Agriculture in the form of commercial farms and to large extent commercial plantations forms the bedrock of the economy of the district. The abundance of high quality soils, high altitude, abundant water, climatic extremes makes the area suitable for dairy farming and as a result a significant portion of dairy produce consumed in KZN is produced within the district. A huge section of the commercial farmers is also engaged in crop farming and the most famous being potatoes and cabbages. In addition there
are also huge tracts of commercial plantations and the wood harvested provides raw materials for paper.
Sisonke DM has a great variety of natural tourism assets and is reasonably endowed with accommodation establishments such a guest houses, bed and breakfast establishments and hotels. The majority of these are located at KwaSani Local Municipality the gateway to Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
Source: Sisonke DM IDP 2006/07