The uMgungundlovu District Area is bordered by: The Ilembe District Municipality to the east; the Umzinyathi District Municipality to the north-east; the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality to the south-east; the Harry Gwala District Municipality to the south-west; and both the Okhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site and the Uthukela District to the north.
The District consists of seven Local Municipalities, namely: Msunduzi; Impendle; Umshwathi; Mkhambathini; Mpofana; Umngeni; and the Richmond Local Municipality.
UMgungundlovu District Municipality is a Category C Municipality, with its seat in Pietermaritzburg. Its area of jurisdiction covers seven local municipalities.
The District covers about 9514.594 square kilometers, it has a population of 1,017,763 (one million, 17 thousand, seven hundred and sixty-three) according to Census 2011. The District constitutes about 10% of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal and it is number two in size after EThekwini Metro. UMgungundlovu is surrounded by these municipalities: eThekwini to the southeast (Durban), iLembeU to the east (DC29), Harry Gwala to the southwest (DC43), UGu to the south (DC21), UMzinyathi to the north (DC24) and UThukela to the northwest (DC23). Languages spoken: isiZulu, English, Afrikaans and other.
In square kilometres uMshwathi Municipality is the largest of the six Local Municipalities in the District with major urban centres in New Hanover, Wartburg, Dalton and Cool Air. Substantial rural residential settlements are to be found at Swayimane, Mpolweni, Thokozani and Ozwathini.
Incorporates Howick and Hilton and is ideally situated on the N3 development corridor. Significant manufacturing and industry is already established in the municipal area, with further developments in the pipeline.
Situated in Msunduzi, Pietermaritzburg, is not only the District's primary urban centre and seat of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality's administration, but is the thriving, modern capital of KwaZulu-Natal. The city is a dynamic commercial and industrial centre and is also recognized as a seat of academic excellence.
Agriculture and textiles form the backbone of economic development in the Mpofana municipal area. Dairy farming is one of the drivers in the agricultural sectors followed by crops such as maize, potatoes, beans and peas. Some of the most well know stud farms are located
In Impendle, the World Heritage Site and the Drakensberg-Ukhahlamba Mountain Park accentuates the immense potential in the area for tourism, community based craft endeavours and micro enterprises. An abundance of water allows for a mixed agricultural economy, while the cold winters indicate opportunities for a deciduous fruit industry.