Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality

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Hibiscus Coast
Local municipality
Official seal of Hibiscus Coast
Seal
Location of Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 30°45′S 30°23′E / 30.750°S 30.383°E / -30.750; 30.383Coordinates: 30°45′S 30°23′E / 30.750°S 30.383°E / -30.750; 30.383
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Ugu
Seat Port Shepstone
Wards 29
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu
Area
 • Total 839 km2 (324 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 256,135
 • Density 310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 82.4%
 • Coloured 1.4%
 • Indian/Asian 5.1%
 • White 10.8%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 70.7%
 • English 14.2%
 • Xhosa 7.7%
 • Afrikaans 4.5%
 • Other 2.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN216

Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality is a local municipality in South Africa. It is the economic hub of the Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The area attracts tourists from KwaZulu-Natal and other provinces as well as international tourists.

Beaches of world-class quality are to be found along the entire seaboard. Hibberdene Beach, Ramsgate Beach, Marina Beach/San Lameer, and Lucien Beach have been recognized as Blue Flag beaches.[4] The climate of the coastal areas is humid and subtropical — comparable to southern Florida in the United States, but not quite as hot and rainy in the summer.

The coastline is dotted with small towns, many of which serve as seasonal recreational hubs, such as Port Shepstone, Umtamvuna / Port Edward, Margate, Hibberdene and Impenjati / Southbroom. These towns feature a wide range of tourist-oriented businesses, including restaurants, bars, clubs, movie houses, golf courses, clothing shops, museums, and various types of accommodations. The income from these businesses has economically benefited the municipality as a whole.[5]

Other economic activities include fishing, agriculture, crafts, and bead works.

The hilly inland regions of the municipality are largely under the ownership of tribal authorities. Such "traditional" settlements include KwaXolo, KwaNzimakwe, KwaNdwalane, KwaMadlala, KwaMavundla and KwaLushaba.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Anerley 50601 1.2 376
Brevo 50602 0.24 27
Gamalakhe 50603 3.45 13,570
Hibberdene 50604 4.67 1,016
Kwaxolo 50606 167.84 48,024
Lushaba 50607 14.79 8,106
Madlala 50608 33.24 7,896
Marburg 50609 6.78 7,586
Margate 50610 10.05 8,654
Marina Beach 50611 1.13 123
Mavundla 50612 25.49 20,066
Melville 50613 1.17 327
Mt Amvuna Nature Reserve 50614 18.82 21
Munster 50615 1.67 114
Nsimbini/Ndwalane 50616 34.77 36,335
Nzimakwe 50617 46.38 22,279
Oslo Beach 50618 3.13 2,052
Port Edward 50619 15.54 2,963
Port Shepstone Part 1 50620 7.67 7,546
Port Shepstone Part 2 50635 8.01 2,090
Pumula 50621 1.92 406
Ramsgate 50622 6.03 1,490
San Lameer 50623 1.75 81
Sea Park 50624 3.1 1,249
Sentombi 50625 7.81 869
Shelly Beach 50626 5.77 2,713
Southbroom 50627 10.3 862
Southport 50628 1.97 959
Sunwich Port 50629 0.5 626
Trafalgar 50630 4.89 424
Umtentweni 50631 10.11 3,445
Umzinto 50632 9.64 379
Umzumbe 50633 2.3 452
Uvongo 50634 10.35 3,879
Remainder of the municipality 50605 358.15 11,130

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifty-eight members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-nine councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-nine wards, while the remaining twenty-nine 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 African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of forty-one seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 54,658 55,515 110,173 70.2 21 20 41
Democratic Alliance 14,580 14,769 29,349 18.7 8 3 11
Inkatha Freedom Party 4,526 4,539 9,065 5.8 0 3 3
National Freedom Party 2,347 2,189 4,536 2.9 0 2 2
Congress of the People 608 615 1,223 0.8 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 375 442 817 0.5 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 356 311 667 0.4 0 0 0
Minority Front 217 197 414 0.3 0 0 0
United Democratic Movement 219 140 359 0.2 0 0 0
Independent 278 278 0.2 0 0
Total 78,164 78,717 156,881 100.0 29 29 58
Spoilt votes 1,263 1,000 2,263

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. ^ "Our Beaches." Hibiscus Coast Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 7, 2009.
  5. ^ IDP Review 2008/2009. Hibiscus Coast Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 7, 2009.
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Hibiscus Coast" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Hibiscus Coast" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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