Municipality: Bojanala Platinum District Municipality

Address

Rustenburg
Cnr Beyer Naude & Fatima Bhayat Drs
0300 Rustenburg , North West
South Africa
Phone: 014-590-4500
Fax: 014-597-0306
North West ZA

Description

Bojanala District Municipality is situated in the northeastern corner of North West Province. The district municipality includes the five local municipalities of Kgetlengrivier, Madibeng, Moretele, Moses Kotane and Rustenburg. The more formal ruabn areas are located in the southern part of the district. 

The population of Bojanala is 1,281,498 and nearly 39% are 19 years of age or younger. Thi implies that a significant number of young people will be entering the labour market over the next few years and will be seeking employment opportunities.

The district labour market is characterised by low skills levels. As much as 15.1% of the population older than 20 years have not received any from of schooling and a further 19.7% only some primary education. These figures imply that nearly 35% of total adult population can be regarded as functionally illiterate. Conversely, only 20.1% of the adult population have completed their high school education and only 5.5% have obtained some form of tertiary education.

 

Critical infrastructure

The N4 crosses the district and is likely to offer enormous possibilities for development in the next few years. This 'Platinum-Highway', as it is known, will be a toll road and forms part of the subcontinental Maputo-Malvis Bay corridor, which is still under construction. 

Strengths

Mining plays an important part in the economyof the region and is the district's major source of employment. Most of the mining activities are concentrated in a band that stretches from west of the Pilanesberg southwards through the Bafokeng area and parallel to the Magaliesberg towards Marikana and Brits in the east. The mines along this band have spawned many industries that manufacture supplementary products. Not only are asbestos, tin, chrome, lead, marble, granite, and slate produced in the area but the two largest platinum mines in the world are also found in Bojalana.

Water for irrigation is provided by the Hartebeespoort Dam, a popular tourist attraction and a recreational area for water sports enthusiasts, for local communities as well as visitors.

The Magaliesberg, Pilanesberg and Borakalalo nature reserves provide wonderful opportunities for game viewing and for experiencing the wealth of nature in South Africa, while the popular destinations of Sun City and the Lost City, offer local and foreign tourists excitement of a different type. 

Weaknesses

Although, the mining sector is Bojalana's chief source of employment, many of those working in the mines are migrant labourers from other parts of the country. The unemployment rate in the district stands at 16.75%, with the highest rates found in Moses Kotane and Moretele. Poverty is severe, particularly in the rural areas. A total of 67% of households in Bojanala earn R1,600 per month or less. The prevalence of poverty in large parts of the district puts a strain on the revenue-generating capacity of local municipalities because households with little or no income are unable to pay for municipal services.