Mbhashe Local Municipality

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Mbhashe
Local municipality
Official seal of Mbhashe
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 Amathole
Seat Dutywa
Wards 31
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Nonceba Olga Mfecane
Area
 • Total 3,169 km2 (1,224 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 254,909
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.2%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Xhosa 95.7%
 • English 1.6%
 • Other 2.7%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code EC121

The Mbhashe Municipality is a remote outpost of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The Mbhashe Municipality was constituted in terms of the Municipal Structures Act. No. 117 of 1998 (as amended) and comprises the areas that previously formed the Elliotdale, Willowvale and Dutywa TLCs and TRCs. The Municipality is located in the North Eastern part of the Amatole District Municipalities area of jurisdiction. The main administrative office of the Municipality is situated in Dutywa.

Its primary claim to fame is as the birthplace of the former president Thabo Mbeki. The Mbanyana Falls, Mbhashe Cultural Village and Donald Wood's Snooker Room number among its attractions.[4][dead link]

The name Mbashe is derived from Xhosa. The municipality is named after the Mbashe river that cuts through the three areas, namely Xhora (Elliotdale), Gatyana (Willowvale) and Dutywa.[5]The area also boats the head offices of the AmaXhosa Kingdom at Nqadu Great Place.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[6]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Bashee 21001 213.82 13,524
Bonkolo 21002 158.19 9,394
Cizela 21003 143.92 8,903
Ebongweni 21004 19.86 1,223
Ebotwe 21005 771.80 49,869
Elliotdale 21006 8.21 1,012
Emvelini 21007 177.44 17,348
Gcaleka-Ngchana 21008 146.50 11,403
Hala 21009 22.36 1,442
Idutywa Part 1 21010 275.97 28,957
Idutywa Part 2 21019 9.19 4,828
Jalamba 21011 277.47 31,914
Kwamkoloza 21012 306.87 18,655
Mpeko 21013 2.14 0
Ngqwangele 21014 105.63 12,998
Ngubezulu 21015 238.10 27,130
Ntonga 21016 101.36 8,466
Ntshatshongo 21017 48.53 3,779
Willowvale 21018 5.54 2,546

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of sixty-one members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-one councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-one wards, while the remaining thirty 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 forty-one seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[7][8]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 39,997 41,962 81,959 65.9 28 13 41
Congress of the People 9,026 9,086 18,112 14.6 0 9 9
United Democratic Movement 6,719 6,798 13,517 10.9 1 6 7
Independent 7,256 7,256 5.8 2 2
Democratic Alliance 654 678 1,332 1.1 0 1 1
African People's Convention 269 515 784 0.6 0 1 1
Pan Africanist Congress 243 302 545 0.4 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 277 263 540 0.4 0 0 0
United Independent Front 165 116 281 0.2 0 0 0
Total 64,606 59,720 124,326 100.0 31 30 61
Spoilt votes 1,782 4,704 6,486

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. ^ Mbhashe Munipality
  5. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  6. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  7. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Mbhashe". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Mbhashe". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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