Amathole District Municipality

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Amathole
Amatola District
District municipality
Official seal of Amathole
Seal
Location in South Africa
Location in South Africa
Coordinates: 32°30′S 27°30′E / 32.500°S 27.500°E / -32.500; 27.500Coordinates: 32°30′S 27°30′E / 32.500°S 27.500°E / -32.500; 27.500
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
Seat East London
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Nomasikizi Konza (ANC)
Area
 • Total 21,595 km2 (8,338 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 892,637
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 97.2%
 • Coloured 1.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 1.0%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 93.6%
 • English 2.3%
 • Afrikaans 2.1%
 • Other 2%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC12

Amathole is one of the 7 districts of Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The seat of Amathole is East London. Over 90% of its 892,637 people speak Xhosa (2011 Census). The district code is DC12. "Amathole" means calves, the name of the mountain range and forest which forms the northern boundary of the district.[4]

Government[edit]

The current[when?] Executive Mayor of Amathole District Municipality is Nomasikizi Konza, and the Municipal Manager is Chris N. Magwangqana.

Geography[edit]

Neighbours[edit]

Amathole is surrounded by:

Local municipalities[edit]

The district contains the following local municipalities:

Local municipality Population %
Mnquma 252,390 17.29%
Mbhashe 254,909 15.22%
Amahlathi 122,778 8.35%
Nkonkobe 127,115 7.73%
Ngqushwa 72,190 5.06%
Great Kei 38,991 2.67%
Nxuba 24,264 1.49%

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2011 census.

Languages[edit]

Language Population %
Xhosa 817,395 93.62%
English 19,647 2.25%
Afrikaans 18,230 2.09%
Sign language 5,164 0.59%
Zulu 2,637 0.30%
Other 2,391 0.27%
Sotho 2,069 0.24%
Northern Sotho 1,741 0.20%
Ndebele 1,691 0.19%
Tswana 1,167 0.13%
Venda 401 0.05%
Swati 345 0.04%
Tsonga 250 0.03%

Gender[edit]

Gender Population %
Female 473,389 53.03%
Male 419,247 46.97%

Ethnic group[edit]

Ethnic group Population %
Black African 868,017 97.24%
Coloured 13,133 1.47%
White 8,949 1.00%
Indian/Asian 1,126 0.13%

Age[edit]

Age Population %
000 - 004 147,098 8.84%
005 - 009 192,361 11.56%
010 - 014 216,586 13.01%
015 - 019 208,995 12.56%
020 - 024 146,750 8.82%
025 - 029 115,632 6.95%
030 - 034 99,327 5.97%
035 - 039 96,666 5.81%
040 - 044 92,560 5.56%
045 - 049 77,430 4.65%
050 - 054 59,027 3.55%
055 - 059 47,029 2.83%
060 - 064 53,352 3.21%
065 - 069 38,858 2.33%
070 - 074 31,716 1.91%
075 - 079 18,830 1.13%
080 - 084 15,262 0.92%
085 - 089 4,022 0.24%
090 - 094 2,026 0.12%
095 - 099 559 0.03%
100 plus 173 0.01%

Politics[edit]

Election results[edit]

Election results for Amathole in the South African general election, 2004.

  • Population 18 and over: 979,166 [58.83% of total population]
  • Total votes: 630,953 [37.91% of total population]
  • Voting % estimate: 64.44% votes as a % of population 18 and over
Party Votes %
African National Congress 523,630 82.99%
United Democratic Movement 50,559 8.01%
Democratic Alliance 32,467 5.15%
Pan African Congress 7,627 1.21%
African Christian Democratic Party 4,492 0.71%
Independent Democrats 3,680 0.58%
New National Party 2,600 0.41%
Freedom Front Plus 795 0.13%
Inkhata Freedom Party 785 0.12%
Azanian People's Organisation 765 0.12%
SOPA 740 0.12%
United Christian Democratic Party 625 0.10%
EMSA 407 0.06%
PJC 400 0.06%
UF 293 0.05%
NA 269 0.04%
CDP 257 0.04%
TOP 236 0.04%
KISS 132 0.02%
NLP 109 0.02%
Minority Front 85 0.01%
Total 630,953 100.00%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ du Plessis, E.J. (1973). Suid-Afrikaanse berg- en riviername. Tafelberg-uitgewers, Cape Town. p. 68. ISBN 0-624-00273-X. 

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