City of uMhlathuze Local Municipality (KZN282)

  • OVERVIEW

    Contact Details

    Postal: Private Bag X1004, Richards Bay, 3900
    Physical: 5 Mark Strasse, Central Business District, Richards Bay
    Tel: 035 907 5000
    Fax: 035 907 5444/5/6/7
    Web: www.richemp.org.za

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    Geography, History and Economy

    Area: 793km²
    Description: City of uMhlathuze Local Municipality was established on 5 December 2000 after the demarcation process and the local government elections of that date. The name uMhlathuze is derived from the uMhlathuze River, which meanders through the municipal area and symbolically unifies the towns, suburbs and traditional areas.
     It is the third-largest municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. Located on the north-east coast of the province, it is a strategically placed, aspirant metropol due to its close proximity to Durban. Likewise, it is home to the country’s largest deep-water port and an industrial development zone that enjoys the associated economic spin-offs. Richards Bay is considered to be the industrial and tourism hub, Empangeni the commercial hub and eSikhaleni the largest suburb.
     The John Ross Parkway, the major access road to the City from the inland provinces, is in the process of being upgraded and rehabilitated. The road boasts the country’s longest road bridge and has been designed to meet the growing transport needs of the City in line with the development plans for the CBD and harbour.
     Apart from being an industrial and economic hub, the City enjoys a diverse natural environment. Importantly, the City of uMhlathuze is a progressive municipality that appreciates the need to achieve a successful balance and synergy between industry, its rich environmental assets, and the community.
     Its vision is: ‘The City of uMhlathuze, as a port city, will offer improved quality of life for all its citizens through sustainable development. It will be a renowned centre for trade, tourism and nature-lovers, coastal recreation, commerce, industry, forestry and agriculture.'

    Cities/Towns: Empangeni, Richards Bay
    Main Economic Sectors: Manufacturing (45.9%), mining and quarrying (11.6%), financial, real estate and business (10.7%), community, social and personal services (10.4%), transport and communication (9.1%), trade (6.3%), agriculture, forestry and fishing (3.2%)
  • MAP

  • MANAGEMENT

    Political Management

    Composition of Council: ANC 43, IFP 13, DA 8, EFF 3 (2016 LGE Provisional)
    Controlling Party: ANC
    We are updating management information as it becomes available after the 3 August 2016 local government elections.
    Mayor: M G Mhlongo
    Other Members of Council: E F Mbatha (Mayor and Chairperson: Financial Services Committee), N V Gumbi (Deputy Mayor and Chairperson: Corporate Services Committee), M Mthenjana (Speaker), Manie Lourens (Chief Whip), M Sookroo (Chairperson: City Development Committee)

    Administrative Management

    Municipal Manager: Dr N J Sibeko
    Chief Financial Officer: Mr M Kunene (Deputy Municipal Manager: Financial Services)
    Communications Officer: Mr Mdu Ncalane (Manager: Communications)
    LED Officer: Ms B N Nzimande
    Other Senior Management: N I Mthethwa (Chief Operations Officer), N Ndonga (Deputy Municipal Manager: City Development), S S Masondo (Deputy Municipal Manager: Corporate Services), T Gopane (Deputy Municipal Manager: Infrastructure and Technical Services), M T Oliphant (Deputy Municipal Manager: Community Services)
  • DEMOGRAPHIC
    Population 334 459
    Age Structure
    Population under 15 29.30%
    Population 15 to 64 67.50%
    Population over 65 3.20%
    Dependency Ratio
    Per 100 (15-64) 48.20
    Sex Ratio
    Males per 100 females 95.00
    Population Growth
    Per annum 1.45%
    Labour Market
    Unemployment rate (official) 31.00%
    Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 40.80%
    Education (aged 20 +)
    No schooling 7.50%
    Higher education 14.60%
    Matric 38.50%
    Household Dynamics
    Households 86 609
    Average household size 3.50
    Female headed households 40.70%
    Formal dwellings 88.30%
    Housing owned 52.70%
    Household Services
    Flush toilet connected to sewerage 49.70%
    Weekly refuse removal 53.50%
    Piped water inside dwelling 50.30%
    Electricity for lighting 93.50%

    Source: Census 2011 Municipal Fact Sheet, published by Statistics South Africa.

  • FINANCIAL
    All values: R'0002014/152013/142012/132011/12
    AUDIT OUTCOME Clean audit outcomeClean audit outcomeClean audit outcomeFinancially unqualified with findings
    FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
    Property rates338 166279 679238 007204 614
    Service charges1 673 8401 617 7261 369 8101 206 760
    Investment revenue27 55821 06014 4994 012
    Transfers recognised - operational249 416232 086202 114183 050
    Other own revenue237 205156 896164 56666 000
    Total Revenue (excluding capital transfers and contributions)2 526 1852 307 4471 988 9951 664 435
    Employee costs533 157480 990437 126393 065
    Remuneration of councillors22 62221 40817 14815 863
    Depreciation & asset impairment339 935244 340345 315300 901
    Finance charges71 17171 14579 98582 481
    Materials and bulk purchases1 232 7441 126 7551 002 685874 271
    Transfers and grants4 3583 0222 0911 177
    Other expenditure384 785348 747207 725193 096
    Total Expenditure2 588 7722 296 4072 092 0751 860 854
    Surplus/(Deficit)(62 587)11 040(103 079)(196 419)
    Transfers recognised - capital211 796186 86551 65949 138
    Contributions recognised - capital & contributed assets----
    Surplus/(Deficit) after capital transfers & contributions149 209197 906(51 420)(147 281)
    Share of surplus/(deficit) of associate----
    Surplus/(Deficit) for the year149 209197 906(51 420)(147 281)
    CAPITAL EXPENDITURE & FUNDS SOURCES
    Capital expenditure454 373304 375115 03687 042
    Transfers recognised - capital190 090126 32956 02749 138
    Public contributions & donations8 32362 6024 5313 165
    Borrowing147 30269 34733 99222 907
    Internally generated funds86 95246 09720 48711 833
    Total sources of capital funds454 373304 375115 03687 042
    FINANCIAL POSITION
    Total current assets807 887835 646599 972438 539
    Total non current assets4 952 0974 348 3424 250 3664 376 822
    Total current liabilities582 411621 527533 399439 207
    Total non current liabilities769 811835 059829 668950 854
    Community wealth/Equity4 407 7623 727 4013 487 2713 425 301
    CASH FLOWS
    Net cash from (used) operating575 523404 704(772 377)193 013
    Net cash from (used) investing(433 782)(243 092)939 375(155 156)
    Net cash from (used) financing(124 613)122(75 318)(202)
    Cash/cash equivalents at the year end421 638404 509280 39677 214
    UNAUTHORISED, IRREGULAR, FRUITLESS & WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE
    Unauthorised expenditure----
    Irregular expenditure----
    Fruitless & wasteful expenditure----
    SOURCES71 AuditedS71 AuditedS71 AuditedS71 Audited

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • EMPLOYMENT
      2014/152013/142012/132011/12
    Employment
    Employment Costs (R’000) 533 157480 990437 126393 065
    Remuneration of councillors (R’000) 22 62221 40817 14815 863
     
    Total Employee Positions 2 0222 2602 2902 297
    Total Vacant Employee Positions 003440
    Total Vacancy Percentage 0.00%0.00%0.13%19.16%
     
    Managerial Positions - S57 6566
    Vacant Managerial Positions - S57 0000
    Managerial Positions - by organogram 444144107
    Vacant Managerial Positions - by organogram 0030
    Community And Social Service Positions 9614314295
    Vacant Community And Social Service Positions 00018
    Finance And Administration Positions 411325453344
    Vacant Finance And Administration Positions 000135
    Electricity Positions 134136167134
    Vacant Electricity Positions 00040
    Enviromental Protection Positions 21019826613
    Vacant Enviromental Protection Positions 0001
    Health Positions 15751138
    Vacant Health Positions 0002
    Public Safety Positions 202221163404
    Vacant Public Safety Positions 00084
    Road Transport Positions 274296311242
    Vacant Road Transport Positions 00055
    Sport And Recreation Positions 85142106309
    Vacant Sport And Recreation Positions 00032
    Waste Management Positions 312327260218
    Vacant Waste Management Positions 0003
    Waste Water Management Positions 35384041
    Vacant Waste Water Management Positions 00010
    Water Positions 198203228209
    Vacant Water Positions 00030
    Other Positions 011093137
    Vacant Other Positions 00030

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • SERVICE DELIVERY
      2014/152013/142012/132011/12
    Water
    Blue Drop Score n/a89.60n/a92.94
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 84 57883 62073 41372 260
    Number of domestic households/delivery points 84 57883 62073 41372 260
    Inside the yard 83 88082 92271 60370 250
    Less than 200m from yard 6986981 8102 010
    More than 200m from yard 0000
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 8 32383 62073 41371 660

    Electricity
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? YesYesYesNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 64 34463 97661 94861 483
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 1 7641 7002 0456 372

    Sewerage and Sanitation
    Green Drop Score n/an/a00
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 73 57566 92653 66648 050
    Number of households using
    Flush toilet - public sewerage 43 06843 06832 60532 605
    Flush toilet - septic tank 0000
    Ventilated pit latrine 30 40323 75421 06115 445
    Bucket system 0000
    Other 0000
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 30 40323 75421 04115 445

    Solid Waste Services
    Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYesYesYes
    Does the municipality actually provide? YesYesYesYes
    Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNoNoNo
    Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 64 00061 00059 00058 894
    Domestic households with access to free basic service 19 00016 00012 63312 633

    Note: For information on methodology, sources and definitions please see Sources.

  • LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Key Projects

    Agricultural support to encourage and assist small-scale farmers; annual agricultural market day; business support and business advisory workshops; community skills development.

    Key Investment Opportunities

    The Ridge Development; Meerensee Retirement Village; waterworks node; waterfront development project; industrial development zone; eco-estate; canal node.
  • LINKS/RESOURCES
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