Moving Around the Province
The province is a key iron ore and manganese producer, which is complemented by lime, granite, semi-precious stones and other minerals. The mining sectorcontinues to expand, and with it opportunitiesin mining supplies and mineral value addition.
The South African government has prioritised the diversification of energy sources to supply thenational grid, and the focus on renewable energy has stimulated the demand for solar, wind, hydroand biomass energy sources. No province is better equipped in these fields than the Northern Cape, which has become the preferred investmentdestination for renewable energy companies. Growth in the energy sector has stimulated the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, which in turn has stimulated the development of infrastructureand services.
Key projects include the Boegoebaai deep-sea port, Kathu Industrial Park, Upington Industrial Park and Vioolsdrif Dam. These projects are complemented by a well-developed settlement, transport and communication network. Hugeopportunities also exist in value addition to theNorthern Cape’s agricultural and mineral resources. Human capital is key to the sustainable developmentof any region, and the Northern Cape boasts the newly established Sol Plaatje University and enjoys representation through technology stations of other universities including Unisa and the Vaal Universityof Technology.
The province is also served bya well-established multi-campus Technical Education and Vocational Training College. Provincial and local government organs in the Northern Cape underpin all the potential of theprovince, and are dedicated to ensuring a sound, safe and well-governed investment destination.