Lebowakgomo

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Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo is located in Limpopo
Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo is located in South Africa
Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo is located in Africa
Lebowakgomo
Lebowakgomo
 Lebowakgomo shown within Limpopo
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
Area[1]
 • 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%
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 southeast of the Limpopo capital of Polokwane.

History[edit]

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 ga Mphahlele. The chief's palace lies 10 kilometres south east 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.

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.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from Mphahlele and Lebowakgomo include:

References[edit]

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