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Alfred Nzo District Municipality
lies between OR Tambo District Municipality, which is part of the impoverished ex Transkei in the Eastern Cape; the Sisonke District Municipality of Kwa Zulu Natal, which is most threatened by the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the country of Lesotho, which is most threatened by drought, poverty and does not have Social Assistance as a program.

District Management and staff in Alfred Nzo are geared to face the enormous task of delivering the social services to communities, and meeting the challenges that prevail in the district, in partnership with other stakeholders and with inter governmental co-operations.​

At just 7 952km, the north eastern Alfred Nzo district is the smallest district in the Eastern Cape. Its boundaries stretch from the Lesotho border in the north to KwaZulu-Natal in the east. It is bordered by OR Tambo district in the south and Joe Gqabi  district in the west. Alfred Nzo has a relatively small population of approximately 544 000 people and a relatively high density of 69 people per square metre. The first language is Xhosa, but the use of Sesotho and Zulu is significant in some areas. Boundaries and therefore statistics may change once a final decision is taken on border redemarcations affecting Matatiele. 


The seat of Alfred Nzo is Mount Ayliff . Key towns are:
- Mount Ayliff 
- Matatiele 
- Mount Frere
 
Although it is the smallest district in the Eastern Cape  just 7 952 km- Alfred Nzo district is steeped in history and has a growing international reputation as an idyllic trout fishing spot. It is named after ANC stalwart Alfred Nzo who was the organisation�s longest serving secretary-general from 1969 to 1991. He was also the first Foreign Affairs Minister of a non-racial and democratic South Africa. The smallest of the six districts, much of the area exceeds 1 000 meters above sea level. Rainfall is high and winters can be bitterly cold. It is one of the few areas in the Eastern Cape that experiences snow in winter. Agriculture is the principal economic activity and provides 12% of formal employment. High rainfalls and the temperature ranges between summer and winter make the area suitable for forestry and there are extensive plantations in Umzimkhulu and Maluti.
 
The District Office in Alfred Nzo is charged with a responsibility of coordinating the translation of Social Development Policies into comprehensive, integrated and developmental social services and programmes which will touch the lives of the people of the Umzimvubu and Matatiele Local municipalities, which constitute the Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The District derives its mandate from the Provincial strategic plans (5year plan) and takes the Provincial Priorities and strategies to implementation phase where they are translated into services, products and budget expenditure towards improving the lives of the people of Alfred Nzo.
    
Alfred Nzo District Municipality lies between OR Tambo District Municipality, which is part of the impoverished former Transkei in the Eastern Cape; the Sisonke District Municipality of KwaZulu Natal, which is most threatened by the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the country of Lesotho, which is most threatened by drought, poverty and does not have Social Assistance as a program.

District Management and staff in Alfred Nzo are geared to face the enormous task of delivering the social services to communities, and meeting the challenges that prevail in the district, in partnership with other stakeholders and with inter governmental co-operations.
 

 

MEC: Mrs Siphokazi Lusithi

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A caring society for the protection and development of the poor and vulnerable towards a sustainable society.

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To transform our society by building conscious and capable citizens through the provision of integrated social development services with families at the core of social change.
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