“Mangaung” means place of the cheetahs.


By 2030 Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is recognised as “a globally safe and attractive municipality to live, work and invest.


To improve social and economic livelihoods through public participation, effective and efficient integrated governance systems and programs.


The Mangaung Local Municipality was established during 2000 during the amalgamation of the former Transitional Local Councils (TLC’s) of Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu as a Category B Municipality. During 2010, the Municipal Demarcation Board of South Africa predetermined the area of Mangaung from a Category B Municipality to a Category A Metropolitan Municipality.

Spatial Description

The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality cover 6 863 square kilometers and host a population of 752 904 residents (Stats SA, 2007).The north-east is mainly characterized by middle to high income residential development. These townships also make provision for amenities like shops, community facilities, public open spaces and forms typical “neighbourhood areas”. These towns are all privately developed on an ad hoc basis.

Development in the south-eastern segment of Bloemfontein is mostly characterized by public/municipal township establishment. Neighbourhoods/residential development are mostly initiated in this segment and are subject to land being purchased for this purpose by the municipality and/or the Free State Provincial Government. These developments are mostly suitable for low cost housing projects, and are characterized by single residential developments with an average size of 350 m² per site.

Demographic Profile

The results of Census 2001 in comparison with the Community survey of 2007 indicate a rapid growth of 16.65 % within a period of six years and a household growth of 7.35 % in the same period within the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.The majority of the population (52%) is concentrated in Bloemfontein, 28% of the population is residing in Botshabelo whirls Thaba Nchu houses 12 % of the population. The small-holdings account for 2% and farmlands account for 6% of the population.

Strategic Focus Areas

To ensure service excellence within and around the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

  • To stimulate integrated and sustainable economic development
  • To improve and sustain financial, human resource and management excellence and
  • To evolve institutional excellence through a thoroughgoing institutional re-engineering, effective leadership and effective long range development planning.

Powers and Functions

The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality operates within its powers and functions as provided for in section 152 of the Constitution;To provide democratic and accountable governance for local communities;

  • To ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner;
  • To promote social and economic development;
  • To promote a safe and healthy environment; and
  • Encourage the involvement of communities and community organization in the matters  of local government