Northern Cape Business 2022-23

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Namakwa Special Economic Zone Gearing the western SADC up for economic growth.

Namakwa Special Economic Zone (NAMSEZ) Vision “To be the Catalyst for Economic Growth and Integration throughout western SADC.” Mission “Create an industrial hub for the West Coast and a catalyst for industrialising the western SADC area.” The proposed Namakwa SEZ is located in the small mining town of Aggeneys. Aggeneys is in the Khai-Ma Local Municipality within the Namakwa District Municipality of the Northern Cape Province. Aggeneys is 66km from Pofadder (headquarters of the local municipality) and 110km from Springbok, where the office of the district municipality is located. The value proposition of the Namakwa SEZ is based on the existence of the Gamsberg Zinc Mine (pictured) and the proposed building of a smelter by Vedanta Zinc International. These would be the anchor tenants of the SEZ. It is proposed that a smelter be built to treat zinc concentrate produced at Gamsberg. The zinc concentrate produced at the existing concentrator plant will be treated in the smelter using the conventional roast-leachelectrowinning (R-L-E) process.

The SEZ designation application is in its final stages where we envisage that the final and complete designation shall be granted by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) in September 2022. Var ious domestic and inter national investment partners have indicated a keen interest to invest in the Namakwa SEZ with industries that include but are not limited to mineral beneficiation, construction, agriculture, green energy production, petrochemical, transport, engineering supplies, localisation and SMME development. The Namakwa SEZ development is “the game changer” for minerals beneficiation in South Africa and the Northern Cape province providing a “turnkey solution” to industrialisation. Post-SEZ designation the project will initiate Phase 1 (2023-2024) of the project which will be the SEZ construction and development. The Northern Cape Provincial Government, with support and guidance provided by the dtic, is fully aligned to the establishment of the SEZ and has committed all efforts and energy to make a real success of this project.

“The Northern Cape: A Modern, Growing and Successful Province”