Industrial Development Zone (Pty) Ltd
MAFIKENG INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ZONE, MAFIKENG, NORTH WEST, RSA
The Mafikeng Industrial Development Zone (MIDZ) is a purpose-built industrial park estate
linked to the Mafikeng International Airport (MIA) as its international airport of entry. It is
being watched with great interest by investors, who regard Mafikeng as a strategically located
gateway to the SADC region.
Anchor projects at the MIDZ include an agricultural park, minerals park and trading floor, all
linked to the MIA’s Customs Secure Area, which is designated for the purposes of encouraging
export manufacturing. The Mafikeng International Airport is promoted as a hub for non-
scheduled international air cargo services.
The strategic intent of the program is to facilitate and coordinate the industrial development of
Mafikeng and its surrounding areas by designing, building, operating and managing a world-
class industrial development zone.
The investment theme and sectoral investment program of the IDZ is for the MIDZ to become a
world-class hub for the manufacturing of hi-tech electronic components and systems, mineral
beneficiation and processing of agricultural products. it is also intended that the MIDZ will
support increased research and development in new technology.
The MIDZ will also be used to promote a more equitable geographic spread of economic
activity. Mafikeng would like to be the first rural IDZ and the first rural dry port connecting the
SADC states on a north-south and east-west axis. It will also open up economic opportunities for
the drier western side of South Africa. Mafikeng’s location makes it perfect for the job: it is
240km from Johannesburg and only 45km from the Botswana border, and it links South Africa’s
N14 highway at Vryburg with the N4 at Zeerust.
In terms of physical infrastructure there are three distinct areas of development at the MIDZ:
The western side, including the IDZ, container park, minerals cluster building, aviation
support services and the airport terminal
The eastern side, set aside for aviation training, aviation maintenance and an export hub
for livestock and game
Lokaleng, which includes the petroleum cluster, bulk stone staging area and new railway
Work on the infrastructure (more than R105 million) for the MIDZ had been successfully
completed, and there exists now 50 sites fully serviced with the necessary municipal reticulation.
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Mafikeng International Airport
The expansion and refurbishment of the MIA is also at an advanced stage. It has undergone
extensive renovation to its terminal buildings and surrounding infrastructure, and today stands as
one of the best-looking airports in South Africa. Its runway is the sixth longest runway in the
world and is the fourth longest runway in Africa. These facilities have already generated a great
deal of interest from the aviation field and the airport has hosted various international aviation
events. The airport also hosts the annual Mafikeng International Airshow.
Management and Organizational Structure:
Currently the airport management falls under the Department of Public Works, Roads and
Transport (Directorate: Public Freight and Transport)
The airport is operated in accordance with internationally accepted norms and standards set
down by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO)
The runway orientation, 04-22, is 4500 meters long, 45 meters wide with 7,5 meters shoulders
Apron and Taxiways:
The necessary taxiways (23meters wide with 10,5 meters shoulders, link the runway and apron
at the airport terminal building and the former air force base now used as an aviation school.
Specifications and markings although in need of remarking, confirm with International standards
stipulated in annexure 14 of the Chicago Convention of 1944.
The facilities at Mafikeng Airport consist of:
main terminal building
water tower and pump house
electricity – standby power center
general aviation hangars and apron
technical hangars, training academy and accommodation block(old air force base) with
aero club buildings
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In 2005 an application was made to National Cabinet to return the International Status from
Pilanesburg International Airport to Mafikeng Airport. In 2008 Cabinet made the decision to
return the International status to Mafikeng Airport subject to the condition that the status must
remain with Pilanesburg Airport until the end of the 2010 FIFA World cup with the condition
that the Department must support Pilanesburg with this event.
The World Cup has passed, and Mafikeng Airport is now an International Airport, but not an
international port of entry.
For the Airport to be an International Port of entry it must be issued with an international port of
entry license. Getting this license is subject to meeting a list of requirements as set out by the
Border Control Operations Coordinating Committee (BCOCC).
The department is currently addressing this list of requirements. Once the requirements are met,
Mafikeng International Airport will be issued with a license to operate as an International Port of
Pilanesburg Airport will then be converted into a Regional Airport.
PROJECTS FOR THE MIDZ
a. Logistic Hub/Freight
The possibility to establish a Logistic Support Base for the United Nations relief
operations into Africa.
Possibility to establish a logistic and supply chain hub, transporting raw material
into and out of the IDZ (Road & Air Transportation).
b. Industrial Sites
Seven (7) fully serviced industrial sites (measuring 2600m2 each) could be made
available for development of superstructure on concessionary basis.
c. Food processing & Cold storage Facilities
Construction and operation of food processing and cold storage facilities, which
could be rented out to exporters and importers of perishable goods, e.g.
vegetables, fish, meat and meat products, etc.
d. Container Park
Operate a Container Park within a Custom Control Area (CCA), inclusive of
container manufacturing and repairs.
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e. Bonded Warehouse
Operate a bonded warehouse as a distribution point of household, industrial and
agricultural equipments into Africa.
f. Office Park
Construction of a state-of-the-art Office Park, which would house MIDZ offices,
SARS, SAPS, Home Affairs, etc.
g. Hotel & Conference Facility
Possibilities of establishing a hotel within the precincts of the IDZ.
h. Sporting Complex (Corporate Social Responsibility Program)
A Social responsibility Project to construct a Sporting Complex which among others will
house the following sporting codes: Tennis; Soccer; Cricket; Golf; Horse Riding etc. It
would also have food courts.
i. Business & Trade Centre
Establishment of a one-stop business and trade hub to enable business export success by
providing, sustainable and inclusive trade and development solutions to all businesses
and trade support institutions.
j. Game & Livestock Handling Facility
Facilities for Game & Livestock intended for export/import.
Auctioneering of game as well.
k. Fuel Depot/ Fuel Farm
Fuel depot for both local and export market.
Fuel could be railed in and out of the Fuel Farm.
a. Lotlamoreng Dam Developments
The project involves the construction of the following:
Cultural Village with amenities
After intensive community and professional stakeholders meeting and input workshop the
following concept came to light, to redevelop the cultural village into a self catering
accommodation facility with an 80% Tswana background and a 20% combined cultural
background made up from the rest of the South African cultures. The cultural village will also
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provide Mafikeng with the dear needed accommodation facilities and introduce working
opportunities for the local people of the area. There will also be specific stands/units allocated to
local craftsmen to sell artifact to the visiting tourist. There will be adequate parking provided
along the main road driving through the cultural village for visitor staying in the cultural village.
A tribal Kgotla in the shape of a small amphitheater will be provided for local tribal dancing or
shows as a mains for entertainment to visitors.
There was provision made for commercial facilities specifically offices (Two office building
close to the main entrance of approx 1200m² in extent) for part of a greater harmonious whole.
These facilities will provide for the great need for office rental space for both the private sector
and the public sector by means of a long term lease.
Accommodation (Lodging) & Ablution Facilities
It is proposed to provide a residential lodge and camping facilities to the north of the property,
which will further provide for the accommodation need in Mafikeng. The lodge will have an
internal restaurant and entertainment facilities, there will also be provision for tent camps and
caravan stands. The lodge will be managed by an Investing company on a 99 year lease
Restaurant & Gazebo
There was provided for a restaurant close to the waterfront of the dam. The idea behind the
location of the restaurant is to enjoy the splendor of the natural beauty of the surrounding area to
its full potential (The restaurant and entertainment area extend over approx 300m²).
Kiosks will strategically be provided as fast food vendors when moving between restaurants on
the interlinked pathways.
Musical and Educational
It is intended to provide a natural slope amphitheater design with a stand allocated to the stage
and seating arrangement for up to 30,000 people. The seating arrangement will face the dam to
the north east. There will also be made provision for small braai areas at selected spots in the
natural amphitheater. The current lecture hall and educational centre will be refurbished
according to the building style of the greater development (Thatched roofs, new facade etc.).
There will be several recreation facilities created for the community residing in close proximity
to Lotlamoreng Dam. It is proposed to start-off with picnic and braai areas strategically situated
in the whole area, also to provide for canoeing jetties and a soccer, volleyball & Tennis court. A
site was identified for an Investor to implement a water world theme park, which will include
waterslides, swimming pools etc. To determine whether this option is viable will need further in
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b. The Bloemhof Dam Developments
The Bloemhof Dam is one of the largest dams in South Africa, covering an area of some 25 000
ha and reaching over 100 km upstream from the dam wall. The dam lies between the North West
and Free State Provinces and is fed by the Vaal River and the Vet River. Six broad development
initiatives are proposed:
Golf course with clubhouse,
Hunting camp/Youth camp,
Recreational activities for day-visitors,
Harbor and surface water use.
The following present the details for development at the Bloemhof Dam:
o 30 chalets
o Accommodating 60 people
o 4 bed/ 2 bed chalets
o Conference centre accommodating 120 people
o Kitchen / catering facility
o 10 chalets
o 2 bed chalets
Hunting Camp / Youth camp / Team building venue
o 20 chalets
o Accommodating 30 or 60 people
o 4 bed / 6 bed chalets
o 24 single beds, remainder bunk beds
o Area has existing kitchen facility
o Area has existing accommodation for 18 people (needs to be upgraded to 30 or
o Area has existing boma area
150 chalets, of which:
o ~ 20 chalets to be 2 bed / 4 bed
o ~ 30 chalets to be 12 bed
o ~ 50 chalets to be 8 bed
o ~ 50 chalets to be 4 bed / 6 bed
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Day visitor area
o 10 ablution blocks, accommodating 200 people each for a total of 2000
o General use hall (for e.g. aerobics)
o Small rentable buildings for fast foods and/ or agricultural showground’s
o Animal pens for agricultural show – holds 100 animals in pens of 2 to 5 animals
o Picnic spots with braai – 100 places
o Roof Lapa areas close to ablution – 5 with water and electricity
Water entertainment area – close to but separate from general picnic areas
o Water entertainment facility for approximately 200 people - similar to Splash at
o 100 caravans to be accommodated
o Ablution facilities for 400 – 600 people (showers & toilets)
o Small retail area
o 2 jetties at the harbor
o 1 jetty at main fishing area
o 1 jetty at conference area
o Entrance gate with roof
o ± 100m2
o 18 hole golf course
o Club house
o Swimming pool
o Tennis court
o 1,8m long
o constructed of gravel
o Shade net structure to accommodate 4 small aircraft
o No fuelling facilities
Fish farming & processing
o Slanted concrete cleaning table with roof/ shade net
o Accommodating for large motorboats & trailers
o 20 mooring points
o Booze-cruise opportunity
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Approximate number of visitors:
o ~ Every weekend: ± 400 people
o ~ 8 x per year: ± 500 - 1000 people
o ~ 2 x per year: ± 2000 people
o ~ 1 x per year: ± 5000 people
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