Municipality: Sedibeng District Municipality

Address

Cnr Beaconsfield & Leslie Streets PO Box 471
1930 Vereeniging , Gauteng
South Africa
Phone: 016-450-3000
Fax: 016-455-5264
Gauteng ZA

Description

Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) covers the entire southern part of Gauteng Province and consists of three local municipalities: Emfuleni, Midvaal and Lesedi. While Midvaal occupies almost half of the area of Sedibeng District, over 80% of the population lives in Emfuleni.

The eastern areas of the district are mainly agricultural or rural. The main urban areas are Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, as well as the Evaton / Sebokeng residential complex, are concentrated in the western part of the district, in Emfuleni. Smaller urban concentrations are found in Meyerton, in Midvaal, and in Heidelberg / Ratanda in Lesedi. 

Sedibeng is an integral part of Gauteng Province, which accounts for 33% of the national GDP. Sedibeng is one of the five most important centres of high value mass production manufacturing in South Africa. In 2011, manufacturing contributed 32% to the local economy. This, in turn, is dominated by the fabricated metal (ArcelorMittal) and chemical (SASOL) sectors. Agriculture and tourism present opportunities for further development and growth. 

Most economically residents are employed in manufacturing, followed by social services, trade and business. Others are employed in professional and managerial occupations. Only 2% are at present employed in the tourism sector. 

Critical infrastructure

Access to the region is provided by the N1, N3, R59, R82 and N17 motorways.

Strengths

The Vaal River, which flows along the southern boundary, has the potential to attract local and international tourists to the eco-tourism and heritage destination of Sedibeng.  The Vaal Dam is an important water source. 

The Suikerbosrand, in the Lesedi and Midvaal local municipalities, is an area of natural beauty.

Weaknesses

The economy has been stagnating for several years, with a net loss of formal job opportunities. At least a third of the economicall active population is unemployed, which poses serious problems for the district. With the decline in employment in the formal economy, self-employment in the second (informal) economy has grown. 

The prevalence of heavy industries in Sedibeng has had an adverse impact on the natural environment. Although a large proportion of the industries in Sedibeng now prescribe to ISO 14 000, significant air and water pollution persists. 

Other challenges facing the district include the rapid rate of urbanisation, especially in Emfuleni; over grazing of farmland, causing soil erosion; the lack of wetland and open space management in some areas; low levels of HIV/AIDS awareness and illiteracy in some parts.