Mtubatuba

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Mtubatuba
Mtubatuba is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Mtubatuba
Mtubatuba
Mtubatuba is located in South Africa
Mtubatuba
Mtubatuba
Coordinates: 28°25′S 32°11′E / 28.417°S 32.183°E / -28.417; 32.183Coordinates: 28°25′S 32°11′E / 28.417°S 32.183°E / -28.417; 32.183
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictuMkhanyakude
MunicipalityMtubatuba
Established1903
Area
 • Total76.22 km2 (29.43 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total27,237
 • Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African94.5%
 • Coloured1.2%
 • Indian/Asian1.0%
 • White3.3%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu88.0%
 • English6.1%
 • Afrikaans1.7%
 • S. Ndebele1.5%
 • Other2.6%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
3935
PO box
3935
Area code035

Mtubatuba is a town north of Richards Bay close to the entrance of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Town some 55 km south-south-west of Hluhluwe and 28 km west of St Lucia. Administered by a health committee since 1950. The name, formerly spelt Matubatuba, is Zulu for ‘creator of opportunities’, referring to a chief of the Mkwananzi tribe who died here in 1954.[2]

The town's early years were hampered by flooding. An additional setback occurred during World War I: a ship carrying essential parts of what was to be the town's first sugar mill was torpedoed. The mill was eventually constructed in 1916 at nearby Riverview. Its township is KwaMsane.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Mtubatuba". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 322.