Umzimkhulu

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Umzimkhulu
Umzimkhulu is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Umzimkhulu
Umzimkhulu
Umzimkhulu is located in South Africa
Umzimkhulu
Umzimkhulu
Coordinates: 30°15′47″S 29°56′24″E / 30.263°S 29.940°E / -30.263; 29.940Coordinates: 30°15′47″S 29°56′24″E / 30.263°S 29.940°E / -30.263; 29.940
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictHarry Gwala
MunicipalityUmzimkhulu
 • Councillor(ANC)
Area
 • Total4.55 km2 (1.76 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total8,399
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African95.1%
 • Coloured3.5%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • Other0.9%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu47.2%
 • Xhosa41.5%
 • English5.5%
 • Afrikaans1.3%
 • Other4.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
3297
PO box
3297
Area code039

Umzimkhulu is a town in Harry Gwala District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

The town lies 243 km north-east of Mthatha and 18 km south-west of Ixopo. It developed from a trading-post and was laid out in 1884. Takes its name from the Mzimkulu River on which it is situated; zulu (bhaca) for 'big place', 'large home' of the waters.[2]

Until 1 March 2006, the town was part of an enclave of the Eastern Cape, before being transferred to KwaZulu-Natal as part of the 12th amendment of the Constitution of South Africa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Umzimkhulu". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 445.