Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga, formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal, is one of South Africa's top tourist destinations. People are drawn by the magnificent scenery, by the fauna and flora. Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape. This is also Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds. Among them, the Kruger National Park is world renowned, as are several of the luxurious private reserves on its western boundary. The entire area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout.

Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound. Barberton and Pilgrim's Rest are among the most famous. A special, additional dimension occurs in the Middleveld region which is inhabited by Ndebele people, notable for their traditional costumes and attractively decorated houses.

En route to the Kruger National Park through Mpumalanga, you have the advantage of some stunning scenery. Turn off the N4 to the village of Dullstroom, travel over the Long Tom Pass and its splendid panoramic views to Lone Creek Falls and the charming forestry town of Sabie.

Just beyond Sabie, the Mac Mac Falls are worth stopping for; and you can treat yourself to a swim in the crystal-clear pools. A small detour leads to Pilgrim's Rest; a fascinating historic town, well worth exploring before continuing to Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve. At the southern tip of the r eserve, the view from God's Window stretches to eternity across the Lowveld. From there, it's a short and easy drive to some of the finest private game reserves in the country and Orpen Gate to the Kruger National Park.

The Steve Tshwete Municipal Area

The municipality has a diverse and active economy with five main economic sectors. In the manufacturing sector, you will find Columbus the world's fifth largest stainless steel producer that anchors the stainless steel cluster. The Mpumalanga Stainless Steel Incubator was created for the beneficiation of local raw materials and to develop entrepreneurs. There are strong coal and platinum mining activities in the area supported by the large mining concerns as well as independant operators.

Another growing sector is that of tourism, with well established resorts, tourist attractions and other world-class accommodation as well as breakaway wildlife or adventure excursions. A tourism guide, the Loskop Leisure Guide, is also published by the Middelburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Investment Opportunities

Agriculture, agro-processing, tourism, manufacturing, mining, nature conservation and tourism.

Airport

The Middelburg Aerodome, registration code FANB is situated just outside town and with a 1960m long macadamized surface (runway 14/32) and a runway with a gravel surface 1400m (20/02). The Aerodome has a landing capacity of up to a Boeing 737 and a Hercules CI 40.

Railway Stations & Major Roads

Middelburg Station, N4, N11 and N12.