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Potchefstroom Ottosdal Klerksdorp

FREE STATE PROVINCE

N12

Wolmaransstad

North West

Gauteng

Vereeniging Lethabo Parys Sasolburg Vredefort Villiers Viljoenskroon N1 R30 Heilbron Bothaville

R57

Bloemhof

Wesselsbron Welkom Virginia

Warrenton

Bultfontein

KIMBERLEY

Northern Cape N12

Jacobsdal Petrusburg

Marquard

BLOEMFONTEIN

Thaba Nchu

Fouriesburg Ficksburg

Dewetsdorp N6

Harrismith Van Reenen Phuthaditjhaba Ladysmith Golden Gate National Park R74

Bethlehem Clarens

N3

Winteron

Colenso Estcourt

Ladybrand

MASERU

N1

Edenburg

Newcastle

Warden

Clocolan

Botshabelo R26 Hobhouse

Koffiefontein

N

N5

Senekal Winburg

Volksrust

R34

R26

R70

Dealesville

Standerton

N3

R76

Theunissen

Mpumalanga

Vrede Reitz

Ventersburg

R64 N8

Frankfort

Kroonstad Odendaalsrus

Hoopstad Christiana

Ulco

SPECIAL FEATURE

Balfour

KwaZuluNatal

LESOTHO

Wepener

Underberg

Trompsburg Smithfield Bethulie Rouxville De Aar

Zastron

Eastern Cape

Motorway Main Road Railway

Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality Towns: Phuthaditjhaba, Bethlehem, Tweespruit, Ladybrand, Clarens, Harrismith, Vrede, Ficksburg Tourism and fruit farming are the two principal economic activities of this area which is characterised by beautiful landscapes: the Maluti and the Drakensberg mountain ranges, wetlands in the north, well-watered river valleys and the plains of the north and west. The most famous asset is the Golden Gate National Park. Industrial activity is undertaken at Harrismith and Phuthaditjhaba, where the Free State Development Corporation is promoting investment. The Maluti-aPhofung Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Harrismith is a multi-modal transport and logistics hub. The commercial centre of the district is Bethlehem while Clarens and Ficksburg have become famous for their artists and cherries respectively. Marquard produces 90% of South Africa’s cherries. The north of the district has many sunflower seed farms. The Basuto cultural village in Qwa Qwa offers beautifully made crafts, and rock paintings.

work. Kroonstad is the district’s second-largest town and has a number of engineering works and a railway junction. A new kraft paper factory has been planned for Frankfort. A good proportion of South Africa’s grain crop is sourced from this district and when the vast fields of sunflowers and cosmos flowers are in bloom, a marvellous vista is created. The Vaal River presents opportunities for yachting, rafting and resort-based enterprises. Parys is a charming town and Vredefort is home to a World Heritage Site – the Vredefort Dome where a meteor crashed to earth. Fezile Dabi District Municipality is the biggest contributor towards the provincial GDP, contributing approximately 35%. The Fezile Dabi area is mostly dominated by the industrial power of Sasol, with the manufacturing of refined petroleum, coke and chemical products adding largely to its GDP. The establishment of ChemCity, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol, has also added a business incubator that allows SMMEs to feed off and diversify from the opportunities that prevail due to the energy consortium operating in the area.

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