DPSA Mpumalanga; Mpumalanga means “Place where the Sun Rises” and people are drawn to the province by its magnificent scenery, fauna and flora, and the fascinating remnants of the 1870 gold-rush era.
With a surface area of only 76 495 km2, it is the second-smallest province after Gauteng, yet has the fourth-largest economy in South Africa.
Bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland in the east, and Gauteng in the west, it is situated mainly on the high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards for hundreds of kilometres. In the north-east, it rises towards mountain peaks and terminates in an immense escarpment. In some places, this escarpment plunges hundreds of metres down to the low-lying area known as the Lowveld.
The area has a network of excellent roads and railway connections, making it highly accessible. Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, Mpumalanga is also served by a number of small airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit) is the capital of the province and the administrative and business centre of the Lowveld. Other important towns are Witbank, Standerton, Piet Retief, Malelane, Ermelo, Barberton and Sabie.
Mpumalanga falls mainly within the grassland biome. The escarpment and the Lowveld form a transitional zone between this grassland area and the savanna biome.
The Maputo Corridor, which links the province with Gauteng and Maputo in Mozambique, heralds a new era in terms of economic development and growth for the
The province is a summer-rainfall area divided by the escarpment into the Highveld region with cold frosty winters, and the Lowveld region with mild winters and a subtropical climate.
The escarpment area sometimes experiences snow on high ground. Thick mist is common during the hot, humid summers.
An abundance of citrus fruit and many other subtropical fruit – mangoes, avocados, litchis, bananas, papayas, granadillas, guavas – as well as nuts and a variety of vegetables are produced here.
Mbombela is the second-largest citrus-producing area in South Africa and is responsible for one third of the country’s export in oranges.
The Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops is situated in Mbombela.
Groblersdal is an important irrigation area, which yields a wide variety of products such as citrus fruit, cotton, tobacco, wheat and vegetables. Carolina-Bethal-Ermelo is mainly a sheep-farming area, but potatoes, sunflowers, maize and peanuts are also produced in this region.
Industry and manufacturing
Most of the manufacturing production in Mpumalanga occurs in the southern Highveld region, especially in the Highveld Ridge where large petrochemical industries such as Sasol II and III are located.
Large-scale manufacturing occurs especially in the northern Highveld area, in particular, chrome alloy and steel manufacturing.
In the Lowveld subregion, industries are concentrated around the manufacturing of products from agricultural and raw forestry material. The growth in demand for goods and services for export via Maputo will stimulate manufacturing in the province.
Mpumalanga is very rich in coal reserves. The country’s major power stations, three of which are the biggest in the southern hemisphere, are situated in this province.
One of the country’s largest paper mills is situated at Ngodwana, close to its timber source. Middelburg produces steel and vanadium, while Witbank is the biggest coal producer in Africa.
Vision and Mission of DPSA Mpumalanga
Towards a strategic centre for co-operative and good governance in Mpumalanga Province.
The significant strides made are the cumulative efforts of management and staff of the Office of the Premier led by the exemplary and dynamic leadership of the Director-General who has been singularly focused on realizing co-operative and good governance that serves as a yardstick for all other Government institutions in the Province.
To give effect to the vision of the Office of the Premier, the targets as contained in the Mission Statement of the Office of the Premier have received deserved attention.
To ensure equitable transformation and enhancement of the image of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government through the provision of advice and information, co-ordination, monitoring and support services.
The Mission Statement of the Office of the Premier dictated the peace at which the Director-General led both the transformation and good governance agendas in the Province. To translate the Mission Statement into tangible deliverables, the following programmes were undertaken:
- Provision of secretariat and administrative services to the Premier, the Executive Council and the functions of the Director-General.
- Development and co-ordination of policy processes within the Provincial Government.
- Rendering of corporate services functions such as Labour Relations, Human Resource Development, Workstudy and Job Evaluation in the Office of the Premier.
- Management of the intra- and inter-Governmental relations and protocol.
- Development and management of a coherent and co-ordinated Government communication system.
- Rendering of Legal Advisory Services to the Provincial Government.
- Improvement of internal controls to ensure good governance, sound financial management and credible personnel records.
- Development and maintenance of Provincial macro policies and strategies.
- Facilitation, implimentation, monitoring and evaluation of National transformation frameworks and policies.
Cognisance was taken at all times to assure that all activities of the Office of the Premier would enrich and enhance the following priorities as determined by the Provincial Executive Council:
- Economic growth, which will result in Job Creation.
- Efficient and Effective Administration.
- Efficient and Effective Financial Management.
- Integrated Development and Planning.