Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s most productive and important agricultural regions. It offers an ideal climate and topography for forests, major mineral resources, formidable manufacturing capacity and a sophisticated tourism sector.
The province’s three biggest sectors are manufacturing, mining and agriculture (which includes forestry and fishing). A significant contributor to the economy is the power-generation industry, which accounts for some 96% of the sector.
For this reason, Mpumalanga was a major contributor to the national economy in 2014, with Gauteng (34.6%), KwaZulu-Natal (15.9%) and the Western Cape (13.7%).
The province is also known for:
- a diverse and resource-rich economy,
- widespread opportunities for beneficiation of raw materials,
- geographical centrality,
- its excellent tourism facilities and scenic beauty,
- a sizeable population and footprint,
- a world-class telecommunications and information industry,
- top medical facilities,
- well-priced residential housing,
- its own university,
- an established power generation industry, and
- some of the country’s most impressive industrial complexes.
Established industries in the province include mining, stainless steel, petro-chemicals, pulp and paper, ferro-alloys, tourism and agro-processing, among others.
Situated in the north east of South Africa, Mpumalanga shares a common border with the independent Republics of Mozambique and Swaziland. It has a population of 4.1 million people and a total area of 83 000km2. In addition to its capital, Mbombela, the province has a number of major cities including eMalahleni, Middleburg and Secunda, which host some of the country’s major industrial complexes. The Gross Geographic Product of the province was USD $23 billion in 2013
The Nkomazi Special Economic Zone or Nkomati SEZ is the axis of economic integration between the South African provinces of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo and the independent states of Swaziland and Mozambique. Strategically positioned in the border town of Komatipoort, the Nkomati SEZ offers the investor a multi-sector base of operations along the Maputo Development Corridor, which runs through Southern Africa’s most productive regions.