uMtshezi Local Municipality (KZN234)

uMtshezi Local Municipality was disestablished and merged with Imbabazane Local Municipality to establish Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality on 3 August 2016. All information displayed here is historical information relating to the municipality before being disestablished.

Geography, History & Economy

uMtshezi Local Municipality is part of uThukela District Municipality.

MDB code: KZN234

Description: uMtshezi Local Municipality is located approximately 165km north-west of Durban and 400km south-east of Johannesburg. The National Road N3 also traverses the municipality on its western portion.
 uMtshezi Municipality comprises parts of the magisterial districts of Weenen and Estcourt; the informal settlements of Cornfields, Thembalihle and Mimosadale; and settlements around Weenen. Escourt is the largest commercial centre in the Midlands region. Weenen is a small agricultural town that is starting to emerge as a tourist destination.
 The majority of the municipality's population is concentrated in urban and farming areas but there are a few patches of high-density settlements within the informal areas. The municipality boasts well-established industrial, commercial and residential areas, as well as rich agricultural farmlands.

Area: 1 972km²

Cities/Towns: Estcourt, Weenen

Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, manufacturing, tourism

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