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Mantsopa Local Municipality is situated in the Eastern Free State and cover the 345 square kilometres area. The 5 town situated in Mantsopa are Ladybrand, Hob House, Tweespruit, Thaba-Phatswa and Excelsior.
Mantsopa Local Municipality was established on 5 December 2000 and comprises the previous areas of jurisdiction of Tweespruit Transitional Local Council (TLC), Ladybrand TLC, Hobhouse TLC, Excelsior TLC, Thaba Patchoa TLC and Maluti Transitional Rural Council. It forms part of the Eastern Free State and falls within the Motheo District Municipal area. It borders the Kingdom of Lesotho in the east, Mangaung Local Municipality to the west, Naledi Local Municipality to the south and Masilonyana and Setsoto to the north. The area is accessible via the N8 and R26 roads which transverse the area. A railway line that runs along these routes services the area.
The municipal area accommodates approximately 72 000 people and covers an area of 4 290 km2. It incorporates 5 small towns, which accommodates collectively 66.5% of the total population of Mantsopa. These small towns serve the surrounding rural community. The languages spoken in Mantsopa are Sesotho, English and Afrikaans as dominant languages in the Province.
The 5 towns situated in Mantsopa are Ladybrand Head Office, Hob House, Tweespruit, Thaba-Phatchoa and Excelsior.
The economy of Mantsopa is largely on the commercial farming sector, which employs many of the community. The private businesses and public sector also employs a number of the community. Tourism also plays an attraction point within the Maluti Mountains and the official pronouncement of Lekhalong La Mantsopa as a national heritage side. Mantsopa therefore is the gateway to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho which attracts lot of tourists nationally and internationally.
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