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Full namePietermaritzburg
Official namePietermaritzburg
Native name langzu
MottoThe City of Choice
CountrySouth Africa
MayorMike Tarr
Total Area250.5 sq mi (649 km2)
Elevation1955.4 ft (596 m)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneSAST (UTC+2)
Area code033

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Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1838, and is currently governed by the Msunduzi Local Municipality. Its "purist" Zulu name is umGungundlovu, and this is the name used for the district municipality. Pietermaritzburg is popularly called Maritzburg in English and Zulu alike, and often informally abbreviated to PMB. It is a regionally important industrial hub, producing aluminium, timber and dairy products. It is home to many schools and tertiary education institutions, including a campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It had a population of 228,549 in 1991; the estimated current population is around 500,000 (including neighbouring townships) and has one of the largest population of Indian South Africans in South Africa.

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