Welcome to Elundini Local Municipality

Council 2016 - 2021
Our rich history
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About us

Elundini Local Municipality (ELM) is located within the Joe Gqabi District in the north-eastern portion of the Eastern Cape province. The municipality is bounded by Lesotho and Senqu Municipality in the west, Chris Hani District Municipality in the south, OR Tambo District Municipality in the east and Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the north.

The ELM is one of the most scenic and attractive areas of the province, with considerable potential lying in its deep, fertile soils and high rainfall. Compared to the other municipalities in the Joe Gqabi District, Elundini has prospects of significant growth and upliftment in the quality of life for its residents due to its relative abundance of natural resources. The urban areas and commercial farming district are the highest employers, where people have found employment in the agriculture, commercial and service sectors. There are very low levels of employment in the rural settlements.

This can be partly attributed to the fact that these areas do not have a strong economic base, and partly to the fact that most inhabitants are involved in subsistence-related activities with little surplus being produced for economic profit. Due to the migrant system in operation in South Africa, the impact of recessionary downturns in the economy elsewhere (such as in the mining industry, Gauteng and Cape Town) have had an impact on the Elundini area. There is still a heavy reliance on income from migrant sources. 

Cities/Towns: Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Ugie

Main Economic Sectors: Social services/government (41%), agriculture (28%), wholesale and retail trade (14%)

Mount Fletcher Tourism 

For the cultural and heritage tourist, there is much to be seen in this beautiful region.

Mount Fletcher is named after Reverend John Fletcher, founder of the first mission established by the British Methodists in 1882. First inhabited by the Hlubi tribe, the area is now home to the Basotho, Amahlubi, Amampondomise, Bathembu and Baphuthi
tribes. While the region has all of the natural beauty of the Ugie and Maclear areas, organised tourism here is limited. However, for the cultural or heritage tourist, there remains much to be seen.

Tsikeletsi Waterfall

Situated on a point in the Togwana River, the Tsikeletsi Waterfall is a sight to behold when in the river is in full force. Traditional healers from the area have used this waterfall for its fabled healing powers.

Cultural Dancing & Cuisine

Experience the heritage and local cultures, which are expressed and showcased through traditional dancing, craftwork and cooking, including the local home-made beers.

Zibi Meyer Cave

This cave, where the forefathers of the Amahlubi would gather to pray to their ancestors, is considered one of the sacred areas of Elundini. Today, locals still make their way to the cave to pray for rain, good harvests and God’s blessings. The cave’s unusual name is derived from the late Chief Zibi and his friend, German priest Reverend Meyer.

Heroes’ monument

It is here, in this memorial garden, where fallen heroes from the struggle era are recognised and remembered for the part they played in bringing an end to Apartheid. Tribute is paid to the likes of Oscar Mpetha, Siphiwo Mazwai and Alfred Nzo, whose sacrifices will never be forgotten by the community.

Oscar Mpetha

Struggle icon Oscar Mpetha was born and raised right here in Mount Fletcher, while it was  still a part of the independent homeland of Transkei. After moving to Cape Town, Mpetha was elected as the secretary general of the African Food and Canning Union, before turning his focus to the African National Congress, where he was elected as the president of the Cape branch. He would go on to become a highly respected trade union organiser despite being detained by police during the 1960 State of Emergency and imprisoned on charges of terrorism in 1985. Today the Oscar Mpetha High School in Nyanga, Cape Town, bears his name.

Kwa Bhaliwe Rock art – Upper Tsitsana

This ancient sacrificial site has been opened to tourists. The site is more than 100 metres, making it the biggest in South Africa. It is assumed that the san people settled here,  leaving grave sites in the area, which attract archaeologists, environmentalists and researchers alike. The art is of high quality and still very much in tact.