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The name Matatiele is said to be derived from the Sotho words “matata” meaning “wild ducks” and “ile” meaning “gone” which taken together convey the message that “the ducks have flown”, which was 100 years old in 1979.
Matatiele Local Municipality is situated within the jurisdiction of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The municipality is bound to the north by Lesotho, to the north east by KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and Elundini Municipality to the south west. Umzimvubu Local Municipality is located to the south of Matatiele Local Municipality. The municipality incorporates the towns of Matatiele, Cedarville and Maluti.
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