Historical Background


Blouberg Municipality was established in 2000 after the amalgamation of the Northern
District Council and Bochum/ My darling TLC. It has 118 settlements with
Senwabarwana and Alldays considered semi-urban. But the area will increase after the
formalization of the incorporation of Tolwe and Vivo within the jurisdiction of the
Municipality.

Situated about 95 km from Polokwane, the Capital City of Limpopo Province, the
Municipality covers an area of approximately 5054sqkm and spread to wide geographic
area right up to the Botswana border. The area also has the countrys lowest levels
of income. The Blouberg area has 18 wards with a population estimated at 161 322.

The inhabitants of the area are mostly the Bahananwa people, Batlokwa people, and a
small portion of Vha-Venda, Afrikaans and English speaking in the rural farms. The
area has a rich history of physical resistance to the early 19th Century Boer
colonial incursion. The introduction of the Bantustan and trust systems met with
unabated community disapproval.

The consequences of this particular stance resulted in both the central and
Bantustan governments starving the communities around Blouberg of basic
infrastructures and related development needs. Hence, it is today one of the least
developed regions of the province.