Postal: PO Box 37, Eshowe, 3815
Physical: Hutchinson Street, Eshowe
Tel: 035 473 3300
Fax: 035 474 4733
Area: 2 300km²
Description: uMlalazi Local Municipality is one of five local municipalities located within the area of the uThungulu District Municipality. It is characterised by an undulating topography, causing difficulties with respect to the delivery of engineering services. The municipality is one of the largest local authority areas in South Africa. It borders on the Indian Ocean and has a coastline of approximately 17km.
The municipal area consists of commercial farming areas in a broad, continuous band from the west of Eshowe to KwaGingindlovu (previously Gingindlovu) and to the north of Mtunzini. The rest of the area consists of tribal authority land, where land management has been poor. The uMlalazi Municipality is crossed by a number of important transportation routes, such as the N2 motorway between Durban and Richards Bay, the R34 between Richards Bay/Empangeni and Nkwaleni Valley to the north of Eshowe, and the R66 from the N2 motorway to KwaGingindlovu, Eshowe, Melmoth, Ulundi and Vryheid.
The population distribution in the municipal area is characterised by relatively high population densities within urban nodes and low densities in rural areas. The municipal area is dominated by tribal areas, and 14 tribal authorities exist within the area. The town of Eshowe is of great historical significance in that it is the birthplace of Cetshwayo, who was king of the Zulus during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Eshowe Town is also considered the administrative and service centre of the uMlalazi Municipality. The coastal town of Mtunzini is situated on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal on the banks of the uMlalazi River, and borders on the uMlalazi Nature Reserve. Mtunzini is the number one residential and ecotourist destination in South Africa.
Cities/Towns: Eshowe, KwaGingindlovu, Mtunzini
Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture (33%), tourism (10.1%), manufacturing (5%), services
Part of Ntambana Local Municipality was merged into uMlalazi Local Municipality on 3 August 2016. The Demographic, Financial, Employment and Service Delivery information displayed here only includes figures for uMlalazi Local Municipality. View historic information for Ntambana Local Municipality.