About Matsapha Municipality
Welcome to Matsapha, Eswatini’s investment hub!
Matsapha is a town situated in the Manzini region, located near Manzini. It is the largest industrial site of its kind in The Kingdom of Eswatini, housing factories, warehouses and shopping centres. The urban space also houses schools, residential areas, like the Tubungu Estate as well as farms. The setting of the town allows Matsapha to be a liveable area where all human necessities are available within the urban space.
Matsapha Town Council, was declared a Town Council in 2012, governed under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. The town has been divided according to 6 wards, some of which are residential and businesses sites. Matsapha Town Council is formed by a local authority with a body of corporate status established by the Urban Government Act, 1969, and is entrusted with the following general duties as articulated in Section 55 of the Urban Government Act:
Control, manage and administer the town; Maintain and cleanse all public streets and open spaces vested in the Council or committed to its management; Abate all public nuisances; Safeguard public health, and provide sanitary services for the removal and disposal of night soil, rubbish, carcasses of dead animals and all kinds of refuse; Establish or take over and maintain, subject to the extent of its resources, any public utility service which it is authorized or required to maintain under any law and which is required for the welfare, comfort or convenience of the public; Develop, control and manage any land vested in, owned of leased by the Council; Establish or take over and administer, subject to the extent of its resources, housing schemes for the inhabitants of the municipality; Generally promote the public health, welfare and convenience, and the development, sanitation and amenities of the town.
“To provide excellent municipal services and enhance Matsapha’s status as an ideal place for industrial, business and residential investment through participatory governance”
Attaining livability and the sustainability of investment in the town calls for appropriate agenda and actions. To this end, the Matsapha municipality strives to “provide excellent municipal services and enhance Matsapha’s status as an ideal place for industrial, business and residential investment through participatory governance”. Essentially, this is Matsapha’s Mission, taken from the municipality’s mandate received from government through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MHUD).
The following ethics and values are in line with the corporate culture and demands from the mandate that Matsapha Town Council is entrenching in shareholders, directors and staff. The values are:
- Accountability – We value the ability of our staff and organization and are obligated to honor
our commitments, to clients and to each other.
- Integrity – We aim to remain whole bound by our strong moral principles. Honesty and trust
are core in integrity.
- Participation – We value and recognize the contribution of the Matsapha community and
- Good Governance – We aim to lead all deliberations, decisions and actions with fairness and
- Excellence – Excellence is not only a value; it is a discipline and a commitment to carrying
out our mandate with diligence.
- Professionalism – Our commitment to Teamwork, Integrity, Innovation and Professionalism,
we are confident we will produce high quality results.
The town of Matspha occupies 2236.4 ha, accommodating a day time population of about 35 000 people and 7 608 at night.
“To make Matsapha a livable and sustainable investment Town.”
The municipality’s determination comes from its desire to be a livable and sustainable investment town. According to National Academy of Sciences, United States of America (2002), livability “refers to the extent to which the attributes of a particular place can, as they interact with one another and with activities in other places, satisfy residents by meeting their economic, social, and cultural needs, promoting their health and well-being, and protecting natural resources and ecosystem functions” and this is essentially what the Matsapha Municipality aims to reach in years to come. Central to this vision is the recognition of Matsapha being the largest investment geographical space in Swaziland.
Growing and sustaining industries in the town is therefore of paramount importance and the municipality is working towards ensuring both livability and sustainability in order to make a significant contribution to the country’s industrialization and development goals.