Businesses in Swellendam
Since the beginning of the town in the mid-1700s, Swellendam has been a centre for agriculture, even evident in the name given to the river that runs through the town, the Koornlands/Cornlands River. Today, the main agricultural industries include wheat, canola, oats, sheep and dairy farming. The canola industry is particularly noticeable in the surrounding area with rolling fields of yellow canola flowers surrounding the town. Regular agricultural events are also hosted in Swellendam which include agricultural shows as well as conferences for particular agricultural industries.
With a predominance of agriculture in the area, Swellendam is also made up of a number of agricultural and support industries which can be seen as you drive into the town and along the main road, Voortrek Street. These businesses include those that directly offer support services for the agricultural industries such as suppliers of pharmaceutical raw materials, ingredients, additives and analytical equipment for the food industry as well as farming cooperatives and others like funding offices and veterinary services.
Additional businesses in the town include retail stores and shopping malls where you can find a variety of local South African franchise stores as well as independent stores and shops that sell local produce. Other business services include financial services, local newspapers and media, banking and foreign exchange. Further services on offer include insurance brokers, hospitality establishments such as hotels and restaurants as well as local governmental and municipal offices.
All municipal and public services are available in Swellendam, including a local post office, courier services and various agricultural resources. Government offices such as the Labour Department, Home Affairs, water and electricity services and other municipal management services are also available. Both local and provincial traffic departments are located in the town as well as various legal resources such as attorneys’ offices.
In addition to being a centre for agriculture, Swellendam is a popular tourism destination and stopover on the N2 highway along the Garden Route. With various outdoor and leisure activities on offer, supporting businesses for the tourism industry are also an important part of the town’s local economy. The services include tour operators that offer outdoor activities in the surrounding nature reserves, local accommodation establishments such as guest houses and backpackers, restaurants, spas and local museums.
As an important administrative centre in the Overberg region, both locals and visitors can expect to find all necessary facilities in Swellendam. These include supermarkets, furniture stores, clothing boutiques, as well as art galleries, independent coffee and curio shops and other tourist attractions. Swellendam also has a number of speciality stores including antique stores, shoe repairs, confectionary stores, wool shops, cellular services and liquor stores.