Cacadu District Municipality
Location in the Eastern Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Mlungisi Gerald Mvoko (ANC)|
|• Total||58,194 km2 (22,469 sq mi)|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||53.3%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
Cacadu District Municipality (CDM) is situated in the Western Portion of the Eastern Cape province, covering an area of 58 242 square kilometres. The area of the district municipality includes nine local municipalities and other portions collectively known as the District Management Areas (DMAs). The seat of Cacadu is Port Elizabeth. The largest languages among the 388,201 people are Xhosa and Afrikaans. (2001 Census). The district code is DC10.
The municipality is a new, multi-ethnic administration, formed by the ANC government through the merging of the predominantly Afrikaans-speaking western part of the Eastern Cape, together with Xhosa areas near the Fish river, and the English district of Albany (with its own distinctive local culture, dating back to the 1820 settlers).
The name Cacadu is derived from the Khoikhoi word tkakadao, which means "bulrush river". This was an earlier name for the current Papkuils River near Port Elizabeth, and a river tributary to the northeast.
The Cacadu district covers an area of 58,243 square kilometres (22,488 sq mi) in the southwestern part of the Eastern Cape province. It extends to the Great Fish River in the east and the Sneeuberge in the north. The metropolitan area around Port Elizabeth is excluded from the district, forming the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
The southwestern part of the district (west of Port Elizabeth) is marked by several ranges of mountains that run parallel to the sea, including the Baviaanskloof Mountains, the Kouga Mountains and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. In the southeastern part (east of Port Elizabeth) is the Albany region around the city of Grahamstown. The northern interior of the district is the southeastern end of the Karoo.
To the west the district borders on the Eden and Central Karoo districts of the Western Cape; to the north it borders on the Pixley ka Seme district of the Northern Cape; and to the east it borders on the Chris Hani and Amathole districts of the Eastern Cape.
Cacadu district is divided into nine local municipalities, described in the following table.
|Camdeboo Local Municipality||Graaff-Reinet||50,993||12,422||4.1|
|Blue Crane Route Local Municipality||Somerset East||36,002||11,068||3.3|
|Ikwezi Local Municipality||Jansenville||10,537||4,563||2.3|
|Makana Local Municipality||Grahamstown||80,390||4,376||18.4|
|Ndlambe Local Municipality||Port Alfred||61,176||1,841||33.2|
|Sundays River Valley Local Municipality||Kirkwood||54,504||5,994||9.1|
|Baviaans Local Municipality||Willowmore||17,761||11,668||1.5|
|Kouga Local Municipality||Jeffreys Bay||98,558||2,670||36.9|
|Kou-Kamma Local Municipality||Kareedouw||40,663||3,642||11.2|
The following statistics are from the 2001 census.
Election results for Cacadu in the South African general election, 2004.
- Population 18 and over: 252,570 [65.06% of total population]
- Total votes: 161,399 [41.58% of total population]
- Voting % estimate: 63.90% votes as a % of population 18 and over
|African National Congress||116,320||72.07%|
|Democratic Alliance||27 615||17.11%|
|Independent Democrats||3 768||2.33%|
|New National Party||3 694||2.29%|
|African Christian Democratic Party||2 755||1.71%|
|United Democratic Movement||2 416||1.50%|
|Freedom Front Plus||1 687||1.05%|
|Pan African Congress||999||0.62%|
|Azanian People's Organisation||492||0.30%|
|Inkhata Freedom Party||277||0.17%|
|United Christian Democratic Party||222||0.14%|
|Socialist Party of Azania||168||0.10%|
|Christian Democratic Party||144||0.09%|
|Peace and Justice Congress||113||0.07%|
|Keep It Straight and Simple Party||75||0.05%|
|New Labour Party||69||0.04%|
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- "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, age in 5 year groups and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "Table: Census 2011 by district council, gender, language and population group". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
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