Thaba Chweu
Official seal of Thaba Chweu
Location in Mpumalanga
Location in Mpumalanga
Coordinates: 25°5′S 30°35′E / 25.083°S 30.583°E / -25.083; 30.583
CountrySouth Africa
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • MayorFriddah Nkadimeng (ANC)
 • Total5,719 km2 (2,208 sq mi)
 • Total98,387
 • Density17/km2 (45/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African81.6%
 • Coloured2.6%
 • Indian/Asian0.6%
 • White14.5%
First languages (2011)
 • Northern Sotho36.2%
 • Swazi17.8%
 • Afrikaans15.2%
 • Zulu7.7%
 • Other23.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Municipal codeMP321

Thaba Chweu Municipality (Northern Sotho: Mmasepala wa Thaba Chweu; Swazi: Masipaladi iThaba Chweu; Afrikaans: Thaba Chweu Munisipaliteit) is a local municipality within the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

Thaba Chweu Municipality - Graskop Administration Unit

Main places

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Graskop 81401 1.57 2,326 Afrikaans
Lydenburg 81402 26.12 6,858 Afrikaans
Mashishing 81403 4.19 16,185 Northern Sotho
Pilgrim's Rest 81404 15.28 16,251 Northern Sotho
Sabie 81405 78.81 5,674 Afrikaans
Simile 81406 0.94 6,265 Swazi
Remainder of the municipality 81407 5,553.77 27,679 Northern Sotho


Main article: Thaba Chweu Local Municipality elections

The municipal council consists of twenty-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fourteen are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fourteen wards, while the remaining thirteen 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 sixteen seats on the council.

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

African National Congress12,55258.051212,69958.61416
Democratic Alliance4,74421.9424,73021.8346
Economic Freedom Fighters2,43511.2602,57011.8633
Freedom Front Plus7733.5707933.6611
African Unified Movement3001.3902821.3011
Independent candidates3051.4100
6 other parties5142.3805942.7400
Valid votes21,62398.4721,66898.38
Invalid/blank votes3371.533571.62
Total votes21,960100.0022,025100.00
Registered voters/turnout50,95943.0950,95943.22

By-elections from November 2021

The following by-elections were held to fill vacant ward seats in the period since November 2021.

Date Ward Party of the previous councillor Party of the newly elected councillor
16 March 2022[5] 83201006 African National Congress African Unified Movement

After the by-election, the council was reconfigured as below:[6]

African National Congress11415
Democratic Alliance246
Economic Freedom Fighters033
African Unified Movement112
Freedom Front Plus011


  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
  4. ^ "Election Result Table for LGE2021 — Thaba Chweu". Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Municipal By-elections results - Electoral Commission of South Africa". Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  6. ^ Sussman, Wayne (17 March 2022). "BY-ELECTION RESULTS: Ex-ANC councillor in Mpumalanga wins back his seat, but for a rival party". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 12 July 2022.