Moqhaka Local Municipality

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Moqhaka
Local municipality
Official seal of Moqhaka
Seal
Location in the Free State
Location in the Free State
Country South Africa
Province Free State
District Fezile Dabi
Seat Kroonstad
Wards 25
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Cllr. M. Mokgosi
 • Municipal Manager Mr. S.M Mqwathi
Area
 • Total 7,925 km2 (3,060 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 160,532
 • Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 87.2%
 • Coloured 2.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 9.3%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Sotho 74.6%
 • Afrikaans 13.6%
 • Xhosa 3.9%
 • English 2.5%
 • Other 5.4%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code FS201

Moqhaka is a municipality in the Fezile Dabi District, Free State Province, South Africa.[4] In 2001 the population was 167 881 with a total area of 7925 km ². The seat of local government is Kroonstad.[5] The community name is the South-Sotho-word for "crown".[6]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[7]

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Kroonstad 41701 232.04 23,992 Afrikaans
Maokeng 41702 12.62 67,929 Sotho
Matlwangtlwang 41703 1.59 6,441 Sotho
Rammulutsi 41705 4.03 24,578 Sotho
Steynsrus 41706 1.66 1,192 Afrikaans
Vaal Reefs Mine 41707 12.04 5,050 Sotho
Vierfontein 41708 2.84 832 Afrikaans
Viljoenskroon 41709 13.73 2,514 Afrikaans
Remainder of the municipality 41704 7,619.38 35,362 Sotho

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of fifty members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-five councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-five wards, while the remaining twenty-five 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-four seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[8][9]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 29,086 29,784 58,870 67.6 21 13 34
Democratic Alliance 9,653 9,684 19,337 22.2 4 7 11
Congress of the People 2,402 2,814 5,216 6.0 0 3 3
Freedom Front Plus 1,060 700 1,760 2.0 0 1 1
African People's Convention 365 371 736 0.8 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 270 255 525 0.6 0 0 0
Azanian People's Organisation 220 276 496 0.6 0 0 0
Independent 208 208 0.2 0 0
Total 43,264 43,884 87,148 100.0 25 25 50
Spoilt votes 1,065 769 1,834

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. ^ Website of Moqhaka Local Municipality
  5. ^ Municipal Demarcation Board
  6. ^ "South African Place Names explained". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  7. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  8. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Moqhaka". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Moqhaka". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 27°39′S 27°14′E / 27.650°S 27.233°E / -27.650; 27.233