Revealed: New COVID hot-spots in SA – Gauteng 'no longer the epicentre'

The latest COVID-19 data shows that the hot-spots in South Africa are beginning to migrate out of Gauteng, and are now springing up in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Provincial Premier Sihle Zikalala confirmed that the region has replaced Gauteng as the national epicentre for disease, and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is also wary.



KZN's COVID-19 figures on Monday 27 July


In the past eight days, KZN has seen its COVID-19 cases increase by 50%. It is recording some of the highest daily infections rates of anywhere in Mzansi, and only Gauteng has more active cases to report:

  1. Fatalities: 614

  2. Total cases: 64 061[*]Still active: 42 196[*]Last daily increase in positive tests: 3 529[*]Percentage of active cases in SA: 24.3%


Updated: The COVID-19 hot-spots of South Africa


In data published earlier on Monday, a total of 17 recognised municipalities – both local and district – were identified as troublesome by the health department. The worst affected sub-districts have also been listed, as KwaZulu-Natal is now staring directly at the peak of its COVID-19 battle.


This, however, does not mean the suburbs of Gauteng have managed to rid themselves of the disease. Hot-spots in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Pretoria still require and intense national focus. Listed below are all of the most active COVID-19 hot-spots in South Africa, divided into their respective locations:

The worst affected regions in KZN (full list):


EThekwini: Umlazi, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Chatsworth, Inanda, Newlands, Tongaat, Pinetown, Westville, Ntuzuma.


Umgungundlovu: Umsunduzi (CBD, Elandskop, Grange, Bisley, Imbali, LIncon Maede, Hayfields, Montain Rise, Northdale, Scottsvile, Sobantu.


Mpofana, Mkhambathini, Richmond and Harry Gwala: Townville, Magonggo, Thorville and Umzimkhulu.


King Cethwayo and Nkandla: Umlalazi Nogobhoza reserve, Ezingwenya, Nkume, Island, Vuma, Eziqwaqweni, Edankweni, Imbizo, Emaqeleni, Umlalazi, Ezinkiliji, Amandawe, Ekombe Hospital and Mashinga.


Umhlathuze: Ngwelezana Township, Jabulani, Matsana and Qalakabusha Correctional Services, Ngwelezana Township A & B section.


Mthonjaneni: Melmoth Town, Thubalethu Phase 1-5, Mfanefile, Nkwenkwe, Mgabhi Store and Ndabazensangu area.


Ilembe and Ugu: KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Port Shepstone, Gamalakhe, Margate, Murchison, Nzimakhwe, Harding, Scottburgh.


Umkhanyakude and Umzinyathi: Hlabisa, Umvoti, Pomeroy (Nhlanhleni), Umsinga (Cosh wards), Esidakeni, Othulin Lwezulu.


Zululand: Abaqulusi (Mondlo, Vryheid Town, Bhekuzulu, Hlobane), EDumbe, Paulpietersburg, Tholakele, Ceza, Nongoma, Dabhasi, Maphophoma, Nongoma Town, Usuthu, White City.


Uthukela: Alfred Duma, Observation, Steadville, Accaciaville, Inkosi Langalibalele (Phangweni C Section), CBD, Bhekuzulu.


Amajuba: Newcastle, Osizweni, Madadeni, Madlangeni, Utrect Town, Dannhauser, Durnacol, Shepstone Lake.

COVID-19 hot-spots in the City of Johannesburg


Johannesburg D: Doornkop, Soweto, Dobsonville, Protea Glen.


Johannesburg F: Inner City, Johannesburg South.


Johannesburg E: Alexandra, Wynberg, Sandton, Orange Grove, Houghton.

Other hot-spot areas in Gauteng


Ekurhuleni North: Kempton Park, Edenvale, Thembisa, BapsfonteinEkurhuleni South: Reiger Park, Delmore Gardens, Alberton, Boksburg, Germiston, Bedfordview, Katlehong, Vosloorus, Thokoza.


Ekurhuleni South: Reiger Park, Delmore Gardens, Alberton, Boksburg, Germiston, Bedfordview, Katlehong, Vosloorus, Thokoza.


Tshwane 3: Atteridgeville, Laudium, Pretoria CBD, Hercules, Danville, Saulsville, Lotus, Pretoria West.