Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality
Hibiscus Coast (English Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality ) is a South African community in the district of Ugu in KwaZulu -Natal. The administrative center is Port Shepstone. Nolwazi Florence Shusha is the mayor. The ANC represents the majority in the City Council.
The municipality is named after the flowering hibiscus which is native to this area. 2007, the municipality had 224 281 inhabitants according to projections. It covers an area of 839 square kilometers.
The Hibiscus Coast is part of the South Coast and has the southernmost coastline of KwaZulu-Natal. Its length is 90 kilometers. Belongs to this community a 30- kilometer-wide coastal strip.
In the municipality there are six Tribal Authority areas. The most important cities in the municipality are Port Shepstone, Hibberdene and Port Edward.
Hibiscus Coast is the business hub of the Ugu District. The mainstay is tourism, agriculture also is operated. To Port Shepstone is a manufacturing industry has settled. Industrialization began in the 1870s when it was found at the mouth of the River Mzimkulu marble. The economic activities in the community, however, are limited to the coastal areas. The interior is underdeveloped and the population suffers from poverty.
The Hibiscus Coast to Durban is the largest center for tourism in South Africa. Approximately 2.2 million tourists come annually to the 21 beaches in the municipality for the Hibiscus Coast is known. Four of these beaches in Margate, San Lameer, Ramsgate and Hibberdene are awarded with the Blue Flag. The mild, subtropical climate of the Hibiscus Coast and the sun attracts many tourists during the winter. For a long time the Banana Express the Alfred County Railway a special attraction. He drove to Izotsha where a handmade school could be visited, and after Paddock, from where a trip to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve was possible. Since its decommissioning in 2006 this offer no longer exists.
In the municipality of sugar cane, bananas and timber are grown. Mainly for personal use, corn is planted and operated livestock on a small scale.
Every year from May to July off the coast of KwaZulu- Natal, the so-called Sardine Run instead. Thousands of dolphins, sharks, other fish and seagulls eat very many which present on migrating sardines. The sardine shoal is the largest in the world. It can be observed, such as sharks and dolphins the sardines drive together to the water surface, so that the birds better come to the prey.
Places of interest are:
- The Margate Bird Park, a bird park with a walk-in aviary and a play area for children
- The Riverbend Crocodile Farm, a crocodile park
- The Skyline Nature Reserve, a nature park with a tree garden
- The Uvongo River Reserve, a nature park
- The Banana Express, a former narrow-gauge steam train
- The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, a nature park in a gorge of the River Umzimkulwana
- Hibiscus Coast Municipality (English) KwaZulu- Natal Top Business. Retrieved on 1 May 2010.