Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

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Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality information

MDB code: MAN Area: 9 886km²

Geography, History & Economy

The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a Category A municipality. It is situated in the Free State Province, in the central interior of South Africa. The Free State is bordered by the Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West Provinces, as well as by the neighbouring country of Lesotho. Mangaung, meaning ‘Place of the Cheetahs’, accentuates the vibrant, dynamic and energetic character of the tourism industry in the ‘At the Heart of it All’.
The economy is strongly driven by the government sector, which has seen the fastest growth in the last five years as a result of increased government programmes in livelihoods improvement interventions. The finance sector is the second-fastest growing sector due to very active estate and construction activities.
Small businesses have a major role to play in the South African, and especially the Mangaung, economy in terms of employment creation, income generation and output growth. It is estimated that more than 12 million people in South Africa are actively involved in the SMME sector, which accounts for approximately 60% of all employment in the economy and 40% of output.
In an area such as Mangaung, with its relatively high levels of unemployment and poverty, it can be expected that the SMME sector plays an even more important role in job creation and poverty alleviation. The informal economy makes an important contribution to the economic and social life of Mangaung. Due to the decline in formal employment and consequent increase in unemployment, many people seek alternative means of earning an income.


Bloemfontein, Botshabelo, Dewetsdorp, Mangaung, Soutpan, Thaba Nchu, Van Stadensrus, Wepener

Main Economic Sectors:

Community services (35.3%), finance (26.8%), trade (16%), transport (11.8%), manufacturing (3.5%)

2016 2011
Population 787 803 775 184
Age Structure
Population under 15 29.7% 27.1%
Population 15 to 64 65.0% 67.6%
Population over 65 5.3% 5.4%
Dependency Ratio
Per 100 (15-64) 54.0 48.0
Sex Ratio
Males per 100 females 94.2 93.9
Population Growth
Per annum 0.37% n/a
Labour Market
Unemployment rate (official) n/a n/a
Youth unemployment rate (official) 15-34 n/a n/a
Education (aged 20 +)
No schooling 5.2% 4.3%
Matric 32.8% 29.1%
Higher education 13.3% 13.1%
Household Dynamics
Households 265 561 240 700
Average household size 3.0 3.1
Female headed households 41.4% 41.0%
Formal dwellings 87.1% 83.8%
Housing owned 70.1% 62.3%
Household Services
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 66.7% 61.5%
Weekly refuse removal 78.9% 77.8%
Piped water inside dwelling 38.2% 45.5%
Electricity for lighting 95.5% 91.5%

Council & Management

Composition of Council:
ANC 58, DA 27, EFF 9, AIC 2, VF PLUS 2, ANA 1, COPE 1
Controlling Party:
Mrs Sarah Matawana Mlamleli
Deputy Mayor:
Lebohang Masoetsa (Deputy Executive Mayor and MMC: Infrastructure and Public Works)
Mxolisi Siyonzana
Chief Whip:
Other Council:
Vuyelwa Jonas (MMC: SMME and Rural Development)
Mpolokeng Mahase (MMC: Community and Social Services)
Zolile Mangcotywa (Whip)
Morake Molefi (MMC: Corporate Services)
Patrick Monyakoana (MMC: Public Safety and Security Services)
Mafa Nkhabu (MMC: SMME Development)
Jeanine Nothnagel (MMC: Agricultural Development)
Xolo Pongolo (Environmental Management)
Gladys Thipenyane (MMC: Human Settlements and Housing)
Lulama Titi-Odili (MMC: Finance, IDP and Performance Management)
Municipal Manager:
Adv Tankiso Mea
Chief Financial Officer:
Mr Kolisang Rapulungoana (Acting)
Senior Management:
Mr Bongani Mathae (Manager: LED)
Bheki Mthembu (Head: Planning)
Mlondolozi Ndlovu (Head: Engineering Services)
Mzingisi Nkungwane (Head: Social Services)
Jupitor Phaladi (Head: Human Settlement and Housing)
Communications Officers:
Mr Qondile Khedama

Contact Details

Postal PO Box 3704, Bloemfontein, 9300
Physical Bram Fischer Building, Nelson Mandela Drive & Markgraaff Street, Bloemfontein
Tel 051 405 8911
Fax 051 405 8707
Web www.mangaung.co.za

Resident Queries

Accounts 0800 111 300
Electricity 051 409 2465/2300
Refuse & Waste 051 410 6761
Roads 0800 111 300
Service Delivery 0800 111 300
Water 0800 111 300