Official seal of Nkomazi
Location in Mpumalanga
Location in Mpumalanga
CountrySouth Africa
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorPhindile Magagula (ANC)
 • Total4,787 km2 (1,848 sq mi)
 • Total390,610
 • Density82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African97.7%
 • Coloured0.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White1.6%
First languages (2011)
 • Swazi88.5%
 • Tsonga6.8%
 • Afrikaans1.4%
 • English1.1%
 • Other2.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeMP324

Nkomazi Local Municipality is a local municipality of South Africa, located in the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Mpumalanga. Malalane is the seat of the municipality.

Main places

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[3]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Albertsnek 81701 0.02 108 Swazi
Barberton 81702 12.28 1,814 Swazi
Hectorspruit 81703 2.97 309 Afrikaans
Hoyi 81704 57.13 10,777 Swazi
Inyoni 81705 0.13 748 Tsonga
Kamhlushwa 81706 0.61 2,078 Swazi
Komatipoort 81707 5.52 1,443 Afrikaans
Lugedlane 81708 123.79 29,816 Swazi
Malalane 81709 14.23 2,241 Afrikaans
Marloth Park 81710 17.70 469 Afrikaans
Matsamo Part 1 81711 392.15 105,277 Swazi
Matsamo Part 2 81718 1.11 3,659 Swazi
Mawewe 81712 238.62 21,038 Swazi
Mhlaba 81713 80.27 17,376 Swazi
Mlambo 81714 282.62 29,372 Swazi
Siboshwa 81716 160.58 71,719 Swazi
Strathmore Mine 81717 4.26 343 Swazi
Remainder of the municipality 81715 1,833.87 35,837 Swazi


Main article: Nkomazi Local Municipality elections

The municipal council consists of sixty-five members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-three are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-three wards, while the remaining thirty-two are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 1 November 2021 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of fifty seats on the council.

The following table shows the results of the 2021 election.[4]

African National Congress53,50269.613358,12175.891750
Economic Freedom Fighters9,23612.02011,08514.4799
Democratic Alliance4,1915.4504,2835.5944
Independent candidates7,5049.7600
African Transformation Movement7240.9407731.0111
Freedom Front Plus6300.8206820.8911
8 other parties1,0691.3901,6402.1400
Valid votes76,85698.2376,58498.02
Invalid/blank votes1,3881.771,5501.98
Total votes78,244100.0078,134100.00
Registered voters/turnout172,78345.28172,78345.22

By-elections from November 2021

The following by-elections were held to fill vacant ward seats in the period from November 2021. A number of ANC councillors were expelled by the party after working with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to elect Johan Mkhatshwa, former mayor and the top-ranked ANC candidate on the proportional list, elected as mayor. The ANC candidates won both available seats in the August by-elections, although the party received less than 50% of the votes in ward 10.[5][6] The EFF won the October by-election in ward 11, its first ward win in the province.[7]

Date Ward Party of the previous councillor Party of the newly elected councillor
31 August 2022 10 African National Congress African National Congress
31 August 2022 13 African National Congress African National Congress
19 October 2022 11 African National Congress Economic Freedom Fighters


  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Statistics by place". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  3. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Election Result Table for LGE2021 — Nkomazi". wikitable.frith.dev. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Municipal By-elections results - Electoral Commission of South Africa".
  6. ^ Sussman, Wayne (1 September 2022). "AUGUST BY-ELECTIONS: EFF edges closer but ANC retains seat in tricky Mpumalanga test". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  7. ^ Sussman, Wayne (20 October 2022). "OCTOBER BY-ELECTION: EFF stuns ANC in Nkomazi with landslide victory and first win in Mpumalanga to date". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 20 October 2022.

Nkomazi municipality is home to giant processors of sugar cane the Selati Company and to various coal mines.The municipality has a gate to the country's biggest National park, The Kruger National Park.

Nkomazi Municipality serve as a link between Mozambique and South Africa at the Lebombo border.There are also multiple border posts between South Africa and Swaziland.

25°40′S 31°40′E / 25.667°S 31.667°E / -25.667; 31.667