Harding, KwaZulu-Natal

Harding is a town situated in the Mzimkulwana River valley, Ugu District Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Harding
Harding is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Harding
Harding
Harding is located in South Africa
Harding
Harding
Coordinates: 30°35′S 29°53′E / 30.583°S 29.883°E / -30.583; 29.883Coordinates: 30°35′S 29°53′E / 30.583°S 29.883°E / -30.583; 29.883
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictUgu
MunicipalityUMuziwabantu
Area
 • Total25.18 km2 (9.72 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total9,544
 • Density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African87.3%
 • Coloured8.5%
 • Indian/Asian2.3%
 • White1.1%
 • Other0.8%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu49.1%
 • Xhosa30.0%
 • English12.6%
 • Afrikaans3.8%
 • Other4.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
4680
PO box
4680
Area code039

BackgroundEdit

Harding was established as a military outpost following the British annexation of East Griqualand in 1874. Named after Sir Walter Harding (c 1812-1874) who in 1858 became the first Chief Justice in Natal.[2] It was declared as a township in 1911.[3]

Timber and dairy farming are the main economic activities. The abandoned 122 kilometres (76 mi) narrow gauge Alfred County Railway used to serve the farming areas, linking Harding with Port Shepstone. Harding lies at the foot of the Ingeli Range, 34 km north-west of Izingolweni and 84 km north-west of Port Shepstone.[3]:256

AdministrationEdit

Harding is located in the uMuziwabantu Local Municipality which is located in the larger Ugu District Municipality which governs the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. It is the municipal seat of the uMuziwabantu Local Municipality which governs Harding, Weza and its surroundings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Harding". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 198.
  3. ^ a b Conolly, Denis (1975). The Tourist in South Africa. Travel-Guide (PTY) LTD. ASIN B0000E7XZN.