Road to Mnyakanya High School, Nkandla
|o Type||Ward 6|
|o Councillor||Phumzile Rolca Dlamini|
|o Total||7.00 km2 (2.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,090 m (3,580 ft)|
|o Density||510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|o Black African||98.1%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
3855 up to 3859
Nkandla is a town in the uThungulu district of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is the seat of the Nkandla Local Municipality, and the district in which the residence of the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma is located. The residence is located 40 kilometres to the south of the town of Nkandla, beyond the Nkandla Forest and on the road to Kranskop.
The Nkandla region encompasses nearly 115,000 inhabitants, spread relatively sparsely over a large area. Nkandla is mainly a rural area and is in the top five of the poorest places in KwaZulu-Natal province. Poverty is prevalent, with 44% unemployment. The majority of the population are Zulus.
A 2004 documentary, The Orphans of Nkandla, by the BBC and Truevision, recounted the hardships and poverty of orphans in Nkandla.