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BPeSA’s core focus is attracting foreign investment in order to drive job creation. This is achieved though regular trade missions abroad to India, Australia, the United States and Europe with a focus on the United Kingdom. Much of the investment comes through business process outsourcing (BPO), specifically in the establishment of call centres. The Western Cape has become a veritable hub for call centres employing 26000 people in 2011. The reasons behind this are (1) the language skills resulting from the large pool of English speakers, (2) the competitive pricing of the services, (3) the domain skills emanating from the large number of world-class financial, legal, and telecommunications specialists in the Western Cape, (4) the supporting environment and infrastructure found in Cape Town, as well as (5) the efficient telecommunications connectivity which has become 85% cheaper since 2003. BPeSA as an association strives to Drive industry growth through domestic and international investment Implement lalent & skills development projects Represent the BPS & O nationally and internationally Develop and maintain industry standards – SANS 990 (1:3) Provide members with strategic support and information on developments Facilitate a long term industry value proposition Promote the industry to both domestic and international stakeholders In partnership with the DTI and provincial bodies attract foreign direct investments and creation of jobs
The Cacadu District Municipality assists nine Local Municipalities in providing the services needed by their communities, namely Kou-Kamma, Baviaans, Kouga, Ikwezi, Camdeboo, Blue Crane Route, Sundays River Valley, Ndlambe and Makana. The District covers approximately 58 242 square kilometres, while the people living in the Cacadu District speak isiXhosa (49%), Afrikaans (45%) and English (6%) as their home language. The estimated population size is 412 000. The municipality has three departments, namely Finance and Corporate Services, Infrastructure Services, and Economic Development Services. A significant amount of time and resources are spent on development, creating projects to grow skills, employment, and initiate sustainable economic development. The economic development approach of the Cacadu District Municipality, termed SEEDS (Socio-Economic and Enterprise Development Strategy) is structured around seven core strategies. The core strategies are: (a) Increasing agricultural income. (b) Investing in natural capital (c) Broadening economic participation (d) Developing the skills base (e) Improving connectivity and utility infrastructure (f) Regenerating core towns (g) Building local and regional networks The predominant sectors in terms of the District’s economy are agriculture and tourism, contributing approximately R690 million and R680 million respectively to the Gross Geographic Product of the District. Agriculture, together with related post-harvest value adding / agro-processing, creates approximately 41% and 7% of formal employment opportunities respectively, while the tourism industry creates approximately 3% of formal employment. This translates into approximately 4,000 people employed in agro-processing industries. Due to the diverse climate of the region, a wide array of agricultural commodities is produced. Very little arable land exists in the District and therefore agriculture mostly consists of extensive animal grazing. Areas with irrigation water produces export quality fruit under irrigation. In the more arid, inland areas, the available agricultural water is mostly used for irrigating animal fodder. Processing and value addition to agricultural commodities are mainly practiced in Port Elizabeth, where the buying power and market demand for value added products exists. Coega Industrial Development Zone (including the port of Ngqura) and to a lesser extent Port Elizabeth International Airport provides Cacadu District with international export avenues (however, the lack of direct international flight connections from Port Elizabeth International Airport restricts the export of highly perishable goods and high value commodities by air). Many of the post-harvest livestock industries are operating under capacity, mainly due to declining stock levels and the increase in primary production of certain commodities are required to optimally utilize existing processing capacities and market demand. A summary of the main agricultural industries (as well as related agricultural raw material emanating from industries) in the District are listed below (more or less in order of monetary significance): Goats (chevon, mohair and hides) Sheep (mutton, wool and hides) Cattle (Beef, dairy and hides) Chicken (meat and eggs) Ostrich (meat, leather and feathers) Game (Venison) Pork Fishing Chicory Vegetables (fresh and for processing) Grains (animal feed) Fishing Honey bush Tea Fruit: Citrus, Deciduous fruit, Pineapples and Stone fruit (exports, local markets, juice, oil and other products) Other industries with potential, which are in their infancy or not done to significant scale in the District are as follows: Aquaculture (fresh, marine, various species. Aromatic plants and essential oils Apiculture (Beekeeping) and honey processing Agricultural related renewable energy (biomass and bio-ethanol) Natural fibre processing from, amongst others, aloes, pineapples, hemp, kenaf, etc. Grains: Maize, Lucerne, soya beans and sunflowers for vegetable oils, biofuel and animal feed Exotic fruits
Garden Court Polokwane offers guests the perfect base from which to conduct business or discover some of the region’s natural and historic attractions, including the Magoebaskloof Rainforest, Bakoni Malapa Cultural Museum, the Ebenezer Dam, which offers excellent boating and angling, Debegeni Falls with its tranquil picnic spots in a forest setting and Zebediela, one of the largest citrus estates. Visitors en route to the Kruger National Park or game reserves in Botswana also enjoy this hotel as a stopover destination. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is just 3km from the hotel. Rooms are set in an attractive garden setting where guests feel at home. Rooms are spacious and offer all the amenities that one may need to feel comfortable. Description of facilities The Matsakeng Restaurant offers buffet breakfasts, and à la carte and buffet dinners. Guests can spend a relaxed evening in the Lapologa Lounge enjoying a variety of drinks mixed to their individual tastes. There is an on-site outdoor pool, a gym, and nearby is a fitness centre, the Pietersburg Rugby/Cricket Club, which offers opportunities to play golf, tennis and squash. The hotel is also close to various swimming pools. Hotel services • Air conditioning in public areas • Laundry and valet • Safety-deposit box • Parking facilities • Pet policy – small pets allowed Room services • Air conditioning • Remote-controlled television with cable/satellite • Modem connection • In-room Internet connectivity • Direct-dial telephone • Room service available for meals from 6:30pm to 10pm.
The company caters for small and large groups and has disabled-friendly vehicles. Outdoor and adventure activities are offered such as: abseiling, big-five game drives, crocodile cage diving, fishing (in-shore and off-shore), horse trails, ocean kayaking, parachuting, skydiving, surfing, whale watching and shark cage diving. Tailor-made tours are designed to suit the individual’s requirements. HGTS Tours offer services all over South Africa and organises business trips for team-building exercises, conferencing, educational tours and hunting safaris. It also makes bookings for accommodation and car hire for your comfort and peace of mind. Description of services Airport transfers Shuttle service Accommodation and car-hire bookings Coach charters Tailor-made tours Metrorail train/coach hire (rail tours) Premier Classe Train special hire Steam train hire Guided submarine tours (the only company in Africa to offer this) Target markets The target market consists of international and local tourists and companies undertaking tours in Cape Town, the Western Cape, as well as throughout South Africa and neighbouring states. For corporates and smaller companies, conferencing, team-building and special events are designed to suit the client’s needs.
Mashalaba & Associates provides assistance to development and business industries by developing long- and short-term plans to utilise land for the growth and revitalisation of urban, semi-urban, and rural communities. Its scope of expertise includes supporting clients with the right information, in order to help them make important decisions with regards to social, economic, and environmental problems that could impact their projects. Mashalaba & Associates suggests the best use of a given community’s land and resources for residential, commercial, institutional and recreational purposes while keeping the preservation of the environment in mind. It is part of the company’s commitment to keep abreast of economic and legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes and environmental regulations in order to guide its clients with decisions and development plans. Description of products/services Business development Cemetery development and planning Environmental impact assessments Human-settlements planning Land-tenure upgrading and urban renewal Land-use management Local authority permits Property negotiations Integrated development plans Consolidation and subdivision of land Rezoning and removal of restriction Target markets Local governments and private clients
Established by the National Empowerment Fund Act No 105 of 1998, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is a driver and a thought-leader in promoting and facilitating black economic participation through the provision of financial and non-financial support to black-empowered businesses. It also promotes a culture of savings and investment among black people. Implementation Asset management By structuring accessible retail savings products for black people through its Asset Management Division, the NEF aims to foster a culture of savings and investment among its beneficiaries. Fund management The NEF seeks to support the pillars of black enterprise by providing finance and nonfinancial solutions across a range of sectors through its Fund Management division. Strategic Projects Fund The NEF is a leader in venture-capital finance, which allows entrepreneurs to participate in projects that are at an early stage. The fund also provides project finance and private equity in these projects once they are regarded as bankable. Funding criteria Each application for funding is assessed in terms of the following criteria: Minimum percentage of black ownership or interest Black women empowerment Black managerial and operational involvement Commercial viability of the business Specific product criteria Job creation Geographic location of the business (rural/urban/disadvantaged areas)
Linen Drawer has been a supplier of quality bedding and towelling products to the hospitality trade since 2003 with a focus on quality, style, and performance. All products have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they can withstand frequent laundering. They are designed to exceed expectations. Linen Drawer offers a comprehensive range of pure cotton towelling, duvets, cotton throws, gowns, mattress protectors and related products as well as a superb range of 100% pure cotton percale bedding that is so comfortable that your guests are guaranteed a good night’s sleep, every night. Linen Drawer’s cotton products have hypoallergenic properties, because nothing but the best is good enough for you, your family, and your guests. In addition to providing customers with superb products and services, Linen Drawer offers, for a nominal fee, a unique training course for housekeeping and laundry staff at your premises to ensure that you achieve the maximum lifespan of your bed, bath, and table linen.
Main activities The main activities are aligned with Outcome 8, and include: Output 1: Accelerated delivery of housing opportunities Output 2: Access to basic services Output 3: Efficient utilisation of land for human settlements development Current national housing programmes The following programmes are in the financial intervention category. This means that they are programmes that facilitate immediate access to housing goods and services, thus creating enabling environments and providing implementation support: Individual housing subsidies: credit and noncredit-linked R0-R3 500 Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme Social and economic facilities Accreditation of municipalities Operational Capital Budget (OPS/CAP) Housing chapters of IDPs Rectification of pre-1994 housing stock The following programmes are in the incremental-housing category. This means that they facilitate access to housing opportunities through a phased process. Integrated Residential Development Programme Phase 1: Land, services and township proclamation Phase 2: Housing construction (individual ownership options) People’s Housing Process (PHP) Informal settlement upgrading Consolidation subsidies Emergency housing assistance The following programmes are social- and rental-housing programmes. This means that they facilitate access to rental-housing opportunities, and support urban restructuring and integration: Institutional subsidies Social housing (rental or co-operative options) Community residential units The following programme is categorised as a rural housing programme. This means that it facilitates access to housing opportunities in rural areas: Rural subsidy: informal land rights
The municipality was formed at the end of 2000 by amalgamating the Transitional Local Councils of Bloemfontein, Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu and two Rural Councils. The municipality is working to integrate the city and ensure that previously disadvantaged communities are spatially linked to the rest of the city. Bloemfontein is the economic hub of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and the provincial capital of the Free State. The city, fondly known as “The city of roses”, is also the commercial capital of the Free State and the judicial capital of South Africa. Bloemfontein’s economy is mainly based on the services and government sectors. It is also ideally equipped to support demanding industrial activities and is the base of a huge agricultural area. It is incomparable in terms of locality, facilities, viability and accessibility, and displays a proud tradition of hospitality. The city’s rich cultural and historical heritage is reflected in its museums, art galleries and cultural festivals. The city also offers excellent recreational, shopping and entertainment facilities. Botshabelo is situated 45km from Bloemfontein on the national N8 road to Lesotho. It is the largest township settlement in the Free State and the second largest in the country after Soweto. Botshabelo has developed into the industrial hub of Mangaung and houses about 154 fully operational factories. High-quality products from predominantly textile related factories are marketed throughout South Africa and exported worldwide.
There are approximately 10 528 business establishments in the Cape Winelands District. The local economic base is quite diverse, with the following industry sectors dominating: • Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing • Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, personal and household goods, catering and accommodation • Financial intermediation, insurance, real estate and business services The District is dominated by the following six employment sectors: • Agriculture/forestry and fisheries • Community, social and personal service • Manufacturing • Wholesale and retail • Financial, insurance, real estate and business • Construction Main resources/attractions The Cape Winelands District offers an unparalleled quality of life and is one of the most visited regions for domestic and international tourists. It is world renowned for its fine wine estates, and the longest wine route in the world (Route 62) is located within the District. The Cape Winelands is one of the finest cultural and historic heritage areas in the country and has some of the finest restaurants in the country, especially in Franschhoek area. The District also boasts the University of Stellenbosch, which is recognised as one of the finest universities in South Africa, and hosts a number of excellent research centres especially focused on the agricultural sector.
Ehlanzeni District Municipality (EDM) is bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland to the east. EDM has become South Africa’s most popular nature-based activity destination for both the domestic and international markets. It combines spectacular nature based assets with rich African cultural heritage, outdoor and adventure activities, sports events, and has become the major business and shopping hub for North East Southern Africa. EDM stands as the preferred route for tourists to the Kruger National Park and is considered the gateway to the major tourism attraction points in Mpumalanga and the eastern part of the Limpopo Province. Nkomazi municipality is strategically placed between Swaziland and Mozambique. It is linked with Swaziland by two provincial roads and with Mozambique by a railway line and the main national road (N4), which forms the Maputo Corridor. Umjindi is situated in the Southern Lowveld of Ehlanzeni, has a historical gold mining area set in magnificent surroundings. The fascinating geological structures of the mountain land date back 3.5 billion years. Umjindi´s economy today centres around gold mining, forestry, agriculture and tourism. Large initiatives have been identified in these key areas and present exciting investment opportunities.
The Breede Valley Local Municipality’s main city, Worcester, has good road and railway connections, which enable optimal access to markets of the Cape Town Metropole. Worcester also has high human resource and institutional service potential. Worcester also has sufficient resources such as water and sewerage systems as well as enough land for lateral spatial expansion. The economy is relatively diverse, ranging from agriculture, forestry and fishing to wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation. The main economic activity in the municipality (in terms of the highest contribution to the local economy), outside of government services, is agriculture. The agricultural sector is also the biggest employer. Grape and olive production are the two main activities. Worcester is home to the biggest Brandy cellar in the Southern Hemisphere, which is owned by KWV. The export-oriented table grape industry is mostly located in The Hex River Valley, where they produce different cultivars that are ready for harvest during different times of the summer season, running from January until May. Outside of agriculture, the municipality is also seeking to expand its manufacturing sector as well its logistics capabilities. The municipality has already made strides in developing the tourism sector, with two major wine routes that are a major attraction. These are the Breedekloof Wine Route and the Worcester Wine Route. As well as this wine route tourism, the Breede Valley also highlights the natural environment as a tourist attraction, in terms of canoeing and fishing on the Breede River, hiking in the various mountain ranges and promoting other adventure sports that are becoming popular in the region.
Since the advent of local government, the Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) has undertaken with its partners to grow the local economy and create income opportunities for the poor. The economy has experienced good growth over the last 5 years and the strategic location of CDM has given the district an added advantage to maximize development. Being centrally located in Limpopo and within the SADC region, the district provides a convergence point for development projects in South Africa and the region more broadly. The high mobility of people and cargo has helped the district become a regional hub of economic development. The concentration of provincial, district and local government services in the district also enhances positive spin-offs for the district and its people. These positive spin-offs will benefit not only people in the Polokwane Municipality but also in the rest of the district because the district is the administrative capital of the entire Limpopo province. Many of the road networks designated as Spatial Development Initiatives converge in Polokwane. These networks form part of a relatively well developed multi-modal transport infrastructure including the airport, rail, trucking and bus interchanges. This, in turn, positions the City of Polokwane as a logical location for a logistics cluster and enhances the status of the city as a gateway to Southern Africa and beyond. The district possesses favourable conditions that allow agricultural products to flourish and the citrus industry is testament to this. The CDM also has the potential for agri-business development. CDM’s other competitive advantages include its proximity to African markets; an emerging industrial base in Polokwane; and mining deposits in Lepelle-Nkumpi and Blouberg. In support of entrepreneurship, the municipality offers support to SMME’s and cooperatives in order to reduce barriers to entry and make small enterprises aware of market opportunities, such as exporting. The district also makes use of ‘preferential procurement’ to help SMMEs breakthrough and take up larger corporate and public service contracts.
The Central Karoo, bordered by the Swartland mountains near Prince Albert and the Nieuveld mountains near Beaufort West, is part of the Great Karoo, a unique semi-desert arid zone rich in fossils and home to the largest variety of succulents in the world. Agricultural activities other than sheep farming can only be sustained in the semi-arid area south of the district. Thirty percent of the employed population in the Central Karoo works in the agricultural sector; 18% in community, social and personal services; and 15% in wholesale and retail trade. In terms of their contribution to GGP, the largest economic sector is transport and communication (21%), followed by finance and business services (18%), wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation (17%), agriculture (11%) and manufacturing (9%). Uranium was discovered in the Central Karoo in the 1970s but a drop in the price of the mineral led to a halt in exploration. With prices currently buoyant as a result of increased demand for alternative energy and estimates of reserves reaching millions of tons, uranium mining could change the economic face of the region. The municipality is already home to the Karoo National Park and there is room for growth in more tourism projects, with the Karoo being an archaeology hotspot as well as a uniquely beautiful landscape.
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