UPINGTON INDUSTRIAL PARK
ABOUT UPINGTON INDUSTRIAL PARK
Upington is the second-biggest town in the Northern Cape, 130km from the Namibian border post and about 350 km from the border post of Botswana, with good access roads such as the N10 and the N14. It is 500km from Boegoe Bay’s Port Nolloth, earmarked for the integrated planning of South Africa’s Oceans Economy under the Operation Phakisa programme.
Upington Industrial Park is situated next to Upington International Airport and therefore offers the potential investor the luxury and efficiency of various modes of transport. Through the industrial park programme investors can enjoy a number of benefits, ranging from a controlled access point to the incentivised provision of infrastructure and relaxed municipal tariffs. Upington Industrial Park forms part of the Northern Cape Industrial Corridor.
The project supports the ideals of the industrialised society and offers the following benefits to the keen investor:
BUSINESS INCUBATOR: Harnessing the necessary skills required by the investor industry’s specific needs and training of SMMEs for future expansion.
SUPPLIER EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY: Ensuring improved local capacity, capability, foot print and service levels.
Opportunities exist for investors in Upington Industrial Park in the following sectors:
RENEWABLE ENERGY: Components manufacturing. The majority of solar investors in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) are located in the Northern Cape. There is an increasing demand for photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The focus on the renewable energy sector is part of an international trend with many countries setting ambitious targets to be met in coming decades. Renewable energy deployment is one of the goals targeted in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN). Keen investors are invited to take up space in the UIP for generation, components manufacturing and any other energy-related activity.
AVIATION: Maintenance, repair and overhaul facility (MRO) and storage for aircraft. Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is looking for investors to locate to prime land, to be involved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircrafts. Storage of these aircrafts is another option given the unique climatic conditions offered by Upington.
AUTOMOTIVE: Vehicle testing and long-term evaluation. Vehicle manufacturers are attracted to high temperatures, rough tracks and good roads. Upington International Airport specialises in providing a service to charter flights for the automotive industry. With the four biggest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) testing their exploits every year in Upington for four months, it makes for a sound business proposition to invest in the Park and take opportunities in the automotive sector. Automotive testing is a common phenomenon in Upington with patrons extensively utilising Upington International Airport to charter cargo to Upington for car-testing and for spare parts. Attracted by extremely hot temperature conditions, rough tracks and decent road conditions, OEMs test their cars extensively.
AGRO-PROCESSING: The ZF Mgcawu District in which Upington is situated is well known for producing export- quality grapes, citrus, dried fruit such as raisins and other fruits. Given some of the most extreme weather conditions to be found anywhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, this sector is ready for investors who wants to take advantage of the best grapes and dates in the world. An established market in Europe and other parts around the globe has already been established and interested investors are assured of the best produce that will realise a speedy return on their investments.
LOGISTICS: Upington’s relationship to the SADC countries and with several modes of transport meeting in the town, make it an ideal logistics hub.
INVESTMENT SECURITY: An investment in Upington will ensure a foothold into SADC and the rest of Africa – enabled with infrastructure, support services and several modes of transport.