uMzinyathi District Municipality is located in the northern central area of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The District lies between the main N3 corridor from Durban to Gauteng and the coastal corridor, running along the east coast. uMzinyathi consists of the local municipalities of Endumeni, Msinga, Nquthu and Umvoti .
Umzinyathi in conjunction with its north western neighbour Amajuba District Municipality, is branded as the "Custodian of the Battlefields" region of the Zulu Kingdom. The Battlefields of the Zulu Kingdom form a vital role in the spatial economy of the Province from a tourism perspective. The strong traditional culture present is a valuable asset that provides support mechanisms for the local communities, and is a living guardian of the Zulu culture.
The pleasant climate, which only collects some frost in parts of the region in winter, allows for a choice of agricultural activities. The area has broad grasslands in the north supporting the primary agricultural sector based on cattle ranching for beef, small scale sheep and mixed farming as well as maize cultivation. In the southern areas substantial forestry is prevalent. Sugar cane and smaller scale fruit farming such as avocado and kiwi fruit cultivation also occur, with potential in the growth of maize, soybean and sugarcane.
Endumeni Local Municipality is a key administrative, educational and economic centre for northern KwaZulu-Natal. Endumeni Municipality is located 360 km south east of Johannesburg and 290 km north of Durban. Endumeni, with the smallest population but the largest economy of the District, comprises the towns of Dundee, Glencoe and Wasbank, together with a number of farms. This municipality is unique, its population is predominantly urbanised or based on commercial farms and unlike the other local municipalities there is no tribal authority land. Endumeni's diversified economy includes commercial cattle farming and dairy production and tourism.
Umvoti Local Municipality comprises urban areas, commercial agricultural areas and tribal authority areas all of which exhibit typical characteristics associated with these settlement types. The main town in the Umvoti Municipality is Greytown. It is the agricultural centre of the District and contributes substantially to the economic viability of the region.
Nquthu Local Municipality is located along the northeastern boundary of the District. It is predominantly rural in nature, with expansive rural settlements being one of the major features. The municipality is mainly accessed through the R68 linking Ulundi to Newcastle/Dundee. Nquthu Town is a small but stable urban area that has established itself as the primary commercial, administrative and service centre for the municipality as a whole.
Msinga Local Municipality is largely located in deep gorges of the Tugela and Buffalo Rivers, isolated from the immediate surrounding municipal areas. The population dynamics result in a growing rural area and a declining urban area in Msinga, contrary to most other areas in the country. Although the area has its challenges, there are historic sites, beautiful scenery and interesting topography in some parts, suitable for cultural and eco-tourism.
Municipal Demarcation Board Code: DC24
Location of Head Office: Dundee is 69 km south-west of Vryheid
Municipal Area (km2): 8 079.68 km2
Population (estimated): Total ± 456 452 (93% are rural and 7% are urban)
Local Municipalities: Endumeni; Msinga; Nquthu and Umvoti
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