Strategic Programmes Responsive to Comparative and Competitive Advantage of the Locality
Presently, there is a lack of coordinated planning, development and marketing efforts in the municipality, with the result that the potential of the tourism sector in the municipality has not been realized. The Albert Falls Amble is involved in marketing portions of the municipality and developing routes and nodes within the municipality. It is important to build on these efforts and to support tourism organizations and other stakeholders. The Tourism Working Group of the newly established LED Forum should go a long way towards assisting in the area. To promote transformation in the local economy, including the tourism sector, the municipality is giving local Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDIs) increasing attention in terms of developing their tourism products and hosts an annual Festival of Beads. This event showcases the local talent and provides the PDIs with a market. The municipality is currently assisting with the feasibility studies for venture tourism projects in Appelsbosch, Mpolweni and Trustfeed. These projects arechampioned by local PDIs.
Agriculture: Farmer Production Support Unit
As part of the agri-business strategy, and the Agri-Hubs Program, the municipality is also looking at the feasibility of establishing a pack house/s that will enable the local farmers to add value to their produce so that they derive greater benefit from their efforts. The potato machine facility in Swayimana is to be upgraded to cater for the processing of other crops and providing storage facilities for inputs and equipment. Plans are already afoot to start the process of converting a municipal building in New Hanover into a Farmer Production Support Unit that will provide storage and packing facilities for inputs and produce. The construction of a privately owned chicken slaughter house is nearing completion. This facility will giving emerging poultry farmers access to a market for their chickens with minimal transport costs.
This sector is playing an ever-increasing role in uMshwathi Municipality although its contribution to the local GDP has not been quantified. Most trade takes place on the verges of the roads in the local towns and in the market stalls in Greengate, Swayimana Taxi Rank, DSD and grant pay points. Owing to the non-availability of trading spaces in the local towns, informal trade takes place in areas which are not authorised by the Council and this causes conflict between informal traders and formal business owners. The local Informal Chamber which deals with informal businesses has been formed and is reasonably functional. The municipality will be submitting funding proposals to potential funders for capacity building, provision of materials, equipment and economic infrastructure provide support to the informal traders.
UMSHWATHI LM OVERVIEW
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The uMshwathi Local Municipality (LM), (KZN221), is strategically located within the uMgungundlovu District Municipal area, to the north of Msunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg/ Capital City of KwaZulu Natal). UMshwathi is sharing a common boundary with Msunduzi, uMngeni, Mpofana, uMvoti, Ndwedwe, eThekwini and Mkhambathini Local Municipalities. Covering a land area of approximately 1867.9km², the uMshwathi Municipality has 111 645 people living in approximately 29 083 households according to Community Survey 2016. The Municipality covers an area of approximately 1811 square kilometres in extent. The provincial positioning of uMshwathi accommodates secondary movement systems, which aim at providing efficient and effective access e.g. the R33 (Old Greytown Road) serves as the major/ main movement corridor between the N3 and the capital Msunduzi Municipality, to some of the surrounding local Municipalities towards the north such as uMvoti, Msinga, and Ndumeni. Hence, due to these as well as many other characteristics, there is a clear reflection of the R33 being a primary development and access corridor offering a range of opportunities for investment in relation to the province. The advantage of uMshwathi Municipality’s close proximity to Pietermaritzburg (Msunduzi Municipality), opportunity exists for positive spin-offs for Local Economic Development (LED). The local economy can also be diversified through, the development of tourism infrastructure and middle to high-income residential and commercial developments that may be limited in Msunduzi.
IDP (Green Economy Initiatives)
IDP (Inclusive Economy)
IDP (Job Creation)
IDP (Capacity of the Municipality)