The Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality (MLM) is a Category B4 municipality
that is located within Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) of the Limpopo Province.
In its State of Local Government in South Africa: overview report, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA 2009) describes category B4 municipalities as municipalities which are mainly rural with communal tenure and with, at most, one or two small towns in their area. The municipality is completely rural in nature, dominated by traditional land ownership and comprises of a land area of approximately 2 096.9 square meters. It is made up of 189 settlements with a population of 274 358 people and 65 217 households, which amounts to more than 24% of the District 1 076 840: Census 2011.Like most rural municipalities in the Republic of South Africa, Makhuduthamaga is characterized by weak economic base, poor infrastructure, major service delivery
backlogs, dispersed human settlements and high poverty levels
The Municipality shares borders with Fetakgomo on the north east, Ephraim Mogale
to the west, Elias Motsoaledi on the south and Lepelle Nkumpi municipality in the north. Jane Furse, the head quarter of Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, is located 347 km North East of Johannesburg, 247km North East of Pretoria, 189km South East of Polokwane, and 70km south west of Burgersfort.
HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME
Makhuduthamaga: Literally means “executives”, this was a term used to denote members of the Fetakgomo movement in the 1950s.