Emfuleni Local Municipality
Location of Emfuleni Local Municipality within Gauteng
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Greta Hlongwane|
|• Total||966 km2 (373 sq mi)|
|• Density||750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||85.4%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
The Emfuleni Local Municipality is one of three local municipalities comprising the Sedibeng District in Gauteng, South Africa. It is the westernmost local municipality in the District, and covers an area of 987 km².
Emfuleni shares boundaries with Metsimaholo Local Municipality in the Free State to the south, Midvaal Local Municipality to the east, the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality to the north and Westonaria and Tlokwe (Potchefstroom) Municipalities to the west.
Emfuleni is a largely urbanised municipality, with high population concentrations and density compared to other municipalities making up the Sedibeng District. In fact, the municipality houses around 80% of the district's total population.
The municipality is strategically located with access to a well-maintained road network – e.g. the N1 national route. The Vaal River forms the southern boundary of the municipality; its strategic location affords it many opportunities for tourism and other forms of economic development.
Emfuleni has two main town centres: Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark. Sasolburg is 10 kilometers to the south, across the provincial boundary. The municipality forms the heartland of what was formerly known as the Vaal Triangle, renowned for its contribution to the iron and steel industry in South Africa. It also contains six large townships (Evaton, Sebokeng, Sharpeville, Boipatong, Bophelong and Tshepiso), which currently lack the facilities generally associated with towns of their size.
There are a number of small settlements, mostly within approximately six kilometers of the above towns: Bonanne, Steelpark, Duncanville, Unitas Park, Sonland Park, Waldrift, Rust-ter-Vaal, Roshnee and Debonair Park. The area also comprises a number of large residential areas, all of which require considerable investment in infrastructure and environmental upgrading.
|Place||Code||Area (km2)||Population||Most spoken language|
|Remainder of the municipality||70403||498.77||4,378||Sotho|
The municipal council consists of eighty-nine members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Forty-five councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in forty-five wards, while the remaining forty-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 the African National Congress (ANC) won a majority of sixty-four seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.
|African National Congress||126,895||131,045||257,940||69.8||36||28||64|
|Pan Africanist Congress||3,402||2,791||6,193||1.7||0||1||1|
|African People's Convention||2,134||2,086||4,220||1.1||0||1||1|
|Congress of the People||239||2,617||2,856||0.8||0||1||1|
|Freedom Front Plus||1,374||929||2,303||0.6||0||1||1|
|United Democratic Movement||479||308||787||0.2||0||0||0|
|Azanian People's Organisation||230||308||538||0.1||0||0||0|
|Inkatha Freedom Party||166||340||506||0.1||0||0||0|
|Pan Africanist Movement||169||139||308||0.1||0||0||0|
|National Freedom Party||7||269||276||0.1||0||0||0|
|Socialist Party of Azania||93||161||254||0.1||0||0||0|
|Black Economic Empowerment Party||60||154||214||0.1||0||0||0|
- "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- "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.
- Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
- "Results Summary – All Ballots: Emfuleni". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
- "Seat Calculation Detail: Emfuleni". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013.