Speaking in his state of the province address (SOPA) Gauteng premier David Makhura announced his administrations ambitious plan to help the Vaal economy. 

Premier Makhura said plans are being made to breathe new life into the manufacturing, logistics, agricultural processing sectors of the Vaal triangle by creating a special economic zone on both sides of the Vaal river in Gauteng and the Free state.

Sedibeng investment projects include the development of a freight transport and logistics hub.

The Vaal marina development such as Savannah city and Vaal river projects, an AB and BEV investment project and mining investment in the Heidelberg environment. Delivering his state of the province address at the SefakoMakhatho health and science university in Ga Rankuwa, Tshwane, Makhura said the government hoped the planned projects will inject about R40bn worth of investment into the economy of the Vaal triangle. 

He said the national and provincial governments are already in talks with the two investment entities in the area. 

The Vaal university of technology (VUT) and the North West university Vanderbijlpark campus should be amalgamated.

They want to explore the possibility of a master plan to consolidate the two universities into a single prosperous and innovative university village with a university based economy, growing Gauteng together is about building a sustainable future for all, he said. Staff Reporter.