Dawid Kruiper Municipality
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This principal town of the Green Kalahari is 820km north of Cape Town and 875 west of Johannesburg. It is the commercial, educational and social center of the Green Kalahari, owing its prosperity to agriculture on its irrigated lands along the Orange River.Linked by air and road to most parts of the country, the town is accessible, offers excellent accommodation and has a well develop commercial infrastructure. It is a convenient stop over for travelers to the Augrabies Falls National Park, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Fish river Canyon, Namaqualand flowers and the Botswana and Namibian Borders.
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Dawid Kruiper Municipality: LED Strategy for Dawid Kruiper Municipality 


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TIFA PROGRAMME-05-April–2023 

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority, supported by the National Convention Bureau of South African Tourism and in collaboration with the Northern Cape Tourism Authority and the Northern Cape Economic Development Agency, will be hosting the inaugural Tourism Investment Forum Africa (TIFA) 2023. Held under the theme “Forging Global Partnerships for Inclusive Local Economic Development Through Sustainable Investment”, the Forum is scheduled for 7 – 9 June 2023, at the African Vineyard Hotel on Cannon Island Upington, South Africa.

The Forum aims to promote tourism and related investment, finance solutions and opportunities between African countries and the rest of the World. Being “a global platform for local action”,the conference affords the host and other participating destinations a platform to promote their investment climate and opportunities to investors with a view to attracting the investment required to ensure sustainable economic growth and development.  Invited delegates will include local and international private sector business leaders, government ministers, senior government officials, development finance institutions, financial institutions, private investors, investment promotion agencies, destination management organisations and members of the diplomatic corps.

The host destination (South Africa, Northern Cape) and other participating African countries will present investment opportunities and market-ready projects in the tourism and related sectors at the Forum.

The Key Objectives of the Tourism Investment Forum Africa are to:

1.Provide an opportunity to raise awareness, provide information about the investment climate of the destination and promote the destination’s priority programmes and investment projects;

2.Promote the destination as an investment destination and market its tourism and other investment



.Connect project owners with investors through packaging and presentation of pre-selected investment opportunities and projects;

4.Facilitate the establishment of business contacts between stakeholders and investors which can lead to the development of concrete projects;

5.Create opportunities for trade, business and investment facilitation for tourism and related products within local host communities;

6.Facilitate an exchange of knowledge and insights on key trends and developments in the investment, travel and tourism; and

7.Profile and promote the region as an attractive location for business events.

Theme:  Forging Global Partnerships for Inclusive Local Economic Development Through Sustainable Investment

Why The Northern Cape and  Upington ?
A growing investment and business travel destination by industrialisation and renewable energy investments. A growing adventure and bio diversity economy tourism plant driven increased investments in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls, North Bank of the Orange River in Upington, and others.

Upington International Airport which offers increased opportunities for cargo and passenger traffic. Gateway into SADC – It borders on four other provinces, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the countries of Namibia and Botswana to the north, making it an ideal gateway to West African and other international markets. New Industrial Corridor being developed – Namakwa Special Economic Zone (NSEZ), the Kathu Industrial Park (KIP) and the Upington Industrial Park (UIP). 

New deep sea port to be developed in Boegoebaai near Port Nolloth. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is a partner in the application to run the Upington IP and has allocated 55ha for the creation of an aviation park to store and maintain aircraft, and a further 30ha for commercial development.

60% of the R200bn in Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme projects in South Africa are located in the Northern Cape, represented by companies from Australia, Canada, Italy, France, UK, Norway, Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, Ireland and the Netherlands.



Foreword of the Mayor

During his 2019 SOPA speech, the Premier of the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul stated that comfort zones and status quo bias have never and will never breed innovation, seamless service delivery and assist us in crafting “a Modern, Growing and Successful Province”. 
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To bring about a change in the socio-economic landscape, we have the opportunity to rethink and dare to invent the future, not taking anything for granted but to identify the opportunities to modernize, opportunities to grow the province, opportunities to be successful and effective. To consider the lessons that we can learn from our mistakes and how we use those lessons to inform our efforts to build this modern, growing and successful province.


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HUNTING FARMS IN THE Dawid Kruiper Region



The bustling town of Upington is home to several unique tourist attractions, including:

  • CAMEL AND DONKEY MONUMENTS commemorate the role these domestic animals played in the history of the region.
  • The 1041 m long DATE PALM AVENUE at the entrance of the Eiland Holiday Resort – one of the longest palm avenues in the southern hemisphere.
  • ORANGE RIVER CELLARS TASTING ROOMit presents the visitor with a unique range of natural and fortified wines. Contact (054) 054 495 0040

Built by Rev. Schroder and his congregation in 1875 as a church and mission station.  Domestic items dating from that era and articles relating to the history of Upington and the Lower Orange River can be seen here.  The museum is home to the life-sized monument of the donkey, sculptured in bronze by HenniePotgieter.  It symbolizes the unselfish contribution made by the donkey in developing the Lower Orange River Valley during the pioneer days.


“George St Leger Gordon Lennox.  Gone but not forgotten.  Never will his memory fade”.  As this inscription his gravestone predicts, George St Leger Gordon Lennox, alias Scotty Smith, will live forever.  Legend has it that he was the Robin Hood of the region.  Scotty Smith died in Upington during the 1918 flu epidemic and was buried in the local cemetery.


The main aim of this centre is to secure opportunities for persons with disabilities and youth.  The life skills learned will enable them to be self-sufficient.


This winery is about 15km from Upington on the N14.  Visitors will be treated to wine tasting and a tour of the cellar.  Contact: (054) 491 1325


Unveiled on 26 March 2011 (Human Rights Day), this monument commemorates the roles the Upington 26 played in the fight against oppression & apartheid during the 80’s when they were sentenced to death row. It also pays tribute to sacrifices made by their families and celebrates the victorious campaign of the community of Pabalello.


There are quite a few plinthed locomotives in South Africa. A retired Steam locomotive named Grietjie is found at the Upington Railway station.


Your host Surené Bezuidenhout will treat you with her knowledge of herbs and you will be able to make your own herb bouquet and mess around in her garden.  A light snack will also be served and wine tasting can also be arranged. Contact: 082 492 4669

  LED – Local Economic Development

Where the Gariep River’s weaves a golden band through a barren Kalahari landscape lays the town of UPINGTON – a town in the Northern Cape that symbolizes growth and prosperity. The town is centrally located on the Namakwari Route between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia and Botswana.

Upington is the economic hub and the regional capital of the Green Kalahari Tourism Region of the Northern Cape. The town, fondly known as “The River City”, is also the largest town  after the Capital Kimberley.

Upington’s economy is mainly based on the tourism and agricultural sectors now moving to solar and manufacturing. The infrastructure is also ideally equipped to support demanding industrial activities. It is incomparable in terms of locality, facilities, viability and accessibility, and displays a proud tradition of hospitality. The town also offers excellent recreational, shopping and entertainment facilities. The River City is also hosting a international airport with freight forwarding and storing capabilities.

Dawid Kruiper Municipality is committed to the economic development of its residents, and is in the process of  drafting a LED strategy with the responsibility of promoting economic growth, job creation, reducing poverty and monitoring inequalities. The LED section does this through a number of projects and programs with investment from the private sector, such as Solar Plants, Development of the SEZ (Special Economic Zone), Development of a Technology Innovation Hub, High Speed Testing Facility, Creation of two high density housing developments, Development of a Arts skills center (MINTEK)

The section”s work is guided by its LED Strategy(EDS), and aims to ensure a productive, globally competitive town and a vibrant economy that is able to provide the majority of its residents with a means to earn a reasonable living and benefit from its growth.

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