The King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality is a local municipality situated in the District of OR Tambo District Municipality in the inland of Eastern Cape Province in Republic of South Africa. King Sabata Da- lindyebo Local Municipality was established before the 2000 local government elections when the Mthatha and Mqanduli transitional and rural areas were merged. The municipality was named after King Sabata Da- lindyebo because he was seen as a unifying figure to the people of both Mthatha and Mqanduli and was seen as a hero who fought for the freedom of South Africa. The King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality is having its main offices at the City of Mthatha and its satellite offices are located at Mqanduli. The Munitata building which is based in Mthatha is serving both political and administrative arms of the municipality. It (KSDLM) is the economic hub of the District and the host to both the Local and District Municipality’s Offices.
Comprising two amalgamated entities, Mthatha and Mqanduli urban and rural magisterial areas. The munic- ipality has both an urban and a rural character, including a prominent national urban settlement and regional economic hub, as well as dispersed village-type rural settlements. The Municipality covers an area of 3027 square kilometres and currently has 36 wards as against 35 prior 2016 Local Government accommodating an estimated population of 494 000 people in 117 623 households. This equates to an average annual growth rate of 2.10% in the number of households from 2006 to 2016. With an average annual growth rate of 1.23% in the total population, the average household size in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality is by implication decreasing. This is confirmed by the data where the average household size in 2006 decreased from approximately 4.6 individuals per household to 4.2 persons per household in 2016. Mthatha is a major transport and regional service centre, dissected by the N2 running southwest to northeast through the town. As a gateway to a wide range of tourism offerings, Mthatha is a popular stop-over point on the way to tourist attractions like Coffee Bay and Hole-in-the-Wall in the KSDLM and Port St Johns and Mbotyi in neighbouring LMs. It is linked to East London by the Kei Rail and the major economic activities in the municipality are forestry and agriculture, although agriculture is of more of a subsistence nature.
It is composed of a range of settlement forms and land uses, namely, urban areas, rural settlements, privately owned farms and small holdings. Neighbouring local municipalities (LM) are Nyandeni LM to the North-east, Mhlontlo LM to the North, Engcobo LM to the West, and Mbhashe LM to the South.