The magnificent King Cetshwayo District Municipality is located in the north eastern region of the KwaZulu-Natal Province on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. The District has the third highest population in the Province and stretches from the agricultural town of Gingindlovu in the south, to the uMfolozi River in the north and inland to the mountainous beauty of rural Nkandla. The uThungulu District, with its comfortable climate and sea lines and rich cultural heritage, is a stopover for many tourists as the area acts as a gateway to some of the country's finest game reserves.
King Cetshwayo District Municipality comprises the local municipalities of City of uMhlathuze, Mfolozi, Mthonjaneni, Nkandla, Ntambanana and uMlalazi. Following the 2016 municipal elections, Ntambanana, Mthonjaneni and City of Mhlathuze Local Municipalities will be amalgamated.
The City of uMhlathuze comprises the economic powerhouse of Richards Bay and Empangeni, and its supporting areas of Esikhawini, Ngwelezane, Nseleni, Felixton, Vulindlela, and rural areas. The City of uMhlathuze is the commercial and economic hub in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, and a key centre and driver of growth in South Africa. The municipality has the benefit of about 45 km of coastline of which about 80% is in its natural state. Linked to its coastal locality is the Richards Bay deep-water port that has been instrumental in the spatial development of the area in the past and will definitely impact on the area's future development.
uMfolozi Local Municipality is located close to the St Lucia Estuary, a world heritage site, and to the popular fishing spot of Mapelane as well as the world-famous Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserves.
The biggest proportion of land within Ntambanana municipal area is owned by the Tribal Authorities. Mthonjaneni Local Municipality is approximately 170 km north of Durban. Mthonjaneni is one of the smallest municipalities in South Africa, but it has the distinction of being regarded as one of the healthiest places to live in this country. Apart from some light industry, the region depends on agriculture for survival, primarily sugar cane, timber and cattle.
Melmoth is a commercial centre for its surrounding rural areas within the municipal area and is one of the administrative centres of economic significance in the District.
The Municipality of uMlalazi covers one of the largest geographical areas of all municipalities in South Africa, with a total area of some 2 300 km2. The municipal area includes a coastline on the Indian Ocean of some 18 km together with a considerable rural hinterland. Eshowe - 'the place of cool breezes' - has been chosen throughout history for its climate and is now the sub-regional centre and has the most diversified economy. Eshowe is situated near King Shaka's famous KwaBulawayo kraal.
Nkandla is situated in a remote area of breathtaking mountainous beauty, which consists mainly of tribal lands and state-owned land. The area has a wealth of undisturbed forests, which boast many indigenous species. Nkandla has a claim to be the 'cradle' of Zulu history. From Malandela to Shaka, to Dingane and Cetshwayo, Nkandla has been at the centre stage of the Zulu nation's history.
Area: 8 213km²
Description: King Cetshwayo District Municipality (previously uThungulu District Municipality) is a Category C municipality and is located in the north-eastern region of the KwaZulu-Natal province. It covers the area from KwaGingindlovu (previously Gingindlovu) in the south, to the uMfolozi River in the north, and inland to Nkandla.
The district is home to five local municipalities: City of uMhlathuze, uMlalazi, Mthonjaneni, Nkandla and uMfolozi (previously Mbonambi). It has the third-highest population in the province.
The N2 highway links the district to other significant economic centres such as Durban and Johannesburg. It also offers a direct route to Maputo in Mozambique. The development of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone is boosting economic activity and attracting international investors.
Main Economic Sectors: Manufacturing (40.9%), mining (15.2%), community services (11.9%), finance (8.7%), transport (8.5%), trade (6.5%), agriculture (5.3%), construction (2.1%)
An economically sound district with effective infrastructure and a district that empowers people; protects the environment and demonstrates leadership excellence
To create a prosperous district by:
Providing a high standard of essential basic services;
Supporting sustainable local economic development;
Encouraging community participation in service delivery projects; and
To achieve cost recovery on services provided.
Mayor: Nonhle Mkhulisi
Other Members of Council: Alice Mthembu (Deputy Mayor), Khulani Hadebe (Speaker), Thamsanqa Gcabashe (Chief Whip), Celiwe Cele (Exco), Jabu Vilakazi (Exco), Ivan Naidoo (Exco), P G Dlolane (Exco), Xolani Ngwezi (Exco), Nellenie Naidoo (MPAC Chair)
Municipal Manager: Mandla Nkosi
Chief Financial Officer: Mrs Cheryl Reddy
Communications Officer: Rekha Naidoo
LED Officer: Gift Mathalise
Other Senior Management: Adv Ndumiso Xulu (Corporate Services), Thanda Mnguni (Community Services)