Municipality: Maruleng Local Municipality

Address

Municipal offices
64 Springbok Street
1380 Hoedspruit , Limpopo
South Africa
Phone: 015 793 2409
Fax: 015 793 2341
Limpopo ZA

Description

Locals described the Maruleng economy as a “service town” evolving around Hoedspruit and the surrounding farms. In reality the municipal economy is now more complex, with significant contributions from the provincial and national government (including to the local airforce and army base), a multi-faceted secondary and tertiary sector, a burgeoning informal sector and a rapidly growing tourism sector that support the long standing agricultural activity. Agriculture remains important for the employment and export revenue that it generates, but as a sector contributes less to Maruleng’s GDP than community services, transport, finance and trade (which includes tourism).

Significantly the three leading sectors are not classic growth sectors, and are not labour
intensive. Each of them imposes costs on the economy and economic activity at the same
time as contributing to growth.

The Maruleng economy is constrained by the lack of a clear identity as a result of its former status as part of Bohlabela District, its former designation as a “Plaaslikeraad”
and its inclusion of a former homeland and people from very different socio-economic
backgrounds.

Source: Maruleng LED Strategy 2009

Critical infrastructure

The main access points to the municipal area are considered to be Klaserie and the Strijdom Tunnel in the south, Ofcolaco in the west and Mica in the north. The town of Hoedspruit can be considered the administrative and economic centre of the area.

Source: Marlung LM website

Strengths

The Maruleng municipality has comparative advantage in irrigated agriculture where water is available along the banks of the Blyde River. The striking natural landscapes and proximity to Kruger National Park and other iconic natural parks ensures a sophisticated and expanding tourism sector.

Source: Maruleng LED Strategy 2009
 

Weaknesses

Both agriculture and tourism in Maruleng under-perform relative to their potential. In the case of agriculture this can be attributed to the uncertainty created for all parties by the poorly managed land reform process, and the lack of supporting services. The municipal tourism sector benefits from its proximity to the Kruger National Park is world class, and has scope for expansion, but is poorly marketed.

The institutional environment under which businesses operate in Maruleng is undermined by uncertainty. The predominant uncertainty is created by the pending
Moletele CPA land settlement, but confusion over other land development initiatives, water allocations, fiscal support for projects and enterprises, public sector tenders and the awarding of mining concessions at the small-scale mica mine contribute to the lack of certainty under which businesses are required to operate and invest. There is an acute need for more effective communication between the local and provincial government and business and communities.

Source: Maruleng LED Strategy 2009