Who Are We?
Mbizana is made up of 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 demographic.
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 livelihoods.
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