iLembe is the smallest district of them all in KZN. Its economic activities are concentrated on the north and south of the district. Economically this district is the sixth largest contributor to the provincial GGP, standing at 3%. Statistically there are 560 388 people living in this district of which 85 156 are employed with a total labour force of 330 040.
Sugar cane farming is the main agricultural business in the flatter and fertile areas of eNdondakusuka, KwaDukuza, Ndwedwe to a certain extent in the Umvoti Valley. Small patches of forestry plantations can be found both on the coast and inland. Other agricultural activities are crop farming, tunnel farming, flowers and nurseries; they represent substantial opportunities to be further developed for export markets.
KwaDukuza also known as the Dolphin Coast area has a diversity of cultures that are rich in history.
The Dolphin Coast covers the areas from Zimbali in the south where there is an exotic golf -course resort,
Zinkwazi in the north as well as the inland areas of Shakaskraal and Umhlali.
The beaches along the coastline are mostly rocky with some sandy shores. High Rock on the coast is one of King Shaka's legendary spots and this has now become a popular fishing spot.
The Isithebe Estates, together with sugar and paper mills located in the district are largely responsible for the
majority of industrial production. There are a number of well established industries, especially in the clothing and
textile sector, operating from this area. A wide range of light industries have also developed in this centre.
Small art and crafts producers exist in Ndwedwe and Maphumulo municipalities.
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The iLembe DM lies on the east coast of KZN, along EThekwini Metro in the south and Tugela River mouth in
the south. It is a smallest town of the ten KZN district municipalities at an area of 3,369 km². ILembe DM consists
of four local municipalities, i.e. Mandeni, Ndwedwe, Stanger and Maphumulo.
The northern areas of Ndwedwe, the central corridor of Mandeni and Stanger municipality are commercial farming hubs of the district. These commercial areas (31% of the land) are mainly under privately owned sugar cane. Areas of urbanization in the district comprise Stanger, Mandeni, Nkwazi and the Dolphin Coast. Land uses are typically urban mixed uses with high levels of infrastructural and service development and an adequate provision of social facilities and services to support the residents. Industrial development is concentrated in Stanger, Isithebe and Darnall.
Below are packaged projects throughout iLembe District with concise project descriptions, information on locations, current statuses, ownership, return on investment and importantly project requirements.
Nodes and Development Corridors in this region for the next five years.
|Maphumulo - Ndwedwe corridor: develop agricultural potential along corridor. Strengthen nodes of Ndwedwe & Maphumulo as service and agri-processing nodes linked to Dube opportunities|
|Purchase of some of the high potential agricultural land for commercial production (high value perishable produce) destined for export through King Shaka airport for land reform beneficiaries|
|Protection of high potential agricultural land for commercial production - Umhlanga - Ballito|
|Zulu Heritage Trail: development of cultural & eco tourism opportunities inland & link to beach tourism market|
|Beach tourism: development of upmarket (6 star) resorts, development of mid range package tourism beach resort|
|Improve security at all major beaches|
|Mandeni & Stanger Industrial townships: provision of world class infrastructure|
|Provide adequate affordable housing and related services|
|Centre of Innovation - creation of centre of innovation & required support infrastructure & services|
|Link to Dube Trade Port: Plan & manage development related to Dube|
|Formalise and plan Maphumulo, Ndwedwe and Mandeni to position for investment|
|Provide adequate affordable housing and related services in towns|
Finally, the Agrarian Revolution Strategy has clearly identified targeted Districts for 2006/7 which should each receive approximately R35m of Siyavuna funding. Each district will have specific targeted commodity focus areas that respond to the Provincial Agricultural Framework, areas of identified Hunger, and the priority areas identified by the Provincial Government and the Premier for 2006/7 specifically.
The iLembe DM lies on the east coast of KZN, along EThekwini Metro in the south and Tugela River mouth in the south. It is a smallest town of the ten KZN district municipalities at an area of 3,369 km². ILembe DM consists of four local municipalities, i.e. Mandeni, Ndwedwe, Stanger and Maphumulo. The northern areas of Ndwedwe, the central corridor of Mandeni and Stanger municipality are commercial farming hubs of the district. These commercial areas (31% of the land) are mainly under privately owned sugar cane. Areas of urbanization in the district comprise Stanger, Mandeni, Nkwazi and the Dolphin Coast. Land uses are typically urban mixed uses with high levels of infrastructural and service development and an adequate provision of social facilities and services to support the residents. Industrial development is concentrated in Stanger, Isithebe and Darnall..
|Maphumulo||032 481 4500||032 481 email@example.com
|Mandeni||032 456 8200||032 456 2504||Siyabonga.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ndwedwe||032 532 5000||032 532 1071 / email@example.com|
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Despite the fact that KwaZulu-Natal covers such a small portion of South Africa's land area, a significant percentage of the country's small-scale farmers are based here. Agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal is extremely diverse and is reflected in the patterns of its topography. Most of the world's agricultural activities can be practised here. Due to the good reliable rainfall and fertile soils, the region's agricultural sector has become very productive, and is known for its specialist capability in several types of farming. The Province has a total of 6.5 million hectares of land for farming purposes of which 82% is suitable for extensive livestock production and 18% is arable land.
The agricultural sector is focused mainly on the following:
Crops: Sugar, Maize
Horticulture: Sub-tropical fruits especially pineapples and bananas, Cashew nuts, Potatoes, Vegetables
Animal Husbandry: Beef, Sheep (mutton and wool), Pigs, Poultry
Forestry: SA Pine, Saligna, Black Wattle, eucalyptus, poplar,
There is tremendous potential for agricultural expansion in KwaZulu-Natal. It has been conservatively estimated that if the agricultural natural resources were optimally managed, the present production yield could be increased dramatically, thus unlocking the full agricultural production potential of KwaZulu-Natal.
The social programs and the government/private sector joint projects that have been facilitated and implemented by the sugar industry bear testimony to the industry's conscious commitment to the socio-economic and welfare upliftment of its employees. The key challenge for the sugar cane industry remains the maintenance of competitiveness in relation to other world-class producers and industries.