KwaZulu-Natal South Coast (better known as the KZN South Coast or just the South Coast) is a region on the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It stretches from Scottburgh in the north to Port Edward in the south and Harding in the west. The coast is governed by the Ugu District Municipality.
Its main towns are Scottburgh, Pennington, Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Margate, Southbroom and Port Edward however Port Shepstone is the municipal seat and the primary town as it is the powerhouse of the South Coast.
As of 2016 the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has a population of 753 336 (Ugu District Municipality)
As of 2016, the Ugu District Municipality (KZN South Coast) has a population of 753 336 people compared to 2011 where it had a population of 689 051 which indicates that between 2011 and 2016 the population grew at about 8.5%. The annual population growth was 2.03% and the number of men per 100 females decreased from 91.8% in 2011 to 88.4% in 2016.
It is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the east, East Griqualand in the west, Durban in the north, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in the north-west and the Mtamvuna River (border between KZN and Eastern Cape) to the south. The Mtanvuma River is the southernmost border which borders between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
The coastline between Amanzimtoti and Clansthal is normally regarded part of the South Coast however according to Tourism KZN (government agency for tourism in KwaZulu-Natal), the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast starts officially from Scottburgh in the north to Port Edward in the south.
The region is governed by the Ugu District Municipality with its seat in Port Shepstone. The three different regions are administered by their respective local municipalities. The only exception is where the Hibiscus Coast is governed by two local municipalities:
Unfortunately the municipality has not properly maintained sewage lines along the South Coast with the result that many beaches along the South Coast are contaminated and dangerous to swim in. One should enquire about contamination and beach closures prior to traveling to the area and to seek medical treatment immediately upon any signs of diarrhea and vomiting as a result of swimming in these waters.
It is divided into three subregions which are Umdoni Coast & Country, Hibiscus Coast and Harding and surrounds.
Umdoni Coast and Country better known as the Upper South Coast stretches from Scottburgh to Mtwalume. It is located south of the Greater Durban Metro. Its main town is Scottburgh.
Hibiscus Coast also known as the Lower South Coast stretches from Hibberdene in the north to Port Edward in the south and Izingolweni in the west. Hibiscus Coast is the ultimate economy booster of the South Coast due its location and as well as being home to the South Coast 's economic hub, Port Shepstone. It is known as the 'beach holiday mecca' of KwaZulu-Nataland is known for its 'unending' Hibiscus trees found along the coast.
Harding is a small town located halfway between Port Shepstone and Kokstad in Griqualand East. It is famous for its sawmills in the Weza area and the Ingeli Forest.
The KZN South Coast has eight hospitals.
The South Coast has more golf courses than any other section of South Africa; many of them are 18-hole courses and are in the country's top 100 courses. They include:
The coast is rich in terms of attractions and tourism contributes largely to the region's economy.
The main towns or places in the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast includes:
The region is connected by the N2, R61 and the R102.
- The N2 connects to Durban, Richards Bay and Ermelo to the north and Mthatha, Buffalo City, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route and Cape Town to the south.
- The R61 connects to Mthatha, Graaf-Reinet and Beaufort West.
- The R102 connects to Durban, KwaDukuza and Empangeni.
The N2 runs parallel on the coast from Port Shepstone and northwards and inland from Port Shepstone to Kokstad and southwards to Cape Town. The largest traffic volumes pass along the N2 towards Port Shepstone, and further towards Kokstad, as well as the R61 from Port Shepstone towards Port Edward. Large volumes of traffic also pass along the R612 from Park Rynie to Ixopo, and the road from Umtentweni to St Faith’s.
The South Coast has its own toll route called the "South Coast Toll Road" which is situated on the N2 between Hibberdene and Southbroom. It includes three toll plazas:
An alternative route to the toll road (N2) when going north to Durban or south to Port Shepstone, Margate or Shelly Beach is the R102 and R620 from Port Shepstone.
The South Coast is served by Margate Airport which currently has flights to Johannesburg operated by CemAir.A larger alternative is King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban which has flights to other domestic destinations as well as international destinations such as Doha, Dubai, Istanbul and Mauritius.
The newspapers in the KZN South Coast are the South Coast Herald,South Coast Fever and South Coast Sun. In terms of radio, East Coast Radio and Ukhozi FM are the main radio stations mainly serving the whole province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Margate is a seaside resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. The river which flows into the sea at Margate is called "Nkhongweni" (place of entreaty) because the original inhabitants were reputed to be so mean that travellers had to beg for hospitality.
Port Shepstone is a town situated on the mouth of the Mzimkhulu River, the largest river on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast of South Africa. It is located halfway between Hibberdene and Margate and is positioned 120 km south of Durban. It is the administrative, educational and commercial centre for southern Natal.
Port Edward is a small resort town situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It lies north of the Mtanvuma Gorge which includes the Mtamvuma River and is the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Hibberdene is a small coastal town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast in South Africa. It was named after C. Maxwell-Hibberd, the former postmaster-general of Natal.
Umzumbe is a seaside resort situated at the mouth of the Mzumbe River (bad kraal) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The name of the river is derived from a band of Hlongwa cannibals who occupied the valley. The Hlongwa was almost wiped out by the Zulu king Shaka in 1828.
The R102 is a Regional Route in South Africa. It is the route designation for all old sections of the N2, thus it is a discontinuous road that resumes in areas where a new N2 has been constructed.
The N2 is a national route in South Africa that runs from Cape Town through Gqeberha, East London and Durban to Ermelo. It is the main highway along the Indian Ocean coast of the country. Its current length of 2,255 kilometres (1,401 mi) makes it the longest numbered route in South Africa.
Ugu is one of the 11 districts of KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Ugu is Zulu for "coast". It governs the KZN South Coast and its seat is Port Shepstone. The majority of its 722,484 people speak IsiZulu. The district code is DC21.
Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality was a local municipality in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It governed the Hibiscus Coast on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast which attracts tourists from the province and other provinces as well as international tourists.
Mtwalume is a settlement in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
Southbroom is a coastal village in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is located 25 km south-west of Port Shepstone, 143 km south-west of Durban, and 213 km south of Pietermaritzburg.
Shelly Beach is a coastal town in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It is located halfway between Uvongo and Port Shepstone.
Munster is a quiet coastal town in Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
Oslo Beach is a suburb of Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is part of the KZN South Coast region. It is located on the southern outskirts of Port Shepstone and is perfectly positioned because it is only 3 kilometers away from Shelly Beach and is also close to the Port Shepstone CBD.
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