Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal

Melmoth is a small town situated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The town was established in the Mthonjaneni district after the annexation of Zululand by the British Empire in 1887 and was named after Sir Melmoth Osborn.[2] Large wattle plantations were set up and a wattle bark factory was established in 1926. The district is also planted with sugar cane from the outskirts of the town and into the surrounding villages. The government-funded hospital in Melmoth is St Marys kwaMagwaza Hospital that caters for the people of Melmoth and surrounding villages.[3]

Melmoth
View from the north
View from the north
Melmoth is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Melmoth
Melmoth
Melmoth is located in South Africa
Melmoth
Melmoth
Coordinates: 28°35′S 31°23′E / 28.583°S 31.383°E / -28.583; 31.383Coordinates: 28°35′S 31°23′E / 28.583°S 31.383°E / -28.583; 31.383
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
DistrictKing Cetshwayo
MunicipalityMthonjaneni
Area
 • Total13.36 km2 (5.16 sq mi)
Elevation
740 m (2,430 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total7,814
 • Density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African95.0%
 • Coloured1.4%
 • Indian/Asian0.8%
 • White2.6%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu87.5%
 • English4.5%
 • S. Ndebele2.7%
 • Afrikaans2.3%
 • Other3.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
3835
PO box
3835
Area code035

The main road to Piet Retief is extremely busy during holiday periods.

Vehicle registrations in Melmoth start with NO - N for Natal, O for Osborn.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Melmoth". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Gateway to Zululand". www.melmoth.co.za. Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2015-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "KwaMagwaza Hospital". www.kznhealth.gov.za. Retrieved 2015-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Melmoth Information | Tourism Guide". www.wheretostay.co.za. Retrieved 2015-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)