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in Klerksdorp, Vryburg and Brits, together with a number of agri-processing plants. The province's three Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and the wellrespected 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.

All of the big agricultural companies have storage and logistics operations and many of them are involved in agri-processing. 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. Lichtenburg-based NWK makes liquid fertiliser and animal feed, processes sunflower seeds and runs 37 silos and three grain mills. Another subsidiary, Opti Chicks, has a capacity of 600 000 chicks per week. There are several milling facilities in the province. A provincial Integrated Manufacturing Strategy has found that chemical processing holds great potential because of the province’s proximity to Gauteng’s markets and the availability of the ingredients needed for the manufacture of phosphate and nitrogen-based fertilisers. A sector strategy for boosting clothing and textile manufacturing is also being developed. There is also a possibility that a totally new sector, renewable energy, will help to transform the lives

Future growth Manufacturing capacity is concentrated in the larger towns in the north-east and eastern parts of the province but there are plans to expand this capacity. Automotive components firms are clustered in Brits, which in turn is very close to the automotive manufacturing hub in Rosslyn (Pretoria) in Gauteng. Towns like Klerksdorp (agri-processing and engineering) and Potchefstroom (food and beverages) also have manufacturing capacity.

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NORTH WEST BUSINESS 2019

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North West Business 2019  

The 2019 edition of North West Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2009, has establi...

North West Business 2019  

The 2019 edition of North West Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2009, has establi...