Vuwani is a town in Vhembe District Municipality in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Vuwani is located in Limpopo
Vuwani is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 23°02′35″S 30°23′10″E / 23.043°S 30.386°E / -23.043; 30.386Coordinates: 23°02′35″S 30°23′10″E / 23.043°S 30.386°E / -23.043; 30.386
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityCollins Chabane
 • Councillor(ANC)
 • Total2.70 km2 (1.04 sq mi)
 • Total2,791
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African98.9%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • Other0.7%
First languages (2011)
 • Venda84.1%
 • Tsonga8.4%
 • Northern Sotho1.0%
 • Other6.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code015

Demarcation disputeEdit

In 2015, the Municipal Demarcation Board decided to excise Mashau and Masakona settlements from Makhado, and merge them with the Malamulele, Tshikonelo, Mulenzhe, Pietboy, and Khakhanwa areas of the Thulamela Local Municipality in order to create a new municipality.[2][3]

In 2016, residents dissatisfied with legal rulings that affirmed the Municipal Demarcation Board's decision resorted to arson and vandalism of 30 schools over a four-month period,[4][5][6] disrupting government services and schooling.[3]

A resultant stay-away during the 2016 local election depressed voter turnout, with only 1,600 voters participating, but the ANC was nevertheless reelected.[7]

Destruction of government property and disruption of learning continued into April, 2017 and led to the death of two persons.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Vuwani". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Case Study on Vuwani Demarcation Protest (PDF). Human Sciences Research Council. 2016. p. 3.
  3. ^ a b Erasmus, Nelie (2015-07-23). "Demarcation board decision leads to protest action in Vhembe". Polokwane Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  4. ^ Myburgh, RC; Viljoen, Barry; Erasmus, Nelie (2016-05-02). "Unrest after Vuwani demarcation ruling". Polokwane Observer. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  5. ^ Mpondwana, Litha (2016-05-05). "#VuwaniProtests: an unusual municipal demarcation exercise - analyst". CapeTalk. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  6. ^ Qukula, Qama (2017-04-18). "Over 27 000 pupils blocked from attending school amid renewed Vuwani shutdown". 702. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  7. ^ Mchunu, Siphiwe (2016-08-04). "4% vote in Vuwani". The New Age. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  8. ^ "Police probe culpable homicide after two burn to death in Vuwani". The New Age. Retrieved 2017-04-19.