Mpumalanga – “the place where the sun rises” – is a province that lies in the northeast of South Africa. This panoramic province, considered as one of the most geographically diverse places in the country, enjoys breath-taking beauty and an abundance of wildlife. Mpumalanga constitutes 6.5% of South Africa’s land area, and is bordered by Limpopo to the north, Mozambique and Swaziland to the east, KwaZulu-Natal to the south and Gauteng to the west.
Mpumalanga is home to commercial, industrial and retail property. Various businesses can be found in the province however, agriculture, mining and tourism are the three pillars of Mpumalanga’s economy.
More than 68% of Mpumalanga is utilised by agriculture. Numerous crops, citrus and subtropical fruit, nuts and a variety of vegetables are produced in the province. Additionally, mining is widespread in the province and the minerals unearthed include gold, platinum copper, coal, and many more. Coal reserves are plentiful in Mpumalanga, in fact, it is home to South Africa’s major coal-fired power stations and accounts for approximately 80% of the country’s coal production. Lastly, Mpumalanga is popular with tourists for its majestic landscape. Popular tourist destinations include the Kruger National Park, the Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon.
The capital of Mpumalanga is Nelspruit, also known as Mbombela, which also serves as the financial and banking capital of the province. Nelspruit enjoys a strong consumer-based retail industry which is supported considerably by neighbouring Mozambican and Swazi tourists. The capital is also home to a thriving motor retail sector, agriculture and construction industry. In fact, Nelspruit is the second-largest citrus-producing area in South Africa and supplies one third of the country’s export in oranges.
The province enjoys good accessibility with a network of roads and railway connections. The Maputo Development Corridor – comprising roads, railways, border posts, terminal facilities, and ports – links Mpumalanga with Gauteng and the Port of Maputo in Mozambique. The corridor aims to release the economic potential of the landlocked parts of South Africa. Mpumalanga is also home to numerous small airports including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Witbank Airport, and Nelspruit Airport.