Msunduzi Local Municipality

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Msunduzi
Local municipality
Official seal of Msunduzi
Seal
Location of Msunduzi Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Location of Msunduzi Local Municipality within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 29°37′S 30°23′E / 29.617°S 30.383°E / -29.617; 30.383Coordinates: 29°37′S 30°23′E / 29.617°S 30.383°E / -29.617; 30.383
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uMgungundlovu
Seat Pietermaritzburg
Wards 37
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Mike Tarr (ANC)
Area
 • Total 634 km2 (245 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 618,536
 • Density 980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 81.1%
 • Coloured 2.9%
 • Indian/Asian 9.8%
 • White 6.0%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 72.4%
 • English 19.0%
 • Afrikaans 1.9%
 • Xhosa 1.9%
 • Other 4.8%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN225

Msunduzi Local Municipality is a local municipality in Umgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It encompasses the city of Pietermaritzburg, which is the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal province and the main economic hub of Umgungundlovu District Municipality.

Msunduzi Municipality is situated on the N3 highway at a junction of an industrial corridor (from Durban to Pietermaritzburg) and an agro-industrial corridor (stretching from Pietermaritzburg to Estcourt). On the regional scale, it is located at the cross section of the N3 corridor and the Greytown Road corridor to the north, a tourist route to Drakensberg and Kokstad Road to the south.[4]

The city of Pietermaritzburg is a provincial and national centre of educational excellence. Pietermaritzburg is a seat of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is home to several other institutions of higher learning. In addition, Pietermaritzburg is home to a host of private and government-owned institutions of primary and secondary education.[4] (See Educational Institutions of Pietermaritzburg.)

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of seventy-three members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Thirty-seven councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in thirty-seven wards, while the remaining thirty-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 forty-nine seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[5][6]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 107,441 116,571 224,012 65.4 28 21 49
Democratic Alliance 32,481 33,244 65,725 19.2 9 6 15
National Freedom Party 8,690 8,884 17,574 5.1 0 4 4
Inkatha Freedom Party 7,952 8,144 16,096 4.7 0 4 4
Independent 12,160 12,160 3.5 0 0
Minority Front 1,221 1,212 2,433 0.7 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 992 1,245 2,237 0.7 0 0 0
Azanian People's Organisation 523 590 1,113 0.3 0 0 0
Congress of the People 461 484 945 0.3 0 0 0
National Democratic Convention 296 171 467 0.1 0 0 0
Total 172,217 170,545 342,762 100.0 37 36 73
Spoilt votes 3,409 4,073 7,482

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Ashdown 51101 3.03 13,531
Edendale 51102 50.53 79,573
Imbali 51103 23.40 79,115
Inadi 51104 87.25 34,131
Mafunze 51105 60.55 36,186
Mpumuza 51106 97.56 55,260
Nxamalala 51108 12.94 14,417
Pietermaritzburg 51109 160.99 223,519
Sobantu 51110 1.07 8,155
Wilgerfontein 51111 0.43 1,073
Ximba 51112 5.51 2,947
Remainder of the municipality 51107 144.53 5,315

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. ^ a b Integrated Development Plan - May 2009. Msunduzi Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Msunduzi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Msunduzi". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa

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