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Greetings & welcome

About the event organizer

On behalf of the Free State Provincial Government, it is my honour to invite you to the 2nd Free State Investment Conference on February 27, 2024 in Bloemfontein.


Centrally located and crisscrossed by major transportation routes, the Free State is leveraging its strategic location and robust infrastructure to catalyse growth across agriculture, manufacturing, mining, tourism and other pivotal industries.


This one-day event will spotlight the province's unique investment opportunities across these vital economic sectors. Highlights include:

  • Showcasing lucrative incentives for industrial parks and SEZ manufacturing.
  • Exploring modernization of our gold and diamond mining operations through new technologies.
  • Building infrastructure to support agricultural exports and food security priorities.
  • Forming public-private partnerships to enrich tourism offerings at our dams, nature reserves and cultural landmarks.
  • The conference will facilitate deals and relationships between policymakers, industry leaders and investors like yourself who recognize the Free State’s immense potential.

An esteemed slate of speakers includes Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Premier Mxolisi Dukwana, industry CEOs, and expert panellists discussing critical growth areas. Formal networking sessions are also designed to spur partnerships.


We aim for tangible investment commitments by the conference’s close. Your participation and leadership at this event will directly advance the sustainable development of priority economic sectors in the Free State.


I look forward to welcoming you on February 27th!

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Don’t forget to attend

Event / conference schedule

2nd Free State Investment Conference

February 27, 2024 @ 07:00 - 16:00

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Accreditations and Refreshments

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Kopung Ralikontsane

Director-General

Gathering & welcome speech

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Councillor. Gregory Nthatisi

Executive Mayor of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

Purpose of the Conference

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Thabo Piet Meeko

Member of the Executive Council: DESTEA

FS Investment Video

Message of Support

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Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Message of Support

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Deputy Minister Alvin Botes

Department of International Relations and Cooperations

Keynote Address

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Honourable Mxolisi Dukwana

Premier of the Free State Province

Progress on the Energy Action Plan to ensure energy security

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Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Minister of Electricity

Infrastructure investment opportunities in the Free State

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Dr Hubert Joynt

Infrastructure South Africa

Modernisation of rail infrastructure to enable economic development and growth

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Ms Michelle Phillips

Transnet

The Free State’s broad spatial planning development/priorities as outlined in the National Development Framework

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Mr Casper Badenhorst

Maswana Group of Companies

BREAK

Engagement on Property, Real Estate, and Infrastructure Development

Moderator : Songezo Mabece

Panelist and Sub-Topics :
    ORGANISATION SPEAKER SUB-TOPIC
    New Development Bank (BRICS Bank) Mr Thabo Rakoloti Infrastructure Development Funding
    Motseng Investment Holdings Ms Ipeleng Mkhari Infrastructure development through private and public sector collaborations
    Broll Mr. Mitesh Bhawan Sustainable solutions – effective packaging private sector packages for energy, water and waste solutions

Advancing Industrialization in the Free State : Manufacturing and Agro-processing

Moderator : Ms Olebogeng Motse

Panelist and Sub-Topics :
    ORGANISATION SPEAKER SUB-TOPIC
    DTIC Ambassador Sadick Jaffer Reindustrialisation through SEZ and industrial development opportunities and benefits
    Afri-Expo Textiles Mr Teboho Kobeli Harnessing the opportunities of continental integration in the context of AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area)
    VKB Dr Kholofelo Thobejane Agro-processing prospects in the Free State

LUNCH

Future of Mining : the Role and Opportunities Presented by Technology and 4IR.

Moderator : DMRE

Panelist and Sub-Topics :
    ORGANISATION SPEAKER SUB-TOPIC
    Council for Geo-Science Mr. Sibongiseni Hlatshwayo Mineral and natural gas investment opportunities in the Free State
    Department of Science and Technology Dr Mmboneni Muofhe Technological developments in the mining sector
    Mineral Council of SA (Virtual Presentation) Mr Mzila Mthenjane The role and opportunities 4IR within the mining sector
    Harmony Mine Dr Mashego Mashego Harmony Free State operations and future plans

Driving Inclusive Growth and Food Security through Agriculture

Moderator : Dr TJ Masiteng Head of Department: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Panelist and Sub-Topics :
    ORGANISATION SPEAKER SUB-TOPIC
    University of Free State Dr Lindie von Maltitz Required investment to improve performance of the agricultural sector in the Free State
    Agri-SA CEO Dr Jack Armour Investment in agricultural infrastructure and technology to improve competitiveness
    Agrico Irrigation System Pty Ltd Mr Phineas Mogapi Investment in smart agriculture for improved productivity and reduction of carbon footprint

Summary and Closing Remarks

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Honourable Mxolisi Dukwana

Premier of the Free State Province

Networking and Refreshments

Gala Dinner Hosted by the Premier (Announcement of investment Pledges)

Speakers from around the world

Professional event speakers

Great memories

Our gallery wall

Where to Visit?

Best places to visit

(African Methodist Episcopal) – 13 roomed church and is situated in Batho Location,

Gonyane Street, documents of the ANC where hidden under the floor of that church, and African Americans use to conscientise the masses there in the 1970s.

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An exquisite example of Victorian architecture, especially Victorian windows.

Major Henry Warden laid the foundation stone of the building, the third oldest Anglican Church in South Africa, in 1850. The famous author, JRR Tolkien and his brother were baptized in the font of the Cathedral and their father lies buried nearby. Rudyard Kipling also worshipped in the Cathedral.

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The War Museum is dedicated to the South African men who fought against the British

in the Anglo-Boer War and other struggles in South Africa. This Museum is a standard source of reference and material for students of the Anglo-Boer War. Its exhibits include photographs, paintings, documents, books, uniforms, weapons and sculptures from that time. Entrance: Adults R10.00, Children R5.00

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The Appeal court was completed in 1929 and serves as the highest court in South Africa.

The stinkwood-paneled court room itself is probably the most magnificent in the country, while the judge’s library adds dignity to the already outstanding building. Bloemfontein has been South Africa’s judicial capital since 1910. Free entrance

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Sanctuary is provided in the Bloemfontein Zoo in pleasant surroundings for the "Big Five"

as well as several antelope species, tigers, panthers, hippos and apes. A large variety of birds is an added attraction. This zoo has the largest collection of apes in South Africa. The most unusual inhabitant is the liger, a cross between a lion and a tiger. Entrance: Adults R35.00, R15.00

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Offering a traditional Sotho art exhibition including pottery and thatched carpets.

Video material on the history of Botshabelo can also be viewed here. Next to municipal offices.

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In contrast to the historic sandstone buildings lining President Brand Street,

the Bram Fisher Building is a modern-day “glass palace”. It serves as the headquarters of the Mangaung Municipality. A bust of Bram Fisher is in the entrance hall of the building

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The Bram Fischer House was the home of the Fischer family from 1910 to 1946. Bram Fischer,

born in 1908, was a member of the Communist party and the lawyer who represented the African National Congress (ANC) members accused in both the Treason and Rivonia Trials in the 1960s. He was arrested in 1965 and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was also incarcerated. Fischer was later transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with cancer and died in 1976.

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The grave of Chief Moroka at the Wesleyan Mission Station has been declared a

National monument but can only be viewed with special permission. The Chief’s Kgotla (Kraal) is also situated in the area.

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The old City Hall, designed by Sir Gordon Leith in 1935 and built of sandstone, is in

President Brand Street, a declared National Conservation area. The beautiful Burmese wood paneling inside the building and the Italian tiles are particularly interesting.

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Row of 12 A houses on each side of the opposite streets which were built in 1952

to coincide with the visit of King George V visit to Bloemfontein to conceal the squatter settlements in the area.

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Contact Us

Contact Person : Ms Mphoko Matsie (Regulatory System and Stakeholder Management)

Contact Email : matsiem@destea.gov.za

Contact No : 071 151 8540

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