The Polokwane Local Municipality is located within the Capricorn District in the Limpopo Province and shares its name with the city of Polokwane. The municipality serves as the economic hub of Limpopo and has the largest municipal population in the province with 900,909 inhabitants. The municipal spatial pattern reflects that of the historic apartheid city model, characterised by segregated settlements. At the centre of the area is the Polokwane economic hub, which comprises the central business district, industrial area, and a range of social services and well-established formal urban areas servicing the more affluent residents of Polokwane. Situated on the outskirts in several clusters are less formal settlement areas, which are experiencing an enormous influx from rural to urban areas. This rapid increase in the population size has come with a number of challenges for the municipality, particularly the development of the infrastructure required to support this increase in population. Recently, the municipality was required to place a moratorium on new property developments in order to allow the municipality to focus on developing certain infrastructure required to support the rate of property development. Backlog eradication applies to basic services provision in rural areas and at present comprises of communal water supply financed by subsidies and household sanitation in dense settlements would also be subsidised.