Alteration of the name Greater Groblersdal Local Municipality to Elias Motsoaledi Local Municiapality

The late Elias Motsoaledi was born on July 26, 1924 in Nebo; Sekhukhune land. He came to Johannesburg at the age of 17 in search for work. He played an active role in the establishment of South African Congress of trade unions.

A lifelong member of the ANC, and the SACP, he also played a central role in many campaigns, including the Defiance Campaign of 1952, the year in which he was banned. Detained in terms of the 1960 state of emergency and imprisoned for four months. On his release, he went underground and served on the Johannesburg Regional UmkhontoweSizwe.

Arrested in 1963, Motsoaledi was one of the RevoniaTrialists and was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island, a sentence he served until his release in 1989-26 years later. On his release, he was elected to National Executive Committee of the ANC. He passed away on the day of the inauguration of the first democratic president of South Africa, his fellow RevoniaTrialist and Robben Island Prisoner Dr Nelson Mandela.


Thé agro-economical and ecotourism heartland


To ensure provision of sustainable services
To deepen democracy through public participation and communication
Provision of services in a transparent, fair and accountable manner
Provide public value for money
To create a conducive environment for job creation and economic growth


People - first Everybody is empowered within the whole community
Transparency - Invite and encourage public sharing and democratic participation in council’s activities.
Commitment - Focus and concentrate on council’s core activities in a consistent manner.
Integrity - Conduct council’s business in a fair, responsible, flexible, equitable and honest manner.
Accountability - Report regularly to all stakeholders regarding council’s actual performance.
Environmental Conscious - Taking care of the sensitive environment to ensure that the vision is achieved.
Empowerment - To be seen to be empowering our people, knowledge is power.
Service excellence - In all aspects of conducting ourselves and our mandate, we will focus on service excellence.
Change - In order to move to a better quality life, something different needs to be done from what is being done
now. In this regard change will be the main driver of doing things differently