City of uMhlathuze Local Municipality (KZN282)

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

Municipal Information

Area: 793km²
Cities/Towns: Empangeni, Richards Bay
Main Economic Sectors: Manufacturing (45.9%), mining/quarrying (11.6%), financial/real estate/business (10.7%), community/social/personal services (10.4%), transport/communication (9.1%), trade (6.3%), agriculture/forestry/fishing (3.2%)

Demographic Information

Population: 334 459
Households: 86 609
Population Growth: 1.45% p.a.
Unemployment Rate: 31.00%

Political Management

Composition of Council: ANC 36, IFP 10, DA 6, NFP 6, INDEPENDENT 2
Mayor: Elphas Mbatha
Other Members of Council: E F Mbatha (Mayor and Chairman: Financial Services Committee), N V Gumbi (Deputy Mayor and Chairman: Corporate Services Committee), Mvuseni Mnqayi (Speaker), Manie Lourens (Chief Whip), M Sookroo (Chairman: City Development Committee)

Administrative Management

Municipal Manager: Dr N J Sibeko
Chief Financial Officer: Mr M Kunene
Communications Officer: Ms Mandy Govender
LED Officer: Ms B N Nzimande
Other Senior Management: S Mbatha (Acting Deputy Municipal Manager: City Development), M Mhlongo (Acting Deputy Municipal Manager: Corporate Services), T Gopane (Deputy Municipal Manager: Infrastructure and Technical Services), M T Oliphant (Deputy Municipal Manager: Community Services), M Kunene (Deputy Municipal Manager: Financial Services)

Financial Information

All values: R'0002013/142012/132011/12
AUDIT OUTCOME n/aClean audit outcomeFinancially unqualified with findings
Property rates278 640238 007204 614
Service charges1 647 9851 369 8101 206 760
Investment revenue12 19114 4994 012
Transfers recognised - operational220 035202 114183 050
Other own revenue49 171164 56666 000
Total Revenue (excluding capital transfers and contributions)2 208 0211 988 9951 664 435
Employee costs484 004437 126393 065
Remuneration of councillors19 97517 14815 863
Depreciation & asset impairment273 295345 315300 901
Finance charges75 53879 98582 481
Materials and bulk purchases1 010 1401 002 685874 271
Transfers and grants11 2142 0911 177
Other expenditure313 985207 725193 096
Total Expenditure2 188 1512 092 0751 860 854
Surplus/(Deficit)19 870(103 079)(196 419)
Transfers recognised - capital-51 65949 138
Contributions recognised - capital & contributed assets---
Surplus/(Deficit) after capital transfers & contributions19 870(51 420)(147 281)
Share of surplus/(deficit) of associate---
Surplus/(Deficit) for the year19 870(51 420)(147 281)
Capital expenditure242 073115 03687 042
Transfers recognised - capital112 65356 02749 138
Public contributions & donations16 8354 5313 165
Borrowing67 89833 99222 907
Internally generated funds44 68620 48711 833
Total sources of capital funds242 073115 03687 042
Total current assets757 355599 972438 539
Total non current assets4 201 5874 250 3664 376 822
Total current liabilities560 260533 399439 207
Total non current liabilities807 491829 668950 854
Community wealth/Equity3 591 1913 487 2713 425 301
Net cash from (used) operating361 529(772 377)193 013
Net cash from (used) investing(226 007)939 375(155 156)
Net cash from (used) financing(16 021)(75 318)(202)
Cash/cash equivalents at the year end399 897280 39677 214
Unauthorised expendituren/a--
Irregular expendituren/a--
Fruitless & wasteful expendituren/a--
SOURCES71 UnauditedS71 AuditedS71 Audited
  1. S71 Unaudited figures are sourced from the MFMA S71 4th Quarter Schedule C reports, made available by the National Treasury. The schedules are available at
  2. S71 Audited figures are prior year audited figures sourced from the MFMA S71 Schedule C reports.
  3. If the relevant S71 Schedule C figures are unavailable, prior year audited figures may be taken from the relevant Audited Financial Statements. The source is then indicated as AFS. Links are provided under the Resources section on this site.
  4. S71 Schedule C reports are in the format for monthly and quarterly municipal financial statements as prescribed by the Municipal Budget and Reporting Regulations. S71 Schedule C figures are standardised to the prescribed format and may differ from figures shown in the Audited Financial Statements. Where we have captured figures directly from the Audited Financial Statements, we have endeavoured to follow the S71 Schedule C format.
  5. Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure is sourced from the Consolidated general report on the audit outcomes of local government, published annually by the Auditor-General South Africa. If the figures are unavailable in this report, they may be sourced from the Annual Financial Statements of the relevant municipality.
  6. All figures are rounded to the nearest R'000. R0 values are reflected as ‘-’. Values that are unavailable are reflected as ‘n/a’.

Tender/Procurement Information

Tenders and requests for quotations are available on the municipal website. Tenders are also advertised in the newspapers (Zululand Observer and Mercury).

LED Activities

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.


Municipal Tenders
Municipal Vacancies
Annual Reports
Annual Report 2012/13
Annual Report 2011/12
Audited Financial Statements
AFS 2012/13
AFS 2011/12
AFS 2010/11
Integrated Development Plans
IDP 2012/13
IDP 2011/12
MFMA Section 71 – Schedule C
Schedule C 2013/14
Schedule C 2012/13
Schedule C 2011/12

The information in this directory is supplied and/or externally sourced and is also subject to continual change. If you notice any errors or omissions, please contact us at so that we can correct it.

Blue Drop Scores

The Blue Drop Scores are sourced from the annual Blue Drop Reports published by The Department: Water Affairs. The Municipal Blue Drop Score is a performance indicator of the overall municipal drinking water quality management performance of the relevant municipality. The score relates to not only the quality of the drinking water, but also contains a risk management measure relating to the ability of the responsible authority to sustain the quality of drinking water and also to deal with any incidents that may pose a health risk to the public. The maximum score is 100 and the target of excellence is 95%.

Green Drop Scores

The Green Drop Scores are sourced from the annual Green Drop Reports published by The Department: Water Affairs. The Municipal Green Drop Score is a performance indicator of the overall municipal wastewater business practice and compliance of the relevant municipality. The maximum score is 100.


Financial Audit Outcomes

The objective of an audit of financial statements is to express an opinion on whether the financial statements fairly represent the financial position of the auditee at financial year-end and the results of its operations for the financial year.

The Auditor-General can express one of the following audit opinions:

Clean audit outcome: The financial statements are free from material misstatements (in other words, a financially unqualified audit opinion) and there are no material findings on reporting on performance objectives or non-compliance with legislation.

Financially unqualified with findings: The financial statements contain no material misstatements. Unless the Auditor General expresses a clean audit outcome, findings have been raised on either reporting on predetermined objectives or non-compliance with legislation, or both these aspects.

Qualified audit opinion: The financial statements contain material misstatements in specific amounts, or there is insufficient evidence for the Auditor General to conclude that specific amounts included in the financial statements are not materially misstated.

Adverse audit opinion: The financial statements contain material misstatements that are not confined to specific amounts, or the misstatements represent a substantial portion of the financial statements.

Disclaimer of audit opinion: The auditee provided insufficient evidence in the form of documentation on which to base an audit opinion. The lack of sufficient evidence is not confined to specific amounts, or represents a substantial portion of the information contained in the financial statements.


Resident Queries

Telephone Number Email Address
Accounts 035 907 5493/035 907 5143
Electricity 035 907 5385/035 907 5371
Refuse & Waste Removal 035 907 5679/035 907 5789
Roads 035 907 5208/035 907 5869
Service Delivery 035 907 5000
Water 035 907 5454/035 907 5865