Nquthu Local Municipality is a Category B municipality in the uMzinyathi District of KwaZulu-Natal. It is located along the north-eastern boundary of the district. It is one of four municipalities in the district, which are; Msinga Local Municipality, Umvoti Local Municipality and Endumeni Local Municipality. making up a quarter of its geographical area.

Isandlwana, the site of the historic Anglo-Zulu War battle that took place on 22 January 1879, is a well-known tourist destination worldwide. Nquthu Town is a small but stable urban area that has established itself as the primary commercial, administrative and service centre for the municipality as a whole. The town is an old ‘Japie Uys’ town established in terms of Proclamation 67 of 1983. Nquthu is an isiZulu name meaning ‘the back of the head’.

The municipality is predominantly rural in nature, with expansive rural settlements being one of the major features. It is mainly accessed through the R68 linking Ulundi to Newcastle/Dundee. Other important roads through the municipality are the R33, passing through the northern areas, passing east of Nondweni before linking Vryheid with the R68. A gravel road links Nquthu with Kranskop.

Area: 1 962km²

Cities/Towns: Nquthu


“Seeking to build a people cantered and developmental municipality that is financially stable, responsive, and efficient and is capable of meetings people’s needs and aspirations and, ultimately; deliver on the NDP vision”


We are a municipality committed to service delivery and working for the development and economic empowerment of all our people.

Core values

We subscribe to the value system inspired by and premised on the principles of Batho Pele, which are:

  • Accountability;
  • Responsiveness;
  • Customer focus;
  • Innovation;
  • Efficiency;
  • Transparency;
  • Self-help and self-reliance;
  • Integrity, and Ubuntu.