KwaDukuza Local Municipality
KwaDukuza Municipal area of jurisdiction is estimated at 734.971km². The municipal area stretches from the Zinkwazi River in the north to the UThongathi River in the South. It borders with four Municipalities via; Ndwedwe, Maphumulo and Mandeni local municipalities, and the eThekwini metropolitan. KwaDukuza functions as a district node and is the dominant commercial centre in the iLembe District. KwaDukuza derives its name from the historical background of the area being home to King Shaka Gravesite and Memorial. The town is built on the original site of King Shaka‘s Royal settlement called Dukuza. The settlement patterns show that the urban development is primarily located in the formally established towns of;
Zinkwazi and portions of Groutville.
Peri-urban to semi-rural settlements occur throughout much of the centre of the municipality, and these extend from the northern boundary via KwaDukuza, Groutville and uMhlali to the southern edge bordering eThekwini. The vision of KwaDukuza is stated: “By 2030, KwaDukuza shall be a vibrant city competing in the global village economically, socially, politically and in a sustainable manner’’.