Nongoma Local Municipality

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Nongoma
Local municipality
Official seal of Nongoma
Seal
Location of Nongoma Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Nongoma Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 27°55′S 31°39′E / 27.917°S 31.650°E / -27.917; 31.650Coordinates: 27°55′S 31°39′E / 27.917°S 31.650°E / -27.917; 31.650
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Zululand
Seat Nongoma
Wards 21
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Joe Khumalo (2007)
Area
 • Total 2,182 km2 (842 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 194,908
 • Density 89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.5%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 96.5%
 • Other 3.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN265

Nongoma Local Municipality is a local municipality in the northeastern part of Zululand in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is Zululand’s second largest municipality in terms of population and the second largest in terms of area.[4] It shares its name with the town of Nongoma, which serves as the seat of the municipality. It is the home of King Goodwill Zwelethini, the hereditary traditional leader of the Zulu nation, and his royal palaces are among the main tourist attractions in the region.

Nongoma is predominantly a rural municipality. It encompasses 363 settlements, only one of which (Nongoma) has some urban characteristics. 98.34% of the population lives in rural areas. The level of education is low. Only 33% of the population have a primary education; only 5.3% have an education to Grade 12.[5]

Infrastructure and facilities[edit]

The Nongoma Local Municipality has one hospital and twelve clinics/health facilities. There is one full-fledged police station, one social development office facility, one full-fledged post office, one library, and two sports facilities. There are about 25 community primary schools, 13 high schools, and one Further Education and Training (FET) college active in the area.[5]

Only 12% of the community have access to electricity. The remaining 88% meet their energy needs using hydrocarbon (coal, gas, and paraffin) and/or biomass (wood, cow-dung, and crop waste). The task of collecting these have severe social and health costs which accrue primarily to rural women and children.

A radial network of roads converges in Nongoma Local Municipality. The rural roads are generally in poor condition and are often inaccessible during the rainy season. Although there are 12 clinics that serve the three tribal authority areas, a number of people still do not have access to these clinics due to poor road conditions and limited access to roads. In some areas there are no clinics and thus the people are deprived of basic health care. The situation contributes to the poor health conditions in the municipality.

Almost 56% of Nongoma's communities have no access to a telephone network. Only 1% of the municipality's households have a telephone in their actual dwelling.

There is an airstrip at eBukhalini that services the flight needs of the region. The airstrip is mainly used by specialist surgeons who visit the local Benedictine Hospital on a regular basis. The local business community and the king of the Zulu nation also use the airstrip.

Natural environment[edit]

The rugged mountainous terrain and the contrasting grass lands of Nongoma provide a scenic quality. However, the environment in Nongoma is currently in a state of degradation. Overgrazing and incorrect cultivation methods have led to erosion and the degradation of field quality. Important river systems are the Ivuna River, Black Mfolozi River and Mona River. Water pollution is a common problem in the area as the people use the rivers for all purposes, including washing clothes, animal feed, human consumption and other purposes. In many areas the rivers and streams are the only water source available to the communities.[5]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-two members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-one councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-one wards, while the remaining twenty-one are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 18 May 2011 no party obtained a majority, and the African National Congress (ANC) and the National Freedom Party (NFP) formed a coalition to govern the municipality. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
National Freedom Party 23,079 22,984 46,063 44.3 13 6 19
Inkatha Freedom Party 21,138 21,277 42,415 40.8 8 9 17
African National Congress 6,807 7,435 14,242 13.7 0 6 6
Independent 675 675 0.6 0 0
Democratic Alliance 179 380 559 0.5 0 0 0
Total 51,878 52,076 103,954 100.0 21 21 42
Spoilt votes 773 712 1,485

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[8]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Mandlakazi 53001 1,334.31 105,341
Matheni 53002 231.88 20,339
Nongoma 53003 10.13 2,743
Usuthu 53004 609.02 70,020

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.kzntopbusiness.co.za/site/nongoma
  5. ^ a b c The Integrated Development Plan - Final Report, July 2008. Nongoma Local Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 11, 2009.
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Nongoma" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Nongoma" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa

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