Tshwane, South Africa

Tshwane, the largest Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa and Africa by land mass

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The City’s borders were expanded by the incorporation of the former areas of Metsweding District Municipality, the Nokeng tsa Taemane and the Kungwini Local Municipalities.


The merger made the new City of Tshwane the largest metropolitan municipality in South Africa, running an area of 6 368 km² and a population of just over 2,5 million. Furthermore, the new Tshwane is the third largest metropolitan area in the world in terms of land mass, after New York and Tokyo/Yokohama respectively. Tshwane, which previously had newlyfive regions and 76 wards, now has seven regions and 105 wards.


The benefits are the large tracts of undeveloped land offer opportunities for new development around corridors such as the N4 to Mpumalanga. The Dinokeng conservation area and the Cullinan mines will also add diversity to the City of Tshwane’s revenue Stream.


The mining at the Petra Diamond Mine in Cullinan produces 25% of the world’s gem quality diamonds; dozens of manufacturing companies continue to flock to the Ekangala industrial area.


Existing tourist attractions, ranging from recreation activities at the Roodeplaat Dam to mining and heritage tours in Cullinan, also offer opportunities for further development in adventure, ecotourism and cultural heritage tourism.


The Bronkhorstspruit and Roodeplaat Dams are well maintained and established tourism assets. Other tourism sites in the area include the Mkombo Nature Reserve and areas of historic and cultural significance such as the Kwa-Mjekejeke Cultural Village. Although the area has a small manufacturing base compared to that of other parts of Gauteng, manufacturing is the largest employer. About 100 to 150 industrial companies are located in Bronkhorstspruit and Ekandustria.


Among the industries with potential for further development are –


• food and beverage manufacturing and packaging;

• niche agricultural product processing, especially oils;

• plastic products and packaging;

• wood, paper and fibre products;

• metal packaging;

• printing and publishing;

• bio products and pharmaceuticals;

• fertilisers and other petrochemical products; and

• warehousing and distribution services.


There are also opportunities for small manufacturing or distribution operations, particularly the beneficiation of raw products (wood, fibre) and industrial distribution services.


The bigger and better Tshwane, is under the leadership of Mr Jason Ngobeni, the new City Manager.

who assumed his duties on 1 September 2011. As the former Executive Director: Economic Development of the City of Johannesburg he brings expertise in finance, credit control, treasury management and economic development.  The newly appointed City Manager is torch -bearer of change and no stranger to Tshwane .  Before his appointment, Ngobeni was with the City of Johannesburg for almost a decade, first as City Treasurer and then as Executive Director: Economic Development. Mr Ngobeni led the rolling out of the broadband network project, which will culminate in over 900 km fibre-optic cables installed throughout Johannesburg, bridging the digital divide along racial lines and income levels.

Jason Ngobeni

He was instrumental in issuing the first municipal bond to be issued by a South African local authority. He was also instrumental in raising Johannesburg’s fiscal profile by reducing debt cost and helping to raise the credit rating from BBB+ to A. Ngobeni has to his credit a B Com (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Pretoria.


Ngobeni seems to be more than equipped for the task of City Manager of the third-largest metropolitan authority in the world.


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