Tswaing Local Municipality is category B municipality situated in Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality in the North West Province. The municipality is one of the five local municipalities located in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District. The major towns of the municipality are Delareyville, Sanieshof and Ottosdal. The municipality had an estimated number of 30 582 households in 2010 and is divided into 15 wards. Setswana is the most dominant language in the municipal area with about 81.5% of people speaking Setswana as a first language, followed by Afrikaans with 6.5%.
Tswaing Local Municipality is one of the five local municipalities in the area of jurisdiction of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. The municipality’s head office is located in Delareyville. The population of the municipality was estimated at 130 478 in 2010 with 30 582 households.
Tswaing Local Municipality provides all the basic services in its area of jurisdiction except for water and sanitation, which are provided by the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality. The data from Global Insight Regional Explorer, 593 indicate that there has been tremendous improvement in the allocation of services to communities in Tswaing local municipality, especially housing, water, electricity and sanitation. A brief synopsis of basic service delivery improvements is contained in the table below:
Service Level of Service Status in 2000 2010 status
Water Piped water inside dwelling 3452 households 6 167 households
Sanitation Flush toilets 6 939 households 10 894 households
Housing Formal Houses 17 961 23 676
Table 1: Basic Service Improvements-2000-2010. (Source: Global Insight Regional Explorer, 2011)
With regard to electricity the figures shows that while 39% of households had access to electricity in 2000, the percentage rose to 77% in 2010.
Despite these positive results, the municipality still faces a challenge with regard to backlogs in the provision of basic services of water, electricity, sanitation, roads and street lighting. The main reason for the increase in service delivery is that the municipality has experienced an increase in the population during the last ten years, partly due to evictions in the surrounding farms and partly because of the natural growth of the population.