The Pixley Ka Seme Local Municipality is situated on the eastern border between Mpumalanga and Kwa Zulu Natal. Furthermore, the municipal area is framed by the Mkhondo Municipality in the east, Msukaligwa Municipality to the north and Lekwa Municipality to the west.
The Pixley Ka Seme Local Municipality comprises of an area of approximately 5227, 98km² which includes the following major disestablished urban areas or towns:
Other residential areas include Daggakraal 1, 2 and 3 as well as Sinqobile A, B, C, and D. These two areas represent approximately 28% of the total registered voters in the Pixley Ka Seme area of jurisdiction.
The larger region is known for its rolling grass landscapes and the Pixley Ka Seme Municipal area is a typical example thereof. The area is situated within the Highveld Region, consisting of undulating hill landscapes of an elevation of about 1550m above sea level. To the south and south-east is an escarpment and related mountains, which provide an attractive variety to the landscape.
The town of Wakkerstroom is situated in the latter area, and is malaria free due to its altitude.
The area drains into streams of mainly the Mahawane Stream, which in turn falls in the perennial catchment area of the perennial Buffalo river catchment area. The area consists of predominantly highveld grassland with the added attraction of an escarpment and related mountains, which provide an attractive variety of landscapes.
The local settlement pattern of the various towns in the study area differs substantially. The urban form of a number of towns are characterised by former separate development policies. An important spatial imperative of this urban form was the Group Area Act, which required the provision of separate residential areas for the different population groups. This separate development is witnessed in many of the Pixley Ka Seme Municipal area towns such as Volksrust and Vukuzakhe. This form of segregated planning created spatially separate entities and has resulted in the lack of social integration as well as costly infrastructure and service provision and maintenance.
Volksrust together with Vukuzakhe form the largest urban settlement areas within the Pixley Ka Seme municipal area. These two areas are located in the southern portion of the municipal area of jurisdiction with other urban areas such as Amersfoort located to the north, Wakkerstroom to the east. Other urban areas include Perdekop, Daggakraal & Sinqobile.
Source: Pixley ka Seme LM website and IDP 2009 - 2012