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Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality
Ugu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Municipal code KZN216
Area 837 km²
Seat Port Shepstone
Neighbours Umzumbe Local Municipality, Ezingoleni Local Municipality, Eastern Cape Province
Mayor Nolwazi Shusha
Population 272 467 (in 2006)
Racial makeup 84% African, 10% White, 5% Indian, 1% Coloured[1]
Languages Zulu, English, Xhosa
Website www.hcm.gov.za


Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality is a local municipality in South Africa. It is the economic hub of the Ugu District Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The area attracts tourists from KwaZulu-Natal and other provinces as well as international tourists.

Beaches of world-class quality are to be found along the entire seaboard. Hibberdene Beach, Ramsgate Beach, Marina Beach/San Lameer, and Lucien Beach have been recognized as Blue Flag beaches.[2] The climate of the coastal areas is humid and subtropical — comparable to southern Florida in the United States, but not quite as hot and rainy in the summer.

The coastline is dotted with small towns, many of which serve as seasonal recreational hubs, such as Port Shepstone, Umtamvuna / Port Edward, Margate, Hibberdene and Impenjati / Southbroom. These towns feature a wide range of tourist-oriented businesses, including restaurants, bars, clubs, movie houses, golf courses, clothing shops, museums, and various types of accommodations. The income from these businesses has economically benefited the municipality as a whole.[1]

Other economic activities include fishing, agriculture, crafts, and bead works.

The hilly inland regions of the municipality are largely under the ownership of tribal authorities. Such "traditional" settlements include KwaXolo, KwaNzimakwe, KwaNdwalane, KwaMadlala, KwaMavundla and KwaLushaba.

Towns in Hibiscus Coast

  • Albersville
  • Anerley
  • Beacon Rocks
  • Bendigo
  • Bhethani
  • Bhomela
  • Black Rock
  • Boboyi
  • Buthongweni
  • Cabhane
  • Canaan
  • Catalina
  • Doc Wilson Point
  • Dujazana
  • Dumezulu
  • Enkanyisweni
  • Entaba
  • Fairview
  • Fairview Mission
  • Gamalakhe
  • Gamthilini
  • Gcilima
  • Glenmore Beach
  • Grosvenor
  • Gwababeni
  • Hibberdene
  • Ingwemabala
  • Ivy Beach
  • Kumalai Estates
  • KwaMadlala
  • KwaNonhlanga
  • KwaNzimakwe
  • Kwaxolo
  • Lawrence Rocks
  • Leisure Bay
  • Leisure Crest
  • Louisiana
  • Madakana
  • Madlala
  • Magog
  • Manaba Beach
  • Mandla
  • Marburg
  • Margate
  • Marina Beach
  • Mbecuka
  • Mbotsha
  • Mdlanzi
  • Meadow Brook
  • Melville
  • Merlewood
  • Mgangathe
  • Mgolemi
  • Mhlalandlini
  • Mobatsha
  • Mt. Amvuna Nature Reserve
  • Mtengwana
  • Murchison
  • Mvutshini
  • Mzimakwe
  • Ngodini
  • Nkampini
  • Nkoneni
  • Nkothaneni
  • North Sand Bluff
  • Nositha
  • Nsangwini
  • Nsimbini
  • Nyandezulu
  • Nyanisweni
  • Nzimakwe
  • Oslo Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Port Edward
  • Port Shepstone
  • Pumula
  • Qina-About
  • Ramsgate
  • Rennies Beach
  • Rocklands
  • Salmon Bay
  • San Lameer
  • Sea Park
  • Shelly Beach
  • Shobeni
  • Sidobe
  • Sigodadeni
  • Silwane
  • Southbroom
  • Southport
  • St. Michael's on Sea
  • Sunduza
  • Sunwich Port
  • Thelawayeka
  • Thembalethu
  • Thongasi
  • Three Hills
  • Thundeza
  • Trafalgar
  • Umbango
  • Umtentweni
  • Umzinto
  • Umzumbe
  • Uvongo
  • Windsor-on-Sea
  • Wood Grange
  • Woza

References

  1. ^ a b IDP Review 2008/2009. Hibiscus Coast Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "Our Beaches." Hibiscus Coast Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 7, 2009.

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Coordinates: 30°45′0″S 30°22′30″E / 30.75°S 30.375°E / -30.75; 30.375

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