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About Lejweleputswa




Lejweleputswa (Sesotho; English "Gray rock") is one of the 5 districts of Free State province of South Africa. The seat of Lejweleputswa is Welkom. The majority of its 657 019 people speak Sotho (2001 Census). The district code is DC18.

Lejweleputswa District Municipality is situated in the north-western part of the Free State. The district comprises the municipalities of Masilonyana, Matjhabeng, Nala, Tokologo and Tswelopele.

The main economic activities in the district are mining and agriculture. Matjhabeng is the largest local municipality and contains the most mining activity. Recently there has been an economic downturn wthin the gold mining region. Most of the retrenched labourers, mainly unskilled, remain in the region, adding to the social problems associated withdecling economic conditions.
Serious attempts to provide skills training to the labour force will be necessary to increase the economic viability of the region. A stronger business presence needs to be established in the previously disadvantaged areas to stimulate economic activity.

Critical infrastructure
The road network is well developed but requires regular maintenance. The bulk electrical network is also well established. The water infrastructure consists mostly of the reservoirs and pipelines of Sedibeng Water. Water is supplied from the Vaal River near Bothaville and to a lesser extent from the Sand River.Allemanskraal and Erfenis dams, together with canals serving the Sand-Vet irrigation scheme, are controlled by the Department of Water Affairs. In the southern and western regions no bulk water supply systems exist, except the irrigation canals along the Modder River. All towns in the district are dependent on ground water extraction. The bucket systems and the pit or VIP latrine system is still a prevalent method of sanitation.

The area has few natural attractions but there is a potential to develop eco-tourism, game farming, mining and cultural tourism and major sports events.

The region faces an enormous task in dealing with acute housing shortages and proper co-ordination and integration will be required to eradicate backlogs and provide for future population growth. Furthermore, the tourism infrastructure of the region is underdeveloped and requires upgrading.