Northern Cape Business 2022-23

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MACRO PROJECTS

Northern Cape Industrial Corridor The mining operations of Vedanta Zinc International will form the core of the Namakwa Special Economic Zone.

The industrial corridor that catalyses the just energy transition.

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he Northern Cape industrial agenda is based on a clear strategy that is well articulated in the Northern Cape Growth and Development Plan. To achieve this strategy, the Industrial Development Corridor, also referred to as the N14 Development Corridor, is being developed. It starts with the development of the Kathu Industrial Park and leads to the Upington Industrial Park, the Namakwa Special Economic Zone and the Boegoebaai Harbour and SEZ. The last of these is a key node and the advent of the Green Hydrogen production aggregation. Each of these projects is outlined in more detail in the pages that follow. These projects are significant in building the province’s transitioning economic landscape and will enhance the province’s output and growth potential in realising the Northern Cape’s vision of being “a modern, growing and successful province”. To enable this vision and to achieve sustainable development, the Northern Cape has identified economic development and growth to be the first pillar of our Vision 2040. As the Northern Cape, we have embarked on an aggressive strategy to identify our key clusters of resources and economic activities and complement this with the global and SADC regional geographic demand and supply consolidation. The Northern Cape industrial corridor entails consumption, resources, basic human and industrial settlements, transport and logistical infrastructure nodes with a focus on six key industries:

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Agriculture and agro-processing Mining and mineral beneficiation Just energy sector Manufacturing Transport, services, and logistics Knowledge and innovation

The establishment of world-class infrastructure is a focus. It should be enabled with effective transport, logistics, energy, telecommunication, human capital and a regulatory framework to enable the industrial development ecosystem. ■

The Northern Cape industrial agenda is based on a clear strategy that is well articulated in the Northern Cape Growth and Development Plan. To achieve this strategy, the industrial development corridor, also referred to as the N14 development corridor which starts with the development of Kathu Industrial Park leading to the Upington Industrial Parks, the Namakwa Special Economic Zone, and the Boegoebaai Harbour and SEZ which is a key node and the advent of the Green Hydrogen production aggregation.

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

These projects are significant in building the Province transitioning economic landscape and will enhance the province's output and growth potential in realizing the Northern Cape’s vision of being “a modern, growing and successful province”. To enable this vision

and to achieve sustainable development the Northern Cape has identified economic development and growth to be the first pillar of our vision 2040.