Dawid Kruiper Municipality
Munisipaliteit Dawid Kruiper



  1. Profile of the Municipality

The Municipal Area is divided into 16 wards.  The Municipal Council of Dawid Kruiper consists of 31 Councillors. Sixteen (16) represents wards and the rest are proportional representatives of political parties.  The ruling party in Council is the ANC.

With 114 000 people, the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality housed 0.2% of South Africa’s total population in 2017. Between 2007 and 2017 the population growth averaged 1.75% per annum which is very similar than the growth rate of South Africa as a whole (1.56%).  Compared to ZF Mgcawu’s average annual growth rate (1.55%), the growth rate in Dawid Kruiper’s population at 1.75% was very similar than that of the district municipality. .  In terms of its share the DawidKruiper Local Municipality was slightly larger in 2017 (43.4%) compared to what it was in 2007 (42.5%). When looking at the average annual growth rate, it is noted that Dawid Kruiper ranked third (relative to its peers in terms of growth) with an average annual growth rate of 1.8% between 2007 and 2017.

  1. Economic activities and the economic status of Upington

Thrust : Transport and logistics: Road, Rail and Air Network

The Transport sector has a number of economic linkages with the agricultural, manufacturing, mining and finance and business services sector:

  • Transport of raw materials and value adding products
  • Storage of the raw materials and value adding products before transporting to markets (needs to be further exploited in the district)
  • Businesses in the area need to market their products (requiring communication services) which need to be further exploited in the district
  • Research and development of products also require communication services (internet, etc)

Upington is seen as the hub for all the Transport services, with the location of the airport and Upington being the centre of large transport corridors. The majority of the infrastructure development is taking place in and around Upington.

Thrust : Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector is focused on value adding of agricultural products, mining products, construction and renewable energy products. As indicated the Dawid Kruiper Municipality has a very well-established agricultural sector within livestock and high value produce as well as very rich mineral deposits within the area.

Manufacturing activities are dispersed throughout the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality with the highest concentration of manufacturing activities located within the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality in Upington. The three most prominent manufacturing firms in the Upington area in terms of agriculture are SAD Vine Fruit (Pty) Ltd and Orange River Wine Cellars Co-Op and in terms of the renewable industry and construction are MEAPSA.

Thrust : Agriculture and Agro-Processing

Agriculture is the base of developing economies and is still regarded as an important sector in South Africa as it is the sector that most people depend on for survival. Furthermore, it is the sector that offers the best potential for poverty and inequality reduction, as it provides sources of productivity from which the most disadvantaged people working in the sector can benefit. A healthy agricultural industry is also central to a country’s gross domestic product (GDP), food security, social welfare, job creation and ecotourism, while adding value to raw materials.

Thrust : Knowledge Economic

Knowledge economy is a system of consumption and production that is based on intellectual capital.

Most economies are composed of three major categories of economic activity in varying degrees: agriculture, manufacturing, and services. In the knowledge economy, products and services that are based on intellectual expertise advance technical and scientific fields, encouraging innovation in the economy as a whole.

Knowledge-based economies have the potential to stimulate economic growth, provide higher wages and greater employment opportunities, as well as enhance a country’s competitiveness within the global environment. The globalization of technology, however, presents new opportunities for development in developing countries, but deliberate efforts, which include government action, are required to stimulate innovation. It requires investment in human capital and a highly skilled labour force and the creation of infrastructure for high-technology industries.

Thrust : SMME Development

The definition for SMMEs encompasses a very broad range of firms, some of which includes formally registered, informal and non-VAT registered organisations (The DTI, 2008). Small businesses range from medium-sized enterprises, such as established traditional family businesses employing over a hundred people, to informal micro-enterprises. Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), also referred to as small business, play an important role in an economy. They can be key drivers of economic growth, innovation and job creation.

Government has prioritised entrepreneurship and the advancement of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) as the catalyst to achieving economic growth and development. With the assistance of other government departments and institutions, the dti takes the lead in implementing SMME-related policies, to ensure that adequate financial and non-financial assistance is provided to the sector, for its long-term prosperity and that of the country as a whole.

Thrust : Construction

Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Building construction is the process of adding structure to real property or construction of buildings.

The South African construction industry is a strategic sector that supports the government’s National Development Plan (NDP) and has reiterated its commitment to infrastructure development.

The Construction sector around the Dawid Kruiper Municipality area comprises of the following; Production of building materials, Production of renewable energy plants equipment, Assembly of steel pipes, Welding of storage equipment

Increased demand for housing in urban areas, construction of shopping malls and industrial space both within and beyond the municipality. Dawid Kruiper Municipality is responsible for nearly half of all construction related activities in the ZF Mgcawu District.

Thrust: Mining

The mining and quarrying sector is small economic sector in the Dawid Kruiper Municipality. The industry is mostly around the production of raw salt, gravel minerals and semi-precious tones. It is important that beneficiation take place in the Dawid Kruiper Municipality in order to promote job creation within the sector as well as to increase the benefits (mostly financial) of these products.

Thrust : Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Upington falls within the Northern Cape Solar Corridor and one of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs). The town experiences an ideal level of solar irradiation (power per unit area received from the sun in the form of electromagnetic radiation) for solar energy production. Renewable energy sources, other than biomass, are currently being optimally exploited in South Africa, especially in the Northern Cape.

The Dawid Kruiper Municipal area has a strong resource base that supports a variety of economic sectors, including agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and, lately, the renewable energy industry.  The municipality is the acknowledged commercial, educational, military, agricultural, medical, transport and tourism centre of the area.

The Orange River stretches through the area, from the south-east to the north-west. The presence of perennial river water contributes to the establishment of table grapes, which are marketed and exported via the Upington International Airport to Western Europe.

      Top reasons for investing in Upington

  • Live and play with the beauty of the Kalahari Desert and the Orange River as your backdrop
  • A safe living environment with comparatively low crime rates
  • A semi desert climate with hot summers and cold winters and is a summer rainfall area
  • The Khomani Cultural Landscape Heritage Site and other tourism attractions
  • Excellent schools (public and private) and two tertiary education institutions namely NCR TVET College and Vaal University of Technology Satellite Campus, which offers national diplomas and degrees
  • World class municipal infrastructure including water provision, sewage systems, roads and electrical distribution systems. 
  • Upington Airport offers multiple daily flights to and from Johannesburg as well as Cape Town and boasts the longest runway in the southern hemisphere – this means only a few hours by plane to the main economic hubs of South Africa
  • Very little, if any, peak time traffic
  • Two hospitals
  • An investor friendly local municipality that will go the extra mile to ensure business growth is supported where possible within its mandate
  • A well-diversified economy offering opportunities from primary agriculture to financial services, the central hub for services across the Northern Cape
  • All the amenities and shopping opportunities available in any big city at the Kalahari Mall and various smaller shopping pockets


Investment opportunities in the Dawid Kruiper Municipality

The competitive and comparative advantages of Dawid Kruiper can be summarized as follows:

  • Value chain of transport
  • One stop shops and truck depot.
  • Repairs and service centre of trucks.
  • Wool production.
  • Small scale farming production units.
  • Packaging and processing of existing agri-produce.
  • Farming and Expansion – cattle, goat & sheep
  • Identify and upgrade of heritage and tourism sites.
  • Tourism Ecological assets (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Infrastructure development
  • Brick manufacturing: Formalizes and ensure compliance to SABS standards
  • Steel works manufacturing i.e Solar panels and construction.
  • Upgrade of sports infrastructure and events infrastructure.
  • Construction and maintenance of roads.
  • Quarry for mining activities – build sand & gravel
  • Township development
  • Trade centre – Expand existing centre.
  • Tourism opportunity due to history, heritage sites and architectural sites.
  • Small Town Development – Reitfontein & Askham
  • Establishment of an abattoir for local farmers.
  • Development of renewable energy plants or facilities for job creation.
  • Salt mining plant
  • Agro-processing and technology
  • Local Brand development within the district
  • Beneficiation of natural resources
  • Establishment of Corporative for tile manufacturing
  • EPWP for tree cutting that drains underground water.
  • Tourism attraction facility and activities to promote local culture and history of the area
  • Creation of a Youth Recreational
  • Facility for skill development e.g IT, ¨social skills etc.
  • Utilization of Municipal buildings ¨that are not being utilize for job creation purpose eg Red building in 2nd Klein Mier Groot & Klien Mier).
  • Local supplier development.
  • Operational space for SMME’s.
  • To market the open space to attract investors
  • Trade centre
  • Youth development
  • Technical skilling for renewable energy trade
  • Auto bun- To attract automotive companies passing through the area.
  • Renewable energy value chain
  • Removal of non-operational panels for disposal.
  • Recycling non-operational panels.
  • Fixing of faulty panels.
  • Motor mechanics


  1. The location of the municipality

Dawid Kruiper Municipality is a Local (Category B) Municipality (NC087) located within the ZF Mcgawu District Municipality (DC8). The ZF Mcgawu Municipality is the second largest district (approximately 103 871 km2) in the Northern Cape. The Municipality is approximately 344 446 ha in extent and straddles the Orange River. Upington is the main town of the Dawid Kruiper Municipality and has, since its inception, been the hub of activities in the region. The municipality borders with Namibia in the west, the Kgalagadi-Transfrontier Park in the north and Botswana in the northeast. Dawid Kruiper is bordered by the other District Municipalities namely, John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality, Frances Baard District Municipality, Pixley kaSeme District Municipality and Namakwa District Municipality.

  1. Stats around youth employment/ unemployment

In 2017 the labour force participation rate for Dawid Kruiper was at 55.4% which is slightly lower when compared to the 58.8% in 2007. The unemployment rate is an efficient indicator that measures the success rate of the labour force relative to employment. In 2007, the unemployment rate for Dawid Kruiper was 25.6% and increased overtime to 26.2% in 2017. The gap between the labour force participation rate and the unemployment rate increased which indicates a positive outlook for the employment within Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality.

In 2017, the unemployment rate in Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality (based on the official definition of unemployment) was 26.19%, which is an increase of 0.582 percentage points. The unemployment rate in Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality is higher than that of ZF Mgcawu. Comparing to the Northern Cape Province it can be seen that the unemployment rate for Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality was lower than that of Northern Cape which was 30.52%.

The major challenges faced by the Northern Cape province include access to basic services, volatile economic growth and high unemployment rates particularly amongst the youth.

  1. Tourism attractions

The tourism industry is a major growth sector in terms of investment, employment and the diversification of services. Less directly, tourism stimulates the property market – especially prime residential and cluster projects – and strengthens business contacts, often are the forerunners of trade, joint ventures and immigration plans.

The tourism industry also has strong linkages with the major routes (routes between Johannesburg and Upington, leading to Namibia) as well as with other countries such as Namibia and Botswana. The tourism section includes events, hunting and business tourism.

Upington truly epitomises the Northern Cape’s tagline of “the Province of Extremes”. Located on the northern banks of the Orange River, it is a contrasting region of lush, green irrigated vineyards juxtaposed with red semi-desert vistas. This oasis-meets-desert character has led to the area being dubbed the Green Kalahari.

Upington is well situated as a base for exploration of the region, and has an outstanding infrastructure in the form of accommodation.


The Kalahari Oranje Museum Complex has the status of a regional- and provincial museum. It conserves cultural items and is exhibited as a community-focus point. The following national monuments have been declared:

  • Roman Catholic Church in Le Roux Street (still in use)
  • NG Mother Community in Schroder Street (still in use)
  • Hortentia water mill
  • Missionary complex in Schröder Street (building is being used as a museum).
  • ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape (SA ninth wordl heritage site)
  • Kalahari Orange Museum Complex : 054 332 5333
  • Orange River Cellars : 054 337 8800
  • Camel & Rider Statue : In-front of Upington Police Station
  • Grave of Scotty Smith :Upington 26 Road Cemetary
  • Oasis Development Centre : 054 339 3450
  • Upington 26 Monument : King Street, Upington
  • Memorial stone of Abraham “Holbors” September : Mutual Street
  • Kalahari RooiduinSandsurfing : 063 846 1307
  • Vinkie’s Kalahari Experience : 072 977 0120
  • Kalahari 4×4 drives : 082 492 3469
  • KgalagadiTransfrontierPark : 054 561 2000
  • Boesmansrus Grass Huts Living Museum : 078 328 0578
  • Kalahari Trails Nature Reserve &MeerkatSanctuary : 072 277 2377
  • Game viewing excursion : 087 285 4299
  • Murray Guest Farm Birdwatching &Hiking : 082 333 3291

Mier is any hunter’s dream. The Mier municipality owns 30 000ha of game farms. These and other, privately owned game farms offer hunting opportunities and provide facilities for biltong making. Mier offers room to play for 4×4 enthusiasts. A 4×4 route stretches from Rietfontein to Pulai, while the red sands of the Mier town common are tempting.



One of the world’s ancient tribes, the !Khomani San, own farms in the Mier area. Members of the !Khomani San produce and sell authentic San weapons like bow and arrow and curios like beads made out of the shell of ostrich eggs or bags made out of animal skins.

The San were the first people who lived in Southern Africa thousands of years ago.  Archeological research shows that 25 000 years ago they were hunter gatherers that practices rock art, ostrich egg shell beads, stone tools and bow and arrows. Today some of them still practice it for an income.

Khomani San Living Museum

The Living Musuem of the Khomani San gives visitors an interesting insight into the life of the friendly San. The Living Museum is an authentic open –air musuem where guest can learn about the traditional culture and the original way of the San. Program is interactive allowing guest a chance to participate and try their luck at shooting an arrow, craft making and traditional games. Nature walks and medicinal plant tours are also offered

Augrabies Falls National Park

Visit the Augrabies Falls, which is the sixth largest waterfall in the world and see how game such as giraffe, springbok, gemsbok, eland, kudu red hartebeest, Hartman’s zebra and klipspringer survive in this unique riverine ecosystem. Fish eagles and black eagles are common residents whilst the Rest Camp is home to a variety of bird species.

For the adventurer add river rafting or abseiling onto your list available in RiemvasmaakHotspring and Augrabies Falls National Park.

KgalagadiTransfrontier Park

The Park was previously known as the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and was proclaimed in 1931 mainly to protect migratory game, especially the gemsbok. During the late 1990’s it was combined with the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana to form The KgalagadiTransfrontier Park – one of the first in the world and the first in Southern Africa.


The Kgalagadi comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares which is one of a very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off at a premium and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Kgalagadi could be considered a haven for birders especially when interested in birds of prey.


  1. Tourism activities on the Orange River

                Duin-in-die-weg : 054 741 0167

                Sakkie se Arkie : 082 564 5447

                Augrabies Falls National Park : 054 452 9200

                Balloon on Augrabies : info@hotairballooningsa.co.za

                Kalahari Water : 054 461 1521/2404

                Augrabies Canoe Trails & River Rafting : 083 600 2360/083 519 5779


                AugrabiesXstreamFlyfishing : 083 600 2360/083 519 5779

                Bezalel Winery : 054 491 1325

                Rekopane Wine Farm &Herbs : 082 492 4669


  1. Information on the hospitality industry in Upington

                Tourism potential

  • Training of local tourist guides.
  • Hunting and Game lodges.
  • Utilise and revitalise the environs of the Orange river and develop outdoor nature-based activities



  • Marketing and packaging of local tourism opportunities and attractions.
  • New tourism product development.


                Competitive Advantage

  • Hospitable Community.
  • Rich heritage background.
  • Good road network.
  • Extreme destination



  • Tourism attraction facility and activities to promote local culture and history of the area.
  • Local Brand development.



  • Low cost for doing business.
  • Hospitable community.
  • Abundance of natural resource e.g Sun & land.
  • Diverse of local culture.



  • Underutilized tourism attractions e.g. heritage site.
  • High dependence of social grants, wages & income.
  • Fragmentation of the tourism industry.



  • Tourism attraction facility and activities to promote local culture and history of the area.
  • Improve the Mier area tourism system.



  • Vastness of the area from main town.
  • Lack of communication between stakeholders.

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Swimming Pools & Reitzpark


Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 20:00

Sun: 14:00 - 18:00


Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 18:00

Sun: 14:00 - 18:00

The swimming pool in town is used on Saturday between 11:00 and 13:00 as well as weekdays between 19:00 and 20:00 by diving club members for exercise purposes. This exercise is only done at the deep end of the swimming pool.


Reitzpark is open from 08:00 till 22:00 everyday during September and March. The public should bring their own braai facilities.

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