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Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone
is a town situated on the mouth of the largest river on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Mzimkulu River (the great home of all rivers). 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of Durban, it is the administrative, educational and commercial centre for southern Natal.

Contents

1 History 2 Industries and agriculture 3 Transport 4 Education 5 Twin towns – sister cities 6 Climate 7 References

History[edit] Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone
was founded in 1867 when marble was discovered nearby and is named after Sir Theophilus Shepstone
Theophilus Shepstone
of the Natal government of the 1880s. William Bazley built a harbour and the first coaster entered the harbour on the May 8, 1880. In 1882 a party of 246 Norwegian immigrants settled here and played a large part in the development of the area. After the opening of the railway to Durban
Durban
in 1901 the harbour fell in disuse and eventually the river silted up again making it impossible to use. The 27,000 candela lighthouse still stands at the mouth of the Mzimkulu River. Industries and agriculture[edit] Its industries include a sugar mill, a lime works and a marble quarry. Timber, wattle bark and sub-tropical fruit are produced in the district. Transport[edit] Port Shepstone railway station opened in 1917, serving as both the southern terminus of the Cape gauge
Cape gauge
line from & to Durban, as well as the southern coastal terminus of the narrow gauge Alfred County Railway to Harding. After the standard gauge Transnet passenger services shut down in 1986, the ACR continued operations until 2005, when the famous Banana Express ceased operation.[2] Education[edit] The first school was opened in 1883 but by 1950 the school became too small. The Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone
School split into two, the Port Shepstone Primary School and the Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone
High School. There is also the Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone
Secondary School. There are other schools in the surrounding areas such as Mlonde High School , Margate Middle School and Margate Primary. Twin towns – sister cities[edit] Port Shepstone
Port Shepstone
is twinned with:

New York , USA[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Port Shepstone

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 26 (79) 26 (79) 25 (77) 24 (75) 23 (73) 21 (70) 21 (70) 21 (70) 21 (70) 22 (72) 23 (73) 25 (77) 23 (73)

Daily mean °C (°F) 23 (73) 23 (73) 23 (73) 21 (70) 19 (66) 17 (63) 16 (61) 17 (63) 18 (64) 19 (66) 20 (68) 22 (72) 19 (66)

Average low °C (°F) 20 (68) 20 (68) 20 (68) 17 (63) 15 (59) 12 (54) 12 (54) 13 (55) 15 (59) 16 (61) 18 (64) 19 (66) 16 (61)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 121 (4.76) 126 (4.96) 148 (5.83) 82 (3.23) 60 (2.36) 31 (1.22) 38 (1.5) 49 (1.93) 87 (3.43) 114 (4.49) 123 (4.84) 127 (5) 1,106 (43.54)

Source: Weatherbase [4]

References[edit]

^ a b c d "Main Place Port Shepstone". Census 2011.  ^ "KNOCKING LINES OFF THE MAP". railwaysafrica.com. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  ^ Lindquist, Ted. "Internationella frågor och vänorter". Oskarshamn Municipality (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-07-25.  ^ "Climate Statistics for Port Shepstone, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa". Retrieved May 8, 2012. 

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Municipalities and communities of Ugu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal

District seat: Port Shepstone

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Anerley Gamalakhe Hibberdene Izingolweni Mahlabathini Marburg Margate Munster Palm Beach Port Edward Port Shepstone Ramsgate Shelly Beach Southbroom Trafalgar Umtentweni Umzumbe Uvongo

Umzumbe

Mathulini St Faith’s

uMuziwabantu

Harding Weza

Vulamehlo

Mapumulo Mayfield Nkwifa

uMdoni

Bazley Ifafa Beach Kelso Mtwalume Park Rynie Pennington Scottbu

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