Okhahlamba Local Municipality

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Okhahlamba
Local municipality
Official seal of Okhahlamba
Seal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 28°44′S 29°22′E / 28.733°S 29.367°E / -28.733; 29.367Coordinates: 28°44′S 29°22′E / 28.733°S 29.367°E / -28.733; 29.367
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThukela
Seat Bergville
Wards 14
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Vikizitha Richard Mlotshwa
Area
 • Total 3,971 km2 (1,533 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 132,068
 • Density 33/km2 (86/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 97.1%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 2.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Zulu 93.2%
 • English 2.0%
 • Southern Ndebele 1.2%
 • Afrikaans 1.0%
 • Other 2.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN235

Okhahlamba Local Municipality is a municipality in the Uthukela District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Society and Culture[edit]

Museums, monuments and memorials[edit]

Spion Kop[edit]

British memorial at Spion Kop
Main article: Battle of Spion Kop
Media related to Spioenkop Battlefield Memorials at Wikimedia Commons

This large battlefield located some 30 km outside Ladysmith contains the mass graves of British soldiers, individual graves as well as a number of memorials, including a Boer memorial, British memorial, South Lancashire memorial and Imperial Light Infantry memorial.

Nature reserves[edit]

Spioenkop Nature Reserve[edit]

25 kilometres (16 mi) from Ladysmith is one of South Africa’s popular wildlife sanctuaries, Spioenkop Nature Reserve. This 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi) reserve is home to animals such as the rhino, giraffe and zebra. The sporting activities that Spioenkop offers include hiking, horse riding, angling, yachting, water-skiing and power boating. Spioenkop is also supplies other parts of Gauteng with water because in Gauteng there is a shortage of water.

Main places[edit]

The 2001 census divided the municipality into the following main places:[4]

Place Code Area (km2) Population
Amangwane 51701 737.10 67,829
Amazizi 51702 95.71 16,010
Bergville Part 1 51703 80.11 27,670
Bergville Part 2 51715 2.53 702
Drakensberg 51704 0.40 75
Driefontein, KwaZulu-Natal 51705 1.41 231
Estcourt 51706 4.79 988
Geluksburg 51707 1.08 209
Jagersrust 51708 0.63 199
Northern Natal Drakensberg 51709 142.17 3
Rugged Glen Nature Reserve 51711 7.66 15
Spioenkop Dam Nature Reserve 51712 41.63 48
Van Reenen 51713 0.48 78
Winterton 51714 1.81 2,186
Remainder of the municipality 51710 2,365.82 21,277

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of twenty-eight members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Fourteen councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in fourteen wards, while the remaining fourteen 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; the African National Congress won thirteen seats, the Inkatha Freedom Party eight, and the National Freedom Party six. The ANC and NFP formed a coalition to govern the municipality. The following table shows the results of the election.[5][6]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 14,674 15,126 29,800 45.3 10 3 13
Inkatha Freedom Party 8,918 8,777 17,695 26.9 3 5 8
National Freedom Party 7,490 7,272 14,762 22.5 1 5 6
Democratic Alliance 1,261 1,200 2,461 3.7 0 1 1
African Christian Democratic Party 242 297 539 0.8 0 0 0
Congress of the People 192 186 378 0.6 0 0 0
Independent 107 107 0.2 0 0
Total 32,884 32,858 65,742 100.0 14 14 28
Spoilt votes 685 683 1,368

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. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  5. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Okhahlamba". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Okhahlamba". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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