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, community services, trade, agriculture, mining, finance

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

Audit Outcome Clean audit outcomeFinancially unqualified with findingsFinancially unqualified with findings
Total Net Assets3 487 2713 425 3023 572 582
Surplus/Deficit for the Year(51 420)(147 281)(193 205)
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities294 109195 373140 091
Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless & Wasteful Expenditure---

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 Report 2012/13
Annual Report 2011/12

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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