Municipality: Swartland Local Municipality

Address

Municipal offices 7299 Malmesbury , Western Cape
South Africa
Phone: 022 487 9400
Fax: 022 487 9400
Western Cape ZA

Description

Swartland is situated in the West Coast District, bordering the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the City of
Cape Town in the south, the Cape Winelands District to the east and Saldanha Bay Municipality,
Bergrivier to its north and northeast. The largest towns in Swartland include Malmesbury,
Moorreesburg, Darling, Riebeeck West, Riebeeck Kasteel and Yzerfontein. Malmesbury as an
administrative centre of the Municipality, has a diversified economic base, which includes agriculture,
as well as a diversified industrial sector and infrastructure, and although tourism does not currently play
a major role, this avenue can be explored.

Critical infrastructure

Swartland Municipality is the most southern municipality within the West Coast District; and as such
is located closest to the Cape metropole. Its proximity to the metropole may be considered one of its
greatest assets, as well as one of its greatest challenges. In recent times the Swartland has begun
to experience a residential boom.

Strengths

The four key drivers of the local economy in terms of GRP (in order of importance) are
manufacturing, financial and property services, agriculture as well as retail and trade, while
government services is a significant fifth contributor. In contrast, the four biggest sectoral contributors
to employment (in order of importance) are agriculture, retail and trade, government services and
manufacturing.

Weaknesses

Education, skills and training empowers individuals and facilitates their movement to better economic
opportunities. There is a shortage of skills training and employment opportunities in Swartland, resulting in local people seeking education and skills training in other areas such as Cape Town. Though Swartland is located in close proximity to the metropolitan area for workers to commute, communities loose their role models, and people who are left behind can become despondent and interpret the move as indicative of a lack of economic growth. The flip side of the coin is that local labour may lack the education and skills training required by local businesses who then source labour from outside the area.