Mandeni Local Municipality's Profile
Mandeni Local Municipality is strategically located midway between Durban and Richards Bay, and lies on the development corridor on the North Coast between these two major port cities in KwaZulu-Natal. It is located on the major railway and road transportation routes which link these two economic hubs in KwaZulu-Natal. This strategic location is also acknowledged in the Provincial Spatial Framework which has identified Mandeni as the growth node in the north coast corridor.
The Tugela River bisects the municipal area thereby giving the area an important competitive advantage in the form of constant availability of water. The issue of the protection of this resource is a major concern given the levels of drought prevailing in the area and the scarcity of water.