Area: 36 963 square kilometres
Population: +/- 810 000
The second largest of the six Eastern Cape districts, the Chris Hani District stretches across the centre of the Province. It encompasses both large commercial livestock farms and ex-Ciskei and Transkei areas. Queenstown lies at the centre of the District and is the main town. Cradock, Middelburg, Elliot and Engcobo are other major towns in the District
It is named after ANC stalwart, Chris Hani who was a fierce opponent of the South African apartheid government. Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
The Chris Hani District has a relatively small population of just over 810 000 people. The majority of the population lives in the former Transkei and Ciskei areas. The population is 94% African, 4% Coloured and 2% White. Xhosa is the main language.
Like the Cacadu District, the Chris Hani District relies on the agricultural sector with limited agro-processing industries. It has a high (55%) unemployment rate and lacks established social services and infrastructure in the former homelands.
Only 28% of households have portable water on site and 50% have a flush toilet or pit latrine.
For more information visit: http://www.chrishanidm.org.za/