Manufacturing and Trade
In terms of the previous Regional Industrial Development Programmes (RIDP), three towns qualified as Industrial Development points, namely Giyani, Tzaneen and Nkowakowa. The modus industries in the district are mainly basic metals and fabricated metals followed by food manufacturing.

The basic metals and fabricated metals dominated by structural steel and engineering workshops. The district also has a number of industries involved in the processing of wood (saw milling). The food manufacturing industries are dominated by canned, preserved and dried fruit and vegetable juices which indicates a degree of linkages to the local Agriculture sector. Of significance, is to ensure that even small and emerging farmers have access to these markets.

Major trading centers in the district include Tzaneen/Nkowakowa/ Lenyenye node, the Phalaborwa/Lulekani/Namakgale node and to a lesser extent the Giyani node. Generally there is a net of outflow of buying power, particularly so from the smaller nodes as they do not cater for the entire consumer needs, and secondly because a considerable number of people work outside these nodes in places such as Polokwane.

Key investments are also needed in towns like Phalaborwa and Tzaneen to achieve the minimum agglomeration for sustainable industrial development.




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