KwaZulu-Natal Freight Databank

This Data Bank provides one with information about authorities within the province, industries, air freight, ports, cross border, rail and roads sectors in the KZN. The statistics will provide you with detailed information about the movements of freight in the province.  (Last Updated : 2013)


According to Statistics South Africa (2007), South Africa's largest provincial population resides in KwaZulu-Natal with just 10 million people. This is equivalent to 20% of the total population of the estimated 51,7 million.

The capital of the Kwa-Zulu Natal is Pietermaritzburg. Kwa-Zulu Natal is divided into 11 municipalities of which eThekwini is a metropolitan municipality and the other 10 are district municiplalities.

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality which was created in 2000, includes the city of Durban and its surrounding towns. The eThekwini Municipal Area (EMA) is an amalgamation of seven council areas and some tribal land. It covers an area of 2,297 square kilometres. It stretches from Umkomaas in the south to Tongaat in the north and Cato Ridge in the West, and includes some tribal areas in Umbumbulu and Ndwedwe. The majority of its 3,090,000 people speak Zulu (2001 Census).

eThekwini is the main economic driver in KwaZulu-Natal, contributing to over half of the province's output, employment and income. In national terms, Durban is the second most important economic hub after Gauteng, accounting for 15% of national output, 14% of household income and 11% of national employment. Regional development corridors are based on rail and road links Durban northwards to Richards Bay and Maputo, and westward to Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg. The Port of Durban is the busiest general cargo port in South Africa and the busiest container port in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 10 district municipalities in the EMA are:

  • Ugu
  • Amajuba
  • iLembe
  • Uthukela
  • Umzinyathi
  • Zululand
  • Umkhanyakude
  • uThungulu
  • Umgungundlovu
  • Sisonke


The municipal headquarters of the Ugu district are in Port Shepstone. The majority of its 722,484 people speak IsiZulu (2011 Census). The area is 5,866 square kilometres in extent, and boasts a coastline of 112 kilometres. It is bordered on the north by the eThekwini Municipality; the west by the uMgungundlovu and Sisonke District Municipalities; the south by the Eastern Cape Province; and the east by the Indian Ocean. The Ugu District Municipality consists of 81 municipal wards which culminate into six local municipalities.

The district contains the following local municipalities:



Amajuba is home to the industrial town of Newcastle (the municipal headquarters) and its surrounding coalfields. The surrounding hinterland consists predominantly of commercial farms. The other towns are Utrecht and Dannhauser.

The district contains the following local municipalities:



The municipal headquarters of iLembe is in KwaDukuza (Stanger). Ilembe District Municipality has a population of 606,818 and is the smallest of the 10 district Councils in KwaZulu-Natal. It is bordered by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in the immediate south and linked to Richards Bay in the north by the coastal highway. This means that the district Municipality has good access to two major harbours (Durban and Richards Bay) as well as to the existing Durban International Airport and the future King Shaka International Airport. Key to its economic potential is its position, strategically placed between Durban and Richards Bay. The core agricultural activites are sugarcane, vegetables, tunnel farming, flowers and nurseries. The industrial heart of the area is near Mandeni, where paper and sugar mills dominate. 

The district contains the following local municipalities:


Uthukela Municipality is headquartered in Ladysmith.

It has a population of 669,385 and contains the following local municipalities:



The seat of this municipality is Pietermaritzburg. South Africa's busiest arterial - the N3 runs through the district municipality, linking the country's industrial heartland of Gauteng to Durban, the largest port in the southern hemisphere.

The manufacturing activity is largely concentrated around Pietermaritzburg. The dominant clusters include leather, aluminium products, chemicals, food and furniture. The agricultural sector contributes 12.4% to the economy of the district and is significant when compared with 5% at the national and provincial levels. Commercial agriculture is dominated by sugarcane, animal products and forestry.

The district, with a population of 101,7770 contains the following local municipalities:



Ixopo is the headquarters of the Sisonko Municipality. The population is 301,118 , this is a 17% decrease since 2001 and the main commercial activity is agriculture which includes cattle, poultry, citrus, sugarcane and fruit.

The district contains the following local municipalities:



The main centre of Umkhanyakude is Mkuze. Umkhanyakude District is situated in the north-eastern part of KwaZulu- Natal, extending from the Mfolozi River up to the Mozambique border, being bonded on the east by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park which is the first world heritage site in South Africa along the Elephant Coast. The population is 619,849.

The main forms of commercial agriculture are sugarcane and timber, with cotton, sisal and pineapples also grown. However, commercial agriculture occupies only about 275 square kilometres (2.5%) of the total area. Sugarcane is undergoing an expansion in the Mkuze District with the construction of a pipeline for irrigation from the Pongola Dam.

The district contains the following local municipalities:


The municipal headquarters are in Ulundi. The district extends along the coast of the Indian Ocean from the Tugela River in the south to the Pongola River in the north. With a population of 803,576, which is 0.1% decrease since 2001.

The district contains the following local municipalities:



Richards Bay is the Uthungulu municipality's headquarters. The population is 907,519. The main commercial agricultural crop is sugarcane, confined to the lower lying coastal belt. The production of horticultural crops includes citrus, sub-tropical fruits and vegetables in irrigated areas. Forestry is classified as commercial (largely found in the non-tribal areas) and small grower timber production (found in the tribal areas). The industry is centred around Richards Bay and Empangeni which are also the urban areas along with Esikhaweni, Eshowe, KwaMbonambi, Nkandla and Ntambanana. Economic activities are manufacturing, mining, the port, agriculture and forestry. The manufacturing and mining sectors are located around the port of Richards Bay which is essentially an export port for bulk mining.

The district contains the following local municipalities:


Umzinyathi district municipality is based in Dundee. It has a population of 510,839.

The district contains the following local municipalities: