UMhlathuze Local Municipality

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UMhlathuze (English uMhlathuze Local Municipality ) is a town in South Africa's District uThungulu in the province of KwaZulu -Natal. The administrative center of the municipality is located in Richards Bay. Zakhele Amos Mnqayi is the mayor. The IFP represents the majority in the City Council.

2007, the municipality had 332 154 inhabitants according to projections. It covers an area of 793 square kilometers. The community name derives from a composite isiZulu term. Mhlati means " pine " (body part) and thuzi means " does not chew ." Named the community is after the river, are said to have formerly lived many crocodiles in the. As a result, he was shunned by locals.


UMhlatuze is on the Indian Ocean. In the north the municipality borders on Ntambanana and Mbonambi and Südan to Umlalazi. The N2 national road runs along the north-south axis through the municipal area; thus a connection is ensured to the transportation network of the province. In parallel to the N2 runs the regional road R102. From the coast from the west runs at the level of the Empangeni R34 and thus binds the community on to the domestic market. The most important places in the community are Richards Bay, Empangeni, Ongoye, Esikhawini and Kwadlangezwa.

The rivers Mhlatuze, Mlalazi, Nseleni, eyepieces and Nsezi flow through the municipality. In addition, the lagoon Mhlatuze Lagoon and the lakes Mzingazi, Cubhu, Mpangeni and Nsezi are in uMhlatuze.

Parks and Nature Reserves

  • Kwambonambi Forest Reserve
  • Umlalazi nature reserve