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|• Total||76.22 km2 (29.43 sq mi)|
|• Density||360/km2 (930/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||94.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• S. Ndebele||1.5%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
Town some 55 km south-south-west of Hluhluwe and 28 km west of St Lucia. Administered by a health committee since 1950. The name, formerly spelt Matubatuba, is Zulu for ‘creator of opportunities’, referring to a chief of the Mkwananzi tribe who died here in 1954.
The town's early years were hampered by flooding. An additional setback occurred during World War I: a ship carrying essential parts of what was to be the town's first sugar mill was torpedoed. The mill was eventually constructed in 1916 at nearby Riverview. Its township is KwaMsane.
- "Main Place Mtubatuba". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 322.
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