The Luvuvhu Valley, with the Soutpansberg mountains forming an imposing backdrop.

Like so many other parts of South Africa, agricultural production in Vhembe is undertaken by a small number of relatively large, highly productive commercial producers and a multitude of fragmented, small-scale farmers. Vhembe is becoming a base for lucrative exports of exotic trees and ornamental shrubs. Foreign investors, in partnership with a local community, have revived a run-down, 250 hectare tree and shrub cultivation estate near Thohoyandou with a view to serving landscaping markets in the Middle East which is experiencing a boom in property development.

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