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go! Platteland - - MY TOWN -

Dis­tance from the city 80km from Richards Bay, 100km from Bal­lito and 150km from Dur­ban

Fa­cil­i­ties Eshowe has a Pick n Pay, Su­perS­par, Build It, Spur, doc­tors, phar­ma­cies, a den­tist, var­i­ous cloth­ing and fur­ni­ture stores, tyre places, car deal­er­ships and branches of most banks.

Near­est hos­pi­tals The town has a state hospi­tal ( 035 474 4500), but the near­est pri­vate hos­pi­tals are in Richards Bay, Bal­lito and Dur­ban.

Near­est re­tire­ment re­sort Zu­l­u­land Homes for the Aged ( zha.org.za 035 474 2636) is a neat re­tire­ment fa­cil­ity with beau­ti­ful gar­dens.

Schools There are a num­ber of schools, among them Grat­ton Pri­mary School ( grat­ton.co.za), Eshowe High School ( es­howe­high.org.za) and Eshowe Chris­tian School ( 035 474 2846).

Near­est Wool­worths Richards Bay (80km)

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Eshowe is the seat of uMlalazi Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which also in­cor­po­rates Mtun­zini, Gingindlovu, Ami­tikulu and Ntu­meni. The lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity forms part of the King Cetshwayo Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and is gen­er­ally re­garded as one of the bet­ter ones in KZN when it comes to ser­vice de­liv­ery and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Big events In March 2017, lo­cal rugby teams will bat­tle it out for the 71st time in the an­nual Bozas Cup ( 082 496 1169). The an­nual Harvest Fes­ti­val ( 082 875 8313) is held in May and the Ngoje Trail Run (ngoje.co.za) at the end of July. Dur­ing Eshowe Bird­ing Week­end ( 035 474 1225) in Oc­to­ber vis­i­tors get to go out with guides to ex­plore var­i­ous bird-watch­ing spots.

Tourism in­for­ma­tion Visit eshowe.co.za, es­howeguide. co.za and vis­itzu­l­u­land.co.za – or phone uMlalazi pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Ronel Hul­ley on 035 473 3359.

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