Gauteng is the financial hub of South Africa, and the gateway to doing business in the rest of Africa. Gauteng contributes 33% to the national economy and a remarkable 10% to the GDP of the entire African continent.
The West Rand District of Gauteng, consists of four local municipalities: Mogale City, Merafong City, Randfontein and Westonaria. It lies to the west of Johannesburg, about 50km from O. R. Tambo International Airport and next to Lanseria International Airport, which offers air links to Africa.
The West Rand includes the site of one of the greatest palaeontological discoveries, a World Heritage Site, known as the Cradle of Humankind. It also has a long history of mining – the first gold reef discovery in South Africa was in Mogale City in 1881. Mining-related business still enjoys a comparative advantage in the region.
Why invest in the West Rand?
The West Rand contributes over R15bn to Gauteng’s economy. Its economy is driven by manufacturing, community services, mining, tourism, trade and finance. Other areas of strength are in agriculture (agricultural land available at discounted prices), agro-processing, World Heritage attractions, construction, manufacturing (accessible industrial sites are available) and green industries (recycling and solar panel farming is welcomed).
A mega-regional infrastructure strategy is in process. Excellent road networks stretch from the metros across the district and traffic congestion in the West Rand is minimal.
Where to start?
The West Rand Development Agency (WRDA) offers investment facilitation, connection with local municipalities and required support for all greenfield and brownfield operations set up.