Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal

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View from the north
View from the north
Melmoth is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Melmoth is located in South Africa
Melmoth is located in Africa
 Melmoth shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 28°35′S 31°23′E / 28.583°S 31.383°E / -28.583; 31.383Coordinates: 28°35′S 31°23′E / 28.583°S 31.383°E / -28.583; 31.383
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Uthungulu
Municipality Mthonjaneni
Established 1888
 • Total 13.36 km2 (5.16 sq mi)
Elevation 740 m (2,430 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,814
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.0%
 • Coloured 1.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 2.6%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 87.5%
 • English 4.5%
 • S. Ndebele 2.7%
 • Afrikaans 2.3%
 • Other 3.1%
Postal code (street) 3835
PO box 3835
Area code 035

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.[2] 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.[3]

The main road to Piet Retief is extremely busy during holiday periods.

Vehicle registrations in Melmoth start with NO - N for Natal, O for Osborn.[4]

Notable Residents[edit]

Shaka Zulu was born near modern-day Melmoth.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Melmoth". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gateway to Zululand". Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  3. ^ "KwaMagwaza Hospital". Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Melmoth Information | Tourism Guide". Retrieved 2015-08-31.