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View from the north
|• Total||13.36 km2 (5.16 sq mi)|
|Elevation||740 m (2,430 ft)|
|• Density||580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||95.0%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• S. Ndebele||2.7%|
|Postal code (street)||3835|
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 planted with sugar cane from the outskirts of the town and into the surrounding villages. The government-funded hospital in Melmoth is St Marys kwaMagwaza Hospital that caters for the people of Melmoth and surrounding villages.
The main road to Piet Retief is extremely busy during holiday periods.
Shaka Zulu was born near modern-day Melmoth.
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