The biggest sector in the Cederberg Municipality is the Agricultural and fishing sectors. It is well known that both these sectors are in decline regarding employment with the fishing sector in decline due to fish stocks and the agricultural sector employing less people on a permanent basis and more people on a seasonal basis. The economy in Cederberg is highly seasonal with a huge influx of seasonal workers to harvest the citrus and grapes from January to July.
The second biggest employer in the municipality is the institutional and the community, social and personal services sectors with just over 20% of people employed. The tourism (4% at present) and agricultural processing sectors are possibly the two sectors with the greatest chance to sustainable create jobs.
Source: Cederberg draft IDP 2012-2017
Cederberg is strategically located on the Cape – Namibia Corridor, and the N7 national road links it with the Northern Cape province.
The Cederberg municipal area has a range of tourist and recreational attractions which include San rock art site, Meintjies River Nature Reserve, Cederberg Wilderness Area as well as rare flora, such as Cape fynbos and wildflowers in season as well as buchu, a medical herb from the mountains in the area.
The area is also the only place in the world where due to the specific climatic conditions, rooibos is planted and cultivated.