Langeberg Local Municipality

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This article is about the municipality that took on the name "Langeberg Local Municipality" in August 2009. For the municipality that had the same name until June 2005, see Hessequa Local Municipality.
Langeberg
Local municipality
Official seal of Langeberg
Seal
The Langeberg Local Municipality is located in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, to the east of Cape Town.
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°50′S 20°00′E / 33.833°S 20.000°E / -33.833; 20.000Coordinates: 33°50′S 20°00′E / 33.833°S 20.000°E / -33.833; 20.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Seat Ashton
Wards 12
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Diana Gagiano (DA)
Area
 • Total 4,518 km2 (1,744 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 97,724
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 16.3%
 • Coloured 70.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 12.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 82.5%
 • Xhosa 10.7%
 • English 3.1%
 • Sotho 1.3%
 • Other 2.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC026

Langeberg Municipality (before 28 August 2009, Breede River/Winelands Local Municipality[4]) is a local municipality located within the Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As of 2011 it had a population of 97,724.[2] Its municipality code is WC026.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers a land area of 4,518 square kilometres (1,744 sq mi) in the Breede River Valley and the west end of the Little Karoo. The Langeberg mountains run from northwest to southeast through the centre of the municipality, and the Breede River flows in the same direction south of the Langeberg. The Riviersonderend Mountains form the southern boundary of the municipality and the Koega Mountains form the northern boundary. It abuts on the Breede Valley Municipality to the northwest, the Laingsburg and Kannaland Municipalities to the northeast, the Swellendam Municipality to the southeast, and the Theewaterskloof Municipality to the southwest.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 97,724 people in 25,125 households. Of this population, 70.3% describe themselves as "Coloured", 16.3% as "Black African", and 12.3% as "White". The first language of 82.5% of the population is Afrikaans, while 10.7% speak Xhosa, 3.1% speak English and 1.3% speak Sotho.[5]

The largest town in the municipality is Robertson, which as of 2011 has a population of 27,715. Montagu (pop. 15,176) is situated on the northeastern side of the Langeberg at the entrance to the Cogmanskloof gorge, while Ashton (pop. 13,325), the site of the municipal headquarters, is situated on the other side of the mountains at the gorge's exit. Bonnievale (pop. 9,092) is on the Breede River downstream from Robertson and Ashton, and McGregor (pop. 3,125) is south of Robertson in the foothills of the Riviersonderend Mountains.

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twelve councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twelve wards, while the remaining eleven 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 no party won a majority on the council. The Democratic Alliance (DA) with eleven seats formed a coalition with the Congress of the People (COPE) which holds one seat.[6] The mayor of the municipality is Diana Gagiano of the DA.

The following table shows the results of the 2011 election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 10,854 11,049 21,903 47.3 10 1 11
African National Congress 6,661 6,997 13,658 29.5 2 5 7
Civic Independent 1,403 1,405 2,808 6.1 0 2 2
People's Democratic Movement 1,111 1,067 2,178 4.7 0 1 1
Western Cape Community 600 630 1,230 2.7 0 1 1
Congress of the People 480 676 1,156 2.5 0 1 1
Independent 962 962 2.1 0 0
Community Workers Forum 261 244 505 1.1 0 0 0
National People's Party 224 190 414 0.9 0 0 0
Civic Democrats 122 179 301 0.7 0 0 0
Democratic Christian Party 159 140 299 0.6 0 0 0
National Independent Civic Organisation 152 138 290 0.6 0 0 0
Dagga Party 124 124 248 0.5 0 0 0
South African Progressive Civic Organisation 83 106 189 0.4 0 0 0
United Independent Front 35 94 129 0.3 0 0 0
Total 23,231 23,039 46,270 100.0 12 11 23
Spoilt votes 405 598 1,003

The local council sends three representatives to the council of the Cape Winelands District Municipality: two from the Democratic Alliance and one from the African National Congress.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. ^ Bredell, Anton (Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning) (28 August 2009). "Breede River/Winelands Municipality (WC026) Fifth Establishment Amendment Notice". Provincial Gazette (Cape Town: Provincial Government of the Western Cape) 6652: 1683–1684. 
  5. ^ "Langeberg Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Langeberg". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Langeberg". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 

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