It may be easy to dismiss the area of Nquthu as just another pastoral hinterland in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nestled in the foothills of the lush rolling mountains of Isandlwana‚ Nquthu is a force to be reckoned with.

With a total land area of 1‚962 km2 and a population of 165‚306‚ Nquthu is roughly the same size as the Ekurhuleni Metro in Gauteng.

And as this rural town gears up for another chapter‚ almost everything is at stake‚ from a new political pecking order to the control of the rich heritage and resources of the region.