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Dutywa Profile

Dutywa is located in the eastern boundary of the Mbhashe Local Municipality along the N2 Corridor between East London and Mthatha. Mbhashe Municipality’s geographic area consists of 305,009 hectares, and it constitutes the northern boundary of the Amathole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. Dutywa is one of the three main urban centres serving Mbhashe municipality, namely Dutywa, Willowvale and Elliotdale. The majority of the population lives in the surrounding rural neighbourhood of Dutywa and are in poverty. They have no access to basic infrastructure such as water, sanitation and electricity.

The road system in Mbhashe Municipality comprises of approximately 1,621 kilometres of road but a high percentage of the roads are gravel and poorly maintained.  Many of the rural areas are subjected to poor accessibility if the weather conditions are bad.

The majority of land within the Dutywa Central Business District (CBD) is registered by way of Title Deeds in the name of private individuals and the land surrounding the town and township falls under commonage area registered in the name of the municipality and state.

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