eThekwini Municipality spans an area of approximately 2 297 kmĀ² and is home to some 3,5 million people. eThekwini is located on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal and is the largest city in the province and the third-largest city in South Africa.


The population has grown by 1,08 % from 2001 to 2011, compared to 2,34% between 1996 to 2001. The metro is predominantly black African (74%) with Indian/Asians numbering some 16.7%; Whites 6.6% and Coloureds 2.5%.


The dominant home language is isiZulu spoken by around 62% of the population, followed by English 26% and isiXhosa 3.9%.

The city’s population is mostly female, 51.1%, with males accounting for 48.9%. At the last census in 2011, there were 956 713 households in eThekwini, with an average household size of 3.4 persons.


Census 2011 data revealed that 79% of eThekwini’s population live in ‘formal dwellings’; 63.4% were connected to a flush sewerage system; 86.1% has their refuse removed on a weekly basis; 60.2% had access to piped water inside their dwelling and 89.9% used electricity for lighting.


Amalanga, Amanzimtoti, Amaotana, Berea, Blackburn, Bluff, Cato Ridge, Cele/Vumengazi, Chatsworth, Cibane, Clermont, Clifton Canyon, Craigieburn, Dassenhoek, Desainager, Durban, Durban International Airport, Durban North, Durban South, Emalangeni, Embo/Nksa Isimahla, Emona, Ethekwini, Everton, Ezembeni, Folweni, Gcumisa, Genazzano, Gillitts, Glenashley, Golokodo-Ensimbini, Hambanathi, Hammarsdale, Hillcrest, Ilanga, Ilfracombe, Illovo North, Illovo South, Inanda, Inchanga, Iqadi, Isipingo, Isipingo Beach, Kingsburgh, Klaarwater, Kloof, KwaDabeka, KwaMashu, KwaNdengezi, La Mercy, Lotus Park, Luganda, Luthuli/Umnini Trust, Magabeni, Malagazi, Mangangeni/Vumazonke, Maphephetha, Mariannhill, Mawotana, Mawothi, Molweni, Mount Edgecombe, Mount Moreland, Mpolo, Mpumalanga, New Germany, Newlands East, Newlands West, Ngcolosi, Ngqungqulu, Ntuzuma, Oceans, Outer West Durban, Phoenix, Pinetown, Prospecton, Qadi, Qiniselani Manyuswa, Queensburgh, Redcliffe, Roseneath, Sapref, Shallcross, Sobonakhona, Thoyana, Tongaat, Tongaat Beach, Tshelimnyama, UmgogintwiniUmbumbulu, Umdloti, Umgababa, Umhlanga, Umkomaas, Umlazi, Verulam, Waterfall, Westbrook, Westville, Ximba.

Main economic sectors

Finance (22%), manufacturing (22%), community services (18%), trade (16%), transport (16%), construction (3%) and electricity (2%).

Council’s seats

Current composition of the council’s 219-seats is: ANC 127, DA 60, IFP 10, EFF 8, Independent 4, AIC 3, ACDP 1, APC 1, ALJAMA 1, DLC 1, MOSA 1, MF 1, TA 1.

Zandile Gumede was elected as mayor of the city after the 2016 elections. She was, however, removed by her party the ANC, and replaced by Mxolisi Kaunda.