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About Sol Plaatje Municipality

The Sol Plaatje Municipality, including the city of Kimberley, is named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, a South African intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer. He was born outside Boshof formally the Orange Free State, now Free State Province in South Africa. Mr. Plaatje obtained a mission-education at Pniel as well as private tuition by a missionary, Ernst Westphal, and his wife. In 1892, he worked as a pupil-teacher at the age of 15. Most of his work involved the liberation of the African population as he was the founder member and first General Secretary of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), later known as the African National Congress (ANC). He protested the 1913 Native Land Act in England and travelled to Canada and the United State to meet Marcus Garvey and W. E. B. Du Bois. Moreover, Mr. Plaatje was a court interpreter in court during the Siege of Mafikeng and translated William Shakespeare’s works into Tswana as he was fluent in at least seven languages. This lead to his title as the first black South African to write a novel in English titled Mhudi.

About the City

Land area (km2)

362,591.41 km2


300,000 (2012)

Population growth rate

2.04% (Census 2011)

% of the city's territory which is urban

98.9% (Census 2011)

Population density (hab / km2)

75 hab / km2

Rate of population density change over last decade

From 112 (2000) to 75 (2010) persons per km2



Main economic activity

Secondary sector

Community type


About the Local Government

Official name

Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Northern Cape

Official name in English

Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Northern Cape

Number of municipal employees

62 councillors (2012)

Annual income in USD

153,403,760.33 USD (2012)

Annual expenditure in USD

31,528,673.94 USD (2012)

City vision and mission statement

To emerge as the solar capital of South Africa, harnessing our rich solar resources and collective efforts to promote economic development, sustainable service delivery and an innovative energy future, thereby fostering Sol Plaatje as 'the City that Sparkles'.” “Sol Plaatje. a dynamic municipality that provides a comprehensive range of affordable services to all residents. Mission: Focusing on institutional transformation and management systems; Ensuring access to quality, reliable and affordable services; Strengthening relations with all stakeholders; Maximizing income through responsible financial discipline; Providing a challenging and rewarding working environment for all its employees.



Urban systems, infrastructures and services managed by the Local Government

Waste management, Wastewater drainage, Wastewater treatment

ICLEI Membership


Member of regional/national/global initiatives

Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA); City Energy Support Unit (CESU): Supporting networking with other local authorities; WESSA: In partnership to development a Sustainability Commons; Salga and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC): Energy Efficiency monitoring programme; VARNAMO KOMMUN (Sweden): Inter-city capacity Development (Currently not active due to financial constraints

Sustainability journey to date

Coming soon!

At a glance

% access to electricity

81.9 % electricity for cooking.

% access to district heating

The total estimated residential energy demand for 2011/2012 was 882 001 GJ: Electricity – 88% (40000-60000 households); LPG – 4% (0-10000 households); Paraffin and Wood – 3% (0-10000 households); Charcoal – 2% (0-10000 households) 

% access to district cooling

The total estimated residential energy demand for 2011/2012 was 882 001 GJ: Electricity – 88% (40000-60000 households); LPG – 4% (0-10000 households); Paraffin and Wood – 3% (0-10000 households); Charcoal – 2% (0-10000 households) 

% served by municipal water system

62.9 % of the population has access to piped water inside homes

Water consumption per inhabitant


% served by municipal wastewater drainage system

82.1 % flush toilet connected to sewerage.

% served by municipal solid waste collection system

91.8 % refuse removed once a week.

Solid waste generation per inhabitant

150.28 Kg/hab/year

Public transportation modes available

Bus, Train (commuter, intercity)

Public transportation network coverage of urban area

Minibus/taxi network: Kimberley Taxi Association (KTA): Route - Kimberley Central Business District (CBD), Colville and Roodepan; Kimberley Local Transport Association (KLTA): Route - Kimberley CBD and Galeshewe; Thusano Taxi Association (TTA): Route - Kimberley CBD and Galeshewe; Greenpoint Taxi Association: Route - Kimberley CBD, Monument Heights, Greenpoint and Diskobolos; Ritchie Modderrivier Taxi Association (RMTA): Route -Kimberley CBD and Ritchie; CBD Taxi Association - Still needed permits to operate when the investigating was done. Metered Taxi’s; Rikki’s Taxi: Number of taxi’s – 5; Other Private Operators: Number of taxi’s - 6

Energy profile

Community's final energy consumption by economic sector according to GPC

The total energy demand for the SPM area is estimated at 5 429 378 GJ for 2011/2012. 

Energy consumption per inhabitant

2188.90 GJ/capita per year

% of local government operations of community final energy consumption


For more information on the city's GHG emission reporting, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

Elisabeth Conradie School for Disabled

Although the municipality identified the school and tried to work with them, they were simply not able to manage to get their process in place within the allocated time frame so no major retrofit could be done.  The school did however receive catering size Wonderbags (insulation cookers) and mobile solar LED lights to be used at the school hostel.

For more information on the city's mitigation actions, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

GCC tracking for Sol Plaatje
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