2.1 Defining the geographical area

Prior to developing a situation analysis, a municipality must define the geographical area to which the plan relates. This involves describing the total area in square meters, the municipalities under the municipality in a case of a district municipality or towns in a case of a local municipality, available infrastructure such as roads as well as brief information about the socio-economic status of the area i.e. it is predominantly rural, with very high levels of un-employment and poverty, the major economic activities include agriculture and mining etc. Wards under the municipality should also be indicated. Where possible a map depicting the areas described under this section should be included.