Umkhanyakude District Municipality

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uMkhanyakude
North Uthungulu
District municipality
Official seal of uMkhanyakude
Seal
Location in South Africa
Location in South Africa
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Seat Mkuze[1]
Local municipalities
Government[2]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor S.J. Vilane
Area
 • Total 12,821 km2 (4,950 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • Total 625,846
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[3]
 • Black African 98.8%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.7%
First languages (2011)[4]
 • Zulu 94.6%
 • English 1.7%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.2%
 • Other 2.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC27

uMkhanyakude, named after the yellow-barked fever tree, literally meaning “seen from afar”, is the northernmost district in KwaZulu-Natal and contains many areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the St Lucia greater wetland park, Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay. Game parks include Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Ndumu and Tembe Elephant Park. It is one of the 11 districts of KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is a very rural District, the largest town being Mtubatuba in the South, with Hluhluwe, Mkuze, Jozini, Kwangwanase and Ingwavuma further to the north.

It is described as one of the two most deprived districts in South Africa according to the District Health Barometer. “Deprivation” is defined as a combination of indicators including unemployment rates, access to piped water and electricity, female-headed households with high numbers of children and low education levels, according to the Health Systems Trust which produces the Barometer.. The seat of Umkhanyakude is Mkuze. The majority of its 573 353 people speak IsiZulu (2001 Census). The district code is DC27.

Geography[edit]

Neighbours[edit]

uMkhanyakude is surrounded by:

Local municipalities[edit]

The district contains the following local municipalities:

Local municipality Population % Dominant language
Jozini 184 093 32.11% Zulu
Hlabisa 176 899 30.85% Zulu
Umhlabuyalingana 140 962 24.59% Zulu
Mtubatuba 35 216 6.14% Zulu
The Big 5 False Bay 31 102 5.42% Zulu
St Lucia Park 5 080 0.89%

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2001 census.

Language Population %
IsiZulu 559 949 97.66%
SiSwati 3 748 0.65%
English 3 182 0.55%
Afrikaans 2 304 0.40%
IsiNdebele 1 378 0.24%
Sesotho 903 0.16%
Sepedi 582 0.10%
IsiXhosa 561 0.10%
Setswana 259 0.05%
Xitsonga 230 0.04%
Other 208 0.04%
Tshivenda 48 0.01%

Gender[edit]

Gender Population %
Female 313 954 54.76%
Male 259 399 45.24%

Ethnic group[edit]

Ethnic group Population %
Black African 568 853 99.22%
White 3 235 0.56%
Coloured 898 0.16%
Indian/Asian 367 0.06%

Age[edit]

Age Population %
000 - 004 76 956 13.42%
005 - 009 85 375 14.89%
010 - 014 86 948 15.16%
015 - 019 78 248 13.65%
020 - 024 50 006 8.72%
025 - 029 36 983 6.45%
030 - 034 30 883 5.39%
035 - 039 27 382 4.78%
040 - 044 23 084 4.03%
045 - 049 16 695 2.91%
050 - 054 13 481 2.35%
055 - 059 9 654 1.68%
060 - 064 11 199 1.95%
065 - 069 8 543 1.49%
070 - 074 8 869 1.55%
075 - 079 4 049 0.71%
080 - 084 3 017 0.53%
085 - 089 1 004 0.18%
090 - 094 579 0.10%
095 - 099 292 0.05%
100 plus 106 0.02%

Politics[edit]

Election results[edit]

Election results for Umkhanyakude in the South African general election, 2004.

  • Population 18 and over: 274 753 [47.92% of total population]
  • Total votes: 150 543 [26.26% of total population]
  • Voting % estimate: 54.79% votes as a % of population 18 and over
Party Votes %
Inkhata Freedom Party 104 721 69.56%
African National Congress 36 893 24.51%
Democratic Alliance 3 357 2.23%
African Christian Democratic Party 1 381 0.92%
United Democratic Movement 1 038 0.69%
Azanian People's Organisation 423 0.28%
New National Party 374 0.25%
Freedom Front Plus 343 0.23%
Independent Democrats 308 0.20%
Pan African Congress 234 0.16%
PJC 204 0.14%
SOPA 177 0.12%
KISS 176 0.12%
CDP 163 0.11%
United Christian Democratic Party 139 0.09%
EMSA 135 0.09%
UF 113 0.08%
Minority Front 112 0.07%
TOP 106 0.07%
NA 91 0.06%
NLP 55 0.04%
Total 150 543 100.00%

References[edit]

  1. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Top Business | uMkhanyakude District Municipality
  2. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°37′S 32°02′E / 27.617°S 32.033°E / -27.617; 32.033