Five strategic sectors are primed for profitable investments
The iconic tourism destination of Kruger National Park was the venue for the Mpumalanga Investor Conference in June 2017. The strategic economic sectors of the province were in the spotlight: mining, agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing and tourism.
Organised by the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA), the conference was a concrete step along the pathway of the province’s new Trade and Investment Promotion Strategy which, in turn, supports the Mpumalanga Industrial Development Plan (MIDP).
Projects range from a fresh produce market, road and rail projects, the rolling out of information and communications technology (ICT), the building of a new dam and a hydro-electric plant and the development of coal and gold mining assets.
MEGA promotes foreign investment into the province, facilitates trade and supports local businesses. MEGA is an agency of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The projects listed below represent a sampling from each of the strategic sectors.
Somutoa, a firm that specialises in selling and renting out mining and engineering machinery, is looking for further capital to expand its products. Somutoa plans to launch in South Africa a division manufacturing and supplying shafts, which would be distributed and shipped into Asia. The capital outlay required for this project is about R12-million with an estimated revenue of R36-million.
Secondly, Somutoa intends purchasing SANME (crushing and screening) machines from Asia for renting within the mining sector. The machinery is expected to generate R86.4-million in revenues and MEGA is looking for investors to invest about R48-million. Thirdly, Somutoa has identified potential investors in Asia who will add value to the mining sector in South Africa.
To execute the investments into mining firms, MEGA is seeking about R145-million capital investment for Somutoa to implement its investment strategy that has a potential to generate about R600-million. In total, MEGA is keen to talk to investors willing to invest more than R200-million into Somutoa with an estimated revenue generation of more than R722-million.
- Interested parties with capacity to invest in this project, please contact MEGA with reference: Somutoa
An International Fresh Produce Market is planned for Mbombela. To support the market, the Mpumalanga government is in the process of establishing seven Agri-Hubs throughout the province. The Agri-Hubs will provide a stable supply of fresh produce to the market.
The 248 ha site is in Mbombela, the capital city of Mpumalanga Province. It is situated within the Maputo Development Corridor (MDC), which is South Africa’s leading Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) linking Mpumalanga, Gauteng Province and the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone with the deep-water Port of Maputo in Mozambique.
This location enables the fresh produce market access to the SADC market with 280-million consumers, EAC market with 140-million consumers and preferential access to lucrative Asian and EU markets.
The market will serve farmers and customers from Mpumalanga, South Africa, and regional markets in Swaziland and Mozambique. The market will accommodate the expected growth in tropical and subtropical crops and vegetables. Furthermore, Mpumalanga has several mega agricultural projects in the pipeline.
- Interested investors, please contact MEGA with reference: Fresh Produce Market
The projected increase in platinum and chrome output in the Steelpoort area at the border of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces is putting increasing strain on road and rail infrastructure. To address infrastructure concerns, MEGA is now implementing the KUKA Steelpoort Ropeway Ore Transporting Project, which will act as a means of transport of chrome and platinum ores from the mines to the smelters.
The funding for all Ropeway Projects in Steelpoort area is likely to be between R50-million and R350-million. The cost for the Lion Ropeway Project is projected at R220-million. Aerial ropeways of over 100 km long can be constructed, consisting of a series of sections linked by automatic transfer stations.
Fly ash has become a problem for South Africa’s power utility Eskom and it is selling some to cement manufacturers. The remainder is buried or put in ash ponds. Fly ash is produced by coal powered power plants during the combustion of coal. The beneficiation of fly ash in Mpumalanga, which houses most of Eskom’s power stations, is becoming a lucrative economic opportunity.
MEGA is seeking investors to develop a fly ash beneficiation plant. The proposed plant would be built in Emalahleni with an estimated cost of R17-million and the plant size is projected at 500 tons per nine-hour production shift.
Fly ash is successfully used to enhance the quality and economy of concrete. Other uses of fly ash include brick making, dam building and as a cement extender during the manufacturing of cement.
- Interested investors, please contact MEGA with reference: Fly Ash Plant
The province attracts over one-million tourists a year to the natural wonders of the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon and the Kruger National Park.
MEGA is seeking investors to build an exclusive five-star hotel and top-quality restaurant located at the Bourke’s Luck Potholes on the Highveld part of Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.
There are also innovative expansion plans for God’s Window, a famous lookout point on top of a 700 m high cliff in the Drakensburg Mountains overlooking the Lowveld Escarpment – one of Africa’s prime wildlife and game reserves destinations. MEGA is planning to build a “Sky Walk” tourism attraction – an income-generating, cantilevered glass walkway and viewing deck suspended off the edge of the God’s Window cliffs, giving 360° panoramic views out and 700 metres down through a glass floor.
- Investors interested in this opportunity, please contact MEGA with reference: Bourke’s Luck Potholes
About Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency
The Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA) is the official Economic Development Agency of the Provincial Government of Mpumalanga.
The agency aims to foster the sustainable growth and development of the Mpumalanga economy by attracting investment to the province, facilitating investment in the province and maximising the development impact of investment in the province.
MEGA is an expert on the economy of Mpumalanga and the investment opportunities it offers. It uses its knowledge of the province and alliances with strategic partners to package investment opportunities that have the highest probability of success and is able to provide support to both local and international investors.
MEGA offers a range of services relating to trade promotion, investment, funding and
- Export and import enquiries
- Market information and contacts
- Advice on customs duties and foreign trade documentary requirements
- Market research
- Information on regional trade issues and preferential trade agreements
- Organising foreign trade and investment missions and exhibitions
- Providing counselling and training to SMMEs regarding export issues
- Advising local business on technical trade issues
- Promoting and facilitating provincial access to the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA)
- Promoting and facilitating provincial access to the Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS)
- Targeting investors via the media, the MEGA website, incoming and outgoing delegations, foreign embassies, exhibitions, chambers of commerce and municipalities
- Facilitating feasibility studies
- Providing investment information, intelligence and research
- Assisting with obtaining factory space and/or land
- Advising on commercial statutory requirements
- Facilitating joint ventures via the identification of local partners
- Providing opportunities for emerging B-BBEE businesses
- Assisting in identifying potential suppliers of raw materials and feedstock
- Assisting with the lodging of investment incentive claims with the dti
MEGA funds SMMEs and businesses that specialise in agro-processing, mining, energy, manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, forestry, services, government and community. Preference is given to businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals.
MEGA owns and manages a number of industrial and commercial properties around the province. The Property Development and Management Programme is geared to build and maintain a property portfolio that can:
- Generate income
- Help to achieve organisational sustainability
- Facilitate employment creation
MEGA is focused on customer needs and provides innovative solutions with a high level of service. Don’t hesitate to make contact if you are interested in exploring some of the opportunities that Mpumalanga offers.
For advice on investing in or trading with Mpumalanga, contact the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA).