The N2, Lubombo Mountain, Mofolozi River and Indian Ocean, border this unique, natural resources rich district. Economically this district is the second least contributor to the provincial GGP after Sisonke District, standing at 1%. Stastically there are 573 341 people living in this district of which 38 193are employed with a total labour force of 299 602.
Umkhanyakude district is also known as the Elephant Coast for its rich and wild natural tourism resources.
The district's most natural resource attractions include game reserves and parks, beaches, cultural & adventure tourism and also birding watching
destinations (avi - tourism).
The district has identified main tourism activity hubs to include Hluhluwe, St. Lucia, Mtubatuba, Sodwana / Kosi bay and lake Sibaya and Mkuze.
As this district is more rural than any district in KZN, its sectors are mainly in agriculture, tourism and government services.
UMkhanyakude is situated in the northeastern part of KwaZulu-Natal, extending from the UMfolozi River up to
Mozambique and Swaziland borders. The districts has five local municipalities namely uMhlabuyalingana, Jozini,
the Big Five False Bay, Hlabisa and Mtubatuba. The district is mainly rural, Mtubatuba in the south being the only
formalized town. However, several towns are growing rapidly, such as Hluhluwe, Manguzi, Jozini, Mkuze and Mbazwana.
Below are packaged projects throughout UMkhanyakude District with concise project descriptions, information on locations, current statuses, ownership, return on investment and importantly project requirements.
Nodes and Development Corridors for this region for the next five years.
|Makhatini Flats: improve roads, free up water from Pongola Poort dam|
|Develop Mkhuze, Mbazwane, Jozini, Manguzi & Hluhluwe as agricultural service centres|
|Support for existing and potential land reform cluster projects across Umkhanyakude with respect to livestock, maize, biofuels, nuts etc.|
|Develop Mkhuze airstrip for agricultural exports|
|Development of livestock and game farming potential on Trust land|
|Develop agri-processing in Mkhuze & Jozini linked to Makatini flats|
|St Lucia & Cape Vidal: unlock potential of sites for tourism|
|Ndumo & Thembe reserves: improve access|
|Mkhuze airstrip for tourism - need regular scheduled flights|
|Swaziland - Mbaswana - GSLWP corridor|
|Development of tourism opportunities on Pongola Poort Dam|
|SDI route: ensure linking of route to Maputo|
|Reduce risk of malaria|
|Newcastle Industrial townships: provision of world class infrastructure, improve linkages to ports|
|Provide adequate affordable housing and related services|
|Coal mining - extension of life of mines and/or development of alternative opportunities|
|Formalise and plan Mtubatuba, Hlabisa, Mbazwana, Jozini & Manguzi 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.
|Supporting existing Sugar and Cotton initiatives|
|Implement projects according to the Integrated Makhathini Development Plan i.e. Nguni Development, intensive Citrus and vegetable production along the Pongola River, and Cotton, Groundnut and Cashew Nut|
|Development in drier eastern areas|
|Supporting targeted Research into the potential for Aquaculture projects via the Makhathini Research Station|
|Support Land Reform initiatives|
|Support Land Care and Alien Weed Control Initiatives|
UMkhanyakude is situated in the northeastern part of KwaZulu-Natal, extending from the UMfolozi River up to Mozambique and Swaziland borders. The districts has five local municipalities namely uMhlabuyalingana, Jozini, the Big Five False Bay, Hlabisa and Mtubatuba. The district is mainly rural, Mtubatuba in the south being the only formalized town. However, several towns are growing rapidly, such as Hluhluwe, Manguzi, Jozini, Mkuze and Mbazwana.
|uMhlabuyalingana||035 592 0669/ 680/665/0671||035 592 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Jozini||035 5721292||035 email@example.com|
|The Big Five False Bay||035 5620040||035 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hlabisa||035 8388500||035 email@example.com
|Mtubatuba||035 5500069||035 firstname.lastname@example.org
The government projects are the responsibility of each respective government department, therefore TIKZN is not responsible for the updating of this information. For further assistance, kindly contact the department responsible directly. Follow this link for available projects:http://www.kwazulunatal.gov.za
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.