Dutywa (formerly Idutywa)[2] is a town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, formerly part of the Transkei bantustan. Founded by Asisipho Phakathi. It is the birthplace of Thabo Mbeki, who became President of South Africa in 1999.[3] It is 35 kilometres north of Gcuwa (formerly known as Butterworth) on the N2 road.[4] Dutywa is the seat of the Mbhashe Municipality in the Amatole District.[5] Dutywa is an inland located town and an economic center to the nearest coastal town Willowvale Gatyane. The economic contributions to this town mostly come from the agriculture, education and the rapidly developing infrastructure. This town recently finished developing a shopping complex in 2017, and has good recreational areas including sporting centers. Da Village is a heritage oriented fun center where prominent artists with the likes of Zahara (South African musician) among others and radio presenters come to mingle and have fun.


The N2 about to enter Idutywa
The N2 about to enter Idutywa
Dutywa is located in Eastern Cape
Dutywa is located in South Africa
Dutywa is located in Africa
Coordinates: 32°06′S 28°18′E / 32.100°S 28.300°E / -32.100; 28.300Coordinates: 32°06′S 28°18′E / 32.100°S 28.300°E / -32.100; 28.300
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
 • Total20.83 km2 (8.04 sq mi)
 • Total11,076
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African96.6%
 • Coloured1.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.7%
 • White1.1%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa91.6%
 • English3.3%
 • Other5.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code047


The town was founded in 1858 as a military fort after a dispute between a Natal Colony raiding party and local people.[6] It is named after the Dutywa River, a tributary of the Mbhashe River.[7] The name means "place of disorder" in the Xhosa language.[6][8] Its spelling was officially changed from "Idutywa" to "Dutywa" on 16 July 2004.[9] The settlement was laid out in 1884 and was made a municipality in 1913.[8]


Dutywa is a relatively new urban settlement descending from a place now called Old Idutywa.

Transport SystemEdit

The town's transportation consists mainly of a road system. There are bakkies for rural travelling where the roads are not tarred and minibuses to commute between different areas. For long distance travel, one can use buses, available from the local bus rank, Mavumisa or Jobela as the mostly preferred bus companies by locals. One can also book online or buy tickets from local retailers, Shoprite, Idutywa Spar.

Young EntrepreneursEdit

Dutywa is home to two fast growing clothing labels, KuduwearSA and Caavirno Vorne, the clothing labels are manufactured in South Africa and mostly sold online via their social media accounts. They both have offices in Cape Town (mainly for manufacturing and distribution) and Dutywa as the satelite office for branding and distribution. The brands are independently, Kuduwearsa is owned by Yandisa Magadla, whereas Caavirno Caavirno Vorné is owned by Cimiser and Bilbridge Co


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dutywa". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Elwyn (2007), Falling into place: the story of modern South African place names, David Philip Publishers, p. 75
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica: Thabo Mbeki
  4. ^ Pinchuck, Tony (2002). South Africa. Rough Guides. p. 425. ISBN 1-85828-853-3.
  5. ^ "Routes Travel Info Portal: Idutywa". Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  6. ^ a b Wild Coast Towns: Idutywa Archived 19 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Dictionary of Southern African Place Names
  8. ^ a b "Idutywa". Routes Travel Info Portal. Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  9. ^ Mlambo-Ngcuka, Phumzile (as Minister of Arts and Culture) (16 July 2004). "Approval of official place names". Government Gazette. Pretoria: Government Printer. 26552: 9–11. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.