Municipality: Emnambithi/Ladysmith Local Municipality


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Municipal Offices
29 Keate Street
3370 Ladysmith , KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Phone: +27 36 637 2090/1
Fax: +27 36 637 2092
KwaZulu-Natal ZA


eMmnambithi- Ladysmith Local Municipality (ELM) forms part of the Uthukela District Municipality, with Ladysmith, Ezakheni, Steadville and Colenso/ Nkanyezi as the main urban areas. Ladysmith is the primary urban area, located along the N11 National Route, 20 kilometres off the National N3 route. Ladysmith is 370 kilometres from Johannesburg and 250 kilometres from Durban.

ELM comprises of 27 wards representing a range of settlements from urban to municipal service centres, agricultural landscapes, industrial and semi-rural residential settlements. The 27 wards within the Municipal jurisdiction are represented by 50 councilors, 10 of which sit on the Executive Committee ELM comprises of the following areas

  • Ladysmith Area;
  • Colenso;
  • Ezakheni;
  • Steadville;
  • St Chads;
  • Driefontein Complex;
  • Matiwaneskop; and
  • Roosboom

The priority development key issues for eMnambithi/ Ladysmith are: physical infrastructure and services; social development and services; economic development; land reform, environment and land use management; institutional development; financial development, and democracy and governance.Urban areas have far more services than rural ones but a much lower population, indicating a clear imbalance in provision. The Driefontein Complex has been identified as an area for priority spending. It has the highest population concentration but the lowest service standards Economy.

Critical infrastructure

The ELM is strategically located at the intersection of two major national development corridors and trade routes, that is: The N11 which runs in a north south direction linking KwaZulu-Natal with Mpumalanga Province; and The N3 which runs in an east west direction linking Durban and Johannesburg Metropolitan areas. Railway line linking KwaZulu-Natal and provinces such as Gauteng and Mpumalanga also runs through the area creating opportunities for the ELM to benefit from the recently announced rail infrastrcuture development programme. As such, the ELM is highly accessible at both regional and national level. This is recognised in the recently introduced Provincial Growth and Development Strategy for KwaZulu-Natal which classifies Ladysmith as a tertiary node with regional significance. This means that the area is earmarked for the location of infrastructure that serves the whole of Uthukela District and beyond, and connects the region with the major urban centres such as Durban and Johannesburg.


Ladysmith provides higher order goods to the whole district and houses most of the major industrial activities. Manufacturing activity is primarily concentrated in the Ladysmith-Ezakheni cluster, and is dominated by the textile and clothing sub-sector. The Emnambithi Local Municipality contains approximately half of the district’s economic activity, particularly concentrated in the Ladysmith CBD, Ezakheni/Pieters and Danskraal Industrial area. The Emnambithi town also contains the majority of the government service sectors that plays a meaningful role to the economy of the uThukela/ Emnambithi sub-region through various logistics.

The ELM is also well located in relation to atleast two of the major tourism destinations in KwaZulu-Natal. The ELM is located in an region with a rich heritage and military history ranging from the uMfecane period (early 1800s) to the turn of the century when the Boers tried to stem the tide of British imperialism.


  • Weak & poor co-operation & communication between local municipality and district municipality and between municipal internal sector departments
  • Dysfunctional & ineffective organograms
  • Poor investment strategy and business retention.
  • Inefficient communication between business society and the municipality.
  • Poor revenue collection
  • High number of poor and indigent communities
  • Poor staff retention strategy
  • Lack of upwards mobility plans and strategies
  • Inconsist job evaluation
  • Poor communication and understanding of roles and responsibilities between councillors and officials.