Hlabisa Municipality is one of the local Municipalities under Umkhanyakude district in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The municipality was named after the surname, Hlabisa, of two Nkosi's in the area. The municipality is generally characterised by rural communities predominantly under traditional areas. 91% of land was under traditional authority, 3% commercial farmland and 6% urban. The major town is Hlabisa, with secondary nodes of Mpembeni, Zibayeni and Ezibayeni.read more »
Mtubatuba is one of the five municipalities within Umkhanyakude District Municipality in KwaZulu Natal. Mtubatuba was named after the inkosi Mtubatuba of the Mkhwanazi Clan. It is situated on the north-east coast of the province, and was home to 175 425 people. Covering an area of approximately 1970km² Mtubatuba Municipality was one of the most urbanised municipality within the district, with 15% of the municipality falling under urban areas.
The two main town areas are Mtubatuba and St Lucia. The vast majority of the municipality was under traditional authority - almost 80% - indicating a high proportion of people residing in scattered, rural villages under the jurisdiction of traditional authorities. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site falls under Matubatuba.read more »
KwaSani is an isiZulu name. "Kwa" means "at" and "Sani" means "San people". The name was chosen because it was easy to pronounce for overseas visitors to the World Heritage Site of Ukhahlamba. KwaSani Local Municipality is strategically placed at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, bordering the World Heritage Site. The municipality is bordered by Umkhomazi Wilderness Area to the west, Greater Kokstad to the south-west, Eastern Cape to the south, Ingwe Local Municipality to the east, and Impendle Local Municipality to the north. The area is 1 180 km2 in extent with a population of 12 898.read more »
Dannhauser Local Municipality falls within Amajuba District Municipality in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Named after Renier Dannhauser, a prominent farmer and German settler who purchased farms in the area in 1872 (Wikipedia), the municipality is predominantly rural, with only 10,1% of the population living in urban settlements.read more »
Musina in the Limpopo Valley is the northernmost town in South Africa. Situated close to the Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe, it is the main entry point into the country from countries north of South Africa.
The town developed around the copper mining industry in the area. Copper was first discovered in pre-historic times by the Musina people who named it musina, meaning spoiler, because they considered it a poor substitute for iron, which is what they were after.
The mineral was later re-discovered and mined by 20th century miners. Today iron, coal, magnetite, graphite, asbestos, diamonds and copper are mined here. With fascinating attractions and many game farms in the area, tourism and hunting play an important role in the economy of the town.
The recently declared world heritage site of Mapungubwe (meaning Hill of the Jackal) is one of the richest archaeological sites in the country. Botanical highlights of the region include fine specimens of baobab trees and impala lilies which are both protected species. Agricultural products include citrus, mangoes, tomatoes and dates.read more »