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Lebowa was located in the central part of the northern Transvaal, with two main
compactly shaped parts (in today's Limpopo Province),
and one small uncompact enclave (in today's Mpumalanga)
and small border tracts with Gazankulu.
Antonio Martins, 30 May 1999
Lebowa previously comprised 11 pieces of territory. There is currently
a dispute over one area which was part of Lebowa (Bushbuck Ridge) and is
now part of the Northern Province. Residents want to be incorporated into
Mpumalanga despite a Constitutional Court ruling against them.
Bruce Berry, 31 May 1999
The name "Lebowa" means north, and thus by implication the home of the
northern Sotho people - in contrast to Lesotho and
QwaQwa which is the
home of the southern Sotho. Lebowa was granted internal self-government
on 2 October 1972.
Bruce Berry, 01 Dec 1998
scan by Bruce Berry, 07 July 2007
By Government Notice No. 1599, published in the South African Government Gazette (Number 3644 of 08 September 1972) it was notified that a coat of arms had been registered for the Lebowa Legislative Assembly in terms of the South African Heraldry Act (Act No. 18 of 1962). Although application and registration was made in terms of the Heraldry Act (Government Notice 1599 in Government Gazette 3644 of 08 September 1972), the State Herald did not issue a formal certificate of registration in respect of these arms as they had been devised without consultation of the Bureau of Heraldry.
The blazon of the coat of arms is described as:
Quarterly, first and fourth, Azure goutté d'eau, a chief nebuly Argent; second,
Or, a bull's head caboshed proper; third, Or, a mealie-head leaved erect proper.
Crest: A flame proper.
Wreath: Argent and Azure.
Supporters: Two leopards proper.
Compartment: On a mount thereon two flowered aloe plants, the sinister in autumn shades, proper.
Motto: MPHIRI O TEE GA O LLE (One bracelet alone cannot make a noise or sound).
With the re-incorporation of Lebowa into South Africa on 27 April 1994, these
arms are no longer in use.
Bruce Berry, 07 July 2007