Municipality: Bela-Bela Local Municipality

Address

Municipal Office
Chris Hani Drive
0480 Bela-Bela , Limpopo
South Africa
Phone: 014-736-8000
Fax: 014-736-3288
Limpopo ZA

Description

The Bela-Bela Local Municipality is situated in the Waterberg District Municipality within the Southern part of the Limpopo Province. The total municipal area (both urban and rural) is 4000 square km. The Municipality share borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Provinces.

Long before the mineral waters at Bela-Bela were used therapeutically - the curative waters have often been described as nature's gift to humankind - they were discovered by the Batswana in the 1800s and named Bela-Bela, meaning ‘boiling-boiling’. With the wealth of inexpensive accommodation on offer as well as several timeshare facilities to choose from, Bela-Bela is becoming an increasingly popular destination. Offering fun for the whole family and a respite from the pressures of day-to-day living, Bela-Bela is perfect for the weekend or even a one-day getaway.

The town, formerly known as 'Warmbaths', owes its origins to the hot mineral springs that bubble out of the earth at about 22,000 l/hr at a temperature of approximately 53°C. Said water is rich in minerals such as sodium chloride, calcium carbonate and other salts, and is believed to have curative properties - restoring sanity and a sense of wellbeing to all who holiday in Bela-Bela.

The pleasantly mild climate during the winter months and an average of 286 sunny days every year add to the popularity of the destination. The town is just over an hour's drive from Gauteng and lies on the Spingbok Flats on the highway to the north. Bela-Bela is also a gateway to the southern Waterberg and Thabazimbi.

Tourism is a major contributor to the economy of Bela-Bela Municipality and cognizance must be taken of the environmental uniqueness of the region. 

Source: www.golimpopo.com & Bela-Bela LM website

Critical infrastructure

Bela-Bela is situated on the main highway from Gauteng to the Limpopo Province and Zimbabwe. Bela-Bela Central Business District (CBD) is directly and strategically linked with the major cities of Gauteng through the National (N1) Route which connects the area with Pretoria and Johannesburg while Polokwane is approximately 200 km to the north.

Strengths

In recent years tourism has replaced agricultural activities. Tourism is the main source of income for the Bela-Bela area. Many game farms occupied the land where agricultural farming use to take place. Bela-Bela which means boiling-boiling is sunny all year round and also a desirable place for pensioners who account for approximately 65% of the town's white population.

The town is surrounded by hotels, lodges, guesthouses, nature reserves and game ranches. Since 1830 people have come to Bela-Bela to wallow in the natural mineral baths which contain healing properties and now over a million tourists visit Bela-Bela annually.

The climate is very mild throughout the year with a slight difference between winter and summer. Summer is warm and rainy with hot winds blowing from the northwest. In winter, the weather is dry and cloudless with cool to warm days and cold nights. The average temperature is between 12 and 39.

Weaknesses

A large percentage of the population is living on the poverty line as a result of high unemployment. This is, in part, due to the high level of illiteracy and general lack of skills.