Matatiele Local Municipality

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Matatiele
Local municipality
Official seal of Matatiele
Seal
Location in the Eastern Cape
Location in the Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 32°10′S 28°35′E / 32.167°S 28.583°E / -32.167; 28.583Coordinates: 32°10′S 28°35′E / 32.167°S 28.583°E / -32.167; 28.583
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Alfred Nzo
Seat Matatiele
Wards 26
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor KC Nkopane
Area
 • Total 4,352 km2 (1,680 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 203,843
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 98.1%
 • Coloured 0.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 0.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 57.4%
 • Sotho 33.3%
 • English 2.9%
 • Zulu 1.9%
 • Other 4.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code EC441

Matatiele Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Alfred Nzo District of Eastern Cape in South Africa.

The name is derived from the Sesotho language and it means "the ducks have flown", in an apparent reference to the abundance of waterfowl that even today inhabit the surrounding pools and marshes.[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Cedarville 54901 12.19 2,064 Xhosa
Harry Gwala Park 54902 0.87 2,778 Xhosa
Itsokolele 54903 0.40 1,426 Xhosa
Matatiele 54904 6.74 5,214 Xhosa
Mzingisi 54905 0.15 434 Xhosa
Remainder of the municipality 54906 1,396.30 4,303 Xhosa

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifty-two members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-six councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-six wards, while the remaining twenty-six 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 thirty-nine 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 36,000 37,786 73,786 72.0 26 13 39
African Independent Congress 6,395 7,109 13,504 13.2 0 7 7
Democratic Alliance 2,387 2,481 4,868 4.7 0 3 3
Congress of the People 1,854 2,002 3,856 3.8 0 2 2
Independent 3,844 3,844 3.8 0 0
United Democratic Movement 1,080 1,557 2,637 2.6 0 1 1
Total 51,560 50,935 102,495 100.0 26 26 52
Spoilt votes 1,882 2,918 4,800

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: Matatiele" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Matatiele" (PDF). Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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