SPECIAL FEATURE Among the roles of LEDA are to assist investors and to encourage trade in and out of the province. Other key tasks are: • to do research • to identify and package development opportunities • to leverage partnerships • support priority sector • coordinate and manage the implementation of strategic infrastructure and economic interventions. In the last of these roles, LEDA has identified two two key strategic areas of focus, both of which have to do with land and land planning: • Special Economic Zones and Corridor Development: development within the province is being directed to specific areas where economies of scale and logistics can best be leveraged. • Land, property and infrastructure development: as these targeted areas grow, so the infrastructure and associated industries will act as a magnet for businesses and industries in the same sector, and businesses that exist to service that businesses and industrial enterprises. By the same token, care should be taken that areas chosen for future residential, industrial or commercial development must be suitable and fall in line with plans for the rolling out of infrastructure. The Provincial Government of Limpopo and its agencies, in partnerships with national government and some private companies, is putting resources into these key aspects of the province’s economic
infrastructure. There is an awareness that investment can only happen were water, energy and ICT can be relied on, and where the logistics exercise for getting supplies in and products out is efficient. The province has identified specific kinds of strategic economic infrastructure as key to attracting investors. These are: • water • energy • ICT • freight and logistics. As will be seen in the other pages in this book, there is work going on in rolling out broadband to remote parts of the province and serious discussions are taking place with big users of energy and water. Freight and logistics is very much in the spotlight with the SEZs, particularly the MusinaMukhado SEZ.
Areas identified for particular kinds of investment are: Economic cluster
Agri-processing and horticulture
Molemole, Thohoyandou, Elias Motsoaledi, Ephraim Mogale, Modimolle
Horticulture and forestry
Makhado, Tzaneen, Greater Letaba, Maruleng
Polokwane, Musina (SEZ)
Mokopane, Thabazimbi, Tubatse (and chrome: SEZ)
Makhado, Lephalale (and energy)
Mining: copper and magnetite
Tourism and meat production
All districts within Limpopo
SOURCE: LIMPOPO DEVELOPMENT PLAN SUMMARY DOCUMENT
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