The Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone will host an energy and metallurgical complex CEO Lehlogonolo Masoga explains how the MMSEZ is ideally placed to play a key role in regional integration.
BIOGRAPHY Lehlogonolo Masoga has more than 19 years of experience as an administrator and public ser vant, most recently as Deputy Speaker of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature and MEC for Roads and Transport. He served on the Limpopo Youth Commission. Lehlogonolo holds three master’s degrees: Governance and Public Leadership (Wits), Development Studies (Limpopo) and an MSc in Leadership and Change (Leeds Beckett University, UK). He has diplomas in human resources and humanitarian assistance and is currently a registered PhD candidate in Administration. LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2020/21
What locational advantages does the MMSEZ enjoy? The Musina-Makhado SEZ is located in the vicinity of the Beit Bridge Border Post which is one of the busiest ports of entry to South Africa and a gateway to the South African Development Community (SADC) countries. The MMSEZ has the potential to become an inland intermodal terminal, facilitated by its anchoring position along the North-South Corridor, and directly connecting to the country’s major ports through both N1 road and the Johannesburg-Musina railway line, for the trans-shipment of sea cargo and manufactured goods. Musina and Makhado municipalities are located in the Vhembe District. What industries will be established at the SEZ? An energy and metallurgical complex will include the following plants: Coal Power, Coke, Ferrochrome, Ferromanganese, Pig Iron, Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Lime, Silicon-Manganese, Metal Silicon and Calcium Carbide. This will be complemented by the logistics hub, agroprocessing centre, light-to-medium manufacturing industries, SMME Incubation Centre, retail centres, hotels and residential amenities. What is planned for the early phases? The planning phase has been complex. A rigorous and diligent planning process was undertaken which involved pre-feasibility, feasibility, licence application, operator appointment, stakeholder engagement, environmental impact assessment, clusters analysis, internal and external infrastructure master planning, entity corporatisation, etc. Despite the lengthy environmental impact assessment process affecting the Energy and the Metallurgical Cluster (South Site), we are confident that the light-to-medium industrial park, to be located in the North Site of the SEZ, will be operational by the end of 2021. Our infrastructure rollout plans are unfolding smoothly. What are the longer-term plans for the SEZ? The MMSEZ is an economic development tool which aims to promote national economic growth and exports by using support measures in order to attract targeted foreign and domestic investments, research and development and technology transfer. We are looking forward