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Mtwalume is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Mtwalume shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Mtwalume is located in South Africa
Mtwalume (South Africa)
Mtwalume is located in Africa
Mtwalume (Africa)
Coordinates: 30°28′59″S 30°37′59″E / 30.483°S 30.633°E / -30.483; 30.633Coordinates: 30°28′59″S 30°37′59″E / 30.483°S 30.633°E / -30.483; 30.633
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Ugu
Municipality Umdoni
 • Total 2.89 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 610
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 18.0%
 • Coloured 2.3%
 • Indian/Asian 4.9%
 • White 74.6%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 42.4%
 • English 41.4%
 • Zulu 12.6%
 • Xhosa 2.0%
 • Other 1.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
PO box 4186
Area code 039

Mtwalume is a settlement in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

A small seaside village about 87 km south of Durban, it is predominantly a holiday and fishing village. The name "Mtwalume" is derived from isiZulu, and refers to the tall upright trees growing on the river bank. The Mtwalume River winds for 85 km and ends in a waterfall near Highflats.[2]

In IsiZulu, the name is written Mthwalume. Mtwalume is largely made up of rural, but modern villages. The majority of the Mtwalume land area falls under the traditional chieftaincy of iNkosi Bhekizizwe Luthuli whose residency is near Turton. Some of the well-known Mtwalume villages lie along the Indian Ocean coast. These villages are Mnafu, Turton, Makhoso and Gobhela. Inland villages include eNyangwini, Nomakhanzane, Dingimbiza, eMabheleni, KwaQoloqolo, Othandweni, Nomoyi and Bangibizo. Mtwalume is bordered on the north by Efafa - another coastal town - and on the south by Hibberdene.

Population and culture[edit]

The majority of Mtwalume falls under the municipal jurisdiction of Umzumbe Local Municipality, while a small portion that is sea-facing falls under Umdoni Local Municipality. The majority of Mtwalume residents are Zulu people who speak the Zulu dialect. There is a limited White population along the suburban coastal parts of Mtwalume. The most dominant culture is traditional Zulu and Christian, as most of the residents uphold Christian faith and values. Some of the well-established Christian denominations in Mtwalume are Apostolic Church Southern Africa, Assemblies of God, Faith Mission, Roman Catholic Church, and United Congregational Church.


There are a number of primary and secondary schools in Mtwalume, and they largely teach in isiZulu and English. Some of the primary schools are Esbanini Primary School (in eNyangwini), KwaNomakhanzane Primary School, Bangibizo Primary School, Mandlendoda Primary School (in Turton), Gobhela Primary School, KwaBhavu Primary School (in Othandweni) and Wilder Primary School (in KwaQoloqolo). Secondary (i.e. high) schools include Luthuli High School (in Turton), Mthwalume High School (in KwaQoloqolo), KwaFica Secondary School (in Bangibizo), Zibonele Secondary School (in KwaNomakhanzane) and Bonguzwane Secondary School (in eNyangwini).

Transport, housing and other infrastructure[edit]

Most of the inland roads are gravel although tar roads dominate the coastal areas. People largely use taxis and buses. The main taxi rank is found in Turton at the intersection of Sipofu Road and R102. There is also a significant percentage of people who own cars. Most of these people are teachers, health professionals, police and other workers. The working population (outside of teachers, police and health workers) work in the nearby towns of Port Shepstone, Margate, Shelley Beach, Hibberdene, Umzinto and Scottburgh. Some people work as far as Durban.

The Turton Community Clinic is the only known health clinic in Mtwalume. It is located together with the offices of Umzumbe Local Municipality offices. For hospitals, residents of Mtwalume normally use the Port Shepstone Regional Hospital and the Scottburgh's GJ Crookes Hospital. Msinsini Police Station is the only South African Police Service security facility in the area.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Mtwalume". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mtwalume, KwaZulu-Natal". SA Travel Directory. Retrieved 4 January 2014.