SPECIAL FEATURE and Tubatse will boost manufacturing. Specific manufacturing value chains are identified for each area, based on the base mineral being mined. The LDP notes that it is also important for planners to “promote diversification and multi-skilling of the workforce, in order to mitigate the risks of shocks associated with commodity price dips and mine closures”. The following areas have been identified as priority zones for the industrialisation strategy: Polokwane, Lephalale, Tubatse, Tzaneen and the Makhado-Musina corridor.
Musina-Makhado Corridor Mining Cluster Phalaborwa Mining Cluster (Copper, Phosphate and Magnetite) Polokwane and Musina Logistical Hubs Va r i o us Ag r i c u l t u r a l Clusters, based on Agriparks Various Tourism Clusters, in every district.
In as much as the Limpopo Development Plan is aligned with the broader National Development Plan, there are several national Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) which affect Limpopo. Three in particular are expected to make a big impact, namely SIP 1 (Unlocking the Northern Mineral Belt with Waterberg as the Catalyst), SIP 6 (Integrated Municipal Infrastructure Project) and SIP 7 (Integrated Urban Space and Public Transport Programme). The last two will influence developments in the provincial municipalities of Lephalale, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Capricorn, Vhembe and Polokwane. Other national SIPs of relevance relate to green energy, agrilogistics and rural infrastructure, regional integration and water and sanitation infrastructure. Within Limpopo, the Premier’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee (PICC) is a vital component in the roll-out of new infrastructure. There are several locally driven projects that will boost the provincial economy and will be promoted within the context of this Limpopo Development Plan: construction of Nwamitwa Dam; raising of Tzaneen Dam wall; integrated Mooihoek Water Scheme; reticulation from De Hoop and Nandoni Dams; purified water supply to Bela-Bela, Modimolle and Mookgopong local municipalities; rural access roads in support of agriculture and tourism clusters; solar photovoltaic electricity generation; information and communication technology; nodal infrastructure for the priority growth points; and adequate maintenance for all existing infrastructure. Each of these infrastructure improvements will make life better for local residents, and they will also create a more conducive environment for investors. The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) is coordinating the province’s strategy to attract investors. Key to the plan is public investment into priority growth points in selected economic sectors. These cluster priorities underpin the economic part of the plan: • Coal: Petrochemical and Energy Cluster in Lephalale (Green City Urban Development Growth Point) • Platinum Cluster in Mokopane and Tubatse (Mining Supplier Park)
Existing tourism assets include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Mapungubwe National Park and the Makapan Valley) and the iconic Kruger National Park. There is enormous potential for growth in cultural tourism where small villages could offer experiences based on traditional practices, unique arts and crafts and local cuisine. Cluster Value - Chain Development Strategies, including beneficiation opportunities, have been developed for each of these clusters by LEDET. International relations is the responsibility of national government, but the LDP has flagged a number of potential areas for regional integration that would be mutually beneficial: relationships with Botswana and Zimbabwe relating to the Coal and Energy Cluster in Lephalale and the Mining Cluster in the Musina-Makhado Corridor; an agreement with Zimbabwe to improve the efficiency of the Beit Bridge Border Post, as part of the Logistics Cluster; and an agreement with Mozambique relating to tourism and nature conservation.
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