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Quick Fact
  • 595,061

  • 199,784

  • 21,9%

  • 79,4%

  • 85,5%

  • 85,1%

Durban was established in 1835 by the King Shaka in 1828. Originally named Port Natal, the new settlement was named after Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849) in 1835, Governor of the Cape from 1834 to 1838. Until about 1870 its name was spelt D'Urban. In 1935 it achieved city status and is now a major port and popular holiday destination. (GPS coordinates: 29.8796 S, 30.9834 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population595,061
Young (0-14)19,4%
Working Age (15-64)73,7%
Elderly (65+)6,9%
Dependency ratio35,7
Sex ratio94,3
Population density2634 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2%
Higher education aged 20+21,9%
Matric aged 20+39,5%
Number of households199,784
Average household size2,8
Female headed households39%
Formal dwellings83,7%
Housing owned/paying off42,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage85,1%
Weekly refuse removal94,8%
Piped water inside dwelling79,4%
Electricity for lighting85,5%

Place names

Ethekwini Municipality