About Blue Crane Route Municipality

The Blue Crane Route Municipality is situated in the central Eastern Cape and forms part of the Sarah Baartman district. The Blue Crane Route Municipality consists of the three beautiful towns: Somerset East, Pearston and Cookhouse.

The Municipality is a plenary Council and is headed by Mayor, Cllr. Bonisile Manxoweni who serves as both the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council. The municipality has six (6) ward Councillors and four (4) Proportional Representative (PR) Councillors.


A municipality that strives to provide a better life for all its citizens, through responsible local governance. Zero tolerance for corruption and creating an environment for upliftment and sustainable economic growth


To provide affordable, quality services, alleviate poverty and facilitate social and economic development of the area through integrated development planning, cooperative governance, skills development and sustainable utilisation of resources.


Honesty - Zero tolerance for ill-discipline and misconduct and corruption

Efficiency - Strive for performance excellence through effectiveness and efficiency

Integrity - To conduct business in a consistent and unbiased manner

Transparency - Keeping stakeholders informed and involved

Respectfulness - Mutual respect within workplace and community