Pongolapoort Dam wal

Jozini is the access point for the Northern Elephant Coast area or Northern Maputaland. It is a small business centre situated close to the impressive Pongolapoort Dam.

The Pongolapoort Dam is designed to irrigate more than 80 000 hectares of agricultural land supporting products such as sugar cane, rice, coffee, fibre crops and various sub-tropical fruits.

The Pongolapoort Dam draws its water from the Pongolo River, which means 'trough' and is the principal river of Maputaland. The river has long, deep pools with steep sides and is an essential lifeline for the area it serves. Supporting a massive population of fish, crocodiles and hippos, as well as the people of the area, it is an integral part of the economy of the region.