Local Initiative Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Local Municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal consists of ten wards each with an elected councillor and ten proportional representation councillors. Ingonyama Trust land makes up a large proportion of the municipality and includes a number of tribal authorities' areas of administration.
Current Situation GGP data confirms the fact that the IngweMunicipality is exceptionally poor and underdeveloped, relying heavily on agriculture as the main source of livelihood. The lack of a major trading centre such as the neighbouring towns of Underberg and Ixopo has limited the economic growth opportunities for this Municipality.
However, the municipality is situated in the Ukhahlamba Corridor which includes the link between the Southern Drakensberg through Underberg to Bulwer and the Midlands. This corridor is identified as being focused on tourism attractions.
The Port Shepstone, Ixopo corridor and by implication, the main corridor between Ixopo, Donnybrook and Bulwer has also been identified as an important tourism corridor and as an area to focus on production of labour intensive, mass produced goods more dependent on labour costs, affordable transport linkages such as agriculture and mining.
Economy The Municipality has a well-established commercial farming sector which is based on semi-intensive beef, dairying, potato production and a strong commercial forestry sector. The tourism sector is small at present; however, there is considerable potential for growth as an adventure destination. Avi-tourism, focused on sighting and observing birds in their natural habitats, has also been identified as a key competitive advantage in the SisonkeDistrictMunicipality.
Railway tourism Railway tourism has been chosen as a major avenue for economic development.
The small municipality has solved its office accommodation problems and created a potential tourist attraction by building a new R4.6-million railway station.
Part of the initiative will be for minibus taxi operators to offer tourist trips from the station, with stops every 12 km to view attractions. These will include a viewing platform at Indodeni Falls to see a colony of bald ibis, a craft centre at the historic Centocow Mission built in 1890, and access to school choirs and cultural experiences in traditional homesteads. Other plans include biannual steam train festivals that will be advertised internationally and will feature restored locomotives.
The old Creighton station - a wood and iron colonial building - will be refurbished and converted into a museum. The old post office, also on the station platform, will become a tourist information centre. A shaded boma and braai facilities for tourists are being constructed on the platform, and the whole vicinity will be attractively landscaped with indigenous trees and shrubs.
Vision Dr Nkosozana DLamini Zuma Municipality strives to be a responsive, democratic and accountable Local Government by : Creating vibrant communities through delivering sustainable basic services with a strong focus on Socio-Economic Development and protecting the environment.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality was established by the amalgamation of Ingwe Local Municipality and Kwa Sani Local Municipality on 3 August 2016. Management, Demographic, Financial, Employment and Service Delivery information is not yet available for the new municipality. View historic information for Ingwe Local Municipality and Kwa Sani Local Municipality.
Area: 3 602km²
Description: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality is situated in the southern part of KwaZulu-Natal and falls under the Harry Gwala District (previously Sisonke District), which borders on the Eastern Cape and Lesotho. It was established by the amalgamation of the Ingwe and Kwa Sani Local Municipalities in August 2016. It is the largest municipality within the district, constituting 35% of the area.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality fulfils the role of being the administrative and commercial centre for the district. The rest of the municipal area consists of tribal lands, which dominate the area. The municipality is known for the World Heritage Site of Ukhahlamba.
Cities/Towns: Creighton, Himeville, Underberg
Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, tourism
Mayor: Ms Ngeneleni Mncwabe
Other Members of Council: P P Shange (Deputy Mayor), M B Banda (Speaker)
Municipal Manager: Mr N C Vezi
Chief Financial Officer: Mr M Mzimela
PO Box 62, Creighton, 3263
Ingwe Municipality, Creighton Main Road, Creighton, 3236