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Welcome to Ilembe District Municipality

iLembe District Municipality situated about 65km north of Durban is endowed with wealth of rich historical and cultural history. KwaDukuza is the reincarnation of the Royal Homestead and Head Quarters of one of the greatest sons of the soil, His Majesty King Shaka KaSenzangakhona, a shrewd leader and strategists whose leadership attributes and vision was years ahead of his time.

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VISION 2030

By 2030 iLembe District Municipality will be a sustainable people-centred economic hub providing excellent services and quality of life.

  • Cities/Towns: Dolphin Coast/Ballito, Isithebe, KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Ndwedwe, Nkwazi/Zinkwazi Beach

  • Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture

  • Area: 3 269km²

iLembe District Municipality is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal and is the smallest of the province’s district municipalities. The majority of the rural inland areas are tribal authority areas, characterised by subsistence farming.

iLembe consists of four local municipalities located between Durban and Richards Bay: Mandeni, KwaDukuza, Maphumulo and Ndwedwe.

The town straddles the Tugela River, the traditional border between former Colonial Natal and the Kingdom of Zululand, the site of historical and cultural events. The seat of iLembe is KwaDukuza (previously Stanger).

Cllr. S.S Gumede

At the border of the district is the Unicity of Durban in the immediate south, which is linked by the coastal highway to Richards Bay in the north, giving it access to both harbours for trade purposes.

It is also a leading place for the tourism industry because of its rich Zulu Kingdom heritage, as it was named in recognition of King Shaka.

Physical: iLembe House, 59/61 Mahatma Ghandi Street, KwaDukuza
Tel: 032 437 9300