Blouberg Local Municipality

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Blouberg
Local municipality
Official seal of Blouberg
Seal
Location in Limpopo
Location in Limpopo
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Capricorn
Seat Senwabarwana
Wards 21
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Seriti Emmanuel Sekgoloane
Area
 • Total 9,248 km2 (3,571 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 162,629
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.0%
 • Coloured 0.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Northern Sotho 93.8%
 • Other 6.2%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code LIM351

Blouberg Local Municipality is a municipality in the Limpopo Province, northern South Africa, bordering Zimbabwe and Botswana. It takes its name from the Blouberg (literally meaning blue mountain),[4] a mountain range located to the west of the western end of the Soutpansberg mountain range, north west of the town of Vivo. Blouberg is home to some of the most spectacular rock climbing in South Africa. The rock climbing destination is famous for its big wall natural climbing with route lengths up to 350m. The vegetation ranges from sub-tropical savanna at the base, to alpine near the summit.

Demography[edit]

According to the 2001 census conducted by Statistics South Africa, the population of the greater Blouberg municipality was 161,314, of whom 99.4% are African, 0.5% white, 0.1% Coloured and 0.1% Asian.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Alldays 90901 11.75 385 Northern Sotho
Bahanawa 90902 390.17 19,068 Northern Sotho
Bahanawa-Ba-Kibi 90903 163.78 7,763 Northern Sotho
Bochum Part 1 90912 4.33 8,501 Northern Sotho
Bochum Part 2 90905 182.33 15,911 Northern Sotho
Dichoeng 90906 58.29 17,347 Northern Sotho
Manthata 90907 1,335.47 72,175 Northern Sotho
Matlala 90908 180.83 8,697 Northern Sotho
Pietersburg 90909 1.33 3,818 Northern Sotho
Ramutla 90910 7.81 1,047 Northern Sotho
Seshego 90911 6.00 1,058 Northern Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 90904 2,198.72 5,539 Northern Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-one members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-one councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-one wards, while the remaining twenty are chosen from party lists so that the total number of party representatives is proportional to the number of votes received. In the election of 18 May 2011 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of thirty-seven seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 31,873 32,461 64,334 88.3 21 16 37
Democratic Alliance 1,487 1,421 2,908 4.0 0 2 2
African Christian Democratic Party 529 1,714 2,243 3.1 0 1 1
Independent 1,873 1,873 2.6 0 0
Congress of the People 523 636 1,159 1.6 0 1 1
Azanian People's Organisation 77 179 256 0.3 0 0 0
United Democratic Movement 16 97 113 0.1 0 0 0
Total 36,378 36,508 72,886 100.0 21 20 41
Spoilt votes 599 482 1,081

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. ^ Seraki Blouberg Route - South Africa - Open Africa
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Blouberg". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Blouberg". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 23°08′21″S 29°00′05″E / 23.1392°S 29.0013°E / -23.1392; 29.0013