Limpopo, Swaziland agreement

Alex Matlala

To boost the economy of the province in 2010 and beyond, the Limpopo provincial government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Swaziland government.

The memorandum was signed by officials from the provincial growth and development strategy, Trade and Investment Limpopo (TIL) and the Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority.

The memorandum was signed at Bolivia Lodge outside the Limpopo capital of Polokwane yesterday.

Addressing delegations from various government departments, Swazi Minister of Enterprise and Development Lufto Dlamini said the government of Swaziland said Limpopo was the fastest-growing province in terms of economy in the country if not in the whole of Africa.

He referred to Limpopo as not only the food basket of the country but of the continent.

He said his country had a special interest in exchange programmes in the agricultural sector and importing agricultural fruits and vegetables found only in Limpopo.

Dlamini said Limpopo had many opportunities in tourism, agriculture and mining, which he referred to as the three pillars of the African economy.

He said his government was rich in textile and artefacts that he believed would sell in Limpopo during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

He said people in his country still believed in artefacts which, he said, could be a good market for hundreds of thousands of soccer fanatics who will grace the province during and after 2010.

Limpopo economic development MEC Collins Chabane said the relationship between the Limpopo and Swaziland would stretch beyond 2010.

Chabane, whose department is the umbrella body of the TIL, said the primary objective of the memorandum was "to make sure that we create a good relationship with neighboring countries in the name of building the economy".

A similar memorandum was signed between Limpopo and Angola, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, China and South Korea.