The Economy of the Mpumalanga province brought to you by Conference Venues South Africa including Mpumalanga's Tourism, Mining and Agriculture.
Mpumalanga Economy - Agriculture
Mpumalanga allows for a variety of agricultural activities with the climatic contrasts between the drier Highveld region, and the hot humid Lowveld. Almost 70% of Mpumalanga is utilised for agriculture. Crops include wheat, maize, sorghum, barley, sunflower seed, soybeans, groundnuts, sugar cane, vegetables, coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, subtropical and deciduous fruit and citrus. Forestry is extensive around Sabie in the far north of Mpumalanga and Ngodwana is the site of one of South Africa's largest paper mills. Natural grazing covers about 14% of the province. The main products are mutton, dairy, wool, poultry and beef.
Mpumalanga Economy - Mining
Gold was first discovered in the Mpumalanga province in 1883 in the mountains surrounding the area what is now Barberton and is still mined there today.
Minerals mined include: Platinum group metals, Gold, Silica, Chromite, Vanadiferous Magnetite, Argentiferous Zinc, Talc, Copper, Cobalt, Tin, Manganese, Iron, Coal, Andalusite, Chrysotile Asbestos, Kieselguhr, Limestone, Magnesite, Antimony and Shale.
Mpumalanga accounts for 83% of South Africa's coal production. 90% of South Africa's coal consumption is used for electricity generation and the synthetic fuel production. Coal power stations are in proximity to the coal deposits. A coal liquefaction plant in Secunda (Secunda CTL) is the one of the country's two petroleum-from-coal extraction plants, which is operated by the synthetic fuel company Sasol.
Mpumalanga Economy - Tourism
Mpumalanga is a popular tourism destination with the Kruger National Park being especially popular with local and international tourists. The other main tourist attractions in the province include the Blyde River Canyon and the Sudwala Caves.
The various towns in Mpumalanga have much to offer with many activities available including mountain and quad biking, the big jump, horse trails and river rafting. The big 5 game viewing is endemic to the region. The towns in the Lowveld, comprise of Mbombela, Barberton, White River, Sabie, Graskop, Hazyview, Malelane, Pilgrim's Rest, Nkomazi and Lydenburg.
A Haute Cuisine route was formed in 1998, trickling from Mbombela down to Hazyview. The Lowveld Gourmet Route covers the four top fine dining restaurants in the area. The restaurants include Orange and Salt, Summerfields Kitchen and Oliver’s Restaurant.