Cape Agulhas Local Municipality
Location in the Western Cape
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Richard Mitchell (ANC)|
|• Executive Deputy Mayor||Dirk Jantjies|
|• Total||3,467 km2 (1,339 sq mi)|
|• Density||9.5/km2 (25/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||11.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
Cape Agulhas Municipality (Afrikaans: Kaap Agulhas Plaaslike Munisipaliteit) is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. As of 2011[update] it had a population of 33,038. Its municipality code is WC033. It is named after Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa. The largest town is Bredasdorp, which is the seat of the municipal headquarters. It also includes the villages of Napier, Struisbaai, Elim, Arniston and L'Agulhas, and the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
The municipality covers an area of 3,467 square kilometres (1,339 sq mi) in the Southern Overberg, covering a radius of 30 to 40 kilometres (20 to 25 mi) around Bredasdorp as well as a panhandle extending east to include the De Hoop Nature Reserve. A range of hills runs east-west through the municipality with a gap at Bredasdorp. South of these hills is the low and flat Agulhas plain. The municipality abuts on the Overstrand Municipality to the west, the Theewaterskloof Municipality to the northwest and the Swellendam Municipality to the north.
According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 33,038 people in 10,162 households. Of this population, 65.6% describe themselves as "Coloured", 21.6% as "White", and 11.5% as "Black African". The first language of 84.4% of the population is Afrikaans, while 6.0% speak Xhosa and 5.6% speak English.
The principal town and location of the municipal headquarters is Bredasdorp, which as of 2011 has a population of 15,524. Napier (pop. 4,214) is situated 15 kilometres (9 mi) northwest of Bredasdorp. South of Bredasdorp on the coast around Cape Agulhas are Struisbaai (pop. 3,877), L'Agulhas (pop. 548) and Suiderstrand (pop. 44). Arniston (pop. 1,267) is further east along the coast. The former mission station of Elim (pop. 1,412) is situated west of Bredasdorp.
The municipal council consists of nine members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Five councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in five wards, while the remaining four 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 no party obtained a majority; the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) each obtained four seats, with the ninth seat being held by an independent. This independent formed a coalition with the ANC to govern the municipality.
|African National Congress||4,810||5,515||10,325||41.3||1||3||4|
|National People's Party||328||298||626||2.5||0||0||0|
|Congress of the People||251||246||497||2.0||0||0||0|
|Cape Agulhas Ratepayers Association||119||156||275||1.1||0||0||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||115||108||223||0.9||0||0||0|
|Freedom Front Plus||47||39||86||0.3||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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- Cape Agulhas Municipality — Official home page