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Lebowakgomo is located in Limpopo
 Lebowakgomo shown within Limpopo
Lebowakgomo is located in South Africa
Lebowakgomo (South Africa)
Lebowakgomo is located in Africa
Lebowakgomo (Africa)
Coordinates: 24°18′18″S 29°33′54″E / 24.305°S 29.565°E / -24.305; 29.565Coordinates: 24°18′18″S 29°33′54″E / 24.305°S 29.565°E / -24.305; 29.565
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Capricorn
Municipality Lepelle-Nkumpi
 • Total 25.68 km2 (9.92 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 35,087
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.3%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Northern Sotho 87.2%
 • English 2.8%
 • Zulu 1.5%
 • Tsonga 1.5%
 • Other 6.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 0737
PO box 0737
Area code 015

Lebowakgomo is the seat of the Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality and was the capital of the former Bantustan of Lebowa. Lebowakgomo lies 45 km southeast of the Limpopo capital of Polokwane.


The township was established in the early 1970s to become the capital of Lebowa, and was enlarged and developed in the 1980s. The name is derived from two Northern Sotho word Lebowa ("north") and Kgomo ("cow"). The land where Lebowakgomo is located was donated to the former Lebowa Government by Chief Mmutle Mphahlele of the Bakgaga ba gaMphahlele. The chief's palace lies 10 km southeast of the township in Seleteng village.

Lebowakgomo was one of the eight townships in the former Bantustan, the seven others being Mahwelereng, Sešego, Mankweng, Lenyenye, Namakgale, Praktiseer, Mašišing and Senwabarwana. Lebowakgomo is also the birth place of the Great Kamza Mbathero.

Institutions of Education[edit]

In the early 1990s, Lebowakgomo had three primary schools in Zone A (Little Bedfordview, Mogodumo and Ntseekgopu), in Zone F (Dr Dixon Mphahlele) and in Zone B (Eureka), and three high schools: Derek Kobe High School, Lebowakgomo High School, SJ van der Merwe and towards the late 90s Lebowakgomo Commercial, and Mathomomayo High School. Before 2005 two more primary and secondary schools were built in Zone A and Zone S

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from Mphahlele and Lebowakgomo include:


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Lebowakgomo". Census 2011.