Mkhambathini has several comparative advantages. It is well located in relation to Durban and Pietermaritzburg and adjoins Cato Ridge, a potential industrial node. The N3, which is identified in the Spatial Growth and Development Strategy as a Provincial Corridor, runs east west through the central part of the municipal area. Significant portions of the municipality fall within the Valley of a Thousand Hills (with Table Mountain a major landmark), an area with high potential for eco-tourism, and in the Midlands Mist Belt, which has a well established agricultural economy.
conomy Camperdown is perceived to be a natural growth area between Pietermarizbug and the fast growing Hillcrest region and a number of projects are illustrating this trend. Cato Ridge, within easy access of the highway, is well placed to take the overflow from traditional commercial, industrial and residential areas, which are either reaching capacity or preclude a growing number of home seekers as a result of the residential price growth evidenced in the last few years in many nearby suburbs. Developments in Cato Ridge are taking place in the form of large commercial and industrial parks backed up by a residential component.
Agriculture Agriculture is an important sector and should be actively developed. Agriculture is dominated by large-scale sugar-cane cultivation, with some agri-processing. The sugar mill in Illovo has been moved to Eston to provide a much needed manufacturing centre. Linking emerging farmers with markets and partners such as Rainbow Chickens and Illovo Sugar would be of value.
Historical and Other Places of Interest Private game ranches offering upmarket accommodation and wildlife trails (Tala , Killarney, IsiNgizwe Lodge, and White Lodge); agro-tourism: the Sakabula Circuit comprises motor routes to country attractions such as fresh produce, clothing, farm stalls and accommodation; Valley of a Thousand Hills.
By year 2020 Mkhambathini will be a sustainable and developed municipality characterised by an improved quality of life for its entire people in areas of environment, basic services, social, economy and development.
As Mkhambathini Municipality administration we commit ourselves to:
Upholding our vision, working with integrity and in an accountable manner towards the upliftment of the people.
Protect and enhance the interests of our clients at all times.
Consistently perform our functions with transparency, honesty and dedication in dealing with clients.
Mkhambathini is a Zulu word and is derived from eMkhambathini meaning the place of acacia trees. KZN226 Location of Head Office: Camperdown is 62 km west of Durban and 20 km south-east of Pietermaritzburg Municipal Area (km2): 914.87 Mkhambathini forms part of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality. Towns within the municipal boundaries: Camperdown, Eston, Mid Illovo
Key Personnel Mayor: Cllr Eric Ngcongo
Deputy Mayor: Ms L Z Lembethe
Whip: Mr T A Gwala
Whip: Mr N W Ntombela
LED: Mr R N Lembethe
Exco Member: Mrs R Mdluli
Municipal Manager: Mrs T C Ndlela
Chief Financial Officer: Mr M Chandulal
LED Officer: Mrs P L Ngcobo (LED and Tourism Officer)
Other Senior Management: Ms G H Bhengu (Strategic Manager: Community Services)