The Kou-Kamma Municipality
is a local municipality
in South Africa
. It is situated in the southwest corner of the Cacadu District Municipality
along the Indian Ocean
coastline, in the southwestern sector of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province
. To the west lies the Western Cape Province
. Kou-Kamma also borders the Baviaans Local Municipality
in the north and the Kouga Local Municipality
to the east. The geographical area of the Municipality is 12,540 square kilometres.
The municipality is a relatively poor area with high unemployment and low levels of literacy. Settlements tend to be scattered, which has posed challenges to the provision of infrastructure and basic services such as water, sanitation, and electricity.
The Kou-Kamma Municipality is composed of two distinct regions: the coastal belt (referred to as the Tsitsikamma or the Western Coastal Zone, which includes settlements such as Coldstream, Storms River and Clarkson), and the inland area of the Langkloof
(including settlements such as Kareedouw, Joubertina and Louterwater). The two areas are separated by the Tsitsikamma Mountains
The nature of the two areas differs vastly. The Coastal Zone is characterised by a diverse and fast-growing economy driven by tourism and agriculture, a fast-growing population linked to the economic opportunities, a good water supply, and a wealth of holiday destinations and indigenous forests.
In contrast, employment in the Langkloof is characterised by seasonal agriculture with high... Read More