About the Provincial Manager
Jackie Ntshingila has a B.Comm Accounting Degree from University of the North, furthering her studies in Business Consultancy with the University of Potchefstroom. She completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with the University of the Free State.
She was tasked with the intricate responsibility of establishing Seda structures and the successful implementation of its mandate in the Free State Province, a task which she took in her stride.
She received two awards from the University of the Free State in 2009, i.e. MBA Alumni Achiever of the Year as well as the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude award. She also received the BMF Free State’s award as Manager of the Year 2010 and was 2nd runner-up Nationally. She was also nominated for the Shoprite/Checkers Women of the Year 2010.
Background about Free State province
Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, with the Kingdom of Lesotho nestling in the hollow of its bean-like shape. The province is the granary of South Africa, with agriculture central to its economy while mining on the rich goldfields reef is its largest employer. Important towns include Welkom, the heart of the goldfields and one of the few completely pre-planned cities in the world; Odendaalsrus, another gold-mining town; Sasolburg, which gets its name from the petrochemical company Sasol; Kroonstad, an important agricultural, administrative and educational centre; Parys, on the banks of the Vaal River; Phuthaditjhaba, a vast and sprawling settlement known its beautiful handcrafted items; and Bethlehem, gateway to the Eastern Highlands of the Free State.
The capital city is Bloemfontein and Languages in the Province are are: 64.2% Sesotho, 15.6% Setswana, 12.7% Afrikaans and 7.5% isiXhosa
Mining is the province's major employer. A gold reef more than 400 kilometres long, known as the goldfields region, stretches across Gauteng and the Free State. South Africa is one of the world's largest gold producers, and the country's largest gold-mining complex is Free State Consolidated Goldfields, with an area of 330 square kilometres.
The province has 12 gold mines, producing 30% of South Africa's output. The Harmony Gold Refinery and Rand Refinery are the only two gold refineries in South Africa. Gold mines in the Free State also supply a substantial portion of the total silver produced in the country, while considerable concentrations of uranium occurring in the gold-bearing conglomerates of the goldfields are extracted as a by product. Bituminous coal is also mined, and converted to petrochemicals at Sasolburg. The Free State also produces high-quality diamonds from its kimberlite pipes and fissures, and the country's largest deposit of bentonite is found in the Koppies district.
Manufacturing and export
The Free State economy has moved from dependence on primary sectors, such as mining and agriculture, to an economy increasingly oriented towards manufacturing and export. The northern Free State's chemicals sector is one of the most important in the southern hemisphere. Petrochemicals company Sasol, based in the town of Sasolburg, is a world leader in the production of fuels, waxes, chemicals and low-cost feedstock from coal. Other important manufacturing subsectors are food and beverages, textiles, furniture, Agro processing, jewellery and engineering products.
Agriculture dominates the Free State landscape, with cultivated land covering 32 000 square kilometres, and natural veld and grazing a further 87 000 square kilometres of the province. Field crops yield almost two-thirds of the gross agricultural income of the province. Animal products contribute a further 30%, with the balance generated by horticulture. Ninety percent of the country's cherry crop is produced in the Ficksburg district, which is also home to the country's two largest asparagus canning factories. Soya, sorghum, sunflowers and wheat are cultivated in the eastern Free State, where farmers specialise in seed production. About 40% of the country's potato yield comes from the province's high-lying areas. The main vegetable crop is asparagus.