|• Total||25.68 km2 (9.92 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||99.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||87.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
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 inhabitants speak SePedi as the first home language.
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 words 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 birthplace of the Great Kamza Mbathero.
Institutions of Education
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 from Mphahlele and Lebowakgomo include:
- Es'kia Mphahlele
- Letlapa Mphahlele (former President of Pan Africanist Congress of Azania)
- Lilian Ngoyi née Matabane (the first woman elected to the executive committee of the African National Congress),
- Sefako Makgatho (the second president of the African National Congress),
- Bokang Montjane (a past Miss South Africa 2010)
- Cedric Phatudi Mphahlele (Chief Minister of Lebowa from 1973-87)
- Stan Mathabatha (premier of the Limpopo Province, South Africa)
- Lehlogonolo Masoga (Deputy Speaker of the Limpopo Legislature, former ANC Youth League leader)
- Moses Mphahlele former Secretary General of the ANC in Transvaal during the 1920s. Protégé of Sefako Makgatho (publisher of the Sotho portion of the South Africa's national anthem in 1942)
- Arthur Mafokate, musician
- Rami Chuene, Actress
- Ramahlwe Mphahlele, South African football player
- Baroka F.C., Soccer Team
Lebowakgomo has founded three major shopping centres just near Zone B and Zone F. Mall@Lebo was constructed between the year 2013 and 2014 where it first opened its doors on April 2014 and houses over 60 retail stores and major stores. Metropolitan Life Plaza and Mapudi Phasha Shopping complex have both been in existence years prior to the construction of the new mall.
Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio (GLFM) is the only local radio station broadcasting at 89.8 FM. The radio station targets the communities within its frequency reach and the youth with content such as news, sports, talk and music.
The township of Lebowakgomo is surrounded by small to medium-sized villages that in each with their own characteristics contribute the vast majority of day dwellers in its business district. These villages include, Makotse, Ga-Ledwaba home of the Traditional Authority of Ga-Ledwaba, Ga-Rakgoatha home to singer and songwriter Steve Kekana, Ga-Mphahlele, Sepanapudi, Ga Masemola and Zebediela home to the Zebediala Citrus Farm which in its prime prior to land redistribution exported citrus to international and local markets and its oranges were famous among locals. Just 13km out of Lebowakgomo lies the Zion Christian Church former headquarters Podingwane from 1937 to 1942 before moving to Moria.
Facilities of Health
Thabamoopo Hospital is a Psychiatric hospital located in Lebowakgomo Zone A just a few kilometres from Lebowakgomo Hospital, both institutions are public hospitals and offer free services to those that are legible for free services and charge government hospital rates to other citizens. There are other public health facilities and clinics in Lebowakgomo Zone B and Lebowakgomo Zone R. The township has always been dominated by public health facilities and a handful of private health facilities. Over the years there has been a rise in General Practitioners, Psychologists and Gynaecologist all working privately and in recent years there has been a construction of a private hospital (Medleb), however the hospital is currently in its construction phase and not yet operational.
Sports and Recreation
Lebowakgomo Stadium is a multi use municipal facility which is mostly used to host private functions and recreational events like the annual AKasiDream event hosted every Easter to bring the youth together and a family fun day hosted every spring filled of fun and games for family and children. This multi use facility is capable to administer sporting events such as Soccer, Tennis, Netball, BasketBall and Baseball.
- "Main Place Lebowakgomo". Census 2011.
- "Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio", 31 July 2014. Accessed 28 September 2018.
- "Mall@Lebo" Accessed 28 September 2018.
- "Traditional Leaders Capricorn District Municipality", Accessed 04 October 2018.