Ndwedwe Local Municipality is an administrative area in the iLembe District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Primary kaolin deposits occur in Ndwedwe. Good quality material is found near Coqweni, Nozandla and Appelsbosch.

Towns in the municipality include Ndwedwe, Glendale Heights.

Area: 1 093km²
Cities/Towns: Ndwedwe
Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, tourism, services

Ndwedwe Local Municipality lies parallel to, and approximately 20km inland from, the KwaZulu-Natal coast. The municipality consists mainly of poor black communities whose livelihoods depend on subsistence farming.

Located in relatively close proximity to major urban and economic developments, the area has remained substantially underdeveloped, disadvantaged and poor. External access and internal linkage are substantially limited to east-west roads, while north-south links are few and of poor quality.

Much of Ndwedwe Municipality’s detailed planning for the future depends on strategies yet to be developed for the iLembe District Municipality. However, the key short-term objectives that have been identified for Ndwedwe are strongly focused on the provision of basic infrastructure and services to a population that is at present severely lacking in these facilities.


“By 2030 The people of Ndwedwe will have a prosperous and vibrant economy, where their aspirations as met”


To promote a quality and sustainable delivery of municipal services by:

  1. Involving communities in the development;
  2. Forging strategic alliances and partnerships between the municipality and government departments, NGOs, CBOs, Private Sector to ensure speedy and co-ordinated delivery”

  • Population

    Population 140 820 Age Structure Population under 15 37.10% Population 15 to 64 56.90% Population over 65 6.00% Dependency Ratio Per 100 (15-64) 75.70 Sex Ratio Males per 100 females 89.00 Population Growth Per annum -0.27% Labour Market Unemployment rate … Continue reading
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