Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) is located in the North of Limpopo Province. The province shares a border with Zimbabwe and Botswana and the District capital is Thohoyandou. The District has four local municipalities namely; Makhado, Thulamela, Musina and Mutale. Vhembe District Municipality has a population of approximately 1.2million according to South Africa Local Government (2009-2011).
The District Municipality’s local economic development vision is to be the legendary cultural hub in the southern hemisphere and a catalyst for agro- and tourism development. The municipality’s LED is focusing on the reduction of unemployment and promotion of economic growth. The municipality seeks to reduce unemployment by creating jobs through supporting SSMEs and offering SMME training. The district is also focusing on the development of the quality of tourism infrastructure.