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OUR HERITAGE.OUR PEOPLE

Welcome to the Port St. Johns Municipality’s Official Website. In an effort to put our heritage and people at the center stage of what we do we, have revamped this website as of 01 May 2018 to respond to our immediate citizenry. Key to the changes that we have effected is to ensure that the site is now more comprehensive and provides a holistic view of what our small municipality has to offer. We have also made it mobile-friendly, so do feel free to view it on your smartphone or tablet.

Port St. Johns Local Municipality is an administrative area in the OR Tambo District of Eastern Cape in South Africa. The municipality is largely rural/traditional in character and the main economic activities are tourism and subsistence farming thus we have pitched our presentation of this portal, beyond the legislative disclosures, to be representative of our heritage, our people. VISION Destination of choice that promotes inclusive economic growth for a sustainable and unified municipality. MISSION A municipality that is financially viable and committed to provide quality services through good governance in a manner that is equitable and responsive to community needs. VALUES In addition to the eight Batho Pele principles introduced by government on 1 October, 1997 to stand for better delivery of goods and services to the people, the municipality wishes, in the next five years to embrace an additional six values of accountability, corruption-free, responsibility and social justice. Statements made below therefore constitute a service charter with residents of Port St John’s Municipality who are the recipients of the goods and services of the municipality. 1.EFFECTIVENESS 2.INTEGRITY 3.HONESTY 4.ACCOUNTABILITY 5.ETHICS 6.TRANSPARENCY 7.EFFECTIVENESS   Port St Johns Local Municipality (PSJLM) is located in the north-eastern portion of the Eastern Cape Province, in the former homeland of Transkei. The eastern and north-eastern boundary is formed partly by the psj2Mzintlava River and Ingquza Hill Municipality, whilst Indian Ocean is to the south and south-eastern. The Mnenu River and Nyandeni Municipality area make up the western boundary. It has one town on the mouth of Umzimvubu River, Port St Johns, which is approximately 90km from Mthatha. PSJ municipality has a strong tourism industry, which is well-supported by the variety of hills, dunes, rivers, and the mountainous terrain that meet its picturesque beaches. In terms of settlement pattern, the municipal area is characterized by a predominantly scattered rural settlement pattern with approximately 130 communities/villages distributed over the municipal area of 1 301 km² at an average density of 126 persons/ km². Nearly 90% of all the dwellings in the municipality are located in traditional tribal settlements.   wardmap The municipality is by and large a rural municipality with 20 wards spreading all over approximately 130 rural villages which are supported by a small urban centre of Port St Johns (ward 6). Port St Johns as the only town, is both the administration and council sit of the Municipality. The figure below shows wards within our boundaries. There’s quite a lot of activities around the beautiful wild-coast area,  to learn more please contact our Tourist Information Office: Phone/Fax: +27(0)47 564-1187  

Tourism

The PSJ environment is a major asset to tourism in the area as it has excellent rivers and mountains. These environmental resources are fragile and vulnerable and it is important to manage these assets in such a manner that they can be sustained as a tourist attraction. The topography, scenery and birds in the area are an attraction themselves. An information center for tourists is available at the town entrance. The weather is superb at an average minimum temperature of 15ºc. Areas of entertainment are spread along the coastal belt of the town and beautiful beaches with lifesavers on the look out daily. The Sardines run pass Port St. Johns during the months of July/August. A range of tourism festivities takes place during the month of September. A cultural festival organized by the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture takes place during the month of December. slide5-1024x391

Key tourism activites

  • Horse and hiking trails (Noqhekwana, Cwebeni, etc)
  • Birdwatching
  • Sites that present the rich cultural heritage (Isinuka Sulphur Springs)
  • Whale watching and Sardine run
  • Fishing spots (Noqhekwana< Madakane, Mpande, lighthouse)
 

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