quality fruit. In 2017, SA<br />

GAP, a certification programme, was introduced to<br />

the SA raisin industry. This aims to uplift the drying<br />

facilities and to improve traceability, enhance food<br />

safety and ensure best practice in terms of hygiene.<br />

Which countries are the biggest markets for<br />

SA raisins?<br />

The main export destinations for South African<br />

raisins are Europe, the USA and Canada.<br />

Has the Russian invasion of Ukraine affected<br />

export volumes?<br />

We have not seen a material, direct effect on our<br />

export volumes due to the invasion. The indirect<br />

effects of the invasion (inflation, economic crises)<br />

have had a more substantial impact at grower<br />

level, through rising input costs. Furthermore,<br />

the war has created uncertainty globally and<br />

has placed consumers under pressure from a<br />

purchasing power perspective. Hence, reduced<br />

demand as rising fuel prices have impacted<br />

disposable incomes.<br />

Do you have programmes to support small<br />

growers and transformation?<br />

Yes, 20% of our annual levy income is earmarked for<br />

transformation in the industry, as recommended<br />

by the National Agriculture Marketing Council.<br />

The transformation portfolio mainly focuses on<br />

enterprise development, skills development and<br />

socio-economic development. Raisins SA has been<br />

successful in securing approximately R50-million<br />

additional funding for its emerging growers over<br />

the next five years from funding partners.<br />

Do you have any special projects?<br />

A new strategic industry-led initiative called<br />

the Vine Academy and Model Farm has been<br />

developed over the past <strong>24</strong> months. Raisins SA has<br />

identified two key challenges, namely: humanresource<br />

capabilities for the general labour market<br />

and young professionals entering the sector, as<br />

well as research and development capabilities.<br />

The Vine Academy will have the first intake<br />

of students on 17 July <strong>2023</strong>. Accredited courses<br />

focusing on vineyard management from NQF<br />

level 2-7 will be offered, with various short<br />

courses and practical training incorporated into<br />

the programme.<br />

There are various trials already in process on the<br />

Model Farm, including rootstock trials, research on<br />

various drying methods, irrigation trials and cover<br />

crops in vineyards.<br />

For more information on the Vine<br />

Academy and Model Farm, please contact<br />

marketing@vamf.co.za<br />

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Mining<br />

Copper and zinc are fuelling increased investment.<br />


Orion Minerals has<br />

secured an $87-million<br />

funding package.<br />

The town of Nababeep is the site of renewed interest in<br />

copper. Credit: Big Tree Copper<br />

Copper is one of the most important elements needed<br />

to power the renewable energy transformation and so<br />

it’s no surprise that areas mined historically for that<br />

mineral are now back in the news.<br />

Batteries need copper, as do systems used to transmit energy from<br />

solar or wind sources. Electric vehicles contain an average of 85kg and,<br />

according to the CEO of newly-formed Copper 360, Jan Nelson, the<br />

world had a stock of copper equal to only three weeks supply at a<br />

certain point in February <strong>2023</strong> (Financial Mail, 23 February).<br />

Copper 360 was formed in November 2022 following a reverse<br />

takeover of copper producer Big Tree Copper (a producer of copper)<br />

and SHiP Copper (a mining company). The company was due to<br />

list on the AltX of the JSE at the end of February but at the time of<br />

writing, it had not yet listed.<br />

Copper 360 produces 1 200t/y of A-grade copper cathode and<br />

has set a target of achieving 7 700t/y inside two years. Three new<br />

copper flotation plants are being built at a cost of R280-million.<br />

With 280 new employees over the last two years and plans to<br />

recruit a further 1 000 staff members in the next two years, global<br />

copper demand is clearly also good<br />

news for the town of Nababeep.<br />

Founded in 1860 by the Okiep<br />

Mining Company, Nababeep is in<br />

the Namakwa District Municipality<br />

just north of Springbok.<br />

An old zinc mine at Prieska<br />

that produced a million tons of<br />

zinc and 430 000 tons of copper<br />

before it closed in 1991 is being<br />

revived by Australian miner<br />

Orion Minerals. Orion Minerals<br />

has secured a funding package<br />

of $87-million from subsidiaries<br />

of Triple Flag Precious Metals.<br />

The funding is conditional on<br />

the rest of the plan for the mine’s<br />

development also receiving<br />

funding and on the approval<br />

of South Africa’s regulatory<br />

authorities.<br />

Another funder of the early<br />

development of the mine is<br />

the Industrial Development<br />

Corporation (IDC), one of the<br />

country’s largest institutional<br />

investors. The IDC has identified<br />

key opportunities for the national<br />

economy on the path to zinc<br />

industrialisation:<br />

• fertiliser phospates: sulphuric<br />

acid as a byproduct can enable<br />

the establishment of a sulphuric<br />

acid plant in the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> in support of agriculture<br />

in the lower Orange River<br />

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We are located at the Kimberley Diamond Jewellery Centre in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Province of<br />

South Africa. We have entrenched ourselves as the only incubator in the Precious Stones<br />

exchange, shared infrastructure and technology support services to the unemployed,<br />

Our Clients<br />

have work experience or informal sector businesses.<br />

Our Purpose<br />

Our Vision<br />

Our Mission<br />

Our Values<br />

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incubator in the diamond<br />

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• Provide an enabling<br />

environment that gives<br />

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• zinc-coated steel: availability of zinc concentrate<br />

provides opportunities for South African<br />

steel plants<br />

• battery storage: zinc is cheaper than lithium<br />

when deployed in battery technology. The<br />

New Industries unit of the IDC has developed<br />

a strategy for zinc-bromide redox flow batteries.<br />

• copper smelter plant: potential for copper<br />

smelter plant in the Namakwa Special Economic<br />

Zone (NAMSEZ), which would further stimulate<br />

exploration and mining.<br />

The National Department of Mineral<br />

Resources and Energy, in collaboration with<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Provincial Government,<br />

hosted the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Mining and Minerals<br />

Investment Conference in March 2022 in<br />

Kimberley. The department’s stated goal is that all<br />

South Africans should derive sustainable benefit<br />

from the country’s resources. The province’s<br />

considerable mineral wealth was outlined to<br />

potential investors and plans for infrastructure<br />

development (such as industrial parks and Special<br />

Economic Zones) were highlighted.<br />

The Kathu Industrial Park is particularly well<br />

placed to support the mining sector as it is close<br />

to the Postmasburg-Hotazel iron-ore/manganese<br />

belt (or Gamagara Mining Corridor) and is easily<br />

accessible from the N14 highway.<br />

The Namakwa SEZ in Aggeneys is being<br />

envisioned as an industrial cluster for mining<br />

and agriculture services, beneficiation and<br />

manufacturing.<br />

The biggest new mine in the country is a<br />

zinc mine at Aggeneys, the Gamsberg project<br />

of Vedanta Zinc International, which will<br />

deliver 600 000 tons of zinc when phase three<br />

is complete. The provincial government is<br />

using the mine’s location (and possible future<br />

smelter) as the basis for a new Namakwa Special<br />

Economic Zone. The SEZ forms part of a larger<br />

“multi-nodal” corridor envisaged for the province.<br />

Afrimat continues to expand its commodities<br />

portfolio with the purchase for R300-million of<br />

Coza Mining, an iron-ore mining company in the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

The Afrimat transaction includes the share<br />

previously held by ArcelorMittal SA, which will<br />

receive iron ore from Coza in terms of a supply<br />

agreement. Coza’s three mines, Doornpan,<br />

Driehoek and Jenkins, are close to Afrimat’s<br />

exisiting Demineng Mine, which is south-west<br />

of Kuruman.<br />

Mining assets<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of Economic<br />

Development and Tourism’s “Economic and<br />

Investment Profile” reports that the province is<br />

responsible for:<br />

• 95% of South Africa’s diamond output<br />

• 97.6% of alluvial diamond mining<br />

• 13.4% of world lead exports. Aggeneys, in<br />

the Namaqualand district, is responsible for<br />

approximately 93% of South Africa’s lead production<br />

• 80% of the world’s manganese resource<br />

• 25% of the manganese used in the world<br />

• 100% of South Africa’s tiger’s eye<br />

• Largest national production of sugilite (a semiprecious<br />

stone).<br />

Away from the underground kimberlite<br />

pipes and fissures, river and coastal deposits of<br />

diamonds are also present in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

Diamonds have been recovered along the Orange,<br />

Buffels, Spoeg, Horees, Groen, Doom and Swart<br />

rivers in the province, while coastal deposits have<br />

been found from the mouth of the Orange River<br />

to Lamberts Bay. ■<br />


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

National Department of Mineral Resources and Energy: dmre.gov.za<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of Economic Development and Tourism:<br />

www.northern-cape.gov.za/dedat<br />

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Transforming communities<br />

Reimagining mining to improve people’s lives<br />

Sishen Mine looks back at 70 years of making a difference.<br />

Andre Roux, Sishen Mine GM<br />

Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen Mine, located<br />

in Kathu, <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, celebrates its<br />

70th year of operation in <strong>2023</strong>. Originally<br />

a diamond-drilling programme in 1947,<br />

it transitioned to an iron ore operation in 1953<br />

and has played a substantial role in contributing<br />

towards the economic, infrastructural and social<br />

development of the area.<br />

André Roux, the mine’s General Manager, reflecting<br />

on the anniversary, says when Sishen first began mining<br />

in the area, “it opened up a world of opportunities for<br />

generations to come – and continues to do so today.<br />

And the work to shape a better future for all remains<br />

a key driver of our mine.”<br />

Sishen is one of the largest employers in the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Province, with the majority of its<br />

employees hailing from the surrounding communities.<br />

Over the past 70 years, thanks to Anglo American’s<br />

Sustainable Mining Plan, which is implemented by all<br />

the businesses in the group, including Kumba, Sishen<br />

now mines in a smarter, safer and sustainable way.<br />

“With an enduring shared value of R63-billion<br />

created in the first half of <strong>2023</strong>, Kumba is dedicated<br />

to supporting sustainable economic development<br />

in its host communities beyond the lifespan of our<br />

mines,” says Roux. “Guided by our Purpose and Values,<br />

we’re constantly working to improve the lives of the<br />

people in our communities – Kumba’s priority focus<br />

areas in our socio-economic plan are education,<br />

youth skills development, health and wellness,<br />

connectivity, water and sanitation underpinned by<br />

creating alternative livelihoods.”<br />

Another community focus has been the Sishen<br />

Iron Ore Company-Community Development Trust<br />

(SIOC-CDT), established in 2006 by Kumba. The<br />

trust also focuses on Sishen’s host communities,<br />

among others, and has invested more than<br />

R1-billion in socio-economic and community<br />

development projects.<br />

Kumba has also set ambitious targets for its mines:<br />

by 2030, for instance, it aims to create five jobs offsite for<br />

every job onsite. Since 2018, Kumba has facilitated over<br />

29 000 offsite jobs through various initiatives ranging<br />

from our inclusive procurement, enterprise and supplier<br />

development programmes in collaboration with Zimele<br />

and SIOC-CDT as well as education and CSI projects<br />

arising out of the Social Labour Plans. It also supports the<br />

Youth Employment Services (YES) programme, placing<br />

previously disadvantaged, unemployed youth from<br />

local communities into 12-month work experience and<br />

training opportunities at the mine.<br />

“We support local SMMEs and provide advice and<br />

support for their business activities,” says Roux. “During<br />

2022, Kumba spent R5.4-billion on host community<br />

suppliers. Altogether we spent around R18-billion with<br />

BEE business suppliers, thereby making a significant<br />

contribution to the economic transformation of the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> region where we employ 81% of our<br />

employees, including contractors. Our community<br />

healthcare initiatives also continue to improve access to<br />

quality medical and healthcare services. We continue to<br />

strengthen community health systems. Our programmes<br />

are aligned to the UN’s SDG 3 targets, and are focused on<br />

HIV/Aids, gender-based violence and substance abuse.<br />

Our education programme aims to ensure that<br />

schools in our host communities perform among the<br />

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top 30% of public schools by 2025 and in the top 20%<br />

by 2030. In 2022, almost 81% of our participating high<br />

schools performed above the national matric pass rate.<br />

We have made good progress and now support 45<br />

schools and 48 Early Childhood Development Centres.<br />

Over 16 000 learners were reached in phase 1 of the<br />

programme and a further 11 000 are being supported<br />

in phase 2. Many students who might otherwise not<br />

have had the opportunity to have a tertiary education<br />

have benefitted from the bursary programme.<br />

In the first phase of the programme, Kumba has<br />

seen the average mathematics pass rate improve<br />

from 74% in 2021, to 81% in 2022. The second phase<br />

launched earlier in <strong>2023</strong> added 20 schools and 20<br />

early childhood development centres. Kumba is<br />

also investing in libraries to enhance educational<br />

resources and supporting matriculants through<br />

bursary schemes and many other training and<br />

development opportunities.<br />

Sishen Community Bursary Programme<br />

The Sishen Community Bursary Programme assists<br />

students in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district to<br />

pursue tertiary studies and minimise their exclusion<br />

on the basis of not having the requisite funding for<br />

their fees. The programme helps students in their<br />

first, second, third or fourth year of study who are<br />

unemployed and between the ages of 17 and 35<br />

and there are currently 26 beneficiaries.<br />

Sishen also offers a driver’s licence programme<br />

to empower unemployed youth in Mapoteng. This<br />

gives them an added boost when they are applying<br />

for jobs, as many positions require that applicants have<br />

a driver’s licence. “There are currently 60 participants<br />

on the programme,” says Roux. “Mapoteng is one of<br />

Beneficiaries of the General Manager’s Incentive<br />

Bursary Scheme<br />

SMME support at Market Day<br />

our doorstep communities and unemployment is<br />

very high, so we want to ensure young people have<br />

the best possible chance of finding work.”<br />

“Kumba’s investment in the community continues<br />

to bring about positive change,” says George Benjamin,<br />

Sishen Corporate Affairs Manager. “ It’s been gratifying<br />

to see communities in our host municipality of<br />

Gamagara, our adjacent labour sending areas in JTG<br />

and its people not only becoming more prosperous<br />

but also more inspired and provided with more<br />

opportunities. Kathu has grown from a small mining<br />

town to an economic hub.<br />

“People are an important part of our business<br />

and we engage our stakeholders to involve, consult<br />

and collaborate in decisions that will impact them.<br />

Through our world-class stakeholder approach<br />

guided by the International Finance Corporation<br />

performance standards and our Social Way Policy<br />

we aim to remain transparent and build trust.<br />

“The mine has for years supported growth in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, which is celebrated in the 70th<br />

anniversary theme of grace, growth and generosity,”<br />

he continues. “The mine has shown growth on the<br />

safety, technology and culture fronts. Every day we<br />

witness the grace of the people who have been the<br />

heart of this operation for 70 years. And every day<br />

we see generosity in action in big and small ways, as<br />

we work to create thriving communities in the areas<br />

where we operate.”<br />

“This is a very significant milestone for us,” Roux<br />

concludes.“ And even though we are celebrating the<br />

anniversary and what we’ve achieved, we know there<br />

is still a great deal of work to do. Transformation is not<br />

a destination, it’s a journey, and we are committed<br />

to transforming not just our mine, but everyone that<br />

our mining affects, whether that be local government<br />

or the communities our employees live in, and the<br />

country as a whole.<br />

“We hope that by the time our next big anniversary<br />

arrives, in a decade’s time, that we will have an even<br />

better story to tell, a story of thriving communities<br />

that we have helped to co-create. This is how we are<br />

reimagining mining to improve people’s lives.” ■

FOCUS<br />

Prieska Copper Zinc Project<br />

Prieska Copper Zinc Mine (Pty) Ltd (PCZM) is developing the Prieska Copper Zinc<br />

Mine Project near Prieska in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

The mine is located in Copperton, 60km<br />

south-west of the town of Prieska.<br />

PCZM plans to open the old Prieska<br />

Copper Mine, active between 1971 and<br />

1991, in order to exploit the previously unmined<br />

open-pit, old pillars and deep sulphide mineral<br />

resource at depth.<br />

The focus of the project is on:<br />

• Exploration and development to mine copper<br />

and zinc<br />

• By-products include gold, silver, pyrite and barite<br />

In order to adapt to the current local and global<br />

economic challenges, PCZM instituted a number<br />

of financial and technical studies to consider the<br />

viability of various scenarios for accelerating early<br />

cashflow. This resulted in the current plan to start<br />

the operation on a smaller scale and ramp-up to<br />

the final development scenario. Work has begun<br />

and the project remains positive.<br />

Work with the local mine community and proactive<br />

up-skilling programmes continue, working<br />

towards local provision of many of the required skills.<br />

Targeted sectors<br />

The project focuses on the following sectors:<br />

mining and renewable energy.<br />

Investment value<br />

As of end July 2022, R623-million had been spent<br />

on the project. The R4.1-billion announced to construct<br />

the mine will be in addition to this amount.<br />

Job creation<br />

Initially around 100 jobs are anticipated to be<br />

created, scaling up to more than 1 500 employees<br />

and contractors during construction, with a<br />

steady-state employment estimate of 840. This<br />

excludes new jobs created for service provision<br />

to the mine and its employees.<br />

Project financed by<br />

Public-private-partnership (PPP); equity<br />

investors and offtake related / prepayment<br />

funding; BBBEEE-equity partners and investors;<br />

service providers.<br />

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Prieska<br />

De Aar<br />

Project status<br />

The mine concluded a positive Bankable Feasibility<br />

Study in May 2020 and is currently in the late<br />

financing stage and early construction stage in<br />

anticipation of receiving the remainder of the<br />

requisite funding.<br />

• Project feasibility and business case complete<br />

• Government approval and procurement stage<br />

• Financial close and start of construction<br />

• Trial mining and dewatering of the mine has<br />

commenced<br />

Reasons for investing in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Orion consciously chose to invest in the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> because of the potential of the province<br />

with abundant natural resources and its reliable<br />

infrastructural advantages. The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> offers<br />

knowledgeable and experienced service providers.<br />

The central location of the project within<br />

South Africa with access to all the main ports and<br />

transport-distribution hubs is advantageous. ■<br />

Partnerships<br />

The PCZM Project falls under the auspices of<br />

Orion Minerals Limited which is dual listed on<br />

both the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)<br />

and the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), allowing<br />

for equity participation by South Africans. In<br />

addition to the BBEEE partnerships, the project<br />

has also procured funding from the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd<br />

(IDC) as well as from TFR&S Canada Ltd and Triple<br />

Flag Ltd (together, Triple Flag).<br />

Main project contacts<br />

Orion CEO: Errol Smart<br />

Orion CFO: Peet van Coller<br />

Email: info@orionminerals.com.au<br />

Website: www.orionminerals.com.au<br />

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Energy<br />

Green hydrogen is the next big thing.<br />

Credit: Kangnas Wind Farm<br />

Green hydrogen is the next big thing. The topic is dealt with<br />

in detail in a special feature elsewhere in this journal, but<br />

the implications to the energy landscape for South Africa<br />

and the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> in particular cannot be overstated<br />

– this could be a genuine game-changer.<br />

Efforts are underway to create a Western SADC Green Hydrogen<br />

Corridor, encompassing Namibia and the three <strong>Cape</strong> provinces of<br />

South Africa, <strong>Northern</strong>, Western and Eastern. In 2022 a Memorandum<br />

of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Provincial<br />

Government and the Western <strong>Cape</strong> Provincial Government to firm up<br />

these commitments; more are expected to follow.<br />

The province has a Green Hydrogen Strategy, which was launched<br />

at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 and a national programme, the Green<br />

Hydrogen National Programme (GHNP), has been gazetted. A<br />

series of projects located across the country are expected to attract<br />

investments of close to R600-billion. Of the nine projects identified by<br />

GHNP, four are located in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>:<br />

• Prieska Power Reserve<br />

• Ubuntu Green Energy Hydrogen Project<br />

• Upilanga Solar and Green H2 Park<br />

• Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen Development Programme.<br />

All of these projects have been registered with Infrastructure South<br />

Africa (ISA), the body within the national presidency which is keeping track<br />


The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Solar<br />

Energy <strong>Business</strong> Incubator<br />

is to be established.<br />

of and promoting infrastructure<br />

development in the country.<br />

Another project in the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong>, the Enertrag Postmasburg<br />

Project (ammonia), is in the ISA<br />

pipeline, awaiting approval.<br />

Wind and solar<br />

While green hydrogen is<br />

generating a lot of excitement<br />

and plans are being put in place,<br />

the country’s pursuit of solar and<br />

wind power is continuing.<br />

Expanding the grid’s capacity<br />

in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> must be<br />

a national priority. In the round<br />

announced in 2021, the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

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<strong>Cape</strong> was allocated 450MW in approved bids. In less than a decade,<br />

an entirely new sector has been created through legislation that<br />

invited local and foreign investors to bid for and then build renewable<br />

energy generation plants. South Africa’s National Development Plan<br />

(NDP) requires 20 000MW of renewable energy by 2030.<br />

However, the latest bid window (Round 6) for the most recent<br />

round of the national Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer<br />

Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in December 2022 came up<br />

against the fact that the country’s transmission grid can only cope with<br />

so much new capacity. As a result, only 860MW of solar capacity was<br />

awarded to projects in the North West and Free State provinces.<br />

The first project to reach commercial operations from an<br />

earlier bid window, Round 4, was the Kangnas Wind Farm<br />

(pictured), a 140MW project near Springbok. Somewhat delayed<br />

by the Covid-19 lockdown, the project ultimately provided 550<br />

jobs when construction work peaked and reached a local content<br />

level of 45%. This included the mega-transformer and the windturbine<br />

towers.<br />

In a similar way in which each of the province’s Special Economic<br />

Zones (SEZs) and industrial parks is being aligned with renewable<br />

energy in some way (either generation or manufacturing), the<br />

Boegoebaai Port and Rail Development project has now been<br />

expanded to include the adjacent Hydrogen SEZ. The Boegoebaai<br />

Port and Green Hydrogen Cluster is regarded as a key priority<br />

programme, coordinated by the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Economic<br />

Development Agency (NCEDA) and ISA.<br />

Four of the 11 Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs)<br />

planned for South Africa are located in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

REDZs will encourage localisation through the development of<br />

manufacturing hubs that can make components for the sector. The<br />

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being phased in across the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> will complement this trend. REDZs are being developed in<br />

support of the implementation of the national Integrated Resource<br />

Plan (IRP 2019). One of the Strategic Transmission Corridors<br />

identified at national level, the <strong>Northern</strong> Corridor, begins at<br />

Springbok in the west and runs through Upington and Vryburg on<br />

the way to Johannesburg in Gauteng. Each of those towns will be<br />

the focus of an REDZ, with the other REDZ in the province located<br />

in the provincial capital of Kimberley.<br />

Small businesses are getting help from the provincial government<br />

to enable them to participate in the renewable energy economy.<br />

A renewable energy strategy<br />

focussing on rooftop solar<br />

PV installation has seen more<br />

than 50 SMMEs receive PV<br />

Green Card training and, with<br />

the launch of the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> Solar Energy <strong>Business</strong><br />

Incubator (NOCSOBI), training<br />

will be available to smallbusiness<br />

owners to learn how<br />

they can make their businesses<br />

compliant so that they can bid<br />

for power-purchase agreements<br />

and get loans from banks to buy<br />

solar systems.<br />

Approximately 60% of the<br />

projects so far allocated have<br />

been in the nation’s sunniest<br />

province. Projects such as Kathu<br />

Solar Park, a concentrated<br />

solar power project, and the<br />

Roggeveld Wind Farm are<br />

indicative of the large scale of<br />

most of the energy generation<br />

that is being rolled out.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is the natural<br />

home for the generation of solar<br />

power. Long-term annual direct<br />

normal irradiance (DNI) at Upington<br />

is 2 816kWh/m2, according to<br />

a survey done for Stellenbosch<br />

University by Slovakian company<br />

GeoModal Solar. To assist investors, a<br />

One Stop Shop has been launched<br />

in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

Invest SA, through the<br />

Department of Trade, Industry and<br />

Competition (dtic), will provide<br />

investing companies with advice<br />

and services to fast-track projects<br />

and reduce red tape. ■<br />


IPP projects: www.ipp-projects.co.za<br />

South African Photovoltaic Industry Association: www.sapvia.co.za<br />

South African Renewable Energy Council: www.sarec.org.za<br />

South African Wind Energy Association: www.sawea.org.za<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Quiver Biomass<br />

Industries<br />

Harvesting biomass for charcoal and energy.<br />

Quiver Green Group (Pty) Ltd is classified as<br />

an ecosystem-based adaptation business.<br />

As a bio-economy sector enterprise it<br />

operates throughout the various value<br />

chains of the green economy in South Africa, with a<br />

primary focus on the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

The business focuses on harvesting biomass for<br />

firewood, woodchips, charcoal production and for the<br />

establishment of a bioenergy generation plant.<br />

Plants are to be located in the towns of Barkly West<br />

(Frances Baard District Municipality), Prieska and Carnarvon,<br />

both of which fall under the Pixley ka Seme District<br />

Municipality. Quiver Biomass Industries as a project is active<br />

in both downstream and upstream economic opportunities<br />

of the biomass value chain utilising and beneficiating<br />

biomass sourced from clearing invasive alien plant species<br />

and bush-thinning of woody species. The benefits from<br />

this biomass beneficiation project are significant as they<br />

contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation and result<br />

in various other benefits such as: economic benefits in<br />

the bioeconomy; environmental benefits which speak<br />

to biodiversity and ecological benefits; and social impact<br />

benefits that are aligned to driving a Just Energy Transition.<br />

Products<br />

Quiver Biomass Industries will produce value-added<br />

products for the following domestic and international<br />

markets:<br />

• Energy market: pellets and woodchips<br />

• Pyrolisis market: charcoal and activated-carbon<br />

products<br />

• Agricultural input market: soil additives and animal feeds<br />

• Carbon/compost market: biochar and sequestration<br />

products<br />

• Restoration market: landscape clearing and<br />

restoration products<br />

• Timber/fibre market: eco-furniture and innovative<br />

green building materials<br />

• Niche markets: biofuels and chemicals<br />

Quiver Green Group (Pty) Ltd is currently looking<br />

for future export markets to sell 10 000 tons of environmentally-friendly<br />

charcoal per annum, as well as<br />

export markets for its woodchips.<br />

Targeted sectors<br />

Primary: green economy and bioeconomy<br />

Secondary: cross-cutting sectors through value addition<br />

in manufacturing, trade and energy sectors<br />

Investment value<br />

Phase 1: R50-million<br />

Phase 2: R100-million<br />

Job creation<br />

Minimum of 16 rural micro-enterprises and 256 to<br />

500 direct and indirect jobs within five years from<br />

establishment.<br />

Project financed by<br />

Public-private-partnership (PPP); equity partners<br />

and investors; commercial companies; industrial<br />

companies. Advisors still required.<br />

Project status<br />

Prieska<br />

De Aar<br />

• Project feasibility and business case complete<br />

• Government approval and procurement stage<br />

Partnerships<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of Economic<br />

Development and Tourism and the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs,<br />

Rural Development and Land Reform.<br />

Project contacts<br />

Department of Economic Development<br />

and Tourism<br />

Director: Trade and Investment: R Warie<br />

Tel: 079 877 2828<br />

Quiver Green Group (Pty) Ltd<br />

Managing Director: P du Toit<br />

Tel: 078 600 5156<br />

Email: polycarpd@gmail.com

FOCUS<br />

Prieska Power Reserve<br />

Renewable energy will power an ammonia plant.<br />

The project, located within the industrial<br />

area of Prieska, was initiated by the Central<br />

Energy Corporation (CENEC) during<br />

2018 and developed in partnership with<br />

Mahlako A Phahla Investments (Pty) Ltd and the<br />

Industrial Development Corporation.<br />

The Prieska Power Reserve Project has been<br />

gazetted under Infrastructure South Africa as a<br />

Strategic Integrated Project (SIP).<br />

Description of the project<br />

The first phase of the project involves producing<br />

more than 77 000 tons of green ammonia per year,<br />

with a green hydrogen content of approximately<br />

13 800 tons per year from 2026.<br />

The project makes use of renewable energy<br />

sources, including 180MWp solar, fixed-tilt and<br />

single-axis tracking, 130MWp of wind and 110MWh<br />

of battery storage.<br />

Construction of the ammonia-production<br />

facility will begin in <strong>2023</strong> and will include a 140MW<br />

electrolyser and 300mtpd Ammonia Synthesiser,<br />

which will be operational in 2026.<br />

The project intends to incorporate next-generation<br />

technology that is more affordable and more<br />

efficient, hence unlocking additional economies of<br />

scale that will make the selling price competitive<br />

when compared to grey ammonia/hydrogen.<br />

Targeted sectors<br />

The project focuses on the following sectors: renewable<br />

energy; hydrogen fuel and ammonia fertiliser.<br />

Investment value<br />

Total value: R 10.7-billion<br />

Job creation<br />

Permanent employees: 300 post construction, supported<br />

by 25 young professionals and 75 artisans<br />

Project financed by<br />

Equity partners and investors; BBBEE equity partners<br />

and investors.<br />

Project status<br />

The Prieska Power Reserve Project is a Strategic<br />

Integrated Project (SIP). The project is far advanced under<br />

Feasibility Study with the main focus areas being:<br />

• Legal and spatial: land and environmental rights<br />

and permits<br />

• Statutory: SPV, structure and governance<br />

• Technical feasibility: detailed technical design<br />

and capital expenditure costing<br />

• Bankable financial model and structuring and<br />

arranging of debt and equity funding<br />

• Marketing: off-take agreements<br />

Partnerships<br />

Private developers and project owners: Central<br />

Energy Corporation and Mahlako A Phahla<br />

Investments (Pty) Ltd<br />

Development finance institutions: IDC<br />

Local government (land owner): Siyathemba Local<br />

Municipality<br />

Main project contacts<br />

Prieska Power Reserve, CENEC<br />

Director: Cobus Vermeulen<br />

Tel: 082 444 2219<br />

Email: cobus@cenec.com<br />

Prieska<br />

De Aar<br />

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Tourism<br />

Dark skies make for great stargazing.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> has long been known as the best location<br />

for astronomy. The town of Sutherland is the site of several<br />

huge optical telescopes that attract scientists and tourists<br />

every year.<br />

Even though the massive radio astronomy project under<br />

construction around Carnarvon, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA),<br />

does not need dark skies, the huge number of dishes spread across<br />

the countryside will probably start attracting its own quota of tourists.<br />

Rather than darkness, the SKA needs minimal radio interference and<br />

actually operates in daytime.<br />

The best kind of star-gazing can be enjoyed without any<br />

telescopes at all in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, so spectacular are the nightly<br />

displays in the wide-open outdoors. The view is wonderful, whether<br />

one is setting up a simple campsite or visiting the intriguing address<br />

of the !Kaus Lodge, 91st Dune, off the Auob River Road, Kgalagadi<br />

Transfrontier Park (pictured).<br />

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (with Botswana) encompasses<br />

3.7-million hectares, making it one of the biggest conservation areas<br />

in the world.<br />

There are six national parks in the province, each with distinct<br />

geographical and biological features. Most of the province lies in the<br />

Nama-Karoo Biome and the annual display of spring flowers is spectacular.<br />

The Kalahari in the north-east is home to many of the province’s biggest<br />

mines, but also to great numbers of raptors, vultures and owls.<br />

The Diamond Fields region contains the spectacular Big Hole, the<br />

Mokala National Park and portions of the famed South African War or<br />

Battlefields Route. The Magersfontein War Memorial is an iconic attraction.<br />


Visitors are spoilt for<br />

accommodation choices on<br />

the N12 entrance to Kimberley.<br />

The Karoo region encompasses<br />

the south-eastern portion of the<br />

province. While most of the region<br />

is dry, the Vanderkloof Dam is a<br />

major tourism asset.<br />

The Namakwa region is<br />

famous for its flowers, but it<br />

also hosts the South African<br />

Astronomical Observatory, several<br />

historic mission settlements,<br />

the Namaqua National Park and<br />

the awe-inspiring Richtersveld<br />

Transfrontier Park.<br />

The Richtersveld Cultural and<br />

Botanical Landscape is a UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Site. Springbok<br />

and Calvinia are the two major<br />

towns in this huge district, which<br />

is also the only <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

region with a coastline and soon<br />

to be the home of a new harbour.<br />

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Hotels<br />

Tourists approaching Kimberely from the south on the N12 highway<br />

(Memorial Road) are spoilt for accommodation choices. The<br />

Horseshoe Inn, with 63 rooms and two flats, is conveniently situated<br />

in terms of tourist amenities and the city centre. The Inn is wellknown<br />

as a wedding and conference facility and it is home to the<br />

Crazy Horse Steak Ranch.<br />

At the intersection with Landbou (the R31) is the Kalahari<br />

Lodge, with 30 rooms and further along the road is the Airport<br />

Hotel (52 rooms).<br />

The Flamingo Casino in Kimberley is run by Sun International and<br />

offers gaming tables, slot machines and conference facilities. The<br />

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley has 117 rooms and three suites<br />

and is located next to the Big Hole. Also near the capital city’s biggest<br />

attraction is the historic Kimberley Club Boutique Hotel. Tsogo Sun<br />

has two properties in Kimberley: a 135-room Garden Court and a 64-<br />

room budget hotel, SUN1.<br />

With eight properties in the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> covering a range<br />

of accommodation options<br />

from camping to hotels, the<br />

investment strategy of Country<br />

Hotels has reached maturity.<br />

The group also has hotels in<br />

the northern Western <strong>Cape</strong>,<br />

catering to the same market<br />

of flower-lovers and tourists<br />

in search of the beauty of arid<br />

landscapes.<br />

The riverside town of<br />

Upington has a large number<br />

of guesthouses and bed-andbreakfast<br />

establishments,<br />

together with a 90-room Protea<br />

Hotel by Marriott. ■<br />


<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Tourism Authority: www.northerncape.org.za<br />

Richtersveld: www.richtersveld-conservancy.org<br />

South African National Parks: www.sanparks.co.za<br />

World Wide Fund for Nature: www.wwf.org.za<br />

HORSESHOE INN – a Kimberley favourite<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s premier conference and function centre<br />

Country elegance, lush gardens and friendly personal<br />

service are hallmarks of the Horseshoe Inn.<br />

• Winner of the best conference and wedding centre in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> for four consecutive years.<br />

• Close to The Big Hole and the Hoffe Park Stadium.<br />

• Safe undercover parking and airport transfers.<br />

We are famous for our top-notch pub lunches at the Crazy<br />

Horse Restaurant and the ladies’ bar. Guests can enjoy the<br />

pool, relax over cocktails or experience a typical <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> BBQ at the Lapa.<br />

Accommodation<br />

Each of our 63 rooms and two spacious flats, which can<br />

accommodate 168 guests, was designed with maximum<br />

comfort in mind. Air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with<br />

shower, flat-screen TVs with DStv and tea/coffee-making<br />

facilities are standard room features.<br />

Weddings and functions<br />

We have catered for brides from Namibia all the way to <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Town. We are affiliated with the best wedding planners and<br />

our executive chef always delivers quality. We offer a wide<br />

range of services for every occasion from weddings to baby<br />

showers. We are the premier, all-inclusive conference, product<br />

launch and function centre in the province. Facilities are<br />

fully air-conditioned and equipped with TV monitors, video<br />

and overhead projectors, screens and flip charts. Our largest<br />

conference facility can accommodate 600 delegates cinemastyle<br />

and 350 people classroom-style. With more than 20382<br />

functions/conferences behind us, who can do it better?<br />

Contact us: Address: 101 Memorial Road, N12, Kimberley | Tel: +27 (53) 832 5267 | Email: recept@hsinn.co.za


Engineering<br />

The country’s first CSP power plant presents engineering challenges.<br />


The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of<br />

Roads and Public Works wants to<br />

build in-house capability.<br />

A<br />

complicated renewable energy construction contract near<br />

Postmasburg awarded to Grinkaker-LTA’s Civil Engineering<br />

division has given that company a foothold in the<br />

burgeoning new market.<br />

The Redstone Concentrated Solar Thermal (CSP) power plant<br />

project (pictured), the largest investment so far in terms of the<br />

South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer<br />

Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has Saudi Arabian and Chinese<br />

lead investors. It was ACWA Power and SEPCOIII Electric Power<br />

Construction Limited which chose Grinaker-LTA for the work, which<br />

includes constructing several structures for the thermal power plant<br />

for steam generation and pumps for molten salt. Tanks for hot and<br />

cold salt, water treatment, effluent collection and fire protection are<br />

further elements to the scope of work.<br />

The concentrated solar thermal power plant is equipped<br />

with a molten-salt central receiver and the 100MW Redstone CSP<br />

plant is designed to have 12 hours of full-load energy storage.<br />

It will deliver electricity supply to more than 200 000 homes<br />

during peak demand periods. Commercial operation is set to<br />

Credit: Grinaker-LTA<br />

begin towards the end of <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Local artisans have built<br />

telescopes for a radio telescope<br />

array project in the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong>. Drawn from the town of<br />

Carnarvon, the construction<br />

team grew to 20 at one point<br />

and has increased the skill levels<br />

of its members considerably.<br />

The 350-dish HERA project<br />

is led by the US National<br />

Science Foundation with the<br />

South Africa Radio Astronomy<br />

Observatory (SARAO) acting as<br />

the local partner, responsible<br />

for systems engineering and<br />

construction, among other<br />

duties. The Hydrogen Epoch<br />

of Reionization Array (HERA)<br />

is gathering data from a time<br />

in history further away from<br />

the present time than has ever<br />

been explored. The project<br />

should be complete in 2022 but<br />

data continues to be collected<br />

while construction continues.<br />

The HERA is a separate project<br />

to the much bigger Square<br />

Kilometre Array (SKA), which is<br />

under construction nearby.<br />

The construction timeline<br />

of the technically demanding<br />

and scientifically advanced SKA<br />

project is eight years, giving<br />

ample opportunity for specialist<br />

engineers to deploy their skills.<br />

International teams, including<br />

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FOCUS<br />

Maintenance, repair<br />

and overhauling<br />

MRO planned for Upington Airport.<br />

Prieska<br />

An investor has identified a need to develop<br />

an MRO in South Africa and the viable<br />

location for it is Upington due to its arid<br />

climate, long airport runaway (5km) and<br />

other factors. MRO stands for maintenance, repair<br />

and overhauling. The establishment of an Industrial<br />

Park in Upington is also a critical factor which could<br />

lead to the success of this project as it offers lucrative<br />

incentives and other enabling factors.<br />

The investor intends to develop an aviation park<br />

to accommodate maintenance, repairs and overhaul<br />

of aircraft and research and development. These activities<br />

will also include airline storage, dismantling,<br />

scrapping, painting and internal refurbishment.<br />

Targeted sector<br />

Aeronautics<br />

Nick Fewings on Unsplash<br />

Investment value<br />

The total value that is requiredd for the project is<br />

R800-million.<br />

Job creation<br />

A total of 400 jobs will be created by this project.<br />

Project financed by<br />

The project will be financed by the private<br />

sector with the government providing enabling<br />

infrastructure.<br />

Project status<br />

The business case and feasibility studies have been<br />

completed.<br />

Partnerships<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Economic Development, Trade<br />

and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA) is the<br />

project leader. Partnerships are envisaged with the<br />

private sector, provincial government, local government<br />

and state-owned enterprises.<br />

Contacts<br />

Upington Industrial Park, NCEDA<br />

Contact person: Mr Hendrik Louw<br />

Tel: +27 87 086 0365<br />

Mobile: +27 60 997 7222<br />

Email: houw416@gmail.com<br />

De Aar<br />

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South African engineers and scientists, have worked on the design<br />

phase of the latest in radio astronomy for many years, the result of<br />

which will see 197 dishes erected in South Africa (mostly around<br />

Carnarvon) and 131 072 antennas put up in Australia. South Africa<br />

has already erected 64 dishes, which make up the MeerKAT device.<br />

In South Africa, the South African Radio Astronomy<br />

Observatory (SARAO), a facility of the National Research<br />

Foundation, manages all radio astronomy initiatives and facilities<br />

in the country, including the MeerKAT in the Karoo.<br />

The SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope. In 2021,<br />

the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) officially came<br />

into operation. The SKAO, with a head office in London, is tasked<br />

with delivering and operating the SKA.<br />

Local communities are getting exposure to engineering as<br />

a result of the SKA project. The SARAO started offering artisan<br />

bursaries in 2011. More recently, the Klerefontein Training Centre<br />

was opened in Carnarvon, giving local high school pupils access to<br />

an accredited electrical engineering apprenticeship programme.<br />

The training programme will provide the MeerKAT and SKA<br />

radio telescopes with qualified artisans for their operations and<br />

maintenance.<br />

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and SKA<br />

are placing the recipients of bursaries in the data science<br />

programmes of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and other students<br />

of astronomy are enrolled at Rhodes University.<br />

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)<br />

has launched a branch in Kimberley. The SAIEE <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Centre will attend to the needs of members and hold events of<br />

interest related to electrical or electronic engineering. SAIEE has<br />

6 500 members around the country and is registered as a nonprofit<br />

voluntary association with ECSA (Engineering Council of<br />

South Africa).<br />

Innovation<br />

Part of a project to remodel the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department<br />

of Roads and Public Works (DRPW) aims to ensure that it has<br />

adequate in-house technical and engineering knowledge in<br />

infrastructure planning, design and project implementation<br />


Consulting Engineers South Africa: www.cesa.co.za<br />

South African Institute of Electrical Engineers: www.saiee.org.za<br />

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory: www.sarao.ac.za<br />

Southern African Institution of Civil Engineering: www.civils.org.za<br />

Technology Localisation Implementation Unit: www.tliu.co.za<br />

to enable it to complete<br />

important work.<br />

The DRPW is making 3D<br />

printing technology available<br />

to engineers and designers<br />

to allow them to create<br />

prototypes at lower cost. A<br />

feasibility study is underway<br />

on the establishment of a<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> state-owned<br />

construction company.<br />

The Coega Development<br />

Corporation is undertaking<br />

the study. Among the goals<br />

for such a company are the<br />

training of young people as<br />

artisans, building houses, roads<br />

and other infrastructure and<br />

incubation of small businesses.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Innovation Forum (NCIF) has<br />

been established to bring<br />

together all sectors of society in<br />

taking advantage of innovation<br />

and technology in the province.<br />

The NCIF falls under SPU, in<br />

partnership with the National<br />

Department of Science and<br />

Innovation (DSI) and the<br />

Localisation Implementation<br />

Unit of the Council for Scientific<br />

and Industrial Research (CSIR).<br />

Most of the new structures<br />

for the Sol Plaatje University<br />

were subject to architectural<br />

design competitions.<br />

From a total of 59 entries,<br />

nine architectural firms were<br />

selected to enter the second<br />

round of the competition with<br />

five firms chosen as winners<br />

to complete different aspects<br />

of the project. The Sol Plaatje<br />

University Library and Student<br />

Resource Centre earned<br />

Aurecon an award at the<br />

2018 CESA Aon Engineering<br />

Excellence Awards. ■<br />

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Development finance and<br />

SMME support<br />

Small businesses are getting a head start in renewable energy.<br />



<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Solar <strong>Business</strong> Incubator: www.nocsobi.org.za<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of Economic Development and Tourism:<br />

www.northern-cape.gov.za/dedat<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Economic Development Agency: www.nceda.co.za<br />


More than 50 SMMEs have<br />

received PV green-card training.<br />

Solar panels in Kuruman.<br />

Credit: E-Kalahari<br />

Although the arrival of wind turbines and solar farms has<br />

been good for the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> economy, more can<br />

be done to involve local residents in the business side of<br />

the renewable energy economy. There is a feeling that<br />

fractional community ownership and charitable trusts are not<br />

enough in themselves.<br />

To that end, the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> will be one of three provinces in<br />

which Skills Development Zones (SDZs) will be sited over the next five<br />

years, as part of the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan. National<br />

government has committed R1.6-billion to this project.<br />

As part of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s renewable energy strategy, SMMEs<br />

will be supported to become installers of rooftop solar PV panels. The<br />

support will enable small businesses to get loans and enter powerpurchase<br />

agreements. As of March <strong>2023</strong>, more than 50 SMMEs had<br />

received PV green-card training.<br />

In addition, <strong>2023</strong> will see the launch of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Solar<br />

<strong>Business</strong> Incubator (NOCSOBI). A provincial Contractor Development<br />

programme is working to help small contractors become competitive.<br />

The aim is to install 50 small contractors on an incubation programme<br />

where business skills will be taught.<br />

A fund has been launched to provide concessionary funding to local<br />

entrepreneurs. The R75-million <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Blended SMME Fund is a<br />

joint initiative of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism<br />

(DEDaT) and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and is part of a<br />

broader enterprise development programme. DEDaT is also partnering with<br />

the National Department of Telecommunications and Digital Technologies,<br />

the National Electronic Media Institute South Africa and the Vaal University<br />

of Technology to train unemployed young people in cellphone repairs.<br />

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) will spend<br />

about R4-billion on road maintenance and improvements in the<br />

province over three years. A sum of R50-million has been set aside for<br />

entry-level road maintenance subcontractors and of the R500-million<br />

to be spent on routine maintenance, something between 40% and<br />

60% will go to SMMEs. Operation Vala Zonke, the province’s potholerepair<br />

initiative, created more than<br />

120 jobs in the course of 2022. The<br />

province’s biggest new mine, the<br />

Vedanta Zinc International mine at<br />

Aggeneys, spends extensively on<br />

corporate social responsibility.<br />

SMMEs will be catered for in the<br />

planned Kathu Industrial Park which<br />

is being supported by the Industrial<br />

Development Corporation (IDC)<br />

and companies in the mining<br />

sector. The park’s infrastructure will<br />

enable smaller companies to be<br />

in a position to tender for supply<br />

contracts to mines.<br />

The Small Enterprise<br />

Development Agency (Seda) is a<br />

partner in the Kimberley incubation<br />

hub related to the Kimberley<br />

International Diamond and<br />

Jewellery Academy. The Kimberley<br />

Diamond and Jewellery Incubator<br />

(KIDJA) helps establish SMMEs,<br />

supports existing business and<br />

trains students. ■<br />

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Education and training<br />

Birthday gift boosts university access.<br />

With Sol Plaatje University celebrating its 10th anniversary<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>, the chances of indigenous young people being<br />

able to study on its campus have been boosted by<br />

large donations from two Anglo American subsidiaries.<br />

Kumba Iron Ore and De Beers Group are among the biggest<br />

mining companies active in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>. Their donations of<br />

R20-million and R5-million towards the university’s Lesedi La Afrika<br />

Fund will support scholarships and social impact projects. The fund<br />

has set a target of R100-million over the next three years.<br />

Qondakele Sompondo, Director for Institutional Advancement at<br />

SPU, said the funding would make a significant impact on the lives of<br />

the youth of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

“The plight of the youth in indigenous communities (Nama, San,<br />

Khoi and Griqua) and in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> is something that needs<br />

our urgent attention. Through the fund, we want to do something<br />

bigger than normal. We will award scholarships to augment what<br />

NSFAS is doing by funding the poorest of the poor,” he said.<br />

Speaking at a gala dinner hosted by SPU as part of its 10-year<br />

celebrations, Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch<br />

(pictured) reflected on the progress the university has made.<br />

“Sol Plaatje University started humble and built up to where it is<br />

today because of people wanting to bring change in the province<br />

and ultimately the country through the power of teaching and<br />

learning and producing graduates,” he said.<br />

SPU has seen major growth in its enrolment figures and staff<br />

recruitment in recent years, with 60% of its academic staff having<br />

PhDs. As part of its sustainable growth, the institution is committed<br />

to community engagement and scholarly activity. “The University<br />

should be embedded in the community and society and contribute<br />

towards producing knowledgeable graduates who plough back to<br />

their communities,” said Prof Crouch.<br />

For the <strong>2023</strong> academic year a total of 28 454 applications<br />

(undergraduate and postgraduate) were received by SPU. This is<br />

an increase of just under 9 000 against the applications received<br />

for 2022.<br />

Another milestone was reached in the university’s young history<br />

when the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) celebrated<br />

its first birthday, on 9 September 2022. The RVSC is not only SPU’s<br />

first research centre, it is also an important national resource, tasked<br />

with vital challenges that include understanding a changing planet,<br />

reducing the human footprint, adapting the way we live and<br />

innovating for sustainability.<br />


Climate change is a key focus<br />

of the Risk and Vulnerability<br />

Science Centre.<br />

With the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

being one of the most waterscarce<br />

territories in a waterscarce<br />

country, the unit’s location<br />

is highly relevant. RVSC is a<br />

programme of the Department of<br />

Science and Innovation under the<br />

Global Change Research Plan for<br />

South Africa – funded through the<br />

National Research Foundation’s<br />

Global Change programme.<br />

In 2022, a total of 11 897<br />

students enrolled to study at the<br />

province’s multi-campus Technical<br />

Vocational Education and Training<br />

(TVET) colleges.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Urban<br />

TVET College comprises three<br />

campuses in Kimberley: City<br />

Campus, Moremogolo Campus<br />

and Phatsimang Campus where<br />

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The Namaqualand campus of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Rural TVET College.<br />

teacher training is done. At City Campus, students have access to three<br />

departments: business studies, engineering studies and a business unit<br />

that organises short courses in partnership with various public and<br />

private partners.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Rural TVET College has campuses at Kathu,<br />

Upington, De Aar, Kuruman and Namaqualand.<br />

The Namaqualand Rural TVET College has been accredited<br />

as a Trade Test Centre for engineering trades. This will provide an<br />

opportunity for apprentices to be certified as artisans.<br />

These colleges offer students courses in finance, economics and<br />

accounting; engineering; IT and computer science; management;<br />

hospitality; marketing; and tourism. NCR TVET College has a variety of<br />

part-time programmes and short skills programmes delivered in the<br />

form of learnerships, internships or apprenticeships. This enables adults<br />

and employed people to study after hours or to do enrichment courses.<br />

Skills<br />

In 2022, collaborative efforts across the province lead to a total of<br />

11 852 unemployed youth benefitting from skills development<br />

programmes such as internships, learnerships, apprenticeship,<br />

artisanship, work-integrated learning and skills programmes (State of<br />

Province Address, March <strong>2023</strong>).<br />

The Provincial Government of the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> runs several<br />

skills programmes, including the Artisan Construction Programme,<br />

a three-year incubation programme aimed at young people, the<br />

Phakamile Mabija Apprenticeship (artisan incubation programme)<br />

and the S’hamba Sonke Contractor Development Programme.<br />

In terms of the Expanded Publics Works Programme, 65 570<br />


National Department of Science and Innovation: dsi.gov.za<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Department of Education: www.ncdoe.ncpg.gov.za<br />

Sol Plaatje University: www.spu.ac.za<br />

Square Kilometre Array: www.ska.ac.za<br />

work opportunities were created in<br />

2022 and in <strong>2023</strong> a total of 7 000<br />

Education Assistants and General<br />

School Assistants will be appointed<br />

in Phase IV of the Presidential<br />

Youth Employment Initiative.<br />

This began as a project related to<br />

coping with the stresses of the<br />

Covid-19 pandemic but has been<br />

retained to boost employment and<br />

support schools.<br />

In addition, agricultural<br />

graduates are placed in commercial<br />

enterprises for two years through<br />

the Comprehensive Agriculture<br />

Support Programme (CASP).<br />

The University of the Free State<br />

is running the ETDP SETA New<br />

Venture Creation Skills Programme<br />

and another programme, the UIF<br />

Skills Programme, offers training in<br />

civil construction, plant production,<br />

assistant-chef, animal production<br />

and arc-welding.<br />

Artisan training has benefitted<br />

from the presence of the Square<br />

Kilometre Array (SKA) project in<br />

Carnarvon. The new technical<br />

training centre has trained students<br />

as electricians, fitters and turners, in<br />

instrumentation, diesel mechanics,<br />

in IT and boiler-making, as well as<br />

in carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying<br />

and welding. With support from SKA,<br />

Carnarvon High School is the only<br />

school in the area offering maths<br />

and science. ■<br />






Sol Plaatje University is the first and only university in the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

As the region’s sole public Higher<br />

Education Institution, Sol Plaatje<br />

University (SPU) is committed to<br />

providing quality education and<br />

professional development opportunities<br />

that cater to the unique needs,<br />

competence, and characteristics of<br />

its community.<br />

Positioning itself as a niche university,<br />

SPU offers academic programmes of<br />

high intellectual nature in fields that<br />

align with the South African thrust<br />

to develop a nation that is proud of<br />

its heritage and roots. To this end,<br />

the university has honed its focus on<br />

areas such as teacher education, ICT<br />

and data science, heritage studies,<br />

paleo-sciences, and creative writing in<br />

African languages.<br />

SPU is driven by its vision to be<br />

critically engaged in learning, research,<br />

and development while enhancing<br />

democratic practice and social justice<br />

in society. In pursuit of this vision,<br />

SPU seeks to produce outstanding,<br />

internationally accredited graduates<br />

who are innovative, analytical, and<br />

articulate. These graduates are<br />

expected to harbour a life-long love<br />

of learning that will contribute to<br />

the advancement of international<br />

scholarship, the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, and<br />

Southern Africa as a whole.<br />

With consistent growth in student<br />

numbers and an expanding range of<br />

programmes, SPU has become a vital<br />

mechanism for uplifting the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> region and its residents. By<br />

offering academic programmes that<br />

meet the diverse needs of the local<br />

community, SPU fosters a sense of<br />

pride in the region’s heritage and roots<br />

while empowering students to become<br />

agents of change in their communities<br />

and beyond.<br />



For more information visit www.spu.ac.za

Recognising the need for a credible and accredited training and development<br />

partner in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>, SPU established the Centre for Continued<br />

Professional Development (CCPD). The CCPD aims to become the training and<br />

development partner of choice for both public and private sector employers in the<br />

region, co-creating courses and programmes tailored to their needs. In line with<br />

this vision, we are excited to introduce cutting-edge courses through the CCPD.<br />

The Centre provides short learning<br />

programmes taught by qualified<br />

academics, allowing you to benefit<br />

from our teaching and research<br />

excellence. Stay updated on the latest<br />

industry developments to enhance your<br />

expertise and employability.<br />

working professionals, students and the<br />

general public.<br />

All courses offered by the CCPD are<br />

subject to a rigorous internal quality<br />

assurance process at SPU and are fully<br />

certified by SPU.<br />

These courses are designed as ongoing<br />

educational training and support for<br />

For more information visit https://www.spu.ac.za/index.php/ccpd-homepage/

CCPD Short Courses<br />

All CCPD courses cater for a range of<br />

critical workplace skills and can be<br />

customised and offered on an in-house<br />

basis to employers, taking into account<br />

their operational imperatives.<br />

Our approach to continuous<br />

professional development is to help<br />

individuals become more confident,<br />

more reflective, more innovative and<br />

more engaged as a means to advance<br />

their careers, their organisations and<br />

the outcomes of the populations served<br />

through a future-oriented lens.<br />

Sol Plaatje University offers the following short courses:<br />












SSME’S<br />





















For more information on our courses and how to register, please contact ccpd@spu.ac.za.


Banking and finance<br />

Retail banking has taken on a new meaning.<br />

TymeBank, one of the newer entrants onto the South African<br />

banking scene, is taking the concept of “retail banking” to<br />

another level. Having run banking kiosks within retailers<br />

such as Pick n Pay and Boxer for several years, TymeBank<br />

has signed a deal with TFG, a group that has a big presence in the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

What used to be known as the Foschini Group has 34 brands,<br />

including Markhams, Totalsports, Jet and Dial a Bed, and 30-million<br />

customers. In the short term, TymeBank will have access to 600 TFG<br />

kiosks, taking the bank’s total in South Africa to 1 450.<br />

Another relatively new bank is Capitec. Investment holding<br />

company PSG has reduced its holding in Capitec Bank from 32% to<br />

4%, earning about R4-billion by selling those shares.<br />

Discovery Bank officially launched in March 2019 and is<br />

experiencing rapid growth with deposits of R3.7-billion. Discovery<br />

Bank is applying the behavioural model it uses in its health business<br />

to reward good financial behaviour.<br />

In 2022, financial services group Old Mutual received permission<br />

from the prudential authority of the South African Reserve Bank to<br />

apply for a banking licence. The bank will spend R1.75-billion on<br />

setting up the bank and intends to launch in 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

With the renewable energy sector booming in South Africa, a<br />

new sector in need of project funding has opened up for banks.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> has attracted a large number of independent<br />

power producers.<br />

South Africa’s four big retail banks (Nedbank, Absa, Standard<br />

Bank and First National Bank) have a solid presence in the major<br />

towns in the province.<br />

Most agricultural companies have financing and services<br />

divisions, as one would expect in a province with a strong and varied<br />

agricultural sector which exports much of its produce.<br />

The Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa<br />

(Land Bank) is a major participant in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> financial<br />

sector and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), as an<br />

equity investor, is another important player.<br />


Association for Savings and Investment South Africa: www.asisa.org.za<br />

Auditor-General of South Africa: www.agsa.co.za<br />

Banking Association South Africa: www.banking.org.za<br />


Old Mutual is to apply for a<br />

banking licence.<br />

The launch by Sanlam<br />

Investments of a Sustainable<br />

Infrastructure Fund is a sign of the<br />

times. The South African state has<br />

promised a huge infrastructure<br />

drive but in the context of climate<br />

change caused by the use of fossil<br />

fuels, the investment community<br />

is increasingly putting emphasis<br />

on sustainability. Sanlam Group<br />

will invest R6-billion in the fund<br />

and aims to attract a further R5-<br />

billion from institutional investors.<br />

Infrastructure South Africa<br />

(ISA) is actively involved in several<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> projects. A special<br />

purpose vehicle will be established,<br />

with development finance<br />

institutions, to tackle the backlog in<br />

school infrastructure and a similar<br />

idea underpins the financing of a<br />

rural roads programme. ■<br />

Credit: TymeBank<br />

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ICT<br />

Radio astronomy is driving demand for data analysts.<br />

Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is teaching data analytical skills<br />

to undergraduates and many of them are moving into the<br />

financial sector on graduation. Another area where these<br />

skills are in great demand is radio astronomy. One of the<br />

world’s great scientific ventures, the Square Kilometre Array radio<br />

telescope project, has been established near Carnarvon and the<br />

amount of data that it will generate is so great that it is difficult to<br />

comprehend. Many data analysts will be needed.<br />

Another contribution by SPU to the acquiring of digital skills goes<br />

beyond the confines of the campus through Hackathons, VacWork<br />

programmes and skills development outreach projects. This is done<br />

in collaboration with lecturers, Geekulcha students and the NCDev<br />

ecosystem (the first app developer ecosystem in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>).<br />

Galeshewe now has its own mLab for applications development,<br />

thanks to a partnership between the provincial government, the<br />

National Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Community Education and Training College. The<br />

syllabus will be aligned to the National Qualifications Framework<br />

(NQF) and skills such as building WordPress websites, social-media<br />

marketing and developing mobile apps will be tested at Youth<br />

Service Centres.<br />

Mobile phone companies Vodacom and MTN will spend R410-<br />

million in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> in <strong>2023</strong>. Vodacom Central Region’s<br />

investment of R230-million is to expand broadband coverage<br />

in deep rural areas, to upgrade base station sites and network<br />

resilience. MTN has built five new connectivity sites and is planning<br />

to build a further 25 new connectivity sites and modernise 48 sites<br />

at an estimated cost of R180-million.<br />

Vodacom is partnering with the provincial government in the<br />

provision of digital call centres for emergency medical services (EMS)<br />

in Upington and Kimberley. Calls received have increased by 7 000 per<br />

month and response times for ambulances have improved dramatically.<br />

The Bokamoso Digital Health Strategy is connecting health facilities to<br />

a centralised system. In the course of <strong>2023</strong>, Sub-Saharan Africa’s first<br />

Health Informatics Unit and the Provincial Health Emergency Operations<br />


National Department of Science and Innovation: www.dsi.gov.za<br />

Sol Plaatje University: www.spu.ac.za<br />

Square Kilometre Array: www.ska.ac.za<br />

Technology Innovation Agency: www.tia.org.za<br />


A data-driven health emergency<br />

operations centre is to be launched.<br />

Centre (PHOEC) will be launched in<br />

the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>.<br />

The Provincial Government,<br />

with the World Health Organization,<br />

has established the unit in order to<br />

improve health management, data<br />

analysis, planning, emergency and<br />

disaster response.<br />

The SA Connect Project is<br />

set to create 1 599 new sites for<br />

Phase Two of the project over<br />

three years to 2025 in clinics and<br />

schools. The Office of the Premier,<br />

together with the Centre for<br />

Public Service Innovation (CPSI), is<br />

leading a project to create a digital<br />

Thusong Service Centre app. The<br />

app will take government services<br />

to cell phones. ■<br />

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Kareeberg Municipality<br />

Umsobomvu Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 382 3012 | Fax: +27 53 382 3142<br />

Tel: +27 51 753 0777/8 | Fax: +27 51 753 0574<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Local Government<br />

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

A guide to district and local municipalities in the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Province.<br />

Renosterberg Municipality<br />


Tel: FRANCES +27 53 663 BAARD 0041 | Fax: DISTRICT +27 53 663 0180 MUNICIPALITY<br />

Website: Physical www.renosterbergmunicipality.gov.za<br />

address: 51 Drakensberg Avenue,<br />

Carters Glen, Kimberley 8301<br />

Siyancuma Municipality<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X6088, Kimberley 8300<br />

Tel: +27 +27 53 53 298838 18100911 | Fax: | Fax: +27 53 +27 29853 3141 861 1538<br />

Website: www.siyancuma.gov.za<br />

www.francesbaard.gov.za<br />

Siyathemba Dikgatlong Municipality<br />

Tel:<br />

Tel:<br />

+27<br />

+27<br />

53<br />

53<br />

353<br />

531<br />

5300<br />

6500<br />

| Fax:<br />

|<br />

+27<br />

Fax:<br />

53<br />

+27<br />

353<br />

53<br />

1386<br />

531 06<strong>24</strong><br />

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

www.dikgatlong.co.za<br />

Thembelihle Municipality<br />

Magareng Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 203 0008/5 | Fax: +27 53 203 0490<br />

Tel: +27 53 497 3111/2/3 | Fax: +27 53 497 4514<br />

Website: thembelihlemunicipality.gov.za<br />

Website: www.magareng.gov.za<br />

Ubuntu Municipality<br />

Phokwane Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 621 0026 | Fax: +27 53 621 0368<br />

Website:<br />

Tel: +27<br />

www.ubuntu.gov.za<br />

53 474 9700 | Fax: +27 53 474 1768<br />

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

Sol Plaatje Municipality<br />

Motorway<br />

Main Road<br />

Tel: NORTHERN +27 53 CAPE 830 PROVINCE 6911/6100 | Fax: +27 53 833 1005<br />

Railway<br />

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



Rietfontein<br />

Physical address: 4 Federal Mynbou Street,<br />

Van Zylsrus<br />


Askham<br />

Hotazel<br />

Kuruman 8460<br />

Kuruman<br />

Postal address: PO Box 1480, Kuruman 8460 R31<br />

Sishen<br />

Tel: +27 53 712 8700 | Fax: N10 +27 53 712<br />

N14<br />

2502<br />

R31<br />

Website: www.taologaetsewe.gov.za<br />

Augrabies<br />

Alexander Bay<br />

N<br />

Vioolsdrif<br />

Port Nolloth<br />

Steinkopf N14<br />

Gamagara Nababeep Municipality<br />

Okiep<br />

Springbok<br />

Kleinsee<br />

Strydenburg<br />

N7<br />

Tel: +27 53 723 6000 | Fax: Van +27 Wyksvlei 53 723 2021<br />

Kamieskroon<br />

Brandvlei<br />

Hondeklipbaai<br />

Vosburg<br />

Website:<br />

Garies<br />

www.gamagara.gov.za<br />

Loeriesfontein<br />

Nieuwoudtville Williston<br />

R27<br />

Ga-Segonyana Municipality<br />

Calvinia<br />

Vredendal<br />

Vanrhynsdorp<br />

Upington<br />

Keimoes<br />

Kakamas<br />

Kenhardt<br />

Fraserburg<br />

Marydale<br />

Carnarvon<br />

N7<br />

Tel: +27 53 712 9300 Clanwilliam| Fax: +27 53 712 3581<br />

Beaufort West<br />

Sutherland<br />

Website: www.ga-segonyana.gov.za<br />

Saldanha<br />

R27<br />

Onseepkans<br />

Pofadder<br />

N7<br />

R44 Worcester<br />

R62<br />

Joe Morolong Paarl Municipality<br />

N1<br />


R45<br />

Union’s End<br />

N14<br />

Western <strong>Cape</strong><br />


Loxton<br />

Oudtshoorn<br />

George<br />

Prieska<br />

Douglas<br />

Victoria West<br />

N1<br />

Three Sisters<br />

Campbell<br />

Hopetown<br />

N15<br />

Stellenbosch<br />

Knysna<br />

N2<br />

Tel: +27 53 773 9300 | Fax: +27 53 Mossel 773 Bay<br />

Caledon<br />

9350<br />

Hermanus<br />

Website: www.joemorolong.gov.za<br />

R63<br />

N1<br />

N12<br />

Postmasburg Ulco Barkly West<br />

Groblershoop<br />

N10<br />

R63<br />

N12<br />

N2<br />

N9<br />

N12<br />

North West<br />

N12<br />

Britstown<br />

De Aar<br />

Hartswater<br />

Petrusville<br />

Hanover<br />

Ritchie<br />

Richmond<br />

R63<br />

Willowmore<br />

Vryburg<br />

N14<br />

Warrenton<br />

Christiana<br />

R64<br />


N10<br />

Free State<br />

R48<br />

Colesberg<br />

N1 N9<br />

Noupoort<br />

Middelburg<br />

N9<br />

Eastern <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Graaff-Reinet<br />

Somerset East<br />

R75<br />

N18<br />

N8<br />

Uitenhage<br />


Jeffreys Bay<br />

69<br />

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

Physical NAMAKWA address: Cnr DISTRICT Nelson Mandela MUNICIPALITY<br />

Avenue and Upington Road,<br />

Upington Physical 8801 address: Van Riebeeck Street,<br />

Tel: Springbok +27 54 3378<strong>24</strong>0<br />

2800 | Fax: +27 54 337 2888<br />

Website: Postal address: www.zfm-dm.co.za Private Bag X20, Springbok 8<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Tel: +27 27 712 8000 | Fax: +27 27 712 8040<br />

Dawid<br />

Email: info@namakwa-dm.gov.za<br />

Kruiper Municipality<br />

Tel: Website: +27 54 338 www.namakwa-dm.gov.za<br />

7001<br />

Fax: +27 54 531 0019<br />

Website: Hantam www.dkm.gov.za Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 27 341 8500 | Fax: +27 27 341 8501<br />

Kai! Garib Municipality<br />

Website: www.hantam.gov.za<br />

Tel: +27 54 461 6400 / 6700 | Fax: +27 54 461 6401<br />

Website: Kamiesberg www.kaigarib.gov.za Municipality<br />

Kgatelopele<br />

Tel: +27 27 652<br />

Municipality<br />

8000 | Fax: +27 27 652 8001<br />

Website: www.kamiesberg.gov.za<br />

Tel: +27 54 384 8600 | Fax: +27 53 384 0326<br />

Website:<br />

Karoo<br />

www.kgatelopele.gov.za<br />

Hoogland Municipality<br />

!Kheis Tel: +27 Municipality<br />

53 285 0998<br />

Fax: +27 53 391 3294<br />

Tel: +27 54 833 9500 | Fax: +27 54 833 0690<br />

Website: www.karoohoogland.gov.za<br />

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

Tsantsabane Khâi-Ma Municipality Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 +27 5354 313933 73001000<br />

Fax: +27 +27 5354 313933 16020252<br />

Website: Website: www.tsantsabane.gov.za<br />

www.khaima.gov.za<br />



Western <strong>Cape</strong><br />


North West<br />

Free State<br />

Eastern <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Limpopo<br />


Mpumalanga<br />

Gauteng<br />

SWAZI-<br />

LAND<br />



KwaZulu-<br />

Natal<br />




Nama Khoi Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 27 718 8100 | Fax: +27 27 712 1635<br />

Website: www.namakhoi.gov.za<br />

Richtersveld Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 27 851 1111 | Fax: +27 27 851 1101<br />

Website: www.richtersveld.gov.za<br />


Physical address: Cnr Nelson Mandela Avenue and<br />

Upington Road, Upington 8801<br />

Tel: +27 54 337 2800 | Fax: +27 54 337 2888<br />

Website: www.zfm-dm.co.za<br />



Physical address: Culvert Road, Industrial<br />

Area, De Aar 7000<br />

Tel: +27 53 631 0891 | Fax: +27 53 631 2529<br />

Website: www.pksdm.gov.za<br />

Emthanjeni Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 632 9100 | Fax: +27 53 631 0105<br />

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

Kareeberg Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 382 3012 | Fax: +27 53 382 3142<br />

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

Renosterberg Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 663 0041 | Fax: +27 53 663 0180<br />

Siyancuma Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 298 1810 | Fax: +27 53 298 3141<br />

Website: www.siyancuma.gov.za<br />

Siyathemba Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 492 3394 | Fax: +27 53 353 1386<br />

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

Thembelihle Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 203 0008/5 | Fax: +27 53 203 0490<br />

Website: thembelihlemunicipality.gov.za<br />

Ubuntu Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 621 0026 | Fax: +27 53 621 0368<br />

Website: www.ubuntu.gov.za<br />

Umsobomvu Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 51 753 0777/8 | Fax: +27 51 753 0574<br />

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

The offices of the ZF Mgcawu District<br />

Municipality are in Upington.<br />

Dawid Kruiper Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 54 338 7000<br />

Fax: +27 54 338 7350<br />

Website: www.dkm.gov.za<br />

Kai! Garib Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 54 461 6400 / 6700 | Fax: +27 54 461 6401<br />

Website: www.kaigarib.gov.za<br />

Kgatelopele Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 54 384 8600 | Fax: +27 53 384 0326<br />

Website: www.kgatelopele.gov.za<br />

!Kheis Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 54 833 9500 | Fax: +27 54 833 0690<br />

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

Tsantsabane Municipality<br />

Tel: +27 53 313 7300 | Fax: +27 53 313 1602<br />

Website: www.tsantsabane.gov.za<br />

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<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong><br />

Provincial Government<br />

A guide to the <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>’s provincial government departments.<br />

Provincial government website: www.northern-cape.gov.za<br />

Office of the Premier<br />

Premier: Dr Zamani Paul<br />

Tel: 053 838 2900 / 838 2708 | Fax: 053 838 2690<br />

PBag X5016, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Poppy Mathakgane<br />

Tel: 082 647 4699<br />

Email: lmathakgane@ncpg.gov .za<br />

Department of Agriculture,<br />

Environmental Affairs, Rural<br />

Development and Land Reform<br />

MEC: Mase Manopole<br />

Tel: 053 838 9107 / 053 838 9165 | Fax: 053 832 4328<br />

PBag X5018, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Tlale Saane<br />

Tel: 066 488 7738<br />

Email: msaane@ncpg.gov.za<br />

Department of Cooperative Governance,<br />

Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs<br />

MEC: Bentley Vass<br />

Tel: 053 830 9422/4 | Fax: 053 831 4832<br />

Alternates: 086 205 9798 / 086 5622 651 /<br />

053 831 2904<br />

PBag X5005, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Mr Jeffrey Saal<br />

Tel: 082 922 4728<br />

Email: jsaal@ncpg.gov.za<br />

Department of Education<br />

MEC: Zolile Monakali<br />

Tel: 053 830 7160 | Fax: 053 830 7177<br />

PBag X5023, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Sharon Plaatjies<br />

Tel: 072 068 8410<br />

Email: sharon.plaatjies@ncdoe.gov.za<br />

Department of Health<br />

MEC: Maruping Matthews Lekwene<br />

Tel: 053 830 2000 | Fax: 053 833 1925<br />

PBag X5049, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Nicky Hlakudi<br />

Tel: 067 941 5917<br />

Email: mhlakudi@ncpg.gov.za<br />

Department of Finance, Economic<br />

Development and Tourism<br />

MEC: Mr Abraham Vosloo<br />

Tel: 053 833 9496 | Fax: 053 832 2672<br />

State House: 060 577 3311<br />

PBag X5054, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Anthea Van Wyk<br />

Tel: 066 599 9099<br />

Email: antheav80@gmail.com<br />

Department of Roads and Public Works<br />

MEC: Ms Fufe Makatong<br />

Tel: 053 839 2285 | Fax: 053 839 2289<br />

PBag X5065, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Phumza Mdibe<br />

Tel: 060 997 5299<br />

Email: pmdibe@ncpg.gov.za<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

MEC: Ms Nontobeko Vilakazi<br />

Tel: 053 807 5600 | Fax: 053 807 5603<br />

PBag X6110, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Alfreda Skermand<br />

Tel: 053 807 5600 / 082 876 5985<br />

Email: askermand@ncpg.gov.za<br />

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture<br />

MEC: Ms Desery Wellin Fienies<br />

Tel: 053 831 4152 | Fax: 053 833 1454<br />

PBag X6091, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Mr Loyiso Busa<br />

Tel: 061 319 4288<br />

Email: loyisocosby@gmail.com<br />

Department of Transport, Safety and<br />

Liaison<br />

MEC: Ms Nomandla Bloem<br />

Tel: 053 839 1700 | Fax: 053 832 4<strong>24</strong>9<br />

PBag X1368, Kimberley 8300<br />

PA: Ms Keabetswe (Kea) Modise<br />

Tel: 053 839 1719 / 073 899 9132<br />

Email: kamodise@ncpg.gov.za

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Chamber<br />

of Commerce and<br />

Industry<br />

Your ultimate business connection.<br />


Affiliated to SACCI and SBI<br />

Our heritage in brief<br />

NOCCI was established on 22 February 2000<br />

when the Chamber of <strong>Business</strong> and the Kimberley<br />

Afrikaanse Sakekamer amalgamated. At the time,<br />

these two organisations had served the business<br />

community of Kimberley for 120 years.<br />

Membership advantages<br />

A Chamber assesses and evaluates the needs of the<br />

local business community, in particular the need for<br />

services to small business at a reasonable cost:<br />

• Monitors developments at the local level<br />

• Mobilises business opinion on local issues<br />

• Exerts a positive influence on the environment in<br />

which business operates and helps prospective<br />

members grow their business<br />

• Promotes and encourages the pursuit of a high<br />

standard of business ethics<br />

• Disseminates information that is useful to the<br />

business fraternity<br />

• Creates opportunities for improving business skills<br />

• Extends business contacts locally, regionally and<br />

nationally, and allows individual businesspeople<br />

to share in the provincial and national business<br />

decision-making processes<br />

• Upholds the market economy and private<br />

enterprise system<br />

• Has committees which are ideal places for members<br />

of diverse interests to consolidate and unify<br />

their thinking as they work together – committees<br />

accurately sense the environment, process<br />

information and provide valuable guidance to<br />

the member<br />

• Holds functions and special events, allowing members<br />

to network and learn about interesting topics<br />

Can you afford not to belong?<br />

The increasingly complex business and social<br />

environment requires a comprehensive support<br />

structure to ensure the most favourable climate for<br />

the continued viable existence of individual businesses<br />

in a system of free enterprise. At the same time,<br />

the Chamber movement facilitates adjustment by<br />

business to those realities that cannot be altered.<br />

Involvement in the Chamber movement bears abundant<br />

fruit for the well-being of each business. If you are a<br />

businessperson with vision, you cannot afford not to<br />

join the Chamber movement.<br />

Executive Committee<br />

of NOCCI<br />

President: Mr Pieter<br />

Botha (Nedbank)<br />

1st Vice-Chairperson:<br />

Vice President: Mr Francois<br />

du Toit (Cooling Solutions)<br />

2nd Vice-Chairperson: Mrs<br />

Bianca Botha (Defensor)<br />

Treasurer: Mrs Renel-Mari Nel (Neoteric Accountants)<br />

Executive members: Jackie Gagiano (Redspot Marketing<br />

Solutions); Harry Hurndall (Roburn Construction); Lian<br />

Laing (Ekapa); Peter Michael Salo (Capption); Jan Kruger<br />

(GWK); Hamman Kriel (NEASA); Wickus Coetzee (Scorp<br />

Security); Louw Van Rheenen (Beefmaster). ■<br />

Contact info<br />

Sharon Steyn, CEO<br />

CEO NOCCI, Kimberley: Sharon Steyn<br />

Tel: +27 53 831 1081 | Fax: +27 53 831 1082<br />

Cell: 083 457 8148 | Email: Sharon@nocci.co.za<br />

Website: www.nocci.co.za

Fast-tracking projects<br />

and lowering the cost<br />

of doing business<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> Economic Development<br />

Agency (NCEDA) is the host of the <strong>Northern</strong><br />

<strong>Cape</strong> InvestSA One Stop Shop.<br />

The InvestSA One Stop Shop initiative<br />

is geared towards providing investors with services<br />

to fast-track projects and reduce government red<br />

tape when establishing a business. It is part of the<br />

government’s drive to become investor friendly by<br />

improving the business environment by lowering<br />

the cost of doing business as well as making the<br />

process easier.<br />

One Stop Shops house government entities<br />

such as the South African Revenue Service (to help<br />

with customs and tax), Home Affairs, Environmental<br />

Affairs, Eskom and the Companies and Intellectual<br />

Properties Commission under one roof.<br />

An investor can make an appointment, meet a<br />

government representative and be guided by the<br />

representative through the process of setting up a<br />

business. The One Stop Shops simplify administrative<br />

procedures for issuing business approvals, permits and<br />

licences and thereby remove bottlenecks that investors<br />

may face in establishing and running businesses.<br />

The offering includes, but is not limited to:<br />

• Providing an accessible entry point for investors<br />

in need of regulatory compliance.<br />

• Enhancing regulatory and legal processes.<br />

• Improving approval turnaround timeframes.<br />

• Providing information on incentives (tax, land,<br />

training, free trade zones, etc).<br />

• Providing pre-approval information (market<br />

data, costs, incentives, project approval, local<br />

partners, etc).<br />

• Providing post-approval information (facilitation<br />

of permit approvals, information relating to<br />

import of equipment and raw materials, central<br />

bank profit repatriation, etc) to investors.<br />

Participating national government entities<br />

• InvestSA is a division of the South African<br />

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition<br />

(the dtic)<br />

• <strong>Business</strong> registry: Companies and Intellectual<br />

Property Commission (CIPC)<br />

• Tax authority: South African Revenue Service (SARS)<br />

• International Trade Administration Commission<br />

(ITAC)<br />

• National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications<br />

(NRCS)<br />

• Public electricity utility: Eskom<br />

• Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA)<br />

Visa facilitation<br />

Visa and permit applications can be made at Visa and<br />

Permit Facilitation Centres. Applications are then assessed<br />

by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Non-South<br />

Africans with a legal residency permit in South Africa can<br />

apply for a visa or permit at these centres.<br />

There are centres in every province. In the<br />

<strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> there is a facility in Kimberley. The<br />

South African government is reviewing its critical<br />

skills list as well as taking steps to make it easier for<br />

people who qualify to apply.<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> invitation<br />

The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> InvestSA One Stop Shop and NCEDA<br />

team can advise you on investment opportunities and<br />

assist investment and trade opportunities from the<br />

same offices. The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong> team is committed<br />

and qualified to assist and guide you from concept to<br />

investment phase.<br />

We look forward to hearing from you and partnering<br />

with you to make your investment a success! ■<br />

Contact details<br />

Mr Hendrik Louw, Acting CEO, NCEDA<br />

Address: DCS Office Block, Floor 1, 69 Memorial Road Kimberley, 8301<br />

Tel: +27 87 086 0365 | +27 60 997 7222<br />

Email: officeoftheceo@nceda.co.za | info@investsanc.co.za<br />

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

“The <strong>Northern</strong> <strong>Cape</strong>: A Modern, Growing and Successful Province”

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