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 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. 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. uMhlathuze Municipality was established on 5 December 2000 after the demarcation process and the local government elections of that date. Richards Bay is considered to be the industrial and tourism hub, Empangeni the commercial hub and eSikhaleni the largest suburb. The name uMhlathuze is derived from the uMhlathuze River, which meanders through the municipal area and symbolically unifies the towns, suburbs and traditional areas. 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%)

MANAGEMENT

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 Chairperson: Financial Services Committee), N V Gumbi (Deputy Mayor and Chairperson: Corporate Services Committee), Mvuseni Mnqayi (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
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)

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'0002013/142012/132011/12
AUDIT OUTCOME n/aClean audit outcomeFinancially unqualified with findings
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
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 EXPENDITURE & FUNDS SOURCES
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
FINANCIAL POSITION
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
CASH FLOWS
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, IRREGULAR, FRUITLESS & WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE
Unauthorised expendituren/a--
Irregular expendituren/a--
Fruitless & wasteful expendituren/a--
SOURCES71 UnauditedS71 AuditedS71 Audited

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


EMPLOYMENT

2012/132011/12
Employment
Employment Costs (R’000) 484 004437 126
Remuneration of councillors (R’000) 19 97517 148
 
Total Employee Positions 2 3562 297
Total Vacant Employee Positions 3440
Total Vacancy Percentage 0.13%19.16%
 
Managerial Positions - S57 66
Vacant Managerial Positions - S57 00
Managerial Positions - by organogram 110107
Vacant Managerial Positions - by organogram 30
Community And Social Service Positions 14295
Vacant Community And Social Service Positions 018
Finance And Administration Positions 453344
Vacant Finance And Administration Positions 0135
Electricity Positions 167134
Vacant Electricity Positions 040
Enviromental Protection Positions 26613
Vacant Enviromental Protection Positions 01
Health Positions 1138
Vacant Health Positions 02
Public Safety Positions 163404
Vacant Public Safety Positions 084
Road Transport Positions 311242
Vacant Road Transport Positions 055
Sport And Recreation Positions 106309
Vacant Sport And Recreation Positions 032
Waste Management Positions 260218
Vacant Waste Management Positions 03
Waste Water Management Positions 4041
Vacant Waste Water Management Positions 010
Water Positions 228209
Vacant Water Positions 030
Other Positions 93137
Vacant Other Positions 030

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


SERVICE DELIVERY

2012/132011/12
Water
Blue Drop Score n/an/a
Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality actually provide? YesYes
Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 73 41372 260
Number of domestic households/delivery points 73 41372 260
Inside the yard 71 60370 250
Less than 200m from yard 1 8102 010
More than 200m from yard 00
Domestic households with access to free basic service 73 41371 660

Electricity
Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality actually provide? YesYes
Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 61 94861 483
Domestic households with access to free basic service 2 0456 372

Sewerage and Sanitation
Green Drop Score n/a0
Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality actually provide? YesYes
Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 53 66648 050
Number of households using
Flush toilet - public sewerage 32 60532 605
Flush toilet - septic tank 00
Ventilated pit latrine 21 06115 445
Bucket system 00
Other 00
Domestic households with access to free basic service 21 04115 445

Solid Waste Services
Is the municipality responsible to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality have infrastructure to provide? YesYes
Does the municipality actually provide? YesYes
Is the service outsourced/commercialised? NoNo
Number of households and non-domestic customers to which provided 59 00058 894
Domestic households with access to free basic service 12 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

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 info@municipalities.co.za 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.

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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.

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Resident Queries


Telephone Number Email Address
Accounts 035 907 5493/035 907 5143 creg@umhlathuze.gov.za
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

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