Municipal Overview

Mtubatuba Municipality is one of five Category B Municipalities within the Umkhanyakude District Municipality. It is located on the North-East of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Mtubatuba forms the Southern end of Umkhanyakude District, with the N2 almost dividing the Municipality into Mtubatuba East, and Mtubatuba West.

Mtubatuba Municipality is bounded to the South by Mfolozi River, which separates the Municipality with Umfolozi Municipality (King Cetshwayo District Municipality) further South. On the East, Mtubatuba Municipality is bordered by the ocean, while it is bounded by the Big Five False Bay Municipality in the immediate North. Hlabisa Municipality and Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Park form the Western boundary of the Municipality.

Mtubatuba Municipality is strategically located along the N2 which links the municipal area to strategic areas such as Richards Bay, eThekwini Metropolitan area, Mpumalanga Province and SADC countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique. While the majority of the Mtubatuba Municipality nodal areas are a product of some form of formal planning exercises, which resulted in the existence of land use management systems, no records exist for any detailed spatial planning processes to guide the social and economic development of the broader Mpukunyoni traditional council area, including areas such as KwaMsane, Mfekayi and Somkhele. According to the 2016 Community Survey, the municipal area has a total population of 202176.  

Spatial Location within KwaZulu-Natal

Mtubatuba Municipality forms an integral part of both KwaZulu-Natal Province and Umkhanyakude District. Accordingly, the Municipality is enevitably highly influenced by provincial and district development trends and development within its area of jurisdiction which has significant implications for both the province and the district. Fundamentally, therefore, spatial planning for the future development of Mtubatuba Municipality takes into account development trends and patterns that are taking place at both provincial and district level.

Mtubatuba Municipality enjoys a relatively good access and connectivity at a regional level. One of the national trade routes and major links to the SADC region – the N2 runs through the area linking it to the city of Durban with major urban centres further north. The major challenge is to capitalise on the opportunities presented by this and optimise benefits thereof for the local people.

The development of the R618 (P237-1) as part of the Renaissance Program of the Department of Transport linking the coast (St Lucia) with the Cultural Heritage Corridor areas of Nongoma and Ulundi through Hlabisa also improves regional connectivity and has the potential to unlock development potential (tourism, commerce, etc.) in Mtubatuba, particularly the town and other incipient nodes along the corridor.

The Municipality area has a railway line. There is, however, no air transport infrastructure, instead there are small landing strips at Hluhluwe Town and inside Hluhluwe/Mfolozi Game Reserve.

Regional Context

Mtubatuba Municipality is bounded to the South by uMfolozi River, which separates the Municipality with uMfolozi Municipality (King Cetshwayo District Municipality) further South. On the East, Mtubatuba Municipality is bordered by the Indian ocean, while it is bounded by the Big Five False Bay Municipality to the immediate North. Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Game Park forms the Western boundary of the Municipality. Mtubatuba Municipality is strategically located along the N2 which links the municipal area with strategic areas such as Richards Bay, eThekwini Metropolitan area, Mpumalanga province and SADC countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique.

DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE

POPULATION SIZE

According to a 2016 Community Survey, Mtubatuba Municipality has a total population of 202 176.

Population Distibution

The population is spread unevenly among the 20 municipal wards. These wards coincide with the growing settlements of Indlovu Village, KwaMsane Township, parts of Mpukunyoni, and Dukuduku Resettlement area. This ward covers mainly the commercial farmlands and is sparsely populated.


Mtubatuba Wards and Traditional Councils

Mtubatuba Municipality comprises 20 wards with 20 Ward Councillors respectively. There is one Traditional Council, known as Mpukunyoni situated to the West of the N2.