The provincial capital of Gauteng Province, Johannesburg is the second largest city in Africa, with more than 3 million people calling this bustling metropolis home. Joburg (or Jozi as some prefer to call it), offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. Whether you are on business, in search of a cultural encounter, an adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and unwind for a few days, the city of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more! The economic powerhouse of South Africa, Johannesburg generates 17 percent of the country's gross domestic product, mostly through the manufacturing, retail and service industry sectors. Top global companies like MacDonald's, Zurich Re, Nokia, Toyota and Coca-Cola, to name a few, have their South African head offices in the city. And with all the major banks and Africa's largest stock exchange - the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton - it is considered to be the seat of the financial sector in South Africa. Retail is big in Joburg. As one of the least expensive cities in Africa, it is a favourite destination for retailers from sub-Saharan countries, particularly those from South Africa's neighbours. The city has a number of large retail precincts; the inner city business district and the Sandton City precinct are two of the biggest. There are also emerging secondary markets in the townships of Soweto and Alexandra, and scattered wholesale retail hubs such as Woodmead, Midrand and Hillfox. A modern information and communications technology infrastructure ensures that the growing business process outsourcing industry - for example, call centres - is globally competitive. A number of international call centres are located in Joburg. The manufacturing sector ranges from technological equipment such as phones, computers and televisions, to furniture, clothing and cosmetics, all made or assembled in the metropolis. Heavier industries, making motor vehicle parts, equipment and engineering products, are found in the main industrial sectors in Industria and Booysens. A large, fast-moving perishable goods industry is served by the Joburg Market, where fresh vegetables, fruit and even meat are traded daily. All these products and services are reliant on Joburg's excellent road, rail and air network. The city is served by two major airports both within a stone's throw and both able to accommodate international air transport - OR Tambo International in neighbouring Ekurhuleni and Lanseria in neighbouring Mogale City. A third airport, the Rand Airport, is also located in Ekurhuleni. A world-class network of road and rail takes manufactured goods and products in and out of the city daily, and also connects the largest inland port in the country, Joburg's massive container depot in City Deep, with the rest of the country. Although the province is almost entirely urban (97% urbanised), it offers fertile land for agriculture, with South Africa's farming heartland, the "maize triangle", crossing into the province. Most of Gauteng's agricultural produce is consumed inside the province.
Sedibeng is one of the 3 districts of the Gauteng province of South Africa. It is situated on the tip of Gauteng province and strategically located on the border of three other provinces: Free State, North West and Mpumalanga. The total extent of the Sedibeng area of jurisdiction is 4630 km². Sedibeng District Municipality consists of the three local municipalities, namely Lesedi, Midvaal and Emfuleni. The total population of Sedibeng accounts for only 9% of the total Gauteng population. The economy of the district is dominated by manufacturing and this is lead by the fabricated metal and chemical sectors. The Vaal University of Technology and the North West University’s Vaal Campus offers a wide range of graduates that provide the bulwark of employees for business and industries that seek to set up operations in Sedibeng. The Sedibeng District Municipality is a the only area of the Gauteng Province that is situated on the banks of the Vaal River and Vaal Dam in the southern-most part of the province, covering the formerly known as Vaal Triangle. The Klip River and Vaal Dam are major tourist attractions, while ecotourism opportunities have the potential to grow. The Suikerbosbrand Nature Reserve is a prime regional asset. Sedibeng has a variety of attractions and offerings. Sedibeng offers the best opportunity for growth and development as a result of availability of land for both residential and commercial development in a picturesque and tranquil setting. The well-developed national road network that cuts across the district to all the provinces, ensures that the region remains the industrial centre of Gauteng province.
The Constitution affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality, and freedom. In line with these Constitutional imperatives, the department has been assigned the powers and functions to develop and implement provincial policies and programs regarding cultural affairs, sport and recreation in the province. Vision A champion of Sport, Arts, Culture and Heritage services for socio-economic development in Limpopo Mission To enhance unity in diversity through the provision of sport, arts, culture and heritage services for sustainable development.
The association is a unitary body with a membership of 278 municipalities, with its national office based in Pretoria and offices in all nine provinces. Our strength at SALGA lies in the intellectual capital we have acquired through our people over the years and our values to be Responsive, Innovative, Dynamic and Excellent underpin all that we do. Our mission to be consultative, informed, mandated, credible and accountable ensures that we remain relevant to our members and provide value as we continuously strive to be an association that is at the cutting edge of quality and sustainable services. Our Role In line with its mandate SALGA has set out its role to: Represent , promote and protect the interests of local government Transform local government to enable it to fulfill its developmental role Raise the profile of local government Ensure full participation of women in local government Perform its role as an employer body Develop capacity within municipalities Our role can thus be summarized into four key roles: Advice and support – policy analysis, research and monitoring, knowledge exchange and support to members. Representation – stakeholder engagement; lobbying on behalf of local government in relation to national policies and legislation Act as an employer body – collective bargaining on behalf of our members; capacity building and municipal hr. Strategic Profiling – building the profile and image of local government locally and internationally Our role as an organization is effectively played out through various programmes and working groups. These working groups are responsible for facilitating: Cooperative governance between the spheres of government as directed by the National Executive Committee or the Provincial Executive Committees. Consultation, coordination and participative decision-making between SALGA and its members.
The Cacadu District Municipality assists nine Local Municipalities in providing the services needed by their communities, namely Kou-Kamma, Baviaans, Kouga, Ikwezi, Camdeboo, Blue Crane Route, Sundays River Valley, Ndlambe and Makana. The District covers approximately 58 242 square kilometres, while the people living in the Cacadu District speak isiXhosa (49%), Afrikaans (45%) and English (6%) as their home language. The estimated population size is 412 000. The municipality has three departments, namely Finance and Corporate Services, Infrastructure Services, and Economic Development Services. A significant amount of time and resources are spent on development, creating projects to grow skills, employment, and initiate sustainable economic development. The economic development approach of the Cacadu District Municipality, termed SEEDS (Socio-Economic and Enterprise Development Strategy) is structured around seven core strategies. The core strategies are: (a) Increasing agricultural income. (b) Investing in natural capital (c) Broadening economic participation (d) Developing the skills base (e) Improving connectivity and utility infrastructure (f) Regenerating core towns (g) Building local and regional networks The predominant sectors in terms of the District’s economy are agriculture and tourism, contributing approximately R690 million and R680 million respectively to the Gross Geographic Product of the District. Agriculture, together with related post-harvest value adding / agro-processing, creates approximately 41% and 7% of formal employment opportunities respectively, while the tourism industry creates approximately 3% of formal employment. This translates into approximately 4,000 people employed in agro-processing industries. Due to the diverse climate of the region, a wide array of agricultural commodities is produced. Very little arable land exists in the District and therefore agriculture mostly consists of extensive animal grazing. Areas with irrigation water produces export quality fruit under irrigation. In the more arid, inland areas, the available agricultural water is mostly used for irrigating animal fodder. Processing and value addition to agricultural commodities are mainly practiced in Port Elizabeth, where the buying power and market demand for value added products exists. Coega Industrial Development Zone (including the port of Ngqura) and to a lesser extent Port Elizabeth International Airport provides Cacadu District with international export avenues (however, the lack of direct international flight connections from Port Elizabeth International Airport restricts the export of highly perishable goods and high value commodities by air). Many of the post-harvest livestock industries are operating under capacity, mainly due to declining stock levels and the increase in primary production of certain commodities are required to optimally utilize existing processing capacities and market demand. A summary of the main agricultural industries (as well as related agricultural raw material emanating from industries) in the District are listed below (more or less in order of monetary significance): Goats (chevon, mohair and hides) Sheep (mutton, wool and hides) Cattle (Beef, dairy and hides) Chicken (meat and eggs) Ostrich (meat, leather and feathers) Game (Venison) Pork Fishing Chicory Vegetables (fresh and for processing) Grains (animal feed) Fishing Honey bush Tea Fruit: Citrus, Deciduous fruit, Pineapples and Stone fruit (exports, local markets, juice, oil and other products) Other industries with potential, which are in their infancy or not done to significant scale in the District are as follows: Aquaculture (fresh, marine, various species. Aromatic plants and essential oils Apiculture (Beekeeping) and honey processing Agricultural related renewable energy (biomass and bio-ethanol) Natural fibre processing from, amongst others, aloes, pineapples, hemp, kenaf, etc. Grains: Maize, Lucerne, soya beans and sunflowers for vegetable oils, biofuel and animal feed Exotic fruits
The Breede Valley Local Municipality’s main city, Worcester, has good road and railway connections, which enable optimal access to markets of the Cape Town Metropole. Worcester also has high human resource and institutional service potential. Worcester also has sufficient resources such as water and sewerage systems as well as enough land for lateral spatial expansion. The economy is relatively diverse, ranging from agriculture, forestry and fishing to wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation. The main economic activity in the municipality (in terms of the highest contribution to the local economy), outside of government services, is agriculture. The agricultural sector is also the biggest employer. Grape and olive production are the two main activities. Worcester is home to the biggest Brandy cellar in the Southern Hemisphere, which is owned by KWV. The export-oriented table grape industry is mostly located in The Hex River Valley, where they produce different cultivars that are ready for harvest during different times of the summer season, running from January until May. Outside of agriculture, the municipality is also seeking to expand its manufacturing sector as well its logistics capabilities. The municipality has already made strides in developing the tourism sector, with two major wine routes that are a major attraction. These are the Breedekloof Wine Route and the Worcester Wine Route. As well as this wine route tourism, the Breede Valley also highlights the natural environment as a tourist attraction, in terms of canoeing and fishing on the Breede River, hiking in the various mountain ranges and promoting other adventure sports that are becoming popular in the region.
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