The Mafikeng International Airport (MIA) will now be repositioned as an Airport City, while the erstwhile Mahikeng Industrial Development Zone (MIDZ) will be designated as a special economic zone, North West provincial government spokesperson, Lesiba Kgwele, said on Thursday.
The MIDZ land use plan and Mafikeng town plan will also be reviewed.
Last week, the province said it was conducting a feasibility study for the development of a freight hub at the airport.
The study will form part of a wider freight transport strategy, including a passenger and freight rail plan that is currently in the process of being drawn up.
The airport is currently undergoing a multimillion rand infrastructure upgrade to bring it into strict compliance with the regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the International Aviation Organisation.
Projects to be implemented to boost the local economy and job creation include concrete tile and roof sheet manufacturing, fuel farm, solar manufacturing, maize processing and business process outsourcing services.
Additionally, the process towards development of the freight hub at the airport has already started with the development of an Air, Road and Rail Transport Strategy and upgrading of the airport.