Municipality: Capricorn District Municipality


Municipal Offices
41 Biccard Street P.O.Box 4100
0700 Polokwane , Limpopo
South Africa
Phone: +27 (015) 294 1000
Fax: +27 (015) 291 4297
Limpopo ZA


Capricorn District Municipality (DC35) is situated in the centre of the Limpopo Province, sharing its borders with four district municipalities namely; Mopani (east), Sekhukhune (south), Vhembe (north) and Waterberg (west). The district is situated at the core of economic development in the Limpopo Province and includes the capital of the province, that is, the City of Polokwane.

Capricorn represents the third largest economy after Waterberg and Mopani respectively in Limpopo. It accounts for 23.9% (R24 billion) of the total provincial economy at current prices.

Growth over the last decade can be attributed to the positive growth in all sectors of the economy with the exception of the Mining sector which registered a negative 6.7% reduction in its contribution to the total economy at constant
2000 prices. Growth in the transport (+9.7%) and trade (+5.3%) sectors are well above the district growth average of 4.5% whereas the finance, agriculture and the community services sectors have also grown substantially at 4%, 3.9% and 3.5% at constant 2000 prices.

Source: Capricorn LED Strategy 2010

Critical infrastructure

  • Inadequate supply of water in the district remains a key challenge. Although only 23.1% of households in the CDM had no access to piped water in 2001, the problem is becomes serious when considering business needs for water especially for agricultural purposes.
  • It is estimated that 73% of the district population does not have reliable access to water 98% of the time water is needed for domestic purposes.
  • About 17.6% (50 243) households in the district have no access to sanitation.
  • In 2001 40.6% of all households in the CDM did not have access to electricity as a source of energy and for domestic purposes.
  • The CDM is serviced by a complex network of national, provincial and district roads that are developed, maintained and managed by the National Government (SANRAL), the Provincial Government (RAL) and the CDM.

Source: Capricorn LED Strategy 2010


The growth in the CDM economy is largely driven by increased government and household expenditure. The  concentration of provincial, district and local government services in the district has had positive spin-offs for the CDM and its people, especially within the Polokwane Municipality. The growth of property and retail investments is an example of how the district is responding to both increased household and government expenditure. Growth in exports is also benefiting the district although much can still be done to strengthen the industrial and export capacity of the district.

Source: Capricorn LED Strategy 2010


Whereas Polokwane may exhibit almost all of these drivers listed above as strengths, the rural municipalities of the district are still lagging behind in many instances.

Source: Capricorn LED Strategy 2010