Midvaal Local Municipality
Location in Gauteng
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Bongani Baloyi (DA)|
|• Total||1,722 km2 (665 sq mi)|
|• Density||55/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||58.4%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
Midvaal Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Sedibeng District of Gauteng in South Africa. The name due to its geographical location: Midvaal lies halfway between Johannesburg/East Rand and the Vaal/Vereeniging area.
Midvaal Local Municipality  led by Executive Mayor Cllr. Bongani Baloyi has been coined the fastest growing municipality in Gauteng due to its rapid economic growth. Midvaal has undergone a radical change from quaint country area to booming tourist, recreational and industrial centre in Southern Gauteng. Midvaal has grown from 60 000 residents in 2001 to 100 000 today. A report by Gauteng’s Provincial Government ranked Midvaal as the province's top municipality in terms of quality of life. In December 2010 Midvaal was ranked 23rd out of 231 municipalities. This shows that Midvaal is within the top 10% of high scoring local municipalities in South Africa.
Midvaal’s name has become more prominent with the establishment of the Oprah Winfrey School located in the area. In addition to this one of golf's most successful and recognizable stars Greg Norman coined “the Great White Shark” invested huge amounts of money into the Eye of Africa Golfing Estate development for which he designed the golf course. The municipality’s major achievement has been attracting Sedibeng Breweries, South Africa’s distributors of Heineken into the area. The brewery has set up its national offices along Midvaal R59 freeway/ corridor and has brought with it new opportunities for job creation and small businesses.
The municipal council consists of twenty-seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fourteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fourteen 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) won a majority of fifteen seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.
|African National Congress||13,256||13,525||26,781||41.4||5||6||11|
|Freedom Front Plus||316||254||570||0.9||0||1||1|
|Pan Africanist Congress||237||106||343||0.5||0||0||0|
|Congress of the People||101||150||251||0.4||0||0||0|
|National Freedom Party||48||52||100||0.2||0||0||0|
|Inkatha Freedom Party||0||87||87||0.1||0||0||0|
|Place||Code||Area (km2)||Population||Most spoken language|
|Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve||70506||113.79||0||-|
|Remainder of the municipality||70504||1,218.44||12,723||Sotho|
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