Districts & Local Government Municipalities
There are five (5) municipal districts and 25 subdivisions of local municipalities in Limpopo. These municipalities are part of the 283 municipalities in South Africa which are focused on growing local economies and providing infrastructure and government services to all citizens in the province.
In accordance with the Constitution and the Organized Local Government Act, 1997 (Act 52 of 1997), which formally recognizes organized local government associations, the local government sphere should consists of municipalities which must be established for the whole territory of the Republic. The executive and legislative authority of a municipality is vested in its Municipal Council and has the right to govern, on its own initiative the local government affairs of its community subject to national and provincial legislation as provided for in the Constitution.
Hereunder is the list category of both districts and local municipalities in Limpopo:
- The Capricorn District (5)
- The Mopani District (5)
- The Sekhukhune District (5)
- The Vhembe District (4)
- The Waterberg District (6)
The Capricorn District
Website link: http://www.cdm.org.za
The name “Capricorn” is derived from the tropic of capricorn, the bottom of which crosses Limpopo and the northern section of this region. The region of Capricorn stretches from the Ysterberg, all along the foothills of the lush Wolkberg, to the tropic of Capricorn in the north.
The region’s position makes it a perfect stopover between Gauteng and the northern areas of the province and between the country’s North-Western areas and the world-renowned Kruger National Park. It is also in close proximity to the neighboring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. It comprises of five local government municipalities namely: Aganang, Blouberg, Lepelle Nkumpi, Molemole, Polokwane.
Website link: http://www.mopani.gov.za
Driving from Limpopo River across Vhembe District towards East-western side, one comes to the beautiful district of Mopani. Its strategical positioning, makes it easily accessible by people from all sides of the province. On the West it borders Sekhukhune while like an Island; Bohlabela spreads through the Eastern side. On the West is Capricorn District. The beautiful towns of Tzaneen, Modjadji’skloof, Ba-Phalaborwa and Giyani are key to the economy of Mopani. It comprises of five local government municipalities namely: Ba-Phalaborwa, Greater Giyani, Greater Letaba, Greater Tzaneen, Maruleng.
Website link: http://www.sekhukhune.gov.za
Sekhukhune District Municipality is a cross-boarder municipality between Limpopo and Mpumalanga Province. The district
shares borders with Waterburg, Bohlabela and Capricorn districts in Limpopo ; Nkangala, Highveld District Council, Lowveld Escarpment district in Mpumalanga Province. During the transition period some portions of the Municipality was formerly administered by the Northern District Council, Bosveld District Council, Lowveld Escarpment District Council and Highveld District Council, The Municipality was established as per section 12 of the municipal structures Act 117 of 1998 as a cross boarder District Municipality. It comprises of five local government municipalities namely: Elias Motsoaledi, Fetakgomo, Greater Marble Hall, Greater Tubatse, Makhuduthamaga.
The Vhembe District
Website link: http://www.vhembe.gov.za
Flowing across from the northwest and framing the northern border of this province lies the Vhembe area – a fertile region where baobabs guard the varied countryside and where rockart and caves entice the visitor to uncover its romantic and historical past. One of the main geographical features of this region is the Limpopo, the country’s third most important river, which forms South Africa’s northern border. This life-giving river provides sustenance to the predominantly hot, dry lands through which it meanders and its many tributaries support several small, thriving farming villages in the region’s northern areas.
In this region tourists will find the former independent homelands of Lebowa and Venda where traditional African cultures thrive. In fact, this fertile valley has been home to cultures dating back to the Iron Age. The western section of the region is framed by the rocky spine of the awe-inspiring Soutpansberg (salt pan mountain) range. The range, with a width in some parts over 30km, features a fertile, well-watered plateau receiving high rainfall and supporting a wide range of crops and cultivated lands. The area also boasts many historical sites, from the relics of the Stone Age San and their inimitable rock artwork, to the marks left by the ancestors of the Venda to the tracks of the Voortrekker wagons which carried European migrants into an unknown land and housed their cultures. The visitor to this region will not help but notice, with splendid scenery, an abundance of nature reserves and a thriving people, the prevalence of an untouched nature. It comprises of four local government municipalities namely: Makhado, Musina, Mutale, Thulamela.
The Waterberg District
Website link: http://www.waterberg.gov.za/
Situated in the magnificent Waterberg Mountain Range of Limpopo, the Waterberg District is the ideal getaway where the weary traveller can relax and revel in the great natural beauty of the bushveld savannah and its rich wildlife heritage. The Waterberg Mountains stretch along more than 5 000 km2 of spectacular vistas and scenic valleys – the ideal destination off the beaten tourism track. The area is steeped in a history and some artifacts found here date back to Stone Age times. The area is a mosaic of culture and tradition as is reflected by the different rural tribes such as the Bapedi, Tswana and Basotho, while the Voortrekkers also left their distinctive mark on the area.
Commercial agriculture is an integral part of this province, and cattle ranching and maize farming are regional institutions – the water-rich valleys of the Limpopo River on the Botswana border provide sweet bushveld grazing, while the plains of the Springbok Flats near the towns of Bela-Bela and Mokopane are covered with a colourful quilt of carefully cultivated fields of maize and sunflowers. Otherwise, the bushveld landscape, interspersed with sandstone buttresses and baobab, marula and fever trees, supports a number of towns that make up one of the country’s fastest-growing industrial and agricultural districts.
This is one of the most mineralised regions in the world and numerous towns form part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex – a 50,000km2 treasure trove yielding massive amounts of minerals such as vanadium, platinum, nickel and chromium. The Waterberg District offers the tourist a bit of both worlds – an infrastructure of excellent facilities and modern conveniences found in the many game reserves and conservation areas, coupled with the opportunity to experience the African wilderness in its pristine state. It comprises of six local government municipalities namely: Bela-Bela, Lephalale, Modimolle, Mogalakwena, Mookgophong , Thabazimbi.