Coat of arms
Location of Lebowa (red) within South Africa (yellow).
Status Bantustan
Capital Lebowakgomo
Common languages Northern Sotho
Chief Minister  
2 October 1972
 Re-integrated into South Africa
27 April 1994
1980[1] 24,540 km2 (9,470 sq mi)
Currency South African rand
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Republic of South Africa
Republic of South Africa

Lebowa was a bantustan ("homeland") located in the Transvaal in north eastern South Africa.[3] Seshego initially acted as Lebowa's capital while the purpose-built Lebowakgomo was being constructed. Granted internal self-government on 2 October 1972 and ruled for much of its existence by Cedric Phatudi, Lebowa was reincorporated into South Africa in 1994. It became part of the Limpopo province. The territory was not contiguous, being divided into two major and several minor portions.[4]

Even though Lebowa included swathes of Sekukuniland[5] and was seen as a home for the Northern Sotho speaking tribes such as the Pedi people, it was also home for various non Northern Sotho Speaking tribes, including the Northern Ndebele, Batswana and VaTsonga.

Institutions of Higher Education

Districts in 1991

Districts of the province and population at the 1991 census.[2]

  • Namakgale: 55,441
  • Bolobedu: 196,669
  • Sekgosese: 124,425
  • Bochum: 149,869
  • Mokerong: 446,155
  • Seshego: 302,676
  • Thabamoopo: 353,193
  • Nebo: 324,909
  • Sekhukhuneland: 404,335
  • Naphuno: 167,665
  • Mapulaneng: 215,250

Moutse district was seized from Lebowa in 1980 and was, despite violent resistance, officially integrated into KwaNdebele.[6]

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Coordinates: 24°18′26″S 29°34′45″E / 24.30722°S 29.57917°E / -24.30722; 29.57917

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