Breede Valley Local Municipality

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Breede Valley
Breedevallei
Local municipality
Official seal of Breede Valley
Seal
The Breede Valley Local Municipality is located east of Cape Town in the Cape Winelands District Municipality.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°40′S 19°30′E / 33.667°S 19.500°E / -33.667; 19.500Coordinates: 33°40′S 19°30′E / 33.667°S 19.500°E / -33.667; 19.500
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Seat Worcester
Wards 21
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Charles Ntsomi (DA)
Area
 • Total 3,833 km2 (1,480 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 166,825
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 24.3%
 • Coloured 63.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 10.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 76.0%
 • Xhosa 16.1%
 • English 2.9%
 • Sotho 2.7%
 • Other 2.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC025

Breede Valley Municipality is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2007, it had a population of 166,825.[2] Its municipality code is WC025.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers a total area of 3,833 square kilometres (1,480 sq mi). It includes a middle section of the Breede River Valley around the town of Worcester, and stretches up the Hex River valley to the edge of the Karoo. It abuts on the Witzenberg Municipality to the north, the Laingsburg Municipality to the east, the Langeberg Municipality to the southeast, the Theewaterskloof Municipality to the south, the Stellenbosch Municipality to the southwest and the Drakenstein Municipality to the west.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 166,825 people in 42,527 households. Of this population, 63.3% describe themselves as "Coloured", 24.3% as "Black African", and 10.7% as "White". The first language of 76.0% of the population is Afrikaans, while 16.1% speak Xhosa, 2.9% speak English and 2.7% speak Sotho.[4]

Most of the residents of the municipality live in Worcester, which as of 2011 has a population of 97,078.[5] Other towns in the municipality are Rawsonville (pop. 3,099) close to Worcester in the Breede Valley; De Doorns (pop. 11,278) in the Hex River Valley; and Touws River (pop. 8,126) on the edge of the Karoo.

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 Democratic Alliance (DA) obtained a majority of twenty-two seats on the council.

The following table shows the results of the 2011 election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 22,074 23,306 45,380 52.7 13 9 22
African National Congress 13,408 14,707 28,115 32.7 6 8 14
Breedevallei Onafhanklik 1,554 1,715 3,269 3.8 0 2 2
Independent 2,295 2,295 2.7 1 1
Congress of the People 2,177 2,177 2.5 1 1
Civic Independent 487 738 1,225 1.4 0 1 1
South African Progressive Civic Organisation 446 426 872 1.0 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 381 393 774 0.9 0 0 0
National People's Party 302 280 582 0.7 0 0 0
Democratic Christian Party 259 277 536 0.6 0 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 268 219 487 0.6 0 0 0
Western Cape Community 121 154 275 0.3 0 0 0
United Democratic Movement 25 83 108 0.1 0 0 0
Total 43,797 42,298 86,095 100.0 21 20 41
Spoilt votes 626 2,079 2,705

The local council sends five representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: three from the Democratic Alliance and two from the African National Congress.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Breede Valley Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ Sum of the Main Places Zweletemba and Worcester from Census 2011.
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Breede Valley". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Breede Valley". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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