Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

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Mangaung
Metropolitan municipality
Official seal of Mangaung
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
Seat Bloemfontein
Wards 49
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Thabo Manyoni
Area
 • Total 6,284 km2 (2,426 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 747,431
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 83.3%
 • Coloured 5.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 11.0%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Sotho 53.3%
 • Afrikaans 16.2%
 • Tswana 12.6%
 • Xhosa 9.9%
 • Other 8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code MAN

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is a metropolitan municipality which governs Bloemfontein and surrounding towns in the Free State province of South Africa. Mangaung is a Sesotho name meaning "place of leopards". Legend has it that when the first settlers arrived on these shores, they were stunned by the vast plains that were roamed freely by leopards.[3]

Before the municipal elections of 18 May 2011 Mangaung was a local municipality under the Motheo District Municipality.[4] In the election, the ANC won 65 out of 97 seats on the Metro Council, while the Democratic Alliance won 26 seats and COPE won 3 seats.

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Baralong Boo Moroka 40501 911.66 8,556 Sotho
Bloemfontein 40502 287.46 111,697 Afrikaans
Botshabelo 40503 228.79 175,822 Sotho
Mangaung 40504 46.23 217,076 Sotho
Morago 40505 221.37 3,941 Tswana
Opkoms 40506 2.84 15,397 Afrikaans
Peter Swart 40507 1.97 10,002 Sotho
Rodenbeck 40508 2.05 7,837 Sotho
Sonskyn 40509 0.80 3,630 Sotho
Thaba 'Nchu 40510 216.23 67,269 Tswana
Remainder of the municipality 40511 4,364.11 24,220 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of ninety-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Forty-nine councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in forty-nine wards, while the remaining forty-eight 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 sixty-five 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 132,282 134,441 266,723 66.3 38 27 65
Democratic Alliance 54,958 54,164 109,122 27.1 11 15 26
Congress of the People 6,062 6,661 12,723 3.2 0 3 3
Freedom Front Plus 3,247 2,826 6,073 1.5 0 2 2
African People's Convention 786 1,113 1,899 0.5 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 585 1,123 1,708 0.4 0 0 0
Independent 1,191 1,191 0.3 0 0
Dikwankwetla Party 443 512 955 0.2 0 0 0
Pan Africanist Congress 417 526 943 0.2 0 0 0
United Residents Front 395 274 669 0.2 0 0 0
Black Consciousness Party 182 300 482 0.1 0 0 0
Total 200,548 201,940 402,488 100.0 49 48 97
Spoilt votes 3,146 2,597 5,743

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact list: Executive Mayors". Government Communication & Information System. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Metropolitan Municipality". Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  4. ^ "Buffalo City, Mangaung categorised Metros". BuaNews (Government Communication and Information Service). 9 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 29°06′00″S 26°13′00″E / 29.1000°S 26.2167°E / -29.1000; 26.2167