Municipality: Lejweleputswa District Municipality

Address

Welkom
Cnr Tempest & Jan Hofmeyer Rds Jim Fousche Park
9460 Welkom , Free State
South Africa
Phone: 057-353-3094/8/9
Fax: 057-353-3382
Free State ZA

Description

Lejweleputswa District Municipality is situated in the north-western part of the Free State. The district comprises the municipalities of Masilonyana, Matjhabeng, Nala, Tokologo and Tswelopele.

The main economic activities in the district are mining and agriculture. Matjhabeng is the largest local municipality and contains the most mining activity. Recently there has been an economic downturn wthin the gold mining region. MOst of the retrenched labourers, mainly unskilled, remain in the region, adding to the social problems associated withdecling economic conditions.

The agricultural sector is also experiencing negative growth due to a number of factors including drought and market conditions. In addition, most farmers are mechanising their operations causing job losses and migration of workers to urban areas. As the economies of the smaller towns are based on business supporting agriculture, the business climate of the smaller towns is showing negative trends. 

Serious attempts to provide skills training to the labour force will be necessary to increase the economic viability of the region. A stronger business presence needs to be established in the previously disadvantaged areas to stimulate economic activity. 

Critical infrastructure

The road network is well developed but requires regular maintenance. The bulk electrical network is also well established. The water infrastructure consists mostly of the reservoirs and pipelines of Sedibeng Water. Water is supplied from the Vaal River near Bothaville and to a lesser extent from the Sand River.Allemanskraal and Erfenis dams, together with canals serving the Sand-Vet irrigation scheme, are controlled by the Department of Water Affairs. In the southern and western regions no bulk water supply systems exist, except the irrigation canals along the Modder River. All towns in the district are dependent on ground water extraction. The bucket systems and the pit or VIP latrine system is still a prevalent method of sanitation.

Strengths

The area has few natural attractions but there is a potential to develop eco-tourism, game farming, mining and cultural tourism and major sports events. 

Weaknesses

The region faces an enormous task in dealing with acute housing shortages and proper co-ordination and integration will be required to eradicate backlogs and provide for future population growth. Furthermore, the tourism infrastructure of the region is underdeveloped and requires upgrading.