Inkwanca Local Municipality

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Inkwanca
Local municipality
Official seal of Inkwanca
Seal
Location in the Eastern Cape
Location in the Eastern Cape
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Chris Hani
Seat Molteno
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Mtandazo Qhaqmangwana
Area
 • Total 3,584 km2 (1,384 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 21,971
 • Density 6.1/km2 (16/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 89.1%
 • Coloured 4.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 6.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 85.8%
 • Afrikaans 8.3%
 • English 3.5%
 • Other 2.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code EC133

Inkwanca Local Municipality is a local municipality that forms part of the Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Inkwanca is an isiXhosa name meaning cold. The municipal area is the coldest area in the country and the lowest temperatures are recorded in the area every year.[4]

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers an area of 3,584 square kilometres (1,384 sq mi) in the Stormberg Mountains, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) northwest of East London. It abuts on the Gariep Local Municipality to the north, the Maletswai Local Municipality to the northeast, the Emalahleni Local Municipality to the east, the Lukhanji Local Municipality to the southeast and the Tsolwana Local Municipality to the southwest.

The population of the municipality according to the 2011 census was 21,971 people in 6,228 households. 89.1% of residents described themselves as "Black African", 6.2% as "White" and 4.1% as "Coloured". 85.8% speak Xhosa as their first language, 8.3% speak Afrikaans and 3.5% speak English. The two towns in the municipality are Molteno (pop. 11,553) and Sterkstroom (pop. 7,165).

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 five seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[5][6]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 5,214 5,276 10,490 76.2 4 1 5
Democratic Alliance 955 907 1,862 13.5 0 1 1
Congress of the People 708 667 1,375 10.0 0 1 1
United Democratic Movement 33 33 0.2 0 0
Total 6,877 6,883 13,760 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 114 108 222

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. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Inkwanca". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Inkwanca". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 31°23′42″S 26°21′44″E / 31.3950°S 26.3622°E / -31.3950; 26.3622