The HlabisaMunicipality is one of five Category B Municipalities within the UmkhanyakudeDistrictMunicipality and is situated adjacent to the District Management Area 27 (KZDMA27) and the LocalMunicipalities of Jozini, The Big 5 False Bay, and Mtubatuba. The municipal area is 100% rural and consists of four traditional areas. Hlabisa is located in one of the world's richest and diverse tourism areas.
Situation HlabisaMunicipality is faced by development problems and challenges that are relatively common to many areas in KwaZulu-Natal. The municipality is generally characterised by isolated rural communities with accompanying high levels of poverty. The Municipality needs to address these issues in an innovative manner in order to initiate and promote sustainable development. This would result in improved economic growth coupled with accelerating inward investment thereby, creating job and other socio-economic opportunities. Furthermore, it has been established that residential needs still needs special attention. Amongst other things the access roads to residential dwellings, reticulated water and sanitation and electricity are the most pressing needs.
The most significant land use is subsistence agriculture and dispersed settlements, plantations and agriculture are found throughout the Municipality. The major draw card of Hlabisa is the tourism industry centred on the adjacent game reserve. The manufacturing sector needs to be evaluated for development potential and investment opportunities. Tourism offers specific potential for local entrepreneurs and businesses. However, the opportunities are not fully reached or exploited and need to be unlocked and appropriately focused on niche markets for the full benefit of local communities. In addition, the black economic empowerment within this industry has not yet been realised fully.
Tourism Aims, Projects & Plans for the Next 5 Years
Capturing a greater share of the domestic tourist market, particularly the African leisure market;
Exploring options to integrate cultural tourism;
Reconciling tourism development with demand for environmental protection;
Ensuring spin-offs for the local community;
Providing a range of accommodation types;
Providing the local community with equal access to tourist facilities as well as opportunities to operate them.
Historical and Other Places of Interest Hluhluwe-UmfoloziGamePark; Hluhluwe Dam.
Vision 'Rural service delivery excellence'.
Half poverty by 2015 through cooperativeness and efficient utilization of scarce resources.
Mission We aim to achieve the vision through:
Sustainable local economic development
Positioning the municipality as a vibrant gateway to the ElephantCoast and Hluhluwe-MfoloziGamePark
Encouraging active community participation in development and
Municipal Demarcation Board Code: KZ274
Location of Head Office:
Mtubatuba is 51 km north of Empangeni (N2) and 31 km west of St Lucia Estuary (R618)
Municipal Area (km2): 1 417.03
Contributes to: uMkhanyakude District Municipality
Towns within the municipal boundaries: Hlabisa, Somkele. Hlabisa means "to give".
Municipal Manager: Mr DA Khumalo
Mayor: Cllr V.F Hlabisa