Chris Hani District Municipality

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Chris Hani District Municipality

The Chris Hani District Municipality is nestled in the heart of the Eastern Cape, a linking node to all the regions in the Province. It is largely rural and has pockets of urban zones that are the heartbeat of the district. It is within these areas that the business focus is expedited and the main governance is done.

The district consists of 8 Category B municipalities and 1 DMA; the Mountain Zebra Park. The topography of the area ranges from Karoo plains in the west to the mountainous regions of the east. Rainfall patterns reflect the landscape declining from the east to the west. Overall temperatures fluctuate from cold and freezing in winter towards extreme heat in summer. As a result of this the District contains beautiful natural scenery and is the ideal playground for a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities.

It had a population of 799,134 (Statssa, 2001), which recent estimates put in the region of 810 000 and covers an area of 36,963.8 square kilometres. Approximately 71% of the population reside in rural areas. The largest populations occur in the Intsika Yethu, Lukhanji, Engcobo and Emalahleni municipalities. The population is relatively youthful with just more than half of the population being female (53.76%).

The Chris Hani District Municipality contributes 0.42% towards the national gross domestic product. The majority of this comes from agriculture, community services, construction, and trade. The biggest contributor to the district economy in terms of size, is community services followed by trade and services which remain one of the key contributors to the GGP and the predominant form of economic activity in most of the eight local municipalities.

The District has a comparative advantage in agriculture (including forestry) and services (construction, retail trade services and community services). This is despite the strong growth in the finance, manufacturing and transport sectors.

The District economy is driven by the community services sector, trade (and services) sector and agriculture. The transport sector achieved the highest growth rate of 4.3% between 1996 and 2005, which is highly indicative of the strategic location advantage that the district enjoys in terms of rail and road transport, and as a distribution centre for the former Transkei area. The finance and trade sectors have also grown significantly at 3.8% pa and 3% respectively. Whilst the mining and electricity sectors experienced a negative growth, agriculture and manufacturing outputs have been positive although nominal.

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