Mahikeng Local Municipality, under the stewardship of Executive Mayor Cllr. K.B Diakanyo, is located in Mahikeng, the capital city of the North West Province, in South Africa. Mahikeng is seat of the Provincial Legislature and majority of the National State Departments regional offices.
“Mahikeng” is a Setswana name meaning “place among rocks” and it is the capital city of the North West Province. Nestled next to the Botswana border, Mahikeng is just a 3-hour drive from Johannesburg and about 294 km from Pretoria.
Mahikeng’s rich and diverse history dates back to 1852 when the town was founded, 1899 to 1902 during the Anglo Boer War, the Mahikeng Siege. It is home to the Mafikeng Museum, with its antique steel ceiling, old town clock, Sol Plaatjie’s history, and display of rocks species. The Capital City of the Platinum Province, is the birthplace of the Boy Scout Movement, which took place during the historic siege of the city.
The Municipality is a considerably big local municipality as compared to other four local municipalities located within the area of jurisdiction of Ngaka Modiri-Molema District Municipality. Those neighbouring local municipalities which border the Ngaka Modiri-Molema District Municipality are: Ramotsere Moiloa Local Municipality, Tswaing Local Municipality, Ditsobotla Local Municipality and Ratlou Local Municipality.
The total area of the Mahikeng Local Municipality is approximately 3 703 km2. It is divided into 28 wards consisting of 102 Villages and suburbs. The population of the municipality is estimated at 271 501 people.
Mahikeng Local Municipality like other local municipalities was brought about by the new Local Government transformation in South Africa. Mahikeng Local Municipality is a Category B Municipality established in terms of section 12 of the Municipal Structures Act (MSA). The municipality has adopted the Executive Mayoral system which entails concentration of executive authority in the hands of the Executive Mayor. It is as system wherein the Executive Mayor, assisted by the Mayoral Committee and its Administration, led by the Municipal Manager, executes the mandate of council and the electorate.
The untapped business market in Mahikeng continues to flourish as the municipality still offers lucrative business packages for industrial, residential and business developments projects. Mahikeng is a city of opportunities in the sector of agriculture manufacturing, cargo and aviation management. The Mahikeng Airport situated 5 km west of the Mmabatho CBD boasts a landing strip of 4.6 km, one of the longest runways in the world. The airport is designed to accommodate large aircrafts and is not only ideal for both business and leisure activities but has been used on many occasions to host international as well as national air shows.