About Midvaal

About Us

  • The Midvaal Local Municipality is one of three local municipalities within the Sedibeng District Municipality, which constitutes the southern parts of Gauteng Province, the economic hub of South Africa.  
  • Together with the Emfuleni municipal area, Midvaal represents the major centre of economic activity in this part of the province with  economic activity being  predominantly industrial, however   also including agricultural, mining, tourism and commercial business activities.
  • To the north, the Midvaal Local Municipality directly borders the City of Johannesburg and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, which hosts the largest concentration of industrial activity in South Africa and the OR Tambo International Airport. Midvaal is ideally linked to these areas via the R59 freeway, which runs from north to south through the central parts of Midvaal and is widely promoted as one of the emerging development corridors in the Gauteng Province.
The spatial structure of the Midvaal municipal area is predominantly rural with extensive farming constituting approximately 50% of the total area of jurisdiction. Several natural features, which present significant tourism opportunities, occur in the area, of which the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, the Klip River and the Vaal River are the most prominent. The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is a formal nature reserve protected by law.
The region also falls within the Grassland Biome, which includes approximately one-third of the mammal species of South Africa. The Klip River is an important habitat for birds and small animals.
Development in Midvaal is concentrated in the north-eastern half of the municipal area and mainly occurs around the R59 freeway in the east and route R82 in the west. Prominent towns and settlements along these routes are:
R59 : Waterval, Randvaal, Henley-on-Klip and Meyerton
R82 : Tedderfield, Walkerville and De Deur.
Meyerton is the highest order town in the Midvaal area, with a relatively large business and residential component. The other towns mentioned are mainly service centres to the surrounding rural areas. The towns are surrounded by agricultural holdings, which are used for rural residential purposes and extensive farming.
The municipal area has a full complement of community facilities which include municipal healthcare facilities and welfare infrastructure such as old age homes, orphanages, hospices and pension pay-out points. Other community facilities include library services, sports facilities, post and telecommunication services and four police stations.
In addition to a number of primary and secondary schools in the area, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is also located in the Midvaal area


The Municipality has an estimated population of 95 301 people, which constitutes approximately 8% of the Sedibeng District population and 0.7% of the Gauteng population. The 95 301 people represent an estimated 29 965 households of which, approximately 4 172 families reside in informal structures. The average annual population growth has been around 3.95% (2001-2011).
 Socio-economic features of the municipality:
 The Midvaal community is a relatively young (and growing) population, which will result in a larger labour force during the next five to ten years;
Very few people have no schooling. This contributes to a well-balanced and sustainable community;
The majority of households earn between R6 000 – R30 000 per month;
In comparison with the other local municipalities within the Sedibeng District Municipality, Midvaal has the highest Human Development Index and thus a better balanced society;
Several new businesses have invested in the Midvaal region during the last few years, creating employment opportunities for the local community. The unemployment level in the Midvaal region is currently below 12% and there has been a consistent decline recorded in the unemployment rate since 2002;
People relocate to the Midvaal area because new business investments create employment opportunities, and Midvaal is located in close proximity to the bulk of employment opportunities in the Gauteng Province;
The majority of people coming into Midvaal are involved in the manufacturing or service sectors;
The major employment sector is services, followed by manufacturing, whilst the following sectors contribute to the GDP of the municipality:

Manufacturing – 29.5%
Financial and Business Services – 18.5%
Trade – 14.5%
General Government Services – 9.4%
Construction – 7.4%


Several routes of national and/or provincial significance exist in and around the Midvaal area:
The R59 freeway, a north-south route, is situated in the central part of Midvaal Local Municipality and links the industrial core of Emfuleni to the economic markets of the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni to the north. In 2004, the Midvaal Local Municipality earmarked this route and surrounding areas as a future provincial development corridor and has since attracted significant new business investments along this corridor;
The N1 freeway, which is the major national north-south route in South Africa, passes the Midvaal area adjacent to the west;
The N3 freeway, which is the major transport link between the Gauteng Province and Ethekwini/Durban (the largest export harbour in South Africa), passes the Midvaal area a few kilometres to the north-east;
The R82 is a secondary north-south route linking Vereeniging and Johannesburg via Walkerville, situated in the western part of Midvaal, and attracts a number of local commercial, light industrial, tourism and agriculture-related activities to this part of the municipal area.
The main railway line in the Midvaal area stretches from north to south, parallel to the east of the R59 freeway, and connects Vereeniging with Germiston and Johannesburg. The railway line is mainly used for freight services, but the long-term vision is that it will be re-instated as a commuter line, serving the R59 development corridor.
The Aerovaal Airport is located within a proclaimed aeronautical airstrip on the boundary between Midvaal and Emfuleni, about four kilometres outside the Midvaal area of jurisdiction. The airport has two runways and hangar facilities to accommodate approximately 64 aeroplanes.
Public transport is encouraged in the Midvaal area, as this is the most efficient and sustainable mode of transport. Taxis are the most dominant form of public transport, followed by buses. Meyerton Station is the major modal transfer point between rail, bus and taxi transport in the municipal area.

Vision and Mission

The Midvaal Local Municipality is a well governed, effectively managed, financially viable and sustainable, organisation that is dedicated to creating an environment conducive to growth. This is reflected in its Vision and Mission Statements.

VISION:  To inclusively serve the needs of our community 

MISSION: We strive daily to enrich the lives of our people, by:

  • Adopting a mind-set of innovation to revolutionise the way we operate
  • Leveraging partnerships to realise our full potential
  • Driving sustainability within the local ecosystem
  • Growing the economy in Midvaal, premised on incubating entrepreneurship, socio-economic growth and environmental responsibility
  • Providing excellent and standardised service delivery for all
  • Prioritising the upliftment of our youth
  • Being an ethical and proactive local municipality
  • Elevating Midvaal to be the best and most attractive Municipality in the country

Today, Midvaal Local Municipality is the fastest growing and developing municipality in the southern parts of the Gauteng Province and strives to achieve:

  • Sustainable delivery of quality and affordable services, including free basic services for the poor;
  • An integrated and diverse economy that provides opportunities for all;
  • Integrated spatial planning that promotes economic and social inclusion;
  • A well-planned and controlled environment through a range of development policies and instruments.

The Municipality implements its mandated powers, duties and functions by way of a system of Integrated Development Planning which is based on the following strategic focus areas:

  • Economic growth and development;
  • Quality and sustainable urban infrastructure and affordable services;
  • Energy efficient and environmentally conscious operations
  • Effective, efficient and planned public transport network;
  • Integrated and sustainable human settlements;
  • Health, social and community development;
  • Safety and security for all;
  • An efficient, effective, transparent and accountable local municipality


Ward Map

Midvaal Wards 2016 

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Political Office Bearers

Midvaal councillor poster2017


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Council Structure

 20334 Midvaal newsletter 4pg march 2017



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