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Ekurhuleni information

MDB code: EKU Area: 1 975km²

Geography, History & Economy

The City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is a Category A municipality covers an extensive area from Germiston in the west to Springs and Nigel in the east. The former administrations of the nine towns in the former East Rand were amalgamated into the metropolitan municipality, along with the Khayalami Metropolitan Council and the Eastern Gauteng Services Council. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the province, and the country.

The economy in the region is larger and more diverse than that of many small countries in Africa. It accounts for nearly a quarter of Gauteng’s economy, which in turn contributes over a third of the national Gross Domestic Product. Many of the factories for production of goods and commodities are located in Ekurhuleni, often referred to as ‘Africa’s Workshop’.

The network of roads, airports, rail lines, telephones, electricity grids and telecommunications found in Ekurhuleni rivals that of Europe and America. It can be regarded as the transportation hub of the country. It is home to OR Tambo International Airport; South Africa’s largest railway hub; a number of South Africa’s modern freeways and expressways; the Maputo Corridor Development; direct rail, road and air links connecting Ekurhuleni to Durban; the Blue IQ projects, with linkages to the City Deep Container terminal; the planned Gautrain rapid rail link to Johannesburg and Pretoria; and the OR Tambo International Airport Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).


Alberton, Bedfordview, Benoni, Birchleigh, Boksburg, Brakpan, Clayville, Daveyton, Dunnottar, Edenvale, Geduld, Germiston, Katlehong, Kempton Park, Kwa-Thema, Machenzieville, Nigel, Olifantsfontein, Springs, Tembisa, Tokoza, Vosloorus, Vorsterkroon

Main Economic Sectors:

Manufacturing (23%), finance and business services (21.3%), community services (20%), trade (15%), transport (11%), construction (4.1%), electricity (2.3%), mining (2.3%)

2016 2011
Population 3 379 104 3 178 470
Age Structure
Population under 15 22.7% 24.3%
Population 15 to 64 71.2% 71.7%
Population over 65 6.1% 4.0%
Dependency Ratio
Per 100 (15-64) 40.5 39.4
Sex Ratio
Males per 100 females 105.7 105.0
Population Growth
Per annum 1.39% n/a
Labour Market
Unemployment rate (official) n/a 28.8%
Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 n/a 36.9%
Education (aged 20 +)
No schooling 4.1% 3.6%
Matric 38.5% 35.4%
Higher education 11.9% 14.6%
Household Dynamics
Households 1 299 490 1 015 465
Average household size 2.6 2.9
Female headed households 32.8% 31.3%
Formal dwellings 80.4% 77.4%
Housing owned 52.9% 44.0%
Household Services
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 85.4% 85.0%
Weekly refuse removal 84.8% 88.4%
Piped water inside dwelling 56.5% 57.2%
Electricity for lighting 85.4% 82.2%

Council & Management

Composition of Council
ANC 110, DA 76, EFF 25, AIC 4, IFP 2, VF PLUS 2, ACDP 1, COPE 1, IRASA 1, PAC 1, PA 1

Controlling Party
ANC Minority Government

Mr Mzwandile Masina

Deputy Mayor

Patricia Khumalo

Chief Whip
Jongizizwe Dlabathi

Other Council
Vivian Chauke (MMC: Community Safety)
Khosi Mabaso (MMC: Corporate and Shared Services)
Petrus Mabunda (MMC: Transport and Planning)
Madihlaba Masele (MMC: City Planning)
Robert Mashego (MMC: Infrastructure Services)
Dorah Mlambo (MMC: Community Services)
Lesiba Mpya (MMC: Human Settlements)
Tiisetso Nketle (MMC: Water, Sanitation and Energy)
Ndosi Shongwe (MMC: Environment and Waste Management)
Doctor Xhakaza (MMC: Finance and Economic Development)

Municipal Manager
Dr Imogen Mashazi

Chief Financial Officer
Mr Kagiso Lerutla

Senior Management
Vincent Campbell (HOD: Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture)
Sizwe Cele (HOD: Roads and Storm Water)
Caiphus Chauke (HOD: Economic Development)
Pieter Grobler (Acting HOD: Facilities and Real Estates)
Tumelo Kganane (Chief Information Officer)
Motshedi Lekalala (City Secretariat)
Faith Mabindisa (HOD: Environmental Resources and Waste Management)
Dorothy Mabuza (Acting HOD: Transport and Fleet Management)
Isaac Mapiyeye (Chief of Police)
Nomsa Mgida (Executive Support: Office of the Executive Mayor)
Naledi Mobidedi (HOD: Human Resource Management and Development)
Lesiba Mojapelo (Chief Operations Officer (Suspended))
Bongani Molefe (HOD: Human Settlements)
Jamie Moodley (Acting HOD: Risk Manager)
Dr Gilbert Motlatla (HOD: Health and Social Development)
Motubatsi Motsapi (HOD: City Planning)
Adv Moeketsi Motsapi (HOD: Corporate and Legal Services)
Obed Nhlapo (HOD: Fleet)
Mduduzi Shabangu (HOD: Water and Sanitation)
Sam Sibande (HOD: Disaster and Emergency Management Services)
Lesley Vilakazi (Acting: Chief Audit Executive)
Mark Wilson (HOD: Electricity and Energy)
Andile Zitumane (HOD: Institutional Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation)

Communications Officers
Rego Mavimbela (HOD: Communications and Brand Management)

Contact Details

Postal Private Bag X1069, Germiston, 1400
Physical Head Office, 15 Queen Street, Germiston
Tel 086 054 3000
Web www.ekurhuleni.gov.za

Resident Queries

Accounts 0860 543 000
Electricity 0860 543 000
Refuse & Waste 0860 543 000
Roads 0860 543 000
Service Delivery 0860 543 000
Water 0860 543 000

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