Municipality: Umjindi Local Municipality

Address

Municipal Office
Cnr De Villiers & General Streets
1300 Barberton , Mpumalanga
South Africa
Phone: 013-712-8800
Fax: 013-712-5120
Mpumalanga ZA

Description

Umjindi Local Municipality is part of the Ehlanzeni District in Mpumalanga and covers an area of 1,745.39 km². Barberton is the biggest town in the municipality and has its origin in the 1880s gold rush in the region. It is situated in the De Kaap Valley and is fringed by the Mkhonjwa Mountains. It is 43 km south of Nelspruit and 360 km to the east of Johannesburg.

The economy of Umjindi is dominated by agriculture, forestry, mining and tourism. In the rural areas most people are employed in the agricultural sector. The region is well situated to agricultural development due to its unique geology and associated soil types, as well as rich biodiversity and an ideal climate. Agriculture and forestry , which together make up about a third of the local economy, are the sectors with the highest growth potential. 

In the urban area, manufacturing is predominant, encompassing food, beverage and tobacco products; textiles and clothing; leather footwear; wood and wood products; paper, printing and publishing. 

The mining and quarrying of metallic minerals, stone quarrying and clay and sand pits are of importance to the local economy. Barberton not only has the oldest gold mine in South Africa, but also the richest in terms of grain gold per volume extracted. 

Critical infrastructure

A comprehensive primary health care service is provided through ten clinics, four mobile services and one public hospital. The municipality also operates two homes for the aged: the BOCA Centre and Thuthukamjindini Home. There are still pressing backlogs in the provision of houses and services. Many households still have no or very little income. 

Strengths

Macademia farmers are currently being established in the area, with the possibility of a factory within the next five years. A cassava project and factory are also underway which could lead to approximately 800 jobs. A micro business training centre is being implemented to train people in woodworking, the hospitality industry and entrepreneurship.