Eden District Municipality

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Eden
District municipality
Official seal of Eden
Seal
Location in South Africa
Location in South Africa
Local municipalities within Eden
Local municipalities within Eden
Coordinates: 33°45′S 22°00′E / 33.750°S 22.000°E / -33.750; 22.000Coordinates: 33°45′S 22°00′E / 33.750°S 22.000°E / -33.750; 22.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Seat George
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Saried Stennet
Area
 • Total 23,331 km2 (9,008 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 574,265
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 24.7%
 • Coloured 54.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 19.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 70.8%
 • Xhosa 18.3%
 • English 7.5%
 • Other 3.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC4

The Eden District Municipality is a district municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Its municipality code is DC4.

Geography[edit]

The Eden district covers an area of 23,331 square kilometres (9,008 sq mi) in the southeastern part of the Western Cape, covering the regions known as the Garden Route and the Little Karoo. It stretches to the Breede River mouth and the Langeberg mountains on the west, where it abuts the Overberg District Municipality and (for a short distance) the Cape Winelands District Municipality. To the north the boundary with the Central Karoo District Municipality runs along the Swartberg mountains. In the east the municipality runs up to the Eastern Cape provincial boundary.

The district is divided into seven local municipalities, described in the following table.

Name Seat Population
(2011)
Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Kannaland Local Municipality[4] Ladismith 24,767 4,758 5.2
Hessequa Local Municipality[5] Riversdale 52,642 5,733 9.2
Mossel Bay Local Municipality[6] Mossel Bay 89,430 2,011 44.5
George Local Municipality[7] George 193,672 5,191 37.3
Oudtshoorn Local Municipality[8] Oudtshoorn 95,933 3,537 27.1
Bitou Local Municipality[9] Plettenberg Bay 49,162 992 49.6
Knysna Local Municipality[10] Knysna 68,659 1,109 61.9
Total 574,265 23,331 24.6

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2011 Census.[11] Note that due to fuzzing applied to statistics, columns may not sum to exactly the indicated total.

First language[edit]

Language Population  %
Afrikaans 397,462 70.8%
Xhosa 102,740 18.3%
English 42,266 7.5%
Sotho 3,412 0.6%
Tswana 2,675 0.5%
Zulu 1,960 0.3%
Sign language 1,856 0.3%
Ndebele 1,014 0.2%
Tsonga 739 0.1%
Northern Sotho 654 0.1%
Venda 527 0.1%
Swazi 296 0.1%
Other 5,687 1.0%
Total 561,288
Not applicable 12,975

Race[edit]

Race Population  %
Coloured 311,178 54.2%
Black African 141,830 24.7%
White 110,314 19.2%
Indian or Asian 2,526 0.4%
Other 8,418 1.5%
Total 574,265

Gender[edit]

Gender Population  %
Female 293,346 51.1%
Male 280,919 48.9%
Total 574,265

Age[edit]

Age group Population  %
0–4 53,344 9.3%
5–9 47,897 8.3%
10–14 47,222 8.2%
15–19 47,552 8.3%
20–24 48,218 8.4%
25–29 50,138 8.7%
30–34 42,028 7.3%
35–39 41,617 7.2%
40–44 40,188 7.0%
45–49 35,231 6.1%
50–54 29,921 5.2%
55–59 24,726 4.3%
60–64 21,322 3.7%
65–69 16,455 2.9%
70–74 12,525 2.2%
75–79 7,845 1.4%
80–84 4,559 0.8%
85+ 2,162 0.4%
Total 574,265

Politics[edit]

The council of the Eden District Municipality consists of thirty-five councillors, of whom fifteen are directly elected by party-list proportional representation, and twenty are appointed by the councils of the constituent local municipalities: six by George, four by Mossel Bay, three by Oudtshoorn, two each by Hessequa, Bitou and Knysna, and one by Kannaland. As of August 2012 there are seventeen councillors from the Democratic Alliance (DA) representatives, thirteen from the African National Congress (ANC), two each from the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) and one from the Congress of the People (COPE).[12] The mayor is Vernatt van der Westhuizen and the deputy mayor is Lionel Esau; both are members of the DA.[13]

The following table shows the detailed composition of the council.[12]

DA ANC ICOSA ACDP COPE
Directly elected 8 6 1 0 0
Appointed by Kannaland 0 0 1 0 0
Appointed by Hessequa 1 1 0 0 0
Appointed by Mossel Bay 2 1 0 1 0
Appointed by George 3 2 0 1 0
Appointed by Oudtshoorn 1 1 0 0 1
Appointed by Bitou 1 1 0 0 0
Appointed by Knysna 1 1 0 0 0
Total 17 13 2 2 1

The following table shows the results of the election of the fifteen directly-elected councillors on 18 May 2011.[14]

Party Votes Vote % Seats
Democratic Alliance 95,340 50.7 8
African National Congress 75,353 40.1 6
Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa 6,094 3.2 1
Congress of the People 4,989 2.7 0
African Christian Democratic Party 2,818 1.5 0
Civic Independent 1,217 0.6 0
National People's Party 885 0.5 0
South African Progressive Civic Organisation 494 0.3 0
Universal Civics of South Africa 471 0.3 0
Cape Party 354 0.2 0
Total 188,015 100.00 15
Spoilt votes[15] 2,914

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "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. ^ "Kannaland Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hessequa Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mossel Bay Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "George Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Oudtshoorn Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bitou Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Knysna Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Census 2011 statistical tables accessible through Stats SA SuperWEB.
  12. ^ a b "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Eden District Municipality: Contacts". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Eden". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "% Spoilt Ballots: Western Cape: All Municipalities". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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