Harding, KwaZulu-Natal

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Harding
Harding is located in South Africa
Harding
Harding
 Harding shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 30°35′S 29°53′E / 30.583°S 29.883°E / -30.583; 29.883Coordinates: 30°35′S 29°53′E / 30.583°S 29.883°E / -30.583; 29.883
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Ugu
Municipality UMuziwabantu
Established 1874
Area[1]
 • Total 25.18 km2 (9.72 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 9,544
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 87.3%
 • Coloured 8.5%
 • Indian/Asian 2.3%
 • White 1.1%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 49.1%
 • Xhosa 28.8%
 • English 14.6%
 • Afrikaans 2.8%
 • Other 4.7%
Postal code (street) 4680
PO box 4680
Area code 039

Harding is a town situated in the Mzimkulwana River valley, Ugu District Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Harding was established as a military outpost following the British annexation of East Griqualand in 1874. Named after Sir Walter Harding (c 1812-1874) who in 1858 became the first Chief Justice in Natal.[2]

Timber and dairy farming are the main economic activities. The abandoned 122 kilometres (76 mi) narrow gauge Alfred County Railway used to serve the farming areas, linking Harding with Port Shepstone. Harding lies at the foot of the Ingeli Range, 34 km north-west of Izingolweni and 84 km north-west of Port Shepstone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Harding". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 198.