Hlabisa Local Municipality (KZN274)

Hlabisa Local Municipality was disestablished and merged with The Big 5 False Bay Local Municipality to establish Big 5 Hlabisa Local Municipality on 3 August 2016. All information displayed here is historical information relating to the municipality before being disestablished.

Geography, History & Economy

Hlabisa Local Municipality is part of uMkhanyakude District Municipality.

MDB code: KZN274

Description: Hlabisa Local Municipality is one of five Category B municipalities within the uMkhanyakude District Municipality. It is situated adjacent to the District Management Area 27 and the local municipalities of Jozini, The Big 5 False Bay and Mtubatuba.
 The municipal area is completely rural and consists of four traditional areas. The most significant land use is subsistence agriculture, and dispersed settlements, plantations and agriculture are found throughout the municipality.
 The major drawcard of Hlabisa is the tourism industry centred on the Hluhluwe-uMfolozi Game Reserve, located 280km north of Durban and the oldest proclaimed park in Africa. It consists of 960km² of hilly topography in central Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, and is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The park is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five game occur. Due to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world.

Area: 1 555km²

Cities/Towns: Hlabisa

Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, tourism

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