UMhlabuyalingana Local Municipality

Umhlabuyalingana (also uMhlabuyalingana; engl Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality. ) Is a municipality in the South African Umkhanyakude district in the province of KwaZulu -Natal. The seat of the municipality is located in Kwangwanase. Alison Ncube is the mayor. The IFP represents the majority in the City Council.

Umhlabuyalingana is the Zulu word for " flat land ". The community was so named because it is located in a flat area. 2001, the municipality had 140 951 inhabitants. It covers an area of ​​3698 square kilometers.

In April 2009 it was announced that in the coffers of the church three million edge missing. Reasons for the shortfall were gross financial mismanagement and corruption, as an inquest showed. This meant that in December of this year, the province took over the administration of the municipality. At the time there were 14 million edge unaccounted could be stored. The local government has been accused of nepotism, corruption and fraud.


Umhlabuyalingana with Jozini the northernmost municipality of KwaZulu-Natal and is adjacent to Mozambique. In the east, the municipality borders - separated by a narrow strip of the district managed country - to the Indian Ocean. In the western border regions of the Pongola flows. The coastline is marked by many lakes in the north on the border with Mozambique, the Kosi Bay with its lake. In the south of Umhlabuyalingana the St. Lucia Lake is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. In between is the largest freshwater lake in South Africa, the Sibaya Lake.

The area in and around the Tembe Elephant Reserve, there are rare Sand Forest sites. The Sand Forest is a dry forest area without the typical attendant of a wet forest, such as ferns and mosses. Presumably, the sand Forest million years ago, a coastal forest. However, the African coast has further east moved in over millions of years by which forest and coast were separated.

The most important cities in the municipality are Phelandaba, Kwangwanase, Nhlazana and Tshongwe. About 99 percent of the community are rural area, which consists of many informal settlements.


As in most rural communities in South Africa, the important economic mainstay is agriculture in Umhlabuyalingana. However, there are many lakes in spite of the poor access to water resources for irrigation. Also roads to areas lacking. In addition, a lack of suitable markets.

A growing sector is tourism. From the countryside to the Sand Forest areas, the various lakes and lakes (St. Lucia Lake, Lake Sibaya and the Kosi Bay ) and the Pongola River offer visitors to take action. There are some so-called Cultural Villages, which provide an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the local population. However, the entire coastal strip is attached to the district, and so bring the community hardly revenues.


  • St. Lucia lake landscape with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Turtle beaches
  • Coral reefs
  • Sibaya Lake
  • Kosi lake landscape with the opportunity to visit traditional fishing methods, see Fischkraal
  • Sodwana Bay
  • Ndumu Deer Park
  • Tembe Elephant Reserve with various larger and smaller mammals (for example, pointed and white rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo and more )