NORTH WEST BUSINESS THE GUIDE TO BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT IN THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE
JOIN US ONLINE
WWW.GLOBALAFRICANETWORK.COM | WWW.NORTHWESTBUSINESS.CO.ZA
NORTH WEST PROVINCE
CREATING L ASTI NG LEGACIES
CONTENTS North West Business 2020/21 Edition
A unique guide to business and investment in the North West.
Special features Regional overview
Spatial planning is at the heart of plans to expand the economy of the North West.
Putting North West on the road to growth SANRAL and Rustenburg Rapid Transport are investing in infrastructure.
Economic sectors Mining 22 Vanadium is finding new value in batteries.
Agriculture 28 New abattoirs will benefit farmers.
Water 30 Providing water to schools is a priority.
Manufacturing 31 New technology makes new tyres at Bridgestone.
Tourism 32 Sport and heritage tourism are new strategic sectors. NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
North West Business A unique guide to business and investment in the North West.
Credits Publishing director: Chris Whales Editor: John Young Managing director: Clive During Online editor: Christoff Scholtz Designer: Simon Lewis Production: Lizel Olivier Ad sales: Gavin van der Merwe Sam Oliver Jeremy Petersen Gabriel Venter Vanessa Wallace Shiko Diala Administration & accounts: Charlene Steynberg Kathy Wootton Printing: FA Print
he 2020/21 edition of North West Business marks the 10th publication of this highly successful journal that, since its launch in 2009, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the North West Province.
North West Business includes news and analysis of the most important sectors, with a regional overview covering the strategic thinking behind plans to attract investment into the province. Best known for its platinum mines, grain and livestock farming and tourism, the province is making a concerted effort to bolster its manufacturing capacity. Corridor development, agri-parks and the creation of a Special Economic Zone are among the economic stimulus plans covered in this edition. To complement the extensive local, national and international distribution of the print edition, the full content can also be viewed online at www.globalafricanetwork.co.za. Updated information on the North West is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at www.gan.co.za, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces, our flagship South African Business title and the new addition to our list of publications, African Business, which was launched in 2020. ■ Chris Whales Publisher, Global Africa Network Media | Email: email@example.com
North West Business is distributed internationally on outgoing and incoming trade missions, through trade and investment agencies; to foreign offices in South Africa’s main trading partners around the world; at top national and international events; through the offices of foreign representatives in South Africa; as well as nationally and regionally via chambers of commerce, tourism offices, airport lounges, provincial government departments, municipalities and companies.
Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd Company Registration No: 2004/004982/07 Directors: Clive During, Chris Whales Physical address: 28 Main Road, Rondebosch 7700 Postal address: PO Box 292, Newlands 7701 Tel: +27 21 657 6200 | Fax: +27 21 674 6943 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.gan.co.za
Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations COPYRIGHT | North West Business is an independent publication published by Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. Full copyright to the publication vests with Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd.
ISSN 1996-1022 PHOTO CREDITS | Pics courtesy ASISA, AVMY Steel Science, Bushveld Minerals, Implats, Monakaladi Gardens, North West Department of Education, North West Provincial Government, North West Tourism, North-West University, SA Boer Goat Breeders’ Association, SA Tourism/flickr, Sedibeng Water, Simbra SA, Pexels, Pixabay.
DISCLAIMER | While the publisher, Global Africa Network Media (Pty) Ltd, has used all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information contained in North West Business is accurate and up-to-date, the publishers make no representations as to the accuracy, quality, timeliness, or completeness of the information. Global Africa Network will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of or any reliance placed on such information.
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Education and training
Banking and financial services
Development finance and SMME support
North-West University now offers Mechatronic Engineering. All the major banks have agricultural divisions. Banks are running training courses for business owners.
Energy 38 Fuel cells are in the spotlight.
Reference Sector contents
Provincial government listings
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
ABOUT THE COVER: Impala Platinum (Implats) is a long-time investor in the North West Province. The operations in Rustenburg include a multi-shaft mining complex and concentrating and smelting plants. The base and precious metal refineries are in Springs, east of Johannesburg. Implats is one of the world’s largest producers of platinum and palladium. Image: Implats.
Africa Biomass Company Buy your own Bandit wood chipper Bandit the only logical choicebiomass for wood chippers in or hire us to deal with your
Your caring family trading as world leaders in the wood chipping industry.
P CHIPPER HIRE & SALES trading as Africa Biomass Company (ABC) is a wood chipping company that provides wood recycling services, supplying biomass according to specification. ABC is one of the best go-to wood chipper equipment sales and services agents.
Africa, which are now fitted on SABS-approved trailers. For more information on the Bandit, see page 9
ABC understands wood recycling
With a comprehensive understanding of the operational challenges of wood recycling in South Africa, ABC has established state-of-the-art facilities to serWood chipper services vice, repair and rebuild wood chipper equipment of • Agricultural: orchard / vineyard recycling and any brand and size. ABC’s facilities are operated by a remarkable of very experienced mulch spreading A small selection of Bandit wood chippers (from left toteam right): Model 75XP Engine; Model 65XPand PTO suitably and theor Intimidator™ 12XPC. qualified engineers, technicians and artisans. • Biomass for generation of heat electricity Company Slogan An equally remarkable team of field-service • Site clearing and preparation technicians deliver repairs, maintenance and parts • River rehabilitation in riparian zones Become an owner of a Bandit chipper Africa Biomass Company is the authorised dealer to clients’ sites to optimise uptime and efficiency. • Workshop, field services, parts and spares for Bandit Industries in Southern Africa. All existing and new customers are welcome • Operator training services: SETA-certified ABC has built up a substantial fleet of Bandit to contact us if they want to become the as partexperienced The most owner of the top-class range of Bandit • Manufacturing workshop wood chippers for use by the company Company Slogan
of our wood recycling services, but ABC also equipment. Bandit Industries have delivered wood chips producer in Africa offers a whole range of Bandit wood chippers successful recycling solutions to basically The X-factor in wood chippers to clients who want to invest in the Bandit range. every corner of the planet.
Dimensional Bandit chippers are designed with quality,wood chips are produced by the removal production andchippers longevity in mind. Hand-fed of alien invasiveAtrees in ripariantozones, previously ABC is the authorised dealer for Bandit wood commitment support chippers are mounted on custom-built, SABSdeemed as impossible. ABC, however, now has in Africa. Bandit combines first-world technology and Africa Biomass Company is fully equipped approved trailers. Owning a Bandit wood and stocked to service and repairthe any job Bandit thefront knowledge and technology to get experience with third-world functionality. This makes chipper will always put you in the seat of machine anywhere in South Africa. We own reliable wood chipping operations. done. These woodparts chipswarehouse are then (650m²), used a fully-equipped In many cases, the Bandit wood chipper sets a greenmanufacturing applications department asaswell as field the benchmark for other brands in the wood in agri-industrial services to ensure that for partseither are always to coal heatreadily or chipping industry. We are ready to supply the er alternative available and our own, as well as our clients’ right Bandit wood chipping solution with advice electricity production. Bandit wood chippers are not out of commission and aftercare to your doorstep. All existing and longer than they have to be. new customers are welcome to contact us to Geographical footprint www.abc.co.za become the owner of Bandit equipment.
CAPE(Western BUSINESS 2020 9 is located in WESTERN ABC Worcester Cape), Kirkwood (Eastern Cape), Nelspruit (Mpumalanga) and Upington (Northern Cape). We operate in all nine provinces in South Africa and also across the borders into Sub-Saharan Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria. ■
www.abc.co.za Head Office: 023 342 1212 Area Manager: André van Blerk | 066 069 1186 | email@example.com
Regional overview of North West Province By John Young
Spatial planning is at the heart of plans to expand the economy of the North West.
Development Corridors, two of which are: • The Eco-Tourism Corridor, Bojanala District. This corridor extends beyond the tourism sector (which includes the Hartbeespoort Dam to Sun City, game lodges and game reserves) and will be supported by the Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone, the automotive industry in the Madibeng area and the mining opportunities that occur throughout the district. The proposed PVSEZ in the Mogwase Industrial Area will be designed to create space for enterprises which supply the mining industry. Other targeted sectors are capital equipment manufacturing, renewable energy, agro-processing and general manufacturing. Discussions are underway with the National Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) for the licensing and commissioning of the SEZ. • The N12 corridor in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District. By promoting residential and commercial activity along this route, it is intended to integrate the economies of the towns of Matlosana and Tlokwe. Private developers are thinking of regional links for their new development in Vryburg, which is at the intersection of the N14 highway (Johannesburg-Upington) and the N18 highway which connects Kimberley to Mahikeng. Twin City Development and Vuno Developments are spending R290-million on the town’s first retail
evelopment corridors, a proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ), industrial parks and agri-parks with differentiated focus areas are among the interventions planned to stimulate the regional economy and create employment opportunities. The North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT ) has committed to entering partnerships with the Automobile Industry Development Council (AIDC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to revive industrial parks in the province and create industries that will target niche markets. The creation of district agri-parks is intended to boost primary production which in turn will increase the amount of raw material that can be processed. Companies making car seats within the province’s active automotive parts sector would be a ready market for treated hides from the huge provincial cattle herd. The province’s strategic location goes beyond the obvious benefit of its proximity to the province of Gauteng: the major roads linking trade on an east-west axis pass through the province, as does the major railway line which runs from Cape Town in the south to Zimbabwe and beyond in the north. These advantages will be enhanced by four Provincial Strategic
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
SPECIAL FEATURE The mineral reserves in the province are enormous. Platinum group metals (PGMs) predominate but there are significant deposits of gold, uranium, diamonds, copper, vanadium, fluorspar and nickel. Stone and limestone are also found in large quantities. Mining beneficiation takes place at many places, with Rustenburg being particularly strong in this sector. The economy of the town is closely linked to the fortunes of platinum mining, with the sector contributing about 70% of the city’s gross geographic product. Automotive components firms are clustered in Brits, which in turn is close to the automotive manufacturing hub of Rosslyn (Pretoria) in Gauteng. Towns like Klerksdorp (agro-processing and engineering) and Potchefstroom (food and beverages) also have manufacturing capacity. The North West is a major producer of maize and sunflower seeds and many other agricultural products. About 20% of South Africa’s maize comes from the province, as does 15% of its wheat. The dry western part of the province is home to
mall, which will serve as a regional attraction. Twin City Development is partnering with the Moolman Group in the construction of the new Rustenburg Mall. Spatial thinking requires infrastructure to underpin it. In 2020 the North West Department of Public Works and Roads was busy with 13 road construction projects valued at R900-million.
Geography and economy The North West is bordered on the west by the Republic of Botswana and on the east by Gauteng, the engine of the South African economy. The North West province makes up 6.8% of the population of South Africa (3.6-million), 8.7% of the land mass (105 076km²) and accounts for 5.8% of economic output in terms of gross value added. The Vaal River runs along the province’s south-eastern border with the Free State, and the province also shares borders with the Northern Cape to the south and Limpopo in the north.
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
SPECIAL FEATURE near the Botswana border, the city has a strong services sector and a population of approximately 300 000. The city’s main sectors are financial services, services, transport and trade. The Garona District houses the North West parliament and government buildings. The arts are promoted by the Mmabana Cultural Centre, while the North West Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management is one of three tertiary institutions in the city. North-West University’s Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership is located in the city, and Unisa has a presence. Other institutions are the Taletso TVET College and the International School of South Africa. The town is well served by hotels such as the Mmabatho Palms, Hotel and Casino Convention Resort. White rhino and giraffe can be found at the Mahikeng Game Reserve. The city of Potchefstroom is administered by the Tlokwe Local Municipality. A large campus of North-West University and its business school is located in the city, as is the Vuselela TVET College and the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. More than 120 000 people regularly attend the annual Aardklop Festival. The city has a population
beef cattle, game ranching and hunting. The normally well-watered eastern and north-eastern regions carry varied crops, many of which are sold in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The agricultural sector also generates largescale storage and logistics operations, particularly in Klerksdorp, Vryburg and Brits, together with a number of agro-processing plants. Senwes is one of the biggest with extensive silo infrastructure while Suidwes has 17 retail outlets and MGK makes full-fat soy at its manufacturing plant. Lichtenburgbased NWK makes liquid fertiliser and animal feed, processes sunflower seeds and runs 37 silos and three grain mills. The province’s three Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the well-respected North-West University all have several campuses catering to a wide range of educational disciplines. The university has a strong reputation as a research institution.
Major towns The capital city of the North West Province, Mahikeng, lies on the banks of the Molopo River. Situated in the north-west sector of the province
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
SPECIAL FEATURE BANDIT – EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS First-world technology and quality combined SABS-approved roadworthy trailers built at Africa with African simplicity. The main woodchipper Biomass Company in Worcester, South Africa. unit is manufactured by Bandit Industries, Inc. Engine-powered woodchippers are fitted with 35-plus years’ experience with Tier 3, South African standard, diesel or in innovation and international petrol engines, depending on the woodchippers’ research. These units specification or clients’ preference. Electric and PTO are shipped to options are also available in various Bandit models. South Africa The add-ons are specifically handpicked to give where they are you the best set-up and will provide you with a fitted onto well-balanced woodchipper that will outperform most other chippers in Africa.
Botswana border in the west and, as the Trans Kalahari Route, ultimately to Namibia. At the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, Rustenburg is only 50km from one of the country’s premier tourist resorts, Sun City, which in turn is adjacent to the 550km² Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve which has a small airport. Orbit T VET College has a campus in Rustenburg, Unisa has a regional office and the Agricultural Research Institute’s Industrial Crops Division is also located in the city. The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace hosted five group matches in the 2010 World Cup. Platinum mining began in 1929 and has driven the city’s growth ever since. ■
of about 173 000. The sports facilities of NorthWest University are world class and have been the base for Spain’s soccer team and Australia’s cricket team in world cups. Tlokwe is a hub for the strong commercial agriculture of the region and has several food and beverage manufacturers including Nestlé. Some of the bigger enterprises include fertiliser companies such as Kynoch, munitions manufacturers, and food processors like King Food. An army base contributes to the economy, and the airfield formerly used by the military is now run by the municipality. The N12 Treasure Route passes through the city and holds potential for further development of tourist highlights such as Boskop Dam and the Mooi River on which the town is located. Rustenburg is a local municipality within the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality and the headquarters of both bodies are in the city of about 625 000 residents. Rustenburg straddles the N4 “Platinum Highway” about 120km west of the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province, the economic hub of South Africa. The N4 stretches across South Africa from Mozambique in the east, to the
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Putting North West on the road to growth SANRAL and Rustenburg Rapid Transport are investing in infrastructure.
Transport scheme are coming together to promise enhanced movement around the province’s most populated urban centre. The R512 connects the towns of Brits in the North West and Randburg in Gauteng via Hartbeespoort, providing a good connection to the N4 highway. The cost of the road project through Pampoennek was R377-million and the road was opened by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. “This road gives expression to the notion that transport is the heartbeat of the South African economy, playing an integral part in the country’s economic growth. Roads are an essential part of South Africa’s transport system and are important infrastructure to enable economic activity and access to social amenities,” said Mbalula at the ceremony.
wo major transport projects in the North West will create conditions for better mobility to and from the province and within its principal city. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) opened the R512 Pampoennek road in September 2020 and the elements of the Rustenburg Rapid
Skhumbuzo Macozoma, CEO of SANRAL (left), and Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Transport, celebrate the opening of the Pampoennek Road in the North West. NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Rustenburg is one of the fastest-growing cities in South Africa. With a population of more than 500 000, city planners have turned their attention to improving the quality of life for commuters through an integrated and intelligent public transport system. Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT ) aims to manage and allocate road space more efficiently, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and ultimately to provide a better user experience for people using public transport and for people working and walking in the inner city. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is one of the elements of the RRT system. There are two main BRT corridors where passenger volumes are high. The corridors will have dedicated bus lanes with
In June 2020, the Rustenburg Local Municipality welcomed the first Yarona Bus at a session held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The RRT project will begin with a testing and training phase and the first bus will be used by the Rustenburg Rapid Transport team to train drivers, and test various infrastructure components including stations and priority traffic lights in a build-up to the main launch. The Rustenburg Rapid Transport programme forms part of the road-based component of the national Bus Rapid Transport Strategy, overseen by the National Department of Transport. Its goal is to ensure swift movement of large numbers of people between parts of a city in a quick and safer way. The local taxi industry has been working closely on the programme and affected taxi operators will create and run a bus-operating company (BOC). Several milestones have already been reached in this sphere, namely the creation of Taxi Negotiating Forum and the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement. There are further plans for public transport to become more integrated in the future. This might involve co-branding and a single fare system. On the topic of regulation, Executive Mayor Mpho
walkways and stations which allow for easy access. The RRT system is designed to cater for up to 75 000 commuters daily when operating at full capacity. Construction of the RRT project’s road network has begun and various other projects have been undertaken related to the project, including traffic lane upgrades and the installation of dedicated traffic lights and signals. Cycle lanes and walkways for cyclists and pedestrians have been constructed to complement the RRT system.
Khunou says that a “fully-fledged transport entity” is being discussed for the future. “As things stand, the only people who will participate in this new system are going to be those who are affected,” says Khunou. “The idea moving forward is to involve other parts of the industry, then you can then regulate all forms of transport in the city. That is something we are looking in to that will happen a bit further into the future.” ■
SANRAL is currently working on other roads in the North West, including the N14 and N12 highways. SANRAL’s Horizon 2030 strategy aims to ensure that local communities benefit when roads are built in their areas. Construction of the Pampoennek route generated 209 permanent jobs for locals with R27.4-million spent by August 2020. About 180 people were offered training and 12 subcontractors were employed on the project.
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Rustenburg Rapid Transport explained The Yarona Bus service will improve connectivity and access.
he Rustenburg Local Municipality is getting closer to its vision of turning Rustenburg into a “world-class city”. With the Rustenburg Rapid Transport project, the city has invested heavily in public transport infrastructure, resulting in job creation and small business development. The project will improve efficiency in public transport by introducing the Yarona Bus, an Integrated Public Transport System that will soon ferry commuters from their places of work or homes to their destinations.
more buses to be purchased to replace and in some areas, to integrate with the minibus taxis on some of the routes. Rustenburg aims to be one of the cities to integrate the minibus taxi system with buses, which will operate under the company management. Affected drivers from the minibus taxi industry will also be afforded an opportunity to be trained to drive buses should they qualify and be employed by the company. Other affected employees of the minibus taxi industry will be trained for other employment opportunities within the company, as will all residents of the area, who will be given the opportunity to apply for any career. The Rustenburg Local Municipality has been working closely with the local and affected taxi industry, who are supportive and have become a part of the transformative agenda of the RRT project. Some of the key milestones achieved with the local taxi industry include the establishment of the Taxi Negotiating Forum, the conclusion of a Memorandum of Agreement, and the establishment of the BOC which affected taxi operators will transition into. The municipality plans to roll out 10 buses for Phase 1A of the system before the end of 2020 with a further 30 buses planned in the following 24 months. In total, 45 buses and 150 taxis will form the first phase of the system. The municipality is further undertaking construction of 18 stations on two trunk roads and in the central business district (CBD). Once complete, the Yarona Bus service is envisaged to do up to 100 000 passenger trips daily on two corridors, with 18 stations, 450 bus stops, one depot and one operations control centre to manage the services. ■
The launch of Yarona Bus service will commence with a mixed fleet of 10 standard buses and up to 200 minibus taxis with the entire mixed fleet managed by the bus operating company (BOC) formed by the affected minibus taxi and bus operators. RRT is engaging these affected minibus taxis and bus operators thoroughly and they are expected to enter into various agreements with the municipality to implement an integrated public transport system in the City of Rustenburg. Over the next three years, the services are expected to be increased to cover more areas and commuters, with
Contact details Theron Rapoo Tel: +27 14 590 3721 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
A world-class public transport network Frequently asked questions answered. What is the IRPTN? Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network refers to the integration of the various modes of transport which seeks to provide a safer, reliable, accessible, affordable, transport system that gives priority to public over private transport. The plan is to provide integration of public transport with the emphasis being on the delivery of a Rapid Transit (RT) system. This includes the integration of the system with other services, including local and long-distance bus services, feeder vehicles, taxis, pedestrian passageways, bicycles and private cars.
What is RRT? Rustenburg Rapid Transit is the municipality’s IRPTN project management office responsible for planning, managing and implementing services for a high-quality public transport system that runs on an exclusive dedicated lane with coordinated and prioritised signalling. The people of Rustenburg, the municipality and the RRT department have named the bus service Yarona™ Bus. Why is the Yarona™ Bus being introduced in Rustenburg? To transform existing public transport conditions by providing a high-quality, cost-effective, car-competitive public transport system that will serve the mobility needs of all segments of the municipality’s population, even current
owners of private vehicles and in doing so, ease congestion, reduce the impact on the environment and support the development of a sustainable city; to achieve this objective by placing 85% of the municipality’s population within 500m of an IRPTN road, or feeder corridor; to improve and integrate the municipality’s urban transport system and attract more investment and tourism and ultimately stimulate the economy and job creation. Which areas will be covered? • Phase 1A: North-western areas of the CBD including Tlhabane, Tlhabane West, Rustenburg North and Geelhout Park. • Phase 1B: Meriting, Freedom Park, Sunrise Park, Ramochana and Boitekong Extensions 4 and 7. • Phase 1C: Protea Park, Cashan and part of Rustenburg CBD. • Phase 2: Kanana. This will have six feeder routes.
What kind of jobs will be created? General labourers, drivers and operators, artisans and technical skilled persons, supervisors, managers, cleaners, security, cashiers, retailers, mechanics, etc. Will people living with disabilities be able to commute on the Yarona™ system? The Yarona™ system is designed to accommodate people with special needs. Buses will be designed to ensure easy boarding and descending for people with special needs. ■
An efficient transport system will help Rustenburg achieve its vision Mpho Khunou, Executive Mayor, Rustenburg Local Municipality
Rustenburg’s Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou explains how the Rustenburg Rapid Transport system will ease congestion, improve commuters’ experiences and revitalise the city’s central business district. How does the Rustenburg Rapid Transport scheme fit into the city’s broader planning? We are very pleased to have been chosen to participate in this national programme of 13 municipalities countrywide. It is a programme initiated by the National Department of Transport to tackle transport challenges in major cities. The plan fits in well with our long-term vision of becoming a world-class city. In order achieve this, the City must have an efficient transport system which is universally accessible, reliable and provides a linkage with other modes of transport. With this new transport network, we aim to facilitate a more efficient economy.
How will the dedicated bus lanes help to improve the commuter experience? Biography Executive Mayor Mpho Khunou grew up in Rustenburg where his father was a mineworker and attended school in Mahikeng. Active in ANC Youth League politics from the early 1990s, Mayor Khunou served as a Rustenburg city councillor between 1995 and 2000, during which time he was Chief Whip. After a period as an entrepreneur, he worked in various capacities within the municipality’s executive management. Elected to his current position in 2011, he was re-elected in 2016.
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Feeder routes and walkways will link commuters with major trunk roads which have dedicated bus lanes to ensure a faster service and promote easier access to various parts of the City, which is currently a major challenge to residents. Furthermore, the trunk routes have stations which have incorporated green building principles such as natural light. Phase 1 to 4 of the integrated public transport network is envisaged to place up to 60% of the City’s residents within 500 metres of a service.
Will conditions for pedestrians and cyclists improve? The City constructed infrastructure for non-motorised transport (NMT) which is already being used in some parts of the city. On the R510 and R104 roads there is dedicated infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians which a lot of people are using to cycle into the city, as well as on the feeder routes. We will focus on signage and safety once the system comes into operation and this will ensure that transport service will be attractive to private motor users.
What are the key achievements you want the RRT to reach? The RRT is designed to reduce congestion by having fewer taxis on
INTERVIEW the road. The infrastructure built in the Central Business District (CBD) has already done a lot in improving access and the quality of mixed traffic lanes. The entire functionality of the CBD will be improved, and we envisage the CBD to be more liveable and friendlier for the business community and residents. The project fits in with the objective of the municipality to rejuvenate the CBD and will assist to create spatial integration and thus bring more opportunities.
How many jobs has the RRT created?
What is the budget of the RRT?
How important is the integration of public transport?
The project has created about 1 200 jobs and about 105 SMMEs have been involved. As we implement more infrastructure projects including the main depot, feeder roads and the completion of stations, there will be more jobs created and more opportunities for local SMMEs. Our projection is that there will be opportunities for 50 to 60 more SMMEs to be involved and overall, a total of 2 300 jobs will be created by RRT.
The project is funded through a grant from the National Department of Transport. Since inception of the project in 2012, about R3.1-billion has been spent. There is about R200-million in the current budget to complete the stations, increase the bus fleet, start with the bus depot and deal with the issues concerning transition of the current informal taxi industry. The Municipality will be implementing the system in phases – the first phase will come into operation in January 2021. We estimate that the system will be fully operational in about five years. When it is fully operational, we expect to be able to transport about 60% of commuters. In October busses will be delivered, testing will take place and the training of drivers will start. Final touches for an interim depot will be done and the stages that follow will depend on allocations from national government.
You can’t talk about an economic revival of an economy that functions optimally without an efficient public transport system. You have to be able to move people in and out of the CBD in an efficient manner. What is exciting about this project is that it will also go a long way towards promoting spatial transformation so that the CBD becomes lot more vibrant and liveable.
How will Yarona’s operations be managed? In terms of the national Public Transport Act, this is an empowerment scheme for existing public transporter operators. We have to conclude an agreement with existing public transport operators who have formed an entity called the Taxi Negotiating Forum. They are envisaged to run the system through a bus operating company (BOC) for a maximum of 12 years. We have been in discussion since 2011. We are at a critical stage now in terms of our interaction with them and are discussing the participation agreement and how we subsidise them. Those involved are the existing public transport operators who are trading along the routes such as Swartruggens, the R510 and all of the feeder roads. In other words, only those affected by the new system, or those who will be incorporated. ■
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
see money differently
SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS AIMED AT CREATING JOBS AND GROWING THE ECONOMY Nedbank’s Provincial Manager of Retail Relationship Banking for North West Province, Pieter Naudé, says that small businesses are the mainstay of the economy and Nedbank provides small-business owners with support that goes beyond banking.
ovid-19 has dealt entrepreneurs a major blow and, naturally, they are overwhelmed and anxious about the future of their businesses. Nedbank is proud to be involved in various ways to help mitigate the economic impact of the crisis on this vital sector. For example, BackaBusiness is an innovative and relevant way in which people can show their support for small businesses to ensure their survival. Loyal customers, family and friends, and society at large can join the movement to pay now and redeem a reward from the business owner once trading resumes.’
‘Beyond this Covid-19 relief, our experts are available to provide all the support you need. Nedbank offers simple, affordable banking solutions and value-added services to get and keep your business going,’ says Naudé. Initiatives such as the free-to-join networking portal, SimplyBiz.co.za, The Essential Guide for Small-business Owners, business registration services and free small-business seminars are all geared to support small and medium-sized enterprises.
Nedbank offers simple, affordable banking solutions and value-added services to get and keep your business going …
Naudé adds that Nedbank’s Professional Banking solution is built on five pillars. ‘We provide our professional clients with banking at their fingertips, benefits that matter, expert savings and investment advice and a unique household banking approach, which allows them and their families to finance their dreams and growth.’ ‘With dedicated relationship bankers, tailored financing options and 24/7 service, the banking experience we offer is seamless, enables our clients’ financial aspirations and is flexible to grow as your needs grow,’ says Naudé. If you want to tap into our small-business expertise to reach your business goals, please email Pieter Naudé at PieterN@Nedbank.co.za or visit www.nedbank.co.za.
see money differently
NEDBANK BUSINESS BANKING AIMS TO SUPPORT ALL BUSINESS SECTORS IN THE NORTH WEST Johann Swanepoel, Provincial Manager for Business Banking in the North-West Province, says Nedbank Business Banking’s business managers are specialists in the commercial, agriculture, professional, wholesale and retail industries and services, as well as the public sector.
t Nedbank Business Banking we believe that you need a flexible, resilient financial partner who not only understands your circumstances and aspirations, but also provides you with relevant solutions and a banking experience that is hassle-free, allowing you to concentrate on what’s most important to you – running your business,’ says Swanepoel. Our bigger-picture banking approach enables us not only to provide you with the banking solutions you need, but also to give you a holistic view of how our products are connected to create a framework that yields maximum impact across every facet of your business and beyond. We know that success in business is about partnerships, and that is why we put the building of deep, lasting, value-adding relationships at the centre of everything we do. This means your goals are our goals, your vision is our vision, and your success is our success – while you rely on our additional support that is most needed in times of change and uncertainty. In the agricultural sector particularly, Nedbank understands that if the various challenges it faces are not addressed, it will threaten economic growth, food security,
… Nedbank has developed innovative funding solutions designed to support farmers with sustainable farming interventions …
employment and investment. ‘By using our financial expertise to do good, we partner with our agricultural clients to contribute to a growing, competitive, transformed and climate-resilient agricultural sector.’ To this end Nedbank has developed innovative funding solutions designed to support farmers with sustainable farming interventions, ranging from water efficiency mechanisms and cutting-edge irrigation to renewable-energy financing. Swanepoel says that Nedbank’s leadership position in renewable-energy finance is helping many farmers and agribusinesses to benefit from cleaner, more reliable and affordable power generation than the national grid can provide. If you are interested in taking your business to the next level, please email Johann Swanepoel at JohannEu@nedbank.co.za or visit www.nedbank.co.za/business.
see money differently
MONEY EXPERTS BRING 21ST CENTURY BANKING TO ALL COMMUNITIES
t the heart of Nedbank’s business strategy is its belief that its sustainability depends on its ability to integrate into the communities in which it operates.. Daniel Makinita, Regional Manager for Retail Business Banking in the North-West Province explains: ‘Nedbank has continued to deliver on its brand promise, which is to use our financial expertise to do good for individuals, families, businesses and communities in which we operate. Our client-centred strategy has enabled us to reach out to our clients in time of need during the Covid-19 national lockdown.’
The Nedbank Contact Centre and advanced digital innovation, including the awardwinning Nedbank Money app, enabled the bank to continue serving clients in the comfort of their homes. It brought convenience to clients and helped them to comply with lockdown regulations. Makinita says that for small- and mediumbusiness clients, Nedbank continues to deliver end-to-end solutions through a dedicated business manager. ‘Our business managers are supported by a team of
Our client-centred strategy has enabled us to reach out to our clients in time of need during the Covid-19 national lockdown.
experts across the bank to deliver seamless banking solutions. Our bigger-picture business approach ensures that we are able to take a holistic view of the business by understanding the vision, cashflow cycle, and transactional and capital expenditure needs of the business. This way, we become trusted advisors to the business owners who strives to grow their business.’ If you are interested in taking your business to its next level or need information about Nedbank’s specialised service offering, please email Daniel Makinita at DanielMak@Nedbank.co.za or visit www.nedbank.co.za.
see money differently
NEDBANK BUSINESS BANKING HELPS PUBLIC SECTOR SEE MONEY DIFFERENTLY
Monei Seleho, Nedbank's Provincial Manager for the Public Sector in the North West Province, says that given the strategic importance of the public sector to the economy and the country at large, Nedbank has a dedicated public sector team to provide financial solutions that enable the broader mandate of service delivery. ‘We understand that the various spheres of government and their agencies face unique challenges, and are ready and able to draw on the bank’s innovative, seamless and hassle-free products to help build a greater nation.’ But the bank's role goes beyond providing banking solutions to these vital entities. As money experts who do good, Nedbank strives to empower the people behind the public sector by saving them time, money and helping them to manage their money better.
Nedbank strives to empower the people behind the public sector by saving them time, money and helping them to manage their money better.
our market-leading Nedbank Money app and other digital solutions. We also help them save money through our preferential banking solutions and our award-winning Financial Fitness and Consumer Education Programme. The programme helps them manage their money better by providing budgeting and money management training, equipping their staff members to deal with everyday money management challenges better,' says Seleho. To find out more about how Nedbank can partner with your organisation to grow a greater South Africa, please email Monei Seleho at MoneiS@Nedbank.co.za or visit www.nedbank.co.za/business.
'We help them save time by providing onsite help from our dedicated teams and through Nedbank Ltd Reg No 1951/000009/06. Authorised financial services and registered credit provider (NCRCP16).
edbank is committed to delivering easy and innovative banking solutions to government, municipalities and state-owned enterprises throughout South Africa.
The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway is a privatelyrun amenity that is located north of the town of Hartbeespoort, offering views of the Magliesberg mountain range and the Hartbeespoort Dam. Erected in 1973, the 1.2km cableway was upgraded in 2010. The venue has won awards for its conference facilities. Hiking, paragliding and other adventure sports take place nearby. Image: SA Tourism NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
KEY SECTORS Overviews of the main economic sectors of the North West Mining 22 Agriculture 28 Water 30 Manufacturing 31 Tourism 32 34 Education and training Banking and financial services 36 Development finance and SMME support 37 Energy 38
Mining Vanadium is finding new value in batteries.
ilanesberg Platinum Mines created Community Crusher as a non-profit enterprise but with 14 employees and a steady set of orders for building projects run by the company, the small business is showing the potential to become a bigger business. Many mines run similar programmes, sourcing goods and services from local community-based companies and sometimes providing mentoring and advice on how to improve as businesses. Impala Platinum (Implats) has a programme of procurement in which it supports local business and black-owned businesses through enterprise and supplier development programmes. Pilanesberg Platinum Mines has been active 80km north-west of Rustenburg for just over ten years. Mining operations are conducted by contractors while PPM manages the concentrator (screen, crush, mill, float, thicken and dry). The operation has annually achieved an average of about 150 000 ounces of platinum group metal (PGM) concentrate. The Provincial Government of the North West is in talks with several mining companies in the Matlosana Local Municipality area (which includes Klerksdorp and Orkney) as some mines are being closed down. One of the initiatives to extract more value from mining is the proposed Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone. Creating a base for companies to supply the mining industry is one of the key drivers behind the scheme. The SEZ is intended for Mogwase in the Bojanala District, north of Rustenburg and east of Sun City. When fully developed, 200ha of land will be taken up by three infrastructure facilities comprising Logistics, Light Manufacturing and Heavy Manufacturing. The Seda Platinum Incubator (SPI) is an initiative of the Platinum Trust of South Africa and is funded by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) through its Seda Technology Programme (Stp) with the support of the North West Provincial Government and private companies.
Mining news Several mining companies are investigating energy – both in order to power their own operations because of the risk of the national utility failing to supply electricity, and to find new uses for platinum. Image: Bushveld Minerals
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Sector Insight A CSI project is turning into a viable business. Bushveld Minerals has two arms; Bushveld Vanadium and Bushveld Energy which is working on Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB). Energy storage is the focus of much research across the globe and Bushveld Energy intends its solar installation at its Vametco mine, supported by VRFB, to answer many questions. Bushveld Vanadium is one of three vanadium producers in the world. Sibanye -Stillwater has renamed the mining operation it bought from Lonmin in 2019, Marikana. The sale was completed in June 2019. This is SibanyeStillwater ’s second major purchase of platinum assets in the North West, after buying Anglo American’s Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited. Between the fourth quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019 the global price of platinum slumped, but a later surge in the price of other PGMs such as palladium and rhodium offset this downturn. The fact that the mining industry continued to operate through most of the lockdown that accompanied the Covid-19 outbreak helped to bring some stability back to the sector. In early 2020 rhodium rose to its highest price since 2008,
NEW WIMSA CHAIRPERSON RAISES THE BAR Selected as one of the “Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK in 2018, Thabile Makgala was recently appointed to the position of Chairperson of Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA). Thabile holds the position of Executive: Mining at Impala Platinum but getting to the top was no easy journey. Thabile recalls “numerous obstacles while navigating my mining career path”. Her qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering (Cum laude), from the University of the Witwatersrand. But as the first female mining engineer graduate at Goldfields Kloof and Driefontein division (now Sibanye Gold), it soon became clear that, as she recalls, “the industry had not adequately prepared itself to accept women in mining”.
$8 200/oz, and palladium achieved a new record high of nearly $2 150/oz. Some mining companies discovered that several of the other minerals that are present in their mines (gold, copper and nickel) were surging in price, causing them to investigate ramping up operations. Some companies chose to sell assets while others have undergone major restructuring. Impala Platinum will spend R2.7billion over two years to scale down production from 11 shafts to six lower-cost, profitable, shafts. In FY2018 Impala produced 580 800 ounces of refined platinum. Impala Refinery Services (IRS) smelts and refines concentrate and matte and recycles auto catalysts. The mining sector still makes a big contribution to provincial GDP although that percentage is now below 30%. About 18% of total employment in the province is in mining.
“The response to women’s needs (infrastructure, personal protective clothing and policies) was slow and very little was in place to address women’s issues.” Her extensive experience has given Thabile insight into what is needed. “Women and men should hold equal representation in the workplace,” she says, “and mining companies should prioritise and advocate for diversity, inclusion, parity and for greater recognition of female leadership within their organisations.” Thabile is encouraged by progress made by women in mining but wants to see “more deliberate and proactive action”. Her hope is that in 10 years, “the fundamental elements such as empowering, caring, showing respect, connecting and growing our female talent, would have been achieved”.
Mineral resources The North West Province is aligned with the Western Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, a remarkably rich minerals formation. Mines in the province produce 50% of the platinum produced in the world, and 65% of South Africa’s PGMs. Chromite is the other major mineral mined throughout the province, and there are several ferrochrome smelters and other processing plants. South Africa produces about 70% of the world’s chrome. Gold and uranium are found along the border of the province with Gauteng and the Free State (in Klerksdorp and Orkney). Diamonds are mined at Christiana, Bloemhof and Lichtenburg. Other minerals include fluorspar, vanadium, rhodium, uranium, copper, limestone, slate, phosphate, manganese, coal and nickel. Limestone quarries run by G&W Base and Industrial Minerals in the Marico District are located next to a PPC cement factory. One of the last economically viable limestone deposits in South Africa is mined and processed by Sephaku Cement. Sephaku runs a 6 000-ton-per-day clinker plant near Lichtenburg. AfriSam, PPC and Lafarge are active in the Mahikeng/Lichtenburg area, but Sephaku is confident that its clinker and cement-production facilities will be supported by raw materials for at least 30 years. AfriSam has taken measures to reduce carbon emissions at its Dudfield cement plant. ■
Online Resources Geological Society of South Africa: www.gssa.org.za Minerals Council South Africa: www.mineralscouncil.org.za National Department of Mineral Resources: www.dmr.gov.za North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Delivering opportunities in local communities Implats spent R1.6-billion supporting local businesses in 2019.
mplats’ enterprise and supplier development activities focus on supporting local and black businesses and are designed to contribute to socio-economic development in neighbouring communities, build a more robust and competitive supply chain for the Implats Group, and ensure compliance with regulatory expectations. Enhancing procurement opportunities is important to create sustainable communities, improve community relations and advance the economic development of these areas. Implats’ preferential procurement practices and enterprise and supplier development activities make a tangible difference to the lives and families of emerging black entrepreneurs and stimulate economic development in our host communities. In 2019, Implats’ South African operations made good progress on increasing levels of localised and preferential procurement. Local-to-site procurement increased to 23% of total spend, amounting to R1.6-billion. Implats strives, as far as possible, to source all goods and services within South Africa, with an emphasis on local businesses. Since 2013, Implats has provided support to 41 local black-owned businesses through two principal initiatives – Aurik and Raizcorp – and helped grow its monthly spend with 28 of these businesses by more than 60%. Supporting local and black-owned businesses through preferential procurement is an important part of promoting transformation and Implats undertakes the following activities to develop entrepreneurial skills: • S eeking, identifying, supporting and promoting appropriate historically disadvantaged suppliers through sustainable procurement practices. • Leveraging the existing supplier base to unlock local employment opportunities, mentorship and investment in the greater value chain. • Nurturing an environment for partnerships and joint ventures between the existing supplier base and local entrepreneurs. • S triving to improve year-on-year BEE spend relative to the requirements of the Mining Charter and reporting in parallel on B-BBEE performance as per the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s Codes of Good Practice. In 2020 Implats aims to increase the scale of working partnerships between the South African government and large and small suppliers.
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Further, our investment in the accommodation and living conditions of employees is one pillar of Implats’ contribution to the wellbeing of its host communities. Our social investment strategy complements this by providing schools, clinics and other amenities. Social programmes and investments are identified in collaboration with stakeholders in the areas in which we operate and seek to address identified community needs by focusing on infrastructure, health, education, community employment and empowerment initiatives. ■
By Empowering our People.
MUNITIES THROU COM GH
L CA LO
spent on adult literacy programmes in the last 5 years
Recognised leaders in the mining industry in improving living conditions
Local SMMEs and black-owned businesses supported by development and advisory programmes
EN TT H
INABLE BUSIN USTA E SS RS OP FO P
spent in the last 3 years improving learning environments through school support programme
R465 million invested in skills development in 2019
Coole Adv 18362
IP ERSH AD LE
invested in improving housing since 2007
HD UG RO
We are committed to ensuring our people contribute to and benefit from our success
Over R4 billion
NIT TU OR
discretionary procurement spend in 2019
Joint ventures with local entrepreneurs
CREATING AN ENV IRO NM
Apprenticeships and learnership programmes & investment in the development of schools
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
IO-ECONOM & SOC IC D EV E
HIV/Aids counselling, testing and wellness programme
ENT THROUGH ERM ED UC OW P AT EM
E TUR UC R ST
Investment and development of clinics
People are the foundation on which exceptional performance is built and Implats are committed to developing and empowering these people.
FOCUS EMPOWERMEN TT
Promote access to affordable and effective healthcare
Committed to socio-economic development in the North West Sibanye-Stillwater is committed to contributing towards the socio-economic development of the North West Province.
Above (left to right): Dr Zweli Mkhize (Minister of Health), Gwede Mantashe (Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy) and Job Mokgoro (North West Premier) receiving the donation of PPE for frontline health workers.
ibanye-Stillwater is a leading international precious metal mining company, with a diverse portfolio of platinum group metal (PGM) and gold operations and projects. It is the world’s largest primary producer of platinum and rhodium, the second- largest primary producer of palladium and the third-largest producer of gold (on a gold-equivalent basis). Sibanye-Stillwater is also the leading global recycler and processor of spent PGM catalytic converter materials.
Boikagong Primary School in Paardekraal
With its Rustenburg and Marikana mining operations in the North West providing employment to 44 000 workers in the region, Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant contributor to the socio-economic development of the North West Province. In addition to taxes, royalties and wages, the company contributes to the development of small and medium enterprises through its inclusive procurement and enterprise development programme. It also contributes to micro enterprises
Piggery in Boitekong
Above: Deputy Minister of Health Joe Phaahla and MEC of Health of North West, Madoda Sambatha, receiving the completed Forensic Pathology Mortuary delivered by Sibanye-Stillwater. and social infrastructure through the delivery of social and labour plans; projects based on the municipal integrated development plans and community needs.
Above: Delivery of sanitisers to Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital CEO Mr A Mvula (centre) in Rustenburg as part of the 100 000 litres of sanitisers donated to help in the fight against COVID-19. The Group was, like all industries in South Africa, severely impacted by Covid-19. Its operations were halted during the last week of March 2020 and limited underground production only resumed from May 2020. The Group has focused its efforts on the safe ramp-up of production from its operations since
May, adopting a gradual, phased return to work programme to protect the health and safety of its employees as much as possible. Notwithstanding the operational and financial challenges posed by Covid-19, the Group has continued to provide support to employees, the government and the communities to cushion the impact of Covid-19. The Group has invested R50-million in various initiatives in our doorstep communities and the Eastern Cape to assist communities and government to deal with the impact of Covid-19 in the areas of health, social relief, education and SMME support. Supporting stakeholders is a natural step given that the company already contributes, in addition to the investment towards Covid-19, over R290-million to socio-economic development in line with our vision of creating superior value for all stakeholders. ■
For additional information, please refer to www.sibanyestillwater.com
Agriculture New abattoirs will benefit farmers.
s part of a drive to help more farmers get connected to the more profitable end of the value chain, a beef beneficiation project is under consideration. To be located in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District, a feasibility study is investigating whether a public-private partnership for constructing abattoirs and other relevant infrastructure would work. Another initiative to assist emerging farmers is taking place in the wildlife sector. Although the sector is no longer delivering the spectacular returns of just a few years ago, it is still a potentially very profitable enterprise. To that end, the Provincial Government of the North West is to take excess game from its provincial nature reserves and make them available to emerging farmers. The North West Parks Board will oversee the process and the first donations will be in the order of 600 game animals. Four district agri-parks are intended to establish sustainable agroprocessing, promote food security and bring black businesses into the mainstream economy. Each of the agri-parks has a specific focus: • Springbokpan: grain (Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality). • Vryburg: livestock, red meat (Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality). • Moretele/Makapanstadt: red meat and horticulture (Bojanala District Municipality). • M aquassi Hills: pork and poultry (Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality). Various agro-processing plants are under consideration for the city of Mahikeng: a feedlot and a meat-processing plant, including an abattoir and packaging facilities. In Taung the plan is to establish an animal feed-manufacturing plant. A 10ha vineyard in Ventersdorp is to be expanded to 40ha and a black-owned logistics co-operative has been signed to distribute products from the farm. Kalahari Red goats. Credit: SA Boerbok
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Sector Insight Emerging game farmers are to be given a headstart. The Kgora Agricultural Institute in Ramatlabama, about 25km north of Mahikeng, trains small-scale farmers in raising animals and crop farming and works with young people.
Regional variety The dry western region of the province is home to large beefcattle herds, and this is where the growing game-ranching and hunting industry has its base. The eastern and north-eastern parts of the province receive relatively good rainfall and are suitable for the cultivation of crops. T h e N o r t h We s t h a s approximately 1.6-million beef cattle, representing 12% of South Africa’s herd. Major breeds include Simmental, Brahman, Bonsmara and Simbra (pictured), a cross between the Brahman and Simmental breeds. Kalahari Red and Boerbok goats are found in large numbers in the dry west. The number of goats for the province is estimated at 701 587 which is 12% of South Africa’s total. There are estimated to be 318 843 pigs, which is 20% of South Africa’s total drove. Nearly two-million hectares is planted with summer cereals, with about 50 000 hectares given over to winter cereals. The North
Credit: Simbra SA West produces about 20% of South Africa’s maize and about 15% of its wheat. The central and southern sections of the province are dominated by maize and wheat farming. When it comes to sunflower seed, North West is responsible for 33% of South Africa’s stock, and 23% of the nation’s groundnuts. The North West supplies 5.4% of South Africa’s potatoes, but parts of the Kalahari are ideally suited to the cultivation of seed potatoes. The North West is sometimes called “The Texas of South Africa” for its superb cattle herds, but it also produces good crops of onions and other vegetables. Proximity to the large urban concentrations of Pretoria and Johannesburg are advantages for the horticulture subsector.
Companies When South Africa’s first alternative stock exchange in South Africa started trading in February 2017, the first listing was agricultural company Senwes and its holding
company. Senwes has a strong grain division and it controls 68 silos. Its headquarters are in Klerksdorp and in 2019 it increased its stake in KLK so that it now controls 57.44% of the company most strongly associated with the Northern Cape. Suidwes is based south of Klerksdorp in Leeudoringstad. More than 90% of the shares in the company are held by farmers. Grain handling is the main business and there are divisions for retail (17 outlets and one animal-feed depot), mechanisation, finance and research and agricultural economics (Terratek). Brits is the location of the headquarters of the MGK Group. The company runs five divisions and a plant that makes full-fat soy, a component in animal feed. NWK is another company with manufacturing capacity. The Lichtenburg-based enterprise makes liquid fertiliser (up to 10 tons per month), animal feed (Opti Feeds), processes sunflower seeds (Epko), and runs three grain mills. Another subsidiary, Opti Chicks, has a capacity of 600 000 chicks per week. NWK also deals in grain, runs several retail outlets and has a halfshare (with Senwes) in CertiSure Brokers. The company has 37 silos with a capacity of 2.5-million tons. AgriNW is the mouthpiece of its affiliated farmers and keeps an eye on policy and laws affecting the sector. It also acts as a supportive network to help its members achieve optimal results. Agri NW is one of the partners in an annual seminar on farming, the Senwes Future Focus, which takes place at Nampo Park, south of Klerksdorp in Bothaville in the neighbouring Free State Province. ■
Online Resources Agri NW: www.agrinw.co.za Grain SA: www.grainsa.co.za North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: www.dard.nwpg.gov.za Red Meat Producers Organisation: www.rpo.co.za,
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Water Providing water to schools is a priority.
ood progress has been made towards supplying water to the 79 schools in the province which were identified as having inadequate water facilities. This includes the drilling of boreholes and construction of storage tanks. All new schools built in the North West are supplied with kitchens in line with the National Schools Nutrition Programme. South Africa is a waterscarce country and water management is critical to economic planning. The western part of North West Province is particularly dry. In the eastern part of the province, Image: Sedibeng Water national government has sent water tanks to some parts, and has upgraded the treatment plants upstream from the Hartbeespoort Dam. Large infrastructure has been the focus of national and provincial initiatives in recent years. In his State of the Province address in 2020, Premier Dr Zamani Saul announced that priority projects are currently at between 80% and 95% completion and he pledged that they would be completed in the course of the year. The following projects have been completed: • Dinokana Water Augmentation. • Ganalaagte Boreholes and Sewer Pump Station refurbishment. • Naledi Water Augmentation phase 1 and 2. • Tshing Cent Fall Sewer Line. Municipalities are charged with delivering water and handling waste-water but many municipalities have not been equal to the task. A new body has been formed to help municipalities deliver services. The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) falls under the National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and will assist municipalities to plan for, provide and maintain infrastructure. The first action of MISA was to commission 81 engineers and town planners.
Online Resources Blue Drop Awards: www.ewisa.co.za National Department of Water and Sanitation: www.dwa.gov.za South African Association of Water Utilities: www.saawu.org.za Water Research Commission: www.wrc.org.za
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Sector Insight A new agency has been set up to assist municipalities. The province has 83 sewage-treatment plants, and the national Blue Drop award system has found most of them need improvement. JB Marks Local Municipality, which has Potchefstroom as its main town, is one of only three municipalities in the country that acts as a waterservice authority and as a service provider. It has won awards for its levels of service. The biggest service providers active in the North West are: • Rand Water. • Magalies Water. • S edibeng Water (which has taken over the service area of Botshelo Water). • M idvaal Water Company supplies water to Matlosana (Klerksdorp). Three of South Africa’s six major catchment areas are located in the province: the Limpopo, the Orange and the Vaal. Within these catchment areas, only the Vaal River has a strong enough flow to allow for significant amounts of water to be taken from it directly to support irrigation or industry. There are four water-management areas in the province, three of which are linked to the Vaal River. Water is imported into the provincial system through transfers between water basins. ■
Manufacturing New technology makes new tyres at Bridgestone.
ridgestone South Africa’s investment in new technology at its plant in Brits is allowing the company to produce 19-inch tyres for the BMW X3 being assembled in Pretoria. These tyres would otherwise have to be imported. Bridgestone’s factory is one of only four in the world that produces runflat tyres. About 850 people are employed at the plant. Also in Brits are wire-harness manufacturer Pasdec Automotive Technologies, Bosch, and Dubigeon Body and Coach. SOS Tie & Die is a manufacturer of precision pressings, components and press tools, based in Brits close to Tshwane’s Rosslyn automotive hub. AVMY Steel Science is the largest supplier of small-quantity steel in the SADC region. Chassis manufacturer KLT Group announced in 2019 the acquisition of the Brits plant which comprises a pressing, welding, assembly and Coil prepared for slitting. e-coating facility. The Image: AVMY Steel Science KLT Group has four plants in South Africa and employs more than 1 000 people. A provincial Integrated Manufacturing Strategy has been compiled. The strategy notes the North West’s strategic location near to the industrial hub of Gauteng and its low input costs and easy access to busy trade routes. These factors make the development of the chemical processing sector a good proposition for investors. The province also has easy access to natural resources, especially with regard to the ingredients necessary for the manufacture of phosphate and nitrogen-based fertilisers. In addition to Brits (automotive components and tyres), other concentrations include mining equipment and engineering (Klerksdorp) and food and beverages (Potchefstroom).
Online Resources Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC): www.aidc.co.za Centre for Advanced Manufacturing: www.cfam.co.za National Department Trade, Industry & Competition: www.dtic.gov.za North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za
Sector Insight AVMY Steel Science has a new owner. Rustenburg has a mixture of enterprises, the biggest of which are mining-related smelters. Production of non-metallic mineral products is concentrated around Lichtenburg and M ahik eng (cement), and Rustenburg (stone). Tough Metals Toys factory and Totpak are located in Ventersdorp. As one of the country’s biggest producers of livestock, hides for car seats for the province’s automotive industry could profitably be sourced locally. The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (CFAM) at NorthWest University specialises in extruder technology. RCL Foods has a large processing plant at Rustenburg. Dairybelle (Bloemhof ) and Clover (Lichtenburg) have cheese factories in the province. Water from the Schoonspruit Eye near Ventersdorp supplied South Africa’s first bottled water. Nestlé has purchased the rights to this water source. Nestlé’s soy-creamer processing plant is located in Potchefstroom. About 30% of the country’s grain and oil-seed crop pass through Senwes silos every year. Sasko operates a white-maize mill in Klerksdorp. SAB’s Rosslyn Brewery supplies the North West with most of its beer. ■ NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Tourism Sport and heritage tourism are new strategic sectors.
Pecanwood Golf & Country Club. Image: North West Tourism
he impact of Covid-19 will be felt for many months to come, and the tourism sector of the North West Province will be affected by the travel restrictions put in place in 2020. A saving grace for the province is the extremely wide range of activities that are offered to a high standard. This makes it more likely that one or more of these subsectors will be in a position to lead a recovery. In almost any sector one can think of, North West has outstanding representatives. For example, Sun City (golf, conferencing and hotels) and several game lodges within both the Pilanesberg and Madikwe game reserves are internationally renowned. Birding, fishing, hunting and hot-air ballooning are among other popular pursuits and Potchefstroom has outstanding sporting facilities for a range of sports. Australia and Spain won the cricket and soccer world cups from their base in Potchefstroom and international athletes often visit the city for training camps. The North West Parks and Tourism Board (NWPTB) is investing in the province’s 12 smaller parks with the intention of creating jobs. In partnership with the National Department of Tourism, work has begun on the Manyane Game Lodge in Mahikeng, with a budget allocation of R43-million. Another project envisages a mega-park in the northwestern sector of the province, the Heritage Park. The Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Festival continues to grow in popularity. Arts and culture development centres (Mmabana Centres) are found in three of the province’s districts. Twelve public museums have been identified together with 400 heritage sites as part of a census on the province’s cultural assets. The NWPTB is unique in South Africa in that it is the only provincial government entity that runs a hotel school. The Institute of Hotel NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Sector Insight The North West Parks and Tourism Board is investing in its 12 smaller parks. and Tourism Management (IHTM) has two campuses, one in Mahikeng and one at GaRankuwa outside Pretoria. The courses offered are approved by the Council for Higher Education and accredited with the relevant sector authority, THETA. In addition to the provincial tourism authority, there are regional tourism organisations which market special attractions: • Harties Tourism Association. • Matlosana Tourism Association. • Mooinooi: Buffelspoort Valley. • N12 Treasure Route Association. • Potch Tourism Association. • V redefor t Dome Tourism Association. Taung is the site of the first discovered fossil of Australopithecus africanus.
OVERVIEW The North West Development Corporation (NWDC) has an investment plan linked to this famous site, involving a museum, hotel and spa resort. The Vredefort Dome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance as the landing site of a meteorite many millions of years ago. The North West Cricket Association hosted the Under-19 T20 Cricket World Cup. This is the sort of event that the province wants to attract to the province. The Hockey Junior World Cup is next, the first to be held on African soil. There is apparently interest among owners of Premier Soccer League teams to bring fixtures to the province. To prepare for this, work will be done on the Mmabatho Stadium in Mahikeng.
Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and North West Tourism. The theme was Tourism and Digital Transformation and more than 7 000 pupils and graduates attended the three-day event. The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the NorthWest University offers Tourism Management and the professors and researchers are at the top of their profession. The North West Department of Economy and Enterprise Development has supported small tourism businesses in attending the international tourism events, such as the 40th International Tourism Fair in Belgrade, Serbia. The business owners of TK Afrofist, Thuto Jewellery Workshop, Borobalo Diamonds and Polishing Centre and A Re Bopeng Ceramics rubbed shoulders with participants from more than 20 countries including Russia and Turkey and made sales. Sun City is far from being the province’s only conference venue. Tourism North West lists on its website a range of venues from small guesthouses with conference facilities in towns such as Rustenburg and Brits to lodges on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam. In the provincial capital, Mahikeng, there are several options: among them are the Mmbatho Palms Hotel Casino Convention Resort, part of the Peermont group, which has hotels and casinos in six of South Africa’s provinces. The Mmabatho Palms offers eight gaming tables and slot machines. Gaming is controlled in South Africa and licences are restricted to certain operators.
Hotels and conferences Sun City celebrated its 40th bir thday in 2019. Venues available for hire range from a 12-seater Council Room to the Superbowl which can accommodate 6 000, and just about everything in between. With six kinds of accommodation, two outstanding golf courses, casinos and a choice-filled entertainment complex, the Sun City Resort is a major tourism asset and significant employer in the province. Sun City was the venue for the 2018 National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE), jointly organised by the National Department of Tourism, the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and
Madikwe Game Reserve. Image:Tourism North West Mahikeng also hosts the Protea Hotel and the Mmbatho Convention Centre (the main auditorium can seat 3 000 people). The Hotel School can accommodate up to 200 people. Most of the luxury lodges in the province can accommodate conferences, albeit on a smaller scale. ■
Online Resources Aardklop National Festival: www.aardklop.co.za Marico Tourism: www.marico.co.za North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za North West Tourism: www.tourismnorthwest.co.za South African National Parks: www.sanparks.co.za
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Education and training North-West University now offers Mechatronic Engineering. Sector Insight Civil servants are getting extra training.
The Tebogo Nokwana Foundation donates shoes and sanitary towels to Matlhare Mokautu Secondary School. Image: North West Department of Education
bank and Royal Bafokeng Holdings have established the Thutopele Learnership which provides young people with working experience while they study towards a National Banking Certificate NQF level 5. Of the first 15 trainees who went through the learnership, 13 were employed by Ubank within the province or in neighbouring Gauteng. The programme prepares students for positions as tellers, sales consultants and in-service consultancy. A Provincial Government three-year programme has placed 120 unemployed graduates in the agricultural sector on farms as part of experiential training and learning. The North West Office of the Premier disburses bursaries to the Ikatisong School of Governance (located at the University of Pretoria) for civil servants or prospective civil servants. Studies can be undertaken in seven faculties. The North-West University Business School has agreed to collaborate with the North West Provincial Government in building the relevant skills of officials. The school offers an MBA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management at three sites. A specific initiative to tackle unemployment was planned for 2020, a Provincial Skills Development Lekgotla. Participants were to be the National Skills Authority (NSA) and various SETAs and their brief was to develop a provincial intervention strategy relating to young people who are neither employed nor in education and training.
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
South Africa’s educational institutions are being encouraged to focus on artisan skills. At the moment, about 13 000 artisans are trained in the country every year; the National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) wants that figure to be 30 000 by 2026. The first 164 graduates of a joint programme of the North West Department of Economy and Enterprise Development and the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) have received certificates in plumbing. The three-year apprenticeship is focussed on women and youth. Technical Vocational and Educational Training colleges teach skills that are relevant to the work place. North West has three TVET colleges with several campuses each. Vuselela TVET College has its headquarters in Klerksdorp, where there is also an accredited trade test centre. There are a further four campuses: Jouberton Centre for Engineering Studies; Matlosana Campus; Potchefstroom Centre for ICT and Taung Campus. Orbit TVET College has three sites, Rustenburg, Mankwe and Brits, with about 15 000 students overall. The Rustenburg campus of Orbit College hosts a Microsoft IT Academy while
OVERVIEW the Mankwe campus offers automotive training, the result of a partnership between the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related SETA (MerSETA), Lelethu Training and Ford South Africa. Orbit TVET College hosts an electronics academy courtesy of sponsors Samsung Electronics on the Mankwe campus, and in par tnership with the MerSETA. Mankwe also offers Automotive Repair, Maintenance and Transport and Logistics and is a Centre of Specialisation in Diesel Trade. The Taung Agricultural College is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to offer the NQF level 6 Diploma in Agriculture specialising in I rrigation Technology. Two teachers from the North West, pictured right, were among the top achievers in the 2019 National Teachers Awards, Constance Kgomotso Pilane from Mafenya Primary School and Genevieve Classen of Fields College. As of the start of the school year in 2020, 27.5% of pupils at schools in the North West had access to information through connectivity.
University news The CHE has announced that the North-West University (NWU) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme has received full accreditation. A new qualification, Mechatronic Engineering, has been added to the courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering. The Bachelor of
Mechatronic Engineering programme has been approved by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), enabling graduates to compete internationally. This programme will be offered in 2021. The faculty now offers eight specialities, including industrial and electromechanical and chemical engineering (minerals processing). Partnerships include Sasol, Eskom, Denel Aviation, Telkom and Sappi. The Faculty of Engineering is a leading department in terms of innovations and plays a role, together with the NWU Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office, in commercialising ideas by creating companies. The university and its researchers are leaders in many fields, including astrophysics, tourism, solar energy and extruder technology. Among the research entities at NWU, there are five chairs allocated by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI): Astrophysics and Space Physics, Coal Research, Biofuels and other clean alternative fuels, Nuclear Engineering and Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Africa. North-West University has more than 65 000 students, with about 26 000 of studying by c o r re s p o n d e n c e. Th e university’s main campus is at Potchefstroom with satellite campuses at Mmabatho and Vanderbijlpark. The pharmaceutical faculty at the Potchefstroom campus of the North West University is regarded as a national leader. The University of South Africa (Unisa) has three branches in North West, at Image: North West Department Rustenburg, Potchefstroom of Education and Mmabatho. ■
Online Resources Mining Qualifications Authority: www.mqa.org.za North West Department of Education: www.desd.nwpg.gov.za North-West University: www.nwu.ac.za NWU Business School: www.commerce.nwu.ac.za Thutopele Learnership: www.bafokengholdings.com/careers
NAME BUSINESS 2020/21
Banking and financial services All of the major banks have agricultural divisions.
ll of the country’s major banks and financial institutions are represented in the North West. Financial services are available in small towns, although the bigger cities like Potchefstroom, Rustenburg and Klerksdorp have a greater concentration and diversity. Financial services extend beyond advising rich people on how to invest their assets or balance their portfolio. In a province where there has been some real financial distress, programmes are in place to assist people. Long strikes, volatile global markets and layoffs have created tough conditions for some workers in the platinum sector. Anglo American Platinum has teamed up with Summit Financial Partners to help miners manage their debt and plan their finances better through a scheme called Nkululeko. Garnishee orders went down among the Nkululeko group by 80% in a five-year period. In 2016, Summit won a Constitutional Cour t judgement to the effect that the judiciary must keep an eye on emolument attachment orders (garnishees) to make sure they are fair. It had earlier been found by a High Court that some orders were grossly Financial literacy workshops. unfair and exploitative. Summit Image: ASISA has an office in Hartbeespoort. The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa is behind another initiative called Project Qaphela, a financial literacy programme aimed at workers in the mining sector (pictured). The curriculum covers budgeting, saving, borrowing, understanding documents such as payslips and benefit statements and preparations for retirement. Partners in the programme include the National Union of Mineworkers, Sanlam and Coronation. Ubank is owned by a trust that is managed by the Minerals Council South Africa and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). It has several branches in the North West. With agriculture being such an important part of the North West economy, all of the big banks have dedicated units such as Nedbank
Online Resources Association for Savings and Investment South Africa: www.asisa.org.za Auditor-General of South Africa: www.agsa.co.za Chartered Institute for Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers: www.cigfaro.co Financial Sector Conduct Authority: www.fsca.co.za
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Sector Insight Debt management and financial planning are available to mine workers. Agribusiness. Focus areas for this unit are agronomy (grain, oil seeds, sugar and cotton), livestock (including game farming), horticulture and secondary agriculture which covers agricultural processing and storage. The large agricultural companies have finance divisions. CertiSure is a joint venture between NWK and Senwes that offers short-term insurance, crop insurance, financial planning, medical funds and funeral policies. Senwes Credit is a registered credit provider which offers asset financing in collaboration with Wesbank. Brits-based Temo Agri and Noordwes Korporasie (Lichtenburg) has received the backing of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to enable it to roll out agricultural credits to emerging farmers. The Royal Bafokeng Nation, a community of about 150 000 people living on platinumr ich land nor th-west of Rustenburg, is a shareholder in a large banking group and several of South Africa’s insurance companies through its investment company, Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH). ■
Development finance and SMME support Banks are running training courses for business owners.
onakaladi Gardens Wedding and Conference Venue expanded its turnover by more than 700% and created two new jobs, with a little help from a programme designed to support entrepreneurs and increase employment. The SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme has provided more than R1.6-million in grant funding and business support in the North West. The programme invests in entrepreneurs, particularly women, youth, people in rural areas and persons with disabilities. The 18-month programme provides mentorship, business development tools and workshops, access to peer networks finance, and support throughout the time spent on the programme. Monakaladi Gardens was a provincial winner in the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2019. I n November 2019 Nedbank and the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism ran a five-day training course for 25 women-led enterprises with the focus on financial management, marketing and business planning. Wendy Atahwo, the owner of events management company Cherry Homes, said that the networking was valuable, as was learning new skills and about new marketing trends. Standard Bank and Black Cherrie Management offered a series of seminars for small business in 2019, the first of which was related to financial solutions for SMMEs. The theme was “Up your entrepreneurial skills and increase your bottom line”. The Provincial Government has announced that in the 2020/21 financial year it will roll out two digital incubators jointly valued at R16million, at the Mafikeng Innovation Hub and in Mogwase, at the Leema Township Incubator. Most of the Cooke’s Lake Information Centre in Mahikeng (excluding the existing office block) is to become a permanent flea
Online Resources North West Development Corporation: www.nwdc.co.za Small Enterprise Development Agency: www.seda.org.za Tholoana Enterprise Programme: www.sabfoundation.co.za
Sector Insight Cooke’s Lake Information Centre is to become a flea market. market. A budget of R8-million has been approved by the National Department of Small Business Development (DSBD). The DSBD has several programmes to assist SMMEs and co-operatives. These include the Black Business Supplier Development Programme and the Co-operative Incentive Scheme, a 100% grant. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the DSBD and gives non-financial support to entrepreneurs through training, assistance with filling in forms, marketing and creating business plans. A provincial policy framework is to be adopted to ensure that the maintenance of certain rural roads is set aside for job creation, small contractor development and local participation. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) currently has nine contracts covering more than 2 300km in the province. A set of subcontracts is being negotiated for routine maintenance such as the patching of potholes, fencing and the cutting of grass verges. The Seda Technology Programme helps potential businesses become trading entities. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is a strategic lender and plays a strong role in supporting small and emerging enterprises. ■ NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
Energy Fuel cells are in the spotlight. Sector Insight The Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone will encourage renewable energy.
Image: North-West University
ne of the key focus areas for the planned Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (PVSEZ) is the promotion of renewable energy. The PVSEZ is in the Mogwase industrial area in the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality and has already attracted the interest of nine investor companies. Five companies are currently operating on the site. Most of South Africa’s energy requirements are met by Eskom’s coal-fired power stations but the drive to start producing renewable energy is growing, and researchers and companies in the North West are investigating several options. Big mining companies are among the biggest users of energy and many belong to the Energy Intensive Users of Southern Africa. Bioethanol, biodiesel and methane gas from waste and renewable resources are among the types of biofuels under discussion. Sunflower seeds and sweet sorghum are suitable for converting into biofuel and bioethanol. The South African Energy Resource Institute (Saneri) Chair in biofuel research is held by a professor on the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University (NWU). Silversands Energy is a North West company that produces ethanol fuel for an ethanol-powered bus made by Scania South Africa for the City of Johannesburg. The North West normally has about 300 days of sunshine per year, so solar power has great potential, and there is a programme aimed at converting bush that is encroaching onto arable land into biomass in the form of biocoal (TOR) or briquettes. The Engineering Department of NWU regularly competes in an international solar car challenge. South Africa’s nuclear-research centre is located at Pelindaba
Online Resources Energy Intensive Users of Southern Africa: www.eiug.org.za South African Renewable Energy Council: www.sarec.org.za Southern African Alternative Energy Association: www.saaea.org Southern African Bioenergy Association: www.saba.za.org
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
near Hartbeespoort Dam and is run by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. The NWU Nuclear Engineering Department is the only one of its kind in the country, and the National Department of Science and Technology has allocated a chair in Nuclear Engineering to the university. The head office of the Minerals Council South Africa is powered by 40 ounces of platinum and natural gas. A fuel cell at the Johannesburg site of the national mine owners’ association is South Africa and Africa’s first base load installation. Finding new uses for platinum provides good news for the North West which has huge numbers of people employed on mines. Several companies are working on fuel cell technology. The mines and smelters around Rustenburg and the industrial plants in Brits use a lot of energy. They are served by Transnet Pipelines, which has recently made a big investment in the New Multi-Product Pipeline. The NMPP is built to pump three-million litres of product per hour over a distance of 715km, from Durban to the industrial hub of the country. ■
North West Provincial Government A guide to North West Province’s government departments. Visit www.nwpg.gov.za Office of the Premier Premier: Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro Garona Building, South Wing, 3rd Floor, Dr James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 3040 | Fax: +27 18 388 3008 Website: www.nwpg.gov.za
Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism MEC: Keneitswe Mosenogi NWDC Building, 1st Floor, Cnr Provident Street and University Drive, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 387 7700 | Fax: +27 18 384 9440
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC: Desbo Mohono Agricentre Building, Cnr Dr James Moroka Drive and Stadium Road, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 389 5111 | Fax: +27 18 392 4377
Department of Education MEC: Mmaphefo Lucy Matsemela 2nd Floor, Garona Building, Dr James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 2970 | Fax: +27 18 384 5016 Department of Health MEC: Madoda Sambatha Cnr 1st Street and Sekame Road, Mahikeng 2745 Tel: +27 18 391 4000
Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation MEC: Tsotso Tlhapi House No 1, Lowe Complex, Modiri Molema Road, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 4494 | Fax: 086 651 7885
Department of Public Works and Roads MEC: Gaoage Oageng Molapisi Ngaka Modiri Molema Road, Old Parliament Complex, Provincial Head Office, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 1435 | Fax: +27 18 388 4021
Department of Community Safety and Transport Management MEC: Sello Lehari Tirelo Building, Albert Lithuli Drive, Mahikeng 2745 Tel: +27 18 200 8401
Department of Social Development MEC: Boitumelo Theodora Moiloa Provident House, University Drive, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 2000 | Fax: +27 18 494 1213
Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs HOD: Phihadu Ephraim Motoko NWDC Building, cnr Provident House and University Drive, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 2891 | Fax: 086 620 7825
Provincial Treasury MEC: Motlalepula Rosho Garona Building, East Wing, 2nd Floor, Cnr James Moroka and University Drive, Mmabatho 2735 Tel: +27 18 388 4441 | Fax: +27 18 388 1901
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21
INDEX Africa Biomass Company (ABC)................................................................................................................................5, 9 Implats...................................................................................................................................................................................24-25 Nedbank...............................................................................................................................................................................16-19 Pilanesberg Platinum Mines.........................................................................................................................................IFC Rustenburg Rapid Transit (RRT)...............................................................................................................12-15, OBC Sibanye-Stillwater..........................................................................................................................................................26-27
SPECIAL SPECIALFEATURE FEATURE ZIMBABWE
North West NORTH WEST
Mpumalanga Gauteng SWAZILAND
N N Thabazimbi Thabazimbi
Sun SunCity/Lost City/LostCity City
Swartruggens Swartruggens Groot-Marico Groot-Marico Rustenburg Rustenburg
Moloporivier Moloporivier Vorstershoop Vorstershoop
R52 R52 N14 N14
R 49 R 49
Reivilo Reivilo Sishen Sishen
Kathu Kathu N12 N12
Northern Northern Cape Cape Warrenton Warrenton
Free Free State State
Wesselsbron Wesselsbron Welkom Welkom Bultfontein Bultfontein
Westonaria Westonaria Ventersdorp Ventersdorp
Hartbeespoort Hartbeespoort Mooinooi Mooinooi
Vryburg Vryburg Hotazel Hotazel
Limpopo Limpopo Bela-Bela Bela-Bela
Free State Northern Cape
NORTH NORTH WEST WEST PROVINCE PROVINCE
Motorway Motorway Main MainRoad Road Railway Railway
NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2020/21 The Mahikeng International Airport is served by SA 40Potchefstroom College of Agriculture. More than 120 Express. The city’s main sectors are financial services, 000 people attend the Aardklop Festival every year. Municipalities in North West Province services, transport and trade. The Garona District houses The city has a population of aboutLimpopo 173 000.
North West Local Government An overview of the North West municipalities. BOJANALA PLATINUM DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: +27 14 590 4500 | Fax: +27 14 592 6085 Website: www.bojanala.gov.za
DR RUTH SEGOMOTSI MOMPATI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: +27 53 928 4700 | Fax: +27 53 927 2401 Website: www.rsmompatidm.gov.za
Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality Tel: +27 14 543 2004 | Fax: +27 14 543 2480 Website: www.kgetlengrivier.gov.za
Greater Taung Local Municipality Tel: +27 53 994 9400 | Fax: +27 53 994 3917 Website: www.gtlm.gov.za
Madibeng Local Municipality Tel: +27 12 318 9203 | Fax: +27 12 318 9203 Website: www.madibeng.gov.za
Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality Tel: +27 53 998 4455 | Fax: +27 53 933 0035 Website: www.kmlm.gov.za
Moretele Local Municipality Tel: +27 12 716 1000 | Fax: +27 12 716 9999 Website: www.moretele.gov.za
Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality Tel: +27 53 441 2206 | Fax: +27 53 441 3735 Website: www.lekwateemane.co.za
Moses Kotane Local Municipality Tel: +27 14 555 1300 | Fax: +27 14 555 6368 Website: www.moseskotane.gov.za
Mamusa Local Municipality Tel: +27 53 963 1331 | Fax: +27 53 963 2474 Website: www.mamusa.gov.za
Rustenburg Local Municipality Tel: +27 14 590 3111 | Fax: +27 14 590 3006 Website: www.rustenburg.gov.za
Naledi Local Municipality Tel: +27 53 928 2200 | Fax: +27 53 927 3482
DR KENNETH KAUNDA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: +27 18 473 8000 | Fax: +27 18 473 2523 Website: www.kaundadistrict.gov.za City of Matlosana Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 487 8000 | Fax: +27 18 464 2318 Website: www.matlosana.gov.za JB Marks Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 299 5111 Website: www.jbmarks.co.za Maquassi Hills Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 596 1067 | Fax: +27 18 596 1555 Website: www.maquassihills.co.za
NGAKA MODIRI MOLEMA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: +27 18 381 9400 | Fax: +27 18 381 0561 Website: www.nmmdm.gov.za Ditsobotla Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 633 3800 | Fax: +27 18 632 5247 Website: www.ditsobotla.co.za Mahikeng Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 389 0111 | Fax: +27 18 384 4830 Website: www.mahikeng.gov.za Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 642 1081 | Fax: +27 18 642 3586 Website: www.ramotshere.gov.za Ratlou Local Municipality Tel: +27 18 330 7000 | Fax: +27 18 330 7019 Website: www.ratlou.gov.za Tswaing Local Municipality Tel: +27 53 948 0900 | Fax: +27 53 948 1500 Website: www.tswaing.gov.za