Ulundi Local Municipality

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Ulundi
Local municipality
Official seal of Ulundi
Seal
Location of Ulundi Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Ulundi Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 28°19′S 31°25′E / 28.317°S 31.417°E / -28.317; 31.417Coordinates: 28°19′S 31°25′E / 28.317°S 31.417°E / -28.317; 31.417
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Zululand
Seat Ulundi
Wards 24
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor M.J. Luthuli (IFP)
Area
 • Total 3,250 km2 (1,250 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 188,317
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.5%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 95.9%
 • English 1.3%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.1%
 • Other 1.7%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN266

Ulundi Local Municipality is a local municipality located on the southern boundary of the Zululand District Municipality in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is a mainly rural municipality that encompasses the town of Ulundi.

Population characteristics[edit]

Recent surveys have identified the following characteristics of the municipality's population:[4]

More than half the population is younger than 19 years of age, placing pressure on the need for social facilities. A significant number of these children will be orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.

At least 12% of the population (27 450 people) are already infected with HIV/AIDS. Population growth is expected to decline over the next 20 years.

Education levels are very low; 29% of the population has no formal education.

Income levels are very low; nearly 40% of households have no income. Unemployment levels are very high, with only 12.5% of the total population being formally employed.

The population is predominantly Zulu in ethnicity and culture.

Places of interest[edit]

The tourism potential of the area remains largely undeveloped; however, the area features a number of activities and places of interest. These include game reserves, historical/cultural sites, cultural events and guest lodges. Game reserves include the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Parks, the Ophathe Game Park, the Emakhosini (Valley of the Zulu Kings), the planned Emakhosini-Ophathe Conservancy, and the ThakaZulu Game Reserve. Historical/cultural sites include Nodwengu (King Mpande’s residence and grave), Ulundi Battlefield, Amafa and Dingaan Stat/Piet Retief’s grave.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Babanango 53101 6.54 1,297
Buthelezi Empithimpithini 53102 464.49 49,553
Inhlazatje 53103 13.60 1,214
Kwazunyawo 53104 5.91 1,298
Mahlabatini 53105 8.21 2,342
Mbatha 53106 124.05 9,954
Mpungose 53107 158.64 27,726
Ndebele 53108 93.44 14,799
Nobamba 53109 684.56 41,286
Simelane 53110 3.48 501
Ulundi 53111 10.27 18,420
Ximba 53112 298.34 19,330
Zungu 53113 321.98 17,228
Remainder of the municipality 53114 1,561.36 8,017

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-four wards, while the remaining twenty-three are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 18 May 2011 the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) won a majority of twenty-eight seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Inkatha Freedom Party 31,957 31,901 63,858 59.1 21 7 28
National Freedom Party 15,285 15,205 30,490 28.2 3 10 13
African National Congress 6,599 6,469 13,068 12.1 0 6 6
Democratic Alliance 66 299 365 0.3 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 33 95 128 0.1 0 0 0
United Democratic Movement 16 61 77 0.1 0 0 0
Independent 64 64 0.1 0 0
Total 54,020 54,030 108,050 100.0 24 23 47
Spoilt votes 529 566 1,095

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Integrated Development Plan 2006/2007 to 2011/2012 — June 2009. Ulundi Local Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Ulundi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Ulundi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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