Municipality: Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality

Address

Private Bag X4012
A2601/3 Bongimfundo Street
Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga 0472
South Africa
Phone: 013-973-1101
Fax: 013-973-0974

Description

Dr. JS Moroka Local Municipality has its origins in the former homeland of Kwa-Ndebele which was replaced by three transitional local councils: Mdutjana, Mbibane and Mathanjana and later amalgamated to form Dr JS Moroka LM.

The municipality is located in the north-western corner of Mpumalanga, bordering Gauteng in the south-west and Limpopo to the north. It forms part of a wider economic sub-region and is largely influenced by economic activities in neighbouring areas.

It is characterised by the existence of a variety of urban, peri-urban and agricultural settlements. Land use is predominantly residential, with settlements being located mainly along the major routes (R568, N1, N4).

The Tshwane and (80 km to the south-west) and Johannesburg Metropolitan Areas are the most important employment centres, and many people commute daily. To a lesser extent, people are employed in Bronkhorstspruit, Marble Hall, Middelburg, Witbank, Bela-Bela and other towns outside the municipal area.

A large percentage of the population is younger than 20 years old. This has implications for the provision of educational facilities, as well employment opportunities which need to be generated over the next ten years (over 34 000 jobs). 

Critical infrastructure

Strengths

Land ownership remains a vital issues. Zoning of land for particular use is imperative if council is to make headway in terms of development. Traditional leaders, who are firmly entrenched in the area, have a sound relationship with the municipality and land tenure upgrading processess are thus expected to proceed smoothly.

Mot formal businesses are concentrated in Siyabuswa. It is also the major industrial area, with production space for 31 industries and office space for four. Smaller industrial areas have been established at Kameelrivier A, Siyabuswa A, Weltevreden and Wolwekraal.

In addition, industrial areas are being established at Vaalbank, Loding, Phake 1 and 2 and Greenside. Signs of light industrial activity are already visible and it is intended to stimulate these areas through the provision of land and infrastructure. This will generate much-needed employment in theses rural areas.  

Weaknesses

The young population, coupled with smaller numbers of economically active adults, places an extra burden on the labour force. It is estimated that the number of child-headed households is increasing due to both parents seeking employment further afield; as well as to the impact of the AIDS epidemic.

Education levels are generally low: less than 23% of the population has a grade 12 or higher qualification while 23.6% have no education at all. Approximately one quarter of the population has craft or trade related skills, while 18.7% are service workers, shop and market sales workers and 3% have skills in agriculture and fishing.  

Serious water shortages have curtailed the municipality's ambition of implementing a comprehensive waterborne sewerage system. At present, many households still have to make use of pit latrines. The provision of water and decent sanitation for the people is an important priority for the municipality.