List of municipalities in South Africa

This is a list of municipalities of South Africa. The largest metropolitan areas are governed by metropolitan municipalities, while the rest of the country is divided into district municipalities, each of which consists of several local municipalities. Since the boundary reform at the time of the municipal election of 3 August 2016 there are 8 metropolitan municipalities, 44 district municipalities and 205 local municipalities.[1]

The Municipalities of South Africa as of 2016

Metropolitan municipalitiesEdit

Name Code Province Seat Area
(km2)[2]
Population
(2016)[3]
Pop. density
(per km2)
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality BUF Eastern Cape East London 2,750 834,997 303.6
City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality CPT Western Cape Cape Town 2,446 4,005,016 1,637.6
City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality EKU Gauteng Germiston 1,975 3,379,104 1,710.6
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality JHB Gauteng Johannesburg 1,645 4,949,347 3,008.8
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality TSH Gauteng Pretoria 6,298 3,275,152 520.0
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality ETH KwaZulu-Natal Durban 2,556 3,702,231 1,448.5
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality MAN Free State Bloemfontein 9,886 787,803 79.7
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality NMA Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 1,957 1,263,051 645.4

District municipalitiesEdit

For comparison purposes the metropolitan municipalities are also included in this list.

Name Code Province Seat Area
(km2)[2]
Population
(2016)[3]
Pop. density
(per km2)
Alfred Nzo District Municipality DC44 Eastern Cape Mount Ayliff 10,731 867,864 80.9
Amajuba District Municipality DC25 KwaZulu-Natal Newcastle 7,102 531,327 74.8
Amathole District Municipality DC12 Eastern Cape East London 21,117 880,790 41.7
Bojanala District Municipality DC37 North West Rustenburg 18,333 1,657,148 90.4
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality BUF Eastern Cape East London 2,750 834,997 303.6
Cape Winelands District Municipality DC2 Western Cape Worcester 21,473 866,001 40.3
Capricorn District Municipality DC35 Limpopo Polokwane 21,705 1,330,436 61.3
Central Karoo District Municipality DC5 Western Cape Beaufort West 38,854 74,247 1.9
Chris Hani District Municipality DC13 Eastern Cape Queenstown 36,407 840,055 23.1
City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality CPT Western Cape Cape Town 2,446 4,005,016 1,637.6
City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality EKU Gauteng Germiston 1,975 3,379,104 1,710.6
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality JHB Gauteng Johannesburg 1,645 4,949,347 3,008.8
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality TSH Gauteng Pretoria 6,298 3,275,152 520.0
Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality DC40 North West Klerksdorp 14,671 742,821 50.6
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality DC39 North West Vryburg 43,764 459,357 10.5
Ehlanzeni District Municipality DC32 Mpumalanga Nelspruit 27,896 1,754,931 62.9
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality ETH KwaZulu-Natal Durban 2,556 3,702,231 1,448.5
Fezile Dabi District Municipality DC20 Free State Sasolburg 20,668 494,777 23.9
Frances Baard District Municipality DC9 Northern Cape Kimberley 12,836 387,741 30.2
Garden Route District Municipality DC4 Western Cape George 23,331 611,278 26.2
Gert Sibande District Municipality DC30 Mpumalanga Ermelo 31,841 1,135,409 35.7
Harry Gwala District Municipality DC43 KwaZulu-Natal Ixopo 10,386 510,865 49.2
iLembe District Municipality DC29 KwaZulu-Natal KwaDukuza 3,269 657,612 201.2
Joe Gqabi District Municipality DC14 Eastern Cape Barkly East 25,617 372,912 14.6
John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality DC45 Northern Cape Kuruman 27,322 242,264 8.9
King Cetshwayo District Municipality DC28 KwaZulu-Natal Richards Bay 8,213 971,135 118.2
Lejweleputswa District Municipality DC18 Free State Welkom 32,287 646,920 20.0
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality MAN Free State Bloemfontein 9,886 787,803 79.7
Mopani District Municipality DC33 Limpopo Giyani 20,011 1,159,185 57.9
Namakwa District Municipality DC6 Northern Cape Springbok 126,836 115,488 0.9
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality NMA Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 1,957 1,263,051 645.4
Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality DC38 North West Mahikeng 28,114 889,108 31.6
Nkangala District Municipality DC31 Mpumalanga Middelburg 16,758 1,445,624 86.3
OR Tambo District Municipality DC15 Eastern Cape Mthatha 12,141 1,457,384 120.0
Overberg District Municipality DC3 Western Cape Bredasdorp 12,239 286,786 23.4
Pixley ka Seme District Municipality DC7 Northern Cape De Aar 103,411 195,595 1.9
Sarah Baartman District Municipality DC10 Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 58,245 479,923 8.2
Sedibeng District Municipality DC42 Gauteng Vereeniging 4,173 957,528 229.5
Sekhukhune District Municipality DC47 Limpopo Groblersdal 13,528 1,169,762 86.5
Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality DC19 Free State Phuthaditjhaba 32,734 779,330 23.8
Ugu District Municipality DC21 KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone 4,791 753,336 157.2
uMgungundlovu District Municipality DC22 KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg 9,602 1,095,865 114.1
uMkhanyakude District Municipality DC27 KwaZulu-Natal Mkuze 13,855 689,090 49.7
uMzinyathi District Municipality DC24 KwaZulu-Natal Dundee 8,652 554,882 64.1
uThukela District Municipality DC23 KwaZulu-Natal Ladysmith 11,134 706,588 63.5
Vhembe District Municipality DC34 Limpopo Thohoyandou 25,596 1,393,949 54.5
Waterberg District Municipality DC36 Limpopo Modimolle 44,913 745,758 16.6
West Coast District Municipality DC1 Western Cape Moorreesburg 31,119 436,403 14.0
West Rand District Municipality DC48 Gauteng Randfontein 4,087 838,594 205.2
Xhariep District Municipality DC16 Free State Trompsburg 34,250 125,884 3.7
ZF Mgcawu District Municipality DC8 Northern Cape Upington 102,484 252,692 2.5
Zululand District Municipality DC26 KwaZulu-Natal Ulundi 14,799 892,310 60.3

Local municipalitiesEdit

For comparison purposes the metropolitan municipalities are also included in this list.

Name Code Province District Seat MIIF classification Area
(km2)[2]
Population
(2016)[3]
Pop. density
(per km2)
Abaqulusi Local Municipality KZN263 KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Vryheid B3 (small towns) 4,314 243,795 56.5
Albert Luthuli Local Municipality MP301 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Carolina B4 (mostly rural) 5,559 187,629 33.7
Alfred Duma Local Municipality KZN238 KwaZulu-Natal Uthukela Ladysmith B2 (large town) 3,764 356,274 94.6
Amahlathi Local Municipality EC124 Eastern Cape Amathole Stutterheim B3 (small towns) 4,505 101,826 22.6
Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality LIM334 Limpopo Mopani Phalaborwa B3 (small towns) 7,489 168,937 22.6
Beaufort West Local Municipality WC053 Western Cape Central Karoo Beaufort West B3 (small towns) 21,917 51,080 2.3
Bela-Bela Local Municipality LIM366 Limpopo Waterberg Bela-Bela B3 (small towns) 3,406 76,296 22.4
Bergrivier Local Municipality WC013 Western Cape West Coast Piketberg B3 (small towns) 4,407 67,474 15.3
Big Five Hlabisa Local Municipality KZN276 KwaZulu-Natal Umkhanyakude Hlabisa B3 (small towns) 3,466 116,622 33.6
Bitou Local Municipality WC047 Western Cape Garden Route Plettenberg Bay B3 (small towns) 992 59,157 59.6
Blouberg Local Municipality LIM351 Limpopo Capricorn Senwabarwana B4 (mostly rural) 9,540 172,601 18.1
Blue Crane Route Local Municipality EC102 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Somerset East B3 (small towns) 11,068 36,063 3.3
Breede Valley Local Municipality WC025 Western Cape Cape Winelands Worcester B2 (large town) 3,834 176,578 46.1
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality BUF Eastern Cape East London A (metro) 2,750 834,997 303.6
Bushbuckridge Local Municipality MP325 Mpumalanga Ehlanzeni Bushbuckridge B4 (mostly rural) 10,248 546,215 53.3
Cape Agulhas Local Municipality WC033 Western Cape Overberg Bredasdorp B3 (small towns) 3,471 36,000 10.4
Cederberg Local Municipality WC012 Western Cape West Coast Clanwilliam B3 (small towns) 8,007 52,949 6.6
City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality CPT Western Cape Cape Town A (metro) 2,446 4,005,016 1,637.6
City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality EKU Gauteng Germiston A (metro) 1,975 3,379,104 1,710.6
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality JHB Gauteng Johannesburg A (metro) 1,645 4,949,347 3,008.8
City of Matlosana Local Municipality NW403 North West Dr Kenneth Kaunda Klerksdorp B1 (secondary city) 3,602 417,282 115.8
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality TSH Gauteng Pretoria A (metro) 6,298 3,275,152 520.0
Collins Chabane Local Municipality LIM345 Limpopo Vhembe Malamulele B4 (mostly rural) 5,003 347,974 69.6
Dannhauser Local Municipality KZN254 KwaZulu-Natal Amajuba Dannhauser B4 (mostly rural) 1,707 105,341 61.7
Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality NC087 Northern Cape ZF Mgcawu Upington B2 (large town) 44,231 107,161 2.4
Dihlabeng Local Municipality FS192 Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana Bethlehem B2 (large town) 4,868 140,044 28.8
Dikgatlong Local Municipality NC092 Northern Cape Frances Baard Barkly West B3 (small towns) 7,316 48,473 6.6
Dipaleseng Local Municipality MP306 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Balfour B3 (small towns) 2,645 45,232 17.1
Ditsobotla Local Municipality NW384 North West Ngaka Modiri Molema Lichtenburg B3 (small towns) 6,387 181,865 28.5
Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality EC101 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Graaff-Reinet B3 (small towns) 28,653 82,197 2.9
Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality MP316 Mpumalanga Nkangala Siyabuswa B4 (mostly rural) 1,416 246,016 173.7
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Local Municipality KZN436 KwaZulu-Natal Harry Gwala Creighton B3 (small towns) 3,602 118,480 32.9
Drakenstein Local Municipality WC023 Western Cape Cape Winelands Paarl B1 (secondary city) 1,538 280,195 182.2
eDumbe Local Municipality KZN261 KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Paulpietersburg B3 (small towns) 1,943 89,614 46.1
Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality LIM472 Limpopo Sekhukhune Groblersdal B4 (mostly rural) 3,713 268,256 72.2
Elundini Local Municipality EC141 Eastern Cape Joe Gqabi Maclear B4 (mostly rural) 5,019 144,929 28.9
eMadlangeni Local Municipality KZN253 KwaZulu-Natal Amajuba Utrecht B3 (small towns) 3,539 36,869 10.4
Emakhazeni Local Municipality MP314 Mpumalanga Nkangala Belfast B2 (large town) 4,736 48,149 10.2
Emalahleni Local Municipality EC136 Eastern Cape Chris Hani Lady Frere B4 (mostly rural) 3,484 124,532 35.7
Emalahleni Local Municipality MP312 Mpumalanga Nkangala eMalahleni B1 (secondary city) 2,678 455,228 170.0
Emfuleni Local Municipality GT421 Gauteng Sedibeng Vanderbijlpark B1 (secondary city) 966 733,445 759.3
Emthanjeni Local Municipality NC073 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme De Aar B3 (small towns) 13,472 45,404 3.4
Endumeni Local Municipality KZN241 KwaZulu-Natal Umzinyathi Dundee B3 (small towns) 1,610 76,639 47.6
Engcobo Local Municipality EC137 Eastern Cape Chris Hani Ngcobo B4 (mostly rural) 2,484 162,014 65.2
Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality EC139 Eastern Cape Chris Hani Queenstown B2 (large town) 13,584 267,011 19.7
Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality LIM471 Limpopo Sekhukhune Marble Hall B4 (mostly rural) 2,011 127,168 63.2
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality ETH KwaZulu-Natal Durban A (metro) 2,556 3,702,231 1,448.5
Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality LIM476 Limpopo Sekhukhune Apel B4 (mostly rural) 5,693 489,902 86.0
Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality NC452 Northern Cape John Taolo Gaetsewe Kuruman B3 (small towns) 4,495 104,408 23.2
Gamagara Local Municipality NC453 Northern Cape John Taolo Gaetsewe Kathu B3 (small towns) 2,648 53,656 20.3
George Local Municipality WC044 Western Cape Garden Route George B1 (secondary city) 5,191 208,237 40.1
Govan Mbeki Local Municipality MP307 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Secunda B1 (secondary city) 2,955 340,091 115.1
Great Kei Local Municipality EC123 Eastern Cape Amathole Komga B3 (small towns) 1,700 31,692 18.6
Greater Giyani Local Municipality LIM331 Limpopo Mopani Giyani B4 (mostly rural) 4,172 256,127 61.4
Greater Kokstad Local Municipality KZN433 KwaZulu-Natal Harry Gwala Kokstad B2 (large town) 2,680 76,753 28.6
Greater Letaba Local Municipality LIM332 Limpopo Mopani Modjadjiskloof B4 (mostly rural) 1,891 218,030 115.3
Greater Taung Local Municipality NW394 North West Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Taung B4 (mostly rural) 5,639 167,827 29.8
Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality LIM333 Limpopo Mopani Tzaneen B4 (mostly rural) 2,897 416,146 143.7
Hantam Local Municipality NC065 Northern Cape Namakwa Calvinia B3 (small towns) 39,085 21,540 0.6
Hessequa Local Municipality WC042 Western Cape Garden Route Riversdale B3 (small towns) 5,733 54,237 9.5
Impendle Local Municipality KZN224 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Impendle B4 (mostly rural) 1,610 29,526 18.3
Ingquza Hill Local Municipality EC153 Eastern Cape OR Tambo Flagstaff B4 (mostly rural) 2,477 303,379 122.5
Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality KZN237 KwaZulu-Natal Uthukela Estcourt B3 (small towns) 3,399 215,182 63.3
Intsika Yethu Local Municipality EC135 Eastern Cape Chris Hani Cofimvaba B4 (mostly rural) 2,873 152,159 53.0
Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipality EC131 Eastern Cape Chris Hani Cradock B3 (small towns) 11,663 70,493 6.0
JB Marks Local Municipality NW405 North West Dr Kenneth Kaunda Potchefstroom B1 (secondary city) 6,398 243,527 38.1
Joe Morolong Local Municipality NC451 Northern Cape John Taolo Gaetsewe Mothibistad B4 (mostly rural) 20,180 84,201 4.2
Jozini Local Municipality KZN272 KwaZulu-Natal Umkhanyakude Jozini B4 (mostly rural) 3,442 198,215 57.6
Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality NW397 North West Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Ganyesa B4 (mostly rural) 23,827 102,703 4.3
Kai !Garib Local Municipality NC082 Northern Cape ZF Mgcawu Kakamas B3 (small towns) 26,377 68,929 2.6
Kamiesberg Local Municipality NC064 Northern Cape Namakwa Garies B3 (small towns) 14,208 9,605 0.7
Kannaland Local Municipality WC041 Western Cape Garden Route Ladismith B3 (small towns) 4,765 24,168 5.1
Kareeberg Local Municipality NC074 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Carnarvon B3 (small towns) 17,701 12,772 0.7
Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality NC066 Northern Cape Namakwa Williston B3 (small towns) 30,230 13,009 0.4
Kgatelopele Local Municipality NC086 Northern Cape ZF Mgcawu Daniëlskuil B3 (small towns) 2,478 20,691 8.3
Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality NW374 North West Bojanala Koster B3 (small towns) 3,973 59,562 15.0
Khâi-Ma Local Municipality NC067 Northern Cape Namakwa Pofadder B3 (small towns) 15,715 12,333 0.8
!Kheis Local Municipality NC084 Northern Cape ZF Mgcawu Groblershoop B3 (small towns) 11,107 16,566 1.5
King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality EC157 Eastern Cape OR Tambo Mthatha B2 (large town) 3,019 488,349 161.8
Knysna Local Municipality WC048 Western Cape Garden Route Knysna B2 (large town) 1,109 73,835 66.6
Kopanong Local Municipality FS162 Free State Xhariep Trompsburg B3 (small towns) 15,645 49,999 3.2
Kou-Kamma Local Municipality EC109 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Kareedouw B3 (small towns) 3,642 43,688 12.0
Kouga Local Municipality EC108 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Jeffreys Bay B3 (small towns) 2,670 112,941 42.3
KwaDukuza Local Municipality KZN292 KwaZulu-Natal iLembe KwaDukuza B2 (large town) 735 276,719 376.5
Laingsburg Local Municipality WC051 Western Cape Central Karoo Laingsburg B3 (small towns) 8,784 8,895 1.0
Langeberg Local Municipality WC026 Western Cape Cape Winelands Ashton B3 (small towns) 4,518 105,483 23.3
Lekwa Local Municipality MP305 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Standerton B3 (small towns) 4,557 123,419 27.1
Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality NW396 North West Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Christiana B3 (small towns) 3,654 56,025 15.3
Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality LIM355 Limpopo Capricorn Chuniespoort B4 (mostly rural) 3,484 235,380 67.6
Lephalale Local Municipality LIM362 Limpopo Waterberg Lephalale B3 (small towns) 13,794 140,240 10.2
Lesedi Local Municipality GT423 Gauteng Sedibeng Heidelberg B3 (small towns) 1,484 112,472 75.8
Letsemeng Local Municipality FS161 Free State Xhariep Koffiefontein B3 (small towns) 9,828 40,044 4.1
Madibeng Local Municipality NW372 North West Bojanala Brits B1 (secondary city) 3,720 536,110 144.1
Mafube Local Municipality FS205 Free State Fezile Dabi Frankfort B3 (small towns) 3,971 57,574 14.5
Magareng Local Municipality NC093 Northern Cape Frances Baard Warrenton B3 (small towns) 1,546 24,059 15.6
Mahikeng Local Municipality NW383 North West Ngaka Modiri Molema Mahikeng B2 (large town) 3,646 314,394 86.2
Makana Local Municipality EC104 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Grahamstown B2 (large town) 4,376 82,060 18.8
Makhado Local Municipality LIM344 Limpopo Vhembe Louis Trichardt B4 (mostly rural) 7,605 416,728 54.8
Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality LIM473 Limpopo Sekhukhune Jane Furse B4 (mostly rural) 2,110 284,435 134.8
Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality FS194 Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana Phuthaditjhaba B3 (small towns) 4,338 353,452 81.5
Mamusa Local Municipality NW393 North West Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Schweizer-Reneke B3 (small towns) 3,614 64,000 17.7
Mandeni Local Municipality KZN291 KwaZulu-Natal iLembe Mandeni B4 (mostly rural) 545 147,808 271.0
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality MAN Free State Bloemfontein A (metro) 9,886 787,803 79.7
Mantsopa Local Municipality FS196 Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana Ladybrand B3 (small towns) 4,291 53,525 12.5
Maphumulo Local Municipality KZN294 KwaZulu-Natal iLembe Maphumulo B4 (mostly rural) 896 89,969 100.4
Maquassi Hills Local Municipality NW404 North West Dr Kenneth Kaunda Wolmaransstad B3 (small towns) 4,671 82,012 17.6
Maruleng Local Municipality LIM335 Limpopo Mopani Hoedspruit B4 (mostly rural) 3,563 99,946 28.1
Masilonyana Local Municipality FS181 Free State Lejweleputswa Theunissen B3 (small towns) 6,618 62,770 9.5
Matatiele Local Municipality EC441 Eastern Cape Alfred Nzo Matatiele B3 (small towns) 4,352 219,447 50.4
Matjhabeng Local Municipality FS184 Free State Lejweleputswa Welkom B1 (secondary city) 5,690 429,113 75.4
Matzikama Local Municipality WC011 Western Cape West Coast Vredendal B3 (small towns) 12,981 71,045 5.5
Mbhashe Local Municipality EC121 Eastern Cape Amathole Dutywa B4 (mostly rural) 3,303 277,250 84.0
Mbombela Local Municipality MP326 Mpumalanga Ehlanzeni Nelspruit B1 (secondary city) 7,141 695,913 97.4
Merafong City Local Municipality GT484 Gauteng West Rand Carletonville B2 (large town) 1,631 188,843 115.8
Metsimaholo Local Municipality FS204 Free State Fezile Dabi Sasolburg B2 (large town) 1,717 163,564 95.3
Mhlontlo Local Municipality EC156 Eastern Cape OR Tambo Qumbu B4 (mostly rural) 2,880 189,176 65.7
Midvaal Local Municipality GT422 Gauteng Sedibeng Meyerton B2 (large town) 1,722 111,612 64.8
Mkhambathini Local Municipality KZN226 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Camperdown B3 (small towns) 868 57,075 65.7
Mkhondo Local Municipality MP303 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Piet Retief B3 (small towns) 4,882 189,036 38.7
Mnquma Local Municipality EC122 Eastern Cape Amathole Gcuwa B4 (mostly rural) 3,137 246,813 78.7
Modimolle–Mookgophong Local Municipality LIM368 Limpopo Waterberg Modimolle B3 (small towns) 10,367 107,699 10.4
Mogalakwena Local Municipality LIM367 Limpopo Waterberg Mokopane B2 (large town) 6,156 325,291 52.8
Mogale City Local Municipality GT481 Gauteng West Rand Krugersdorp B1 (secondary city) 1,342 383,864 286.0
Mohokare Local Municipality FS163 Free State Xhariep Zastron B3 (small towns) 8,776 35,840 4.1
Molemole Local Municipality LIM353 Limpopo Capricorn Dendron B4 (mostly rural) 3,628 125,327 34.5
Moqhaka Local Municipality FS201 Free State Fezile Dabi Kroonstad B2 (large town) 7,925 154,732 19.5
Moretele Local Municipality NW371 North West Bojanala Makapanstad B4 (mostly rural) 1,498 191,306 127.7
Moses Kotane Local Municipality NW375 North West Bojanala Mogwase B4 (mostly rural) 5,726 243,648 42.5
Mossel Bay Local Municipality WC043 Western Cape Garden Route Mossel Bay B2 (large town) 2,001 94,135 47.0
Mpofana Local Municipality KZN223 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Mooi River B3 (small towns) 1,757 37,391 21.3
Msinga Local Municipality KZN244 KwaZulu-Natal Umzinyathi Tugela Ferry B4 (mostly rural) 2,375 184,494 77.7
Msukaligwa Local Municipality MP302 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Ermelo B2 (large town) 6,016 164,608 27.4
Msunduzi Local Municipality KZN225 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Pietermaritzburg B1 (secondary city) 751 679,039 904.1
Mthonjaneni Local Municipality KZN285 KwaZulu-Natal King Cetshwayo Melmoth B3 (small towns) 1,639 78,883 48.1
Mtubatuba Local Municipality KZN275 KwaZulu-Natal Umkhanyakude Mtubatuba B3 (small towns) 1,970 202,176 102.6
Musina Local Municipality LIM341 Limpopo Vhembe Musina B3 (small towns) 10,347 132,009 12.8
Nala Local Municipality FS185 Free State Lejweleputswa Bothaville B3 (small towns) 4,129 78,515 19.0
Naledi Local Municipality NW392 North West Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Vryburg B3 (small towns) 7,030 68,803 9.8
Nama Khoi Local Municipality NC062 Northern Cape Namakwa Springbok B3 (small towns) 17,990 46,512 2.6
Ndlambe Local Municipality EC105 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Port Alfred B3 (small towns) 1,841 63,180 34.3
Ndwedwe Local Municipality KZN293 KwaZulu-Natal iLembe Ndwedwe B4 (mostly rural) 1,093 143,117 131.0
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality NMA Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth A (metro) 1,957 1,263,051 645.4
Newcastle Local Municipality KZN252 KwaZulu-Natal Amajuba Newcastle B1 (secondary city) 1,856 389,117 209.7
Ngqushwa Local Municipality EC126 Eastern Cape Amathole Peddie B4 (mostly rural) 2,115 63,694 30.1
Ngwathe Local Municipality FS203 Free State Fezile Dabi Parys B3 (small towns) 7,055 118,907 16.9
Nkandla Local Municipality KZN286 KwaZulu-Natal King Cetshwayo Nkandla B4 (mostly rural) 1,828 114,284 62.5
Nketoana Local Municipality FS193 Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana Reitz B3 (small towns) 5,611 64,893 11.6
Nkomazi Local Municipality MP324 Mpumalanga Ehlanzeni Malalane B4 (mostly rural) 4,787 410,907 85.8
Nongoma Local Municipality KZN265 KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Nongoma B4 (mostly rural) 2,182 211,892 97.1
Nqutu Local Municipality KZN242 KwaZulu-Natal Umzinyathi Nquthu B4 (mostly rural) 1,962 171,325 87.3
Ntabankulu Local Municipality EC444 Eastern Cape Alfred Nzo Ntabankulu B4 (mostly rural) 1,385 128,848 93.1
Nyandeni Local Municipality EC155 Eastern Cape OR Tambo Libode B4 (mostly rural) 2,474 309,702 125.2
Okhahlamba Local Municipality KZN235 KwaZulu-Natal Uthukela Bergville B4 (mostly rural) 3,971 135,132 34.0
Oudtshoorn Local Municipality WC045 Western Cape Garden Route Oudtshoorn B2 (large town) 3,540 97,509 27.5
Overstrand Local Municipality WC032 Western Cape Overberg Hermanus B2 (large town) 1,675 93,407 55.8
Phokwane Local Municipality NC094 Northern Cape Frances Baard Hartswater B3 (small towns) 828 60,168 72.7
Phumelela Local Municipality FS195 Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana Vrede B3 (small towns) 8,196 50,054 6.1
Pixley ka Seme Local Municipality MP304 Mpumalanga Gert Sibande Volksrust B3 (small towns) 5,227 85,395 16.3
Polokwane Local Municipality LIM354 Limpopo Capricorn Polokwane B1 (secondary city) 5,054 797,127 157.7
Port St Johns Local Municipality EC154 Eastern Cape OR Tambo Port St Johns B4 (mostly rural) 1,291 166,779 129.2
Prince Albert Local Municipality WC052 Western Cape Central Karoo Prince Albert B3 (small towns) 8,153 14,272 1.8
Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality NW385 North West Ngaka Modiri Molema Zeerust B3 (small towns) 7,323 157,690 21.5
Rand West City Local Municipality GT485 Gauteng West Rand Randfontein B2 (large town) 1,115 265,887 238.5
Ratlou Local Municipality NW381 North West Ngaka Modiri Molema Setlagole B4 (mostly rural) 4,884 106,108 21.7
Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality KZN216 KwaZulu-Natal Ugu Port Shepstone B2 (large town) 1,487 348,533 234.4
Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality EC129 Eastern Cape Amathole Alice B3 (small towns) 6,357 159,515 25.1
Renosterberg Local Municipality NC075 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Petrusville B3 (small towns) 5,529 11,818 2.1
Richmond Local Municipality KZN227 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Richmond B4 (mostly rural) 1,231 71,322 57.9
Richtersveld Local Municipality NC061 Northern Cape Namakwa Port Nolloth B3 (small towns) 9,608 12,487 1.3
Rustenburg Local Municipality NW373 North West Bojanala Rustenburg B1 (secondary city) 3,416 626,522 183.4
Sakhisizwe Local Municipality EC138 Eastern Cape Chris Hani Cala B3 (small towns) 2,318 63,846 27.5
Saldanha Bay Local Municipality WC014 Western Cape West Coast Vredenburg B2 (large town) 2,015 111,173 55.2
Senqu Local Municipality EC142 Eastern Cape Joe Gqabi Lady Grey B4 (mostly rural) 7,329 140,720 19.2
Setsoto Local Municipality FS191 Free State Thabo Mofutsanyana Ficksburg B3 (small towns) 5,431 117,362 21.6
Siyancuma Local Municipality NC078 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Douglas B3 (small towns) 16,753 35,941 2.1
Siyathemba Local Municipality NC077 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Prieska B3 (small towns) 14,727 23,075 1.6
Sol Plaatje Local Municipality NC091 Northern Cape Frances Baard Kimberley B1 (secondary city) 3,145 255,041 81.1
Stellenbosch Local Municipality WC024 Western Cape Cape Winelands Stellenbosch B1 (secondary city) 831 173,197 208.4
Steve Tshwete Local Municipality MP313 Mpumalanga Nkangala Middelburg B1 (secondary city) 3,976 278,749 70.1
Sundays River Valley Local Municipality EC106 Eastern Cape Sarah Baartman Kirkwood B3 (small towns) 5,995 59,793 10.0
Swartland Local Municipality WC015 Western Cape West Coast Malmesbury B3 (small towns) 3,707 133,762 36.1
Swellendam Local Municipality WC034 Western Cape Overberg Swellendam B3 (small towns) 3,835 40,211 10.5
Thaba Chweu Local Municipality MP321 Mpumalanga Ehlanzeni Lydenburg B3 (small towns) 5,719 101,895 17.8
Thabazimbi Local Municipality LIM361 Limpopo Waterberg Thabazimbi B3 (small towns) 11,190 96,232 8.6
Theewaterskloof Local Municipality WC031 Western Cape Overberg Caledon B3 (small towns) 3,259 117,167 36.0
Thembelihle Local Municipality NC076 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Hopetown B3 (small towns) 8,023 16,230 2.0
Thembisile Hani Local Municipality MP315 Mpumalanga Nkangala eMpumalanga B4 (mostly rural) 2,384 333,331 139.8
Thulamela Local Municipality LIM343 Limpopo Vhembe Thohoyandou B4 (mostly rural) 2,642 497,237 188.2
Tokologo Local Municipality FS182 Free State Lejweleputswa Boshof B3 (small towns) 9,326 29,149 3.1
Tsantsabane Local Municipality NC085 Northern Cape ZF Mgcawu Postmasburg B3 (small towns) 18,290 39,345 2.2
Tswaing Local Municipality NW382 North West Ngaka Modiri Molema Delareyville B3 (small towns) 5,875 129,052 22.0
Tswelopele Local Municipality FS183 Free State Lejweleputswa Bultfontein B3 (small towns) 6,524 47,373 7.3
Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality KZN434 KwaZulu-Natal Harry Gwala Ixopo B4 (mostly rural) 1,669 118,346 70.9
Ubuntu Local Municipality NC071 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Victoria West B3 (small towns) 20,393 19,471 1.0
Ulundi Local Municipality KZN266 KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Ulundi B4 (mostly rural) 3,250 205,762 63.3
Umdoni Local Municipality KZN212 KwaZulu-Natal Ugu Scottburgh B2 (large town) 994 144,551 145.5
uMfolozi Local Municipality KZN281 KwaZulu-Natal King Cetshwayo KwaMbonambi B4 (mostly rural) 1,300 144,363 111.1
uMhlabuyalingana Local Municipality KZN271 KwaZulu-Natal Umkhanyakude Kwangwanase B4 (mostly rural) 4,977 172,077 34.6
uMhlathuze Local Municipality KZN282 KwaZulu-Natal King Cetshwayo Richards Bay B1 (secondary city) 1,233 410,465 332.8
uMlalazi Local Municipality KZN284 KwaZulu-Natal King Cetshwayo Eshowe B4 (mostly rural) 2,214 223,140 100.8
uMngeni Local Municipality KZN222 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Howick B2 (large town) 1,520 109,867 72.3
uMshwathi Local Municipality KZN221 KwaZulu-Natal uMgungundlovu Wartburg B4 (mostly rural) 1,866 111,645 59.8
Umsobomvu Local Municipality NC072 Northern Cape Pixley ka Seme Colesberg B3 (small towns) 6,813 30,883 4.5
uMuziwabantu Local Municipality KZN214 KwaZulu-Natal Ugu Harding B3 (small towns) 1,089 108,576 99.7
Umvoti Local Municipality KZN245 KwaZulu-Natal Umzinyathi Greytown B3 (small towns) 2,705 122,423 45.3
Umzimkhulu Local Municipality KZN435 KwaZulu-Natal Harry Gwala Umzimkhulu B4 (mostly rural) 2,436 197,286 81.0
Umzimvubu Local Municipality EC442 Eastern Cape Alfred Nzo Mount Frere B4 (mostly rural) 2,579 199,620 77.4
Umzumbe Local Municipality KZN213 KwaZulu-Natal Ugu Mtwalume B4 (mostly rural) 1,221 151,676 124.2
uPhongolo Local Municipality KZN262 KwaZulu-Natal Zululand Pongola B4 (mostly rural) 3,110 141,247 45.4
Victor Khanye Local Municipality MP311 Mpumalanga Nkangala Delmas B3 (small towns) 1,568 84,151 53.7
Walter Sisulu Local Municipality EC145 Eastern Cape Joe Gqabi Burgersdorp B3 (small towns) 13,269 87,263 6.6
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality EC443 Eastern Cape Alfred Nzo Bizana B4 (mostly rural) 2,415 319,948 132.5
Witzenberg Local Municipality WC022 Western Cape Cape Winelands Ceres B3 (small towns) 10,753 130,548 12.1

Former municipalitiesEdit

These municipalities have been dissolved since the current system of local government was established in 2000.

Name Code Province Dissolved Fate
Camdeboo Local Municipality EC101 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016 Merged to create Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality
Ikwezi Local Municipality EC103 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016
Baviaans Local Municipality EC107 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016
Nkonkobe Local Municipality EC127 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016 Merged to create Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality
Nxuba Local Municipality EC128 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016
Tsolwana Local Municipality EC132 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016 Merged to create Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality
Inkwanca Local Municipality EC133 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016
Lukhanji Local Municipality EC134 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016
Maletswai Local Municipality EC143 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016 Merged to create Walter Sisulu Local Municipality
Gariep Local Municipality EC144 Eastern Cape 3 August 2016
Motheo District Municipality DC17 Free State 18 May 2011 Part became Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, other parts annexed by Xhariep and Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipalities
Naledi Local Municipality FS164 Free State 3 August 2016 Annexed by Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality
Metsweding District Municipality DC46 Gauteng 18 May 2011 Annexed by City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Nokeng tsa Taemane Local Municipality GT461 Gauteng 18 May 2011
Kungwini Local Municipality GT462 Gauteng 18 May 2011
Randfontein Local Municipality GT482 Gauteng 3 August 2016 Merged to create Rand West City Local Municipality
Westonaria Local Municipality GT483 Gauteng 3 August 2016
Ezinqoleni Local Municipality KZN215 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Merged to create Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality
Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality KZN216 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016
Vulamehlo Local Municipality KZN211 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Annexed by eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and Umdoni Local Municipality
Emnambithi/Ladysmith Local Municipality KZN232 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Merged to create Alfred Duma Local Municipality
Indaka Local Municipality KZN233 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016
Umtshezi Local Municipality KZN234 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Merged to create Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality
Imbabazane Local Municipality KZN236 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016
Big 5 False Bay Local Municipality KZN273 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Merged to create Big Five Hlabisa Local Municipality
Hlabisa Local Municipality KZN274 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016
Ntambanana Local Municipality KZN283 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Annexed by Mthonjaneni, uMfolozi and uMhlathuze Local Municipalities
Ingwe Local Municipality KZN431 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016 Merged to create Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality
Kwa Sani Local Municipality KZN432 KwaZulu-Natal 3 August 2016
Bohlabela District Municipality CBDC4 Mpumalanga/Limpopo 1 March 2006 Annexed by Ehlanzeni and Mopani District Municipalities
Mutale Local Municipality LIM342 Limpopo 3 August 2016 Annexed by Musina and Thulamela Local Municipalities
Aganang Local Municipality LIM352 Limpopo 3 August 2016 Annexed by Blouberg, Molemole and Polokwane Local Municipalities
Mookgopong Local Municipality LIM364 Limpopo 3 August 2016 Merged to create Modimolle–Mookgophong Local Municipality
Modimolle Local Municipality LIM365 Limpopo 3 August 2016
Fetakgomo Local Municipality LIM474 Limpopo 3 August 2016 Merged to create Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality
Greater Tubatse Local Municipality LIM475 Limpopo 3 August 2016
Umjindi Local Municipality MP323 Mpumalanga 3 August 2016 Annexed by Mbombela Local Municipality
Kagisano Local Municipality NW391 North West 18 May 2011 Merged to create Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality
Molopo Local Municipality NW395 North West 18 May 2011
Ventersdorp Local Municipality NW401 North West 3 August 2016 Merged to create JB Marks Local Municipality
Tlokwe Local Municipality NW402 North West 3 August 2016
Mier Local Municipality NC081 Northern Cape 3 August 2016 Merged to create Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality
//Khara Hais Local Municipality NC083 Northern Cape 3 August 2016

By provinceEdit

The lists linked below also include maps showing the locations of the municipalities.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Electoral Commission on 2016 municipal elections" (Press release). Electoral Commission. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "2016 Boundaries". Municipal Demarcation Board (Shapefile). 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Community Survey 2016". Statistics South Africa (Data file). 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2017.

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