Babelegi is some thirty minutes, 60 km/ 37 miles north of Pretoria. From Pretoria take the N1 North highway to Polokwane. The Babelegi turnoff is about 38km from Pretoria.

Babelegi was one of the first ‘growth areas’ to be established in a former black territory.


The previous Apartheid government of South African announced in 1968 that its policy of decentralising industries from major metropolitan areas would be extended to include the former black territories. Under this policy entrepreneurs would receive concessions and would he assisted by government-subsidised infrastructure for economic and social development.

The industrial town of Babelegi was proclaimed in 1969 on a bare piece of land. By December 1976, 75 industries had been established under the agency system. These include the textile, wood and metal product industries.

Concessionaires however, were not be able to acquire ownership rights to land or buildings in the former homelands. This measure was introduced to protect the rights of developing nations against exploitation and economic domination. After the former Bophuthatswana gained independence, the concessions and conditions remained intact.


The interest rate on loans to finance assets, excluding land and factory buildings, was exceptionally low. Land and buildings were fully financed by the Centre for Economic Development and were leased to entrepreneurs at a rate of 10% per annum, calculated on the value of the land and buildings.

For the first seven full financial years operation, income tax was reduced by between 20% to 50% of the wages paid to BaTswana people employed. Housing loans were provided for foreign key personnel at interest rates at least 2,5% below ruling bank rates.

Transportation rebates and certain preferences on tenders for the supply of manufactured goods to South African government departments were also granted. All approved relocation costs incurred in moving a factory from the metropolitan areas of Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging and Durban-Pinetown were reimbursed.

Within seven years jobs were provided to more than 8 000 black people and 300 white people.


The Carousel Casino and Entertainment World is just off the N1 North Highway between Pretoria and Bela Bela (Warmbaths). The Carousel has become famous for hosting a number of world title boxing fights.

The Carousel is set in Victorian-time theme and features spectacular multi-coloured stained glass domed ceilings, complete with an old fashioned fun-fair and carousel. There are a multitude of slot machines, three speciality show bars, theme restaurants, cinemas, live entertainment and hotel accommodation.