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newsMining Weekly reports that an ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape.  

It is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019.  The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba Rona’, Sesotho for “Our Future”, and was included as one of the flagship projects unveiled as part of the Presidential Jobs Summit framework agreement, released in October.  Sibanye-Stillwater, in conjunction with the Far West Rand Dolomitic Water Association and the Merafong municipality, has agreed to contribute to the programme 30,000 ha of arable, albeit non-contiguous, land to the venture, running 50 km north to south and 30 km east to west, as well as built infrastructure, including warehouse and training facilities.  These facilities will be re-purposed so that the programme can effectively support the participants and provide value addition opportunities through agri-processing and distribution.  The programme is driven by a coalition initially conceptualised through the Mining Phakisa, and will integrate pre-existing initiatives that are being driven by the founding principals in the coalition.  The Public Investment Corporation is committed to fulfilling the role of anchor investor of the programme.

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