The Tsolwana Municipality comprises the two former Transitional Local Councils (TLCs) of Tarkastad and Hofmeyr and that of the Ntabethemba TRC. The headquarters are situated in Tarkastad. Tarkastad lies in the northern part of the Province of the Eastern Cape; Hofmeyr in the north eastern part and Ntabethemba in the southern part. The two former TLCs are semiurban areas while Ntabethemba is 100% rural.
The municipality’s population is estimated at 32,511 as per the 2001 census. The major economic activity in the area is farming and the two towns are surrounded by commercial farms. Some parts of the municipal area in Tarkastad are suitable for crop farming while others specialize mainly in animal farming with a growing trend towards game farming.
Provide basic services to the communities of Tsolwana with emphasis on economic growth, rural development and agriculture sustainability.
To create quality living conditions through providing basic services, creating an enabling environment for local economic development, promoting public-private partnership, capacitating communities and sustainable development within the Tsolwana Municipality.