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District Municipality

About Us

uMgungundlovu is one of the 11 district municipalities ("districts") of KwaZulu-Natal province. The seat of uMgungundlovu is Pietermaritzburg. The majority of its 1 million+ residents speak Zulu (2001 Census). The district code is DC22 



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uMgungundlovu District Municipality will evolve into a dynamic metropolitan municipality, spreading its vibrant economic benefits to all its citizens and places and will, through concerted integrated development and service delivery, realize improvements in the overall quality of life.


The uMgungundlovu District Municipality will through sound governance and community participation ensure the provision of the stable and sustainable services and economic growth.

Strategic Overview

We are committed to delivering quality services to our community.
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.
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.

Committment + Passion

Our Philosophy

Corporate Values

Driven by the aspirations of the people we strive to achieve our Vision and Mission through:
  • Providing services according to the principles of Batho Pele (People First)
  • Practicing Ubuntu
  • Accepted codes of practice and standards of professionalism teamwork and commitment
  • A high standard of work ethic
  • Constant engagement with stakeholders
Batho Pele