Hlabisa Local Municipality

Hlabisa (English Hlabisa Local Municipality ) is a municipality in the district Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, based in Hlabisa. Bhekinkosi Ntombela is the mayor. The IFP represents the majority in the City Council. Hlabisa is the surname of the two Zulu kings in the municipality.

2007, the municipality had 177 396 inhabitants. It covers an area of ​​1417 square kilometers.


Hlabisa is one of five communities in the district Umkhanyakude and borders the municipalities of The Big Five False Bay, Mtubatuba, Nongoma and the district uThungulu. The most important cities in the municipality of Hlabisa are, Somkhele and Mpembeni.

The community is surrounded by a relatively flat plain of KwaZulu-Natal at an altitude of 100 to 350 meters above sea level. However, the soil surface is characterized by constant interruptions, such as hills, rivers and steep slopes, rendering agricultural use. However, the east, the area is uniform and has potential for farming.


Hlabisa is 100 percent a rural community that is characterized by scattered settlements. This lack an efficient infrastructure for economic development. There is also no easy access to the national transport network. Due to the poor economic conditions, the unemployment rate is high.

By adjoining the church Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Park, there is a small tourism industry in Hlabisa. Indigenous craft and art objects are sold to various shops and museums. However, this industry is very unorganized.

The largest proportion of arable land is used for own consumption. Except for a small sugar production is hardly economically relevant crops, although there are good opportunities for commercial agriculture particularly in the northeast of the community.

2005 Somkhele coal mine was built, is conveyed in the anthracite open pit. About 400 workers are set here. Currently (2010) limited the reduction to 1,400 acres, but can be expanded to 23,000 hectares in the longer term.


  • Mbongeni Ngema, a South African singer and producer


  • Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Park
  • Hluhluwe Dam