Mantsopa Local Municipality

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Mantsopa
Local municipality
Official seal of Mantsopa
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Thabo Mofutsanyane
Seat Ladybrand
Wards 9
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Sello Dennis Ntsepe
Area
 • Total 4,291 km2 (1,657 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 51,056
 • Density 12/km2 (31/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 88.4%
 • Coloured 3.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 6.6%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 82.1%
 • Afrikaans 9.8%
 • English 4.1%
 • Sign language 1.4%
 • Other 2.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS196

Mantsopa Local Municipality is a local municipality in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District of the Free State in South Africa.

Origin of the name[edit]

Mantsopa was a sister to King Moshoeshoe who banished her from the Kingdom when he suspected that her powers were greater than his. When she arrived at Modderpoort there were no houses and she stayed in a cave. In 1886 a group of men called The Brotherhood of St Augustine arrived at Modderpoort, and Mantsopa accommodated them in her cave. The missionaries decided to stay and they turned the cave into a chapel. Mantsopa later joined the church and was baptised and given the name Anna. Mantsopa's grave continues to be visited and offerings are still placed on or near it.[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Borwa 40601 0.42 3,294 Sotho
Dipeleng 40602 0.15 822 Sotho
Excelsior 40603 11.37 485 Afrikaans
Hobhouse 40604 11.79 2,589 Sotho
Ladybrand 40605 43.05 4,214 Afrikaans
Mahalatswetsa 40606 1.64 4,881 Sotho
Manyatseng 40608 2.64 14,177 Sotho
Thaba Phatshwa 40609 2.17 434 Afrikaans
Thusanong 40610 0.56 2,989 Sotho
Tweespruit 40611 3.04 1,056 Sotho
Remainder of the municipality 40607 4,213.08 20,377 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of seventeen members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Nine councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in nine wards, while the remaining 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 thirteen 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 10,197 10,398 20,595 73.6 9 4 13
Democratic Alliance 1,945 1,941 3,886 13.9 0 3 3
Congress of the People 1,034 1,061 2,095 7.5 0 1 1
Independent 750 750 2.7 0 0
Freedom Front Plus 222 180 402 1.4 0 0 0
African People's Convention 71 107 178 0.6 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 42 46 88 0.3 0 0 0
Total 14,261 13,733 27,994 100.0 9 8 17
Spoilt votes 329 782 1,111

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: Mantsopa". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Mantsopa". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 29°11′40″S 27°27′22″E / 29.19444°S 27.45611°E / -29.19444; 27.45611