Location in South Africa
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Cllr.Solomon Mkhombo|
|• Total||12,821 km2 (4,950 sq mi)|
|• Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||98.8%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Southern Ndebele||1.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
uMkhanyakude is the northernmost of the 11 districts of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Its seat is Mkuze. It is a very rural district, the largest town being Mtubatuba in the south, with Hluhluwe, Mkuze, Jozini, Kwangwanase and Ingwavuma further to the north. The majority of its 573,353 people speak IsiZulu (2001 Census). The district code is DC27.
uMkhanyakude is named after the yellow-barked fever tree, literally meaning “seen from afar”. It contains many areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the St Lucia greater wetland park, Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay. Game parks include Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Ndumu and Tembe Elephant Park.
It is one of the two most deprived districts in South Africa according to the District Health Barometer. “Deprivation” is defined as a combination of indicators including unemployment rates, access to piped water and electricity, female-headed households with high numbers of children and low education levels, according to the Health Systems Trust which produces the Barometer.
uMkhanyakude is surrounded by:
The district contains the following local municipalities:
|Local municipality||Population||%||Dominant language|
|The Big 5 False Bay||31 102||5.42%||Zulu|
|St Lucia Park||5 080||0.89%|
The following statistics are from the 2001 census.
|Black African||568 853||99.22%|
|000 - 004||76 956||13.42%|
|005 - 009||85 375||14.89%|
|010 - 014||86 948||15.16%|
|015 - 019||78 248||13.65%|
|020 - 024||50 006||8.72%|
|025 - 029||36 983||6.45%|
|030 - 034||30 883||5.39%|
|035 - 039||27 382||4.78%|
|040 - 044||23 084||4.03%|
|045 - 049||16 695||2.91%|
|050 - 054||13 481||2.35%|
|055 - 059||9 654||1.68%|
|060 - 064||11 199||1.95%|
|065 - 069||8 543||1.49%|
|070 - 074||8 869||1.55%|
|075 - 079||4 049||0.71%|
|080 - 084||3 017||0.53%|
|085 - 089||1 004||0.18%|
|090 - 094||579||0.10%|
|095 - 099||292||0.05%|
Election results for Umkhanyakude in the South African general election, 2004.
|Inkhata Freedom Party||104 721||69.56%|
|African National Congress||36 893||24.51%|
|Democratic Alliance||3 357||2.23%|
|African Christian Democratic Party||1 381||0.92%|
|United Democratic Movement||1 038||0.69%|
|Azanian People's Organisation||423||0.28%|
|New National Party||374||0.25%|
|Freedom Front Plus||343||0.23%|
|Pan African Congress||234||0.16%|
|United Christian Democratic Party||139||0.09%|
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Elephant Coast travel guide from Wikivoyage
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