Business Information

Socio-economic profile

The Kruger Lowveld region, or Ehlanzeni district, is one of the three districts that form part of the Mpumalanga province. It is approximately 28 000km2 in size. The region is bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland in the east, Gert Sibande district in the south, Mopani and Sekhukhune districts of Limpopo in the north, and Nkangala district in the west. It comprises five local municipalities: Mbombela, Umjindi, Bushbuckridge, Nkomazi and Thaba Chweu.

Nelspruit (Mbombela) is the capital of Mpumalanga, situated in the Mbombela local municipality, which is also the home of the Mpumalanga provincial government. It is the most concentrated economic hub in the province. It features three border gates to Swaziland and Mozambique (Matsamo, Komatipoort and Mananga border gates) and movement of people from neighbouring countries to the district, and from Gauteng to either Swaziland or Mozambique, creates a catalyst for the economic life of the area.

Cities, towns and locations

Barberton, Emoyeni, Entokozweni, Graskop, Hazyview, Kaapschehoop, Kabokweni, Kanyamazane, Komatipoort, Luphisi, Lydenburg, Malalane, Marloth Park, Matsulu, Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mpakeni, Msogwaba, Ngodwana, Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Sabie Park, Skukuza, Tekwane, White River

Main economic sectors

Mining, agriculture, textiles, tourism, hospitality


Approximately 1,7 million people – 41.8% of Mpumalanga’s population


2.4% female, 47.6% male
94% African, 4.7% White, 0.6% Coloured, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% Other
73.1% of the population under 34 years
445 087 households – 41.4% of Mpumalanga’s households


Functional literacy rate – 75.4%
Matric (high school) pass rate – 74%

Average household income

R64 403 per annum

Poverty and inequality

Gini co-efficient – 0.60

Contribution to Mpumalanga’s industries (gross value added in constant 2005 prices)

Agriculture – 36.3%
Mining – 8.6%
Manufacturing – 19.9%
Utilities – 3.0%
Construction – 42.5%
Trade – 46.0%
Transport – 39.9%
Finance – 35.0%
Community services – 29.5%

For further business information, contacts and networking, please contact Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism:
Telephone: + 27 (0)13 755 1988