The Amahlathi Municipal area has a resident population whose main challenges are in countering the effects of endemic poverty and under-development. This translates into a need to focus great efforts on the expansion of local economic development in the area. In this regard, focus areas include facilitating sectoral growth in tourism, local manufacturing, agriculture and forestry.
Poverty relief and food security are also seen as important areas within this cluster, as is a strategic focus onthe support of local enterprise development.
Data indicate that only 17% of the economically active population within the municipality are employed (2011 Census), although only 23% of the population are actively seeking employment. This suggests a relatively low participation rate in the local economy. Income figures obtained during the 2011 Census suggest that some 86% of the households within the municipality have no income and the ones have, earn less than R1 600 per month. The residents of these households should be regarded as living below the Household Subsistence Level.
Source: Amahlathi IDP 2013/14