Harding, KwaZulu-Natal

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Harding is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Harding is located in South Africa
Harding is located in Africa
 Harding shown within KwaZulu-Natal
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
 • 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] It was declared as a township in 1911.[3]

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.[3]:256


  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. 
  3. ^ a b Conolly, Denis (1975). The Tourist in South Africa. Travel-Guide (PTY) LTD. ASIN B0000E7XZN.