Kopanong Local Municipality

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Kopanong
Local municipality
Official seal of Kopanong
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Xhariep
Seat Trompsburg
Wards 8
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Xolile Mathwa
Area
 • Total 15,645 km2 (6,041 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 49,171
 • Density 3.1/km2 (8.1/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 71.5%
 • Coloured 18.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 9.4%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 37.9%
 • Afrikaans 34.8%
 • Xhosa 20.6%
 • Tswana 2.4%
 • Other 4.3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS162

Kopanong Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Xhariep District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is a Sesotho word meaning "meeting place or where people are invited". The name earmarks unity and seeks to encourage co-operation.[4]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bethulie 40201 51.80 1,342 Afrikaans
Charlesville 40202 0.33 525 Sotho
Edenburg 40203 28.33 935 Afrikaans
Fauresmith 40204 54.64 1,276 Afrikaans
Ha-Rasebei 40205 11.27 7,203 Sotho
Hydro Park 40206 0.36 586 Afrikaans
Ipopeng 40207 0.75 2,770 Afrikaans
Itumeleng 40208 1.17 3,924 Sotho
Jagersfontein 40209 1.03 1,200 Afrikaans
Lephoi 40211 1.19 5,067 Xhosa
Madikgetla 40212 0.69 3,938 Sotho
Maphodi 40213 0.83 3,592 Xhosa
Oranjekrag 40214 3.82 350 Afrikaans
Philippolis 40215 67.55 1,170 Afrikaans
Poding-Tse-Rolo 40216 0.35 2,411 Xhosa
Qhoweng 40217 0.74 3,469 Sotho
Reddersburg 40218 18.01 967 Afrikaans
Springfontein 40219 40.78 1,753 Afrikaans
Trompsburg 40220 1.27 925 Afrikaans
Waterkloof 40221 20.84 6 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 40210 14,937.34 12,524 Afrikaans

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifteen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Eight councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in eight wards, while the remaining seven 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 ten seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 11,004 11,177 22,181 69.8 7 3 10
Democratic Alliance 2,836 2,636 5,472 17.2 0 3 3
Congress of the People 902 1,280 2,182 6.9 0 1 1
Independent 1,308 1,308 4.1 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 292 236 528 1.7 0 0 0
United Residents Front 45 41 86 0.3 0 0 0
Total 16,387 15,370 31,757 100.0 8 7 15
Spoilt votes 329 1,312 1,641

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. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Kopanong". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Kopanong". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°02′06″S 25°46′46″E / 30.03500°S 25.77944°E / -30.03500; 25.77944