Overberg District Municipality

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Overberg
District municipality
Official seal of Overberg
Seal
The Overberg District Municipality is located in the southern part of the Western Cape province, to the south-east of Cape Town.
Location in South Africa
Local municipalities within the Overberg
Local municipalities within the Overberg
Coordinates: 34°30′S 20°0′E / 34.500°S 20.000°E / -34.500; 20.000Coordinates: 34°30′S 20°0′E / 34.500°S 20.000°E / -34.500; 20.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Seat Bredasdorp
Local municipalities
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Lincoln de Bruyn (DA)
 • Deputy Mayor Jasper du Toit-Loubser (DA)
Area
 • Total 12,241 km2 (4,726 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 258,176
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 25.6%
 • Coloured 54.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 18.9%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 70.3%
 • Xhosa 17.9%
 • English 6.8%
 • Sotho 2.1%
 • Other 2.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code DC3

The Overberg District Municipality is a district municipality that governs the Overberg region in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is divided into four local municipalities and includes the major towns of Grabouw, Caledon, Hermanus, Bredasdorp and Swellendam. The municipal area covers 12,241 square kilometres (4,726 sq mi) and had in 2007 an estimated population of 212,787 people in 60,056 households.[4]

Geography[edit]

The Overberg municipal area covers 12,241 square kilometres (4,726 sq mi) lying to the south-east of Cape Town. It stretches from the Hottentots-Holland mountains in the west to the Breede River mouth in the east, and as far as the Riviersonderend Mountains in the north. It includes Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point in Africa, and has coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

The largest town is Grabouw (pop. 21,593) in the Elgin Valley adjacent to the Hottentots-Holland on the north-western edge of the district. The municipal headquarters are located at Bredasdorp (pop. 12,749) in the southern part of the district. Other major towns are Swellendam (pop. 13,557) on the Breede River in the north-east, Caledon (pop. 10,650) in the western interior, and Hermanus (pop. 10,500) on the Atlantic coast.

The Overberg district is divided into four local municipalities, which are described in the following table.

Name Seat Population
(2011)
Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Theewaterskloof[5] Caledon 108,790 3,232 33.7
Overstrand[6] Hermanus 80,432 1,708 47.1
Cape Agulhas[7] Bredasdorp 33,038 3,467 9.5
Swellendam[8] Swellendam 35,916 3,835 9.4
Total 258,176 12,241 21.1

It borders on the City of Cape Town to the west, the Cape Winelands District Municipality to the north, and the Eden District Municipality to the east.

Demographics[edit]

The following statistics are from the 2011 Census.[9] Note that due to fuzzing applied to statistics, columns may not sum to exactly the indicated total.

First language[edit]

Language Population  %
Afrikaans 176,037 70.3%
Xhosa 44,857 17.9%
English 17,123 6.8%
Sotho 5,377 2.1%
Tswana 1,002 0.4%
Sign language 675 0.3%
Zulu 629 0.3%
Ndebele 462 0.2%
Northern Sotho 229 0.1%
Tsonga 211 0.1%
Venda 129 0.1%
Swazi 88 0.0%
Other 3,574 1.4%
Total 250,393
Not applicable 7,781

Race[edit]

Race Population  %
Coloured 139,825 54.2%
Black African 66,151 25.6%
White 48,692 18.9%
Indian or Asian 816 0.3%
Other 2,692 1.0%
Total 258,176

Gender[edit]

Gender Population  %
Male 129,370 50.1%
Female 128,806 49.9%
Total 258,176

Age[edit]

Age group Population  %
0–4 22,804 8.8%
5–9 19,696 7.6%
10–14 19,634 7.6%
15–19 19,863 7.7%
20–24 22,349 8.7%
25–29 25,325 9.8%
30–34 20,040 7.8%
35–39 19,052 7.4%
40–44 18,159 7.0%
45–49 15,756 6.1%
50–54 13,314 5.2%
55–59 10,674 4.1%
60–64 9,983 3.9%
65–69 7,935 3.1%
70–74 6,012 2.3%
75–79 3,758 1.5%
80–84 2,181 0.8%
85+ 989 0.4%
Total 258,176

Politics[edit]

The council of the Overberg District Municipality consists of twenty-one councillors, of whom nine are directly elected by party-list proportional representation, and twelve are appointed by the councils of the constituent local municipalities: five by Theewaterskloof, four by Overstrand, two by Cape Agulhas and one by Swellendam. As of August 2012 twelve of the councillors are Democratic Alliance (DA) representatives and nine are African National Congress (ANC) representatives.[10] The mayor is Lincoln de Bruyn and the deputy mayor is Jasper du Toit-Loubser; both are members of the DA.[11]

The following table shows the detailed party composition of the council.[10]

DA ANC
Directly elected 5 4
Appointed by Theewaterskloof 3 2
Appointed by Overstrand 2 2
Appointed by Cape Agulhas 1 1
Appointed by Swellendam 1 0
Total 12 9

The following table shows the results of the election of the nine directly-elected members on 18 May 2011.[12]

Party Votes Vote % Seats
Democratic Alliance 42,717 51.8 5
African National Congress 31,887 38.7 4
National Independent Civic Organisation 2,026 2.5 0
Congress of the People 1,649 2.0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 1,479 1.8 0
National People's Party 1,155 1.4 0
United Democratic Movement 669 0.8 0
Civic Independent 438 0.5 0
Freedom Front Plus 375 0.5 0
Total 82,395 100.0 9
Spoilt votes[13] 979

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. ^ Community Survey, 2007: Basic Results: Municipalities (Report). Statistics South Africa. 11 March 2008. http://www.statssa.gov.za/Publications/P03011/P030112007.pdf. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Theewaterskloof Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Overstrand Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cape Agulhas Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Swellendam Local Municipality". The Local Government Handbook. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Census 2011 statistical tables accessible through Stats SA SuperWEB.
  10. ^ a b "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Overberg District Municipality: Contacts". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Overberg". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "% Spoilt Ballots: Western Cape: All Municipalities". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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