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About eThekwini Municipality

EThekwini Municipality is a Category A municipality found in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The area is topographically hilly, with many gorges and ravines, and almost no true coastal plain. Durban has a turbulent history dating from ivory hunters in the 1820s and their conflict with the local Zulu monarchs. 

The province has the largest number of battlefields. The world-class Durban Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) has hosted a historic line-up of events including conferences of a global scale.  

eThekwini is the largest City in this province and the third largest city in the country. It is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over 3 442 398 people (as per 2011 Census). It is known as the home of Africa's best-managed, busiest port and is also a major centre of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. ​​

Its land area of 2,297 square km is comparatively larger than other South African cities. Durban Tourism is the leading domestic destination in South Africa. The estimated visitor numbers for the financial year 2010/11 is 9.95 million. 
International visitors increased by 2.92 % to 669 585 for the year. This is partly to due to the 2010 World Cup, as Durban was one of the host cities. The value of our domestic tourism economic impact on the region’s GDP is estimated to be 8. % per annum. Hotel occupancy in Durban for the year averaged 65.17% which is better than the national average.

Hospitality industry consists of many fine hotels, nightspots, shopping malls, ethnic attractions, traditional villages, craft markets, sparkling dams and big-game parks, such as, Mitchell Park where 100 year old Admiral tortoise is kept.
Our Vision
By 2030 eThekwini Municipality will enjoy the reputation of being Africa’s most caring and liveable City, where all citizens live in harmony.
Our core values
  • Sustainability
  • Economically successful city
  • Caring city
  • Smart city
  • Poverty reduction and Democratic & Equal city


Composition of Council

ANC 126
DA 43
MF 11
NFP 10
Independent 1


Administrative  Management 


Municipal City Manager: Sipho Nzuza                                             
Chief Financial Officer​: ​Mr Krish Kumar
LED Manager/Officer: ​Mr Philip Sithole


Other  Members of Council

Deputy City Manager: Finance - Mr Krish Kumar (Chief Finance Officer),
Deputy City Manager:  Community and Emergency Services -  
Deputy City Manager: Governance and International Relations - Mr Sipho Cele, 
Deputy City Manager: Corporate and Human Resources - 
Deputy City Manager: Trading Service - 
Deputy City Manager: Human Settlements, Engineering and Transport - Vacant,
Deputy City Manager: Economic Development  and Planning - 
Chief Operations Officer - Mr Adrian Peters,
Chief Audit Executive  - Mr P Ntsimane,
Chief Operations Officer - Mr Musa Mbhele

Political Management

Executive Mayor : His Worship Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Thomas Kaunda
Other  Members of Council

Councillor Belinda Scott 
​Councillor Weziwe Thusi 
Councillor Sipho Alam Kaunda
Councillor Thanduxolo Sabelo 
Councillor Ntokozo Sibiya 
Councillor Nompumelelo Sithole 
Councillor Sibongiseni Mkhize 
Councillor Nicole Graham 
Councillor Thabani Mthethwa
Councillor Yogiswarie Govender
Councillor Mduduzi Samuel Nkosi 


Major Community Facilities

Libraries 84 Schools 1039
Primary Health Care 233
Police Stations 65
Hospitals 30
Community Halls 193
Participation voters = 1 331 246
Eligible voters =1 639 153
Voter participation in last municipal election = 81.22%
Important numbers

Tourist Junction - 031 304 4934
KZN Tourism Authority - 031 366 7500
Durban Investment Promotion Agency - 031 336 2540
Emergency Services - 031 361 0000
Socio-Economic Description
Economic Status
1 010 598 42
506 111 21
Not economically active
822 288 34
Not applicable/Institutions
65 085 3
Literacy Rate (Grade 7 and above)
2 233 706 64%
GDP 2 (2008)
(R137, 6) Billion
Gini Coefficient (2008)
Dependency Ratio
Four Main Economic Sectors
% of Total
Financial & business services
Community Services
Wholesale & Retail
EThekwini Municipality 2010/11 Budget
Rands [billions]
R 5.4
R 20.5
Total Budget
R 25.98

Tender/Procurement Information
Supply Chain Operations have developed an online Request for Quotation Application which allows suppliers to view quotes and also view any technical and support documentation attached to the Request for Quote.
The application has improved the turn-around time for the procurement of services through the seamless integration of the Internet and Procurement Systems. Suppliers are requested to register on line. Suppliers no longer require access to FAX facilities as all responses are submitted on-line and on the site. 
Current/Proposed LED Activities
Economic Development Projects Department, located in the eThekwini Economic Development and Investment Promotion Unit, promotes local economic development along economic corridors and in economic nodes in order to achieve economic growth and job creation.
The reason for utilising the above referenced approach, is that the City is in a position to maximize the development potential of existing and proposed infrastructure along the economic corridors identified in the Integrated Development Plan.
Some of the projects that have been finalized as a result of this approach are: the Isipingo Town Centre Regeneration; Verulam Town Centre Regeneration; Tongaat Town Centre Regeneration; Umlazi V-section node including Umlazi Mega City; the KwaMashu Town Centre development; Bridge City development and the Cato Manor node.
However, where there is a strong business case, that complies with Municipal regulations, and has the potential to make a meaningful contribution towards economic growth and job creation; the Unit will support such proposals as well.
Contact Details
Main Telephone Number​
031 311 1111
Main Fax Number​ 031 311 2170​
Main Email Address​ ​
Website Address​
Physical Address​ City Hall, 263 Dr Pixley KaSeme (West) Street, Durban​
Postal Address PO Box 1014, Durban, 4000





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