Newcastle, South Africa

Country South Africa
Town/City Newcastle was founded in 1864 and was named after the Earl of Newcastle, who was the Colonial Secretary in Queen Victoria’s Government at that time.
Location Kwazulu Natal.  Newcastle falls within Amajuba District and is located in the North West corner of the province along the Ncandu River.
Population 363,000 (2011)
Brief Description Newcastle is the third largest city and urban centre in Kwazulu Natal and is moderately industrial.  The municipality covers an area of 1855 km2made up of 31 wards.
Industry Arcelor Mittal Steel Works, Karbochem Synthetic Rubber Plant, Coal Mining, Textiles, Chrome Chemicals, Diamond Cutting
Culture/Sport Carnegie Art Gallery, Northern Kwasulu Natal Youth Choir, Annual Vodacom Winter Festival.  Fort Amiel Museum is a national heritage site. Challengers Angling Club (an annual angling competition is held to assist local charities), Newcastle Highlanders Rugby Club.
Tourism Donkey Valley, Blackrock Casino Entertainment Hotel
Education Ferrum High School; Newcastle High School; St Dominic’s Academy. Hipc Entertainment is a Music Academy based in the city centre and provides, amongst others, digital training in djing and music production.
Newspaper Newcastle Advertiser (Community Newspaper) news@caxton.co.za; http://epaper.newcastleexpress.co.za  http://www.themercury.co.za   http://www.iol.co.za/
Mayor / Contact Details Makhosini Nkosi: makhosini.nkosi@newcastle.gov.za 
Chief Executive / Contact Details Errol Mswane (Municipal Manager)      Email: mm@newcastle.gov.za
Website www.newcastle.gov.za/newcastle/

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