The Umvoti district of KwaZulu-Natal produces timber and wattle bark. Cool and high, the district lies along a part of the mist belt where moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean condense into blankets of cloud and frequent drizzle.

Greytown was established in 1850 as a centre for this area. It was named in honour of Earl Grey, the British colonial secretary, and in whose days it was a frontier town, separated from the independant country of the Zulus by the deep valley of the Tugela River.

General Louis Botha was born on a farm five kilometres south of Greytown. Botha commanded the Boer forces during the Anglo-Boer War, and became the first prime minister of the Union of South Africa in 1910.

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