Imbabazane Local Municipality

- 2929.8833Koordinaten: 29 ° 0 ' S, 29 ° 53 ' E

Imbabazane (English Imbabazane Local Municipality ) is a town in South Africa's District Uthukela in the province of KwaZulu -Natal. The administrative center of the municipality is located in Estcourt. Hlanganani Elliot Dlamini is the mayor. The IFP represents the majority in the City Council.

The community name is the name of a local tree. 2007, the municipality had 140 745 inhabitants according to projections. It covers an area of ​​827 square kilometers. The community was founded in 2000 and can be divided into two areas: Ntabamhlophe and the Loskop area. There are six Traditional Authority's traditional tribal leaders in the community.

A major problem of the community are HIV and AIDS. In particular, young pregnant women are affected by the disease.


In the northwest borders Imbabazane to Okhahlamba and on the east by Umtshezi. South of the village lies the district uMgungundlovu and southwest of the District Management Area Giant's Castle Game Reserve. The municipality is located in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains on the border with the World Heritage Site uKhahlamba -Drakensberg Park.

The most important places in the community are Draycott, KwaMankonjane, Emahlutshini, Loskop and Maqabaqabeni. Other places are Edashi, KwaMkhize, KwaSobabili and Ezinyosini.


Imbabazane is a very rural community with no urban areas and the economically weakest community in the district. Estcourt is the nearest town and serves as a shopping and service center for the community. The most important economic sector is agriculture. It forestry is mainly operated. The international company Masonite here has a plant for wood processing. There are some farms. The agriculture is, however, hampered by private livestock. The animals will not be kept out of the fields. The manufacturing industry and tourism are very weak. In Loskop there is a shoe and a textile factory, which provide some jobs. A large part of the population works outside the church in Estcourt and Ladysmith.


In Imbabazane there are several species-rich areas that need to be better protected and expanded, however, to be used for tourism can.