North West hosts Mahikeng Airport City Project stakeholders roundtable
A roundtable discussion with key industry and government stakeholders on the repositioning of Mahikeng towards an Airport city is to be hosted by the North West Provincial Government in Mahikeng on Friday, Premier Thandi Modise announced on Tuesday.
Premier Modise said that the Mahikeng Airport City Project approved by the Provincial Executive Council (Exco) in September last year is to pave way for a number of projects that are to create jobs and improve the local economy.
“We are excited that the initiative to reposition Mahikeng International Airport (MIA) as an Airport City and designate Mahikeng Industrial Development Zone (MIDZ) into a special economic zone has attracted overseas investors who will also participate in the roundtable discussion aimed at reviewing the MIDZ Land Use Plan and Mahikeng Town Plan,” highlighted Modise.
She said that the process towards development of the freight hub at the airport has already started with the development of an Air, Road and Rail Transport Strategy.
“The upgrading of the airport towards a category 9 to bring it to strict compliance to South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and International Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations so that it can achieve category 6/7 safety status for its international license status to be transferred from the Pilanesburg International Airport. is also on track,” added Modise.
In terms of the infrastructure upgrade project plan, R15 million is being spent on the Civil Project that is underway for the rejuvenation of the runway, taxiways, apron and landing strip markings.
A new 16 element Instrument Landing System (ILS) which will give the Mahikeng Airport ILS the same status as the Oliver Tambo International Airport has been installed as part of upgrading the Electrical Grounding Lighting System and ILS upgrade project. Thirty Million Rand is also being spent on the project to be completed in the current financial year.
Other job creation and empowerment projects to be implemented as part of the Airport City Project include concrete tile and roof sheet manufacturing, fuel farm, solar manufacturing, maize processing and business process outsourcing services.
A Provincial Executive Council Project Steering Committee chaired by the MEC for Economic Development, Conservation and Tourism, Motlalepula Rosho has been established to oversee the implementation of the project.
The committee is constituted of Members of the Executive Council,
Mahikeng and Ngaka Modiri Molema District Mayors and representatives of Barolong Boo Ratshidi Tribal Council.
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