Frances Baard District Municipality Investment Prospectus

Frances Baard District Municipality is open for business. Frances Baard District is nestled in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Cape Province. It shares its northern borders with the North West Province and its eastern border with the Free State Province. The municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape, making up only 3% of its geographical area. Investors are welcome in this district that is guided by a community-focussed Integrated Development Plan. The geographic location of the Northern Cape provides easy access to SADC markets and export ports via sea and air. The entry points in terms of access to Namibia and Botswana, extending to Zambia, provide a unique competitive advantage.

Frances Baard District Municipality is open for business. Frances Baard District is nestled in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Cape Province. It shares its northern borders with the North West Province and its eastern border with the Free State Province. The municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape, making up only 3% of its geographical area. Investors are welcome in this district that is guided by a community-focussed Integrated Development Plan.

The geographic location of the Northern Cape provides easy access to SADC markets and export ports via sea and air. The entry points in terms of access to Namibia and Botswana, extending to Zambia, provide a unique competitive advantage.


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1 FOREWORD<br />

Councillor Unondumiso Buda, Executive Mayor of the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong><br />

<strong>Municipality</strong>, says that investors are welcome<br />




<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is an attractive destination for investment in<br />

multiple sectors<br />


Economic, gross domestic product and labour market<br />

6 WELCOME<br />

Key projects and strategies will stimulate economic growth, writes Municipal<br />

Manager, Mamikie Bogatsu<br />


<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> supports a diverse economy, ranging from<br />

primary to tertiary sectors<br />


The area has well-irrigated soils, limestone deposits and a rich heritage<br />


The story of diamonds is embedded in the district’s towns<br />


12 TOURISM: Battlefields Route<br />

13 TOURISM: Go! Ghaap Route<br />


Breeding high-quality businesses<br />


Excellent investment opportunities occur throughout the district<br />






IMAGE CREDITS: Cover: Solar farm, Droogfontein Solar Power; Big Hole, Mittah Seperepere International Convention<br />

Centre, flamingos, Northern Cape Tourism Authority (NCTA). Back cover: Graeme Williams/Brand SA. Other: Barkly<br />

West bridge, Kimberley Elephant/WikiCommons; builders at work, Graeme Williams/Brand SA; Canteen Kopje<br />

memorial, Janek Szymanowski/WikiCommons; diamond mining, Ekapa Mining; Flamingo Casino, Sun International;<br />

Magersfontein memorial, David Slingsby/WikiCommons; meat processing, Beefmaster; onions, Wildeklawer; Pecan<br />

nuts, GWK; stallion, Mauritzfontein; Sol Plaatje University stairs and courtyard, Savage + Dodd Architects; Vaalharts<br />

Irrigation Scheme, Aurecon; Vaal River bridge, Col Andre Kritzinger, WikiCommons; Vaalharts weir, African Safaris; all<br />

other images, NCTA. Layout & design: Salmah Brown<br />

Produced by Global Africa Network

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Councillor Unondumiso Buda, Executive Mayor of the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong><br />

<strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong>, says that investors are welcome in a district that<br />

is guided by a community-focussed Integrated Development Plan.<br />

<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> is nestled in the north-eastern corner of the<br />

Northern Cape Province and comprises four local municipalities,<br />

Dikgatlong, Magareng, Phokwane and Sol Plaatje. The <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong><br />

<strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is a Category C municipality. It shares its northern<br />

borders with the North West Province and its eastern border with the<br />

Free State Province. The municipality is the smallest district in the<br />

Northern Cape, making up only 3% of its geographical area.<br />

The mandate of the district municipality stipulates that we must<br />

be committed to working with citizens and groups within the<br />

community to find sustainable ways of meeting their social, economic<br />

and material needs and improving the quality of their lives. As the<br />

executive mayor of the district municipality, I therefore have an<br />

obligation to help build the economy of the district.<br />

Regardless of the economic challenges faced in the district such<br />

as unemployment, a high repo rate, low economic growth and the<br />

Covid-19 pandemic, <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> continues<br />

to provide services to the community with the available limited<br />

resources at our disposal.<br />

Executive Mayor, Councillor Unondumiso Buda<br />

<strong>Investment</strong>s such as the Droogfontein Solar Power plant are<br />

bringing benefits to local businesses.<br />

We strive to promote sound financial management and good<br />

governance to perform and sustain our developmental role. In order<br />

to do this, Council follows a practice of sound, conservative budgeting,<br />

aimed at enhancing financial resources through controlling costs to<br />

the minimum necessary expenditure. Council also utilises all possible<br />

sources of external financing to supplement its own infrastructure<br />

investment strategies, including the use of state grants.<br />

Council’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) remains one of our<br />

key priorities and as such we have adopted the Five-Year IDP for the<br />

district municipality, which represents the wishes of the communities<br />

in the district. It is therefore the main tool that we use to guide our<br />

operations. The IDP and budget of the district municipality have<br />

always been externally focussed.<br />

I speak on behalf of Council when I say that it has reaffirmed our<br />

commitment to ensure that we play our role in ensuring that we<br />

support the provision of basic services to our people in the district.<br />

We remain ever-cognisant of our vision to improve the lives of our<br />

communities and to make the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> the place of<br />

choice to live and work.<br />

I wish to emphasise that the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is<br />

open for business. We are proud of what we have achieved in the<br />

district and our constant challenge is to continue to find new ways to<br />

maximise the potential of this growing community.<br />

I thank you. Ke a Leboga. Baie dankie

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NORTHERN CAPE is unique as a trade and investment destination.<br />

Its vast geographical extent<br />

and natural resources, complemented<br />

by human capacity<br />

and sound infrastructure, offer<br />

its partners a wide array<br />

of attractive trade and investment<br />

opportunities meeting<br />

global standards.<br />

The geographic location of<br />

the Northern Cape provides<br />

easy access to SADC markets<br />

and export ports via sea<br />

and air. The entry points in<br />

terms of access to Namibia<br />

and Botswana, extending to<br />

Zambia, provide a unique<br />

competitive advantage.<br />

The mineral profile of the<br />

Northern Cape has contributed<br />

to the establishment<br />

of global trade centres such<br />

as London and New York<br />

through diamond resources<br />

and mining listings. In<br />

addition to being for many<br />

years the leading source of<br />

diamonds, the province is a<br />

key iron ore and manganese<br />

producer, which is complemented<br />

by lime, granite, semi-precious stones and other minerals.<br />

The mining sector continues to expand, and with it opportunities in<br />

mining supplies and mineral value addition.<br />

The South African government has prioritised the diversification of<br />

energy sources to supply the national grid, and the focus on renewable<br />

energy has stimulated the demand for solar, wind, hydro and<br />

biomass energy sources.<br />

No province is better equipped in these fields than the Northern<br />

Cape, which has become the preferred investment destination for<br />

renewable energy companies. Growth in the energy sector has stimulated<br />

the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, which in turn has<br />

stimulated the development of infrastructure and services. Key projects<br />

include the Boegoebaai deep-sea port, Kathu Industrial Park,<br />

Upington Industrial Park and Vioolsdrif Dam. These projects are<br />

complemented by a well-developed settlement, transport and communication<br />

network. Huge opportunities also exist in value addition<br />

to the Northern Cape’s agricultural and mineral resources. These<br />

developments, opportunities and the associated business travel will<br />

undoubtedly contribute significantly to the further growth in travel<br />

and tourism into and within the province. To respond effectively to<br />

this growth in tourism demand and remain globally competitive, the<br />

province needs to attract suitable and sustainable investment across<br />

the tourism and other sectors.<br />

Human capital is key to the sustainable development of any<br />

region and the Northern Cape boasts the newly established<br />

Sol Plaatje University and enjoys representation through<br />

technology stations of other universities including Unisa and<br />

the Vaal University of Technology.<br />

The province is also served by a well-established multi-campus<br />

Technical Education and Vocational Training College.<br />

Further investments in building the requisite skills and capacities<br />

to meet the demands of our province’s growth and development<br />

are critical.<br />

Provincial and local government organs in the Northern Cape<br />

underpin all the potential of the province, and are dedicated to<br />

ensuring a sound, safe and well-governed investment destination.



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An attractive destination for investment in multiple sectors.<br />

Towns: Barkly West, Delportshoop, Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp,<br />

Kimberley, Pampierstat, Ritchie, Warrenton, Windsorton.This district<br />

accounts for 40.3% of the province’s economic activity. Strategically<br />

located and with good infrastructure, Kimberley is the leading centre<br />

in the province for retail, financial services, education, commerce<br />

and light industry. The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre is the<br />

largest convention centre in the province and can host up to 2<br />

500 people in the main auditorium. A number of hotels and lodges<br />

support a thriving tourism sector, including Sun International’s<br />

Flamingo Casino, pictured, Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley, the<br />

Horseshoe Inn and Conference Centre and the Kimberley Club<br />

Boutique Hotel. Southern Sun offers a Garden Court and a SUN1. A<br />

major attraction in the provincial capital is the Big Hole, scene of the<br />

earliest diamond diggings in South Africa.<br />

Kimberley also hosts the Sol Plaatje University and two campuses<br />

of the Northern Cape Urban TVET College. Mining and agriculture are<br />

found in rural municipalities. Afrisam runs a large mining operation<br />

in the centre of the district. Agriculture in the region comprises crop<br />

cultivation and stock and game farming. The Vaalharts Irrigation<br />

Scheme, the largest irrigation project of its kind in the southern<br />

hemisphere, allows for the large-scale cultivation of fruit, nuts,<br />

cotton, olives and maize. Pecan nuts are a strong growth subsector.<br />



• Big Hole Precinct upgrade and expansion<br />

• Mayibuye Precinct upgrade and expansion<br />

• Several major housing projects<br />

Further opportunities can be found in renewable energy (establishing<br />

new plants, servicing existing plants and component manufacturing),<br />

agri-processing, construction, property and accommodation (Sol<br />

Plaatje University recently celebrated 10 years of operations and<br />

continues to grow, creating a demand for student accommodation),<br />

hotels and logistics (for example, trucks stops). The international<br />

market for pecan nuts is growing every year, and more hectares are<br />

being planted to the nut to cope with demand.<br />


<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is the smallest district in the<br />

Northern Cape and has a geographical area of 13 518km². It is also<br />

the most densely populated part of the province, containing as does<br />

several urban settlements, including the provincial capital, Kimberley.<br />

The municipality is located in the far eastern portion of the province.<br />

It shares its northern borders with the North West Province and<br />

its eastern border with Free State Province. Kimberley is less than<br />

500km away from Johannesburg in the north, less than 1 000km<br />

away from Cape Town in the south and the port of Durban in the<br />

east. The N12 national highway is the main north-south arterial and<br />

runs up the eastern boundary of the district. The N8 runs through<br />

Kimberley on an east-west axis, connecting the town to Bloemfontein<br />

to the east and Upington to the west. It compromises the four local<br />

municipalities of Dikgatlong, Magareng, Phokwane and Sol Plaatje.<br />

Population: 439 000<br />


The <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is a Category C municipality.<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X6088, Kimberley 8300<br />

Physical address: 51 Drakensberg Avenue, Carters Glen,<br />

Kimberley 8301<br />

Tel: +27 53 838 0911<br />

Website: www.francesbaard.gov.za




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Key projects and strategies to stimulate economic growth in the <strong>District</strong><br />

have been identified, writes Municipal Manager, Mamikie Bogatsu.<br />

I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you to the “Home of the Diamond<br />

Fields” and invite you to explore the many tourism attractions we have on offer.<br />

During your stay I am certain that you will find an opportunity to experience the<br />

warmness and hospitality of our people.<br />

The main economic activities of the district are agriculture, mining and tourism<br />

which, together with the availability of the Harts and Vaal rivers which run<br />

through the district, enhance the tourism potential of the area. The Vaalharts<br />

Irrigation Scheme is the biggest in the southern hemisphere and the district also<br />

lends itself to other industrial developments like leather and cotton production.<br />

Aside from that the region produces high-quality export fruit, vegetables and<br />

olives. We are known worldwide for the Kimberley “Big Hole” and we boast one<br />

of the best off-the-beaten-track opportunities for nature tourism.<br />

<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is the hub of development in the Northern<br />

Cape Province as we are ranked highest in terms of total contribution to the<br />

Northern Cape Province GDP. We have identified key projects and strategies<br />

to stimulate economic growth, including investments in infrastructure, energy<br />

security, tourism and the green economy. We aim to support existing businesses,<br />

collect local business intelligence, promote industry cluster development and<br />

attract investment through relationship building and promotion. To retain<br />

and attract talent, the district will focus on quality of place and unique career<br />

opportunities, aligning skills and training programmes with target clusters. We<br />

invite you to explore our beautiful district and the many investment opportunities<br />

we have on offer. Enjoy your visit to our district and the riches and resources of<br />

the Diamond Fields.<br />

Municipal Manager, Mamikie Bogatsu<br />

The district hosts international events such as this cricket match featuring South Africa and Sri Lanka at the De Beers Diamond Oval.

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<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> supports a diverse<br />

economy, ranging from primary to tertiary sectors.<br />

<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> is the strongest economic region<br />

in the province, accounting for 36% of the provincial gross domestic<br />

product. The economy of the district comprises primary (agriculture<br />

and mining), secondary (manufacturing, electricity and construction)<br />

and tertiary (trade, transport, financial and social services) sectors.<br />

Kimberley is the primary driver of the secondary sectors but in<br />

agriculture and mining, the district’s rural areas and smaller towns<br />

play important roles.<br />


With Kimberley being the provincial capital, and with a long history<br />

of trading and commercial activity dating back to the discovery of<br />

diamonds in the area in the late 19th century, it is no surprise that<br />

community and financial services and trade comprise a significant<br />

proportion of economic activity. The town’s and the district’s<br />

strategic position in the centre of the country explain the relatively<br />

high proportion of GDP which is derived from transport. Limestone<br />

is quarried in the district and Ekapa Mining is continuing to extract<br />

diamonds, mostly from the tailings of dumps, using modern<br />

technology to get to material that previous generations were not able<br />

to. The company’s operations are pictured on this page. Agriculture<br />

is a diverse sector because the soil conditions and water availability<br />

within the district varies greatly. Game and cattle farming occur the<br />

western section whereas the eastern and central parts of the region<br />

are watered by the Vaal and Harts rivers, and the Vaalharts Irrigation<br />

Scheme. Large commercial enterprises coexist with small-scale<br />

farmers. Beefmaster Group, which has an abattoir and processing<br />

facility in Kimberley, processes and exports tons of meat to the<br />

Middle East and the Far East and has retail operations in other South<br />

African provinces. Wildeklawer cultivates vegetables and crops on a<br />

large scale on the banks of the Vaal River near Barkly West.<br />


The Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme mentioned above represents one<br />

of the most consequential pieces of infrastructure in the region. A<br />

plan that had long been in the minds of engineers finally was put<br />

into action in 1933 and the system now irrigates 39 820ha of land,<br />

supported by more than 1 000km of canals. The Vaalharts Water<br />

User Association administers the system out of Jan Kempdorp.<br />

Two national highways cross the district: the N12 is a north-south<br />

road that connects to the N1 at Three Sisters junction in the south;<br />

the N18 runs from Bloemfontein in the east to Upington and beyond<br />

in the west. Airlink and Cemair fly to Kimberley Airport, which is an<br />

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) facility.<br />

Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley celebrated its 10th anniversary<br />

in 2023. The building of one of South Africa’s newest tertiary<br />

institutions provided a boost for the construction sector and continued<br />

expansion will continue to do so. In addition, the demand for student<br />

accommodation and the holding of events and conferences has an<br />

effect on other sectors of the economy. Many of the university’s<br />

buildings won awards. The main courtyard is shown here.

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The area has well-irrigated soils, limestone deposits and a rich heritage.<br />

Diamonds gave the area now called the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong><br />

<strong>Municipality</strong> a huge comparative advantage for several decades<br />

after the first sparkler was detected in 1867. The town of Kimberley<br />

became a magnet for adventurers and entrepreneurs from all over<br />

the world and led innovation in many ways. Diamonds are still found<br />

but other mineral resources have been discovered, the soils of<br />

the district have been turned to good advantage through clever<br />

irrigation systems and the history of the area – including the history<br />

of the diamond fields – is now a comparative advantage in itself in<br />

terms of attracting tourists.<br />

Diamonds continue to be mined in the district and in one case,<br />

inside the city limits of Kimberley. Limestone deposits west of<br />

Delportshoop sustain a large mining and cement-plant operation of<br />

Afrisam. More than 15-million tons of limestone is quarried annually<br />

to produce around one-million tons of cement. The long legacy of<br />

mining means that the skills supporting the sector are still available.<br />

The foundry business that De Beers started back in 1891 is still<br />

supplying mining houses in South Africa and other parts of the<br />

world. Kew Foundries has also supplied sheave wheels to be used on<br />

one of India’s largest hydroelectric projects.<br />

Most of the agricultural production of the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong><br />

<strong>Municipality</strong> comprises field crops, followed by animal products<br />

and the animal and horticulture subsectors. Products include<br />

wheat, fruit, peanuts, maize, cotton, olives, cattle, game farming,<br />

viticulture, fishing and vegetables. Companies such as SA Pecans<br />

and Olives SA have their headquarters in Hartswater, which is<br />

at the centre of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme, while Africa’s<br />

largest onion producer and a big supplier of potatoes, carrots and<br />

beetroot to local and international markets, Wildeklawer, is located<br />

further along the Vaal River. GWK, whose pecan nuts are pictured<br />

here being packaged, is another major producer. The company’s<br />

headquarters lie just outside the district municipality’s boundaries<br />

in the town of Douglas, but its big silo at Modder River constitutes<br />

an important part of the farming infrastructure of the area.<br />

The sun that gives life to the produce described above is also<br />

the resource that drew Mainstream Renewable Power to the<br />

district to construct the 50MW Droogfontein Solar Park. The<br />

100ha park is owned by a consortium including Globeleq, Thebe<br />

<strong>Investment</strong> Corp, Enzani Technologies, Usizo Engineering and<br />

the Droogfontein Communal Property Association. With generous<br />

incentives on offer, there are opportunities for investors to<br />

support the manufacturing of renewable energy components like<br />

solar panels or solar panel frames.<br />

Kimberley’s early life as a diamond-rush town is fascinating and<br />

the fact that the region has been the site of conflict down the ages<br />

means that tourism in the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong> has a<br />

distinctive historical character. Kimberley is home to several museums<br />

and the Big Hole is a big attraction. The Kimberley Diamond Brewing<br />

Company takes advantage of its location close to<br />

the confluence of the Modder and Riet Rivers to<br />

offer cooling beverages.

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The story of diamonds is embedded in the district’s towns.<br />

The towns and villages of <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong><br />

have a strong relationship with the rivers that run through it,<br />

sustaining agricultural enterprises and advancing the prospects<br />

of tourist offerings.<br />




• Warrenton<br />

Established by a group of entrepreneurial farmers to supply the<br />

diamond diggings with fresh vegetables, Warrenton still fulfils the<br />

role of growing agricultural produce. The town lies downstream of<br />

Vaalharts Dam and has a number of guest houses and resorts. The<br />

N18 and the N12 highways intersect in the centre of the town and<br />

the early bridge over the Vaal River is a landmark.<br />


• Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp, Pampierstat<br />

The smallest of the district’s municipalities, Phokowane LM is in the<br />

north and falls within the fertile Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme. Grapes,<br />

citrus, olives and olive oil and pecan nuts are among the agricultural<br />

products cultivated in the municipality. Hartswater has a monument<br />

built in the shape of a miniature church dedicated to the women<br />

of Vaalharts for their contribution towards the irrigation scheme.<br />

The farm Andalusia gave its name to the town that later became Jan<br />

Kempdorp. Germans captured in what was then South West Africa<br />

were interned in the town during World War II.<br />


• Towns: Barkly West, Delportshoop, Windsorton<br />

The municipality is on the northern bank of the Vaal River and is<br />

the largest of the district’s local municipalities. Delportshoop is<br />

where the Vaal River meets the Harts River, the Tswana word for<br />

“confluence” which gives the municipality its name. The district’s<br />

towns all started life as diamond-digging settlements. Barkly West<br />

was the parliamentary seat of Cecil John Rhodes for many years and<br />

ZK Matthews, a highly regarded academic and leading light in the<br />

African National Congress, was born at born at Winters Rush outside<br />

Barkly West. A stone memorial at Canteen Kopje commemorates the<br />

site of the first diamond diggings.<br />


• Kimberley, Ritchie<br />

The name of the local municipality celebrates one of South<br />

Africa’s great Renaissance men, Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje.<br />

Ritchie is a village on the north bank of the Riet River, close to<br />

where the Modder River joins it. Anglo-Boer battlefield sites are<br />

nearby. Kimberley is the provincial capital and the site of several<br />

companies’ regional headquarters and the province’s largest<br />

medical and educational institutions.

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A dazzling array of tourist attractions are on offer in <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong>.<br />

During the world’s greatest diamond rush, hordes of prospectors<br />

converged on the Diamond Fields region, scouring the river banks<br />

and sifting soil in a frenetic quest for wealth.<br />

Kimberley is the capital city of the Northern Cape and is often<br />

referred to as the City of Diamonds. The memories of Kimberley’s<br />

days as a tent town still linger today. Many old buildings, museums<br />

and one of South Africa’s most important art galleries pay homage<br />

to the days of the diamond rush:<br />

• Africana Library: Containing missionary Robert Moffat’s<br />

personal copy of his SeTswana translation of the Bible.<br />

Tel: +27 53 830 6247<br />

• Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum: Houses new displays<br />

on Kimberley’s suburban and township development.<br />

Tel: +27 53 839 2700<br />

• Dronfield Nature Reserve: Well-stocked with herds of game and<br />

birds. Overnight accommodation available. Tel: +27 53 839 4455<br />

• Duggan-Cronin Gallery: This Irishman, with his assistant<br />

Richard Madela by his side, travelled the length and breadth<br />

of the country photographing the lives of indigenous people.<br />

Tel: +27 53 839 2743<br />

• Honoured Dead Memorial: Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and<br />

built at CJ Rhodes’ behest to honour those who died defending<br />

Kimberley during The Siege.<br />

• Galeshewe Guided Township Tour: Learn more about the oldest<br />

township in the country, visit local artists and enjoy local cuisine.<br />

Native Minds Tours. Tel: 078 069 5104<br />

• Kimberley Club: Past members include CJ Rhodes,<br />

Barney Barnato, Sir Ernest and Harry Oppenheimer.<br />

Tel: +27 53 832 4224<br />

• McGregor Museum: A national monument, built in 1896 at<br />

Rhodes’ instigation as a hotel and health resort. Natural history,<br />

the siege of Kimberley, a Hall of Religions and the acclaimed<br />

Ancestors Gallery, depicting three-million years of human history.<br />

5 Atlas Street. Tel: +27 53 839 2700<br />

• Sol Plaatje Museum: Solomon Thekiso Plaatje, famous for<br />

his literary efforts as an author and newspaper man, was<br />

also the first Secretary-General of the ANC. Angel Street.<br />

Tel: +27 53 833 2526 (Phone for opening hours)<br />

• Robert Sobukwe’s House: Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, founder<br />

and first president of the Pan Africanist Congress, spent his<br />

last years practising law in Kimberley under a banning order.<br />

Tel: 078 069 5104<br />

• Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre: Situated on a farm belonging<br />

to the !Xun and Khwe, who collaborated in making this pristine<br />

Khoisan heritage site open to the public. Tel: 082 222 4777<br />

• William Humphrey Art Gallery: Modern African art and some old<br />

masters. Tel: +27 53 831 1724<br />

• The Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum: The largest handdug<br />

excavation in the world. The spectacular site and the<br />

mining museum and town bring the era of Diamond Discovery in<br />

Kimberley back to life. Tel: +27 53 830 4417<br />

• Take the Tram: This vintage tram was refurbished to enhance the<br />

tourist experience of historical Kimberley. Book a ride at the Big<br />

Hole. Tel: +27 53 830 6272<br />


Barkly West: The discovery of diamonds at Klipdrift on the Vaal<br />

River in 1869 drew thousands of prospectors to the town which was<br />

renamed Barkly West in 1873. Renowned writer Sarah Gertrude Millin<br />

grew up in the district.<br />

• Alluvial Diamond Diggings: Licensed prospectors still sift the sand<br />

and gravel of the Vaal River for diamonds. Guided tours only.<br />

• Course of the Vaal River: The river has many pools, rapids,<br />

waterfalls and features with odd names such as Gong Gong,<br />

Beaumont’s Folly and Bosman’s Fortune.<br />

• Nooitgedacht Glacial Pavings: 1 500-year-old rock engravings.<br />

Take the R31 towards Barkly West and turn off 24km north-west<br />

of Kimberley.<br />

• St Mary’s Anglican Church: Built in 1871, this was the first church<br />

on the diamond fields.<br />

Hartswater is one of two main towns in the Vaalharts Valley, an<br />

oasis on the edge of the arid Northern Cape border with North West.<br />

• The burial site of Tswana Chief Galeshewe.<br />

• Olive SA: Offers exceptional olives and pecan nuts.<br />

Tel: +27 53 474 0061<br />

• Poplar Lane: A 38km stretch of road is lined with poplar trees, the<br />

longest of its kind in the world, a popular place for photographs.<br />

Jan Kempdorp was proclaimed in 1953 and named after General<br />

Jan Kemp, a former Minister of Lands.<br />

• Benfontein Nature Reserve: Not only the best place in the country<br />

for sightings of Africa’s smallest cat, the African Backfooted Cat, it<br />

is also the world’s leading research facility on the aardwolf (earth<br />

wolf). Great birding destination. Tel: +27 53 839 4455.<br />

Warrenton: Diamonds were discovered here in 1888 and mining<br />

still continues.<br />

• Nyare Lodge: A stunning new 12 000ha game reserve, only a<br />

30-minute drive from Kimberley. Tel: +27 53 204 0042

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• Vaalharts Dam is a popular fishing and boating spot for people<br />

who come to braai and picnic along its banks.<br />


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

Britstown and Victoria West along the N12, and it is the perfect<br />

stopover for travellers between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The<br />

route offers a myriad national game and nature reserves where<br />

visitors can enjoy fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running,<br />

game drives and world-class birding. A good stopover along the<br />

route is the Mokala National Park.<br />


Northern Cape Tourism Authority: +27 (0) 53 8331434<br />

Email: marketing@experiencenortherncape.com<br />

Website: www.experiencenortherncape.com<br />

<strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> Tourism: +27 53 838 0923<br />

Sol Plaatje Tourism: +27 53 830 6779<br />

Karoo Oasis Route: 082 567 9211 and 078 212 2441<br />

Battlefields Route: +27 53 839 2700<br />

Mokala National Park: +27 53 204 8000

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The Anglo-Boer War in the Northern Cape<br />

The major battles of the Western Campaign of the Anglo-Boer War<br />

all took place within 120km of Kimberley, in the northern part of<br />

the Cape Colony (today’s Northern Cape). Hours after they had<br />

declared war against England in an attempt to preempt an attack by<br />

the colonial power, the Boers from the two independent states of the<br />

South Africa Republic (Transvaal) and the Orange Free State moved<br />

into Natal and the Cape Colony on three fronts. Within three days they<br />

had besieged the town of Kimberley.<br />

The town’s military authorities under the command of<br />

Lieutenant-Colonel Kekewich proclaimed martial law and set<br />

about preparing for the Boer attack. This didn’t happen but<br />

shelling of the town began and the Boers set about trying to<br />

starve the town into submission.<br />

The details of the siege, including the victories and setbacks<br />

suffered by the relief column under Lieutenant-General Methuen, can<br />

be relieved at the Magersfontein and McGregor Museums. Included<br />

are the battles of Orange River Station, Modder River, Magersfontein,<br />

Belmont Graspan and the story of the eventual relief by General<br />

French and his calvary.<br />

The N12 effectively mirrors the plan of attack of the British<br />

as they moved northwards towards Kimberley across the<br />

Modder River towards the catastrophic battle, for the British,<br />

at Magersfontein.<br />

Before dawn on 11 December 1899, the Boers opened fire on<br />

the Highland Brigade from their concealed trench at the base<br />

of Magersfontein Hill. It was a legendary Boer victory, but the<br />

memorials and graves at the site speak of casualties on both<br />

sides. A must-see is the Magersfontein Museum and lookout<br />

point on the hill. The museum has an audiovisual presentation<br />

that offers visitors a first-hand experience of battle from a<br />

darkened Boer trench.<br />

The N8 towards Bloemfontein will take you to the site of the bad<br />

defeat subsequently suffered by the Boers at Paardeberg where<br />

General Cronje surrendered.<br />

The McGregor Museum in Kimberley is the former residence of<br />

Cecil John Rhodes, the mining magnate. He was trapped in Kimberley<br />

during the siege and was an influential voice among the British<br />

leadership. The museum houses a siege display, where the story of<br />

the siege and eventual relief of Kimberley is told.<br />

Worth a visit: McGregor Museum in Kimberley and the Magersfontein<br />

Museum and monuments. There is also the Paardeberg Battlefield<br />

Museum at Paardeberg.<br />

McGregor Museum<br />

Tel: +27 53 839 2700<br />

Website: www.museumsnc.co.za

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Barkly West, just 36km north-west of Kimberley, marks the eastern<br />

edge of this route that celebrates the earliest residents and explorers<br />

of a patch of high land that came to be known as Transorangia, the<br />

land across the Orange River, during the colonial era.<br />

North of the Orange River was a no-go area for officials of the<br />

Cape Colony and, as a result, indigenous people (who called the river<br />

the Gariep River) had some rest. At a later time, they even secured<br />

some protection from the British Crown from predatory settlers of<br />

various stripes but when diamonds were discovered in the area, all<br />

bets were off.<br />

The heart-shaped Ghaap Plateau is a main attraction in the region,<br />

situated in the central interior. The plateau is about 1 130m above<br />

sea level and extends about 150km from east to west between the<br />

Harts River Valley and the Kuruman Hills. Billions of years ago, the<br />

plateau was submerged under the sea. Boreholes have revealed the<br />

existence of rich underground water resources, which contributed to<br />

development in the region.<br />

The existing Griqua towns on the Ghaap plateau were incorporated<br />

into the then Cape Colony in the early 1900s, and new “white” towns<br />

started growing, along with better roads and railways. Around 1920,<br />

the West End diamond mine was established in Postmasburg and<br />

numerous fortune-seekers flocked to the area, prompting a minidiamond<br />

rush similar to the Kimberley one.<br />

This fascinating heritage route covers everything from a famous<br />

archaeological site and historic towns to amazing architecture<br />

and a vast nature reserve known for its unusual white sand<br />

dunes. The route includes some heritage sites dating back threebillion<br />

years, as well as the Witsand Nature Reserve, with its white<br />

sand dunes standing in stark contrast to the surrounding red<br />

Kalahari sand dunes.<br />

The Wonderwerk Cave is an archaeological wonder believed to be<br />

at least two-billion years old. The large cave is located 45km south<br />

of Kuruman and 43km north of Daniëlskuil. Research conducted by<br />

archaeologists at the cave, which extends 140m horizontally into the<br />

base of the Kuruman Hills, suggests the presence of early human<br />

activity. Visitors to this preserved heritage site will get to see fossils<br />

dating back hundreds of thousands of years, Stone Age axes and<br />

cleavers, painted ostrich-egg shells and San rock paintings.<br />

The Kuruman Hills are also worth visiting when touring this<br />

route. They are known for their large quantities of blue asbestos<br />

or crocidolite, which prompted mining in the Ghaap region from the<br />

1930s until 1980. This was halted after the serious and often deadly<br />

health risks of asbestos mining were discovered. The original iron<br />

bridge over the Vaal River at Barkly West is of interest because it was<br />

transported in sections from the United Kingdom and a steel plate<br />

still gives details of its manufacture in 1884.

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Horses, cattle and onions make for successful and sustainable enterprises.<br />

Mining still contributes to the economy and manufacturers which sell<br />

to mining companies are also still operating but three well-established<br />

enterprises in the agricultural sector give a flavour of just how<br />

successful business can be in the <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> <strong>District</strong> <strong>Municipality</strong>:<br />


Beefmaster Group, which had already been going for several decades<br />

in a neighbouring province, opened an abattoir and processing<br />

facility in Kimberley in 2003. All of the Beefmaster Group cattle are<br />

processed in the provincial capital, as are cattle from other feedlots.<br />

Aside from running feedlots and the production and processing of<br />

beef, the company has retail outlets and exports beef to several<br />

countries. In addition, fleet management and earth-moving equipment<br />

is handled in-house and workshops service the group’s operations.<br />

Beefmaster supports staff members aiming to upgrade their skills<br />

and qualifications in animal production and technical and maintenance<br />

skills, quality assurance, meat-cutting techniques and food processing.<br />

A recently introduced apprenticeship programme is progressing well,<br />

with candidates completing and passing their trade tests.<br />

One of those apprentices has been employed as a technician at the<br />

Kimberley facility.<br />

Danon Platina, pictured, are winning three times in four attempts.<br />

Mauritzfontein was bought by Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer in<br />

1945 when Mr Oppenheimer was chairman of De Beers Mining<br />

Company. In the Anglo-Boer War the farm had served as a remount<br />

station for the British forces.<br />


Anyone who follows schoolboy rugby in South Africa will know the<br />

name, Wildeklawer. What they might not know is that the sponsor of<br />

the nation’s biggest schools rugby festival is also Africa’s biggest<br />

producer of onions. Wildeklawer is the Afrikaans name for wild clover<br />

and it’s also the name of the farm on the banks of the Vaal River<br />

near Barkly West that Louis and Cora de Kock bought about 30 years<br />

ago. Driven by an intense focus on planning and technology, the<br />

farm’s irrigation system was revamped and today, carrots, potatoes,<br />

beetroot, onions and wheat and maize are produced in huge<br />

quantities from three main production units, one of which is on the<br />

banks of the Orange River near Hopetown. The company supports<br />

the Wildeklawer School Sports Academy (WSSA).<br />


A 15-minute drive south of Kimberley takes you to Mauritzfontein,<br />

which is part of the Nama Karoo. But this farm is no ordinary<br />

Karoo farm. Firstly, this stud farm has produced some of the finest<br />

racehorses ever to run races and secondly, there is on the property<br />

a remarkable nine-hectare garden. So unusual are the gardens that<br />

when they were revitalised in 2014, a book, Mauritzfontein: The Story<br />

of a Karoo Garden, was brought out to celebrate the occasion. More<br />

regular celebrations are held during race season when stallions such

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Barkly West<br />

Waterfront,<br />

Dikgatlong LM<br />

Specialist studies need to be done as part of<br />

a fully-fledged feasibility study for this multifaceted<br />

development project with a key focus<br />

on real estate, retail, leisure and recreation.<br />

Not yet costed. Relevant<br />

sectors: retail, property,<br />

tourism/recreation<br />

Eddie Manuel: LED<br />

Manager, Dikgatlong LM<br />

Tel: +27 53 531 6500 Mobile:<br />

082 521 3149 | Email:<br />

eddiemanuel@dikgatlong.co.za<br />

Tourist facilities<br />

at Gong<br />

Gong Village,<br />

Dikgatlong LM<br />

Three-star lodge with accommodation for<br />

120, restaurant and conferencing facilities.<br />

Various trails will take advantage of the<br />

waterfall that is an established attraction.<br />

R36.6-million (PPP, equity<br />

investors, BBBEE investors,<br />

property developers)<br />

Eddie Manuel: LED<br />

Manager, Dikgatlong LM<br />

Tel: +27 53 531 6500 Mobile:<br />

082 521 3149 | Email:<br />

eddiemanuel@dikgatlong.co.za<br />

Ganspan Wetland<br />

Reserve,<br />

Phokwane LM<br />

Development and upgrading of infrastructure<br />

on the banks of Ganspan to restore the<br />

area as a safe and attractive tourism<br />

attraction. Facilities to include hiking and<br />

cycling trails, camping and caravanning,<br />

picnic spots and birding facilities.<br />

R109.4-million (PPP,<br />

equity partners, investors,<br />

BBBEE investors)<br />

Lesego Ngwira and Boitumelo<br />

Kwena: LED and Tourism<br />

Managers, <strong>Frances</strong> <strong>Baard</strong> DM<br />

Tel: +27 53 830 0939 |Mobile:<br />

060 751 6381/079 426 9531<br />

Goat farming,<br />

Phokwane LM<br />

Assist small-scale farmers to market<br />

their products and be more profitable by<br />

commercialising goat meat, promoting the<br />

use of goat milk and milk products and<br />

the curing and processing of skins.<br />

Not determined yet (PPP,<br />

equity partners, BBBEE<br />

partners, investors)<br />

Boitumelo Koena: Manager LED<br />

and Tourism, Phokwane LM<br />

Tel: +27 53 474 9700 Mobile:<br />

079 426 9531 | Email:<br />

boitumelo@phokwane.gov.za<br />

City Gates<br />

mixed-use<br />

development,<br />

Kimberley, Sol<br />

Plaatje LM<br />

City Gates is a residential development<br />

proposed by the Christian Revival Centre<br />

Church, currently under construction next<br />

to the N12. The development seeks to<br />

address rental housing demand in Kimberley<br />

by developing more than 100 sites.<br />

Approximately R100-million<br />

(property developers, investors)<br />

Ms Nomonde Kesiamang:<br />

Executive Director: Strategy,<br />

Economic Development and<br />

Planning, Sol Plaatje LM<br />

Tel: +27 53 830 6303 Mobile:<br />

082 550 5660 | Email:<br />

ntyabashe@solplaatje.org.za<br />

Sol Plaatje<br />

University,<br />

Bultfontein<br />

Road, Central<br />

Business<br />

<strong>District</strong>,<br />

Kimberley<br />

The Sol Plaatje University has established<br />

itself as a significant institution in Kimberley.<br />

Construction is still ongoing on South<br />

Campus and Central Campus while building<br />

plans for North Campus at Oppenheimer<br />

Gardens have been approved.<br />

About R150-million (property<br />

developers, investors)<br />

Ms Nomonde Kesiamang:<br />

Executive Director: Strategy,<br />

Economic Development and<br />

Planning, Sol Plaatje LM<br />

Tel: 053 830 6303 Mobile:<br />

082 550 5660 | Email:<br />

ntyabashe@solplaatje.org.za<br />

Student<br />

accommodation<br />

at Sol Plaatje<br />

University,<br />

Kimberley<br />

Eris Property Group intends to develop<br />

a private student accommodation facility<br />

which will have about 670 beds. Rezoning<br />

and building plans have been approved.<br />

Approximately R196-million<br />

(equity partners, investors)<br />

Ms Nomonde Kesiamang:<br />

Executive Director: Strategy,<br />

Economic Development and<br />

Planning, Sol Plaatje LM<br />

Tel: +27 53 830 6303 Mobile:<br />

082 550 5660 | Email:<br />

ntyabashe@solplaatje.org.za<br />

Warrenton<br />

shopping centre,<br />

Magareng<br />

<strong>Municipality</strong><br />

The proposed development of 135ha on<br />

the N12 highway will entail retail, business,<br />

restaurant, office, public garage, service<br />

station and other complementary land uses.<br />

About R150-million (PPP<br />

and property developers)<br />

Tumelo Thage Designation: Acting<br />

Municipal Manager, Magareng LM<br />

Tel: +27 53 497 3111 Mobile:<br />

071 890 5036 | Email:<br />


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Kimberley<br />



In recent years, the Big Hole Precinct (BHP) has been identified by the Northern Cape Province as a priority tourism<br />

development zone. Recent developments in the BHP have caused a significant increase in visitor figures to the area, which<br />

in turn generates the need for further development.<br />

Development in the vicinity began in 2005 with the comprehensive revamp of the Big Hole Museum to the value of<br />

R50-million by the De Beers Consolidated Diamond Mining Company, making it one of the best open-air museums by<br />

global comparison. In 2012, the Mittah Seperepere International Convention Centre (MSICC) was officially launched in<br />

the Big Hole Precinct. As one of the newest convention centres in the country, the facility boasts a plenary capacity of<br />

2 500 seats in addition to an open-air arena which also accommodates 2 500 delegates at capacity. In addition, the<br />

four-star Protea Hotel Kimberley was also built in close proximity, a facility that is being expanded at present due to<br />

increased demand for luxury rooms.<br />

Furthermore, the Big Hole Caravan Park, formerly known as the Open Mine Municipal Caravan Park, is also located within<br />

the Big Hole Precinct adjacent to the MSICC. The park facilities comprise tent and caravan stands with 46 grassed sites<br />

with power stands, as well as modern ablution facilities with hot water, laundry and scullery facilities. The site is currently<br />

managed by the Sol Plaatje Local <strong>Municipality</strong>.<br />


• Real estate<br />

• Construction

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Further development of the Big Hole Precinct in Kimberley to create design and attraction synergy between the Big Hole<br />

Museum, Protea Hotel Kimberley, Mittah Seperepere International Convention Centre, Kumba Skate Plaza and <strong>Frances</strong><br />

<strong>Baard</strong> Flagship Visitor Centre.<br />


• Property Developers<br />

• Private Investors<br />


Construction is complete and the project is in operations phase. Precinct development and expansion is the next phase.<br />


It is envisaged that the project will be financed by an investor while the government will ensure enabling infrastructure and<br />

various incentives as part of the project support.<br />


• Northern Cape Department of Public Works<br />

• Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism<br />

• Northern Cape Economic Development Agency<br />

• Sol Plaatje <strong>Municipality</strong><br />


Mr Riaan Warie: Manager: Trade and <strong>Investment</strong><br />

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism<br />

Tel: +27 53 839 4000 | Email: RWarie@ncpg.gov.za

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Galeshewe<br />



The Mayibuye Precinct was selected as it has great potential<br />

to be developed as a tourism attraction in the area. The<br />

Mayibuye Precinct has many of the characteristics of a<br />

successful tourism precinct such as the clustering of several<br />

tourist attractions, it offers several tourism services and<br />

activities and gives tourists several reasons for visiting. It<br />

also allows for tourists and residents to interact. Not only<br />

is there a host community, there are also opportunities<br />

for tourists to meet them and it has a variety of land uses<br />

and forms of ownership where public access is easy. The<br />

Mayibuye Precinct is in Greater No 2, which is rich in history.<br />

Greater No 2 was established soon after the De Beers Mine<br />

opened in 1886, one of the first townships in Kimberley.<br />



• Mayibuye Uprising Memorial in remembrance of the<br />

innocent victims who lost their lives during the Mayibuye<br />

Uprising<br />

• Robert Sobukwe’s office where he practised law<br />

• Aids Memorial in honour of all those who lost their lives<br />

to Aids<br />

• Beer Hall site where the Mayibuye Uprising started<br />

• Abantu Batho Hall where Sol Plaatje gave his last public<br />

lecture in 1932<br />

• First barber shop in Galeshewe<br />


• Infrastructure<br />

• Real Estate<br />

• Construction<br />

• Development of the Heroes Garden as a place of honour,<br />

reflection and especially remembrance of the fallen<br />

heroes and heroines of Galeshewe<br />

• Public library and resource centre, incorporating modern<br />

technology and resources<br />

• Arts and craft centre. Workshop facilities that will enable<br />

local artists to create their crafts<br />

• Parking area. Safe and secure parking facilities<br />


• Equity Partners<br />

• Property Developers<br />

• Investors<br />

Investors are required to finance the project while<br />

government will ensure provision of enabling infrastructure<br />

and various incentives as part of the project support.<br />


• Northern Cape Department of Public Works<br />

• Northern Cape Department of Economic Development<br />

and Tourism<br />

• Northern Cape Economic Development Agency<br />

• Sol Plaatje <strong>Municipality</strong><br />


Mr Johann van Schalkwyk: Director: Tourism Development<br />

Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and<br />

Tourism<br />

Tel: 053 839 4000 | Email: jvs.dtec@gmail.com<br />


The project will entail the following elements:<br />

• Redevelopment of the Mayibuye Square as a major<br />

tourist magnet for Galeshewe<br />

• Restoration of Robert Sobukwe’s office to preserve and<br />

exhibit the life and the role he played in the liberation<br />

struggle<br />

• Development of the Entrance Arch to activate the<br />

precinct, giving it a sense of place

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Several housing projects are planned and underway.<br />


Portion 91 of Farm Bultfontein 80, Kimberley<br />


Tertiary sector<br />


Approximately R10-million<br />


A total number of jobs is approximately 5 000<br />


Priority Human Settlements and Housing Development<br />

Areas (PHSHDA) have been identified as such by the<br />

national Department of Human Settlements. One such<br />

mixed-use development is scheduled for Kimberley and<br />

is a collaborative project with the Housing Development<br />

Agency, the Northern Cape Provincial Government<br />

(COGSTA) and the Sol Plaatje Local <strong>Municipality</strong>. The aim<br />

is to restructure and revitalise towns and cities through<br />

housing delivery.<br />

This will overcome the legacy created by apartheid<br />

spatial planning and foster more integrated and integral<br />

urban settlements. PHSHDA 1 (Lerato Park) is complete in<br />

terms of planning and surveying. PHSHDA 2 (Carters Glen)<br />

will commence planning and surveying processing in the<br />

2023/24 financial year, where approximately 4 000 erven<br />

will be created.<br />


Property developers and investors<br />


Hull Street, De Beers and Floorinville, Kimberley<br />


Tertiary sector<br />


Approximately R350-million<br />


A total number of jobs is approximately 3 000<br />


The Hull Street Social Housing development has been<br />

identified by the national government as one of the Strategic<br />

Integrated Projects (SIPs) in terms of the Infrastructure<br />

Development Act. Construction recently commenced on<br />

site. Upon completion, the development will accommodate<br />

approximately 600 units.<br />


Property developers and investors<br />


Financial close and start of construction<br />


Afrikhaya | Ivan Steenkamp, COO<br />

Tel: +27 53 833 1654 | Mobile: 082 890 4759<br />

Email: ivan@afrikhaya.org.za<br />


Financial close<br />


Sol Plaatje Local <strong>Municipality</strong><br />

Ms Nomonde Kesiamang: Executive Director: Strategy,<br />

Economic Development and Planning<br />

Tel: +27 53 830 6303<br />

Mobile: 082 550 5660<br />

Email: ntyabashe@solplaatje.org.za

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Local municipalities of Phokwane, Magareng and Dikgatlong and<br />

parts of North West Province<br />


• Agriculture<br />

• Construction<br />


Estimated project cost of R7-billion over a 10-year period. Integrated<br />

Master Plan is R6-million to unlock infrastructure projects.<br />


The project will create an estimated 2 000 direct jobs over the 20-<br />

year period. During the 2023/24 financial year, the project will create<br />

about 128 work opportunities. If Ganspan is included about 100-<br />

120 work opportunities will be created.<br />


The Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme traverses the Northern Cape and<br />

North West provinces. Water allocations irrigate approximately<br />

30 000ha. Plot sizes vary from 25ha to 75ha and the area<br />

comprises four management zones. The scheme provides water to<br />

approximately 300 000 people residing in five local municipalities.<br />

Commercial and emerging farmers produce a combination of high<br />

and medium-value crops.<br />

About 66% of the canal network, which extends over more than<br />

1 000km, is in poor to very poor condition, which caused the<br />

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to<br />

initiate the Vaalharts/Taung Irrigation Scheme revitalisation project.<br />

The other national department participating is Water and Sanitation.<br />

The following Northern Cape provincial government departments<br />

are involved: Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Rural Development<br />

and Land Reform; Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and<br />

Traditional Affairs. In addition, the Vaalharts Water Users Association<br />

(WUA), farmers from the Taung and Vaalharts districts and various<br />

municipalities are engaged with the process.<br />

The Scheme contributes R565-million per annum to the Northern<br />

Cape economy, 14% of the total agricultural output of the<br />

province. It sustains 7 500 direct job opportunities with a large<br />

seasonal job peak during the harvesting season that lasts for<br />

about three months. There is a significant agro-processing<br />

investment in the area, mainly in the processing of groundnuts<br />

and pecan nuts for export. It is a major lucerne-growing area.<br />

Various commercial agricultural enterprises are housed in the<br />

area, providing supply-chain services as well as financing for<br />

production inputs.<br />


• Public Private Partnership (PPP)<br />

• Commercial companies<br />


Farmers, provincial departments and private investors<br />


The project is at the construction stage. All projects have been<br />

handed over to implementing agents to manage the construction.<br />

Contractors have been appointed and construction has started.<br />

The final project is in its practical completion phase. New projects<br />

await funding to be approved: refurbishment of farm infrastructure<br />

such as overnight reservoirs; installation of sub-surface drainage<br />

systems; installation of main communal discharge pipelines. The<br />

following activities have been completed: three reservoirs, five<br />

mainlines, one sub-surface drainage system completed. Ganspan<br />

Feasibility Study.<br />


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

Rural Development and Land Reform<br />

Zuhair Mogammad Mobara: Project Manager<br />

Tel: +27 53 531 6500<br />

Mobile: 083 787 8548<br />

Email: mmobara@daerl.co.za


The national Development of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), in collaboration with<br />

other public and private sector entities, has developed a number incentives schemes to assist<br />

with the growth of certain sectors. These national incentives schemes are listed below.<br />


• Technology and Human<br />

Resources for Industry<br />

Programme (THRIP)<br />

• Support Programme for<br />

Industrial Innovation (SPII)<br />

• Global Business Services<br />

(GBS) Incentive<br />

• Film and TV Production<br />

• Export Marketing <strong>Investment</strong><br />

Assistance (EMIA)<br />

• Sector Specific Assistance<br />

Scheme (SSAS)<br />

• Capital Projects Feasibility<br />

Programme (CPFP)<br />



• A 50% to 90% cost-sharing<br />

grant to maximum R8-million<br />

per annum for three years for<br />

approved project engaged<br />

in applied research and<br />

development in science,<br />

engineering and technology.<br />

• Matching scheme that provides<br />

financial assistance in the<br />

form of a non-taxable grant<br />

for qualifying costs incurred in<br />

development activity associated<br />

with a specific project to a<br />

maximum of R5-million.<br />



• Reimbursable cost-sharing<br />

grant of 30% to 50%,<br />

maximum of R20-million for<br />

qualifying costs. Score based<br />

on economic benefit criteria.<br />

• For productions with various<br />

QSAPE amounts, various<br />

percentage and calendar days<br />

requirements may be waived<br />

and such discretion will take<br />

into account the budgetary<br />

implications of the decision made.<br />

• Return airfares, subsistence<br />

allowances, the cost of sample<br />

transportation and various other<br />

costs may be covered in respect<br />

of costs related to marketing,<br />

missions and trade fairs.<br />

• Project Funding. A reimbursable<br />

80:20 cost-sharing grant scheme.<br />

• Emerging Exporters. 100%<br />

of the cost to a maximum of<br />

R1.9-million per project.<br />

• Reimbursable contribution up<br />

to a maximum of R8-million.<br />


• Black<br />

Industrialists<br />

Scheme (BIS)<br />

• Aquaculture<br />

Development and<br />

Enhancement<br />

Programme<br />

(ADEP)<br />

• Strategic<br />

Partnerships<br />

Programme<br />

(SPP)<br />

• Agro-Processing<br />

Support Scheme<br />

(APSS)<br />

• Automotive<br />

<strong>Investment</strong><br />

Scheme (AIS)<br />

• Special Economic<br />

Zone Fund (SEZ)<br />


• Critical<br />

Infrastructure<br />

Programme (CIP)<br />


• A 30% to 50% cost-sharing grant of up to<br />

R50-million. Offers support on a costsharing<br />

basis towards capital investment<br />

costs, feasibility studies, post-investment<br />

support and business development<br />

services (to the maximum of R2-million).<br />

• Reimbursable cost-sharing grant of 30%<br />

to 50%, maximum of R20-million.<br />

• A maximum of R15-million per<br />

financial year on a 50:50 basis.<br />

• Reimbursable cost-sharing grant of 20%<br />

to 30% to a maximum of R20-million.<br />

Non-taxable cash grant of<br />

• 20% of the value for light motor<br />

vehicle manufactures and<br />

• 25% of the value of qualifying<br />

investment in component manufactures<br />

and tooling companies.<br />


• Preferential taxes (including 12i Tax Allowance)<br />

• Bulk infrastructure (electrical substations,<br />

water storage, sewerage<br />

treatment and pumping, etc)<br />

• Top structures<br />

• Business development (pre-feasibility studies<br />

and feasibility studies, technology testing<br />

and training, EIA and general research<br />

linked to planned investment and clusters)<br />

Registered private entities and local<br />

governments (municipalities, excluding<br />

metropolitan municipalities).Types of<br />

supported projects, capped at R50-million:<br />

• strategic infrastructure feasibility studies<br />

• generic investment<br />

• South African film and TV studios and cinemas<br />

• state-owned testing facilities<br />

• state-owned industrial parks<br />

• distressed municipalities or investors<br />

in such municipalities


Contact Details:<br />

Postal address: Private Bag X6088, Kimberley 8300<br />

Physical address: 51 Drakensberg Avenue, Carters Glen, Kimberley<br />

Municipal Manager: Ms ZM Bogatsu<br />

Tel: +27 53 838 0911<br />

Fax: +27 53 861 1538<br />

Email: mamikie.bogatsu@fbdm.co.za<br />

Website: www. francesbaard.gov.za

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