Municipal Biodiversity Summary

The municipality covers an area of 460432.7ha of which 65.8 % has remained as natural habitat. There are no formal land-based protected areas or RAMSAR sites in the municipality. There is only one biome, namely Grassland, covering the whole municipality. Six vegetation typesare found in the municipality. There are no critically endangered or endangered ecosystems in the municipality. There are three vulnerable ecosystems in the Mafube Municipality. These are the Eastern Free State Clay Grassland, Eastern Temperate Freshwater Wetlands and Soweto Highveld Grassland. The Freshwater Ecosystems in the municipality is characterized by one water management areas, namely the Upper Vaal. Twelve rivers run through the municipality and wetlands cover 2.4 % of the Mafube municipality.