Situated equidistant between Durban and Johannesburg, with well-established road, rail and air infrastructure, the Indumeni region is the geographic centre of Northern KwaZulu Natal.
Dundee is the service centre for the abundant northern Natal, a town of learning and also the geographical and administrative heart of northern Natal. At the base of the IndumeniMountain, the highest peak in the Biggarsberg range of mountains is Wasbank, a small town which time has appeared to pass by.
Dundee and Glencoe have well established and serviced areas for light to medium industry. Their towns have a good consistent supply of water, with six dams and a pipeline from the Umzinyathi/Buffalo River feeding the area.
Regional offices of a number of state and provincial departments have been established here and Endumeni schools are renowned for their high standard of education. A large, well-equipped provincial hospital caters for the whole district. With its variety of service facilities, infrastructure and a stable labour supply, Endumeni offers every opportunity for the businessman, industrialist and investor, as well as the tourist. The Endumeni region offers ideal opportunities for entrepreneurs requiring a distribution depot.
Currently the main industry is agriculture. The main farming activity is cattle ranching and local livestock sales are among the most lucrative in KwaZulu Natal. Sheep, dairy and crop farming also form part of the agricultural enterprise.
The mining of coal, once the primary industry of northern KwaZulu Natal, has been overtaken by agriculture. It nevertheless will continue to contribute to the economy of the region well into the future.
Endumeni can accommodate large industries and still enjoy the advantage of a real home life. Industrial concessions are applicable in terms of the Government policy of decentralisation, and ensured industrial plots are available at reasonable prices - long term planning has ensured that water and power supplies will meet future demands, and that the area''s infrastructure is geared for greater expansion.
The area is home to a number of skilled crafts people. Pottery, wood work, hand knotted carpets, woven grass baskets, Zulu beadwork, are all produced here and artists and crafts people can be seen at work in their own environment.
A number of gracious old homes in the towns and on nearby farms have been converted into tourist accommodation. Hotels, guest lodges, self-catering cottages and caravan parks offer visitors a wide range of excellent quality accommodation. The whole area has a fascinating and multi-faceted history. There are numerous interesting and unusual places to visit. The cultural, economic and military history of the area is depicted in the Talana Museum, on the outskirts of Dundee.
The unique destination has a lot more to offer than battle sites. There are Zulu cultural experiences, craft and birding routes, game reserves, fishing in dams and rivers, white-water rafting, horseback safaris and a host of other adventures.
In addition to the incentive of being in a rural environment, away from the city atmosphere but will all amenities available, the local authority offers various incentives to industrial investors. These incentives which relate to land price, municipal rates and taxes and electricity charges are fully negotiable, depending upon the level of investment.
Further industrial investment concessions are available from the National Department of Trade and Industry.
Availability of Land Industrial Sites
Continuous planning is done to ensure that sufficient industrial plots of various sizes are readily available to immediately accommodate investors. The Council has presently a number of industrial plots varying in size from +/- 9500m2 to +/- 20 000m2. Adaptation to the sizes of plots can, however, be done with relative ease in order to accommodate the specific needs of the investors. The town council of Endumeni maintains an open policy with regard to the availability of Industrial plots in order to attract entrepreneurs to invest here with minimum inconvenience. Land for industrial and residential development is available from the local authority at very reasonable prices. All such properties are services by the municipal services and a number of industrial sites can be services with railway siding facilities.
Availability of Labour
Endumeni has available, a substantial resident labour force, (Skilled, semi skilled and unskilled). The layout of the area is such that local labour is not entirely dependent on public transport to reach industrial areas. Most of the potential labour force are permanent residents and thus represent a stable workforce.
Together in prosperity Endumeni, being at the heart of the KwaZulu- Natal battlefields, is a dynamic, developmentally focused Municipality working in partnership with all its people for the promotion of the sustainable, harmonious and balanced development of its urban and rural communities.
To provide an effective system of governance and administration aimed at addressing the challenges confronting the Municipality, namely planning for integrated, sustainable growth; economic development; social development; integrated environmental development; the promotion of individual cultures; empowerment; and equity, in a manner befitting our core values.
Municipal Demarcation Board Code: KZ241
Location of Head Office: Dundee is 65 km south-east of Newcastle and 72 km north-east of Ladysmith
Municipal Area (km2): 1 612.39
Contributes to: UMzinyathi District Municipality
Towns within the municipal boundaries: Dejagersdrif, Dundee, Ethembalihle, Glencoe, Tayside, Van Rooyen, Vant's Drift, Wasbank.
Endumeni means place of the thunderstorm, referring to the area around the peak - it is visible from up to 100 km and almost from 360 degrees.
Mayor: Cllr Sibonisa Mbatha
Acting Municipal Manager: Mr MZ Silinga
Speaker: Cllr M Makhathini
Private Bag 2024
88 Victoria Street