Prince Albert Local Municipality

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Prince Albert
Local municipality
Official seal of Prince Albert
Seal
Location in the Western Cape
Location in the Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°00′S 22°00′E / 33.000°S 22.000°E / -33.000; 22.000Coordinates: 33°00′S 22°00′E / 33.000°S 22.000°E / -33.000; 22.000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Central Karoo
Seat Prince Albert
Wards 4
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Magdalene Benjamin
Area
 • Total 8,153 km2 (3,148 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 13,136
 • Density 1.6/km2 (4.2/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 2.8%
 • Coloured 84.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 11.8%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Afrikaans 93.5%
 • English 3.6%
 • Other 2.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code WC052

Prince Albert Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Geography[edit]

The municipality covers an area of 8,153 square kilometres (3,148 sq mi) in the Great Karoo, immediately north of the Swartberg mountains. It abuts on the Beaufort West Municipality to the north, the Baviaans Municipality to the east, the Oudtshoorn and Kannaland Municipalities to the south, and the Laingsburg Municipality to the west.

According to the 2011 census the municipality has a population of 13,136 people in 3,578 households. Of this population, 84.5% describe themselves as "Coloured", 11.8% as "White", and 2.8% as "Black African". The first language of 93.5% of the population is Afrikaans, while 3.6% speak English and 0.9% speak Xhosa.[4]

The main town in the municipality is Prince Albert, which as of 2011 has a population of 7,054. North of Prince Albert on the N1 national road is the village of Leeu-Gamka (pop. 2,727), while Klaarstroom (pop. 584) is to the east of Prince Albert at the mouth of Meiringspoort.

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of seven members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Four councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in four wards, while the remaining three 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 of seats; the Karoo Gemeenskaps Party (KGP) won three seats, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress won two each. The KGP and the ANC formed a coalition to govern the municipality.[5]

The following table shows the results of the 2011 election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
Karoo Gemeenskap Party 2,632 2,635 5,267 50.4 3 0 3
Democratic Alliance 1,336 1,334 2,670 25.6 0 2 2
African National Congress 1,231 1,252 2,483 23.8 1 1 2
Independent 21 21 0.2 0 0
Total 5,220 5,221 10,441 100.0 4 3 7
Spoilt votes 62 55 117

The local council sends one representative, a member of the Karoo Gemeenskap Party, to the council of the Central Karoo District Municipality.[5]

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. ^ "Prince Albert Local Municipality". Census 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Political composition of councils". Western Cape Department of Local Government. August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Prince Albert". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Prince Albert". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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