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Free State's R3bn vehicle to more jobs

By Ntwaagae Seleka Free State Correspondent | Nov 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 22 ]

THE Free State government yesterday launched a R3-billion project in partnership with the German government in Harrismith aimed at creating 28,500 jobs annually.

Premier Ace Magashule said the Special Economic Zone would start operating sometime next year.

The partnership was signed by Magashule and Martin Gunther, the German minister of economics, labour and ports.

"The first phase of the project will be a vehicle distribution centre where motor vehicles from Durban Harbour and other areas would be transported by rail and road.

"From Harrismith these vehicles would then be distributed to other parts of the country," Magashule said.

"As the Free State government and our development partners, we believe this project will inject about R300-million annually into our economy.

"Apart from being a vehicle distribution centre, the area will also be a food processing park that will include potato crisp and cereal manufacturing plants. This is our way of fulfilling our promise of creating jobs for ou people."

Magashule said a feasibility study had already been completed and various manufactures had expressed interest in the food processing hub.

"We intend to create about 285,000 jobs in the next ten years. This will translate into creating an average 28,500 jobs per annum," he said.

MEC for economic development Mamiki Qabathe said they had entered into a partnership with a German company regarding the distribution of motor vehicles.

"We would be distributing German-made vehicles such as BMWs, Mercedes- Benzs as well as Mini Coopers and KIA brands.

"We are not only targeting people in Free State. The project will be geared to employ people from other provinces as well.

"We will diversify our strategy of creating jobs through economic empowerment and other initiatives," she said.

Qabathe said mining was no longer the biggest employer in the province. To counter this, she said, the provincial government had decided to invest heavily in agriculture.

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Ace and R3 billion...


Ace is the kid, and R3 billion is the candy store.

Nov 15, 2012 7:24 | 0 replies

Aaaaaaaaaaaace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 15, 2012 9:2 | 0 replies

As we speak the project already in implementation. Ace not lying on this. Lebohang building fourth floor always fully booked with this caucasians

Nov 15, 2012 9:3 | 0 replies

285 000 jobs?? Maaka. Tlogelang maaka hle

Nov 15, 2012 9:18 | 0 replies

In Harrismith? What about winter?
Lovely little town, it really is the perfect combination of rural town and urban life. Its also the only place I know where being late for work can be blamed on a herd of cattle on the road

Nov 15, 2012 9:24 | 0 replies

@Katakata, they are just the same this people, atleast kanga man is building a cattle on top of a hill in nkandla so he can look at people at the bottom of his feet that he has build a clinic while he has uses his own bigger one with his familly in his palace, and they will bow down on his knees forever and thank him for installing water and electricity as if he did them a favour which of course it is contitutionally rightful to them, what has Ace than for Parys

Nov 15, 2012 9:52 | 0 replies

Won't work. Either the money will disapeear or the workers will strike and destroy the property.

Nov 15, 2012 10:5 | 0 replies

If the Gauteng government did it with the Blue IQ which gave us the Gautrain, City Deep and The Innovation Hub why can't the Free State did it. Since the Germans are known for being finicky serious faced strictheads let us hope that the R3b will not become Magashule's candy store. The Gauteng project was all locally funded and it had far little scandals that the run-of-the mill Mzansi project. This one with a donor funder/assistant may just about stand the test of South African plethora of crime. I am going to play the usual panglossian on this one.

Nov 15, 2012 11:9 | 0 replies

Ace is in the moolar, talk about a kid and Candy bar

Nov 15, 2012 11:44 | 0 replies

Good for you Ace, but I have no doubt that...

1) Vavi is already planning the first strike.
2) Squatters are already planning their move.
3) Blade is already planning how to nationalise the industries.
4) Angie is blissfully unaware that skilled and educated people will be required to work there. Let alone plan for the influx of students that will come with their parents from Nigeria, Somalia and Zimbabwe. (Do these people qualify to be called refugees?)
4) Malema is fuming over the imperialist agents that are involved and is showing signs of depression because he can't swindle and tenders - well not yet anyway.
5) The tenders have already been awarded to key Zuma supporters and they are all busy finding competent sub-contractors with the right BEE statuses, irrespective of their competence or experience.
6) You have already beed paid hansomly for dreaming up the scheme via some Swiss bank account and a tangle of other dubious people who have helped to launder the money.

Aside from all of the above I look forward to hearing of the first accusation of corruption that will inevitable flow from this and your denial. Again, well done Ace! With people like you in the ANC we can rule to Jesus comes forsure!

Nov 15, 2012 11:51 | 0 replies

@tman992000
This one also, like mgeez, i chose to be thomas, finish, the year will come and go i tell you.
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Not in Free State baba if it was in Limpopo yes.

Nov 15, 2012 8:56 | 0 replies