Municipality: Ntabankulu Local Municipality


Ntabankulu Local Municipality
Erf 85 Main Street P.O Box 234
5130 Ntabankulu , Eastern Cape
South Africa
Phone: 039 258 0056
Fax: 039 258 0173
Eastern Cape ZA


Ntabankulu Local Municipality is situated in Alfred Nzo District Municipality, off the National Road (N2) between Mt Frere and Mt Ayliff. Ntabankulu Local Municipality has been incorporated into Alfred Nzo District Municipality with effect from May 2011, from O.R. Tambo District Municipality. Towns in close proximity are Mt. Ayliff, Kokstad and Mt Frere. Flagstaff is accessible through T19 gravel road to the south of Ntabankulu town.

The municipality adopted Local Economic Development in 2008/2009 financial year, focusing on the potential commodities such as agriculture both animal improvement and crop farming; tourism (arts and craft, heritage); sand and quarry mining; and forestry. The LED Plan is due for review on the 2012/2013 Financial Year.

Key objectives of the LED Plan are as follows:

  • As outline on the National LED Framework, the LED Plan seeks to create an environment that enables Sustainable Economic growth that creates jobs for the Local community.
  • An Economy that emerges to support the National framework and promote sustainable human settlements in rural and urban areas.
  • To exploit opportunities in Agriculture, Forestry and Mining as outlined in the Eastern Cape Medium Term Strategic Framework.
  • Build the capacity of local community members and other local stakeholders to plan and manage local economic development.
  • Stimulate and develop partnerships to plan and implement sustainable Local Economic Development projects
  • Facilitate business growth (especially Small & Medium Enterprises) and lever private investment that will specifically benefit the poor.
  • Monitor and evaluate LED with a view to under stand its impact and share learnings.

Source: Ntabankulu LM IDP 2012-17

Critical infrastructure

In terms of infrastructure, the municipality faces serious challenges. Roads infrastructure in the municipality is highly insufficient as most areas are inaccessible, more specially on rainy weather conditions. About 99.5% of our roads are gravel roads. Only about 50km of municipal roads are surfaced.

The estimated backlog for water is 86, 6%. The status of sanitation is no exception, with about 70% backlog. Only about 8,000 households have access to sanitation facilities in the area. Furthermore, about 80% of the population are living without access to the electricity grid.

Source: Ntabankulu LM IDP 2012-17


Ntabankulu is one of the municipalities with the highest levels of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment in the Eastern Cape. The rationale for this cause is that the majority of the population does not actively contribute towards the local economy, with only about 11% of households that are in formal employment. This emphasizes need for municipal planning to focus robustly on infrastructural development that facilitates local economic development initiatives that will enable the community to generate income.

Source: Ntabankulu LM IDP 2012-17