The district is the youngest of them all as it was only formed in 2000. The government is being seen as the key player in economic revitalisation of this district. Economically this district is the least contributor to the provincial GGP, standing at 2%. Statistically there are 298 374 people living in this district of which 40 733 are employed with a total labour force of 168 387.
Agriculture is the most potential economic pillar in the district and provides job opportunities. Agricultural activities within the district are crop farming (i.e. potatoes and cabbages) and dairy farming. There are also commercial plantations which provide raw materials for paper. Other suitable agricultural activities that have potential for growth in the region are carrots, maize, oats, soyabeans, tomatoes, wheat, sorghum, sunflower and livestock but the problem lays in identifying specific locations for the enterprise.
The district has a great variety of natural tourism assets and accommodation establishments such as hotels,
bed & breakfasts and guest-houses. The district also has a missionary tourism, avi tourism (bird watching), cultural
tourism and eco-tourism, adventure tourism and the uKhahlamba, Drakensburg Park that can attract tourist into the
Sisonke municipality is situated in the south west of KwaZulu-Natal along the borders of the Eastern Cape.
The district has a largely rural population and it is an inland municipality that consist of five local
municipalities; Ubuhlenezwe, Greater Kokstad, KwaSani and UMzimkhulu. The towns of Kokstad and Matatiele are
recognized as the main economic hubs of the district. Sisonke is well endowed with natural resources and has
vast potential for the development of its main economic sectors that is agriculture and tourism.
No projects yet.
Nodes and Development Corridors for KZN for the next five years.
SC6 - Port Shepstone/St Faiths/Ixopo Corridor, focusing primarily on Developing a direct link between the Southern Drakensberg and the Coastal areas to expand the basket of tourist destinations and spending options.
|Development of livestock, game, timber & vegetable farming potential on Trust land: address stock theft|
|Support land reform beneficiaries: this requires a farm worker strategy for the area, and consider opportunities for land reform beneficiaries in agri-tourism|
|Improve road linkages across Umzimkhulu|
|Develop Umzimkhulu as agricultural service centres|
|Develop Ixopo, Underberg, Kokstad as agricultural service and agri-processing centres|
|Drakensberg: ensure adequate control of land use, improve direct road link between Central & Southern Berg, link to Midlands Meander through Impendle & Nottingham Road|
|Ingwe / Paton tourism development|
|Formalise and plan Umzimkulu to position for investment|
|Provide adequate affordable housing and related services in nodes|
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.
Sisonke municipality is situated in the south west of KwaZulu-Natal along the borders of the Eastern Cape. The district has a largely rural population and it is an inland municipality that consist of five local municipalities; Ubuhlenezwe, Greater Kokstad, KwaSani and UMzimkhulu. The towns of Kokstad and Matatiele are recognized as the main economic hubs of the district. Sisonke is well endowed with natural resources and has vast potential for the development of its main economic sectors that is agriculture and tourism.
|Ingwe||039 833 1038||039 833 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|KwaSani||033 702 1060||033 702 email@example.com
|Greater Kokstad||039 797 6600||039 727 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ubuhlebezwe||039 834 7700||039 834 email@example.com|
|UMzimkhulu||039 259 0216 / 5309||039 259 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.