Lephalale Municipality is named after the local river, a tributary of the Limpopo River, which has been the source of life to the people of this area from time immemorial. Before the new dispensation, this Municipality was called Ellisras; derived from the combination of surnames of two Afrikaners, Patric Ellis and Piet Erasmus, who settled in this area in the 1930s.

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This Municipality is situated in the northwestern part of Limpopo Province and it borders Thabazimbi, Modimolle, Mogalakwena and Blouberg Municipalities. It is a gateway to Botswana as it borders Botswana to the west with four international border posts: Stockpoort, Groblersbrug, Zanzibar and Platjan.

Economically, Lephalale Municipality is dominated by electricity generation, which is represented by the largest direct dry-cooling power station in the world, Matimba, which started in 1981 as well as Medupi power station which is a Greenfields coal-fired power plant which will also utilise dry-cooling.

Lephalale Municipality is a predominantly rural Municipality with 38 villages, two townships (Marapong and Onverwacht), and one town (Lephalale).

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