Municipality: Matatiele Local Municipality

Address

Municipal Offices
102 Main Street
4730 Matatiele , Eastern Cape
South Africa
Phone: 039 737 3135
Fax: 039 737 3611
Eastern Cape ZA

Description

Matatiele Local Municipality is situated within the jurisdiction of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The municipality is bound to the north by Lesotho, to the north east by KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and  Elundini Municipality to the south west. Umzimvubu Local Municipality is located to the south of Matatiele Local Municipality. The municipality incorporates the towns of Matatiele, Cedarville and Maluti.

The Alfred Nzo District Municipality (ANDM) is one of the six District Municipalities within the Province of Eastern Cape and stretches from the Drakensberg Mountains in the north, Lesotho to the north west, O.R Tambo  District Municipality in the east and south and the Ukhahlamba District Municipality to the east. ANDM forms the north eastern boundary of the EC Province and borders onto KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to the north east.

The Matatiele Local Municipality (MLM) covers an area of 4352 km2 and constitutes 58 % of the Alfred Nzo District. MLM consists of 24 wards. MLM is transversed by the R56 (Regional Road) linking the Elundini Municipality to the West and the Kokstad Municipality in the South West. Matatiele Local Municipality (EC144) was established on 1 March 2006. The Municipal area has undergone a number of amendments in terms of provincial municipal and ward demarcation which have had a profound impact on planning in the area. Prior to 1 March 2006 a municipality known as Matatiele Local Municipality(KZ5a3) comprised the towns of Matatiele and Cedarville and fell within the Sisonke District of Kwazulu Natal. From 1 March 2006, a new Matatiele Local Municipality was established which was incorporated into the Alfred Nzo District of the Eastern Cape. The newly established Matatiele Local Municipality includes the towns of Matatiele, Cedarville and the magisterial district of Maluti which formerly fell under the Umzimvubu Municipality and a rural district management area which formerly fell under the jurisdiction of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality.

The Gross Value Added (GVA) produced and services rendered within Matatiele totalled R519,984 in 2007. This is slightly lower than Umzimvubu Municipality which had a GVA of R622,496. The sectors that contributed the most to this output were government services, trade and financial services. Output in the mining sector showed a declining trend from 1996 to 2007.

Poverty levels within Matatiele Local Municipality are 82.7 % which is higher than the Provincial norm but on a par with the District norm. High poverty levels imply a high dependency on social assistance in the form of grants. Municipal planning needs to focus strongly on poverty alleviation mechanisms.

Local Economic Development
Key Projects:

  • Belford Dam at Mafube Village (trout for fishing)
  • Forestry Project (Kopanang Ke Moepa)
  • Agricultural Training Centre
  • Matatiele Waterfront Development in the Wilfred Bauer nature reserve
  • Integration of Poultry Industry (Abattoir): establishment of a broiler chicken abattoir, value-adding processing plant and at least 40 broiler production co-operatives and individual broiler producers.

Critical infrastructure

At a broad level, Matatiele has a well established road system comprising of provincial, district and lcoal access roads. This improves accessibility and connectivity at a regional scale and serves as an opportunity for corridor based development. R56 is the main provincial road linking KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape through Matatiele. The other provincial roads that play an important role in terms of linkages include P612 which link the area with Lesotho. There are also provincial routes that play a significance role in terms of linking various parts internally within Matatiele. These routes are P607, P604, P649 and P605. District Roads connects different settlements and provide access to public facilities. These district routes include D639, D641, D642, D660, D643 and D611. Local Access Roads which provides access within each settlement.

Weaknesses

Unemployment is one of the key challenges facing Matatiele Municipality. The total unemployment rate, which indicates the percentage of the labour force that is unemployed grew by an annual average of 53.9% between 1996 and 2008. In 1996, the rate of total unemployment was 37.3%. In 2001 the rate grew to 55.6% after which it declined to 55.7% in 2008 from what it was in previous years.