Municipality: Fetakgomo Local Municipality


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Tirisano Motheo Wa Tswelopele


Fetakgomo Municipality
Stand No. 1 Mashung Ga-Nkwana
0739 Sekhukhune , Limpopo
South Africa
Phone: (015) 622 8047
Fax: (086) 525 9409
Limpopo ZA


  • The Fetakgomo Municipality is a Category B4 municipality that is located within the Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) of the Limpopo Province. In its recent State of Local Government in South Africa: overview report, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (2009:22) describes category B4 municipalities as those municipalities which are mainly rural, located in economically depressed areas, consequently having difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled managers/professionals and are struggling from a revenue generation perspective.
  • As noted in the Fetakgomo’s Spatial Development Framework (SDF) (2007/8), the Municipality borders Makhuduthamaga on the south, Greater Tubatse on the east and Lepelle Nkumpi Local Municipalities (situated in the Capricorn District Municipality) on the west and north.
  • The municipal area covers 1104.745 square meters (110474.5 hectors), which represents 8,3% of the Sekhukhune District's total land area (13 264). The municipality is divided into 13 wards. The municipality is completely rural in nature, dominated by traditional land ownership with a population of approximately 112, 232 people that reside in 87 settlements. The majority of these settlements are small with less than 1000 inhabitants in each.
  • Like most rural municipalities in the country (Republic of South Africa), Fetakgomo is characterised by weak economic base, poor infrastructure, major service backlogs, dispersed human settlements and high poverty levels. The municipality itself is also an embryonic one that is currently grappling with revenue generation and performing its functions.
  • The revised (new) location and delimitation of the wards are Fetakgomo municipality has a low economic base, high unemployment levels and
  • weak educational base. This has significant negative bearing on affordability of
  • services in the short and the medium term
  • Its economic competitive base lies in mineral resources, agricultural potential and
  • limited eco-cultural resources. Spatial policy positions needs to be taken to
  • preserve and protect these resources from development sterilization while
  • reinforcing potential ones through targeted infrastructure and service roll-out.
  • Maximum effort is required to support the revitilaisation of irrigation schemes and
  • ensure maximum local benefit.
  • Over 70% of settlements are home to less than 1000 people per settlement. As a
  • result a clear policy position is required regarding balancing the level of service
  • provided to dispersed small settlement and that provided to clusters of high
  • population concentration
  • Due to limited water sources in the municipal area, preserved areas along the
  • envisaged Rooipoort dam still require protection, notwithstanding the construction
  • of De Hoop dam. The potential spatial impact of land claims in the area needs to be fully
  • comprehended. Currently information is not adequate to begin formulating
  • possible spatial scenarios. However, the most important thing is to formulated an
  • approach that seek partnerships with claiming communities.