Limpopo

Basic Indicators

Capital: 
Polokwane
Population (2007): 
5 400 000Inhabitants
Official Languages: 
Sesotho sa Leboa: 52.1%
Xitsonga: 22.4%
Tshivenda: 15.9%
Area Total: 
123 910.00 km²
Percentage of total South African area: 
10.2
Gross Domestic Product per Region (GDPR) in 2004: 
93 188 million
Percentage of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2004: 
6.7
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Economy in the province

Limpopo is rich in natural resources, boasting major reserves of agriculture, mineral and tourism resources many of which remain hugely under-exploited. The province is also linked to the Maputo Development Corridor through Phalaborwa Spatial Development Initiative, a network of road and rail corridors connecting to the major seaports will open up Limpopo and surrounding regions for trade and investment. This is complimented by the presence of airports in major centres of the province.

In terms of Agriculture, Limpopo is one of the largest producers of fruit and vegetables in South Africa. The province produces 75% of the country’s mangoes, 65% of its papaya, 36% of its tea, 25% of its citrus, bananas, and litchis, 60% of its avocados, two thirds of its tomatoes, 285,000 tons of potatoes. Other products include coffee, nuts, guavas, sisal, cotton and tobacco, timber with more than 170 plantations. Apart from all these, there is cotton, sunflower, maize, wheat cultivation as well as grape. Most of the higher lying areas are devoted to cattle and game ranching, earning a reputation for quality biltong, a popular South African delicacy of salted, dried meat.

Mining is a significant economic activity in the province. Limpopo is  rich in mineral deposits as well as mineral reserves. Basic commodities such as black granite are also fopund in the province. The province is a typical developing area, exporting primary products and importing manufactured goods and services. It has high potential and capacity with appropriate economic development, and is an attractive location for investors. Resources such as tourism, rain-fed agriculture, minerals and an abundant labour force offer excellent investment opportunities.

Practical Knowledge

Title & Detailssort descending User Ranking Popularity
3rd LED Case Study: Maruleng Local Municipality
Author(s): SA LED Network
Year: 2011
Format: Case Study
3.666665
Average: 3.7 (6 votes)
2,013
GTEDA Case Study: Revitalising Local Economic Potentials
Author(s): SA LED Network
Year: 2011
Format: Case Study
2.666665
Average: 2.7 (6 votes)
11,072
The role of LED on Poverty eradication in South Africa’s rural municipalities : Greater Tubatse Municipality
Author(s): Bethuel Sephaka Motswiane
Format: Case Study
0
No votes yet
4,950

Theoretical Knowledge

Title & Detailssort descending User Ranking Popularity
Ba-Phalaborwa LM: IDP 2010 - 2015
Author(s): Ba-Phalaborwa LM
Year: 2010
Format: Policy
0
No votes yet
2,797
Bela-Bela LM: IDP 2009 - 2010
Author(s): Bela-Bela LM
Year: 2009
Format: Policy
0
No votes yet
1,426
CLGF Good Practice Scheme Project: Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Growth
Author(s): CLGF
Year: 2011
Format: Overview
3
Average: 3 (5 votes)
3,381

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