made up on a main town and surrounding villages, located in the Eastern
Cape Province on the R61 road connecting KwaZulu Natal South Coastal
Boundary to the N2 highway.
With a population of approximately 246 516 living in 46 730 households occupying an area of roughly 2 806 km2
Mbizana prides itself on cultural diversity which includes a variety of
tribes such as Xhosa's, Mpondo's, Sotho's and Nguni's. However, the
population is dominated by the Mpondo tribe, which has its own unique
dialect, isiMpondo a soft mixture of isiXhosa and isiZulu. A female
dominated society, as men only account for 46% of the population, the
municipality makes efforts to integrate and incorporate women in key
decision making roles within the institution, to reflect this
The majority of households in Mbizana
are of a rural nature as close to 95% of the population resides in the
surrounding villages, with the rest living in the urban area. This
results in natural resources proving a strong base for basic survival as
those living in rural areas turn to subsistence farming for their
Unemployment is a crisis throughout
South Africa, and Mbizana still remains affected as a large portion of
the population is still struggling to secure formal employment.
Mbizana Local Municipality is currently
made up of 31 wards and is one of the local municipalities under Alfred
Nzo District Municipality.