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Information on Lephalale, Limpopo Province, South Africa

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Lephalale is a coal mining town in the Bushveld region of the Limpopo province north of the Waterberg Massif. It was renamed to Lephalale from Ellisras in 2002. The name is derived from the main river that crosses the municipality.

Lephalale is divided into three main subsections, Lephalale, Onverwacht and Marapong. It is the perfect destination for game viewing with various game lodges and game reserves in and around Lephalele.

Lephalale is annually the first to produce table grapes and water melons to the South African market. Game farming has in recent years become a major economic activity, whilst cattle farming is declining to make way for game farming. The estimated number of game farms in Lephalale is 510.



Lephalale History

The name Ellisras origins from a combination of the surnames of Patric Ellis and Piet Erasmus who settled in the 1930's on the farm Waterkloof 502LQ. Since the opening of the main route between Vaalwater and Stockpoort during 1929 a railway bus stop developed on the farm. The central function of the newly established nodes became more evident and other facilities such as schools, churches and shops were established on the farm. Subdivision of the farm started and due to the specific locality of the river, all newly created portions have a river frontage which had a definite influence on the urban form/shape of Ellisras today.

In 1941, the Geological Survey Division of the then Department of Mining, launched an exploration programme. Iscor, the country’s largest steel producer, and also the biggest consumer of coking coal, actively partook in this programme. Drilling was completed in 1952. In 1957, Iscor obtained the surface rights to six farms, including Grootegeluk.

The first townships that were proclaimed in Ellisras were: Ellisras (Proper) - 7 December 1960 Ellisras Extension 1 - 5 May 1965 Ellisras Extension 2 - 3 November 1971. A major influence on the growth of the farm Waterkloof 502LQ was the decision of Iscor in 1973 to continue with the development of the Grootegeluk coal mine. Work commenced in December 1974 on building Grootegeluk Coal Mine and one year later in December 1975, the actual quarrying of the mine commenced. The mine was officially opened on 15 April 1981. On 3 March 1982 the mine was in full operation for the first time.

Since Iscor became part of Ellisras, Eskom also decided to extend its interest to Ellisras seeing that the steam coal produced is suitable for use in power stations and is used for the generation of steam. It happened by a decision by Eskom to build the air-cooled Matimba Power Station in close vicinity of the Iscor coal mine. Construction of the power station commenced in April 1981 and the first phase became operational shortly thereafter. Matimba was officially opened on 17 November 1989. Full municipal status was granted to Ellisras on 1 July 1986 by means of Administrator's notice 35 of 1986. The name of Ellisras town has been changed to Lephalale during 2002.

Towns and Suburbs of the Limpopo province of South Africa

Bela-Bela , Ba-Phalaborwa , Hoedspruit , Immerpan, Leeupoort , Lephalele , Louis Trichardt , Mabula Gate, Magoebaskloof , Mokopane , Modimolle , Mookgopong, Musina , Naboomspruit , Nylstroom , Polokwane , Rooiberg , Sibasa , Thabazimbi , Thohayandou , Timbavati , Tshipise , Tzaneen , Vaalwater , Vivo , Waterberg

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