Free State Province hard at work to revive the economy strained by Covid-19

Plans are afoot to revitalise the Vredefort Dome outside Vredefort
in the Fezile Dabi District and market it nationally and internationally.

During the State of the Province Address delivered this week, Premier Sisi Ntombela said the Free State Provincial Government is working with the North West Province, Fezile Dabi District Municipality and the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries on the revitalisation of the Vredefort Dome.

Ntombela added that in increasing tourism products offering
to stimulate economic growth in the province, the Free State Provincial
Government is currently engaging investors to develop the tourism potential of
the Thaba Nchu Airfield and the Phakisa Raceway in Welkom.

“These tourism growth and development opportunities will be
given material dimension in the Tourism Sector Masterplan currently being
finalised,” she said.

In her address the Premier also lamented the strained on economy
caused by COVID-19.

“When Covid-19 happened, our economy was strained. Economic
growth, unemployment, poverty and inequality were a challenge. Things are no

“We are hard at work to revive the economy. But the road
ahead remains long. Through our economic reconstruction and recovery
interventions, we want to revitalise the economy and bring long-lasting
solutions to our challenges.

“Small and medium enterprises are the growth drivers of our economy. It is for this reason why we have introduced incentive schemes to support them,” said the Premier.

Click SOPA.Hon.Premier.Ntombela.02March2021  for the full State of the Province Address.