Mnquma Local Municipality is located in the South Eastern part of the Eastern Cape Province. This category B municipality falls under the jurisdiction of the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) and comprises of an amalgamation of the former Butterworth, Ngqamakhwe and Centane TRC’s.Mnquma Municipaliy shares borders with three other local municipalities i.e. Mbhashe, Intsika Yethu and Great Kei Municipality. This also includes a number of previously administered rural areas. It is approximately 32 995 240 square kilometres and consists of 31 wards.
Mnquma Local Municipality has a total population of approximately 297663 people, 99% of which are Xhosa speaking African. The remaining 1% of the population includes English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Sesotho speaking people. The municipality comprises of 54% female and 46% male of the total population and consists of approximately 75410 households.