Midvaal Local Municipality

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Midvaal
Local municipality
Official seal of Midvaal
Seal
Location in Gauteng
Location in Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°35′S 28°05′E / 26.583°S 28.083°E / -26.583; 28.083Coordinates: 26°35′S 28°05′E / 26.583°S 28.083°E / -26.583; 28.083
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District Sedibeng
Seat Meyerton
Wards 14
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Bongani Baloyi (DA)
Area
 • Total 1,722 km2 (665 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 95,301
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 58.4%
 • Coloured 1.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 38.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 30.9%
 • Sotho 27.9%
 • English 14.0%
 • Zulu 11.8%
 • Other 15.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code GT422

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.[4]

Midvaal Local Municipality [5] 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.[6] In December 2010 Midvaal was ranked 23rd out of 231 municipalities.[7] 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.

Politics[edit]

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.[8][9]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Democratic Alliance 18,271 18,186 36,457 56.4 9 6 15
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
Independent 65 65 0.1 0 0
Total 32,294 32,360 64,654 100.0 14 13 27
Spoilt votes 379 369 748

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[10]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Alberton 70501 2.49 358 Afrikaans
Evaton 70502 1.39 3,406 Sotho
Meyerton 70503 114.28 24,215 Afrikaans
Randvaal 70505 74.14 7,933 English
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve 70506 113.79 0 -
Vaal Marina 70507 2.60 9 Sotho
Vereeniging 70508 43.60 6,347 Afrikaans
Walkerville 70509 151.54 9,662 English
Remainder of the municipality 70504 1,218.44 12,723 Sotho

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