The Umzimvubu Local Municipality is situated within the Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the North-Western part of the Eastern Cape. Umzimvubu Local Municipality adjoins Matatiele to the west, KwaZulu-Natal to the north, and the O.R. Tambo District Municipality to the east and south.
The Municipality consists of Mount Ayliff & Mount Frere.
Umzimvubu Local Municipality is one of the four municipalities within Alfred Nzo District Municipality, and has fifty-four(54) councillors, eleven (11) traditional leaders and twenty-seven (27) wards. The municipality has a total population of 198 550 residents, of which only 4% live in urban areas while the rest of the population is rural.
The Umzimvubu Local Municipality is characterized by low levels of employment and a high percentage of people who are not economically active. This in turn accounts for the high poverty levels and low income levels. High unemployment rates impact negatively on municipalities as they are accompanied by low affordability levels which generally result in a poor payment rate for services. Umzimvubu Local Municipality’s unemployment rate is estimated to be 78.2% which is higher than the estimated District unemployment level of 76.4%.
Umzimvubu has adopted a LED strategy to guide local economic development in the Municipal area. Local economic development t and h as also b e effectively institutionalise and a number of programmes implemented including;
- Support Systems
- SMME Development
- Second Economy
- Decentralisation of Services
- Planning Development
- Forward planning