Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal

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Road to Mnyakanya High School, Nkandla
Road to Mnyakanya High School, Nkandla
Nkandla is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Nkandla is located in South Africa
Nkandla is located in Africa
 Nkandla shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 28°37′21″S 31°5′22″E / 28.62250°S 31.08944°E / -28.62250; 31.08944Coordinates: 28°37′21″S 31°5′22″E / 28.62250°S 31.08944°E / -28.62250; 31.08944
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Uthungulu
Municipality Nkandla
 • Type Ward 6
 • Councillor Phumzile Rolca Dlamini
 • Total 7.00 km2 (2.70 sq mi)
Elevation 1,090 m (3,580 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,557
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.1%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 0.7%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 92.4%
 • English 3.0%
 • Other 4.6%
Postal code (street) 3855 up to 3859
PO box 3855
Area code 035

Nkandla is a town in the uThungulu district of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is the seat of the Nkandla Local Municipality, and the district in which the residence of the current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma is located. The residence is located 40 kilometres to the south of the town of Nkandla, beyond the Nkandla Forest and on the road to Kranskop.

The Nkandla region encompasses nearly 115,000 inhabitants, spread relatively sparsely over a large area. Nkandla is mainly a rural area and is in the top five of the poorest places in KwaZulu-Natal province.[citation needed] Poverty is prevalent, with 44% unemployment.[2][3] The majority of the population are Zulus.

A 2004 documentary, The Orphans of Nkandla, by the BBC and Truevision, recounted the hardships and poverty of orphans in Nkandla.

Zuma was joined by Nelson Mandela to open Mnyakanya High School in 2004.[4]

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