Later that day, Limpopo treasurer David Masondo admitted that there were huge challenges in the province, especially because so many of its residents lived in a rural setting.
"The main problem is our economic structure.
It's mostly mining and mining can't absorb everyone, so a lot of our people are unemployed and a lot of them are young," said Masondo
"A lot of our people depend on social grants and the state for employment.
I think 60% of our budget goes to government wages, like those for teachers, nurses or police officers."
said the main challenge was to diversify economic activity in the province and that would "require some bold decisions to be taken at a national level around industrial strategy such as the beneficiation of platinum being mined in the province".