26 May 2018


Special Economic Zone to create more jobs 

by: Thebeetsile Keameditse   date: 11 May 2018

In its determination to fight poverty, unemployment and inequality, the North West Provincial Government is to establish a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Bojanala Platinum District, expected to create much needed jobs for the young people. 

This was announced by Premier Supra Mahumapelo during the delivery of the Office of the Premier budget speech in the North West Provincial Legislature on Tuesday.

Premier Mahumapelo indicated that efforts by the provincial government to establish SEZ received a massive boost when the North West Development Corporation (NWDC) secured funds to invest in SEZ.

“NWDC has secured R110 million worth of investments for the SEZ. The project is expected to attract investment to the value of R4 billion and has a potential to create 6 045 jobs for the young people over a five year period,” said Mahumapelo.

The provincial government, through the Office of the Premier, will also fund more young people in this academic year to further their studies at different institutions of higher learning and become employable.

“In the 2018/19 financial year, additional 115 bursaries will be allocated to support the youth from poor and working class families in our VTSDs,” said the Premier.

The provincial government wants broadband connectivity, especially in the VTSDs of the province.

“Key to the broadband connectivity is Free WIFI Connectivity in the following VTSDs: Mofufutso, Manonyane, Gopane and Mocoseng villages. The service provider has been appointed and is on site. Facilities such as clinics, schools and libraries in those villages will have wifi connectivity,” Mahumapelo told the Provincial Legislature.

The connectivity is expected to assist young people in these villages to surf the internet for free without having to travel to towns to access emails or make online applications.