Mthatha is part of the King Sababta Municipality which in turn falls under the O.R. Tambo District Municipality situated in the north-eastern part of the Eastern Cape Province. The district incorporates large portion of the former Transkei inland areas and along the wild cost. King Dalinyebo Sabata Municipality has 24.8% of the population.
The O.R. Tambo district is poorest district in the Eastern Cape in terms of all poverty measures. It has the lowest HDI (0.45) and the highest poverty gap (2 231 million) in the Eastern Cape. The number of people living in poverty is also high in this district (64.6%), unemployment is at 65,5% and the literacy rate 42,2%. See the Eastern Cape department of Social Development
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