Randfontein Local Municipality

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Randfontein
Local municipality
Official seal of Randfontein
Seal
Location of Randfontein Local Municipality within Gauteng
Location of Randfontein Local Municipality within Gauteng
Coordinates: 26°10′S 27°40′E / 26.167°S 27.667°E / -26.167; 27.667Coordinates: 26°10′S 27°40′E / 26.167°S 27.667°E / -26.167; 27.667
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
District West Rand
Seat Randfontein
Wards 22
Government[1]
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Sylvia Thebenare (ANC)
Area
 • Total 475 km2 (183 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 149,286
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 69.2%
 • Coloured 9.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 20.1%
First languages (2011)[3]
 • Tswana 34.1%
 • Afrikaans 28.9%
 • Xhosa 8.0%
 • Sotho 6.4%
 • Other 22.6%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code GT482

Randfontein Local Municipality is a local municipality in West Rand District Municipality, Gauteng, in South Africa.

Randfontein Local Municipality is characterized by high levels of unemployment and poverty and low levels of education and income. Nonetheless, it has become the migration destination for many South Africans seeking a better quality of life in Gauteng, especially for poor people from the adjacent North West Province.[4]

Main places[edit]

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

Place Code Area (km2) Population Most spoken language
Bhongweni 70201 0.20 1,473 Tswana
Brandvlei 70202 0.07 308 Tswana
Mohlakeng 70203 5.31 49,442 Tswana
Panvlak Gold Mine 70204 1.96 1,333 Zulu
Randfontein 70205 209.70 47,256 Afrikaans
Toekomsrus 70206 3.07 15,191 Afrikaans
Zenzele 70207 0.67 7,222 Tswana
Remainder of the municipality 70208 260.51 6,620 Tswana

Politics[edit]

The municipal council consists of forty-four members elected by mixed-member proportional representation. Twenty-two councillors are elected by first-past-the-post voting in twenty-two wards, while the remaining twenty-two 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 twenty-seven seats on the council. The following table shows the results of the election.[6][7]

Party Votes Seats
Ward List Total  % Ward List Total
African National Congress 26,493 26,695 53,188 60.4 14 13 27
Democratic Alliance 15,777 15,995 31,772 36.1 8 8 16
Congress of the People 803 764 1,567 1.8 0 1 1
Freedom Front Plus 510 460 970 1.1 0 0 0
African Christian Democratic Party 341 233 574 0.7 0 0 0
National Freedom Party 23 23 0.0 0 0
Total 43,947 44,147 88,094 100.0 22 22 44
Spoilt votes 687 576 1,263

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. ^ "Integrated Development Plan 2009 - 2010." The Randfontein Local Municipality. Retrieved on Oct 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Lookup Tables - Statistics South Africa
  6. ^ "Results Summary – All Ballots: Randfontein". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Seat Calculation Detail: Randfontein". Independent Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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