Interesting Facts


Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the province, as the Eastern Cape is a major eco-tourism destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. Many of the game parks and reserves are being expanded to see the Big 7 – which adds the Great White Shark and Southern Right Whales to the traditional Big 5.

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The output of a wind turbine is strongly influenced by the speed of the prevailing winds in the area. These sites are situated in one of the country’s windiest regions, and will generate approximately 300 million KWh per year – enough to supply approximately 50 000 average households with electricity. Each turbine is capable of generating up to 2.5MW of power.

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The forestry sector in the Eastern Cape makes a significant contribution to the rural economy and local employment. Due to biophysical characteristics, there are substantial areas which are suitable for commercial forests, creating the opportunity for more than doubling the current plantation area. Situated in the mountainous areas of the province, forests are mainly invisible from the major roads.

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Dairy farming in the Eastern Cape forms an integral part of the milk production for South Africa, producing nearly 28% of the national total (about 812 million litres of milk per year). The majority of milk is supplied to Woodlands Dairy in Humansdorp as well as Parmalat.

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The Gamtoos Valley, nicknamed the fruit basket for the Eastern Cape, is recognised as one of the prime exporting areas for citrus and avocado pears. Potatoes, tobacco and chicory are produced for the local market, competing with the best that South Africa has to offer. The main season is between April to October.

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Port St Francis, South Africa’s only private working harbour is situated in St Francis Bay, and home to the squid industry. The squid, normally referred to as ‘chokka’, is mainly exported to Europe.

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Kouga’s total output/Gross Value Added (GVA), which is used to measure the value of production in a region, has shown erratic growth since 1996. Regional Income and Production Data for 1995 to 2010 (Stats SA) indicates that the economic sector of Kouga is dominated by secondary and tertiary activity. In 2010 the leading industries were finance, insurance and real estate (FIR) at 33,3%, manufacturing (MAN) at 19,1% and general...

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Kouga is largely a suburban area, with three main topographical regions: The coastal region stretches from the Tsitsikamma River in the west to the Van Stadens River in the east. This zone includes the towns of Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Port St Francis, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay and the Gamtoos River Mouth. The coast serves as a major tourism attraction. The Gamtoos River Valley is characterised by wide, fertile flood plains...

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Despite the Kouga being the second smallest region in the Sarah Bartmann District, covering only 4,1% of the district’s land area, it has the largest population of 98 588 (Census 2011), which represents approximately 22% of the total population of the district. Kouga also has the fastest annual growth rate in the district. Since 1996, the population has increased at an average of 2,4% per annum compared to the annual growth rate of...

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