Municipality: Midvaal Local Municipality

Address

Meyerton
PO Box 9
1960 Meyerton , Gauteng
South Africa
Phone: 016-360-7400
Fax: 016-360-7521
Gauteng ZA

Description

The Midvaal Local Municipality is one of three local municipalities situated within the Sedibeng District Municipality, the other two being the Emfuleni and Lesedi Local Municipalities. Midvaal Local Municipality is a Category B municipality as defined in the Municipal Structure Act.

Midvaal Local Municipality is located in the southern parts of Gauteng Province and is bordered by two provinces, namely the Mpumalanga Province to the east and the Free State Province to the south. Midvaal Local Municipality consists of 10 Wards.

The Midvaal LM population has a total population of 83443 and 31102 households. 

The spatial structure of the Midvaal Municipal area is predominantly that of a rural area, with extensive farming constituting approximately 50% of the total area of jurisdiction. There are two significant natural features impacting on the physical structure, namely the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and the Vaal River, which forms the southern boundary of the municipality and Gauteng Province. Secondary natural features which play a significant role in the development dynamics of the area are the Klip River, Suikerbosrand River and the Vaal Dam.

Development in Midvaal is concentrated in the north-eastern half of the municipal area and occurs around the R59 freeway in the east and the R82 freeway in the west. Prominent towns and development occurring along these routes are:

  • R59: Waterval, Randvaal, Henley-on-Klip and Meyerton.
  • R82: Tedderfield, Walkerville and De Deur.

Meyerton is the highest order town in the Midvaal area with a relatively large business and residential component. The other towns mentioned above are mainly service centres to the surrounding rural areas. The towns are surrounded by agricultural holdings, which are mainly used for rural residential purposes, and extensive farming areas.

Local Economy

Midvaal Local Municipality can be described as a primarily rural area. It offers approximately 300 business sites and 450 industrial sites. The major urban concentration within the MLM is in Meyerton, which is situated along the R59, and which also holds the CBD area. Walkerville, De Deur and Henley-on-Klip are smaller settlement areas characterised by agricultural holdings, rural residential uses, and farms. Industrial/commercial activities are clustered along the main routes such as the R82 and the R59 and around existing nodes.

Larger industries, such as Nampak and Everite are situated next to the main transport and railway lines in the Waterval area in the northern parts of the R59 Corridor.

Several smaller order commercial and industrial activities are also located in the Meyerton area further to the south which can be described as the commercial hub of the Midvaal area.

Percentage contribution of economic sectors to the total GVA

Mining has potential in the Midvaal area, but it has not yet been thoroughly investigated. The Glen Douglas mine, situated near Randvaal, extracts dolomite and is the only operational mine in the area. Proposals for further mining in the area are being explored by mining companies such as Exxaro.

The Vaal Marina area and other development areas around the Vaal Dam are precincts which could be described as peri-urban.

Agricultural holdings occupy large parts of the north and north-western portion of the study area which range from small to significant in size. The Agricultural Holdings are utilized for several purposes ranging from ruralresidential and farming practices to commercial agriculture. Agricultural activity in Midvaal is characterised by diverse activities such as commercial farming operations (crop production including maize and grain and animal production including milk, beef, mutton and lamb, eggs and poultry). The performance of the agricultural sector is very dependent on climatic conditions and may fluctuate from year to year.

Source: Midvaal LM IDP 2011/2012

Critical infrastructure

The existing road network provides a connection between the north and south, however there is a lack of sufficient east-west connection.

The following are routes of national and/or provincial and local significance in and around the Midvaal area:

  • The R59, a north-south route, and the main route which links Vereeniging with Alberton and the N12 in Johannesburg. This route is situated in the central part of Midvaal Local Municipality area.
  • N1 which is the major national north-south route linking Musina in the north to Cape Town in the south and which passes the Midvaal area adjacent to the west;
  • N3 which is the major transport link between Gauteng Province and Ethekwini (Durban) and which passes the Midvaal area a few kilometres to the north-east; 
  • The R82, a secondary north-south route linking Vereeniging and Johannesburg via Walkerville, situated in the western parts of Midvaal. 
  • The M61, a secondary north-south route running parallel to the R59 linking Vereeniging and Alberton via Meyerton, Randvaal and Kliprivier, situated in Midvaal. 
  • The R42 runs east-west through Midvaal and links Meyerton with Heidelberg and the N17 in the Lesedi Local Municipality.
  • The R551, an east-west route between the N1 and the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. This road merges with the R42 at the Nature Reserve.
  • The R550, an east-west link between the N3, R59 and R82 in Midvaal.
  • The R54, which links Vaal Marina to the R82 in Midvaal.

The main railway line in the Midvaal area stretches from north to south parallel to the R59 and connects Vereeniging with Germiston and Johannesburg. There is a secondary railway line from this line, which runs from east to west through the area. The railway is mainly used for freight services in Midvaal, although the line through Vereeniging, Sebokeng and Orange Farm is more intensively used for passenger transport.

The Aerovaal Airport is the only airport situated within the Sedibeng District. It is located within a proclaimed aeronautical airstrip, on the boundary between Midvaal and Emfuleni, outside the jurisdictional area of Midvaal, namely the Vereeniging Airport. It is located approximately 11 km north of Vereeniging and 4 km northwest of Meyerton, to the east of the residential areas of Rus-ter-Vaal and Roshnee. The airport has two runways and hangar facilities to accommodate approximately 64 aeroplanes. Plans are being investigated to reroute cargo flights from the OR Tambo International Airport to this airport, to alleviate airspace congestion. This holds tremendous opportunity for the Sedibeng District and particularly Midvaal, in light of the proximity of the airport to Meyerton. The only airport situated within Midvaal is the Tedderfield Airfield. It is privately owned and is used mostly for recreational purposes by micro lights.

Strengths

The dominant sectors in Midvaal are Manufacturing, Cpmmunity services, Finance and Trade.

The Midvaal Local Municipality has a diverse tourism resource base including historical, cultural and natural resources. Especially the Val dam offers a number of recreational activities including power boating, various forms of sailing including keelboat yachts, fishing and walking trails around the perimeter.
 
Vaal Dam
 
 
The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is the main location of fauna and flora attractions in the study area. Bird watching and hiking trails amongst the game attracts day-trippers from the rest of Gauteng.
The Thorntree conservancy also offers bird watching but the focus is more on hunting bird species including shrikes and owls. An extensive collection of indigenous plants proteas and other wild flowers are found in the conservancy.

Weaknesses

Air pollution is a major concern as a result of Midvaal’s locality in southern Gauteng. Midvaal is situated south of the mining belt in Johannesburg, which results in dust being blown over the area from the mining activities. Further causes of air pollution are the industries situated in Johannesburg, the East Rand and within the Sedibeng District, as well as smoke from open fires.

Sedibeng including Midvaal LM is faced with serious water pollution challenges in river systems and water bodies, notably the Kliprivier and Blesbokspruit which are polluted from runoffs from industrial areas, townships and waste water treatment works.

The Kliprivier is one of the most polluted rivers in the Sedibeng District as a result of mining and industrial activities in the upper catchments, outside the borders of the Sedibeng. (Source: Strategic Environmental Focus 2008).

The state of Midvaal LM’s surface and ground water quality is influenced by activities within and beyond the boundaries of Midvaal LM. External pressures, emanating from mining and industrial activities on the East
Rand (Germiston, Boksburg, Brakpan and Springs), are major contributing factors to the current state of surface and ground water quality in Midvaal area.