Business Opportunities in Nkandla Municipality

Nkandla Essential Oils – (Sales of organically certified Oils)
Contact Person: Mduduzi Xulu/Henry Mahlobo Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nkandla Essential oils project was initiated in 199 under the auspices of Oxfam GB. The project is situated in Nkandla next to Nkandla Municipal Offices, it’s about 1km from Inkosi Sgananda’s grave in Ndlamadoda. The trust is 100% 6 shareholder in Nkandla herb growers Company which employs staff and trades on behalf of farmers.

The project produces Oils which is distilled on site at Nkandla at a distillation plant funded by the NDA and uThungulu District Municipality and exported to overseas countries in bulks. The project formed a trust (Ikusasalethu) which took over the management with the help of a private mentor. The project is now the major outgrower scheme in the area and the second largest producer of geranium oil in the province. There are 145 farmers growing herbs with more than 650 farmers on a waiting list.


(Sales of world class tea)- Ntingwe Tea (Zulu Tea produced in Nkandla)

Contact Person: Nqgulunga @ 082 843 2978 


The Ntingwe Tea was initiated in 1990 by Ithala Bank. One of the most exclusive teas in the World is produced in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the place called Ntingwe when you take Qhudeni road.

The project is bringing employment to underdeveloped areas around Nkandla and also encouraging lacal out growers to grow tea in their own land. An area of 280ha had been planted; of which 180ha were mature enough to be harvested. The estate has the capacity to employ 1 200 full time workers and many more seasonal pickers. The tea is also sold as a specialty tea In the United Kingdom and the United States