Municipality: Ntabankulu Local Municipality


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


Ntabankulu Local Municipality is situated in the north-eastern part of the OR Tambo District Municipality, off the National Road to Kokstad. Towns in close proximity are Kokstad, Mt Frere and Mt Ayliff. Flagstaff is accessible through T19 gravel road to the south of Ntabankulu town.

According to an empirical, scientific and research on socio-economic, infrastructural and cultural pillars of development conducted by the Municipality in 2008; the municipality has a total population of approximately 142 432 people, consisting of 142 207 Black Africans (99,8%).


“A changing Municipality in diversity”


Ntabankulu Local Municipality “that endeavours to ensure:

  • Growth generating local economy,
  • Social change,
  • Sustainable infrastructure through participatory system of local government.

The vision of a National Democratic Society is characterized by:

  • A thriving and integrated economy that draws on the creativity and skills that our whole population can offer, building on South Africa’s economic base to create sustainable and genuine employment opportunities for the benefit of all.
  • An economy in which increasing social equality and economic growth form virtuous cycle of development, which progressively improves the quality of life of all citizens (ANC Policy Discussion Document – Economic Transformation)

Source: Ntabankulu LM IDP 2008-2013


Ntabankulu is one of the municipalities with the highest levels of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment in the Eastern Cape. Estimated 93.5% of the population does not actively contribute towards the local economy while only 11 % is employed. 11% of the household are full time workers; 5% are daily labourers; while another 5% is attributed to street vendors such as selling fruits and vegetables, 4% is attributed to migrant workers; 14% of the total income is attributed to piece jobs, whereas 5% is attributed to selling of crafts while 25% are working in town. A total of 31% are dependent on social grants to sustain their livelihood. Some of the population is also unemployed either because they are housewives; they choose not to work while some are unable to work due to illnesses or disabilities.

A high percentage of individuals in the municipality earn very low incomes. Approximately 43% have no income at all and need subsidy arrangements for survival. This has huge implications on rate payments as most of the population is indigent and are therefore unable to pay for services. This poses a big challenge for the municipality to make arrangements for increasing its revenue base, to support the indigent population.

Very low levels of education are evident. Approximately 56% of the population has no schooling and a further 43.6% have only studied up to secondary school level. Very few individuals (0.31%) in the municipality have a higher level education and even less people have gone to adult education centres. This clearly demonstrates a generally high illiteracy level and the lack of skills in the area. This increases the need to train and develop the local community.