Northern Cape Business 2022-23

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for photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus on the renewable energy sector is part of an international trend with many countries setting ambitious targets to be met in coming decades. Renewable energy deployment is one of the goals targeted in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN). Keen investors are invited to take up space in the UIP for generation, components manufacturing and any other energy-related activity. Aviation: Maintenance, repair and overhaul facility (MRO) and storage for aircraft. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is looking for investors to locate on prime land, to be involved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft. Storage of these aircraft is another option given the unique climatic conditions offered by Upington. Automotive: Vehicle testing and long-term evaluation. Vehicle manufacturers are attracted

to high temperatures, rough tracks and good roads. Upington International Airport specialises in providing a service to charter flights for the automotive industry. With the four biggest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) testing their exploits every year in Upington for four months, it makes for a sound business proposition to invest in the Park and take opportunities in the automotive sector. Agro-processing: The ZF Mgcawu District in which Upington is situated is well known for producing export-quality grapes, citrus, dried fruit such as raisins, and other fruits. Given some of the most extreme weather conditions to be found anywhere in SubSaharan Africa, this sector is ready for investors who want to take advantage of the best grapes and dates in the world. An established market in Europe and other parts around the globe has already been established and interested investors are assured of the best products that will realise a speedy return on their investments. ■

Credit: Toyota

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