Municipality: West Rand District Municipality

Address

Municipality Bld
Cnr Park & 6th Streets Private Bag X033
Randfontein, Gauteng 1760
South Africa
Phone: 011-411-5000
Fax: 011-412-3663

Description

The West Rand District Municipality (WRDM) comprises of the four local municipalities, namely Mogale City, Merafong City, Randfontein and Westonaria. The District Management Area (DMA) also falls under the jurisdiction of the WRDM.

The dominant land uses in WRDM include urban development to the east around Mogale city, which is functionally linked bytransport routes to the ruban complex of central Gauteng. Randfontein is also linked to Mogale City, although mining activity and the associated development ensures a measure of separation of the two towns.

Other land uses include the CoHWHS, agricultural (intensive and extensive) areas, nature reserves and unutilised grassland in dolomitic areas. 

The economy of WRDM is dominated by the tertiary sector, with financial, insurance, real estate and business services showing the most growth. Other sub-sectors which show growth include wholesale and retail trade, catering, accommodation, transport and storage. Mogale City has shown the most growth, Randfontein has grown to a lesser extent and Westonaria has shown negative growth over the period from 1996 to 2005.

The WRDM has also initiated the establishment of a regional development agency, the WRDA in order to market and promote economic opportunities in the region. 

Critical infrastructure

Western Gauteng is less than 45 minutes drive along excellent highways from Sandton, Pretoria and Johannesburg. It is also close to airports like O R  Tambo and Lanseria International Airports.

Strengths

The strenght of WRDM include its location close to the cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane with their strong mining industries, manufacturing, financial and banking sectors. WRDM also has a welldeveloped information technology, communication and transport. There is a strong public health sector, a cosmopolitan population and a vibrant cultural life.

Furthermore, the District Management Area is an area with unique characteristics, highlighting the needs where special attention is required. The development of this area is in line with its unique character as part of a World Heritage Site and the needs of the community residing in the area.

The DMA forms part of the Cradle of Humankind, which has been assigned World Heritage Site status (CoHWHS). Upgraded facilities at world-famous Sterkfontein Caves were opened in March 2005, with its world-class visitor interpretation centre, called Maropeng which was opened in December 2005. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is the prime site of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. This centre also boasts conference facilities, an open-air amphitheatre, an underground lake, restaurants, a craft market, tourist information point, exhibition facilities, a four star hotel with 24 rooms, learners accommodation and more.

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is also part of the WRDM. It is a privately owned, non-subsidesed game reserve, covering approxmiately 1 600 ha on the typical highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the "Cradle of Humankind", about 40 km north-west of Johannesburg and 60km east of Pretoria

Weaknesses

The primary sector has continued to shrink, with mining showing the greatest decline. 

Also dust from mine dumps is irritating, and a health hazard, resulting in an exceptionally high incidence of respiratory illness. A forum has been established to resolve the issue of poor air quality. 

Persistent low economic growth, a low investment drive and insufficient diversification in the economy have contributed to high unemployment and poverty.