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Geography, History & Economy

Hessequa Local Municipality is part of Garden Route District Municipality.

MDB code: WC042

Description: The Hessequa Local Municipality is a Category B municipality situated within the Garden Route District in the Western Cape Province. It lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, with its boundaries stretching along the southern Cape coast from the Breede River in the west to Gouritsmond in the east. It is the largest of seven municipalities in the district, making up a quarter of its geographical area. The N2 National Road forms the main transportation conduit across the municipality.

Hessequa has a moderate climate. Rainfall occurs predominantly in winter and reaches totals of 300mm inland to 1 000mm on the coast. The Little Karoo in the rain shadow of the Langeberg is the driest region. Agricultural activities are largely determined by the local rainfall pattern. Most of the basal geology in Hessequa has been influenced by the Cape Fold Belt, which has caused the east-west heading mountains generally comprising hard quartzite sandstone and thin shale bands of the Table Mountain Group.

Hessequa’s vegetation falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is characterised by its exceptional richness in plant species. More than 8 700 species are known to occur, of which two thirds are endemic. About 75% of all plants in the South African Red Data Book are found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Of these species, about 1 700 are threatened with extinction. The major biomes occurring within Hessequa may be divided into nine major vegetation groups.

Area: 5 733km²

Cities/Towns: Albertinia, Gouritz, Heidelberg, Jongensfontein, Riversdale, Slangrivier, Still Bay, Witsand and smaller settlements i.e. Melkhoutfontein, Vermaaklikheid and Garcia

Main Economic Sectors: Trade (20.3%), community services (18.5%), construction (15.6%), finance (15%), agriculture (14.3%), transport (12.2%), manufacturing (3%)

INVESTOR relations

Top reasons for investing in Hessequa

  • Our economy is built on agriculture (wheat, barley, canola, sheep & wool, berries and cheese).
  • Excellent opportunities exist for light industry, manufacturing, agri-processing and tourism – especially in the hotel and sports/leisure activity sector.
  • We have a mild Mediterranean climate.
  • We offer a safe and secure lifestyle with good schools and municipal services and infrastructure. 
  • Good infrastructure and basic services
  • Foreign investment opportunities
  • Sufficient housing opportunities
  • Low crime rates
  • Excellent business support services
  • Excellent educational facilities
  • Labour opportunities
  • Sound regulatory environment
  • Standard Operating Manual to fast track investment opportunities

Commercial property

There are various excellent estate agents and business brokers active in Hessequa. Follow these links for information on commercial property available in the area:

Business support

Finance

Hessequa has four (4) major banks, West FNB, ABSA, STANDARD BANK and NEDBANK. Our two smaller banks include CAPITEC and AFRICAN BANK.

Business registrations

For information on business registrations and protecting your intellectual property visit the Companies and Intellectual Property commission website on http://www.cipc.co.za/

Incentives

Visit the Government Portal for information on business incentives on  http://www.investmentincentives.co.za/

Transport links

Hessequa is serviced by the N2 National Road, linking to Cape Town in the west and George to the east.

Hessequa is served by a main freight rail line, but no passenger rail services currently operate.

Hessequa benefits from two listed airfields with significant development potential, i.e. In Riversdale, adjacent to the N2 and just 3km from the town.  The second airfield is in Still Bay.

Lifestyle

Hessequa has a thriving cultural lifestyle. Visit our Community Services [hyperlink] section for information on schools, museums, sporting facilities and more. You can also visit our partner’s websites listed below.

www.explorersgardenroute.co.za

www.capenature.co.za

www.gouritz.com