Joe Gqabi District Municipality (DC14)

Geography, History and Economy

Joe Gqabi District Municipality comprises:

    MDB code: DC14

    Description: The Joe Gqabi District Municipality (previously Ukhahlamba District Municipality) is a Category C municipality located within the Eastern Cape. It borders the Free State Province and country of Lesotho to the north. The municipality is located to the north of the OR Tambo and Chris Hani District Municipalities, to the east of the Northern Cape, and to the west of Alfred Nzo.
     Joe Gqabi lies approximately 34km north of Queenstown and its northern border is formed by the Orange River, which also forms the southern boundary of the Free State. It consists of three local municipalities: Elundini, Walter Sisulu and Senqu. Aliwal North is the main commercial and tourism centre.

    Area: 25 663km²

    Cities/Towns: Barkly East, Lady Grey, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Rhodes, Rossouw, Sterkspruit, Ugie

    Main Economic Sectors: Community services (55%), finance (12.6%), trade (9.7%), manufacturing (9.6%), agriculture (6.2%)

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