MLM is endowed with areas like Nelspruit which is the capital of the Mpumalanga province. Hazyview is an important banana producing and eco and adventure tourism area, White River, which is an important tourist and farming area. MLM is currently involved in the following big projects: the development of the Maputo Development Corridor project, the Mpumalanga Investment initiative, the Transfrontier Park, the Mpumalanga International Airport and hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Development in Mbombela is concentrated along three corridors. The western development axis, along the R40 road includes Nelspruit, Rocky's Drift, White River and Hazyview. It has a well-developed municipal infrastructure, and provision of services is of high standard. The are has shown steady growth of commercial and industrial activity, as well as in the provision of services to the high income residential areas.
In the south the second axis, along the N4, runs east/west through the area. It gives access to Nelspruit and Ngodwana Sappi, one of the largest pulp and paper manufacturing centres in the southern hemisphere, and in the east reaches the Mozambique border and provides access to Maputo. Together these axes account for more than 85% of all industrial, commercial and retail development, and there is good potential for further growth.
To the east, a secondary development axis extends along the D363, D1411 and other roads. The area is characterised by mainly low income urban development and rural villages which are supported by subsistence crop production and livestock farming on communal land. These services infrastructure is poorly developed; accessibility is limited due to the poor condition of the roads; and there is little retail or industrial development.