Harry Gwala District Municipality
Harry Gwala District Municipality includes the southernmost part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park adjacent to Lesotho and borders the Eastern Cape Province in the west.
Unique And Attractive Resources
Harry Gwala District Municipality is situated in southern KwaZulu-Natal. The district includes the southernmost part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park adjacent to Lesotho and borders the Eastern Cape Province. Harry Gwala comprises four local municipalities: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Umzimkhulu, Greater Kokstad and Ubuhlebezwe.
Ingonyama Trust land makes up a large proportion of the municipality and includes several tribal authorities areas of administration.
The district has an abundance of high quality soils, a high altitude, much water, and experiences climatic extremes. Commercial farms and commercial plantations form the bedrock of the economy of the region. A significant portion of dairy consumed in KwaZulu-Natal is produced here. There is potential for the development of agriculture and tourism.
Service Centre and Commercial Hub
The town of Kokstad in the Greater Kokstad Municipality is strategically located on the N2 Development Corridor, the main transport arterial linking KwaZuluNatal and the Eastern Cape. The local municipality has an abundance of unique and attractive natural, cultural resources and open space amenities that could be used to enhance the local economy.
Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality is well located between Pietermaritzburg, Kokstad and the Eastern Cape. The seat of the Harry Gwala District Council is the town of Ixopo, which is approximately 85km south east of Pietermaritzburg, capital of KwaZulu-Natal. Ixopo plays an important role in terms of the possible location for industry, commerce and other economic activity. The town is a major education and health centre and assists in the diffusion of new ideas and technologies to the rural areas. Many government departments and essential service providers are based here.
Largest Local Municipality
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality is the largest municipality within the district, constituting 35% of the area. Much of the municipal area consists of tribal lands, which dominate the area. The municipality is known for the World Heritage Site of uKhahlamba, which brings local and foreign tourists to this mountainous area. The relatively unspoilt natural environment has high eco-tourism and adventure tourism potential. Greater tourism diversity could be achieved through a wider range of facilities and attractions including historical, cultural events and ecotourism adventures.
Umzimkhulu Local Municipality neighbours Ugu District in the east, Msunduzi in the north, Lesotho in the east and the Eastern Cape in the south. Of the population, about 90,8% reside in rural areas, while the remaining 9,2% are urban based. While development projects are centred on infrastructure and service delivery, backlogs remain vast with respect to water, sanitation and electricity provision.
Currently agriculture comprises cattle (red meat and dairy), poultry, wool, maize, sugar cane, citrus, vegetables and timber. Much of the farming operations are at subsistence level, despite the potential for commercial-scale ventures.
Physical Address: 40 Main Street, Ixopo, 3276
Postal Address: Private Bag X501, Ixopo, 3276
Tel: +27 (0)39 834 8600/ 8700
Fax: +27 (0)39 834 1750