The MMSEZ, with its strategic geographical location (in close proximity to the Beitbridge Border*), is positioned to produce goods through its manufacturing cluster to trade with the rest of Africa.

Due to Limpopo’s proximity to an extensive network of African markets, the Musina Makhado SEZ in Limpopo provides a gateway into Africa for general and light manufacturing.

Limpopo is historically and presently renowned for its mineral resources. A recent study by DMT-Kai Batla on behalf of MMSEZ compiled a list of the minerals found in the province in varying degrees. The list includes chrome, copper, dimension stone, fluorspar, graphite, iron ore, limestone, manganese, platinum group metals, precious stones (diamonds and corundum), semiprecious stones, silica, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, and vermiculite.

The MMSEZ seeks to provide a platform for the beneficiation of some of these minerals and has attracted a conglomerate of investors seeking to establish beneficiation plants.

The following manufacturing activities call for foreign and domestic direct investment into the MMSEZ’s manufacturing cluster:

  • Basic assembly or electromechanical operations
  • Original equipment manufacturing plants
  • Component manufacturing
  • Fertiliser manufacturing and blending
  • Agro-chemical manufacturing
  • Petro-chemical manufacturing

Investment Incentives and Support

The South African government initially established the Industrial Development Zone programme, later replaced by the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) programme to attract domestic and foreign direct investment and exporting of value-added commodities.

The SEZ Act offers a number of financial and tax incentives to businesses located in an SEZ to ensure their growth, enhance revenue generation and job creation, attract investment and strengthen international competitiveness.

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    *Referring to the border post and bridge spanning the Limpopo River, which forms the political border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.