The Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS) represents both development opportunities and provincial challenges. These are parameters for formulation of detailed operational plans and the identification of specific instruments for delivery and transformation.
It further identifies a 5-year multi-sectoral growth and development strategic plan of the Provincial Government. The strategy is supported by the following policies/strategies:
- An elaborate provincial economic development strategy.
- A spatial framework for co-ordinated public and private sector infrastructure investment.
- An integrated public transport policy.
- Land Development Objectives of the Limpopo Urban and Rural transitional councils.
- National Crime Prevention Strategy.
- Taking Limpopo into the New Millennium.
Limpopo is the natural resource treasure chest of South Africa, if not the whole of southern Africa. It boasts some of the greatest reserves of agriculture, mineral and tourism resources many of which remain hugely under-exploited. The province is also linked to the Maputo Development Corridor through Phalaborwa Spatial Development Initiative, a network of road and rail corridors connecting to the major seaports will open up Limpopo and surrounding regions for trade and investment. This is complimented by the presence of airports in major centres of the province including Ellisras, Makhado, Musina, Phalaborwa, Mokopane, Thabazimbi, Tzaneen, Thohoyandou and Bela-Bela as well as the Gateway International airport in Polokwane.
In terms of Agriculture Limpopo could be described as the garden of South Africa and or the whole continent, given its rich fruit and vegetable production. The province produces 75% of the countries mangoes, 65% of its papaya, 36% of its tea, 25% of its citrus, bananas, and litchis, 60% of its avocados, two thirds of its tomatoes, 285,000 tons of potatoes. Other products include coffee, nuts, guavas, sisal, cotton and tobacco, timber with more than 170 plantations. Apart from all these, there is cotton, sunflower, maize, wheat cultivation as well as grape. Most of the higher lying areas are devoted to cattle and game ranching, earning a reputation for quality biltong, a popular South African delicacy of salted, dried meat.