Mthonjaneni Local Municipality

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Mthonjaneni
Local municipality
Official seal of Mthonjaneni
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThungulu
Seat Melmoth
Wards 6
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor William Harries
Area
 • Total 1,086 km2 (419 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 47,818
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 98.5%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.7%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 93.8%
 • English 1.7%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.5%
 • Other 3%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN285

Mthonjaneni is an administrative area in the uThungulu District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Mthonjaneni is an isiZulu name meaning "a spring of water". There is a spring found in the vicinity of the municipality where King Dingaan used to send his maidens to collect water for him.[4]

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[5]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Biyela Kwanguye 54101 8.25 1,560
Entembeni 54102 271.17 24,886
Kwanguye 54103 6.30 517
Melmoth 54104 12.10 1,816
Mnanyando 54105 17.64 3,794
Obuka 54107 22.88 1,902
Thubalethu 54108 1.34 5,137
Yanguya 54109 73.57 5,430
Remainder of the municipality 54106 672.29 5,329

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of eleven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Six councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in six wards, while the remaining 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 no party obtained a majority, and the African National Congress (ANC) and the National Freedom Party (NFP) formed a coalition to govern the municipality. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Inkatha Freedom Party 6,197 6,229 12,426 45.7 3 2 5
African National Congress 5,721 5,737 11,458 42.1 3 2 5
National Freedom Party 1,449 1,373 2,822 10.4 0 1 1
Democratic Alliance 169 213 382 1.4 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 61 56 117 0.4 0 0 0
Total 13,597 13,608 27,205 100.0 6 5 11
Spoilt votes 210 193 403

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. ^ South African Languages - Place names
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Mthonjaneni". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Mthonjaneni". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°34′48″S 31°22′48″E / 28.58000°S 31.38000°E / -28.58000; 31.38000