Cape Winelands District Municipality

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Cape Winelands
Kaapse Wynland
Brede River District
District municipality
Official seal of Cape Winelands
Seal
The Cape Winelands District Municipality is located in the Western Cape province, encompassing the area to the north-east of Cape Town.
Location in South Africa
Going clockwise from the southwest corner, the Cape Winelands District municipality is made up of the Stellenbosch, Drakenstein, Breede Valley, and Langeberg Local Municipalities. Along its eastern border is a District Management Area.
Local municipalities within the Cape Winelands
Coordinates: 33°20′S 19°40′E / 33.333°S 19.667°E / -33.333; 19.667Coordinates: 33°20′S 19°40′E / 33.333°S 19.667°E / -33.333; 19.667
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Seat Worcester
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Neels de Bruyn (DA)
Area
 • Total 21,473 km2 (8,291 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 787,490
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 23.7%
 • Coloured 62.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 12.9%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 74.8%
 • Xhosa 16.6%
 • English 4.3%
 • Sotho 1.9%
 • Other 2.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC2

The Cape Winelands District Municipality, formerly the Boland District Municipality, is a district municipality located in the Boland region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011, it had a population of 787,490.[2] The largest towns in the municipality are Paarl, Worcester, Stellenbosch and Wellington.

Geography[edit]

Stellenbosch office of the Cape Winelands District Municipality

The boundaries of this municipality, which covers an area of 22,289 square kilometres (8,606 sq mi),[4] coincide roughly with the boundaries of the geographical area that has been known since the early days of the Cape Colony as "The Boland". In Afrikaans Boland means "up land" or "the higher land" or "the land above" (i.e. in contrast to the low coastal areas of the original Dutch settlement at the Cape). However, the term "Boland", as originally used, was a loose concept, with no defined borders (cf. the informal but not meaningless terms "The Sahara" or "The Rocky Mountains"). The Boland is generally mountainous, with range after range of beautiful and isolated sandstone peaks reaching towards 2000m but also has broad, fertile valleys that are home to some of the country's finest vineyards.

The region has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry and winters cool and damp, with snow on the peaks during August and September. The extent and diversity of the geographical features here are truly marvellous. There are so many peaks, ranges, escarpments, valleys, cliffs, rivers, pools, waterfalls, screes, canyons, springs, forests, caves and other natural features that no person could visit all of them in a lifetime.

The Cape Winelands District Municipality is divided into five local municipalities, which are described in the following table.

Name Seat Population
(2011)
Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Witzenberg[5] Ceres 115,946 10,753 10.8
Drakenstein[6] Paarl 251,262 1,538 163.4
Stellenbosch[7] Stellenbosch 155,733 831 187.4
Breede Valley[8] Worcester 166,825 3,833 43.5
Langeberg[9] Ashton 97,724 4,518 21.6
Total 787,490 21,473 36.7

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

Politics[edit]

The council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality consists of forty councillors, of whom sixteen are directly elected by party-list proportional representation, and twenty-four are appointed by the councils of the constituent local municipalities: eight by Drakenstein, five each by Stellenbosch and Breede Valley, and three each by Witzenberg and Langeberg. As of August 2012 there are twenty-four councillors representing the Democratic Alliance (DA), thirteen representing the African National Congress (ANC), and one each representing the Congress of the People (COPE), the National People's Party (NPP) and the Stellenbosch Civic Association (SCA).[10] The mayor is Neels de Bruyn of the DA,[11] and the Deputy Mayor is HM Jansen, also of the DA.[12]

The following table shows the detailed composition of the council.[10]

DA ANC COPE NPP SCA
Directly elected 9 5 1 1 0
Appointed by Witzenberg 2 1 0 0 0
Appointed by Drakenstein 5 3 0 0 0
Appointed by Stellenbosch 3 1 0 0 1
Appointed by Breede Valley 3 2 0 0 0
Appointed by Langeberg 2 1 0 0 0
Total 24 13 1 1 1

The following table shows the results of the election of the sixteen directly-elected councillors on 18 May 2011.[13]

Party Votes Vote % Seats
Democratic Alliance 118,373 56.6 9
African National Congress 66,286 31.7 5
Congress of the People 7,149 3.4 1
National People's Party 4,762 2.3 1
Civic Independent 2,611 1.2 0
African Christian Democratic Party 2,377 1.1 0
People's Democratic Movement 1,550 0.7 0
South African Progressive Civic Organisation 1,377 0.7 0
Democratic Christian Party 1,184 0.6 0
Western Cape Community 991 0.5 0
Freedom Front Plus 803 0.4 0
United Independent Front 597 0.3 0
United Democratic Movement 581 0.3 0
Khoisan Party 512 0.2 0
Total 209,153 100.00 16
Spoilt votes[14] 5,227

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2011 Census.[15] Note that due to fuzzing applied to statistics, columns may not sum to exactly the indicated total.

First language[edit]

Language Population  %
Afrikaans 568,100 74.8%
Xhosa 126,087 16.6%
English 32,815 4.3%
Sotho 14,309 1.9%
Sign language 3,154 0.4%
Tswana 2,979 0.4%
Zulu 1,331 0.2%
Ndebele 969 0.1%
Northern Sotho 678 0.1%
Tsonga 494 0.1%
Venda 449 0.1%
Swazi 295 0.0%
Other 8,087 1.1%
Total 759,747
Not applicable 27,744

Race[edit]

Race Population  %
Coloured 489,189 62.1%
Black African 186,472 23.7%
White 101,491 12.9%
Indian or Asian 3,153 0.4%
Other 7,184 0.9%
Total 787,490

Gender[edit]

Gender Population  %
Female 399,278 50.7%
Male 388,212 49.3%
Total 787,490

Age[edit]

Age group Population  %
0–4 74,012 9.4%
5–9 64,252 8.2%
10–14 65,212 8.3%
15–19 72,747 9.2%
20–24 84,092 10.7%
25–29 74,212 9.4%
30–34 58,571 7.4%
35–39 56,719 7.2%
40–44 55,901 7.1%
45–49 48,551 6.2%
50–54 39,824 5.1%
55–59 30,404 3.9%
60–64 22,580 2.9%
65–69 15,097 1.9%
70–74 10,862 1.4%
75–79 7,000 0.9%
80–84 4,161 0.5%
85+ 1,958 0.2%
Total 787,490

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. ^ "Cape Winelands District Municipality". Municipal Demarcation Board. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Witzenberg Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Drakenstein Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stellenbosch Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Breede Valley Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Langeberg Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mayoral Report". Cape Winelands District Municipality. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Cllr. HM Jansen". Cape Winelands District Municipality. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Cape Winelands". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "% Spoilt Ballots: Western Cape: All Municipalities". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Census 2011 statistical tables accessible through Stats SA SuperWEB.

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