View of Matsulu-C
View of Matsulu-C
Matsulu is located in Mpumalanga
Matsulu is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 25°30′54″S 31°20′24″E / 25.515°S 31.340°E / -25.515; 31.340
CountrySouth Africa
Established1970s (unclear)
 • TypeRepresentative
 • Councillor(African National Congress)
 • Total17.98 km2 (6.94 sq mi)
 • Total47,306
 • Density2,600/km2 (6,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African99.5%
 • Coloured0.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.1%
 • White0.1%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Swazi92.8%
 • Tsonga2.5%
 • English1.8%
 • Zulu1.1%
 • Other1.9%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code013

Matsulu is a township in the Mbombela Local Municipality under the Ehlanzeni District Municipality in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. It lies next to the N4 national road 41 km east of Nelspruit (Mbombela) CBD, 3 km before the Kaapmuiden train station.

The township is divided into three sections: Matsulu A, Matsulu B and Matsulu C.


The township was established in the 1970s. Its existence came to be when African natives were forcefully removed from the nearby lands to form sugarcane plantations then relocated to the land which now forms Matsulu Township. It is alleged that the area was named after a resident who had informally settled there prior to the forced allocation; the name of the resident was Matsulu.[citation needed]

From the 1970s to 1994 the township was administrated by the now defunct KaNgwane District Bantustan. It played a major role as an official residency for Members of Parliament (KaNgwane District Bantustan).

Like many South African townships, Matsulu was embroiled in Apartheid-era violence during the 1980s and the early '90s. In 1994 the administration of the township was handed over to the then Greater Nelspruit City Council, ending the Bantustan administration.

Post 1994

Matsulu was re-organised and municipal wards were allocated to streamline it with the rest of the City Council (now called Mbombela Municipality).


Matsulu Boxer Complex
Matsulu Boxer Complex

The township's economy is heavily dependent on its mother city Mbombela, where most of its employed skilled and semiskilled residents work. The township's economy itself is largely informal. A few hundred find employment in primary economy sectors like brick manufacturing and bricklaying, while some people are also employed on the nearby fruit farms as seasonal workers.

Corner shops known as spaza shops are found scattered throughout the area which are often owned and operated by foreigners like Somali, Ethiopian and Pakistani immigrants on leased residential sites.

There is two (2) formal shopping complexes with a dozen shops anchored by the Spar and Boxer retailer. However, there is no dedicated CBD, nor industrial site, so many businesses operate unregulated at random locations with little municipal control.

Educational Institutions

Public education institutions in Matsulu:

Primary Schools

High Schools



Transnet Train passing through Matsulu
Transnet Train passing through Matsulu

Ways to get in-and-around Matsulu while using public transportation:



Matsulu has a subtropical climate with very warm humid summers and cool dry winters.

Nearby Places of Interest

Tourist attractions within a 150 km radius:

Notable People


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Matsulu". Census 2011.