The Stortemelk Hydropower Plant in the Free State Province. Picture source: Murry and Dickson Construction.

Investing in the Free State Province

Free State Province is situated in the heart of South Africa and shares borders with Lesotho and six other provinces. It provides easy access to the main ports of Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.

The Free State is an attractive business and investment destination. The province is at the centre of South Africa and the dominant sectors are agriculture, mining, manufacturing and the tertiary sectors, making it ideal for transport logistics and agro-processing.

Companies locating to Free State not only enjoy the opportunity to source inputs at competitive prices, but also to benefit from domestic, regional and international markets for their products and services. Because South Africa has been engaging with our economically large trading partners, access to international markets is facilitated through various trade preferences and free-trade agreements.

As far as long-term investment is concerned, there are industrial parks and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) that are supported by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. Industrial parks are situated in Maluti-A-Phofung, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu. Maluti-A-Phofung SEZ is situated in Tshiame.

The Free State’s strengths for inward investment are boosted by:
  • openness to business, trade and foreign investment;
  • abundance of natural resources;
  • low factory rentals;
  • incentive packages uniquely developed for Special Economic Zones;
  • incentives associated with the revitalised industrial parks;
  • Free State Development Corporation (FDC) support services for priority sectors such as agro-processing and manufacturing;
  • a large labour pool;
  • diverse cultures;
  • competitive land and building cost;
  • world-class transport and telecommunications infrastructure;
  • an idyllic climate and recreational and lifestyle facilities.

Select investment opportunities available in:

  • Agriculture and agro-processing
  • Tourism and property development
  • Medical and pharmaceutical production and distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable and clean energy
  • Medical tourism

Domestic and international investors are invited to invest in South Africa’s most centrally located province

MP Mohale, MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MP Mohale, outlines how human capital formation is at the heart of the creation of a conducive environment for investment in the Free State Province.

It is with pleasure and gratitude that we, as the department charged with promoting investment into the Free State Province, introduce Free State Business 2020 edition. We welcome this well-known publication’s regular description of the economic environment of our province and are pleased to contribute to its pages.

Our department also published a dedicated investment prospectus. The purpose of the Free State Investment Opportunities Prospectus is to provide pertinent information about large-scale investment opportunities currently available in various sectors. These initiatives represent the Free State’s response to President Ramaphosa’s clarion call for increased long-term investment necessary for inclusive growth and job creation.

Contact the DESTEA below for a copy of the Free State Investment Prospectus.

While investment is an essential ingredient to economic growth, it should be pointed out that at the centre of the Free State government’s economic development strategy is human capital formation and development through universities and colleges, and various institutions pursuing innovation and offering proof-of-concept services, to name a few.

The Free State is poised to become a laboratory for excellence in education outcomes, research and innovation, particularly in the fields of health, agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, water management, ICT, pharmaceuticals and rural development.

Domestic and potential investors from around the world are invited to contact the DESTEA:

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