Impendle Local Municipality
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Sizakele Meriam Makhaye|
|• Total||1,528 km2 (590 sq mi)|
|• Density||22/km2 (56/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||98.9%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Southern Ndebele||1.2%|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
During the 18th century, the Griquas ("Abatwas") used to hide in the mountain in the area because they were accused of stealing livestock from the farmers who decided to fight them in order to protect their livestock. The Griquas used war spears, and this conflict was called "an outside war", i.e. Impiyasendle or Impiendle.
Impendle area is extremely diverse in its topography, climate and soils, and has a rich and complex natural environment. High-density settlements occur around Impendle, in villages such as Gomane, KwaNovuka, Similobha and Kamensi.
|Impendle Part 1||51005||20.39||1,562|
|Impendle Part 2||51006||1.25||238|
|Remainder of the municipality||51002||674.08||2,255|
The municipal council consists of seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in four wards, while the remaining three 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 six seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.
|African National Congress||7,948||8,247||16,195||85.4||4||2||6|
|Inkatha Freedom Party||538||561||1,099||5.8||0||1||1|
|National Freedom Party||454||419||873||4.6||0||0||0|
|African Christian Democratic Party||51||56||107||0.6||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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