Intsika Yethu Municipality (IYM) is sharing borders with eight municipalities here in the Eastern Cape Province; these municipalities are as follows Engcobo, Sakhisizwe, Emalahleni, Amahlathi, uMnquma and Enoch Mgijima local municipality. Our municipality is strategically located on R61 between Queenstown and uMthatha. Some of these local municipalities are form part of the Chris Hani District municipality. Arts and craft, Nature, Agriculture, Wildlife and culture are the priority sectors for the local and economic benefits of this area.
Eastern Cape is rich of the wildlife or adventure, culture and historical. This province has something to offer for all types of visitors with its coastal feel and nature right on its doorstep. But IYLM is domination with nature based tourism and adventure with its historical and cultural visions.
Our mission is to become one of the tourist destinations of choice in the Eastern Cape Province, by using local tourism strategy which is the responsible government to ensure sustainable tourism development occur in the Eastern Cape Province.
Tsomo & Cofimvaba Tourist attractions
A number of tourist attractions can be visited between Tsomo and Cofimvaba as they are the only two rural towns that made up Intsika Yethu Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape Chris Hani District.
The church was built in 1902 by the German Anglican man with the name Rev Old and is located in the Tsomo village called Lower Mbulukhweza (Northern region of Intsika Yethu Municipality); even today the church is still operating.
Mbulukweza Water Falls
Enjoy nature viewing and scenery beauty of the river water falls, cliffs and some of animal species in Lower Mbulukhweza River. These water falls is about 30 metres down the river.
Sigubudwini Rock Art
Rock arts and Bushmen paintings which are located on the mountain cliff of Esigubudwini Village but they are accessible to tourist. This was drawn by bushmen’s who were travelling along Tsomo river from the east to the northern regions of Intsika Yethu Local Municipality.
Intsika Yethu Municipality is divide into 21 wards and 2 towns, Cofimvaba and Tsomo and 214 villages. The municipality is located within Chris Hani District Municipality and is bounded with municipalities such as Sakhisizwe, Amahlathi, Mquma, Emalahleni, Emalahleni, Enoch Mgijima and Mbashe. Cofimvaba and Tsomo are the main towns of the municipality. The majority of the municipality are inhabitants that reside in the rural villages situated in the scattered lands of the area. The municipality prides its self with the best agriculture resource in the country, with no less than three irrigations schemes: Ncora, Qamata, and Bilatye. The R61 runs through Intsika Yethu Municipality linking the municipality with other O.R. Tambo and Amathole District Municipalities.
According to Census 2011, Intsika Yethu Municipality has a total 68797 female, 76575 males and estimated population 145 372 residing in Intsika Yethu Municipality. The municipality has a higher population of males than female population. The municipality is predominantly rural, living in small villages which is around 87% of people in the municipality are Xhosa speaking with 99% of African.
Management information was updated since the last elections of August 2016.
Mayor: Cllr Jongomzi Cengani
Speaker: Cllr Kanyiswa Mdleleni
Executive Members: Cllr Noloyiso Ntsaluba (Portfolio: Corporates Services), Cllr Azipheli Tshangana-Nkota (Portfolio: Community Services), Cllr Dunjwa (Portfolio: Budget and Treasury), Cllr Saziso Myathaza (Portfolio: Local Economic Development), Cllr N Dube Ntloko (Portfolio: Housing and Planning), Cllr Bongani Mpengesi (Portfolio: Governance and SPU) and Cllr Zukiswa Qayiya (Portfolio: Infrastructure Development).
Chief Whip: Cllr Myolisi Toni
Municipal Manager: Mr Siyabulela Koyo
Corporate Services: Ms Ncumisa Fololo
Community Services: Ms Ayakha Ntengenyane
Local Economic Development: Mr Kulile Maceba
Infrastructure Development and Planning: Mr Kulile Clock
Acting Budget and Treasury : Mr Nkosinathi Totongwana