Breede Valley Local Municipality
Location in the Western Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Charles Ntsomi (DA)|
|• Total||3,833 km2 (1,480 sq mi)|
|• Density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||24.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
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. Its municipality code is WC025.
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.
Most of the residents of the municipality live in Worcester, which as of 2011 has a population of 97,078. 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.
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.
|African National Congress||13,408||14,707||28,115||32.7||6||8||14|
|Congress of the People||2,177||–||2,177||2.5||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|
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- "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
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- Sum of the Main Places Zweletemba and Worcester from Census 2011.
- "Results Summary – All Ballots: Breede Valley". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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- "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.