The district and local municipalities are characterised with relatively high population figures, however distributed at relatively lower densities. The population in these areas are predominantly represented by African Blacks, Indians and Asians. The municipal population is characterised by a relatively large segment of children and youth. A total of 33.7% of the iLembe population is under the age of 15 years, while 45.3% of the population is represented by youth under the age of 19 years old. A small percentage (4.4%) of the population is older than 65 years of age reflecting high levels of dependency. In terms of the gender distribution it is found that 47.7% of the district population represent males and 52.3% females. The various local municipalities reflected similar distribution trends.
The North Coast enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate for most part of the year. Summer (Oct – April) temperatures are hot, from 24 – 32 degrees Celsius and Winter temperatures average at 20 degrees Celsius. Sea temperatures vary from 25 – 18 degrees Celsius in winter. The average rainfall for the year is in the order of 900mm.
Banking hours are Mon – Fri 09h00 – 15h30 and Sat 08h30 – 11h00. Automated teller machines (ATMs) operate 24/7 and can be found at most shopping centres in and around the North Coast.
The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes available are R200, R100, R50, R20, R10 and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c. The are 100c in R1.
Most departmental stores, shops, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants accept major international credit cards i.e.
American Express, VISA, Diners Club and Mastercard.