Municipality: Amahlathi Local Municipality


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Amahlathi Local Municipality
Private Bag X2
4930 Stutterheim , Eastern Cape
South Africa
Phone: 043-683 5000
Fax: 043-683 1127
Eastern Cape ZA


Situated in the Northern part of the Amathole District Municipality, Amahlathi is 4266.21km2 in extent, the municipality’s jurisdiction comprises of Stutterheim, Cathcart, Keiskammahoek, Kei Road and portion of
Tsomo (Former Transkei). Strategically placed both Stutterheim and Cathcart are located along the N6 road with access to the rail and road network. Keiskammahoek and Tsomo are the agricultural hub with a majority of the population active within the agricultural sector.

About 42% of the jobs in Amahlathi municipality are from community services followed by Trade industry and Manufacturing each contributing 19% and 14% respectively. Agriculture and Household each
contributes 7%, Finance and Construction 4% and Transport 3% to the number of jobs in Amahlathi municipality

Source: Amahlathi IDP 2013/14

Stutterheim, source: GIZ

Critical infrastructure

In relation to the main problems and needs regarding infrastructure and roads, participants in the Participatory Needs Analysis that was conducted in the context of the 2013/14 IDP drafting process identified the following key issues:

  • Lack of potable water in certain areas
  • Poor condition of roads and associated infrastructure
  • Inadequate power supply and infrastructure
  • Limited access to sanitation infrastructure
  • Poor telecommunications networks

Source: Amahlathi IDP 2013/14


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