On June 16 1976, a demonstration in Soweto, led largely by high school students angered at the apartheid government, was met with a brutal crackdown by police and set off a wave of protests and violent conflicts across South Africa.  The day is now immortalized as Youth Day, an annual public holiday in which South Africans remember the significance of the Soweto Uprisings and the bravery of those involved, as well as the importance of supporting the youth.

For the past six years Youth Day celebration in Lekwa has taken a shape within a context of political, economic, social discussions and debates, of which the emphasis is more directed to formal speeches and youth dialogues. Young people are channeled to discussion of adverse political and socio-economic challenges that are characterized by the history of South Africa.

Lekwa Local Municipality commemorated 2017 Youth Day on the 24th of June 2017 at the Sakhile Stadium which was also being officially opening of the stadium following the recent renovations. Lekwa Local Municipality’s objectives for the above mentioned programme were as follows:

 ·      To encourage young people and adults in knowing their HIV status,

·      To enhance participation in sport at local level,

·      Youth development,

·      To develop and sustain sports infrastructure within the Municipality,

·      To identify hidden talent in all wards within the Lekwa area of jurisdiction;

·      To create access to different sporting codes for all community members

·      To encourage the youth and adults to go for medical circumcision,

·      Career exhibitions,

·      Business Expo

The event started with the children’s rally on Gender based Violence in collaboration with Solo Bikers, stakeholders and larger community. Upon arrival at the Sakhile Stadium the programme of the day started and the Executive Mayor Cllr LBR Dhlamini gave his keynote address and officially opened the Sakhile Stadium. When delivering his speech Cllr. LBR Dhlamini indicated that the facility is for the community and the community and will assist in sport and youth development.

Soccer matches started with Bidvest Wits under 19 team and Lekwa Youth Football Team. Four (4) players were selected from Lekwa Team for trials prospect under young development team at Bidvest Wits soccer team.

Participants received medal. The programme was further made vibrant by performances from local artists


                                        LEKWA SMME FAIR DAY HELD ON THE 31 MARCH 2017

Lekwa Local Municipality in partnership with Gert Sibande District Municipality had successful hosted a SMME Fair day on the 31st of March 2017 in Standerton. The fair day was organized as an initiative to create a platform for Local SMMEs to showcase their various talents, products and also to encourage a unified voice for SMMEs to advocate that SMME has a potential to contribute and transform the Local Economic situations faced by the people of Lekwa.

Entrepreneurship is a transformation imperative which requires collaborative efforts to build an inclusive economy that might solve the current realities (unemployment, poverty and inequality).

Local SMMEs have proven that with their products and skills available in the Municipality can change the current situation, the exhibitors displayed various products such as arts, crafts, clothes, cultural Music, poetry etc.

The plight of SMME is on top of both Gert Sibande District and Lekwa Municipalities, it is therefore important for both Municipalities to have future joint programmes that will shape the Economy of Lekwa and the entire District and also to empower and promote any business idea that will support growth formalisation of informal, micro, small and medium enterprises.


 To be the Leading people Centred Municipality Excelling in Economic Growth, Development and good Governance’’




Local economic Development is an approach towards economic development that allows and encourage local people to work together to achieve sustainable economic growth and development, by bringing economic benefits and improved quality of life for all residents, it is intended to maximise the economic potential of municipalities and enhance the resilience of macro-economic growth through increased local economic growth, employment creation and development.

In light of the above background Lekwa Municipality had relaunched its inclusive Local Economic Development forum on the 29th March 2017, with the intention to create an engagement platform for stakeholders to take the Municipal development agenda to the next level.

It worth mentioning that Local Economic Development Forum is not just about the SMME but also to present opportunities for large companies operating in the Municipal space.

As the Municipality we wish to encourage all stakeholders to embrace the resent re-launched Local Economic Development Forum (LEDF), the Executive Committee is as follows:


1.     Mr Sizwe Dlamini: Chairperson

2.     Ms Jacky Jackson: Deputy Chairperson

3.     Mr Nkundla Mnisi: Treasurer

4.     Mr Themba Nkosi: Transport Sector working Group Chairperson

5.     Mr Linda Sengwayo: Agriculture Sector working Group Coordinator

6.     Mr Augustus Dludlu-  Manufacturing working Group Chairperson

7.     Mr Sebiloane Thabo: NPO sector working Group Chairperson

8.     Ms Eunice Moloi: Women in Business working Group Chairperson

9.     Mr Mokete Dlamini: Business chamber working group

10.  Mr Pieter Oberholzer Financial & Academics

‘’ To be the leading, people centred Municipality, Excelling in Economic Growth Development and good Governance”









 On the 3rd of February 2017 primary and high school learners of rural areas of benefited by receiving school uniform from Gert Sibande District Municipality.  Schools that benefited from this initiative of Hon. M Chirwa the Executive Mayor of Gert Sibande District Municipality are Holmdene Secondary school and Isiyalo Primary School which are situated in ward 9.  The event was honoured by the presence of Gert Sibande Mayoral Committee Members, Cllr B. Sekhonde, Cllr S. Dhlamini, Cllr. D Nhlengethwa. Cllr VT Malinga Member of Lekwa Mayoral Committee welcomed all present and thanked GSDM for such initiative.  Officials from both municipalities also attended the event.

Children from poor families in the rural areas were prioritised on the issuing of uniform as this is a basic necessity for school going children.

Presenting the uniform to the schools, Cllr B Sekhonde encouraged the learners to focus all their energy on their studies and that they must stay away from criminal activities.  “Education is everybody’s business and that is the reason we’re all here today”.

The campaign advocates for practical assistance within the community in an effort to enhance service delivery.

Cllr VT Malinga , Cllr S Dhlamini and Cllr D Nhlengethwa also gave words of encouragement to the learners.




To be the leading, people centered municipality excelling in the economic growth, development and governance


Transparent and accountable governance, accelerated customer focus, affordable service delivery, creation of a conductive environment for economic development and growth sustainable infrastructural development and maintenance.  Enhance community participation in the affairs of the municipality.  To initiate ground breaking innovations in the way we conduct our business.

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AMBULANCE 017 712 2323

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BURST WATER PIPE 017 712 5551


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