Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal

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View from the north
View from the north
Melmoth is located in South Africa
 Melmoth shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 28°35′S 31°23′E / 28.583°S 31.383°E / -28.583; 31.383Coordinates: 28°35′S 31°23′E / 28.583°S 31.383°E / -28.583; 31.383
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Uthungulu
Municipality Mthonjaneni
Established 1888
 • Total 13.36 km2 (5.16 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,814
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.0%
 • Coloured 1.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 2.6%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 87.5%
 • English 4.5%
 • S. Ndebele 2.7%
 • Afrikaans 2.3%
 • Other 3.1%
Postal code (street) 3835
PO box 3835
Area code 035

Melmoth is a small town situated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The town was established in the Mthonjaneni district after the annexation of Zululand by the United Kingdom in 1887 and was named after Sir Melmoth Osborn. Large wattle plantations were set up and a wattle bark factory was established in 1926.The district is also filled with sugar cane plantations from the outskirts of the town into the surrounding villages, animals and the most extraordinary bird types. The main hospital in Melmoth is St Marys kwaMagwaza Hospital that caters for the people of Melmoth and surrounding villages. It is a government funded hospital.

Other notable sites are the local Total garage and Steers which serve travellers on the main Piet Retief Road as the route is extremely busy during holiday periods.

Vehicle registrations in Melmoth start with NO - N for Natal, O for Osborn.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Melmoth". Census 2011.