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Ugu District Municipalities
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The Ezinqoleni Municipality is not different to the most others in the country suffering from poverty, unemployment and inadequate economic growth to provide a quality of life to all. In terms of the spatial profile the Municipality displays a single space economy mainly a largely impoverished rural with huge commercial farms (sugar and gum tree) and large numbers of subsistence farmers. The area is predominantly rural, and is surrounded by the vicious circle of poverty, with a large number of people working in farms for minimal wages.
In the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ Spatial Planning Guidelines for the Promotion of Local Income Circulation (KZN DCoGTA, July 2009c), Reynolds observes that “... there is no cash circulation” in many of the marginalised rural economies and the townships of South Africa. The said guideline further illustrates the fact that the rural economies are often “cash deserts” where already nominal incomes do not circulate or remain in the need areas, but rather gets spent and circulated within the nearest town centre towards its economic growth, rather than localised domestic benefit.
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