Harry Gwala District Municipality (DC43)

  • OVERVIEW

    Contact Details

    Postal: Private Bag X501, Ixopo, 3276
    Physical: 40 Main Street, Ixopo
    Tel: 039 834 8700
    Fax: 039 834 1701/1750
    Web: www.sisonke.gov.za
    Resident Queries

    Geography, History and Economy

    Area: 10 547km²
    Description: Harry Gwala District Municipality (previously Sisonke District Municipality) is situated south of KwaZulu-Natal. It is comprised of five local municipalities: Ingwe, Kwa Sani, uMzimkhulu, Greater Kokstad and Ubuhlebezwe, and the District Management Area. The seat of Harry Gwala is Ixopo. The municipality is surrounded by uMgungundlovu to the north-east, Ugu to the south-east, OR Tambo to the south, Alfred Nzo to the south-west, the Kingdom of Lesotho to the north-west and uThukela to the north. It is also bordered by the Drakensberg Mountains, which form a 200km-long World Heritage Site. Economically, the most prominent employment sectors are agriculture, construction and small-scale manufacturing. The district is known for its progressive farming methods. The unspoilt natural environment has high ecotourism and adventure-tourism potential. Harry Gwala has an abundance of high quality soils, high altitude, abundant water, and climatic extremes, which makes the area suitable for dairy farming. A significant portion of dairy consumed in KZN is produced within the district.
    Cities/Towns: Creighton, Himeville, Ixopo, Kokstad, Underberg, uMzimkhulu
    Main Economic Sectors: Community services and agriculture (60%)
  • MAP

  • MANAGEMENT

    Political Management

    Composition of Council: ANC 21, DA 2, NFP 2, IFP 1
    Mayor: M Ndobe
    Other Members of Council: N H Duma (Deputy Mayor), C M Ngcobo (Speaker), S Mavuma (Chief Whip), A M Zondi (EXCO Member), S B Bhengu (EXCO Member), K S Madlala (EXCO Member)

    Administrative Management

    Municipal Manager: Mrs A N Dlamini (Acting)
    Chief Financial Officer: Mr M Mkatu
    Communications Officer: Ms Nomasomi Msomi
    LED Officer: Ms Nompumelelo Molefe
    Other Senior Management: A N Dlamini (Executive Director: Economic and Community Services), N Lungwengwe (Executive Director: Corporate Services), N Biyase (Executive Director: Water Services), B Makwakwa (Executive Director: Infrastruture Services)
  • DEMOGRAPHIC
    Population 461 419
    Age Structure
    Population under 15 37.90%
    Population 15 to 64 57.20%
    Population over 65 4.90%
    Dependency Ratio
    Per 100 (15-64) 74.90
    Sex Ratio
    Males per 100 females 86.80
    Population Growth
    Per annum 0.20%
    Labour Market
    Unemployment rate (official) 36.00%
    Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 44.40%
    Education (aged 20 +)
    No schooling 9.80%
    Higher education 5.70%
    Matric 19.30%
    Household Dynamics
    Households 112 282
    Average household size 3.80
    Female headed households 55.20%
    Formal dwellings 41.50%
    Housing owned 59.50%
    Household Services
    Flush toilet connected to sewerage 17.60%
    Weekly refuse removal 20.70%
    Piped water inside dwelling 14.70%
    Electricity for lighting 62.40%

    Source: Census 2011 Municipal Fact Sheet, published by Statistics South Africa.


  • FINANCIAL
    All values: R'0002013/142012/132011/12
    AUDIT OUTCOME n/aFinancially unqualified with findingsQualified audit opinion
    FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
    Property rates---
    Service charges47 57939 86536 570
    Investment revenue3 4333 0012 202
    Transfers recognised - operational220 829281 470208 257
    Other own revenue8 67910 94527 765
    Total Revenue (excluding capital transfers and contributions)280 519335 281274 794
    Employee costs105 25481 68771 975
    Remuneration of councillors5 6944 6224 413
    Depreciation & asset impairment14 74128 99222 631
    Finance charges4 7753 7923 972
    Materials and bulk purchases10 5559 7107 713
    Transfers and grants19 4377 49041 843
    Other expenditure108 415226 338194 757
    Total Expenditure268 872362 630347 305
    Surplus/(Deficit)11 647(27 349)(72 511)
    Transfers recognised - capital199 867173 960177 773
    Contributions recognised - capital & contributed assets---
    Surplus/(Deficit) after capital transfers & contributions211 514146 610105 263
    Share of surplus/(deficit) of associate---
    Surplus/(Deficit) for the year211 514146 610105 263
    CAPITAL EXPENDITURE & FUNDS SOURCES
    Capital expenditure203 092164 997149 132
    Transfers recognised - capital201 013164 068149 132
    Public contributions & donations2 079929-
    Borrowing---
    Internally generated funds---
    Total sources of capital funds203 092164 997149 132
    FINANCIAL POSITION
    Total current assets75 45291 26217 124
    Total non current assets1 089 4621 134 287978 157
    Total current liabilities32 798141 13289 331
    Total non current liabilities34 35637 06939 549
    Community wealth/Equity1 097 7601 047 349866 401
    CASH FLOWS
    Net cash from (used) operating216 375182 964118 306
    Net cash from (used) investing(211 570)(163 035)(142 180)
    Net cash from (used) financing(2 919)(3 282)27 068
    Cash/cash equivalents at the year end22 07220 1863 539
    UNAUTHORISED, IRREGULAR, FRUITLESS & WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE
    Unauthorised expendituren/a161 52635 272
    Irregular expendituren/a427 567200 163
    Fruitless & wasteful expendituren/a48023
    SOURCES71 UnauditedS71 AuditedS71 Audited

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • EMPLOYMENT
      2012/132011/12
    Employment
    Employment Costs (R’000) 105 25481 687
    Remuneration of councillors (R’000) 5 6944 622
     
    Total Employee Positions 402325
    Total Vacant Employee Positions 523
    Total Vacancy Percentage 1.24%7.08%
     
    Managerial Positions - S57 67
    Vacant Managerial Positions - S57 00
    Managerial Positions - by organogram 2817
    Vacant Managerial Positions - by organogram 50
    Community And Social Service Positions 2919
    Vacant Community And Social Service Positions 00
    Finance And Administration Positions 7485
    Vacant Finance And Administration Positions 014
    Electricity Positions 10
    Vacant Electricity Positions 00
    Enviromental Protection Positions 00
    Vacant Enviromental Protection Positions 00
    Health Positions 52
    Vacant Health Positions 00
    Public Safety Positions 01
    Vacant Public Safety Positions 00
    Road Transport Positions 00
    Vacant Road Transport Positions 00
    Sport And Recreation Positions 12
    Vacant Sport And Recreation Positions 00
    Waste Management Positions 00
    Vacant Waste Management Positions 00
    Waste Water Management Positions 6280
    Vacant Waste Water Management Positions 09
    Water Positions 196112
    Vacant Water Positions 00
    Other Positions 00
    Vacant Other Positions 00

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • SERVICE DELIVERY
    2012/132011/12
    Water
    Blue Drop Score n/an/a
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 89 71489 414
    Number of domestic households/delivery points 88 82488 517
    Inside the yard 56 72156 714
    Less than 200m from yard 5 7665 466
    More than 200m from yard 26 33726 337
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 10 68910 682

    Electricity
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? NoNo
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? NoNo
    Does the municipality actually provide? NoNo
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? YesYes
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 00
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 00

    Sewerage and Sanitation
    Green Drop Score n/a0
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 91 58488 495
    Number of households using
    Flush toilet - public sewerage 30 12630 126
    Flush toilet - septic tank 15 98015 980
    Ventilated pit latrine 45 47842 389
    Bucket system 00
    Other 00
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 00

    Solid Waste Services
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? NoNo
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? NoNo
    Does the municipality actually provide? NoNo
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 00
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 00

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Key Projects

    SMME Support Programme: training on technical and soft skills, seminars and workshops, support to emerging farmers, and support to crafters; tourism development: tourism awareness campaigns to communities and schools.

    Key Investment Opportunities

    Agribusiness zone; arts and crafts hub; farmers market.
  • LINKS/RESOURCES
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