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).