Amajuba District Municipality is situated within the north western corner of KwaZulu-Natal. The District local municipalities consist of Dannhauser, Newcastle, and eMadlangeni. Amajuba District Municipality is well connected and enjoys a relatively high level of accessibility within its spatial and economic functional region.
The District is predominantly rural and dominated by extensive commercial farmlands. The moderate climate, readily available water and high to moderate potential soils ensure the success of the agricultural sector. Agricultural activities include subsistence farming, forestry, game, cattle, sheep, wheat, soya and, maize. The District is the most important wool producing area in KwaZulu-Natal. Livestock, dams, specialised production of vegetables through open field planting and tunnels and the production of bio diesel and soya meal have been identified for agricultural potential purposes.
Newcastle Local Municipality, with its agricultural and industrial development, as well as trade forms an important hub for the District. Newcastle Municipality prides itself on the achievements that have been made in the past 20 years, successful projects include: eco parks and an outdoor gym, the Clifford Manana Bridge (Asiphephe), KwaMathukuza housing projects, and the eTheku mall. Newcastle's industrial portfolio is dominated by Karbochem, a synthetic rubber plant, and ArcelorMittal Steelworks. Other large operations include heavy engineering, a granite tile factory, steel reinforcement, and a slagment cement factory. The fullyserviced modern business industrial estate and other open land will accommodate any needs. A significant factor in an investor's industrial location assessment is the overall operating cost and all services are available at competitive, market-related prices.
Dannhauser Local Municipality is the smallest municipality within the District and is named after an old farming family that lived in the area. Dannhauser functions as a small rural service centre (providing commercial and service facilities and agricultural industries and services), and is not a large employment generator. Residents of the municipal area rely on the larger urban centres of Dundee and Newcastle for employment opportunities and higher order goods and services.
eMadlangeni Local Municipality consists of a vast rural area when compared to other municipalities in the District. The municipality has a low percentage of economic activity.
The town of Utrecht, nestling in the foothills of Balele Mountains is unique in that it lies within the confines of the Balele Community Game Park and the Utrecht Community Game Farm. Therefore, it is not unusual to find animals frequenting the outskirts of the town, parks and garden. This initiative by the local town council in conjunction with Balele Conservancy and motivated by individual residents in the District, has brought about a shift in the town's focus from industry to tourism.
The Amajuba District Municipality supports individual and community programmes relating to the development and rights of women, and directs them to benefit the area as a whole. Programmes which are explicitly designed to promote employment and incomepromoting outcomes for women are stressed.
Mayor: Mr Musa Ngubane
Other Members of Council: Sipho Nkosi (Deputy Mayor), Afzul Rehman (Speaker), Zanele Msibi (Exco), Makhosazana Mdlalose (Exco), Albertus Meiring (Exco)
Municipal Manager: Mr Linda Africa
Chief Financial Officer: Ms Siphephile Mhlongo
Communications Officer: Mr Sbonelo Cebekhulu
LED Officer: Mr Sihlangu Ngobese
Other Senior Management: C Myeza (Director: Planning and Development Services), S C Mdakane (Director: Community Services), T W Zulu (Director: Engineering Services)