Hantam Local Municipality (NC065)

Geography, History and Economy

Hantam Local Municipality is part of Namakwa District Municipality.

MDB code: NC065

Description: The Hantam Local Municipality is a Category B municipality situated within the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape Province. It is the largest municipality of six in the district, making up a third of its geographical area. It has its centre in Calvinia, which is approximately 400km from Cape Town, Springbok, Upington and Beaufort West. A 1 250m tarred runway, very close to Calvinia, is used by many visitors to this beautiful part of the Northern Cape. Numerous government departments are also situated in Calvinia.
 The municipality provides work for more than 140 permanent employees. Seventy percent of the population live and work in the towns. Farming is the main contributor to the economy, namely sheep, wool and lucerne, as well as rooibos tea.
 The Hantam Municipality is well known for its wide open spaces, stunning mountain ranges, and nature reserves filled with an incredible array of plants and bulbs that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Area: 39 085km²

Cities/Towns: Brandvlei, Calvinia, Loeriesfontein, Middelpos, Nieuwoudtville, Onderste Doorns

Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, mining

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