Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality (KZN216)

Geography, History & Economy

Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality is part of Ugu District Municipality.

MDB code: KZN216

Description: The Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality (previously Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality) is a Category B municipality situated within the Ugu District in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. It is the largest of four municipalities in the district, making up a third of its geographical area.
 It covers an area of approximately 90km of coastline comprising 21 beaches, and extends 30km inland, covering a vast, rural area under the leadership of six tribal authorities. It has its administrative seat in Port Shepstone and is the most concentrated economic hub within the district.
 Beaches of world-class quality are to be found along the entire seaboard, with Marina, Trafalgar, Lucien, Southport, Umzumbe and Ramsgate beaches recognised as full Blue Flag beaches. The coastline is dotted with numerous small towns, many of which serve as seasonal recreational hubs in areas such as Port Shepstone, Umtamvuna/Port Edward, Margate, Hibberdene and Impenjati/Southbroom.

Area: 1 487km²

Cities/Towns: Hibberdene, Margate, Port Edward, Port Shepstone, Southbroom

Main Economic Sectors: Finance and business services (21.5%), wholesale and retail (18.7%), general government services (13.3%), manufacturing (12.3%), agriculture and forestry (8.9%), transport and communication (8.9%)

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