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The town began as a makeshift harbour that was set up by Commodore of the Cape, Sir Frederick Richards during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.In 1935 the Richards Bay Game Sanctuary was created to protect the ecology around the lagoon and later by 1943 it expanded into the Richards Bay Park.However, due to the final floor crossing period, the IFP lost control of the Municipality to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).The Mayor of u Mhlathuze is now Mr Elphas Mbatha, whose term will run until at least 2016.Iron ore, rutile (titanium oxide) and zircon are mined from the sand dunes close to the lagoon by Richards Bay Minerals, a part of the Rio Tinto group.

22 percent of the population have completed school only. Richards Bay is characterised by a subtropical climate that very closely resembles a tropical climate as only two months have an average temperature of below 18 °C There are warm wet summers and mild moist to dry winters, which are frost-free.

The town was laid-out on the shores of the lagoon in 1954 and proclaimed a town in 1969.

In 1976 Richards Bay harbour was converted into a deep water harbour with railway and an oil/gas pipeline linking the port to Johannesburg.

A township for Blacks was developed at Esikhaweni, fifteen kilometres south of Richards Bay.

Residential areas for Indians and coloureds were opened after 1985 west of Velden Vlei.