OR Tambo District Municipality lies in the east of Eastern Cape and consists of seven local municipalities:
- Ingquza Hill LM,
- King Sabata Dalindyebo LM,
- Mbizana LM,
- Mhlontlo LM,
- Ntabankulu LM,
- Nyandeni LM,
- Port St. Johns LM.
OR Tambo is characterised by rolling hills, broken by rivers, stretching from the mountains in the north to the coast in he south. The Wild Coast is notable its marine bio-diversity and has been recognised as one of the WWF's global eco-regions.
The OR Tambo district is predominantly rural, with most of the population concentrated in the west, around Mthatha, the main town and administrative centre. Homesteads are dispersed along ridges and in the valleys on flat land. Migration has contributed to the growth of Mthatha and the main service centres of Bizana, Lusikisiki and Port St. Johns.
Most indusrial and commercial activity is located in Mthatha in Vulindlela and Zamukulungisa. Agrilcultural activity is predominantly subsistence farming on communal land. There is some sand mining and quarrying.
The largest contributer to the local economy, and the biggest employer, is government and the provision of community services. Trade, finance and agriculture also make significant contributions. Transport, mining and construction have been showing some growth, while manufacturing is stagnating. Only the agriculture and forestry sector has shown a sustained growth in employment. More people are finding employment in the informal sector.
Key Investment Opportunities:
- Cooperatives development – OR Tambo Massive Poultry Egg Production Co-operatives Public Private partnership (CPPP)
- Grain production and maize milling in Mqanduli
- Forestry development – Langeni Timber Cluster; SMME Incubation – Transido SMME Hub in Mthatha; Mlengane Eco-Tourism Venture in Libode
- Nduli Nature Reserve - regional conference facility and accommodation
- Magwa Falls in Lusikisiki
- Mbotyi Campsite in Lusikisiki