Impendle Local Municipality

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Impendle
Local municipality
Official seal of Impendle
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uMgungundlovu
Seat Impendle
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Sizakele Meriam Makhaye
Area
 • Total 1,528 km2 (590 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 33,105
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 98.9%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.5%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 93.3%
 • English 1.8%
 • Sotho 1.6%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.2%
 • Other 2.1%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN224

Impendle Local Municipality is an administrative area in the UMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

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.[4]

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.[5]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Batlokoa 51001 13.14 675
Impendle Part 1 51005 20.39 1,562
Impendle Part 2 51006 1.25 238
Nxamalala 51003 234.17 28,661
Polela 51004 2.53 189
Remainder of the municipality 51002 674.08 2,255

Politics[edit]

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.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
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
Democratic Alliance 433 256 689 3.6 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 51 56 107 0.6 0 0 0
Total 9,424 9,539 18,963 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 254 160 414

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 - Impendle Municipality
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Impendle". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Impendle". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°35′54″S 29°52′04″E / 29.59833°S 29.86778°E / -29.59833; 29.86778