Northern Cape Business 2022-23

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sultanas and cereal crops are cultivated. A quarter of the country’s onions are produced in the Northern Cape and in the drier areas, goats and sheep do well. Niche products such as rooibos tea and karakul pelts are other provincial specialities, with aquaculture and mariculture showing great potential. The Northern Cape is home to six national parks The Northern Cape’s unique landscape is endlessly fascinating. Credit: NCTA and five provincial parks and nature reserves. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape The Kalahari Basin contains 80% of the world’s is a World Heritage Site and the Namaqualand manganese reserve, but only 15% of global spring flower display draws many visitors. production comes from this area so there is Most of the province is semi-arid (with a enormous scope for development. Several new coastal strip) and it receives relatively little black-owned manganese projects are underway. rainfall. Summers are hot and winters are cold. The world receives 7% of its diamonds from the Northern Cape, and exports of zinc and lead from Municipalities the province account for 13% of global demand. The Northern Cape has five district Iron-ore miners have done particularly well municipalities. recently but it is the development of new zinc and copper projects that are catching the eye. Vedanta Frances Baard District Municipality Zinc International has invested $400-million Towns: Kimberley, Barkly West, Warrenton, in the first phase of its Gamsberg project and Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp. Orion Minerals has announced that its bankable This district accounts for 40.3% of the province’s feasibility study was positive for a planned zinc economic activity. It is the smallest but with a and copper project at Okiep. population of approximately 325 500, it is the The modern global economy needs most densely populated. Strategically located and particular minerals for its cellphones, renewable with good infrastructure, Kimberley is the leading energy batteries and electric vehicles, and the centre in the province for retail, financial services, Northern Cape has a lot of them. Investors are education, commerce and light industry. expected to follow in search of cobalt, copper, The Mittah Seperepere Convention lead, nickel and zinc. Centre and the Sol Plaatje University are in A notable feature of Northern Cape agriculture Kimberley. Mining and agriculture are found in is its diversity, a result of the diverse soil and rural municipalities. Agriculture in the region weather conditions. The 38 000ha Vaalharts comprises crop cultivation and stock and Irrigation Scheme produces wheat, fruit, game farming. The Vaalharts Water Scheme is groundnuts, cotton and maize and along the banks the largest irrigation project of its kind in the of the Orange River many high-value horticultural southern hemisphere. products such as table grapes, wine grapes, NORTHERN CAPE BUSINESS 2022/23