The uMgungundlovu District Municipality is the second largest municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, and includes the capital city of the Province, Pietermaritzburg.
The District has a rich and complex natural environment with numerous resources, including traditional farmland communities, informal rural settlements and upmarket urban areas. An efficient network of roads and railways links the rural areas with urban centres with the N3 national road offering substantial opportunity for development.
The Msunduzi Municipality is centred on the city of Pietermaritzburg which is the seat of the district municipality.
Pietermaritzburg, the second largest city within KwaZulu-Natal and the eighth largest city in South Africa is poised for significant growth in the coming years.
Based in Wartburg/New Hanover, the uMshwathi Local Municipality is the largest of the seven municipalities, comprising almost 2 000 km2. The area has good rainfall, fertile soils and a temperate climate which results in the area contributing 40% of the total sugar cane and maize production of uMgungundlovu. The Albert Falls and Nagle Dams offer tourism and agriculture opportunities, with leisure activities including bass fishing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing an attraction for locals and visitors.
With its municipal seat at Howick, uMngeni Municipality presents a mix of manufacturing enterprises, leisure facilities and a burgeoning agricultural sector. Howick Falls, Karkloof Falls and Midmar Dam are all tourism attractions, and the Midlands Meander is arguably the most successful tourism initiative in South Africa.
The area lends itself to beef and dairy farming, timber production and the cultivation of vegetables.
The administrative centre of Mpofana Local Municipality is the bustling town of Mooi River, which takes its name from the Mooirivier (pretty river) and Little Mooi tributary.
The population/area ratio is the lowest in the District, emphasizing the viability of agricultural crops such as maize, wheat, beans, peas and potatoes. Cattle and sheep are farmed extensively, and the area boasts some of South Africa's best acehorse stud farms.
The Impendle Local Municipality borders on the majestic Drakensberg mountain range which highlights the potential for ecologically sustainable tourism enterprises, particularly those focused on indigenous rock art, prolific bird life and fly-fishing. Community based craft endeavours and emerging micro enterprises point to the future.
Named after the largest town in the area, Richmond Local Municipality is synonymous with timber and of wood products. The majority of the population resides in areas which are predominantly rural and characterized by low levels of basic services and facilities and substantial unemployment.
Based in Camperdown, the Mkhambathini Local Municipality has several comparative advantages. It is well located in relation to Durban and Pietermaritzburg and adjoins Cato Ridge, a potential industrial node. The N3, which is identified in the Spatial Growth and Development Strategy as a Provincial Corridor, runs east west through the central part of the municipal area.
Local Municipalities: Msunduzi; Impendle; Mkhambathini; Mpofana; Richmond; uMngeni; uMshwathi.
uMgungundlovu means "place of the elephant", a name originally given to the military base of the legendary Zulu chief Dingane, who was known as the elephant.
uMgungundlovu District Municipality will evolve into a dynamic metropolitan municipality, spreading its vibrant economic benefits to all its citizens and places and will, through concerted integrated development and service delivery, realise improvements in the overall quality of life.
The uMgungundlovu District Municipality will through sound governance and community participation ensure the provision of equitable and sustainable services and economic growth.
Mayor: Ms Thobekile Maphumulo
Municipal Manager: Mr T L S Khuzwayo
Deputy Mayor: Cllr T R Zungu
Speaker: Cllr EM Dladla