Elundini Local Municipality (ELM) is located within the Joe Gqabi District in the north-eastern portion of the Eastern Cape province. The municipality is bounded by Lesotho and Senqu Municipality in the west, Chris Hani District Municipality in the south, OR Tambo District Municipality in the east and Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the north.

The ELM is one of the most scenic and attractive areas of the province, with considerable potential lying in its deep, fertile soils and high rainfall. Compared to the other municipalities in the Joe Gqabi District, Elundini has prospects of significant growth and upliftment in the quality of life for its residents due to its relative abundance of natural resources. The urban areas and commercial farming district are the highest employers, where people have found employment in the agriculture, commercial and service sectors. There are very low levels of employment in the rural settlements.

This can be partly attributed to the fact that these areas do not have a strong economic base, and partly to the fact that most inhabitants are involved in subsistence-related activities with little surplus being produced for economic profit. Due to the migrant system in operation in South Africa, the impact of recessionary downturns in the economy elsewhere (such as in the mining industry, Gauteng and Cape Town) have had an impact on the Elundini area. There is still a heavy reliance on income from migrant sources. 


Nqanqarhu, Tlokoeng and Ugie


“A pioneer for sustainable rural development”



To deliver quality services to the community through good governance and administration.






The Municipality is in pursuit of these three Strategic Goals in this term of office:

Goal One:         Accelerate delivery of reliable basic services and resilient infrastructure

Goal Two:         Promote economic growth and environmental sustainability through job absorbing sectors

Goal Three:      To improve the effectiveness of governance, administrative and financial systems



During this term of office, the Strategic Objectives supporting the overarching Strategic Goals are as follows:

  • Goal One: Accelerate service delivery and infrastructure development.


  • To ensure efficient construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of municipal infrastructure
  • To promote environmental health and safety of local communities
  • To provide reliable basic services to households and the business sector.


  • Goal Two: Promote economic growth and environmental sustainability through job-absorbing sectors


  • To facilitate industrialisation that unlocks the manufacturing potential of the local economy
  • To support the development of SMME to participate in a diversified and growing economy.
  • To increase investment through land and socio-economic infrastructure development.
  • To promote the protection and conservation of natural resources through green lifestyles.


  • Goal Three: Improve the effectiveness of governance administrative and financial systems.


  • To improve public participation and oversight to enhance accountability.
  • To strengthen integrated planning, monitoring, and evaluation of municipal programmes.
  • To enhance organisational performance, financial viability and management of municipal resources.

Main Economic Sectors: Social services/government (41%), agriculture (28%), wholesale and retail trade (14%)