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Motheo District Municipality (South Africa)

Free State Province

Last modified: 2022-01-08 by bruce berry
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Image by Valentin Poposki, 19 Dec 2021

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Background

The Motheo (Sesotho meaning "foundation" or "cornerstone") was established following the reorganisation of local government in South Africa in 2000 as a district in the Free State Province of South Africa.  The municipality was dis-established in 2011 as a result of the Mangaung Local Municipality being upgraded to a metropolitan municipality.  The district head office was located in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State and judicial capital of South Africa. 

Bloemfontein now also forms part of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
Bruce Berry, 02 Jan 2022


Motheo District Municipality flag (2000-2011)

The flag of the municipality contained the municipal logo in the centre of a white disc in the centre of the flag on a green field.  On the hoist half of the field contains a white curve and steps.

The logo was designed to incorporate both the European and African cultures prevalent in the local community to create sense of unity.  The symbolism of the colours and shapes was outlined in its Corporate Identity Manual (2008) as follows:

Blue represents communication and unity, natural water supply and the African sky;
Red represents the Asian Community, the struggles of the past (race, religion and sex) and the rose.  Bloemfontein is known as the "City of Roses", thus the rose is one of the most well-known commodities in the area;
Green represents culture and agriculture;
Black represents Industry and the African community;
Yellow represents life and the sun; and
Orange represents the leopard - the local provincial symbol.

The arch symbolises communication and the Circle of Life while the alternating red and green triangles symbolise movement into the future, wildlife, strength and pride. The triangles themselves also represent the three local municipalities (Mangaung, Mantsopa and Naledi) which formed the Motheo District.
Valentin Poposki, 19 Dec 2021