Lesedi Local Municipality

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Lesedi
Local municipality
Official seal of Lesedi
Seal
Location in Gauteng
Location in Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°30′S 28°30′E / 26.500°S 28.500°E / -26.500; 28.500Coordinates: 26°30′S 28°30′E / 26.500°S 28.500°E / -26.500; 28.500
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District Sedibeng
Seat Heidelberg
Wards 13
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Lerato Maloka
Area
 • Total 1,484 km2 (573 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 99,520
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 77.3%
 • Coloured 1.2%
 • Indian/Asian 1.3%
 • White 19.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 40.8%
 • Sotho 21.9%
 • Afrikaans 19.5%
 • English 5.0%
 • Other 12.8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code GT423

Lesedi Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Sedibeng District of Gauteng in South Africa.

Heidelberg is the seat of the municipality. During the first war of independence, Heidelberg served as capital of the South African Republic, from 1880 to 1883.

Lesedi is a Sesotho word meaning "light". The name was decided upon because the municipality represents the light of the area.[4]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-six members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirteen wards, while the remaining thirteen 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 nineteen seats on the council. Lerato Maloka of the ANC was elected as the Executive Mayor.

The following table shows the results of the election.[5][6]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 19,080 19,444 38,524 70.8 10 9 19
Democratic Alliance 6,654 6,613 13,267 24.4 3 3 6
Freedom Front Plus 719 575 1,294 2.4 0 1 1
Congress of the People 256 264 520 1.0 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 225 208 433 0.8 0 0 0
National Freedom Party 158 105 263 0.5 0 0 0
Inkatha Freedom Party 20 93 113 0.2 0 0 0
Total 27,112 27,302 54,414 100.0 13 13 26
Spoilt votes 487 373 860

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[7]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Devon 70601 1.72 704 Afrikaans
Heidelberg 70602 30.16 11,614 Afrikaans
Impumelelo 70603 1.44 6,226 Zulu
Ratanda 70606 4.15 35,145 Zulu
Remainder of the municipality 70604 1,378.90 16,350 Zulu

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: Lesedi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Lesedi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa

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