Greater Tzaneen Municipality is situated in th eastern quadrant of Limpopo Province. The area encompasses the towns of Tzaneen, Nkowankowa, Lenyenye, Letsitele and Haenertsburg and includes 125 rural villages, concentrated mainly in the south-east and north-west. Almost 80% of households reside in the rural villages.
The municipality stretches from Haenertsburg in the west to Rubbervale in the east and from Trichardtsdal in the south to just south of Modjadjiskloof in the north. Almost two thirds of land is privately owned and used mainly for commercial farming; one third is under the custodianship of tribal authorities and a negligible amount is municipal coomonage, a situation that complicates development planning.
While the municipality with its wealth of natural beauty and resources (rivers and streams, dams, indigenous forests, citrus plantations and tourist attractions) has tremendous potential for development, the preformance of the trade sector (wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation) has tended to show slow growth rates. There are indications that the tourism sector has grown considerably but tourism demand is still well below what could be expected from an area with such outstanding natural potential. The municipality is currently engaged in developing the tourism sector and has established a tourism centre to provide information about tourism attractions. Further feasibility studies are necessary regarding hotspots identified for development as tourist attractions.
Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency
In March 2007, the Greater Municipality with support from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) founded the Greater Tzaneen Economic Development Agency (GTEDA) in order to advance and leverage the development and job creation potential inherent within Greater Tzaneen Municipal area. The GTEDA is a 100% public agency owned by Greater Tzaneen Municipality.