Greater Kokstad Local Municipality

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Greater Kokstad
Local municipality
Official seal of Greater Kokstad
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 30°33′S 29°25′E / 30.550°S 29.417°E / -30.550; 29.417Coordinates: 30°33′S 29°25′E / 30.550°S 29.417°E / -30.550; 29.417
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Sisonke
Seat Kokstad
Wards 8
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Mbulelo Sithole
Area
 • Total 2,680 km2 (1,030 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 65,981
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 87.1%
 • Coloured 8.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.1%
 • White 3.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 70.5%
 • English 8.8%
 • Zulu 7.5%
 • Afrikaans 6.9%
 • Other 6.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN433

Greater Kokstad Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Sisonke District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Kokstad is derived from Dutch, and it means "town of Kok". It was named after Adam Kok III.[4]

Kokstad serves as the service centre and commercial hub for most of East Griqualand and nearby parts of the Eastern Cape it borders with.[5]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Bhongweni 55001 2.17 15,745
Kokstad 55003 9.84 11,566
Mount Currie 55004 10.14 1,553
Remainder of the municipality 55002 2,660.74 27,659

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of sixteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Eight councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in eight wards, while the remaining eight 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 twelve seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 15,467 14,407 29,868 75.1 8 4 12
Democratic Alliance 3,277 3,178 6,455 16.2 0 3 3
African Independent Congress 182 1,465 1,647 4.2 0 1 1
Congress of the People 475 446 921 2.3 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 138 129 267 0.7 0 0 0
Independent 236 236 0.6 0 0
United Democratic Movement 63 115 178 0.5 0 0 0
Inkatha Freedom Party 100 76 176 0.4 0 0 0
Total 19,938 19,810 39,748 100.0 8 8 16
Spoilt votes 435 597 1,032

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. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Top Business - Umzimkhulu Municipality
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Greater Kokstad". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Greater Kokstad". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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