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LOCATION
 

Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality is situated in the north-eastern part of South Africa, in the Mopani District of the Limpopo Province. It is one of the five local municipalities in the Mopani District. The municipality has a geographic area of 7462kmē, with private farms covering an enormous area, as well as tribal land that is under the control of traditional leaders (namely, Ba-Phalaborwa Traditional Authority, Maseke Traditional Authority, Maseke Traditional Authority, Selwane Traditional Authority and Majeje Traditional Authority).

The other areas are proclaimed towns of Namakgale, Lulekani and Gravelotte. Farms constitute 27% of the total of municipal area. Most of the farms in Ba-Phalaborwa belong to private owners and are used for game and citrus farming. Ba-Phalaborwa serves as a convenient gateway to the Kruger National Park and the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park through the Mozambique (Masingir-Xai-Xai) Channel. The Vision of Ba-Phalaborwa is to provide quality services to promote tourism development, with the objective of positioning the municipal area as a tourist destination of choice.

Local Economic Development Projects

The municipality is poised to provide quality socio-economic infrastructure to enhance a conducive environment for the development of the agricultural, manufacturing, agro-processing, sports, retail and mining.

 
ADVANTAGE OF ESTABLISHING BUSINESS IN BA-PHALABORWA
 
Ba-Phalaborwa has a serene environment conducive to the establishment of various businesses. The area is the Home of Amarula and World competitive producer of copper and phosphate. Ba-Phalaborwa has well developed health infrastructure and facilities inclusive of a private hospital in Phalaborwa (Clinex).
 
TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
 
The Kruger National Park (Phalaborwa Gate) is just 1km away from the Phalaborwa town. Phalaborwa serves as the gateway to the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park through the Giriyondo Border into Mozambique. The Giriyondo border links South Africa and Mozambique using Ba-Phalaborwa as a suitable stopover to restock.
 
KRUGER TO CANYON BIOSPHERE
 
Ba-Phalaborwa is part of the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere that covers the some parts of Mpumalanga, Maruleng in Limpopo and Phalaborwa into the Kruger National Park. A variety of exotic birds can be identified in the Biosphere zone to the pleasure of potential bird watchers. Ba-Phalaborwa has over 1,200 hotel and guesthouse beds to cater for tourists. The tourism industry is poised for growth entrenching Ba-Phalaborwa as the best tourist destination in Limpopo. The annual Marula Festivities taking place between February and March and the annual Orchid Show that take place during the September Tourism Month remain the main draw card activities.
 
MAIN ECONOMIC RESOURCES
 
 Industrial chemical products
 Printing
 Pipe and Tube Manufacturing
 Marula OilEextraction
 Mining Products
 Agricultural Resources
 
KEY ATTRACTIONS TO BA-PHALABORWA
 
 The Kruger National Park
 Game farms
 Letaba Ranch Game Conservancy
 Micro-light flights
 Heritage sights
 Township and rural cultural tours
 Hans Merensky Golf Course in the wild and Estate
 World class accommodation facilities
 Water based activities in the lower Olifants River
 The Big Copper Hole tours
 The Big baobab tree in Gravelotte
 Eiland Resort and Spa
 Tsonga Kraal
 Grietjie
 
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
 
District Municipality:Mopani
Population:150,637
Households:41,115
Area Covered: 
Major Towns:Phalaborwa, Namakgale, Lulekani and Gravelotte
 
KEY EXISTING ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE
 
Main Roads:R71 to Tzaneen/Polokwane and R40 to Hoedspruit
Railways:Rail road connecting Phalaborwa to Hoespruit/Tzaneen and Mpumalanga
Airport:Kruger Gate Airport connecting Phalaborwa to Johannesburg
 
CONTACT DETAILS
Key Personnel:Cllr N.A. Sono, Mayor
Dr. SS. Sebashe, Municipal Manager
Tel:+27 15 780 6300
Fax:+27 15 781 0726
Email:phalamun@lantic.net
Physical address:Cnr. Nelson Mandela and Selati roads, Phalaborwa, 1390
Postal address:Private Bag X 01020, Phalaborwa, 1390
Website:www.ba-phalaborwa.gov.za

 

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